Having had a whirlwind trip around 6 cities in 9 days we arrived at Captain Flanders looking forward to 6 days of R & R. Our first impressions were good, it was set in beautiful, tranquil surroundings, a lake, deer, horses, geese. We thought we'd arrived in heaven. Unfortunately it wasn't quite as idyllic as we hoped.
Nobody was there to greet us, we were left a note. There were no facilities to make our selves a hot drink (we weren't allowed to use the whistling kettle on the stove for safety reasons, so why didn't they provide an electric kettle?). There were bottles of water in rooms when we arrived, but we had to ask for these to be replenished. We also had to ask for our bathroom to be cleaned on the 3rd day as it hadn't ben touched until then. Cleaning the rooms consisted solely of making the bed. The windows were propped open and couldn't be shut.
When we booked we were aware that our room didn't have an ensuite bathroom but that we would share exclusive use of a bathroom with the friends we were travelling with. That seemed okay, until we got there and discovered that to access our bathroom we had to cross the communal lounge, which also happened to be in full view of the breakfast area via a huge picture window! Our friends were provided with bathrobes for the trek across the lounge, we weren't until we asked for them. (and then one of them had a huge hole in the back!).
Kathy seemed to be constantly under pressure as she was trying to do 2 jobs at the same time. run the B & B and work for Flanders Real Estate. Things came to a head about 3 days into our stay when most of the breakfast fare was missing - no yogurts, no coffee, no juice, no strawberries, no blueberries! Kathy turned up with some of it half way through breakfast, somebody had forgotten to the shopping!
Kathy became very friendly and helpful two days before we were due to leave, the cynic in me thinks this was done to secure a good tip!
On the plus side it was good to have the free bus pass for the island transport system and if you were a beach lover the pass for the 2 beaches would be very convenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the quiet town of Chilmark, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. This renovated farmhouse, built by whaling Captain Richard Flanders in the late 1700’s is part of an original island homestead. The house has a delightful arrangement of antiques and country primitives that will add charm and uniqueness to your island stay. ... more less