We completely agree with the review below, by Zanoza from Boston. My boyfriend and I thought and felt exactly the same as they did. This indeed is "a dying business that the owners keep milking without trying hard or making any additional investments" …. they make very, very little effort whatsoever!!! You'd be far better off in a motel in fact!
We loved the township of Milford and found some great places to eat around town (the Waterwheel cafe's bar, the Muir House, the Patisserie) with great service and ambiance.
The Black Walnut Inn however was GRAVELY DISAPPOINTING. To begin with, I called over 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation - William answered the phone and took our reservation - he didn't sound at all sure about anything. The primary reason we chose this inn was the convenience of going for a guided horseriding tour that they offer and when I made the reservation, I spoke at length with William about that, getting all the details about the guided horseriding tour such as the hours of operation etc. and also simultaneously making a reservation. He took our reservation for the room and for the horseriding tour. He specifically said that the latest tour goes out at 4pm as they want the horses back at the stables by 5pm, right before it begins getting dark - which is quite understandable. I had mentioned we'd be arriving there by 2:30 - 3pm and he said, just let us know an hour in advance of your arrival, to reconfirm your tour reservation and we'll go ahead and saddle the horses for you (since it's the first thing we were so looking forward to doing as soon as we checked in). I called on our drive down to Milford 3 hours in advance. Robin answered the phone this time. Let her know we'd be ready to go on the horses by 3pm and she said that won't be possible. I inquired why - she said, the last tour out is at 2:30pm and besides we don't have a reservation. I explained we did and that William told us the last round was at 4pm. She didn't seem to care either way. Wasn't even willing to look at making any other reservations for us over the next couple days and tried to just pass it off by saying they were booked up - BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAD MADE RESERVATIONS?!!?!! It wasn't until I ended up having to make a fuss and express how disappointed we were, that she finally managed "to squeeze us in" to the schedule for the next afternoon!!!! THE LACK OF EFFORT ON HER PART and the LACK OF CUSTOMER SERVICE was TRULY APPALLING - it left a bad taste in my mouth.
When we arrived there was nobody to be found - the housekeeper, Sonya, was getting ready to leave and ended up having to check us in at the front desk. She showed us around and mentioned that the management is trying to rev up business for their restaurant establishment and that they have live music on Friday and Saturday night and she hoped it wouldn't bother us. We ate in town that night and returned back to the inn about 10pm - sat by the fireplace ablazed by real firewood for about half an hour and enjoyed that - we were hoping the music would come to an end soon but unfortunately it didn't it carried on for hours after - our bedroom was on the third floor and we could hear the music blaring - needless to say, it took quite some time before we were finally able to fall asleep. The bedrooms are so very small and as was the case with most of their rooms, our bed only had a foot of space around it; as soon as you entered the room, there the bed was. Frankly our room was so tiny, it wouldn't even be suitable to house a twin size bed in there!!! If you weren't tight enough on space, they had a huge chest of drawers that reeked of staleness. The walls were very, very thin - you heard every movement about and had next to no privacy even behind closed doors.
The breakfast was another disappointment - it was a run-of-the-mill breakfast, the kind you'd expect at a mediocre motel. Nothing special about it; not even one "special dish" - Most B&Bs I've stayed at over the years, have somewhat special dishes for breakfasts, esp. those all over PA. This one's kitchen made no effort whatsoever. It was exactly the very same boring breakfast the next day too.
Also the shower ran cold, before either one of us could get a decent shower. The water pressure of the shower was so harsh, you wouldn't even be able to tolerate it for more than 3 minutes. The toilet hadn't been properly cleaned even! you could see a very distinct ring formed. It took 2 flushes to even get it to clear off. The lawn by the lake wasn't even worth walking on, covered completely with geese poop. Every morning you'd be awakened by the shrilling morning calls of the geese. It's one of the most awful sounds to wake up to!
It wasn't until the second night that the Innkeeper, Robin, even bothered to acknowledge our presence and introduce herself - when she had seen us about several instances before and could have easily walked over for a brief moment and said Hi and inquired about our stay but didn't bother to. It struck me very odd that when she finally introduced herself, she apologized that there wasn't going to be any live music in the restaurant that night when clearly we were just returning from having dined elsewhere. Clearly the going-ons of the restaurant was of no significance to us - she didn't bother to inquire how our stay was or how our horseriding tour went or if we wanted to know about things to explore around town or if we had any questions or concerns etc. She took no interest at all in her guests staying at the inn - she was quite neglectful and only interested in revving up business at the restaurant.
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