I should begin this review by stating that my expectations were high. It seems that my entire family -- parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents -- have stayed at Longswamp at one time or another. I was spun stories of its charm, the great fireplaces, and the beautiful location. So when I had the opportunity to spend an evening at the Longswamp this past weekend, I was excited for a cozy and, yes, romantic evening in the Hideaway.
Unfortunately, Longswamp failed to meet my expectations and the descriptions of my family members. I understand that the bed & breakfast is under new ownership since they last stayed there, so that may explain a lot. The room we stayed in, while it did feature a fireplace, featured little else to help one feel comfortable. The bed was hard, the bed spread dated and itchy, the walls appeared to be in poor repair, and the bathroom was basic and very, very small. The hum of the loud minifridge woke me occasionally during the night, as did the footsteps and conversations of the guests upstairs.
As others have written, the breakfast was delicious and served in a beautiful, sun-lit room in the main house (even if we could hear the microwave rewarming it as we waited).
The innkeeper, however, was not terribly warm or welcoming. I have spent time in numerous bed & breakfasts around the world, and believe that a good innkeeper is the key to a successful stay -- someone who is kind and solicitous, present, but not pushy. I found the innkeeper to be very gruff. I felt as if I was disturbing her when I was in the main house. And when we asked her about the advertised special rate for the winter, she was extremely defensive about our apprarent inability to read the fine print and the fact that she could rent the room a dozen times over during the holidays (even rainly holidays where we were easily able to reserve a room the day before). We only sought to clarify the price, but her response left us a little let down by the Longswamp.
For $140, there are a number of other very nice hotels and B&Bs in the area, and my family and I will not be staying at the Longswamp again.