Back in early 80's we stayed at a rustic Stone Gate. We had fond memoires. Decided to check it out again in 2009, under new ownership most likely in August. WHAT A JOKE. We were really put off by the extensive GUEST RULE BOOK & did not feel comfortable at Stone Gate any longer. Not sure what they are trying to run here, but it isn't a cabin on a lake mentality. We will never return. Truly got a good laugh from all the similar stories from other (one time) guests of this place. Seriously...they want you take take of your shoes in the cabins...Not sure if they think they are running some fancy bed & breakfast...Ummm...Actually a B & B doesn't even require that. It's a cabin people !! Guests expect a clean place, but understand that it can looked lived in & enjoyed. We were so nervous that we were going to leave something out of place & get charged for it. Worried that we hadn't cleaned every dish & glass to their satisfaction & took out all our trash & recycled items. God forbid if we hadn't seperated our cans from the plastic.
Anyway, lesson learned that sometimes you can never go back. Glad to hear others are sharing their thoughts on this place. Let's hope that if the owners read these comments, maybe it would cause them to re-think their recent policies & make it more visitor friendly.
My brother rented this resort without checking the pet policy, so he ended up going down the road and asked me to take this place. When we checked in, the strangest people "greeted" us. They seam like the unwelcoming grandparents that don't really want you there, and were pissed that they had to get out of their chair to check us in. When we were escorted to the room, the guy was talking and talking about what we are not allowed to do. I wasn't really paying attention, but when he left he made sure that we were handed the "RULE BOOK" at most places this would be the "WELCOMIING BOOK" however, this one was clearly a rule book. In face, the word "Welcome" was covered by "DEAR GUEST, please consider cost of propane. turn your heat to low or off."
The rule book is clearly written by a grumpy old couple that are mad at everyone, because they have gotten burned before.
This is an actual list of rules...
Written with tons of BOLD so you can hear her yelling...
HERE ARE SOME...
"Do not open windows if heat is on." ok I got it... IT IS ON 6 PAGES OF THE RULE BOOK!
"Limit Smoke on bonfires"
In bold letters "NO VISITORS, your cabin is reserved for PAID GUEST ONLY. If you are expecting guests, call them and tell them NOT to drive on Stonegate. Please meet at a nearby restaurant, park, harbor. Unpaid visitors will be asked to leave." End Quote
":You are expected to KEEP HOUSE" "There is no maid service, please leave cabin the way you found it" (That would explain why my bed smelt like urine)
"Please protect our mattresses" WHAT?
"We reserve the right to charge you for missing items" that's fair $100.00 fine
"Do not flush... toilet tissue, facial tissue... napkins...sanitary napkins... or wrapper. Put them in the trash." WHAT??? THIS IS A JOKE!! TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE???
"Set grill on lawn." (No grilling on deck) hmmm
in BOLD again "PLEASE NO... radios or disruptive activities. ALL Quiet time 9:30
"Limit local calls to 5 minutes." (Even collect calls and credit card calls)
"Please do not walk the shore to the sandy beach." (what the hell)
"No Smoking. If you smoke, pick up your butts" $100.00 fee
"No Pets" $100.00 fee
"Crack a window when you shower"
"Remove your shoes" $30.00 fee
"Clean the kitchen" $15.00 fee
"$25.00 lost key charge"
"$100.00 missing item fee"
"Hang wet towels"
"READ 'Welcome to stonegate" (THIS IS A RULE!! and you have to sign this)
"Keep thermostat 70 -72 degrees" TURN DOWN THE HEAT (So they can offer reasonable rates for your enjoyment)
Finally on page 17 they have "Things to do on the North Shore"
Funny thing though... They didn't list Larmont Cotteges Restaurant in the book at all. One of the best places to eat in the entire area. I wonder if that is because it is an amazing resort right next store?
To sum it up... We were not allowed to invite my brother to the cabin that HE PAID FOR. I was forced to spend my entire time at his resort. They installed a plastic catch in the toilet so you can not flush more than 1/2 gallon. (I am sorry, I am a 2 flusher on a normal toilet) We only had a 15 gallon water heater so by the time I did my required dish work. The water was freezing for my wife in the shower, and I couldn't shower at all.
We were so mad at this point, that we left a day early.
We stayed at this cabin for seven days in July 2007. The experience was very bad, and we would not recommend Stone Gate Resort to anyone. It was very hot with no air conditioning or fan; however, you couldn't open your windows due to smoke from the beach fires and burning plastics in the campfires. Before you send any kind of deposit, be sure to read their rules and regulations. You can not have any visitors on site at all. There are numerous fines for any violations of their rules, i.e., leaving a dirty glass in the sink ($15 fine). The bedroom was extremely small, with the bed shoved against the wall. Chaires in living area were very uncomfortable to sit in. We have traveled extensively and this is by far the worst experience we have ever had. We couldn't check out earlier as we would have lost our high deposit. They probably do not refund the deposits as no one would stay here if they could leave. The cabins are also way too close together.
We were told that the cabin we reserved was to be on the shoreline of the lake. The reply was, oh yes cabin #2 is right on the lake. The lake is right there in front of the cabin. I asked if it was private, oh yes very, very private. When we got there the cabin wasn't on the lake at all, it was two cabins away from the lake. We were told the check-in time is 4:00. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. 9/24/06. We were told that the cabin was not ready yet and to come back in 45 minutes. We thought this was weird $138 dollars a night and we can't check in yet? We came back 45 minutes later and they were trying to put a door on the cabin, we were told that the wind blew the door off. We saw where the cabin sat and it was not on the shoreline of the lake, it was two cabins away from the lake. I was surprised at this plus we had to wait by our truck. It took them until 5:30pm to get the door on so we had to wait outside until then. They have these anal retentive policies on taking your shoes off before entering the cabin. You were to leave your shoes on a mat outside the door. The next morning my shoes were damp and the insides were wet. The pillows and blankets on the bed had an odor and they were too damp to sleep on. People would walk by the window and look right in at you, this was not private or on the lake and we were inconvenienced by the door repair. We had rented the cabin for two nights but 8:15 the next morning we packed up and drove home. We were very disappointed with our stay here.
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