We had a lot of trouble finding the barn, went to two wrong addresses before we found it (there are no signs). When we arrived, no one was there to greet us or check us in. The barn itself looks pretty cool, but upon closer examination it becomes very clear how unsafe the building is. There are old ladders, rusty nails sticking out and no doors (not even to the bathroom or the stalls). The roof leaked and I had rain all over my bed. The owner seems nice enough at first but first impressions are not always accurate. We were told it was to be a full house that night. One family, and two friends all ended up leaving immediately after seeing the conditions so we ended up being the only guests there. We decided to stay, knowing at the very least, we would have good stories to tell. A little later in the evening, Kevin, the owner decided to join us for some beer around the fire. He suddenly turned into another person! He started yelling at us and his employees, insisting we stay up (we politely tried to go to bed twice but were made to feel that we were being rude) and ranting about conspiracy theories.
At around 1:30 am we finally made it inside and got into bed. Kevin came rushing in after one of his staff and started yelling and swearing at him with this terrifying look in his eyes. We decided we had had enough and packed up and snuck out the back door making a mad dash for the car. We were genuinely terrified of him. Luckily I had only had one beer so I was able to drive us home, but the 5 hour drive on no sleep was hard! I emailed Kevin the next day and he wrote back saying he would refund our money. I don't even think he remembered how he had behaved. After days of excuses explaining why I had not yet received the transfer (the Internet is down, he was so busy etc) he finally sent me an email stating the time of the sent email transfer and the answer to the security question. I was relieved and eager to get this ordeal behind me. Well. The transfer never came. I sent him an email letting him know it never went through. He ignored me for two days and then finally emailed me a threatening letter about how we were messy and broke the no noise after 11 policy (he also made up a story about there being another guest there trying to sleep. We were there for hours and never saw anyone else. We were also told there was no one else there). The other problem with that is that he was the only one making the noise! And we tried to go to bed twice. There was some garbage left outside by he fire, but we only left it there because we had to literally escape in the night! Looking back we wish that we had just called the RCMP that night. At least we would've gotten our money back for the two nights we paid for. Moral of the story: Do NOT stay here. The owner is as unstable as his barn.
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