The website picture must have been taken years ago. It's not neat and cute, it's old with paint peeling everywhere. The grass isn't mowed and none of the floors are level. I wouldn't have even checked in, except the owner was nowhere to be found and I decided it was clean enough for 2 nights without ruining my last stop in Alaska by having to go find a different place to stay. At breakfast the next morning (which was well laid out and had plenty to choose from) conversations with other guests revealed that their accommodations were no better. In our 'cottage' the thermostat was held together with scotch tape. Neither the door nor the sliding door had a screen-Alaska has mosquitos. All of the window blinds were too small-Alaska has 22 hours of daylight. Still no owner to be found-and who wants to beat up on the elderly lady who's there to set up breakfast? Live and learn and don't go back. It was our only disappointment in 10 days of Alaska wonder.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thank you for choosing the Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn in beautiful Seward, Alaska. The Farm Bed and Breakfast was originally a "truck farm", its previous owners having raised and sold vegetables, rhubarb, strawberries, and raspberries. It was purchased by the Hooglands in 1968 as weekend retreat, and for a few years the garden continued; a pet goat, couple of pigs, ducks, and chickens were added. The place became known locally as "Hoogland's Farm", so when it became a bed a breakfast, 'The Farm' seemed an appropriate name. The farm house, built in the 1920's, was renovated in 1988 and became a bed and breakfast in 1989. Over the next few seasons, the cottages, bungalow, and kitchenettes were added. The idea of a bed and breakfast was Jack's, and for several years he was an integral part of the day-to-day operation: serving breakfast, telling tall tales, and overseeing all aspects of the B & B. However, because of failing health the last few years, these duties have been assumed in part by his wife Joanne, daughter Carol, son Ricky, sister-in-law Jeanette, and various nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren. Our goal is to provide a quiet, restful place to stay in a natural setting for a moderate price. The Farm is large enough for small tour groups and small enough for the independent traveler. Children and seniors are welcome. We have a variety of rooms like cottages with private baths, kitchenettes, and cozy rooms in the main house. If you find your way to beautiful Seward, Alaska, please consider stopping by the Farm... ... more less