Overpriced and extremely creepy
*This review needed to be edited for the rating. In the initial review I rated it with a poor, but originally meant to rate terrible.
My fiancé and I stayed at the WildSpring Guest Habitat for albeit one night over the summer in the #5 "Earthsea" cabin/guestroom. I should've known that this place yes, is tranquil and peaceful and has lots of amenities for guests. However! I should have noticed this small detail (it's always in the little details that make or break it in life). The property is 92978 Cemetery Loop off the Highway 1 and tucked up on the hill (hence the views and the privacy). When writing a review of a place positively or negatively, there are generally two umbrella categories: setting (including grounds, cleanliness of rooms, etc. etc.) and the people who service the place to where we are staying (including, service, attentiveness, etc. etc.) For $300, this falls way short of what we would pay $300 for.
We caution that the WildSpring Guest Habitat is located .5 mile away from guess what? Yes, a cemetery, that was my first mistake when traveling with people who are really bothered by and disturbed by proximity to graves. There are some people who "feel" spirits and then there are those of us who sometimes are, and are empathetic to those individuals who feel unnerved and bothered by spirits, ghosts, and omens. There is also a third category of those who don't. This was an issue when I called the owners of this resort and explained to them that we were uncomfortable with 1, the proximity to the cemetery and addressed the issue of feeling bothered and creeped out about the decorations and religious items in the room, the owners were dismissive and (if I might say) offended. They responded that the cemetery is .5 mile away. If readers take the time to read some of the other reviews on Tripadvisor and then the responses from the owners, some of them (in my opinion seem defensive in the tone of their reply). We felt so uncomfortable even though we arrived on the property well past midnight, we were going to stay up all night and watch DVDs and play board games. The owners were not sympathetic did not do anything to assuage our stay.
On top of being bothered by spirits and ghosts the cabin/guest room that we stayed (along with the property itself) is adorned with religious artifacts and items. The property is adorned with weird and creepy figures, and statues, that for us is negative and is distracting from what this property could be without these figures and statues: Peaceful, tranquil, and lovely. Notably, the guestroom/cabin that we stayed in is adorned with religious photos, icons, and other weird and honestly creepy items that cluttered up the room and made it even more uncomfortable to rest and sleep in (I have posted photos of said items that made us feel uncomfortable.)
Checking-into the guestroom was seamless, as there are mailboxes with corresponding numbers on them and with keys, a map of the property and highlighting a path from check-in to your guest room and other reading materials about reservation information and such. If you also need them, they provide carts to put your luggage in and then wheel to your guestroom because the road/walkway is gravel path. (some people might complain, others might not).
There were also some positives in staying at Wildspring Guest Habitat. If we had arrived earlier, we would've liked to use the outdoor hot tub/jacuzzi. We would've also wanted to have partaken in some of the snacks that are provided. Some of the little touches that we did enjoy were the choice for board games, DVD's, and warm beverages like coffee, teas, and hot chocolate.
Overall, WildSpring Guest Habitat for the $300 spent on a room, and yes there were some nice amenities. Because of the lack of empathy for guests who genuinely feel uncomfortable with the proximity to the cemetery, and genuinely feel uncomfortable being surrounded by the religious and downright weird feeling from the pictures, statues, and other décor in the room and in and around the property. Again, $300 a night for these small cabins and the distance service, and from what we read that you had to clean-up after ourselves (I have no problem doing my part, but at a hotel for $300, really?) For us the next time we are in the area, we will press on driving and stay somewhere's else. We will never stay here again.