I shot a wedding there once and felt it was unusualy situated but I'll be honest with you, once there the grounds overwhelm everyone anyway. It's beautiful there with plenty to get lost in. Also, while you may not like the location those services are convenient vs being at a venue slap bang in the middle of nowhere. It's so easy to get to.
It's easy to look too far in to things and as far as I know there's nothing like it anywhere in the area. Not as pretty or diverse in features. There's always a compromise in other venues, a small prep room, no accommodation or if it has accommodation you lose something else.
You've also got the bar / elvis room for the guys to get ready in as well. I've shot a lot of weddings now and for the area it was the most complete venue (that looked great too) that I've been to. You're putting way too much value on first impressions when nobody will care once there.
Even on the balcony of the bridal suite you cannot see anything but trees, so unless you're getting married in the winter you won't see anything outside the venue. (As shown in my blog)
Here's a gallery of what it looked like on the day I shot it. Flipping lovely place!
Manor by the Lake Wedding