From the moment I called Sharon to advise we were on our way and would be arriving at an approximate time, I already felt welcomed! Since I planned our family vacation this year, opening the front door to our home away from home for the week I was a bit nervous. I was just hoping that it looked the way it did in the pictures, that it really would be a short walk to the beach and that the backyard was a great as it sounded. IT WAS BETTER!! The pictures are great, but there's nothing like the real thing. The house is so warm and inviting, it really felt like home! The backyard.... I could just live back there. The beach was a 3 minute walk from the house! The best part of it all, the dining room table was big enough for all of us to eat together! Might not mean a lot to some, but we were thrilled! We had rented vacation homes before and upon arrival realized how many things the homes did not have and we'd have to go out and get, so this time we came prepared, Well it was unnecessary to lug around most of the stuff we brought (I say most because as Sharon noticed... we can't live without our rice!!! LOL), the kitchen is fully equipped from pots and pans, to sugar in it's container! Our stay truly exceeded our expectations! We can't wait to come back! We've already recommended it to two other families and are planning on coming back for our annual "adults only cousins reunion" next summer!