This home lives up to the hype. The pictures and descriptions provided are spot on and you can rest assured your family will have a relaxing time reminiscing and cooking up a storm in this delightful home. My family (my parents, my 4 brothers and I plus our significant others and children) of 20+ just finished our stay here. The oversized kitchen and dining area meant everyone could hang out and cook and with three ovens, a 6 burner range and every kitchen tool known to man, boy were we able to cook up a storm! The thoughtful layout also meant we had a kids table and an adults table which made meal times a dream.
There are TVs in nearly every room, but with a home theatre, who needs TV. There are many gathering places throughout the house, so little groups naturally form and allow for relaxed interactions without forced conversations or uncomfortable seating arrangements. I loved watching the cousins connect and multiple generations easily interact with one another. It also helped that each adult couple (6 total) had their own room they could retreat to for peace and quite. This was in addition to the two kid rooms. I can't tell you how happy my husband and I were to be able to vacation with out children without having to share a room with them.
I was a little concerned about beach access prior to our arrival since the house isn't directly on the beach. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how close the beach is. It is just a short walk or bike ride (bikes are provided) away. It was actually nice to not be right on the beach as it minimized the sand and noise. The beach is clean and sandy. There are bathrooms and warm showers for washing feet. There are also many families who host campfires at the beach after dark.
The house is well appointed and includes many touches that make it feel like home: ample throw blankets in the common areas, stools in the kids bathroom so they can reach the sink, mini fridges throughout, plenty of parking, etc. There is also a ping pong table in the garage that was a ton of fun. There are a couple of geocaches nearby as well that make for a fun outing.
This was my families first reunion as adults and it couldn't have gone more smoothly. I can't recommend the Dawn Treader more highly and have left its sanctuary with a heart full of love and hope for a future filled with more gatherings like this one.