My impressions are for parents figuring out where to go with their little ones:
1. The house is good for crawlers and wobblers:
- brand new everything (impeccably clean)
- bathrooms and bedrooms can be closed to contain kids in the living-kitchen area, where a parent can see them from any angle
- kitchen-living area is ample; the pictures don't reveal how big it feels. We were not cramped with crazy kids moving about.
- nooks that are usually worrisome, like the fireplace, were (whew!) not an issue.
* a note about dinner time with no tables and chairs: we took Inglesina Fast Chairs (bought on The Amazon) for the kids and these attached beautifully to the counter. It was better than a table for us!
2. The owners seem to have anticipated every need we had. It was very well stocked. Plus, there were logistics details that made life simple, like different color towels (I'm trying to remember so many others but I cannot-- it's the little things that make a stay glow for no apparent reason).
3. The house is nice. The design seems integrated room to room. From the tasteful touches I assume Lisa works in real estate, especially because of meticulous laminated notes indicating how everything works, just in case you're wondering. We wasted no time putting on Netflix on TV, as if we were home, because of how well documented things are.
4. There's plenty to do, even with pesky nap times and low-endurance mountaineers. We didn't do nice parent stuff like the hot tub, but we explored around the property with the kids to our great delight. There are magical spots right around the house. Also, the drive to storybook trail was short (which, by the way, I highly recommend: where else do you push a stroller for half a mile, ignoring the many side trails, and arrive to a spectacular mountaintop?) I sent Lisa an SMS asking about photographable spots that the kids could enjoy and she replied with an ESSAY with suggestions, impressions and directions (score!)
What would I change if I could whisper into the owners' ears? Screen that wraparound porch! You do not take away from the view (there is nothing panoramic about it) and would enable parents to enjoy a bug-free hot tub and a hammock, perhaps.
And the trash. Ah, the trash. We had to haul our own bags and had ZERO room in the car with the kids' paraphernalia. The drive back was less than glowing. Fix *this issue* Lisa & Jim, and we'll come back. And then again.