Relaxing and lots to do at the same time
Submitted: August 26, 2011
Stayed: August 2011
Our family vacations together each year and every year it becomes more difficult to plan due to the increasing number of "needs." This year, we traveled with three 2-year olds and two pregnant mothers, so we searched for a location with a pool. Finding a home large enough to accommodate a large family with a pool is rare to find in Bethany Beach, but this one seemed to fit the bill.
The townhouse is in a lovely community which offers many amenities. Although we did not take advantage of all of them, we very much enjoyed the outdoor pool, the playground, crabbing pier and kayak launch. Having them nearby allowed us to fit in short jaunts in between naps and feeding time!
The home itself is a large, upper level unit with 5BR/3BA. It has been well-kept and includes features such as three queen size beds, corner tub in master, washer/dryer, 1-car garage with an extra refrigerator, ground-level patio and 3 balconies. The owners thoughtfully left beach toys, DVDs, books and board games for their guests' enjoyment.
Overall, we enjoyed Bethany Beach and were pleased with our stay in this home. There were just a few items that we would rate negatively:
1. The mattress cover in one of the master bedrooms had an unsightly spot that indicated it had not been cleaned in between guests. Fortunately, there is a washing machine in the unit so we were able to quickly clean it.
2. Wireless internet service is not provided by the homeowners. The clubhouse provides an unsecured connection, but the signal is weak to non-existent. On the positive side, not having access to the internet minimized the amount of time spent "checking in" with work, but be aware that if you need access to the internet, you will not be able to do so from the house.
Two items to consider:
Being a long, upper-level unit, the children enjoyed running up and down the hallway between bedrooms. If you bring young children, you will want to consider bringing a gate to block the stairs.
This community is not within walking distance to the beach and shuttle service is only offered on the weekend. Finding parking near the beach was never a problem, it was just not as convenient. Each trip to the beach required planning.
Overall, we were very happy with our vacation - it was one of the most relaxing vacations we'd had in a couple years. Bethany Beach, and this home specifically, offered a nice variety of activities for all family members. We definitely recommend it.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Jennifer
Thank you for your comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We have requested our guests to phone us when there is a concern while visiting our vacation home to allow us the opportunity to address concerns or questions to further enhance their visit. In addressing your concerns:
In our Lodging Agreement and instructions posted in the Villa “We ask our guests to leave our Villa in the same good condition it was found”. The prior tenant should have washed the soiled mattress cover before departing. We are sorry for your inconvenience.
We appreciate the desire to stay connected and the inconvenience with the weak WIFI signal strength from the Clubhouse. This is a mystery since during all our spring visits we did not experience any problem accessing the Clubhouse WIFI. However, we will reassess providing WIFI service to our guests.
To provide a safe environment for young children we will address your suggestion for providing a method to block the stairs while also not introducing an obstacle to our guests.
We hope that future guests call us using our provided cell phone numbers or email so that we may resolve concerns or questions in a timely manner.
Bob & Rosella
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