Fabulous Location, Fairly basic amenities.
Submitted: July 13, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
I returned from Oregon to Old Saybrook for a family funeral, and decided to stay in Forevermore, which was a few blocks from the house I was born in - in the Indian Town section of Old Saybrook - about 1 block off of the beach.
I am the owner of two vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast, who also works on issues of improving the way VRs are managed, so I am opinionated on the subject, My opinion of Forevermore?
> the location was wonderful, one block off the beach, with full access rights.
> I liked looking out the back door into the marshes that surround that part of Old Saybrook.
> The Osprey nest was fascinating.
> Amenities were sufficient to support a small family picnic that happened the day after the funeral. There was a small BBQ and a picnic table.
> Owners were nice and tried to be responsive.
> It was inexpensive.
> Old Saybrook has changed, and there is more to do there. Biking, Kayaking, an Oyster Bar, etc.
> the house was fairly basic, and those looking for fancy accommodations would not like it, but it was sufficient for our needs. The fireplace looked great, but it was too hot to use it.
> no air conditioning, and we had a hot spell while we were there, but there were plenty of windows to open and we were okay. Most of the day it was breezy inside.
> the water heater died while we were there, so we had no water for a day, but the owners were reasonably prompt about fixing it.
Note: we were the first guests of the season and that might explain some of the problems.
> the place was dirty. Even the dishes were dirty.
> the bedding was thin, with holes.
> the dishwasher leaked
> the smoke detector didn't work
> electrical outlets stopped working while we were there in several spots, even though the fuses were fine. This lead me to conclude that maybe the place needs to be rewired. I worried a bit about a fire.
> only basic cable -- none of the shows that we typically are used to watching were available.
> there was internet, but no wireless. Fortunately I figured this out at the last minute before we left, and threw a wireless router into my suitcase, so we were okay.
> something that looked like mice turds. We were on the edge of the marsh, so this isn't necessarily a surprise.
I might go again. Maybe not.
Owner's Response: We appreciate all reviews received from our guests. In addressing some of your concerns, I would like to respond. In regards to the wiring of the cottage, it is inspected every spring before the cottage is opened. It is all well within code and not aged. The wall switches in the bedrooms and living room respond to the wall outlets in that room. If the wall switch is turned off, the wall outlet will not go on if that light or clock is plugged into that particular wall outlet and turned on, usually the upper outlet on the wall. The plumbing is also inspected prior to the cottage opening. The timing of the water heater failure was unfortunate, as the system had been checked less than a month before anyone was in residence. The smoke alarm has a new battery, although it was replaced prior to guests. The dishwasher has been removed, it was a bonus appliance anyway. As for internet, cable options, we opted not to to max out on extravagences, we have adequate, typical service as most people do in their summer homes.
Thank you again for your review and hope you will consider returning again and others are not dissuaded from the charm and family comfort Forevermoore affords.
Respectfully, Marjie Hutto, Shoreline Wonders, LLC
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