Submitted: December 4, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
Stayed there 4 nights. The horses were beautiful but also left a lot of presents in the yard, which caused smell and brought flies. The coffee maker's water reservior was dirty so we boiled water in a pot to make coffee. The AC stopped working the same day we arrived. Luckily the weather was not too hot. I would suggest to the owner to spend a little money and buy some new pots, pans, silverware and a new coffee machine from Walmart. A little re-investment in her business would not be a bad thing. Also, a few new sheets, pillows and comforters are needed. Didn't enjoy the way they smelled. There are a few safety concerns too. The stairs to the loft and to the first floor were narrow. If you have children, do not rent this house. They will definitely fall off the loft. The spiral staircase was dengerous for me let along kids and old people.
Owner's Response: I'm surprised and disappointed in this review. You wrote earlier that you enjoyed your stay and thanked me for my hospitality. I really appreciated your assistance with trying to get the HVAC working and the other feedback you gave while at the house.
As explained in our email conversation, the HVAC unit is new as of last year. It was working for the previous guests and I understood that it was fine to have the repair made after your visit. No other guest has said the bedding smelled. I replace the kitchen items, bedding, toys, boating and recreational items, furniture and furnishings as needed at the beginning of the season at a cost of $500 to $1000 per year. Many of the items that would last for years at my home wear out and are replaced annually at the beach house.
The house is safe for children and elderly guests. You indicated that you had a dog and no children. Guest with young children can put the gate-guard up, and I'm unclear as to why you think an elderly person would need to access the master bedroom on the top floor. You moved the cot up the circular stairs; I hired two men to safely return it to the bottom floor at no charge to you. I will post a picture of the circular stairs on the web - hopefully this will be helpful for future guests.
Guests have the ability to greatly damage my reputation and I appeal to people to be fair in their evaluations. Many families have enjoyed this get-away, and when I hear from guests how much they've enjoyed their get-away it warms my heart - I truly enjoy providing an affordable place with toys for healthy activities. I invite and welcome my guests to share their concerns and suggestions directly with me so I can continue to make this a comfortable home with lots of options for fun.
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