Submitted: March 15, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
This place was fantastic! The house was the perfect setting for 10 friends and 2 dogs--I never felt crowded. The space is impressive and the furniture comfortable. The living room and fireplace inspired conversation, the kitchens more than adequately met our needs, and the pool table and gargantuan hot tub set this property apart from its competitors. Everything was warm and inviting. My guests were spoiled. The setup of having three different floors of bedrooms allowed for some privacy and although some ladies stayed up all hours of the night--I never heard them. It was nice to find a large fan to act as white noise in the main floor closet. The entire experience was wonderful and I will definitely go back!
Further, the owners went above and beyond during our stay. Apparently, the last group left the cable tv disabled, the fireplace not working and all but two of the pool cue sticks broken.... As soon as the owners learned about these conditions they immediately had crews in to fix things and personally visited us to guarantee our satisfaction. I was very impressed.
A few notes of advice for anyone heading up there: there is no cell phone reception at the house (which I was unaware of mostly because I overlooked that note on the site description--but I definitely appreciated being apart from the norm). Also, there is no wifi "in" the house. It is at the clubhouse which is accessible only during certain hours. These aren't criticisms. I just didn't understand these things prior to arrival due to skimming over explanations. It would have been helpful to know the phone number (land line) so family could reach us in case of emergency and friends could call in from the front gate upon arrival.
In summary, the house is in a peaceful, clean and orderly neighborhood and convenient to Mt. Baker Ski Resort. We learned you could get a full rental package (snowboard or skiing), a 1.5 hour lesson, and an easy-hill lift ticket for $49! Even the ride up to the mountain is along a beautiful scenic highway. The fireplace, although gas, was really warm, which was unexpected and cozy. It was fun to hike along the mossy trails near the home along the river. Parking was plentiful and easy. I have zero complaints and can't wait until next year!
Owner's Response: Emily, We very much appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed review. Thank you! We definitely don't have Wifi and your review has made me realize that it would help to make sure future renters are aware of this aside from it being listed on Homeaway, VRBO, etc. Thank you also for being so understanding with the repairs that needed to be made with rehooking up the cable and fixing the fireplace after the last guets. My husband and I were glad we were able to address them quickly. We hope to have you as guests again! -Greg & Rebekah Blankers
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