Great if you dont want peace/quiet or cleanliness
Lots to say in 2500 characters.
Lets start with the good.
---The owners were very nice. They offered friendly advice on things to do in the area and attractions to see.
---Bar harbor is fantastic. If you can get a good stretch of weather you will love it.
---laundry on premisis
---The cottage is pet friendly, which is pretty awesome if you cant leave a dog at home
---The price was good compared to other cottages in the area.
Now the not so good.
---The cottage was dirty… i mean REALLY dirty. You cannot walk in the bedroom without a gross grimey film forming on the bottom of your feet/socks. The carpet smells like a mixture of mildew, dog urine, and cleaning products (smells like pine sol). There is no cleaning this, it needs to be ripped out. The bathroom is pretty scary too. The undersides of the bathroom shelves are brown with dirt (which you have to look at while sitting on the toilet).
---I was eaten alive during the night by some un-seen bugs in the bedroom. Every morning i would awake to a dozen or more itchy bites. It got to the point where I had to wear bug spray to bed. Yes, bug spray in bed.
---The shower is so small you cannot move without touching the walls or having the gross shower curtain stick to your whole body. Gross.
---The oven and stove cookers were caked with old food which smoked excessively the first time we used them. The owners hid the dirt by putting fresh foil covers underneath the burners to give the appearance of cleanliness.
---The cottage is not 5 mins from bar harbor as advertised, its is closer to 15 mins to the downtown action.
---There is an excessive amount of road noise in the cottage due to close proximity to a major road(less than 100 feet). Even in the middle of the night the noise is constant. The road is between the cottage and the pond and there is a guard rail on the opposite side that amplifies the noise from the cars/trucks/busses that are always going by. I counted the number of cars at 10pm and it averaged 1 car every 2-3 seconds. The noise is clearly heard from the bedroom unless the windows are all closed. If the windows are closed the smell from the rug (see first bullet) is overwhelming.
---There is no privacy whatsoever. All windows look onto other people's windows. There were people walking through the yard pretty regularly who could look right into the cottage.
Overall it wasn't bad but wasn't great. I'd probably choose another place next time.
Owner's Response: I am very saddened to read this review. It's important for guests with issues to bring them to the attention of the owners while they are here. We make every effort to speak to guests after their arrival which we did with this couple.
The bedroom carpet may have been affected by the torrential rain during the past two weeks. It has been cleaned and there is no odor or residue.. The current guests have had no issue with bugs in the bedroom. Perhaps the bites were from taking the dogs out in the yard in the evening.
The cottage is five miles from Bar Harbor not five minutes. The road noise shouldn't be an issue with the air conditioner and fan provided. The cottage windows face the garage which is 100 yards away. No-one can see inside.
We never want our guests to be unhappy but we need to know what the problems are while the guests are here.
Helpful votes: 3/4
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