Almost perfect vacation at Seashell Beach House
My husband and I and our 3 kids (3, 9, and 12) spent 2 weeks at this property and had a wonderful time. The view is splendid - from the dining/family room (wow and 10 stars for the bay view window/couch that can accommodate two adults and two kids! (not for sleeping, don't get me wrong, for admiring the view :-)), and also from the master bedroom upstairs. Magnificent view! We were waking up with the sounds of the waves and the woodpecker working on the old pine. (No view from the second bedroom, just to let you know). The cabin is very clean and very well equipped. Wooden furniture is very nice, kitchen cabinets are pretty old though, but other than that just great; leather furniture and beds very comfy. There are some DVDs, CDs, a couple of kids books and toys, and outdoor toys outside.
I took one star off because of the following: upon our arrival, both bathroom sinks were almost completely blocked and barely usable. We let the owner know about it, and it took her 9 days to summon a plumber to the cabin, so for the 9 days out of 14 we couldn't use the sinks properly. The funny thing is that the owner told us she knew about the problem all along, since she bought the house, but as I understand it, since no one complained before us, she didn't care to fix it. I don't think it's fair to charge so much and pretend everything is perfect at the house (btw, the plumber spent 5 hours to figure out what was wrong and fix it, but he did an awesome job so if you want to stay at the cabin, you don't have to worry about that anymore :-). The other thing that didn't bother us (because we don't watch TV almost at all) but I think I need to mention is that the TV is very old, and is probably not functioning properly, as it is plastered with post-its instructing you to "not press on the button such and such, otherwise you'll get a snowy screen" and other instructions of this kind (the notes are taped on all over the set including TV, remote controls, DVD player). There is a small carpet hanging over the TV in case you ended up with the snowy screen and can't get rid of it, so you can cover the screen with the carpet. Also, you can't tell from the pictures, but the neighboring houses on both sides are very very close (the neighbors on the right were looking right into our family room from their deck). On the other hand, there were plenty of kids for our kids to play with on the beach! Overall very nice place, serene and beautiful.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Rest assured, my desire is to insure my guests have a wonderful vacation and I strive to correct any guest concerns ASAP.
The bath sinks had incorrect drain installations from a remodel prior to my ownership. Several plumbers had different diagnosis yet couldn't correct the problem. I disclosed to my guests "swirling the water" drains the sinks fast. When these guests called, I left a voicemail for my maintenance man. He called & didn't reach them due to a mixup in the numbers. I was out of the country & I didn't hear from either guest or maintenance man. I assumed the repair was done until the guests called on a Sunday 6 days later. I got a plumber the same day who fixed the problem on Tuesday. I now follow up on all repairs rather than assume no news is good news.
The TV works great with clear reception from loads of cable chanels. It's on a turntable for living room or kitchen viewing. The TV is not a flat screen. Remotes confuse me. My notes are intended to simplify the remote use. The Navajo rug covers the screen when not in use.
My home has window shades for privacy. It is on a quiet beach neighborhood next to 2nd homes with occasional use. Out of 15, there are only 3 with full time residents on my street, the nearest being 2 lots away on either side & vacant lots across the street.
Everyone has different values. I love it when my guests give me their corrective input. My desire is to improve my service and home.
Seashell Beach House has been almost booked solid from June thru mid Oct. Now I'm at the house doing improvements, giving attention to interior fall cleaning and adding to the gardens.
All the best, Kathy Rose
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