Not So Pristine Getaway
Submitted: December 13, 2012
Stayed: October 2012
We live full time in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas so, the views were nice but, do not surpass our snow capped mountains. None the less, we spent most of the time at the house, outside in the unseasonably warm weather and were so disappointed that the pool was too murky to take a swim. The house would have been pleasant enough if it had been at least cleared of cobwebs before our arrival and the multiple rodent traps and sensors in each room were unsettling at best. We arrived late Friday night ready to bbq our freshly caught salmon on the supplied bbq, but, no one informed us that it wasn't propane and we had to bring our own briquets. Being so far from a grocery store the men made a fire of wood to enjoy our catch.
Living in a rural area myself, I would describe this place as rustic at best, certainly not what we expected......
Owner's Response: I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at our home. We have just completed a week stay in our beautiful retreat and feel rested and ready to start the new year.
Our house is obviously not for everyone but for those who are looking for a very private, quiet retreat with amazing views of the valley below, and the Big Sur mountains in the distance, this is a very special place.
As for the cobwebs, though I didn't notice any, I spoke to my housekeeper and she will make a point of double checking all corners.
Regarding the pool it is crystal clear. Any time there is an issue my pool person will come out and take care of the problem right away. I just have to know it needs attention.
Our house is located off a country road behind a private gate. We can see deer, bobcats, wild turkeys, skunks and owls from our decks in the meadow below. Because we are in the country, mice and gophers are part of the ecology as well and they are a constant control issue. We use a non-poison electric system in the house between guests as a deterrent and have a regular service to help us keep these prolific creatures in check.
Thank you for the comment about the charcoal barbecue, I have made that note in our VRBO description to prevent any future confusion. There is a small market just a mile down the road which carries milk,eggs, bread, paper towels, etc which you may run out of or forget. I send this and other information on local resources to every renter ahead of time. For future renters please read through this, it is helpful for planning your trip.
In the 3 years we have rented our house this is the first less than 5 star review formally written to VRBO, not to mention the wonderful comments that were emailed to us but never made it to our listing. We appreciate feedback and we will continue to do everything possible to make a stay in our cozy cottage retreat a wonderfully special experience.
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