Fantastic Location, Older House
Submitted: June 26, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.
I was more than happy with the location.
The vacation rental was very clean.
The property manager was more than helpful.
Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.
The house is literally across the street from the ocean--you can hear the waves from your bedroom. We bbqed, spent time on the front lawn with our small children (though the lawn is smaller than it appears in the pictures), and walked down to the beach. The beach in front of the house is mostly for surfers, as there is not much sand there, esp during high tide, but is lovely nonetheless.
The images of the house present an idealized picture, though. It appears that the house has not been updated in years. One of the beds creaks so badly that it is virtually unusable. The kitchen could be better equipped--no drying rack for dishes, some basic cooking equipment missing, etc. As for the rest of the house, time and the salt air is taking its toll. If it gets chilly, you need to use space heaters because the central heat doesn't work upstairs. One of the doors to the back patio doesn't open. The one TV in the house is small and the DVD player can't handle blu-ray discs. The list goes on with minor annoyances like this.
The layout of the house is also a bit funky: there is only one bathroom downstairs and you must walk through a bedroom to get to it; also the second downstairs bedroom literally only opens onto an outdoor patio--you cannot get to the bedroom from inside the house.
Lastly, if you need a pack-and-play or a high chair, the company charges you a fee for each of them (equivalent to what you could buy a new one for). Also (and I have no idea if this is standard for VRBO), we had to pick up soap/shampoo at the local store.
I am being a bit picky because this is obviously an expensive rental and, as such, I had higher expectations.
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