This Bend Bungalow was a mixed stay for us. The folks who own and rent it were super nice to deal with and wonderfully responsive! The house, on the outside, was as lovely as it looks in the picture but was disappointingly dark and without any charm within. The beds were not very comfortable and there were no extra blankets for needed warmth anywhere to be found. The entire house totally lacked comfortable chairs and any appropriate lighting for reading in bed or 'en chaise'. The living room was stark and dark and void of comforts and any aesthetic. All walls were barren and blank thruout the house. For crying out loud, buy a print or two! Cupboards and woodwork was all painted a dark, unfriendly brown. The kitchen lacked mugs (there were 3, I bought 3 more), adequate bowls, not even enough for the 6 people the house advertised it could sleep. There was no teapot (I bought a perfectly serviceable one at a thrift shop for $3 and left it there) and very few basic cooking utensils - garlic press, lemon squeezer(bought one of those too), sharp knives etc. The frying pan provided was an ancient teflon-lined 'beauty' scratched and bent beyond recognition. Unhealthy. Get a few decent indestructible cast iron pans for goodness sakes! If you're renting a house to folks for an extended stay, they need to be comfortable, warm in their beds and able to easily cook a meal and hang out. We were frustrated on all those counts. My last, and one of my biggest complaints is that we were not told that we were renting (for good money) a house that was next to a construction site! Two mornings we were awoken before 8am by steady pounding and big earth moving equipment operating right smack on our border. Not cool.
On the other hand, the place was wonderfully situated for walking to just about everywhere in town, everything was clean, the front porch was a great hang-out spot and the washer and dryer proved very handy. In addition, the house was well set up for the visiting dog we hosted. The back yard, tho nice to have, was un-landscaped and shabby - a pity, cuz it could be a real plus if someone were to put some love into shaping it.
So - a mixed review. We were happy enough, but definitely not thrilled with our stay. We will not be returning to this house, tho we hope to be back in Bend again. I feel that the owners really need to invest a little more love and attention in the aesthetic of the place. Make the little house sing!
It's got real potential!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Dear Amari,
We are surprised and diappointed by your review. Initially you booked one of our other vacation rentals, but cancelled the night before you were due to arrive. We therefore allowed you to use your deposit, at any of our vacation rentals at a later date convenient for your family. When you arrived at the home you choose, Denise recollects that you called her to say you had arrived and were pleased with the home! We are sorry you were so disappointed and never mentioned anything to us. We work real hard to satisfy our clients. We have over 20 5 star reviews on our vacation rentals.
We feel it is necessary to respond to some of the remarks that were made.
The home is not dark. The owners (we are not the owners we manage this home) purchased this home because of the great natural lighting throughout the home all year long.
The backyard is not landscaped in a groomed manner but is fully fenced, level, and great for pets and children. The barbecue, table and chairs is great for dining.
Everyone has their there own taste for design. The photos listed on this vrbo are very accurate of the furniture that is there. We have had great reviews regarding the decor. We are sorry it didn't inspire you.
This home is one of our most desirable rentals. Our guests feel it is a bargain at $125 per night for an entire home 5 minutes walking distance, from downtown bend, that can accomadate up to 6 people.
We are sorry and do apologize for the construction on the empty lot next door. We did no no they were breaking ground to build a home. No one else has been disturbed.
Had we known this home was not a good fit for you, we would have offered a different rental that might have met your needs better.
Sincerely, Rick and Denise Karvasales
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