Lovely cabin on the water - careful re; rules
Submitted: April 22, 2012
Stayed: April 2012
We stayed at the cabin for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. Beautiful area, lots to do in Hoodsport (and surrounding area), stopped at the Hoodsport Winery, and had a FABULOUS dinner at the restaurant in Robin Hood Village in Union. The downside: be very careful of cabin rules as they will cost you enormously $$ if violated in any way. We made the mistake of using a couple pieces of wood from next to the garage for our bonfire the last night there -admittedly "our bad". However, given a 5 piece bundle cost $5.19 at local store, and we used approximate market equivalent of $8-$10 of wood I have to say the $50 charged for our infraction was EXCESSIVE! Perhaps a $40 charge for pain and suffering. We grabbed a couple pieces of wood at about 9pm our last night and had a fire going until midnight. It was implied we used 1/3 cord of wood. Not even possible in 3 hours time. The wood we used up until that night was purchased by us. I believe this was attempt to recoup the $159 credit given for 1 night due to half day of septic problems and having plumber outside the front door drilling and snaking. Stuff happens to be sure, and we felt satisfied re; the 1 night credit for inconvenience. However, the excessive cost for a few pieces of wood versus the actual market cost has left a sour taste for me. We fully intended to return as a truly beautiful spot and more than lovely cabin but, afraid being charged for 1/3 cord of wood has changed our mind. Forewarned is forearmed. Had I any idea that we might be charged approx 5x actual cost (figure $50 for 10 pieces - or less wood), I would have just jumped in the car at 9pm and picked up 2 bundles at the store for $10.40! Expensive lesson learned. I will still give a Good rating for beauty of location and the cabin itself, and the owner was nothing but very pleasant to work with. FYI - We also had the joy of watching a mama seal and 3 pups nearly entire time there. What a treat!
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: As much as I appreciate the patience of the renters regarding the plumbing emergency, I do moniter my property and private woodpile very closely. In addition, I do have full-time neighbors who keep a close eye on the property and guests. Because I leave wood in the cabin's woodbox for my renters, this is the first time I've had anyone use wood from my stock which is out of the way next to my garage. Fully seasoned wood, stacked and delivered is $400/cord. And there was a substantial amount of wood missing, at least 1/3 cord. Two different neighbors let me know the fire in the firepit was going non-stop during their stay and there was wood being taken from my woodpile. In fact there was not even enough split wood left to fill my next renter's wood box for their stay. I truly believe $50 charge was very reasonable. Interestingly enough, this is only the second time I've ever had to charge a guest for ANYTHING, the first being a broken art piece which the guest kindly offered to take care of after calling me immediately when it happened.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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