We had the whole crew........Great Time!
We rented the house for Christmas. 2 Adults, 6 kids--ages 10-20. Great location, it's close to Rt 41 (which means close to everything) on a short canal that goes straight to big water---very convenient for fisherman. Dock is nice and large and can accommodate pretty much any size boat you care to use. House is nicely appointed and handled our family perfectly.
Now for the downsides: This is an older property that is being upgraded. Starting with the Dock area, there are no working lights--plenty of wiring and lamps, but nothing worked (more on electrical later). There are 2 water spigots, but could not figure out how to get water down to them. We needed water there to wash off cleaning table from fishing (we used buckets). Dock decking needs replaced. When we fished off the dock the first day there were many nails whose heads had sucked up and created a hazard (not a big deal--hammer in my tool kit, 5 minutes). The pool/lanai is in average shape. There is one set of lights in the NE corner, not enough for the large pool area. It did look like owner is working on it. The house was not properly cleaned when we arrived. We emptied all the garbage cans when we were settling in (some were full) and my wife ran the sweeper thru all the rooms (she admits to being a clean freak when we are on the road--but this time she was right). Now, about the electrical, the owner needs to create a diagram for the lights and what switches do what. It is not intuitive, and some switches appeared to do nothing at all. Again there is evidence the owner is working on it--himself--but frankly the electrical system in parts of the house, the pool area/dock is a mess and could use the services of a trained electrician. The remote for the fan/light in the master bedroom worked part of the time, but really needs to be replaced.
Back to the positives, the living room worked great with our large family. The kitchen was very nice and was well used! (One small suggestion: Get some different plates---ceramic plate/bowls dropped on ceramic floor = no more ceramic plate/bowls). Gas grill was brand new with a full tank. Beds were comfortable and the neighborhood quiet. No problem sleeping!! The bathrooms are extremely nice---love the walk-in shower!
Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay. Fishing was off/on, (December, that's to be expected), but we caught mackerel, snapper, catfish, and a very nice sea trout. We rate this a 4/5
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Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, let me clear up a few things, first the dock has a "sub panel" on the seawall next to the dock. Inside the sub panel, there are a series of breakers. Power to the dock lights and receptacles is available ONLY when the breaker is switched on. Additionally, there is a water valve that controls the dock water. A 6 second phone call to me would have answered the question, most of the guests were able to find it, I will add these to a list and post them on the property, thanks for the heads up.
Hurricaines tend to elevate the canal water level where the dock would be underwater, this causes the planks to warp and occasionally, nails will pop up. We do maintain them, but sometimes a few will pop up. The dock was inspected by a marine contractor and passed. All of my other properties have brand new concrete docks, perhaps you should book one of these next time.
I inspected the property prior to your arrival and because of your comments I have fired the cleaning lady. I don't tolerate that, I strive to make the properties clean and comfortable, thanks for letting me know.
Not sure what you saw in regards the switches, I did have a licensed electrician go through the home when we remodeled, and he also did the required inspections for insurance and all passed. Not sure what "evidence" you refer to, its totally out of line to put that in a review.
As for the Pool area lighting, the two halogen spot lights are very bright and illuminate the main area of the pool deck area. I have taken your advice and ordered the installation of an additional light. Thanks for the info!
Were not going to get different plates, we like real plates not plastic plates. The service for 8 sets are beautiful with matching large bowls and flat serving plates. I get compliments on them from almost every guest.
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