My husband and I, with our five children (age 2-12) and my parents, stayed at this house for our two week vacation. There was great communication with the owner prior to our arrival. The cons: (1) there was a huge ant problem. After killing 20-30 ants a day and having them get into everything, including the stove and microwave, we finally went out and bought our own ant bait stations which cleared the problem up. (2) The gaps between the posts in the second floor railing, which runs the whole length of the house and overlooks the first floor, are about 8-10 inches apart. My 2 year old could easily fit through them and could have fallen down to the first floor. Even my 4 year old could have squeezed through. Not child safe at all! (3) The dump pass that was left for our use was expired, so we were turned away from the dump. We had to hunt down the town office and buy our own pass. (4) the dryer doesn't dry well at all! (5) the early check out, 10 am, along with the requirements to have all the sheets washed, dried, and folded, along with the dryer not working well, meant we choose to end our vacation a day earlier. There is no way we could have been out the door by 10 am. An option to pay more for laundry services would have been nice. (6) There was no light bulb in the frig when we got there, so we had to buy one. (7) There were no fans to be found, so we had to buy a couple to get through the hot nights. (8) The pool table was nice, but there was no cue ball to play a game. (9) The wifi went down several times and we had to reset it. Not a problem for some people, I'm sure, but hubby needed to stay connected with work.
It wasn't all bad. The beach was wonderful and the kids spent every day in the water. The lake has a nice gradual sandy bottom which was perfect for the kids. They even caught some fish from the dock! The views were wonderful, we had great weather! The location is great, we traveled to North Conway several times, and made the trip to both Santa's Village and Storyland.
All in all, it was a nice vacation and we got our security deposit back in about two weeks. And in all fairness, we never contacted the owner about the problems listed above, it was easier to fix them ourselves. If the property were more child safe, we would probably return for another stay. I would recommend this property to families with older children (5+), or couples traveling alone. Bridgton is beautiful and worth checking out.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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