This house from the looks of the pictures looked great. When we arrived, we were disappointed, it didn't look at all like the pictures. They need to do some up keep on the outside yards, lots of long grass and barrels of pots with weeds growing in them, and old broken chairs and stuff laying around. Inside, they have a lot of knick knacks everywhere and they all needed dusting, and the decor is dated. The kids loved the ping pong table, but all the balls were cracked so we had to buy some. This house has a lot of potential, it's got a beautiful floor plan and the beds were comfy. We would have been more comfortable without the canopies over the beds, they seemed more like dust magnets. And if they spent a little more time cleaning all the fake flowers and stuff around the house. The owners are super nice, and my kids had a great time playing on the playground, which was very sturdy. We went on the treasure hunt, and found the cave, but there was no treasure, kids were kind of disappointed. But it was still an adventure for them.
Owner's Response: At first I was saddened with this, our first negative review. Now I welcome it to clarify who will enjoy our home.
Our home is not for everyone. It is designed for mountains, not city. It is a naturalistic, environmentally-friendly, country lodge. It features open space and rugged décor. Guests relax and have fun in a casual atmosphere that protects our environment. It is not for those who want to be awestruck with an immaculate, refined, luxurious executive home.
Our cool mountain air means fresh breezes – no air conditioning. Our antique décor brings a touch of nostalgia. We display a grandpa’s mining relics and a grandmother’s kitchen supplies.
We major on having many recreation choices. Our hot tub and games are heavily used. We work hard on maintaining that equipment. There is a lot involved. The treasure hunt through the mountains, is a unique family activity. Families love it. I’m sorry that when these guests found the cave, the clue to the treasure had been taken. That clue is now replaced.
I will mention two amenities we do not provide. Guests said “No” to WiFi, as they fear retreating to their usual internet connections and bypassing family togetherness. (Your opinions?) We cannot provide for washing clothes. Our well-water supply is too limited to handle the 50 gallons per load, used by a washing machine. Nearby are very nice laundromats and many locations where free WiFi is available.
The yard is xeriscaped to save precious water in our summer drought. We grow wildflowers and drought-resistant plants--some might call these weeds. We call them part of our natural beauty. Our grass is sparce and leggy even after mowing. We’ve decorated our 3 ½ acre yard with various antiques-- a rusted push lawnmower, some broken down chairs, a pot belly stove. To us this is a touch of history.
I hope this will help you decide if our home will provide the vacation experience you want. The pictures are accurate. They show that our home features lots of sun and country views coming in through large windows. Instead of plush carpets, we have tile and area rugs. There’s no elegant brocade couch; it’s rugged leather. Homey decorations replace a sleek and polished look. Instead of a lush lawn with beautiful plantings, we have a playground, space and relaxing privacy. In considering our home think: Large, natural, fun, family-friendly, country, rugged, open space, sunlight. This is what you pay for.
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