This early 1900's property is in need of some maintenance. The setting is wonderful but the house has numerous shortcomings one of which is a shower that you cannot get out of the spray. To get to the upstairs bathroom you have to go through a bedroom, once in the bathroom you have to be careful to not hit your head on the low angled ceiling. The bedding was old and uncomfortable(read backache) with the one double bed placed up against the roof line making it unusable for a second individual. The furniture downstairs was old , dirty and uncomfortable. I must say all the plumbing worked fine along with the newer stove and the apartment sized refrigerator(14-15cf.). There are window fans for the upstairs rooms but no where to plug them in(need extension cords) as I believe this house was built before electricity was common. Cell service is spotty but did work, there is no TV or Internet to get a good weather report. I have been renting properties for the last 5 years and this is one that I would not rent again. We went there to go kayaking and that was wonderful. Deer Isle is not real touristy with Stonington being a working lobster port which we found very attractive, Fisherman's Friend in Stonington has excellent food.
Owner's Response: We just saw your posting on Home Away and were hoping we could come to some sort of resolution. We've been renting our home on Deer Isle through Home Away for 14 years and have never received a negative posting. There have been times when people have emailed or called during their stay to let us know that something wasn't quite right and we have always been able to find ways to make things more comfortable for our guests. If we don't receive communication about issues during a stay it is completely out of our control to help the situation.
We make every effort to advertise the house as it is. It's not perfect but we find that people like its charm and traditional New England farmhouse aesthetic and because it is a summer house find that the size of the fridge accommodates most people's needs for their short stays without taking up too much room in the dining room. We have a television in the house for folks to watch films during the evening but don't think it's necessary to supply cable to visitors to Deer Isle who come for the landscape and recreational opportunities such as kayaking as you mentioned.
As far as the comment about the furniture being dirty, we are sitting here scratching our heads. The couch cover and pillows were replaced in July and our cleaner who spends 2-3 hours between each rental is instructed to pay specific attention to these types of issues. Again, if you had called when you got there we would have happily sent her over for a few more hours to clean to your standards. Outlets can be difficult to find, but we make sure to leave extension cords for fans and lamps. Of course, these do have a tendency to be packed up and taken home from time to time and if you had let us know we would have been more than happy to have a few brought over. We have friends and family in the area who are more than happy to help. As far as the beds go, we routinely receive emails from renters telling us how well they slept during their stay.
You put us at a disadvantage by not letting us correct anything during your stay. We understand if the house wasn't to your taste, which is unfortunate, but it seems unfair to completely discredit the property entirely. We hope that you will reconsider your post.
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