Love the View!
Submitted: August 11, 2010
Stayed: August 2010
Just returned from a week long stay. I have to say that upon arrival I was a little disappointed. The kids were so excited about the gameroom, having seen it in pictures and in a brief walk-through of the house (however, everything was turned off when we walked the property) so when we arrived the first thing they wanted to do was play the games. We flipped all the switches and three of the games came on. The fourth one seemed to be on but the screen stayed black. My kids really enjoyed playing Ms. Pacman and challenged their dad to a "face off" One of the games was on but couldn't be played unless we kept feeding it quarters! I loved all the neon signs (though only half lit up) and the old jukebox (really disappointed that it didn't work) and the full size phone booth was really cool to look at. The slot machines didn't work and neither did the dart game. The adults in the group were really looking forward to the margarita machine but, you guessed it, it didn't work either. There was a DVD player in the game room but we couldn't figure out how to get the sound to work. The receiver would not turn on either. We checked all the outlets and they seemed to be working fine. Not sure what the problem was. The older kids really enjoyed the pool table. (Not electric so it worked fine!) I've read some of the other posts about the cleanliness of the house and I have to disagree. When we got there the house smelled okay but the kitchen and gameroom floors were sticky and the counters in the kitchen had to be wiped down before we could set anything on them. For all the negatives I've listed we still had a really good time. My little kids loved the hot tub. They called it their little pool. I would like to see the owner put in a gas grill. Cooking on charcoal was difficult, especially when the grill is falling apart and it didn't look like the ashes had ever been removed. The kids had a blast jumping off the 2 story deck into the water. And it was great that the owner allowed us to use his boat lift for our boat. We would have had to put it in and take out daily which takes away alot of our fun time. It was plenty big enough for all of us and we really did have a good time. Not sure if I'd rent this same house again. Maybe if problems are fixed. :)
Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: I am a collector of video games and have 4 full size games in the game room. These games are old and are considered antiques and although I do allow my guest to enjoy them, at times they do break, however, I make every effort to have these games repaired and in working condition for all guest to enjoy. I have never had problems with the neon lights and after reading the comment I checked them out and although the light switches were on, the games needed to be plugged in to work. I encourage my guest to unplug everything in the house upon leaving except for the washer, dryer, refrigerator and oven to insure an electrical short or outage does not cause a power surge. The juke box has always worked well, however, it had a blown fuse in it and it has been repaired. The dart board sometimes gets dart tips caught in it and this causes the game not to keep score, however, you can still play the game, you just need to manually keep the score. The slot machines and the margarita machine also worked fine once they were plugged in. After checking out the receiver in the gameroom, it was found to be bad and I will need to replace it. As for the kitchen and gameroom floor and counter tops being dirty, I check everything myself before each guest and encourage them to call me with any problems and I will come out or have the maids come and take care of any issues they may have. I have also replaced the outside grill with a Trio, meaning a gas and charcoal grill with a single burner on one end and a smoker on the other. The home has alot of added extras and these items do tend to break and need repairs from time to time. I am always just a phone call away and about 20 minutes from the house. If any guest ever has a problem or a situation that requires attention I encourage them to call and I can come out or send a professional to fix the problem as the house also comes with a full service warranty and a tech can be dispatched and on location within 24 hours.
Helpful votes: 8/8
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