nice to visit, difficult to live in
We stayed a week at this charming little house. As advertised it is full of older furniture and it is an old house. Also, as advertised, it is in walking distance from the central market and good restaurants. Not advertised, however, is the fact that the house is difficult to stay in. Drawers don't open or close, back door is very difficult to unlock or lock, no window coverings (this is a row house -- on the street -- bathroom windows are curtainless and you must either wake with the morning sun or cover all windows with towels). Also not advertised is the fact that the street that it is on is a major thoroughfare with 24 hour traffic just a few feet away from your bedroom. While walking in one direction takes you to the market in five or six blocks, walking in the other direction takes you to a prison and a run down neighborhood in one or two blocks. We did not walk at night.
Finally, the tv service is the absolute minimum. You get about 10-12 channels some of which are shopping or cspan. The rest are duplicates. Assume 3-4 viewable channels.
Owner's Response: We work hard at providing a lovely vacation experience and thus were disappointed by the last review. The house consistently has received very favorable ones, including from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra which houses its guest artists at the house on a monthly basis in the fall, winter and spring. We do take comments seriously, however. So, we will check the drawers around the house as some of the original built-ins from the late 1800s do stick a little at times. As for the windows, the sheer curtains and the large trees in front of the windows filter the light and provide reasonable privacy but you do see the sun come in in the morning. My wife and I loved that when we lived here. That said, I understand how others may like to darken the room so we are going to put some blinds up for that purpose. As for the TV, we have basic cable from Comcast which includes a very long list of viewable channels. We did check and those all appear to be working so we are wondering if either this renter may have gotten the TV off channel 3 (which you need to receive the cable stations) or if there was a service interruption during this guest's stay. We also provide Netflix, an iPod with movies, a full music library and many books. As for the comments regarding the setting, the house is in the city and there is street and foot traffic so it will not be as quiet as a suburban home. Having lived in Philadelphia for many years, my wife and I enjoyed the muted sounds of cars and people and we found the house quite peaceful as have all of our other guests. Of course, we understand not everyone likes an urban environment. The neighborhood itself is very nice and safe. My wife and I spent many hours walking the streets, and the neighborhood is considered one of the finest in the City. Like any city, it will have beautiful blocks and then some less so. That again is the very nature of urban environments and what we think makes them so fascinating.
Helpful votes: 5/5
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