Great Beach, Wonderful Town
Submitted: January 20, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
The owners were wonderful answering our questions and helping us to plan our fishing excursion. New Smyrna was a beautiful, quaint town, with a gorgeous beach. Our family rented this house for the Christmas holiday - the location of the home was great, close to the beach, close to town and close to fishing. However....the pool was great, but the heater was very loud, making it difficult to leave the patio doors open. The master bedroom was too small for a king sized bed. The bed was up against the wall and the inside person had to crawl over a large wooden foot board to get out of the bed or crawl over the person next to them On the other side of the bed, there was a little over 12 inches of floor space between the dresser and the king sized bed. The bedroom was also dimly lit, making it impossible to read in bed. The TV was in the closet, making the useable closet space pretty small. The kitchen was not well equipped - there were only small frying pans - not large enough to make pancakes and bacon for breakfast. There was only one pot to cook dinner with. Also, the microwave is installed in the wall above the stove - if you are cooking on the stove top and have to use the microwave at the same time - you risk burning your arms. The doors on both refrigerators did not close tightly unless you pushed on them. One refrigerator did not have handles on it. There were enough dishes for five, therefore we ran out of dishes each day after breakfast. The bath towels were old, worn and mismatched.
The house is in a great location - with some renovations and TLC it could be a great vacation bungalow.
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We would love the opportunity to address your comments: Our pool heater is optional, and is usually requested during our mild
winter months. The electric pool heater is loud (if your on the deck) and
necessary to heat larger size pools. In order to heat the pool rapidly,
it can be set to run on a constant basis, to run only at
night or specific times that you prefer to minimize the sound.
Because it is an older home, the bedrooms are small. We do limit the
amount of guests do to space. We tried to maximize as much space as
possible and knew that most people prefer a king sized bed. The dresser
is large, and we are considering putting a smaller dresser to fit the space better.
Yes, the TV is in the closet on top of a narrow dresser. We thought this
was a good way to utilize space and allow room on left and right to hang
clothes. There are at least 13 good size drawer space to put all those
folded beach clothes in. Yes, it is dim (at night) in the master bedroom. We will change the light fixture out to something brighter. There are currently two lamps and a ceiling light. The kitchen has as many appliances, utensils, as we could think of. We
will add a large frying pan, additional pots, a new dish set (to replace broken ones) and any special requests. It is common to have a microwave elevated above the stove. This was to save counter space. I would suggest folks microwave what they need first,and then cook on the stove after.
We attempted to replace the fridge in the kitchen with the extra stainless one, but the cabinet was too low to fit. So, until we can renovate the entire kitchen (one day) including all new appliances, we figured an extra fridge would come in handy for all the extra fish you catch!! The handles of the extra fridge lost a few screws in the move, and we will we find something that fits. Both open easily and work fine. The fridge in the kitchen does need to be pushed closed for a nice seal. Bath towels will fluctuate in being worn or mismatched. We had all matching Egyptian cotton, and things just happen (people take/people leave), so they are replaced often. We will review inventory in between
renters to provide the best we can. Again, we appreciate your feedback.
We take pride in our home and know that we can always use updates and
All our best,
Laurie and Larry
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