Not comparable to other villa rentals
The cottage is not private; it is surrounded by the very large owner's house, and the cottage bathroom, with no curtains on the windows, is easily visible from a wing of the main house. Privacy issues are also a concern through the kitchen window (also without window treatments), which is in direct view of a neighbor's house. External shutters or specialty glass would resolve these issues. The pool is directly in front of another wing of the main house, and is not as private as shown in the pictures . Additionally, workmen (carpenters, poolmen, gardeners, delivery people), and the owner's guests are a daily presence on the property.
The furniture is nice, and the bed is very comfortable; the cottage is very clean. However, the kitchen is inefficient, ill equipped and poorly planned; a full size refrigerator and full size dishwasher could easily be accommodated.
There is no "villa brochure", with particulars of the cottage, restaurant suggestions, area events, tv channel listings, etc.
We have rented a variety of villas in different locations over the last two decades, and this property does not compare favorably to others we have rented, and, in our opinion, did not give us good value for our money.
Owner's Response: On arrival, the renters wanted a shower curtain for the walk-in decorator shower that does not use a curtain. When they arrived they did an extensive amount of laundry, stuffing the dryer, breaking it and telling the housekeeper that the washer or dryer, in the different places they visited, had been broken. We immediately offered them their money back, which they would not accept.
The cottage bathroom windows are about 9 feet high, covered with Fishtail Palms and impossible to look in. The next door neighbor’s house is separated from the kitchen windows by extensive shrubbery, a solid wooden fence and about 100 feet of space.
The two acre property contains the cottage and a house for my wife and me. No other people live here and it is not particularly big.
Yes, we do have a full time gardener, but that is why everyone raves about the grounds. Also, the pool is maintained, there are deliveries from time to time, and a carpenter comes when something has to be repaired. We happen to have very few guests. At that time, no one was in the pool or walking around the grounds.
The kitchen was designed by an award winning designer. The rational for refrigeration and dishwasher under the cabinets is to provide maximum open space. The kitchen is highly functional as well as aesthetic.There is no “villa brochure” as this is not a hotel. But, there is a basket containing maps, things to do, menus, etc. Normally, we recommend verbally the places to visit, restaurants and other opportunities based on the weather and the needs of the people. We have had very special relationships with most of the renters. In this case, when I would greet the tenants in the morning, I would not receive a response.
Helpful votes: 35/37
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