Submitted: May 2, 2012
Stayed: April 2012
We've rented vacation homes across the US and abroad for decades so when we say this is one of the best ever, it's saying something!
Rarely do all the elements come together so perfectly in one place. This house is beautifully maintained, immaculately clean and in such a terrific location that you can watch the sun come up from one side of the wrap-around deck and set from another. You have unobstructed views of the ocean and the Pass and those night views of the Galveston lights are magical.
Out front, your beach is clean and rarely visited because the house sits on a dead-end tip. There is a lovely variety of flowering dune vegetation in front of the sandy beach and boulders for the rowdy waves to slap against when the surf's up.
Our plans for sight-seeing quickly dissolved into the soothing sounds of the ocean as the evening skies turned with the hues of the sunset. A glass of wine sipped from the rocking chairs on the front deck changed our minds about going anywhere. We were perfectly content to just hang out here.
Bird watchers will love the huge variety of birds. We saw ruddy turnstones and throngs of pelicans.
The house interior is lovely, clean and crisp, thoughtfully planned for every convenience. It all seems brand new. The master bed was SO comfortable, the walk-in shower had lots of hot water, good pressure from the adjustable shower head, great flat-screen TV wall mounted to watch from bed.
The open living area is nicely decorated with large, leather sofas and a great easy chair with ottoman, great TV with hundreds of channels.
The kitchen is a cook's dream! New, spacious, plenty of good quality cookware, serve-ware and every imaginable appliance and gadget. There's a nice Weber gas grill just steps outside the door. Be sure to bring a favorite recipe to contribute to the host's growing collection of guest favorites.
The neighborhood is lovely, well-kept homes on large lots but none adjacent to this one so privacy is never an issue -- black-out shades in bedrooms for late sleepers. (But who would miss these sunrises?)
Believe it or not, I may have saved the best for last! The owners are perfect hosts, available at a moment's notice but never intrusive, so proud of what they have built here and thrilled to be able to share it with you. They are the definition of hospitality. Thank you, Blake and Diane, for making our heavenly get-away possible. We needed that!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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