Not as nice as the pictures
This house is much nicer looking in the pictures than it actually is. When we got there, there were winged ants everywhere, the beds, inside the sheets,on the floor. We had to wash all the bedding to get rid of the winged ants as well as the wings that were laying all over the floor and sweep. Paying this price, I don't expect to have to clean the floors and do the laundry checking in. That was the first bad thing. The house needs a complete remodel. It is very close to the road and hard to back in and out without killing yourself doing so. it is right on the water which is one good thing but the tide comes up right next to the house, almost on the patio so high tide you have to walk into the water and go down the beach to be able to put your chairs on the sand. The front converted bedroom is so very tiny it is a stretch to call it a bedroom it is more like a closet and the first night we stayed there, my daughter had a huge cockroach on her when she woke up in the morning. Needless to say she avoided that room the rest of our stay. The place just wasn't up to par with the price or the places I have stayed in previously. In fact, I wanted to check out three days early, just because of the condition of the house. If you are used to 2 star accomodations this house is for you. If not, avoid and go elsewhere.
Owner's Response: I have read this guests comments and we are so sorry they were disappointed in our home. I wish they had notified us they were unhappy, as we would have been pleased to refer them to another home and we would have refunded their money.
The issues they raised were really beyond our control as they relate to weather conditions and this area of the north shore. In particular they mention finding “wings from flying insects” throughout our home. Several times a year (island wide) there are termite swarms (usually in the early summer). When this occurs termites can enter a home through the tiniest of cracks. They die within hours and the wings remain on floors and on all surfaces. I’m guessing the swarm occurred right after our home was cleaned, but prior to their arrival. We have a regular pest service, but the annual “swarms” just can’t be prevented.
Regarding parking most ocean front north shore homes are on the main road that goes around the Island. We feel fortunate to be one of the few with covered parking, but care is needed when backing out of the carport. Guests also have the option to park in front of the house. With regard to the beach and high tide we took great care to include in our HomeAway property description that at high tide the water comes “right up to the wall” therefore our little private beach disappears during high tide.
Our home is restored fisherman’s cottage. It is spotless and well maintained. Our photos accurately reflect the homes interior including bedrooms size. Our small bedroom has a “full” bed and, as one can see in the photos, it pretty much fills the room….but is still a comfy place to sleep.
We take great pride in our home but we can not control the tides, an island wide termite swarm or the fact that care is needed to back out of the carport. All of our guests have enjoyed our home, and I am sorry it was just not the right place for this family.
Helpful votes: 5/6
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