We loved this property - so beautiful! The setting is remote so being away from the traffic is a treat. There are goats, children's toys, a waterfall. Lovely! And the owners are very nice and easy to deal with. And it's a quick jump up to Charlottesville. What took away from our weekend experience were two things: The apartment was not very clean - there were lots and lots of stink bugs (dead and alive) and spiders. They were in every corner, on the ceiling, on the floor, on the counters. Everywhere. Which made it a bit tricky with our little toddler. Some of this goes along with the setting and the building, but many of them could've been removed prior to our arrival. There was also bird poop in the apartment - on the sofa cushios, the high chair, the counter top, the floor. Again, something that we feel should've been cleaned before we arrived, because that was just plain gross. The other thing that made our nights not so restful is that trains run very, very close to this property (like 100 feet or so) and they honk their horns every. single. time. We literally almost fell out of bed around midnight and 6am. So bring ear plugs and a noise machine for sleeping. The trains seems to run throughout the day and night as we heard and saw them many times.
Owner's Response: We have put a great deal of thought and work into making this property enchanting and pleasant for both adults and children. However, there are occasionally acts of nature which interfere. The above guest happened to stay during the height of the stink bugs' departure back outdoors. We had cleaned them out 3 times that day before their arrival. Each time we reentered the cottage there were more. The guests arrived late at night and we weren't able to get back into the cottage to clean again. We were also having a unique experience with bluebirds which had a nest in an unused stovepipe. It took us a while to figure out where the birds were coming from and going. But this issue has been resolved, the bird poop cleaned up and all is back to normal. After seeing this review, I also did a thorough stink bug search and destroy mission going after the ones which die in the deepest recesses. It is unfortunate that our guests were subjected to these forces of nature and I wish that they had let me know about it immediately, so it could have been taken care of and the remainder of their stay been more pleasant. However, I didn't know there was a problem until this review. Please know that we want all of our guests' stays to be as pleasant as possible and will do all in our part to make it so. As to the trains, you just gotta love 'em and most people do.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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