Peaceful Home Delivers Exactly What it Promises
This is the perfect home for people who want to escape from the world. The owner and her property manager are friendly and accommodating, the house is *completely* private and comfortable, and the value is terrific.
The home is essentially one huge room with a whole bunch of bedrooms attached, and a couple of small lounge areas on the basement level. The big room is super cool, with an amazing dining table and comfortable sofas. The master bedroom is also fantastic. The other bedrooms are totally serviceable, but spartan. The one thing that struck me was how critter-free the house was. It's a rare country home that doesn't have insects or spiders or mice inside, and the owners here do a great job of keeping them out. The bathrooms and bedrooms are spotlessly clean, and the air conditioning is incredibly effective.
When I was there, most of their 60+ acres were unusable - it's a lot of wetlands and the fields in front of the house that look so expansive in the pictures were too dense to enter. It's fine, though. The backyard is absolutely big enough, and the animal visits are neat. During our stay, there were deer, a bunch of groundhogs, a turkey, rabbits and a turtle. Also, too many wasps, which the manager promised to remedy.
There are a couple of things that the owner could do to improve the home, which (even though the experience is five star) is a solid four star. The water odor is an issue. It's almost funny how bad the shower smells, and I wished that they invested in a solution to that problem. Cable or satellite television should be an option for guests - the property description says "television," but it's just Apple TV. Also, it would be great if the owners would figure out a mechanism for non-local calls. Cell reception out there is iffy, and it would have been great to be able to use the home phone more flexibly.
All in all, it was a great experience. It's a really neat home, and I appreciate how nice and accommodating the owner and her property manager were, especially with my dog. I recommend it.
Owner's Response: Jeremy thank you for this review, which is incredibly helpful. There's obviously not much for me to say about the nice things you said, except -- we agree!
That's why we bought the house and continue to own it, even though it is a lot of work.
In terms of possible improvements, just to let future renters know where we are (we now live in China, so while we try to be as responsive as possible, we cannot always deal with things as quickly or as well as we would like):
1. The sulfur smell of the water.
We invested heavily in a water purification system to deal with the sulfur smell, and have the tank rebedded at regular intervals at considerable cost ($600 approx). The providers of the system, Bliss Pure Water of Walden, NY, say there is no reason the water should smell of sulfur, but the fact is it still does. We need to talk to them again, and if their system still can't provide it, find another solution, as this has dragged on too long.
2. Walks through the meadows and woods. When we live there we normally mow not just the lawn, but paths through the fields so you can go on lovely long walks across the property. I will talk to Marie, my property manager, about making sure to do this even when we're away, as it's a real pity you were unable to go across the fields and through the woods, as it is one of the joys of being there!
3. TV - I will try to make the Homeaway listing reflect more accurately what we have. We provide a TV with access to movies via Netflix, but we never had cable/satellite TV when we lived there and are just not keen to have it.
4. Making non-local telephone calls. I do have a Vonage device and phone in the basement which I can set up. The problem is that I am not keen to make renters go through the hassle of paying a deposit, but if we don't, then what happens if they run up a big long-distance bill? That is our dilemma. All I can suggest is that people use the wireless network to make calls from their own computer via Skype?
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