Older, needs some upgrades
The property was very clean and presentable and has quite an interesting Japanese design. Some minor upgrades in the kitchen would make the stay a lot more enjoyable. For example the toaster continuously burns toast on one side, it needs replacing. Non-stick frying pans need replacing as everything sticks to them. Cordless phone is absolutely horrendous, you cannot carry on a conversation there is so much static, we had to use the old rotary dial telephone in the master bathroom.
Yes, the ocean is only two blocks away, and it is nice to hear the ocean waves crashing against the shore at night, but access to the ocean is very difficult and misleading as it is all privately owned land along the shoreline.
We really enjoyed watching the fish and the frogs in the pond, and greatly enjoyed sitting on the patio in sunny and rainy weather. It was also quite memorable going to sleep listening to all the frogs.
Ceiling fan in master bedroom and kitchen were extremely scary as you turn it on full you are worried it is going to fly off as it is rocking back and forth erratically. Outdoor barbecue is very old and rusted.
Tried using the jetted tub at 8:00 p.m. but couldn't get them to work after repeated tries, but then the jets did come on at 2:00 a.m. when it woke us up in our sleep. Very unique and amazing that the entire house runs on rain water, but it is good to know this ahead of time as it is recommended that tourists bring bottled water and don't drink the rain water. Modem needs to be reset periodically but wireless internet works around most of the house except the back suite. TVs and satellite work good, but some newer TV screens would be nice. Interesting that there is a car in the garage and it was nice that there are bicycles available for use in the garage, but found it rather disturbing that previous renters leftover groceries were also sitting in the garage. Also many of the fruit trees in the back yard have died, so there was one bread fruit and one coconut, but the fruit trees weren't as plentiful as we were led to believe. The pool was nice, and it was nice that a maintenance man did come by and vacuum the pool and check the chemicals and PH level while we were there, but it does rain a lot on this part of the island, so you may not use the pool as much as you were planning. A net by the pool could be useful though for cleaning the debris out of the pool from nearby trees in between the visits of the pool maintenance man.
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response and ideas for improvements.
We've since replaced some of the items listed in your review.
In the kitchen, we’ve replaced the toaster, coffee maker, pots, pans, and the blender.
In the home, we’ve replaced the cordless phone, and have purchased a new TV and DVD player.
Depending on the time of year you go, different fruit trees will bear fruit. In August 2013 I picked coconuts, star fruit, lychee, and breadfruit.
Thank you. Rachel Willis
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