Let me begin by saying that Rick has a lovely vacation home. The house is spacious and well-supplied, except for a lack of teaspoons. We found it very clean and the beds were very comfortable. The price was reasonable and my security deposit was returned very promptly. I would love to give it a 5-star rating but I am afraid that is reserved for perfection, and our stay at Rick’s was not perfect.
For one thing we were not warned that there is a landing about two steps after you enter the house with a drop of about six inches. I was the first to enter, did not see the drop and fell on my face, hitting my head on one of the heavy iron chairs at the dining room table located close to the entrance. Fortunately, I think I suffered only a minor concussion, a bloody ear and slight bruise to my abdominal wall. I think some warning, or perhaps something to indicate the edge of the landing, would be most helpful.
We were also not told that we were expected to remove and replace the pool cover every time we used the pool. Not a big deal, but the listing says the home is “suitable for the elderly and infirm.” We are not infirm, but we are all in our seventies and removing and replacing the pool cover was a pain.
There were no instructions about operating the TV so turning it off and on and changing the channels was always an adventure. Add to this the fact that there was no DVD player, and we brought along some old movies we hoped to watch. But in fairness there was no mention of a DVD player in the listing.
Although it’s not a house-related point, there was a dog in the neighborhood that was constantly barking – sometimes all day and all night. It’s certainly not your fault and a doubt there is anything you can do about it, but it was a major annoyance.
All this lessened our enjoyment of this otherwise lovely home.