Our group of 27 adults stayed at The Hive for a weekend in mid-October, and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed kayaking on Moose Pond, hiking up Pleasant Mountain, playing games at the house, and making s'mores with the indoors fire.
The home lives up to its "luxury" name and includes all of the amenities we could have wanted. The main floor is beautiful and has a nice, open feel to it that was perfect for our group to hang out in. Everyone in our group was impressed, and many of them asked me, "Where did you find this place?"
But for as nice as this home is, the reason I'd book this place again in a heartbeat is because of the owner. The truth is that there are many beautiful and luxurious homes on VRBO; there are not many owners like Eric. It seemed like no matter what I asked, Eric always tried to accommodate us to make our stay as positive as possible. Eric always made an effort to say "yes" to any requests. For instance, I didn't know how many group members we'd have... could we have more than 22 guests? Yes. Could we bring pets? Yes. Could we get a late checkout? Yes.
Not only did Eric give us what we asked, he gave much more than I expected. He charged no fee for extra guests or pets, and he said that as long as there wasn't a group coming in the following day, we could spend the rest of Sunday at the house, free of charge. I also appreciated that I didn't have to buy firewood, since there was plenty at the house. And if we needed to cancel, he offered a full refund if they successfully rebooked our dates; otherwise, we'd only lose the $400 security deposit, which seemed more than reasonable. Eric always put our best interest above his own, and his flexibility made things so much easier on us.
I wasn't sure if 27 adults would be too much for this home, and ultimately I'd say that it was a bit cramped. The house sleeps 18 on beds IF the five double beds are shared, plus there's a futon upstairs and a large couch downstairs. I knew that might be an issue, so it's not a complaint (Eric provided plenty of info in emails), but that's just some perspective for future renters.
The outdoor grill was the only thing that I'd say was in poor condition, but Eric said they planned to replace it soon.
Ultimately, the owner's excellent communication and customer service, as well as the home, scenery, and amenities, easily justified the cost of this rental. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs to accommodate a large group.