Let’s start with the good things:
1. The house is in a very pleasant, quiet neighborhood.
2. It was immaculately clean.
3. There is private parking in the front for more than one car.
4. While older, with the accompanying aromas and floorboard creaks, it’s totally charming.
5. It’s very quiet. It’s as though each room is sound-proof. You have to shout to be heard by somebody in another room.
6. It's furnished with older, sometimes kitschy furniture and probably some genuine antiques, which only adds to the quaintness.
7. The rooms that should be modern have been modernized, i.e., the kitchen and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen, especially, is large and lovely. The master bath has a large shower with multiple showerheads and a corner Jacuzzi tub.
8. The master bedroom sports a very comfortable American king-sized bed with luxurious linens.
9. The air conditioning (in the master bedroom only) works very well.
10. The WiFi signal was strong and unfailing.
11. The sunroom is comfortable although very hot when the sun is shining. Rain on the roof or the wind through the tree branches is delightful.
12. The garden is private and beautiful with an enclosed seating area that’s perfect when the weather is intense.
13. The Uxbridge Tube station is a little over 2 miles away, as is a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Intu shopping mall with a multi-storied attached car park, and a large Sainsbury’s.
14. Indira was easy to work with and immediately responsive when we had questions.
15. Renting this house was much more economical than a hotel.
Now for the not-so-good things:
1. There was NO TOILET PAPER!!! OK, there were approximately 12 squares left on 1 roll, but that was it. Leaving at least 1 full roll per bathroom seems a necessity. Of course, we bought some immediately.
2. There is NO COFFEEMAKER!!! How can a household run without a coffeemaker? We had to drive for coffee every morning.
3. There were no facecloths/washcloths. We had to buy one.
4. There was no hairdryer.
5. This is an American thing, because we do like our ice. However, there was no ice, nor was their any way to make any. We bought 2 ice cube trays and left them behind for the next tenants.
These are all basics we’ve come to expect from VRBO rentals in the UK, Europe and the States.
A car is a requirement for staying here. Only the master bedroom has a bed meant for 2 people. If several
couples stayed here, only 1 couple could actually sleep together.