|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
7 Night Minimum
6 Bedroom, 6 Bath, Oceanfront-B Lot, Single Family Home, Sleeps 22
Bedding: 2 Kings, Queen, Full, 2 Twins, 4 Sets of Bunk Beds, 2 Trundles, Queen Sleeper Sofa
Amenities: 50" Plasma Screen TV, 7 Other TV's, DVD's, Hot Tub, Wireless Internet, Fireplace, Community Pool, Elevator, Jacuzzi, Pool Table, Wedding Friendly
MINIMUM PARKING: ONLY 2 PARKING PASSES GIVEN PER HOME!!! 2 VEHICLES IN GARAGE AND 2 OUTSIDE.
My family converged in Topsail for Christmas 2016-some folks driving up from Florida and some driving South from PA. I've never reviewed a property before, though I rely heavily on reviews when booking trips and we travel several times a year. We've been coming South to the Outer Banks/Hatteras/Topsail for nearly 15 years for family vacations- this is the first time I feel a responsibility to review for fellow travelers, especially since I depend on reviews so much myself. Over the years, I've also learned to glean the occasional cranky reviewer from the bunch and not necessarily have that preclude me from choosing the property- so hopefully others will understand that I'm not in that category.
Good Stuff: most importantly, we had a fabulous time. Top floor of home is the best feature. Ocean views are fabulous, my entire family gathered 'round the huge island for morning breakfast chatter and laughter, the work space was excellent, dishwashers, stove and oven worked well, kitchen VERY well stocked with dishes, pans, utensils, etc., floor plan is open, windows and light are generous, table accommodates a huge family comfortably (4 older adults, 50-60's, and 8 twenty a somethings and nobody was cramped) and the high ceilings make it feel really open and airy. Middle floor bedrooms were fine. Basement (entry level) smelled dank and was too cold for use in December.
Now for the Not- So-Great: Water pressure in entire house was pitiful, especially the kitchen sink, which unfortunately requires the heaviest use. Sometimes it was barely a trickle. Icemakers not working. Parts broken in fridge. Living room furniture is pretty beat up. All of the walls and carpet throughout house are looking pretty rough. French door on mid level had no working lock. Arrived to busted up hot tub cover and pieces of Styrofoam in the hot tub. Reported this to rental agency- not much response, hoping we're not charged for it. Most pools sticks for pool table were broken, TV in pool room not working. Clearly the home had not been cleaned prior to our arrival. Even though it was the off season and was likely cleaned after the last late summer rental week, it was very dusty, cold and musty smelling. Would've been nice to get a spruce up before we arrived. Dryer is useless -3 hours to dry a very light load.
Great potential- but home needs major attention. We'll be leaving it in better shape than we found it- I cleaned while here- just in my nature.
Feel bad, but my review is honest.