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Beautiful but Rough
I want to start this review by plainly stating that we enjoyed our time at this home and would consider staying again.
When we arrived at the home the doors were unlocked, after checking with the housekeeper (who arrived after our check in time) we were informed that the doors are never locked and there were no keys. We had to contact the owner for a password but the WiFi was under powered when functional and frequently in operable.
We proceeded to walk through the house we were struck with the beauty of the space, soaring ceilings in the main room leading out to the tight (cozy but almost claustrophobic) bedrooms. Unfortunately we were also struck with the heat in the home, temperatures were in the mid 80 degrees outside and for most of the day it was more comfortable on the back deck and porch. We found 4 separate cooling systems in the home unfortunately 3 seemed to be nonfunctional and we discovered late in our stay that the floors were heated and had been left on. (we had been wearing shoes/sandals and couldn't feel the floors themselves.)
The home itself was clean, but the detail cleaning had clearly not been done. There was old food sitting out in the kitchen along with personal documents and hygiene items, a number used of glasses sitting throughout the house, the 4 towels in the 5 bathrooms were not clean and the fireplace was full of what appeared to be garbage (thankfully the heat kept that problem out of the way). Overall it felt as though the house had been previously occupied and not cleaned before our arrival, this is a little disappointing considering the above average cleaning fee we were charged.
While not a problem for us the fact that a unsecured shotgun was left in the front closet was kind of unsettling.
I would suggest that the owner leave a letter of some kind detailing the idiosyncrasies of the home (odd light switches, WiFi details,locations of basic amenities) and look into more thorough housekeeping.
What an inspiring house!
What a great house and neighborhood. Feels like a cabin in the woods. So nice to see & stay in such great creative design. we also loved the super large Frank Lloyd Wright books showing all his work and projects. What imagination!
It's clear the owner cares for this house a lot! FLW house are complex and that's what makes them fascinating. The changes made to the house such as enlarging the kitchen are practical for the modern age. The kitchen, is beautiful - very industrial-style and perfect for anyone who loves to cook. There is plenty of room for a family or group of people to stay comfortably. The outside deck is perfect for relaxing or grilling. The entire house is in wonderful condition even though the master bath could use a little touch-up.
If you're a FLW fan, this house is very close to as-built. You can see all the details Wright is known for and more importantly, experience them! I've been a FLW fan for some time and it was truly the experience of a lifetime to finally stay in one.
The owner is also very knowledgeable about this property and FLW in general. He shared his knowledge and was very accommodating to the tons of questions I had. I would absolutely stay here again!
A unique and gracious home
This property is amazing! My husband, two friends, and I (all age 60+) spent a weekend here in January and were thrilled at the chance to live in a Wright-designed home. We were welcomed by the very helpful housekeeper, who showed us around and answered many questions. We spent the weekend discovering the details that make this house special: all of the 60 and 120 degree angles, from the cabinet pulls to the windows; the heated floors in diamond-patterned concrete; the soaring 28' high fireplace chimney; the horizontal banding exaggerating the long hallways. Owners have updated where needed -- the dining room furniture is new and comfortable, the kitchen is modern and fully functional, and is well supplied with small appliances, pots, pans, and tableware. Plenty of wood is provided for the living room fireplace/stove insert and we all relaxed comfortably around the fire. A wine refrigerator is filled with wines available for $50 per bottle. The house is just a few blocks from a lovely park along the river, and there is a holiday light show in the park November to December that would be a great outing. We strongly recommend this house to any adults interested in architecture; the owners have left out many books and resources about the history of the house. We would, however, not recommend it for children and teens however due to some safety issues we have reported to the owner.
All safety concerns have been delt with and now are not a issue for children or teens
Great time and experience
We were in Marion for a Family Christmas/Reunion. We grew up in Marion but have lived out of state for almost 40 years. In addition my husband grew up in the neighborhood but had never been inside the house. We had a great time and enjoyed being in the house. The owner was extremely responsive to any needs we had.
Frank LLoyd Wright Home Woodside
It was exciting to stay in such a famous and unique house. The housekeeper came when we arrived and answered any questions we had about the property. The owner was very accommodating and left us treats in the fridge. Though the furniture was stylish and in keeping with the style of the house, because of our arthritic conditions, a couple of us found the low furniture a challenge get in and out of.