This rental gets 4 stars because the location was perfect for us. We were there for Thanksgiving and family celebrations, and this house was convenient to everywhere we needed to be. There was ample space for our large group plus guests to be in the house at the same time without tripping over one another. The owner was also super responsive to any questions I might have had during the booking and after for whatever questions I might have had. He literally replied within minutes to messages left on the HomeAway site, likewise when I called his cell directly. So far, all good. But.
There were a few issues. Readers can decide how serious they were. First off, the listing says sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms. Technically, this is so. Each bedroom has beds for 2, and in the guesthouse we found an air mattress, and some foam mattresses under the bed. Another couple might have shared that space or used the Florida room with that mattress, but there were no linen or blankets. If the listing says sleeps 10, there should be enough linen and blankets for 10. That couple decided to stay in a hotel in the end, so our group was 8. We also found that none of the beds had top sheets, just a bottom sheet and a blanket, which we thought was kind of strange. There were also not enough towels for 8 adults. None of the closets had hangers. In our circumstance it was no big deal, but had we been there with suits and dresses for a formal affair it would have. I called the owner about these shortages, and while he was out of state he had someone come by who opened a locked closet which provided towels but no extra linen or blankets, or hangers. When we mentioned to her that were were originally a group of 10, she was quizzical about that. Again, the listing should be more specific as to how 10 people might sleep in the house, and have adequate supplies.
The kitchen, while mostly stocked, was missing any kind of pots. We had thought to make pasta for our group but found no pots to do this.
We didn't use the pool. It really wasn't warm enough, and it needed to be skimmed, but a few chairs around the pool would have been nice to make that space more usable. It would have been a great area to relax in the sun or for cocktails at sundown.