I initially sent my review to the owner since he kept telling me to write a review. This is what I had sent him:
"The cottage wasn't the cleanest but it wasn't as bad as we had expected. The front room is a mess. The kitchen and living room was pretty cramped. We did see mice but they were outside. The owner said that they were coming from the woods but we're pretty sure that they were all living under the house. The front door had a gap between the door and the frame and we assumed that if nice were to get in, it would be from there so we ended up covering it. There was firewood provided. One of the BBQ's grill was half rusted and both of them were really dirty. It took us 2 hours to clean the one we used. The controls of the BBQ weren't working as we couldn't control the heat levels. The outside of the cottage was a lot better than the inside. There were a good amount of chairs for the outdoors provided. All in all, the cottage was not as shabby as the other reviews make it seem although there could be a lot done for improvement."
This is what he wrote back:
"Billy told me u liked the cottage, otherwise I never would have contacted u about a review, why would I want that posted, 2 hours to clean a BBQ, nobody's ever complained about that before, controls are abit off but i never had a problem, most people just use tinfoil on the grills anyways, and why complain about mice if they weren't even inside, we keep fixing that screen door, my handyman could've done stuff like that again had u asked, u didn't even mention the beautiful lake or electric motor I provided u
U saw the photo of the screened in room (front) and knew what to expect
There were lots of other people that wanted to rent my cottage that time and wish I had
Please never contact me again"
My response (which he will read here):
"2 hours to clean a BBQ, nobody's ever complained about that before, controls are abit off but i never had a problem, most people just use tinfoil on the grills anyways"
To this I say that if you're planning on using tinfoil on the grill, then we might as well use the oven. What's the point of having a bbq in the first place.
"why complain about mice if they weren't even inside"
The reason for the complaint was that in one of the previous reviews, he responded that the mice come from the woods. Almost every cottage that we've been to is surrounded by woods but none of them had mice. This is clearly a problem which is specific to this cottage. The mice are living under the porch. The only reason they didn't come inside was because we had blocked off the front entrance.
"my handyman could've done stuff like that again had u asked"
Why should we need to call your handyman for repairs on your cottage? You should have taken care of it from before.
"u didn't even mention the beautiful lake or electric motor I provided u"
The "beautiful lake" is still beautiful because it is self maintained and you have absolutely nothing to do with the lake. The pictures of the lake can be seen from the pictures of the cottage and do not need any mention. As for the electric motor, yes he allowed us to use his electric motor. We didn't mention it because a) it was pretty slow b) there were no proper tools left in the cottage to remove the nuts from the electric motor. We had asked the owner if we would need tools and he replied saying that they were butterfly nuts (can take off without tools) and when we got there we realized they weren't. We had to make a makeshift tool to get the nuts off. Even after the charge, the motor wasn't going to fast.
"There were lots of other people that wanted to rent my cottage that time and wish I had"
One of these was another one of my friends and even after we had booked it, he emailed my friend asking if he still wanted the cottage. After he had confirmed that it was booked for us. Obviously there were other people who wanted to rent at the time but the reason you chose us was because we came first.
"Please never contact me again"
Just one more thing I'd like to add. This cottage trip we made was with friends. The week after, one of the guys who had come to this cottage trip went to another cottage which was a bit further than this one. He paid the same price but the cottage was much nicer, bigger, cleaner and provided many activities. And it was lakefront. Don't settle for this cottage unless you have to.