Great Cottage with a very disappointing owner
We have rented this cottage several times and it is a great location in the Highland Park neighborhood. We had a wonderful time each time we stayed, however the owner shows up without notice which is a bit disconcerting when you are on vacation. Our disappointment came this past summer when we arrived for a two week stay and after moving in sat down on the couch to the smell of vomit. We could not locate where the smell was coming from, but opened the windows and dealt with it. We had a wonderful two weeks, but upon our return home received an email from the owner accusing us of vomiting in a heat duct under a rug next to the couch and leaving it. He also accused us of playing music to loud, and that our children were saying some inappropriate things out in the street. They were, and we disciplined them for it at the time. This all came from a nosy neighbor (the cottages are all very close together in this area). The music was actually being played late into the evening by a cottage next to ours, and it was actually very nice acoustic guitar played by the person residing in that cottage. The owner also informed us he was keeping our security deposit to clean the carpet in one bedroom upstairs. A guest of ours accidentally walked onto a second floor deck that has a black rubber membrane roof and the black residue came off his feet on the carpet I guess. Never mind that they put chairs on this deck insinuating that you can sit up there. We did not see the stain when cleaning up before departing, and we spent several hours cleaning the cottage before departing. You also pay for cleaning as part of the rental, but we always have cleaned up after ourselves. We left the cottage cleaner than we found it. When we sent a reply to the owner explaining our side of the story we never received a response, nor did we receive any portion of our deposit back. You can clean a whole house of carpet for $200, and he need to clean a 6" footprint. Great location, but rent this place with no expectation of getting your deposit back. There are several year round residents living in close proximity to renters on vacation having fun and it can be a bad mix.
Historic Highland Park Cottage