My primary warning to other travelers is to expect to be hit with an "excessive cleaning" fee. We are frequent VRBO travelers and are accustomed to seeing written instructions for any expected cleaning on our part. There were no typical instructions for what was expected in terms of cleaning in order to receive your deposit back. We did not wash the dishes as there was no dishwasher - just rinsed and stacked. Also, we did not make the Queen bed or the sleeper sofa that we were forced to use even though there was just two of us. The Queen is a really old mattress and was uncomfortable to us. Dirty towels were piled in bathroom floor, things of this nature. I have no problem with paying cleaning fees. I also have no problem with reading instructions of what is required in order to receive your deposit back. However, I think it is a bit underhanded to advertise the rate without the cleaning fee and then charge one on the back end. The owners' claims of our "excessive" issues seemed a bit contrived to me. I will say that they provided very thoughtful foods and provisions. The cottage was very small and is not in a very nice part of town - but we managed. The back area would have been nice to enjoy but the dining table/chairs needed a good scrubbing and the fire pit was wrapped tightly the entire time.
Russian River Winery Cottage