Lots of potential, needs some TLC
This was a last minute two night getaway over Valentine's Day as a surprise to my wife. First off, the location is great. Walking distance to the lake, a market, etc. The house itself was great. The yard was great, there was even a little brook flowing through the front yard, we loved it! I would have loved to have given this property a 5-Star review but unfortunately I can't for two main reasons. First, the owners need to put in two to three thousand dollars towards the interior of the house. The carpet has seen better days, as have the many throw rugs conveniently placed throughout the house. The curtains in the master bedroom were about a foot too long and would drag on the ground and get stepped on every time we opened them. The living room furniture was old and felt dirty and as others have mentioned the tv's are old and tiny. Yes, Big Bear is definitely a place you would like to spend most of your time outdoors, but come on, it's 2017, spend $150.00 on a couple of new tv's for the bedrooms. Also, how about providing a coffee maker and coffee beans? The pillows on the bed were so old, hard and flat that I literally woke up with a headache. My wife and I went out and bought new pillows the next day. Second, there were just WAY too many checkout rules! When I received the welcome email after we booked the property, I was blown away by the number of checkout requirements there were. We were told to strip the sheets off the beds, strip the pillow cases off the pillow cases, put the dirty sheets and towels in the pillow cases, do the dishes and/or load the dishwasher and take out all the trash to the dump area about a 1/2 miles from the house (yeah, that's just what I wanted to do upon checkout, fill up my Range Rover with trash!). I understand the owners have said they can't leave trash outside, but can't the cleaners do this when they clean the house? Isn't that why we pay a cleaning fee? My wife and I own two vacation rentals in Sedona and we make sure that all of the furnishings, linens, etc. are new, clean and up to date. We provide fresh coffee beans, a coffee grinder, coffee maker and a French Press. We also provide shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion and even toothbrushes. We would never THINK of asking our guests to do their own dishes or strip the beds. Again, that's what the cleaning fee is for. So all in all this is a great location and a nice house. It just needs some TLC and the owners need to relax on their checkout rules.

February 2017
Modern pet friendly, 3BR/2BA with wifi/cable
Modern pet friendly, 3BR/2BA with wifi/cable
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