Charming and Authentic
We stayed at West Corner and all the important factors were perfect. Instructions for finding the house & keys were ideal; everything was left as described. WIFI worked well. The authentic New England vernacular architecture, all on one level, is quirky and fun to explore. The home furnishings are lovely and comfortable. Everything was very clean. The housekeeper had nudged the temperature up so it was a very welcoming home when we arrived. The location feels 'in town' and quiet at the same time. The kitchen is well-equipped, easy to prepare a meal, cocktails or snacks. Here are my very minor suggestions or comments for future visitors: the 2nd bedroom and 2nd full bath are quite small. Totally functional, but for long-stays not ideal. The owners should replace the existing fridge with a new one that will match the other high-end appliances and which has a door that opens to the left. Right now the fridge swings wide open from gravity and slams back while you struggle to hold all you are removing, close the door and squeeze by it on your way to the kitchen counter. It's easily remedied and I'm sure it will be one day. The LR fireplace is prone to being smoky, even with the flue wide open. Both the powder room and bathroom with the standing shower would benefit from a wall mounted shelf and/or wall hooks since they don't have flat dry surfaces on which to set toiletries and there aren't enough places to hang robes, fresh clothes, towel or whatever. The door to the powder room must be a little swollen and the door lock didn't function. Since this is such a convenient location, it was popular during our stay and a functional door lock would have been preferred. If there was a light to illuminate the driveway and walk, we never found it. Since it gets dark at 4:30PM this time of year, several times we were wishing the house has a motion-sensored outdoor walk light but none of us lost our footing so I guess it was okay. The welcome instructions should be printed out in a bullet-pointed list, laminated, and left conspicuously on the dining table or desk so that each visitor can refer to it. I coordinated the stay but had not pre-printed the instructions. We left first and so our friends needed the instructions to know how to close up. Printer had a connection error; wouldn't print. Overall, we had a wonderful stay, slept well, loved the house, took pretty walks, laughed, spent a great time with our friends, and would stay here again.
Luxurious Historic Home in the Heart of Grafton Village!