Worth another Visit, but less than Perfect
On the minus side of the Scale...Some first-time visitors may end up confused when they learn that Pine Cove is the official mountain village for this listing, not Idyllwild; Unless I unwittingly set my brain to 'stop thinking mode', there's no evidence of any cable TV viewing choices, which tends to make guests' conversations about night time entertainment options rather brief; Future visitors may meet with the same puzzlement we met with when we realized that only the 'front half' of this updated property is well heated: the bedrooms at the cabin's backyard-facing side only have tiny, low-wattage cubicle work space heaters. The shower head height in the 1 bathroom may be too low (Appx. 65 inches) for tall or portly visitors also. (positive water pressure, however.) Lastly, the lack of window coverings on the front of the cabin created a privacy issue for us during our stay. This next part of the review is only intended to highlight what in hindsight feels like a communication breakdown between us and the property owner. One of 2 owners told me, upon my telephoned request for driving directions, that he would provide those in 2 days. He acted in good faith, however, the directions were incomplete. This lack of detail on the owner's part caused us headache in that I had to interview the Pine Cove Chevron station clerk who kindly provided me a free street map. I also experienced disappointment stemming from that same clerk's inability to tell me where Sugar Pine Drive was located and how to get there, despite the street being a mere 300 yards away. On the plus side of the Scale...unless the weather was heavy winter and freezing or below freezing conditions – we conclude that this vacation rental is fairly priced and we quite honestly would be willing to rebook this property on a future visit. The incompleteness of the property and the lack of a whole-house heating system are what's stopping us from giving this a 5-Star rating. I would venture an opinion that it's superior to many other renta-cabins in the vicinity, however, ...and that should help any readers of this review feel confident in making their 1st booking of Idle Wine rental chalet.

November 2013
Updated & modern 2 bedroom/1 bath house
Updated & modern 2 bedroom/1 bath house
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