Disappointing Stay
The concerning reviews from 2012 were very accurate. There is something to be expected when the cleaning fee is much higher than average. What we found when we arrived, was nothing like we’ve ever seen. We later learned that the owner does not employ a cleaning service and cleans the house herself. The owner was nice and did allow us to check-in early, which may explain some linens still being in the dryer and towels still in the washing machine. However, the rest of the house is so dirty and filled with bugs, likely from the swamp out front. The owner did warn us that we are in the woods and there will be bugs, but we did not think that meant bugs on all windows and in all corners. There is a swamp 20ft from the front door, and as soon as we saw it, we knew the house would be filled with bugs. However, we were in utter shock when we made our way into the house: - There were dead spiders and bugs smeared on each window, on the walls, and floor. - The smell that came from the shower was awful, and then we realized the water smells of metallic sulfur (read: rotten eggs). As embarrassing as it is to admit, only 2 people from our group of 8 adults were able to actually shower. - As we started going up the stairs, the railing literally fell out of the wall. We were outranged by this point as the owner knew we had toddlers and grandparents in the house for the weekend. We sent a message to the owner immediately, letting her know about this, and a problem with the refrigerator. The owner must not have received our message, because she then withheld our security deposit for a couple weeks accusing us of breaking the railing, until I sent her a screen-shot with the message and then we received our deposit back in full. The house has so much potential, but it is just not well-maintained. The location is wonderful, walking distance to the beach, with a really nice park for kids. If people do stay there, just stay on the first floor in the first floor bedroom, that room was the best in the whole house. The owner is very nice and truly means well, but her communication was very stressful. After we sent in the payment, it took many calls, voicemails, and emails to get a response, which eventually came a month later. This is just not a very organized operation, which adds unnecessary stress to renting a house for a weekend.

September 2015
The Peach On Plum Street
The Peach On Plum Street
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