Minimalistic Adventure
I have to say I was a bit surprised by the location and setup of the house as I expected a bit more style. The home is as advertised, quiet, off the beaten path, great views, and close to nature. You need to be ready for the drive to the house, the roads are winding, the dirt road up the hill is not set up for sports cars, and you need to deal with the manual gate coming and going. You're going to get a dirty car so be prepared. I was disappointed with the quality and set up at the home. I would call the furniture Ikea like, not bad furniture, just not lush. The floors are concrete so you are walking around on colored concrete floors, no carpets, or hardwoods. We had to clean the house on arrival, since you are so close to nature you get a lot of bugs, spiders, and dust. Not sure the cleaners did a good job, we let the property manager know there was an issue. The supply of glasses, wine glasses, pots and pans, etc. could use an updating. It was difficult to cook, one of the frying pans was probably toxic and should not be used. The coffee pot did not work, it came on, bubbled, and made lots of noise, but never processed the water. Could be user error but 4 adults could not make it work. It took me 30 minutes to clean the BBQ, pretty sure the cleaners don't clean it at all. Again the property manager was supportive and was following up with the cleaners. Be prepared to bring your own laundry soap, bathroom supplies, ironing board, spices, and tissues. Not all homes have these types of supplies when renting but for this amount of money I assumed they would have those items. If you like remote this is definitely the place for you, there is lots of room, areas for hiking, lovely views, and no noise. We didn't see too many animals but did spend some time cleaning up coyote scat so you know they are around. Lots of birds to observe. No people to bother you at all, neighbors are quiet too. Finally, I don't want to be so negative but my expectations were very different than what this location provided. I think you will enjoy it more if you bring board games, cards, puzzles, etc. There is a TV in a small room, I think it was supposed to be the laundry room, but it doesn't get a lot of channels and the room only holds a few people so the cards and board games will be important. Like I said, if you like quiet and remote this location is perfect.

July 2015
James Bond's Mountaintop Vineyard Estate
James Bond's Mountaintop Vineyard Estate
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