I understand that the weather cannot be controlled, so the condition of the beach is up to chance. But last summer it was horrid, and unless there has been a dramatic change, you need to check it before you rent it . . . this is an awful beach, full of rocks both in and out of the water. Everyone in our party fell several times. If you like to spend time in the water, forget this beach.
And those few steps down to the beach? I'll attach a photo so you can judge if you want to go up and down those stairs to a basically unusable several times each day.
The cottage is dated, tired, and in need of a makeover.. It was very clean though, I'll give it points for that. The bedrooms in the windowless basement are depressing. There was a constant banging from who knows what (sump pump?) at various times of the day and night.
Things to know: The bbq barely functioned and had hardly any gas.. The family of skunks that live behind the shed won't bother you if you don't bother them. Bring your beach chairs, there are a few old, rickety chairs available for your use.
The views are awesome though.
Andrea, I do not recall renting to you. I also checked my rental agreements to be sure and I have no rental agreement in your name. I assume you must have been a "visitor." I will address your concerns anyway: The property is on a private beach, not a public beach. Public beaches have the towns to remove the rocks. On a private beach we do not have that option. But, what you do get instead is a feeling of being safe at night as groups are not allowed to hang out on the beach and cause commotion for the oceanfront homes. The neighbors will call the police and they will respond immediately as our Association stays in touch with them during the peak season. Last year was one of the worst seasons we have had since the 1970's so stones were to be expected as the ocean took quite a lot of sand out with the tides.
If the stairs, all 36 of them, are a bother to use, all you had to do was walk next door and use the public landing, which is a flat surface and has a railing for those who feel the need to hang on.
The cottage is just that, a cottage. I do not advertise my home as a four star hotel. The pictures are exactly what the home looks like. They are not fabricated. The kitchen does have Formica counter tops, not Granite. However, they are in good condition, along with the floors. The furniture is exactly what you see in the pictures. My home is an ideal place to bring your family as I do not worry if a child spills a drink or food on the carpet because I can clean it after the season and do not charge the tenant for damages. The appliances have been replaced over the past few years except for the stove. Granted they are not stainless steel but if that is what you are looking for, you should be looking in the higher price range if you are paying for your stay.
As for the "windowless" basement, I do not understand how you could not see the large egress window right in the middle of the basement, along with the casement window over the washer and dryer. I guess I don't know what to say to that, other than there are two windows in the basement, one of which you can climb through in case of a fire.
You are correct on the "sump pump." If someone uses the toilet, the sump pump must work in order for the toilet water to go down the toilet. If it didn't work, you would be cleaning it up after you flushed. Unfortunately I cannot do anything about that issue. It is a necessity for the toilet to work.
I don't know anything about a skunk family living behind my shed as none of my actual renters mentioned it to me, but I will look into it when I open the house up for the season.
I was unaware of the beach chairs being old and rickety as I had just purchased them the beginning of the season. I will address this too when I am there.
I am glad you at least liked the awesome views as they are just that, awesome!!!!!