The photos do not do this place justice!! It is more beautiful in real life.
We had a wonderful stay at this home!! We are two families with four adults, two teenagers, and three young children (age 6-8). The house more than adequately fit our space needs - providing for privacy and space. The kitchen and rooms are beautiful, clean, and well stocked with every necessity. I also found that the house was cool at night with the breezes. The only drawback was a lack of a large communal dining table - however, we were creative with our mealtimes and found that the young kids loved being perched at the kitchen counter while the rest of us were around the table.
My favorite times at the house were mornings - making a cup of coffee - and then taking it down to the beach to sit by the water and just relax before everyone else woke up. Another highlight of our stay was the beach fire-pit where we had cocktails and s'mores! The beach itself is very pretty and very private - but ROCKY - I advise water shoes to make it a better experience. We visited friends who rented a house a mile away, and their beach was very crowded! So, if you are looking for quiet and calm - this is a great place! Low tide is interesting for little kids - they can go out to a sand bar and look for hermit crabs and other sea life. Mostly the bay was calm, but towards the end of our stay it got a little rougher (incoming storms) - but that provided us with the opportunity to go boogie boarding. We also rented kayaks (sit on top) - which was great fun! Also, don't forget to bring kites!
The only downside was the biting midges. We found that they were not present on windier days, but that on calm evenings, they were pesky. Using bug repellent helped a lot! We were also a little surprised by the deck - in the photo it looks like you can see the water from the dune deck. While you can see the bay if you are standing up, you can't if you are sitting - which is why the house name is so fitting! Clo-Sea-Nuff. I am only mentioning this so that you won't be surprised. It is not a big deal; instead of drinking my coffee on the deck, I went down to beach and sat on one of the comfy Adirondack chairs.
Overall - this was an incredible vacation and we had a ton of fun. The house was clean, it was big enough to accommodate all of us, and the beach was very private.
Date of Stay: August 2013
Date Submitted: September 2013
It is always a pleasure hearing from our guests, especially when they have enjoyed the house and its surroundings. I would like to respond to this review with regard to the beach and the view. For those of you who are not familiar with beach living, you should know that the beach is in constant flux and although Spring Hill Beach does tend to be rocky towards the water, it really depends on our winter storms and how they effect the summer landscape. Even when the beach is rocky, there is still plenty of sand to enjoy where you set up chairs, etc. As far as the view from the house, we have full disclosure to our potential guests before renting, and there is also an aerial map on our site that clearly shows the location of our home and where is located relative to the beach. We do have two decks, one of which sits in a dune (the dune deck) and you are literally right on the beach. As far as the midges are concerned, we have absolutely no control over when and/or if they will be present. It all depends on the weather, the marsh and other factors, none of which we have control over. I agree that they are pesty but they are not isolated to our property, and they are not always present. For those who want a vacation at a beach house, I think you will be pleased with "clo-sea-nuf" and all it has to offer.