Renters be prepared
My family and inlaws rented this house last summer as a way to spend a week together since they're out west. It was listed as air conditioned and we had a 5 month old. My mother-in-law spoke repeatedly with Jeanine to ensure that things were fine for a baby and also for her as she is a little unstable on her feet. I mention this only as one of the problems we had was railing at the back stairs from the porch to back yard, completely broke when I was walking down it and lost my balance. Upon closer inspection, the wood was rotted in several places and to "fix" it, they had used various nails and screws (some of which were protruding from the railing.
The kitchen is probably fine if you are not remotely choosy or don't mind disorganization and clutter. I appreciate that when other people stay, things can get put away in an odd manner. However, there were very few matching dishes, bowls or glasses, and cooking was sometimes a challenge because utensils and dishes were so scattered and hard to find. That being said, the coffee pot worked and there were pantry essentials when we got there.
There is 1 very old air conditioner on the main floor in the living room. It in NO WAY cools the whole house. The 2 bedrooms on the floor are across the house, and hot as Hell when we stayed. There were some fans if I remember correctly but certainly not enough to carry the coolish air through the kitchen, down the hall and into the rooms. The front living room was essentially uninhabitable as it was so hot.
As for the 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 has an AC unit, directly above the head of the bed. the other has no AC.
There are certainly positives about the house: the back porch is nice, laundry in basement is a plus.
I may not have been so upset about the whole thing but it was so hot that my husband and I considered taking our baby to a hotel, as he was so miserable. In addition, it took 6 weeks for my mother in law to get her deposit back.
If you're booking early or very late summer, the AC may not be a big deal but be aware, AC units is not what I would consider a forth coming description.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Date Submitted: January 2017
Thanks very much for your feedback. I'm sorry you and your family didn't enjoy your vacation at our home. We really strive to accommodate our guests and care very much about your experience. We tried to be very responsive to your Mom-in-law's calls and e-mails prior to your stay..
The screened porch is one of the most popular features of the house, with many folks who've shared their stories of great times from morning coffee, to cocktails, to cook-outs, so I apologize for the railing issue. As soon as I heard about it (after your stay), we had a carpenter out who fully replaced the railing, step, and infrastructure, just to ensure it's safe and attractive.
As this is our second home vs. just a rental property, the kitchen dishes and glassware are a bit of an eclectic mix, but there are lots of amenities (microwave, blender) plus current appliances. We try to make it turnkey with basic spices and supplies so you don't need to start your vacation with a trip to the store! Also, sometimes other guests move things around, but we've always had good feedback that everything they needed was readily available.
Regarding the weather and air conditioners, your stay occurred over a very hot and humid week at the Cape. Our listing advises that there are a couple of AC window units, and in our conversations I let your mother-in-law know that we did not have central air and used a combination of box fans (provided) and the window units to cool the house. Most of the summer we and our guests just open the windows/pop a fan in the window and there's a lovely cross-breeze that keeps the house comfortable. Had you reached out while there, I could have purchased an additional window unit and had our handyman pop it in where you felt it was needed.
Thanks again...hope you have a pleasant summer and enjoy your vacation wherever you choose.