The positives: screened porch & lovely sunsets. Cozy bed, decent appliances. The rest was pretty negative.
Reservation was adjusted to accommodate our Saturday to Saturday request by an employee who apparently did not have the authority to offer that. We arrived for 2 p.m. check-in on a holiday weekend & found our cottage occupied until the next day, so had to drive 2 hours back home....in 3 vehicles because of the circumstances under which my husband, myself & adult son were able to meet in the area. Owner NOT at all prepared to assist with our return travel expenses which amounted to gas for 3 vehicles. Let's not even count our frustration that our family weekend was ruined. At first it seemed the Manager, Nicole, who actually could not have been nicer just did not want to address our concerns about having been offered the Saturday to Saturday rental because I did not have the name of the employee who called me on our cell to offer the Saturday night reservations because he said the people staying in cottage #3 were leaving so it would be available to us. When we learned this was not the case, there was nothing available locally to reserve for one night since this was a holiday weekend, so our family weekend got ruined & we had to do the 2 hour drive back home with our 2 small dogs. I indicated to Nicole that we would expect the owner to compensate us in some way for their error & for our hefty fuel costs. She did indeed contact him, we understand one of 8 professionals who are co-owners of the "resort ", but he indicated too that he was not prepared to do anything because I did not have the "name" of the person who called me. Like I'd invent this! At a later date, the responsible employee admitted calling us & offering the accommodation, but that did not satisfy the owner either.
Our son did not return the next day given how limited his time would be to stay, but my husband & I went back with our dogs. This accommodation was prepaid, otherwise I can tell you we would just have walked away. We decided to try to make the best of it.
NO A/C! Brutally hot & the ceiling fan in the kitchen didn't help much. We learned after the first night that any food we'd prepare indoors had to be done early in the day, otherwise it was like being in a sauna. First night, I tried to microwave corn on the cob. Mistake! The fridge conks out when the microwave is used. So great, 2 hours later when I'm putting stuff away I noticed the fridge wasn't working. I called the emergency number listed on the "resort's" business card....that would be 2 weeks ago tonight....still no return call! Lucky my husband figured out how to fix the electrical problem.
No owner is present on the property it seems. The Manager leaves at around 5-6 p.m.. While there are guidelines left in each cottage regarding noise after 11 p.m., forget it. First night, voices, music etc kept us awake until 3 a.m. in the sweltering heat.
Be prepared to leave a damage deposit even though the accommodation is prepaid! $500! We have stayed in this area for years....never experienced that before. The toaster won't work unless one holds a lever down...the microwave apparently didn't work last year either according to the occupant of the next cottage who only stayed at this "resort" because her adult children gathered there the last 2 summers.
So, now to the word "resort". Can't drink the water...none is supplied, nor is bedding towels, personal items like soap, shampoo etc, so where does the "resort" come in?
Day 2 making lunch - remember if it is warm it is too hot to cook later in the day -a chipmunk or red squirrel scurried across the floor! Great, now I'm worried about any food that a critter could get into.
We couldn't take this place another minute by day 5, so we returned home. This, after a night of loud scratching from the area above the bedroom ceiling that went on for hours. A family of rodents or maybe a raccoon? We couldn't get out of there fast enough.
If you do decide to stay here, allow lots of time if you ever need to ask a question at the marina/office where Nicole is on duty 7 days a week. As mentioned, she is very pleasant but it appears over-worked. It was not uncommon to have to wait a minimum of 15 minutes of precious "holiday" time to ask a question. She is busy fueling boats etc & seems to have lots of responsibilities.
I wanted to be sure none of our $500 security deposit was retained, so had her check the cottage for damage like the toaster that didn't really work etc. She did make an offer to entice us to return, but forget it...we'd NEVER go back to this place! We are not overly demanding clientele & expected not to be staying at the Ritz for the price. However, this place fell far short of meeting our expectations. The owners have no P.R. skills & as faithful visitors to the area, they will never see any of our business again. Good luck if you still decide to try this place!
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