Pear Tree House really stood out for us. It’s modern contemporary and very spacious. Sadly, the road it’s located on is far from a smooth drive and the surrounding area is quite tired looking in comparison. It features a lovely pool which lights up. If you can find the switch to turn them on. We eventually found the switch inside the fuse box in the store room underneath the pool at the far end. So you’ll need a torch to make your way there and back in the evening or just leave them on once you find the switch.
Although the furniture was a little worn, there is plenty of space to sit and enjoy a nice glass of wine of an evening if you can find a bottle opener (we had to go out and buy one as well as a can opener and we left them there! - two very basic items you would expect to find in the kitchen). We also noticed that according to the information book that was left for us, there was a tv monitor and a computer for watching dvds. There were plenty of films to choose from but nothing to play them on (no computer as stated), So don’t plan on an evening watching movies unless you go to the cinema - 5 minute drive into Holetown. WiFi was available but you had to remain within approx 10 metres of the router.
With 5 bedrooms, there was plenty of space to accommodate our party of ten. However, three of the bedrooms were children’s bedrooms - two featured children’s beds including a bunk bed (no ceiling fan it that room made it unbearable for my daughter to sleep on the top bunk and clearly too high for the cleaner to reach so the sheets didn’t get changed during our two week stay). The third children’s bedroom featured a sofa bed which has to be the most uncomfortable bed I have ever had to endure and whilst the sheet was changed once during our two week stay, the pillow cases were not.
But that’s not all. They have a ‘cleaner’ who we were told visits 3 times a week but it felt like that’s all she did. Visit. We had to wash the towels ourselves but couldn't do any washing for 4 days as the washing machine was broken. The owner, upon arrival, advised that a replacement one was being delivered the following day (replacement = not new). However, it wasn’t plumbed in until the next day and they discovered an technical fault. So that machine had to be replaced too. Finally it arrived on the Thursday. Oh, and the original old machine was left in the garden throughout our entire stay (not a good look). We ended up having to sweep and mop ourselves most of the time. We were also told we could get the towels washed as required but when we asked the cleaner, she told us it’s not her cleaning day! We concluded that no day was her cleaning day so be prepared to do your own housework.
The house features two sets of trifold doors so the whole ‘wall’ opens out - one onto the garden and old washing machine, the other to the patio. Only neither of them could open properly - we managed to get one to open up but couldn’t lock it back. The artificial cleaner proudly mentioned that her and the boss were the only ones who could lock it so we asked her to lock it for us when we went out for the day. But we arrived home to discover she left it unlocked. On our last day in the house, as we were getting ready to leave, three men turned up and entered the house with the cleaner (apparently to fix the locks on the trifold doors). We were given no warning and at 8:30 in the morning, three of us were undressed having just had showers. It wasn’t the greeting we expected, but we were so glad to be leaving that day!
Our conclusion? The house looks ideal in the pictures. As long as you bring mattresses and pillows, wash your own bedding and towels and are prepared to clean the house yourself, it’s fine.
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We really enjoyed our stay at pear tree. Monkeys in the garden it's opposite one of the bestbeachs and cliff restaurant.