Best Christmas ever! We booked the Purple House at the last minute and the owners were very accommodating.
The house is beautiful, but more importantly, it worked so well for our family of fourteen. The older kids loved doing screen time in the loft where they could look at the ocean and be away from the adults. And we loved being so close to the beach, the boardwalk, and the center of town without being in a commercial area. We are aleady talking about when we will be back!!!
Stayed here with a group of retired friends for a mid-week wine-tasting and had a blast! The house is lovely with plenty of room for all 14 of us. We loved being so close to the center of town, the boardwalk, and the ocean. We ate in, doing all our own cooking and appreciated that several of us could work in the kitchen without running into each other. Great design and art work; we'll be back next year. A winner!
This house is 1/2 block away from the beach and the start of the boardwalk, so kids could independently get ice-cream and shave ice and fries without us worrying about them. The location is beyond ideal; the 4th Fireworks were right off the second floor balcony straight ahead of us! Gorgeous, clean very modern, no negatives. Great parking on the lot for up to five cars.
PROS: The Purple house was extremely convenient to the beach and a very easy walk to the shops at Bethany. Kitchen was stocked with tools, pans, dishes, etc.
CONS: Some of the features were generally run down (Jacuzzi tub did not work and was not clean), it looked like the guests before us treated the property REALLY rough (locked closets appeared to have been attempted to be broken in to, dishes were sticky, dirty, etc, trash can had liquid in it, half-eaten pizza under the sink, shower fixtures dirty, etc). We felt like we had to clean before we could enjoy our stay. Also, having rented with the same group for seven years in Deep Creek, we were disappointed to have to supply our own sheets and towels...just one more thing to pack. Finally, another refrigerator in the kitchen would be a big help.
OVERALL: I am not completely opposed to returning, but won't have my hopes up for what we have come to expect in this type of vacation rental.
A group of us stayed here after a local wedding: what a wonderful time we had! We loved the house and we loved the location and really recommend going off-season if you can. It is paradise. The owners were extremely helpful when we had a problem with washer. They had a next-day delivery arranged, without any fuss. The place is an architectural marvel and decorated with an eye toward whimsy. It is only a short walk to the beach, which we had all to ourselves in April.
We loved our family weekend at the Purple House! Siting in front of the fireplace watching the ocean. quick walks in town for great restaurants, or cooking together in the well-stocked kitchen made our time as a family special. There was plenty of space for all of us, and quiet space for those who needed a break. We are planning a longer, in-season stay for the summer of 2018; we have never been in a beach rental that served us better.