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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Oscoda, Michigan

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“No fond memories here - dirty & run-down”
Reviewed June 27, 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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First the positive: thelocation and view of Lake VanEtten was great. I am very sorry to report that the rest is negative and that very few “fond memories” occurred in this rental.
Upon arrival, the sun porch wall – both inside and outside – was found to be covered in small flying insects that resembled termites. As it was 6:00pm, there was no one available at the property management office so a message was left; drove back into Oscoda to purchase bug spray and fumigated the house. At 10:00am the next morning, a second call was placed to the property manager because no return call had been received. The representative had just arrived in the office and said he had listened to the message, “something about some dead bugs on the window sill.” No, it was a wall crawling with live insects inside and out.
In addition, the condition of the property was poor. The bathroom plumbing was running slowly and it appeared the sink would soon be completely plugged (which was reported to the managers via the phone conversation). The sink, indeed, plugged completely within 24 hours. A plunger was located and the sink was unplugged enough to use. In the three-day stay, the shower was not used because of the worry of backed up plumbing plus the shower was filthy and full of hard water stains. There was also a gray film, either years of dust or a layer of mildew, that covered the knotty pine walls throughout the house.
The beds had full-sized mattresses placed on queen-sized bed frames so that there was 4 inches of metal frame to crawl over before reaching the mattress; there were 2x4 boards at the head and foot to keep the mattress from moving around on the oversized frame. The mattresses were extremely old and worn out, as was most of the furniture throughout the house.
Understand that we are blue-collar, country-living people so there is no “Beverly Hills” judgement happening here. This property is seriously misrepresented and overpriced for its condition. Major disappointment - so many better places to have spent my money on.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jun 27, 2017
Fond memories concerns, I wish we could have spoken directly before this was posted as I can assure you things were taken care of quickly and promptly. I am sad to find that you felt it was so terrible at the property. The concern of bugs I understand that you never know when they can show up we didn't receive any urgent messages on the 24/7 line from any one from the property there was a non-urgent message left in the general voicemail in which the call was taken on the following business day. You mistakenly left it in the general mailbox, general message that was left in the mailbox and it was taken care of the following day as it states in the message. I personally checked through all the information but did not find the property to be as you described I am sad to hear that it was not as you expected the cabin to be. The inspection took place upon your departure and all sinks and drains were draining and in proper order. I am not sure if it was a matter of saturated field or not which is common with properties that have too much rain all at once but that may have been it. The metal frame has been checked out as well and will be remedied. This property is an older property but it is clean no evidence of mildew.

How horrible to go through personally what you are experiencing, and it was a lovely thought of your family to purchase this stay for you.
Had I of know you were that dissatisfied we would have moved you.

I wish you and your family well
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
1 review
“Overgrown Lawn / 1ONE (Not two) Bathroom”
Reviewed June 8, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We stayed at the Fond Memories property for the Memorial Day weekend. And while Overall we enjoyed our time up north, there were a few things that were annoying. We were pretty disappointed to see that the grass had not been cut and was nearly a foot long, this was especially bothersome when we got a rain Sunday evening, it cleared quickly and we were able to build a bon fire, but the tall grass was soaked and so were we after having to walk through it to the fire pit . The house is comfy but has too much stuff, like personal stuff (clothing?) in the closets and such? There was also an issue of a couple of the dining room chairs were in very rough shape, a broken pool cue, things we were concerned we'd be blamed for? But no chance of that happening as our call and email to the property management elicited zero response. The check in instructions tell you to inspect the property and report your findings, I called and left a message and sent an email and have Still gotten No response from the management company.
My biggest complaint aside from the lawn, is that the property is advertised as a 2 bathroom, but it is Not. There is one full bathroom (dirty tub/hand held shower) and a camp like shower (only, no toilet or sink) off the garage at the top of the basement stairs. Can't say I'd never stay here again, but I'd try to find something better first...
I'd only recommend this property with caution.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to review i did choose to respond via email to your concerns and hope that cleared any items up. Fond memories is a great property and has never had a complaint about the lawn until now. We did clarify that Trip advisors post that it is a two bath property however it is a 1 1/2 bath as we advertise on our direct site. We are not able to change what trip advisers posts. I did submit a ticket to them to perhaps change how they collect the data from our site. Hopefully that will clear up any issues. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Reviewed August 14, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Aug 15, 2016
Hello it is a beautiful quaint property and we agree a great view :)
We checked into the cleaning ourselves and found that they new cleaner missed the shower, and we recommended a dehumidifier for the garage area, it is a garage but perhaps that would help. In the future please let us know about any cleaning concerns as we would have had the independent contractor come back out.
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Jon R
Macomb, Michigan
1 review
“Most accommodating!”
Reviewed January 20, 2016 for a stay in November 2015

Just a great Thanksgiving weekend in this house. Cooked a Thanksgiving dinner there with no problems. Lots to do in the house just reading and taking in the view of the lake. Had a campfire Sunday morning, sipping coffee and taking in the day. Did some star gazing Saturday night. Will definitely rent again but would like a small boat to use. Went to various local sites hiking, and taking pictures. Nice area.

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Liked best: The house interior, and layout. Nice and homey.
Liked least: Audio system speakers are old and damaged from age
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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