Gérant immobilier / professionnel
Evolve Vacation Rental
- anglais, français, allemand, espagnol
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Quirky old house, great for a large group!
We stayed here for a few days with 9 adults and 6 kids and it worked out perfectly. The house is decorated with great style and we loved the wood burning stoves and fireplace. Although it was too cold for the pool it seems like a great place to be in the warmer months.
My only complaint was that I wish I had been warned that the heat would not be turned on during our stay. We were fine with space heaters and the fireplace but it was damp and chilly when we arrived and some of us didn't bring enough warm clothes. In addition, the water definitely smells like sulfur. If you're a laid back traveler more interested in a cool experience than the luxuries of a more modern place, this house is for you.....but if you are picky this might not be the place for you!
lovely home and pool
We are a group of 14 women who have rented a house together for the last 10 yrs and understand that each house has its pros and cons.
The pros of this house are that the grounds and pool are beautiful, the house is spacious and can accomodate a crowd and the surrounding area has a lot to offer. Weather permitting we ate al fresco almost every night dining with the fireflies.
The cons are that we were told check in was at 3 but the housekeeper was told 4 and she wasn’t finished cleaning when we arrived. Having a crew to clean would remedy this problem as it is a large house. I also believe the house had not been opened or rented recently as the outside porches and furniture were not clean with lots of cobwebsand dirt and they need repair as some boards are rotted. Opening windows showed windowsills full of dead bugs and there were mouse droppings in empty kitchen drawers. The main kitchen refrigerator did not work but there was another inside the back door that did work but there is no ice maker. The dishwasher did not work and we had to buy dish soap for hand washing.
When you rent a house for 15 you expect dishes and glasses and coffee mugs that can handle the traffic. A little better stocking and effort is needed especially when you are hand washing.
We have had the issue of clutter in other homes we have rented and this one also has that dilemma. All the coat hooks, table tops and closets were taken up with the owners winter coats and personal effects. The bathrooms also had a lot of owners supplies and need some work in that the toilet was wobbly and shower heads a bit clogged from the soft water.
The beds are comfortable and the window air conditioners worked well but the bunk room was very hot and had no ac or fans. With mattresses on the floor that room was hard to sleep in.
There are 2 stairways which are steep and one does not have a handrail. We did have a ‘fall’ that did not result in an injury but the rug on the stairs needs to be removed.
Recognizing that this is an older home and that I believe this is the first year it has been rented out one can expect that this will be a learning experience for the owners. With attention to all of these shortcomings this house will be a wonderful place for gatherings in the future.
We did contact the owner regarding the mouse droppings and the housekeeper came immediately to reclean the kitchen and brought us wine glasses as there were none.
Angela, thank you for your detailed review. We're glad your group enjoyed this Victorian era home overall, but are sorry to hear that certain aspects didn't meet your expectations. We welcome constructive feedback to make improvements for future guests.
We clearly note in the communication sent prior to arrival that check-in is at 4pm, and when your group arrived at 2 pm, the cleaner was finishing up to make sure the house was meticulously clean for your stay. The deck is 160 years old and is repaired regularly. It does get a little dusty each week when the gardener comes and is typically swept off.
We understand a new case of wine glasses was delivered to you, as some glasses bad broken from previous guests. We do not advertise that this property has a dishwasher, but we are sorry if that caught you off guard.
This home is guest ready and all of the personal belongings are locked away in one closet, except for a coat closet in the kitchen. All closets in each room are empty, with the exception of blankets and pillows that belong to each room.
We accurately reflect the bunk room in the listing photos with the beds on the floor. The ceiling is an A-frame and only 7 feet high in the center. Any elevation of the beds wouldn't work and as the room was designed and constructed for children, they have had nothing but praise for how awesome it is. This was one of the hottest summers on record for the area, especially the week of your stay. There are three standing fans in the bunk room to help make guests comfortable. This house was built in 1865, and was done so with a different type of natural air conditioning, including the covered porch that wraps around the house and blocks direct sunlight from bombarding the house. At all times in the summer, it is suggested that guests open doors and windows throughout the house and provide for a cross breeze. This info is written in the house manual that is provided on the dining room table.
The stairs are new and were constructed over steep stairs from 1856 original construction. We can confidently confirm there is no evidence of mice in this home and this house is regularly inspected by a pest control company. It appears that there was a chipmunk stuck, which was released.
The homeowner does all they can to ensure all guests who come to visit have the optimal stay. We look forward to this charming home hosting many satisfied guests! Best, the Evolve Team
This house is huge and homely. The property is the perfect size. Plenty of room to set up lawn games, multiple options for camp fires. The pool is terrific for hanging out in or around. Didn’t know there was not a microwave though, keep that in mind when planning food! Definitely would stay there again. Plenty of bathrooms and sleeping areas.
Overall great stay, quick to address problems
Lovely older house. Lots of character and beautiful grounds. We had an initial mix up about our arrival date, but Antony was extremely helpful, easy to contact and made everything right. We enjoyed late night conversations around the campfire, coffee on the covered porch, relaxing in the hammocks and so much more than a hotel can ever offer! Thanks for a memorable vacation.
What a house !!
Where to start...
The house is huge and amazingly decorated. It is an old house with a lot of charm. Obviously this is not the same comfort as a modern house, but work was done on parts of the house to make it a lot more functional (kitchen and bathrooms for example).
We had plenty of space for 12 adults and 3 children. The kids and parents were sleeping in the main part of the house. So when they went to sleep, we could make all the noise we wanted in the "barn" area without disturbing them ; there is a wood stove there which made it very warm and comfy for the evenings. We slept in the "dormitory" above the barn, so that when the kids woke up early, they played in the "daytime living room" and did not wake us up too early. Ideal ! This daytime living room is impressive with decorations and out-of-this-world books ; it is bathed with plenty of sunlight which made it great to hang around with a cup of coffee and to chat. Kitchen is big enough and well equipped. Dining area was nice, but could use a large table to fit 12 adults more easily. The outside it vast too. The snow made it magical and I would really love to come back for summer and enjoy the bbq, the many hammocks and the pool !
Antony was wonderful. We had a little issue with housekeeping and he was extremely helpful about this. He is very thoughtful and answered all of our questions before arriving and during the stay. 5 stars to the house and to Antony.
We had a BLAST!
This was an enormous and cozy place.
Starting from day one of booking this place was very easy and flexible in my part. We had good memories and fun time with the family. And we'll definitely coming back sometime this year. Book yours now!