I thought maybe I had unreasonable expectations of this property (listed as "luxury" rentals by the owners) because the reviews had been uniformally complimentary. We spent three nights in early September in the Caleb cabin and I struggled with writing a review on the property until I read another that detected the same issues as we did.
On the favorable side, the setting is beautiful for the cabins and they are well postioned for privacy taking full advantage of the little creek and surrounding woods. The parking is fine and we did have some very lovely woodland friends and their babies wander across the property as we sat outside on the porch drinking coffee.
Be aware that the cabins are very remote (I'm not sure we would have found it in the dark without the GPS) and the road is very rough and was made more so by the heavy rains of last summer. This is no fault of the property owners and if there was any damage to the immediate area of the cabins from the hurricane backlashes it was not apparent. The cabins are very cute from the outside and as noted previously, well constructed.
OK then....When we arrived we found our sheets in a little pile with a note saying they had been freshly washed for our comfort. I thought this odd at the time (for $169 a night I would expect my bed to be made on arrival) and then I read a previous review about somebody having stained sheets upon arrival so I understand this was a measure to correct that issue. However...the pilows were so stained and lumpy my husband said he wouldn't put his head down on them and when we pulled back the comforter (thin as noted by others) there were blood stains (not specks, blobs) on the underside. I am a lab technician and I am absolutely certain they were blood. They were bad enough that we went to the nearest Walmart (20 miles away) and bought new pillows. On our return trip we were hit by a truck while at a stop sign. Again no fault of the property owners, but renters should be aware this is a very dangerous intersection. It's a runaway exit for trucks to cool their brakes down in the mountains and the T intersection is very narrow for hundreds of trucks a day to make that turn back on the larger roads.
We were not injured and the car was still driveable and we were looking forward to a drink and a visit to the hot tub. You can guess what happened next. The hot tub was not working. There is a notebook in each cabin with contact info for the owners, but our cell phone would not work and we had to wait until the next day and drive out of the dead zone to call the owner. (If you would need emergency services, you may be out of luck) We never did talk or see him, but when we returned from our day trip the tub was operating. I will say that in our case the tub was clean, but a disgusting wet and full ashtray had been left on the railing.
Now I like Jesus as much as the next person, but I found the use of his cross and image as a decorating device in a cabin cloying and unexpected. I guess that's enough of that subject.
On another decorating note, there is a metal spiral staircase that leads to a sleeping loft that we did not use. Apparently enough people had knocked their noggin on the staircase that the owners had duct taped oven hot pads to the risers. Tacky.
We were fully aware that there was no TV and that the computer might not work and we were fine with that. However....the hanging reading light in the corner kept flickering so we moved the couch to see if it was plugged in properly and discovered a frayed cord along with a bunch of dirt and bugs. Moving the furniture is not part of the cabin prep I guess. We left the couch pulled out so they could remedy that. And don't move the fake flower arrangement on top of the refrigerator. There's an uncapped bundle of wires sticking out of the wall that looks kind of scarey.
The bathroom was generally clean and adequate, but I didn't appreciate that (very) old toiletries from previous patrons had not been removed. I'm not going use an open toothbrush that somebody left behind or half a bottle of dandruff shampoo and I figure neither would anybody else. Same issue with the kitchen. Rock hard bags of sugar and suspect looking spices are not helpful.
The kitchen was clean, especially the refrigerator, but we had the same trouble with the dishes the prior review had. There is an elaborate set of instructions left for you as cleaning instructions on departure and they ask you to run the dishes through the diswasher. Well for pity's sake, nobody takes that hour to do that upon departure so we found most of the dishes still greasy from hand washing and the plastic glasses clouded and unnappealing. More things we had to purchase from Walmart. You are also asked to cart your trash half a mile up the road on your way out of town.
Enjoy the surroundings, but change your defination of "luxury".
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28 August 2012
Thank you for your constructive criticism. We have addressed all those concerns that are in our control. Sorry about your automobile accident. The corrections have been made for our future guests.
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