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.
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.
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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