Sometimes you just have a feel about a place, this was one of those. Our correspondence with Terri (the owner) and our payment through Trip Advisor really did go without a hitch. Terri kept us informed throughout and about three weeks before our visit, she furnished us with all the information we would need. The means of access, the places she recommended for us to eat or visit and a list of things we should find at the Casa de Sonrisa.
We arrived on a very hot afternoon, found the instructions all made sense and we were in the house and settling in to the nice cool environment already created for us. The house was larger than we imagined, with a nice big lounge/dining area, two bedrooms (one a large double) and a very well equipped and functional kitchen. Out the back, was large yard complete with tables and chairs, a bbq and a washer and dryer. Our car had already been parked under the car port attached to the side of the house.
Terri had thought of just about everything, leaving some tea and coffee, spices, bags, dishwasher and washing detergents and other helpful items. The fridge was large and the gas cooker more than adequate, along with a microwave. Cutlery and crockery, kitchen utensils and pots, pans, etc., made everything very functional for our stay.
To top it all off, Terri was available at the end of the phone or email. As we were Apple users and we had an area in the UK in common with Terri, we conversed quite happily over the phone about places we both knew and enjoyed.
The house is in a very good area, we used to have a nice walk early every morning, with the Catalina Mountains as magnificent backdrop and often walked to local restaurants in the evening.
The wifi was very good and there was good selection of television channels. Terri had left some magazines of the area and an information file, full of the places she recommended and some helpful hints.
I really couldn't talk too highly of the experience and only regret we didn't meet Terri, who was working away at the time.
We had received our deposit back in our account, before we even arrived back in Australia. If you have business, family or friends in the area, or just wish to use the Casa de Sonrisa for a holiday base (as we did), you will not be disappointed with the value for money and homeliness the house offers.