After reading Royce's review, I do not feel that he understands the Airbnb concept. The Airbnb concept is that people have homes, apartments etc. that have extra spaces and they rent those rooms out. It is something that we have found that allows us to help professionals either traveling or working in the area to have a comfortable, clean, quiet and peaceful place to stay. The Airbnb concept, unless it is rented as a vacation rental, is a shared living space situation. So I do not understand why he wrote to beware. This is what people are looking for when they go through Airbnb. And, has never been a problem with any of our guest before! Airbnb people are not looking for a Hotel/Motel type situation.
Before Royce decided to stay in our home, he knew that there was another professional staying in the house for a short time. That is the Airbnb concept. Under most circumstances, there is only one person staying there at a time. And once in a while there are a couple of people staying there mostly on a short term basis! The house is rented out by rooms. or the whole house can be rented out as a vacation rental. As he stated, any person staying there gets a key to the house of course but also a key to their bedroom to keep their room locked. He also knew that it was a double wide home and was given access to the photos of the house.
My husband is a book publisher and has a small office in the house. It has never been a problem with anyone staying at the house, because they never see him there and if they do, they welcome the company and someone to talk to and to say hello to. Royce saw my husband maybe a couple of times during the 6 or more weeks that he stayed in the house, because he was at work when my husband was at the office working on a book.
Another part of the Airbnb concept is that you are renting a room in someone's private home and so you are around those people constantly. You are basically living in someone else's home, you use their kitchen, their coffee pot, their refrigerator and you are with those people the whole time that you are staying in their home, mornings, evenings, weekends. But this way he had his privacy, and could cook his meals. He was basically getting a whole house but renting a room and was not around us the whole time he was staying there. Even with a bed and breakfast, you are getting a room and sharing the use of a home. We even welcomed his wife to come and stay with him during the holidays so they could be together and spend the hoidays with their family that live close by.
If the house was rented out as a Vacation Rental, where someone wanted the whole house to themselves. we would give them the whole house and not use the office during that time!
We rented the room to Royce at a much lower price than what we normally get and as I mentioned previously allowed his wife to stay and at no extra charge.
The home is not a trailer, but it is a double wide home with hard wood floors, new appliances, flat screen tv, basic cable and wifi. It is situated on a couple of acres of land that is shared by another family home on the front of the property. The other family home is an historic home. The home is in a country setting that is very well kept, and clean. It is constantly being maintained and worked on to add to the comfort and eye appeal of our guest. I disagree that it is badly in need of an update. We are constantly there maintaining the grounds and the house keeping things nice and comfortable for those staying at the house. It is a country home in a country setting and does not have the appearance of a contemporary, luxury type home.
We love the Airbnb concept! It is a great benefit to those traveling or working who are not wanting to stay in a Hotel/Motel and who like staying in someone's home and having the ability to be around other people. It also is a great benefit to those of us who have chosen to open our homes up to strangers and give them a safe and clean environment to stay in. It has always been so appreciated and welcomed by those who understand the concept that Airbnb has so generously offered to the those with homes and those needing a place to stay! We have always maintained a 5 star status with our guest and hopefully will continue to with this property and other properties we may have to offer.