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My wife and I live in Austin, but love to travel. I've personally lived in seven countries and traveled to over forty! When not traveling I play beach volleyball and mountain bike on the rocky Austin trails.
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Effortless hosting. I didn't get to see Bryan but they came and went on their own. They didn't require much assistance. They left guesthouse in great shape. Very clean and neat. Happy to host them again.
Bryan & his friends were fabulous guests! The place was left spotless. I would highly recommend Bryan to anyone looking for a fantastic tenant.
Bryan and Nyami are nice people, but if you are considering renting to them, be sure they have looked at your listing carefully. Their original itinerary was to visit Taos, New Mexico, but they booked my guest house in Big Bend (TX) instead at the last minute because of the rains in N.M. They did not look very carefully at what they were booking, and had expectations that were not offered on my listing. The Leapin' Lizard Guest House is described as a cabin, not a full-sized house with a living room, etc.
Bryan says there is no plumbing, but who puts plumbing in the bedroom? There is a lovely stone outdoor shower served by a thirty-gallon l.p.hot water heater. He says it is more like a motel room, but in a motel, you don't have a roomy porch and an incredible view. You don't have any privacy when you walk out a motel-room door. You don't have the means to make yourself a nice breakfast, or grill steaks while watching the sunset. You have only to look at the photos in the listing to see that what is offered is obviously not 'camping'. These guests also knew about the propane incinerating toilet from my listing, yet complained about it, although it is always put through a burn cycle and clean when guests arrive, and has been approved by the county septic inspecter.
The screen door is fitted very tightly at the bottom, to prevent undesireable critters from getting in, and the very first thing I pointed out to these guests upon their arrival was that you must pull the door shut gently, because it fits tightly for that reason.This is a desert environment here, situated between the two largest parks in Texas. It is not urban or even suburban; that's why so many from more populous places love to visit Big Bend. The Leapin' Lizard is nine tenths of a mile off the paved road, and two miles from town, certainly not far. Isolated? No. Quiet and private? Yes, which is what so many of my guests have loved about this place. I have stayed at places in urban areas where getting into 'town' was farther and much more inconvenient. Again, they chose to stay here at the last minute, and they didn't do their homework.
They left abruptly, I assume heading for their original destination, and did not bother to clear my calendar on airbnb so that I could make the place available to others. They DID leave things tidy, but also left something sitting outside by the front door they did not wish to take back through the Border Patrol check-point 60 miles away. I feel they made a very inappropriate assumption in doing so.
NIce friends that Bryan booked for. Very sweet and respectful boys.
We had some very funny experiences with this rental and it all worked out great. Because one of this married couple is from Martha's Vineayard, we had a lot of resources to make their visit really special. They were wonderful and a "cleaning family!!" I have no doubt the house was better when they left, than they even found it. They are flexible, friendly and communicate well.