There's two sides to every story:
- Lost key? Completely true. I did lose it. On the first day there, I was trying to manage a bike, a backpack, and a barking dog jumping on me. I must have dropped the key. I'm grateful to Frederick for finding it and returning it to me. I was embarrassed to have lost it and to have caused him trouble.
- Demanded he wash my clothes? False and absurd. I stayed three weeks, so clearly I needed to wash clothes. I looked online for a laundry facility close by. Two were listed. I went to the first, and they has closed and moved. The second was a dry cleaner and wanted 200 euros to wash them for me. I asked Frederick if I could use the wash machine in the house. Eventually, the gardner/house cleaner kindly offered to wash them for me while they did the other cleaning in the main house, telling me it was 'no problem at all.' This 'demand' thing is just silly.
-'He broke the microwave.' Also false. The kitchen is poorly equipped, and I had some hesitations about booking it. Thus, before I booked, I asked if he could arrange to have a microwave, as I would be there on business and often needed to heat a quick meal after a long day at work. He agreed and said it would not be a problem. When I arrived, no microwave. He said he'd get one later. Five days later, he did. A new one. Very nice. Unfortunately, the vent from the toaster oven then melted a tiny part of the door handle, which still works perfectly. There is very little space on the one counter, and it never occurred to me that this would happen. The cleaner actually discovered it. When I found out, I of course offered to buy Frederick a new handle, but that wasn't good enough since he said he didn't know how to replace the handle. Frederick proceeded to demand that I buy an entirely new microwave. I refused, and we went into a mediation process. Unsurprisingly, the mediation found that I was not required to do anything. I think he just wanted the money back on the microwave.
-In short, if you want to rent an apartment for a short time and don't need any laundry facilities and are not worried about the other drawbacks I mentioned in my review, then this is your place.