Dear future potential hosts: Please read my reply. Thank you.
Lori is a self-described artist. She lives at this house with loads of her own art and does not seem to want to rent it but does so for the rent money. All of which would be fine if she actually treated guests like guests when they pay a total of $2500 for 3 days. But instead she is inattentive to the basics, she resents people being in her house, and finds fault at every turn. Each one of my airbnb stays has been stellar and I would love to continue to use this system…despite this woman's attempt to try and damage my reputation.
Lori agreed to 18 guests and never indicated that it would be an issue. This is documented in our airbnb communication.
The house has safety issues such as unevenly built staircases. The entire lower floor is not a suitable place for people over about 6’1 due to the very low beams. (7 members of our family are over this height and 5 of them struck their heads HARD just by moving through the house. It brought 2 of them to their knees on different occasions. Nearly half of the group moved through the main floor hunched over to make sure they didn’t crack their heads.) The house needs to be advertised as having extremely low ceilings on the main floor. The ceiling fan upstairs hangs way low—right at neck-height for most of the members of our group.
The house was not actually ready until 5:30pm on arrival and was still being cleaned when we arrived in the afternoon. She came back to the house early before our rental period ended (she emailed me and wanted to come back at 8:30am Sunday) and blocked in our cars with her truck and trailer.
The house is extremely cluttered with tacky knickknacks and teetering objects. This would be suitable for just a few people on the premises but the fact is that she wanted to collect the fees associated with hosting 18 people and yet the house is really not set up for groups. Easels balanced with art, glass objects everywhere... I let Lori know in advance that we would have children with us ranging in age from 11 to 18. That would have been the time to tell me that she thinks of her house as a private, sacred museum so that we could decide whether we wanted to have to be custodians for fragile "sacred" objects sitting everywhere.
Her house description implies that it has a private dock. It is actually a public dock nearby.
Yard: the children played in the yard and there was no notice to stay off the grass. Nothing but kids running and playing.
Trash: We did not leave one spec of trash anywhere but in the trash area. The 3 bags were neatly tied up. The recycling was carefully separated out as host asked. She did not leave adequate receptacles for recycling so we found cardboard among our things to organize the recycling.
Cleaning: Before we left, we stripped all the beds, wiped the surfaces, swept the floors and left not a single dirty dish
Tipi: There was no damage done to the host’s tipi. Nothing! The fireplace burning right in the middle, with carpeting right up to the edge, is an interesting choice for the host to have made. I am sorry that she thinks we caused damage to the tipi. Lori rented out the tipi to other people the first 2 nights we were there without telling us until the day before our arrival (we did not know we would be sharing the space with another party.) Perhaps a spark came from their fire. I really don't know but it is crummy that she is trying to stick me with her tipi carpet upgrades when we did not even stay there.
Shed/ Instruments: If we had known that we were not supposed to enter this shed or touch the instruments or power cords, we absolutely would not have touched any of it. I am sorry that in the host’s haste to leave the house and sell art at a local art show that she forgot to lock this and help us understand her property. It was just not clear: not written or noted anywhere! No damage was done to the instruments. We had no way of knowing at the time that her large wooden horn was off-limits. It was not damaged and she is not claiming it was damaged…but still, she told me via email that this was a "violation of her sacred space." and "she had never been so violated in her entire life." We just didn’t know about her power cords etc!
Hot Tub: The hot tub was absolutely filthy when we arrived, cloudy green water with polluted looking foam on top. It really needed to be cleaned before we arrived. Count us among the guests who were denied access to the tub because it was just too dirty.
I am extremely disappointed to lose our $300 deposit and do not believe it is fair. Lori had gotten herself so worked up that it was better to just let the deposit go so that she didn’t perseverate all summer via email to me on her "sacred space violations."
All in all, host Lori gives the impression of being someone who really doesn’t want to rent a space that she sees as very private and sacred…but does so grudgingly to collect the fees--and then rushes people off the grounds. 5-star location, 3-star house, 1 star host.