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I am a photojournalist who likes to travel the world in search of human interest stories. Married to Bart, mother to Skyler (5). I also own (website hidden), a webstore for unique adoption related gifts.
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I had a difficult time on this review because I try to be positive in all situations & being a nurse i feel i'm reasonably sympathetic. frankly this entire visit was unsettling & stressful.
While the family is very friendly, I dont believe they listened to our instructions, or if they did , they just ignored our guidelines.
we had several issues with the guests not respecting our house policies or property.
my husband loaned a wetsuit fot their child- something we generally dont do- with the instructions to care for it- the care was completely disreguarded & we found it caked with sand & clothes pinned in the sun.
We tour with our guests & give expectations up front, as the cottage is small, dining for a family inside the cottage would not be possible. we showed them the enclosed patio for guest dining- as also pictured in our listing- a day later they pulled a metal table into the cottage that scraped he wooden floor. When asked to please remove it he said "but we have no place to eat". I thought perhaps then that it was communication barrier & we directed them to the lanai again.
We hoped all would be ok & decided we wouldnt keep deposit for the floor as might be communication problem.. then we found the child in the cottage with a LIT sparkler firework- my husband explained this is a fire hazard & very unsafe & the response was "its his last one"! He had to firmly tell them to take the firework to the concrete patio!
when we accepted this booking we did so knowing a child was included- we have 4 so we consider ouselves family friendly- when Chris requested this booking she wrote they would provide a rolled mat for the child to sleep in the loft. we happened to have an air mattress so I inflated as an extra measure of comfort- thankfully so- because they arrived with no mat for him. We left the pump since these things tend to deflate.
we went out of our way to accommodate the family but felt very frustrated with their care of our home.
Chris & Bart are very nice people and interesting. There kid Skyler (5 years) is very nice, fun and very well educated. I really enjoy to host theme. They can come back any time.
Chris is great! She is a very sweet and interesting person. I wish our schedules would not have been so busy so I could have spent more time with her. She is welcome ANYtime! :)