Hello, Cynthia. This is the first time I have ever felt the need to respond to a review, but it is the worst review I've had since starting with airbnb , so I want to address a couple of things. First, we make it clear in our description that noise travels up and down the stairs and that privacy is an issue and therefore we don't recommend our place for romantic interludes. Also, I cautioned that you would hear footsteps, particularly the dog chasing the cat.
As to cleanliness, I guess we all have different standards, but this is the first time cleanliness has been an issue. The sheet and overcover (not a top sheet, but a comforter under another comforter, for warmth), and pillowcases were newly laundered Whatever made you think the sheets were soiled, I have no clue. As to the bathroom mirror, you were right. I missed cleaning it after the last guests.
As to privacy, we put a screen at the top of the stairs, which is all we can do. It is our home, after all, not a motel.
You mention in your private note that you want me to succeed. If you take a look at the other reviews, you will find that I have been succeeding. Your negative review might hamper that success. You could just as easily have put most of your comments in the private note. I do intend to look closely at your suggestions and make changes where possible. I will make it even clearer in our listing that the downstairs space affords little privacy and that the noise travels. Now, you might have thought to offer up the fact that I was flexible about check in time, or that I emailed you some information about our upcoming farm tour, since you are a farmer. Those might have given a positive twist to an otherwise dreadful review.