Beautiful home with one major problem
The house was beautiful -- concrete and glass, perched over a valley filled with pine trees, wild flowers and soaring birds. We enjoyed views of both sunrise and sunset from the wrap-around deck. The high ceilings, walls of glass and open design of the main floor made us feel part of the natural environment. The bedrooms and bathrooms were ample, and had plenty of storage. The kitchen was well equipped – although the lack of instruction for the high-end appliances was a problem -- but we had lots of room around the big dining table to enjoy family meals surrounded by the gorgeous views.
The major problem was the smell of sewage which greeted us as soon as we opened the front door, permeated the house, and dogged us throughout the week. When we contacted the owners, they seemed aware of the problem and its source – an abandoned downstairs shower. They said it would be fixed by a plumber as soon as our rental was over. That was not the response we had hoped for.
We were able to make the house livable by closing off part of the house, taping up vents and stuffing towels under the doors. However, the off-limits area included the TV room and well-stocked kids playroom, a big disappointment, and there was never a time that the downstairs bedrooms were completely free of the bad smell.
Maintaining a home from a distance is always a challenge, and more so in a remote area. The owners seem very lovely and tried to be helpful with small problems, but large problems like plumbing issues require more diligent upkeep. It seems inconceivable that neither the tenants who left just before us, nor the housekeeper who was there in between, were unaware of the smell.
So if you are considering booking this lovely home, make sure that the sewage smell has been resolved 100%.