This is a charming house that has clearly been a family gathering spot for decades. The problem is, there is no attempt to ready the place for GUESTS, rather than just family and friends.
My biggest issue is that despite the description- THERE IS NO FIREPLACE!
I even told the owner when booking that the fireplace was important, as my finance and I were recreating a special weekend. When I arrived I found a giant PADLOCK on the fireplace gate. I called and texted the host and I was told that they were not allowing guests to use the fireplace because they didn't want to purchase liability insurance. Why wouldn't you tell your guests that when they booked, or when they told they needed one???? Better yet- change your property description online!
The place was half-cleaned. This is scary in the time of COVID. So we spent or first minutes would things down with lysol wipes rather than relaxing. There was hair in the bathroom on the counters, toilet, and in the bathtub. There was also hair on various surfaces in the house and the shower curtain had mildew at the bottom. The bathmat was dirty.
The bedside table has a glass topper and it was badly shattered, leaving huge, dangerous, sharp shards of glass on the bedside table. I almost sliced my hand open reaching to plug my phone in the wall next to the table.
The owners did not tell us that we couldn't use the fireplace, and didn't tell us that we needed to bring our own firewood for the outdoor forgot (despite having close to 1000 lbs of wood stacked outside). We were told that is for family use only. Our weekend away was ruined. We would've chosen a different (and cleaner, newer, better maintained) place if we had known their was no fireplace.
The backyard also has the feel of a suburb. When you sit on the porch or at the firepit, your view is of houses on all sides, pretty damn close too (a couple years away). So rather than looking out the window into the woods, you get to watch the neighbor fixing his lawnmower on one side, or working on an old car on the other. The neighbors are so close, you can hear everything they say when they are outside. Not the woodsy cabin we had hoped for.
This place is should be kept as a family spot. The owners have no interest in investing the time or money or care required to run a vacation rental. We SEVERELY over paid for what we for. (Grandmas old run down place that she doesn't visit anymore and the rest of the family doesn't really want).