The cabin itself is quite nice, in a good location and was perfect for our whole family. But ours was not the 5-star experience we were led to expect on the VRBO website. We ran into some issues which really hampered our January stay.
I shared this review with the owner first, per VRBO protocol, but it was met with terse, non responsive replies.
"Although we used kindling for the wood stove, the piled wood outside was too large and there was no hatchet or ax provided. Making do with what was there, it took awhile for the fires to catch. Each time, the downstairs filled up with smoke from the wood stove; causing us to have to open the exterior doors to clear it. Which allowed a cold draft to flow through the room. (All the adults in our party know how to work a wood stove.)
Plus, cooking on the range was challenge. Although the hood vent over the stove turned on, it didn’t draw at all. Then the combination of smoke/steam from the stove and wood stove caused the smoke alarms to go off a few times. (Five of us witnessed the hood not drawing steam)
Also, as you know, (because we had to call him) the door to the upstairs bedroom locked unexpectedly. We were glad to have some handy people in our party, who removed the door jamb with a butter knife and hammer, with minimal damage. The situation could have been much worse, but it made for a tense hour while we figured it out. You may wish to install safer bedroom door handles in the case of a child being accidentally locked in.
Finally, we found the cabin to be lacking some basic necessities and conveniences; i.e. house manual, keys to interior doors, can opener, salt and pepper, a large pot in which to cook pasta for a large group, (We found one pressure cooker and a small sauce pan).
Although there was a comforter on each bed, extra blankets would have been welcome for those times when the doors were hanging open or people needed some extra warmth in the night."
Additionally, a pool table was one of the amenities listed at the cabin. There was a foosball table, not a pool table.
Here is the owner's response:
Per the posting: wood was provided for the wood stove, the stove is to be operated with the door close to avoid smoke in to the house , the stove fan does work, the bedroom doors were open on your arrival.. No I will not be able to accommodate a refund,