Several aspects of the cottage were disappointing. It was difficult to tell from the posted pictures, but the “bedrooms” upstairs are just shared loft spaces, with zero privacy. For two adult couples, it was awkward and less than ideal. The second “bedroom” was tiny and we hit our heads on the low open beams several times. One bedframe has a broken middle support. The linens on the smaller bed had bleached out spots.
Several things in the cabin were worn out, unclean, or in disrepair. Several blinds were broken, unusable or unsightly. A bedroom end table had a greasy film residue, which we had to clean. Window sills, air vents, decorative hangings, and loft railings were covered in many places with cobwebs and dust. We had to wash some dishes before use and the kitchen cupboards had numerous items left behind, including old cereal, used peanut butter, etc. (Some items are a plus for renters, but most of this needs to be cleaned out.) The sink in the bathroom is rusting. A pair of old, unconnected speakers in the dining room serve as plant stands.
Most of the “vintage” furniture, décor, and accessories were not cute and quaint, but worn out and needing replaced. Drawers/doors were hard to open. Some light bulbs were burned out. The hairdryer handle was caked with a residue and numerous containers of misc. bathroom toiletries were under the sink. (Instead of being “amenities,” it felt like someone left all their old stuff behind.)
The outdoor equipment was rather disappointing, including the dirty barbecue, moldy beach equipment, dirty styrofoam cooler, torn rain poncho, and broken boogie boards. The driveway is also a slight hazard (we scraped hard until learning to navigate it).
In fairness, we did not contact the owner, because: 1) We were unlikely to find alternative housing options in our price range last minute; 2) Based on earlier reviews, the owner is probably already aware of these issues; 3) We had a relatively short stay there.
On the positive side, the downstairs is spacious and the cottage setting is stunning, with beautiful landscaping. Further, the location was ideal for touring the island and for its relaxed pace. The back deck was wonderful!
In the end, it wasn’t a terrible place, but we wished we had known going in what to expect (so, KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!). It was certainly not in keeping with our other VRBO and similar rental experiences. If the owner ever addresses these items, this will be a truly incredible place to stay.