I appreciate reviews that reflect honest feedback, especially since there is always room for improvement as a host. However, in all honesty, I do feel that Charissa, who arrived with unauthorized guests later in the evening and whom I never actually met, is being retaliatory because she was assessed fees both for having more guests than were in her reservation and for leaving stains that would not come out on bedspreads and couch coverings that her surplus guests slept on.
In fact, I first found out about the extra guests from the neighbors who complained, and who provided both a car and head count, and I found further evidence upon arriving back at a house that had a musty beer odor, wet rugs, muddy foot and paw prints (from an unauthorized dog) on the floors, and dozens of cups and alcohol containers in the trash. So it comes as no surprise that a person who appears to have hosted an overnight party (which is not permitted on the property) might have felt a bit cramped and cooped up, especially on a stormy weekend.
Further, as my listing states, this is a rustic home that is indeed located in a wooded residential community called Sherwood Forest, with multiple stores and restaurants within walking distance, so there is not really anything misleading about the description. However, if one is looking for a secluded cabin nestled in a forest, then, no, this is not the place – sorry!
Finally, it is true that there were a couple of test paint swatches in the kitchen and on trim that has since been re-painted, that a sliding-glass door was sticking a bit (the rollers were replaced the next day), and that the initial guests arrived well after their stated check-in time; in fact, they were close to 3 hours late. However, I would like to clarify that the reason I vacuumed and “milled about” was because it had started raining while I was waiting so I had to pull my dogs in from outdoors and quickly re-tidy the room they had been confined in when the guests arrived (which I explained to them as we went on the house walk-through). That and I did take an extra fan out of storage and clean it while I was waiting for them because it was nearly 100 degrees outside.
So, again, I do take guests’ feedback very seriously, and I do make improvements and try to be as accommodating as possible, based on their suggestions; hence the new appliances (and, as of this week a new bed!), as well as being on hand for a house walk-through when guests arrive. However, I also expect honesty, proper payment, and overall respect for my house, couches and neighbors (especially in terms of number of persons staying), from my guests in return. Thanks.