This is a lovely home and was spacious for the 4 of us staying there. HOWEVER, there were numerous things about our stay that would stop us from ever staying here again in the future. While it is understood that this is a current and permanent home for a family, there are several steps they should have taken when renting it out. First, there were family photos all over which isn't a huge deal but makes you feel like you are invading someone else's space. Next, there were kids toys all over, not just in a certain spot, as would be expected since kids obviously live there, but scattered on the porch, in the bathtub, etc. There were jackets hanging on the only coat rack and bath towels/robes on the bathroom racks. In addition, the porch should have been swept prior to our stay. A rat was spotted out there and had obviously gotten into a bird seed bag leaving seed and rat remains all over the porch. Furthermore, we were asked to strip the beds prior to checking out and load/run the dishwasher. I feel that stripping the beds, when we are paying a cleaning fee, was inappropriate. I understand wanting the dishwasher loaded and ran, no big deal...BUT, they had their own dirty dishes in there and expected us to run it for them. Not only that, majority of the wine glasses (which we had spent forever looking for) were dirty in the dishwasher before we arrived. Finally, there was food in the fridge (not condensed in a single area as to allow guests to use the remaining space) and the freezer packed with food, so using that was out of the question.
To the owners: we loved your wood kitchen countertops and the wood furniture! For future guests and to preserve your wood, I would recommend providing coasters so you don't have to worry about guests leaving standing water and glass rings.