"My parents, my wife's parents, and our kids (three generations) stayed here over the 2014 Christmas Holidays, and the house suited us perfectly. From the time we arrived, we felt right at home. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living area with fireplace, and kitchen (well stocked, lots of counter space) on the main floor and a second living area (with fireplace) along with a third bathroom and bunkroom downstairs. And, although the hottub is outside downstairs, it is merely one step to get indoors frrom the hotub to dry off versus a chilled dash for the indoors. The kids loved having their own area downstairs, with bathroom, as they weren't overly involved with all the college bowl games in the upstairs living area.
The home is about a mile from the main street of Winter Park. It's on the south side of Winter Park, closest to the ski area, which is perhaps two miles from the town of Winter Park. And Safeway was to the north about two miles from Winter Park.
We were dropped at the ski area most mornings, but took the shuttle home. If dropped, I highly recommend being dropped at Mary Jane for a short 30 yard walk, vs Winter Park, which was about a 5 minute walk. We took the shuttle home, which drops you a mere 120 steps (yes, I counted) from the driveway, perhaps a 30 second walk. And, the house is on the 'front end' of the brownline, perhaps the 6th or 7th stop, about a 15 minute ride.
We had use of the garage, which easily accomodated a Suburban, and was a plus to keep our skis in the 'cold' at night. And a washer and dryer meant we were able to pack very light, and simply do laundry mid-trip.
The home fronts the National Forest. On walks, my father-in-law got pictures of several moose. We had winter storms almost daily, but the roads and driveway were kept clear. We had no issues getting to and fro town. And, some properties mention railroad whistles at night...eight nights and we never heard a train.
The home was built in the 80s or 90s, but was clean and perfect. Wi fi worked without fail. Newer properties carry much higher rates, and this had all the comforts of home.
Minor cons, only one king bed, everything else a single or bunk. And hot water can be limited if several showers are being used all at once in the AM.
The best feature, the owners who were in constant contact, helping us with local intelligence, and just ensuring we were having a great time. Hands down, a great property to rent. Thanks Greg!"
Date of Stay: December 2014
Review Submitted: January 8, 2015