"We booked this home for a wonderful family vacation in July. There were 8 of us total: 4 adults and 4 boys. The house is wonderfully situated right on the beach, and it really is a short walk down the private walkway to the pristine sands of Cape San Blas.
The home looks unique on the outside with its turret and red color. The elevator, while slow, makes it easy to haul groceries and luggage to the top level. This is the first time we've ever rented a home with an elevator, and I imagine most residential elevators are similarly finicky, but we got used to it, and the kids liked the novelty of it.
The home has ample comfy bedrooms with TVs and fans. Master on the main level and 4 bedrooms on second floor. There are 3 full baths, but because of the design, three bedrooms basically share one bath.
There are two very large decks, one on the top and one on the second level. We often had coffee in the morning sitting on the top deck watching the gulf, and in the evening, you have spectacular views of the sunsets over the gulf.
As noted in the title, this home is a bit tired. I think it's about six years old, and it's showing its age. For example, the chairs in the dining room have loose legs, there were a number of burned out light bulbs throughout the house, and the tile in the bathrooms is getting nasty in a few spots.
In the kitchen, the soap dispenser and sprayer were both "loose" in the counter (needed to be tightened from underneath the counter).
The home is oddly laid out in that to get to the outside beach access, you must exit through one of two bedrooms on the second floor. Also, there is no freezer in the kitchen. You have the full size fridge there but must access the full sized freezer in the laundry room...strange but not a deal breaker.
The day we checked in, the fridge wouldn't cool down. Turns out the door couldn't close because ice build up in the bottom of the fridge caused a drawer frame to push out, blocking the door from closing. We had to spend a bunch of time with a hair dryer defrosting the massive ice berg on the bottom of the fridge. We noticed a similar ice berg in the bottom of the freezer too. Maintenance was quick to respond when one drain backed up and the top AC stopped working on Thursday night.
The view and beach access make up for the negatives, and the Conroys were quick to respond when we called, but the home could use some TLC."
Guest: Bronson B.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 26, 2015