2 Houses 5 Bedrooms , 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 2-10 (include children in guest count)
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Vicki's place was very cool and expansive. It was nicely tucked into a hill with a nice view and tons of great outdoor spaces for relaxing. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it. There are a variety of rules/restrictions on process related to the stay but we did not have any issues with these as Vicki was easy to communicate with and make sure everything was as-expected.
Enjoyable stay at a lovely property
We had an enjoyable stay at this lovely property. The location is quiet...good for relaxing and reading not to far for a ride to the beach. On morning walks groups of deer and flocks of quail are a delightful site. Only suggestion it would be nice to have a cast standing coat rack in some of the bedrooms if you are attending an event where formal wear is suggested.
Our pre-wedding night was ruined by the poor interaction
We rented the pre-wedding night property here, and our pre-wedding night was ruined because of that.
Our parents who flew all the way from China were not allowed to enter the property to chat with us, we had to cut our rehearsal dinner short to checkin the property early, leaving us extremely stressful, and this was NOT our fault.
We learnt these strict house rules less than 12 hours before we checked in communicated to us by a rude hostess for the first time. She had a typo in the our email address, blamed us for not responding, and not apologetic after she found out it was her fault.
HomeAway says they are a marketplace company, host is not responding, and now nobody is responsible for it.
In response to your review, I did send the information sheet to the wrong e-mail address. I cleared that up with my contact, the person who rented our property. The person who wrote this review is not the contact person.
The rules are very clearly explained in all our communications and on the website are non-negotiable. Our expectations are part of our "Good Neighbor" Policy. Parking on the premises is definitely limited and there is no extra "outside" parking. We need to know the number of cars and people expected, which we ask for beforehand.
When speaking with our contact person, we were not informed about her intention to have a dinner party with parents. On the day of her arrival, her communication to us was that they had "already ordered some takeouts from a restaurant and plan to have dinner at house with our parents as we discuss wedding details, please advice if it is okay for us to do that. Otherwise, we'll have to eat outside and our arrival time might be 8 pm."
We agreed that having the dinner party elsewhere was preferable. The contact person was fine with that. Never, at any time, was I ever "rude" to the contact person or to any of her guests.
We are committed to providing a well-appointed and comfortable vacation property for our guests and a respectful environment for our neighbors.
Unique, cool property
The property was really nice and well taken care of. High marks for amenities, comfort, cleanliness and ambiance. It is very secluded and away from everything. That is good and bad, because if you want to go to dinner or the store, it's going to take you 15-25 minutes. They advertise as two houses, but there are actually three on the property. The owners live in the third house and were there the entire 5 days we were there. They are very friendly and helpful, but it would have been nice to know they lived there. We are well past our younger, partying days, but we are a group of guys who like to dink beer and golf. We had to be told to talk quieter at 9 pm because neighbors were complaining and we were just sitting at the fire pit, having a quiet conversation. I think it's more the neighbors complaining than the owners. One last negative is they didn't have any television channels. If you have Amazon prime, you can log in under your account and watch movies. But, we are big baseball and sports fans and we couldn't watch any baseball games or live tv of any kind even though it was advertised as such. Not a big deal, just something that would have been nice. The two hot tubs were great and the scenery was beautiful. There are a lot of rules you are expected to follow and you are given a data sheet with all instructions. Other than those minor negatives, it's a beautiful property to enjoy.
Thank you for such a really nice summation of your stay at our Vacation Rental. It is unfortunate that you did not call, text, or appear in person (yes, we do live on the property) and Robert would have been able to instruct you about access to Comcast television stations, including access to Amazon, Roku, and Netflix with 90 million "free" programs. Most sports games are also available, although final matches or World Series events sometimes require additional payment. You indicated that Robert spoke to you about all the noise on the back patio at 9 pm. He did not speak to you; he spoke to one of your guests going from the Main House to the Guest House (where the back deck is close to our neighbor's house and bedroom) and since it was 10:45 pm, suggested they use one of the other patios or decks where they wouldn't disturb anyone. This seemed agreeable to everyone. Thank you for your comments.
Amazing family vacation spot
Our family showed up ready to enjoy this amazing home and location and it didn't disappoint! Vicki emailed us a detailed description of places to visit and restaurants to try and she hit the nail on the head each time. Our family enjoyed the beach in the evening and the fire pits on the beach added just the right touch. We brought our own cheese trays and California wine to drink while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the fires, ocean and the food. This home was great for our family allowing us time together as well little coves and spots to go and unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the group.
If you are looking for an amazing place to stay with a home that has thought of every need and detail this is it. All you need to bring is your cloths and the rest is provided for you.
Wonderful Property - Not So Wonderful Interactions with Host
The property was beautiful. We rented two homes for a group of close friends and family attending a wedding in the Monterey area.
Two hot tubs!?! Gorgeous views of the Monterey hills?! Both homes were also stocked with beautiful kitchens and art pieces that made for a very charming environment. I wish we were all able to spend more time in the house, but we all had wedding duties for the weekend.
If rated purely on the accommodations, this would easily be a 5/5 stars.
Now for the bad.
The interactions we had with the hosts were unpleasant and added unnecessary stress to the weekend.
When we arrived to the space after the rehearsal dinner, the sister of the groom and her 8 year old daughter surprised us at the unit. They wanted to spend 30 min. showing us a "flash mob" dance for the ceremony the next day. Within 5 minutes, the host was harassing some of the friends and the "intruders" (sister of groom and her daughter) were to leave immediately.
The tone from the hosts when communicating through emails, phone calls, and in-person discussions were accusatory and distrustful. The kind of tone that screams "Happy Vacation!"
We have rules in place for a very good reason. They are all part of our "Good Neighbor" Policy. It is understandable that as part of a wedding party, you would want to extend an invitation to others; but we make it clear at the very beginning that we cannot accommodate extra people or vehicles. We are so sorry that you did not understand this at the beginning of your stay.
Nearby Motor Sport Raceway Hosts Car and Motorbike Races,and offers Race Car Driving Instruction. Nearby wineries offer tastings. Scuba Diving Outfitters offer Dives and Instruction. Kayak rentals are available for kayaking on Monterey Bay, Elkhorn Slough, or at Moss Landing.