Evolve Vacation Rental
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The area was beautiful. The house is on top of a hill overlooking the Iowa River. There's a firepit and a beautiful screened in porch. There were many pots, pans and kitchen items as well as food in the pantry. The refrigerator ice and water worked great. I have stayed at many vrbo properties (it's my preferred way of residence) and I have never found one negative thing to say about any of the properties. My problem was with the owners. I wrote them twice before going there on the vrbo site and never received an answer to either question. We never got the tv or dvd player to work. There are written instructions and 3 people with Masters degrees couldn't get either to work (yes, I know small children with kindergarten diplomas can get them to work, so the Masters degree is irrelevant) We were supposed to go to a place on the tv to make it work that we never found. There was an outlet behind the living room sofa that was totally out of the socket - very dangerous. There were no Kleenex in the tissue box - just kitchen napkins hanging out. In every other vrbo, I have found all the owners very welcoming. This is the first time my brother and sister have stayed at a vrbo property and they won't be doing it on their own. I was looking forward to showing them how great it is to relax is someone's house. The last night we stayed at the Doubletree is Cedar Rapids. My brother said, "at least we have a tv here!"
Alice, the homeowner would like to pass along the following message:
"It is with great surprise that your 3-star review was rated on the lack of a television and tissue. We will certainly be attentive to your concerns. As well both Mikel and my phone numbers are listed for all renters should issues arise while in residence, one or both of us are always available. We regret your experience was less than you hoped and expected.
Sincerely, Amy McCall"
Best, the Evolve Team
Lovely lakeside Iowa experience
We spent 4 days during a summer heat wave very comfortably. Great AC plus wonderful open floor plan with views of woods and lake, and screen porch along the entire back of the house made it so relaxing. Comfortable beds and furnishings, as well as a kitchen with abundant equipment, made it easy to spend all day and evening cooking, eating, and visiting with our families. I just love the way the owners have updated the interior while keeping it homey and midwestern. They have clearly put in a lot of hard work. No funny smells or iffy carpeting....that helped a lot because our family has allergies. I was surprised at the good water pressure and ample hot water supply. Great wifi, TV, and appliances. Plenty of extra bedding and towels. HE washer and dryer made it easy to keep all the kids in clean clothes. Quiet location and good privacy. Really a great place, we would definitely stay there again. My sons now want to stay here every time we visit Iowa City.
A nice place for our family get together. Thank you so much.
Very nice vacation rental.
Very roomy yet cozy rental cottage. Great view of Coralville Reservoir from the deck, screen porch, lower patio and yard. The cottage was very clean and well kept. My family had a great time and we will likely book again.
Word of warning, if you bring a boat you will need to back into the parking area and unhook from tow vehicle in order to not block neighboring drives. It wasn’t a problem for me and is simply the nature of the location.
The only complaint I have and it wasn’t a huge issue; The website states that there is access to a private dock, there is not.
What a wonderful cabin and property to stay at! This was exactly what I was looking for, for my annual Mother's day fishing weekend with my family. The cabin was super cozy and the view was breathtaking! We fished for most of the day on Saturday and caught a large catfish, some perch and a small mouth bass. The sights & sounds of nature as we sipped our morning coffee from from the screened in porch Saturday and Sunday were a delight. Our boys wanted to stay! What a fantastic find, so relaxing and away from it all. We would love to come back again!
Great place, loved it
We booked the cabin for the weekend to see our daughter who is a student at the University of Iowa. All together there were 5 of us there and we all loved it. We were able to hangout together, cook, watch tv/movies & play games. The cabin is very nice, very clean as well. The view of the Iowa River is great, very relaxing to sit on the deck and take it all in. We will book it again for future visits.