"Crystal Cove delivers! This place is pretty much exactly as stated and was a beautiful, lush, well-appointed place where we stayed for five nights. It's beautiful inside and out, clean and pretty much has any amenity you could want. I can only hope to have a home like this sometime in the future.
I do not have *real* complaints at all (hence the five stars) but I'd like to outline a few things you might want to consider, or at least know about ahead of time. These may or may not be issues for everyone -- so again, grain of salt time:
1) In case you aren't totally clear when you book, this is the bottom part of a home in which the landlords are resident. They are not noisy; however, you will hear them walking above you and occasionally speaking. They are not up late, but if noise is a factor just consider this.
2) There is a refrigerator but it is much smaller than a typical one in a home. If you buy groceries be prepared that not all may fit.
3) Internet is terrific. It carries well outside and all the way down to the "island."
4) There's a wonderful cross-breeze you can get inside if you open the door next to the bed and the front door. We hardly needed the A/C at all.
5) There's a terrific selection of DVDs available. Some books.
6) No hairdryer. (Or at least I didn't find one.)
7) Toilet paper is of low-grade; if you're sensitive, bring your own. No tissues.
1) While we had minimal issue with bugs, there were some mosquitoes. Down by the end of the island a large bush contains "meat bees" (aka yellowjackets). We were not stung, but they are curious buggers and are there pretty much all the time.
2) The water level is lovely for wading and sitting in with a book -- just rest against the rocks! But don't expect to go dunking or swimming; either it's always like this or the drought has lowered the river. Bring river shoes if you want to do a little exploring. The flumes on either side of the island are just above trickles. (Again, this may be due to the ongoing drought, and is subject to change.)
3) Grill works on propane and works fine.
4) Area is almost 100% quiet (other than the river water) but on weekends you may hear parties/people on the other side making noise. Again, not an issue if you're not noise-sensitive.
1) We were told it gets very busy on the weekends up in the Sequoia/mountains areas, so weekdays are best. True!
2) If you want actual swimming in the river, try Slick Rock.
Thank you for this!"
Guest: Randee K.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: August 19, 2016