"The house is well-kept, with most everything you could need. From pots and pans to beach umbrellas and toys, it's probably already there. If it's not, the owner will likely get it for you in a day or two if you just ask. It's up-to-date with multiple flat-screen TV's, cable, internet/wifi, new kitchen appliances, and central A/C that works great. Downstairs you'll find kayaks (and life-jackets), boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, and a variety of beach toys for the littlest kids. Bring your clothes and some food, and you'll be set.
The interior layout is very convenient. The kitchen overlooks the dining and living rooms, and the view continues out through the sliding glass doors to the deck and ocean beyond. Someone commented that they felt they were on a cruise ship when they looked outside. Even if you are stuck doing dishes, the window over the sink looks out over the marsh, with beautiful sunsets. Each side of the house has two bedrooms and a bath. (We didn't rent the downstairs). The kids' room, with the four bunk beds, was great. Furnishings and linens are not fancy but all in good shape, and the house was clean on arrival. The decor is "beachy" without being tacky.
Outside, there is a large driveway with plenty of parking (at least six cars). The exterior could use a little sprucing up, but the rest of the house more than makes up for that first impression. The full-length upper deck is accessible from both front bedrooms and the living room and it always has a nice breeze in the afternoon and evening. There is a another deck area downstairs, but we didn't use it much.
Access to the beach is quick, though for those with mobility issues, or who are just unsteady on their feet, you should know there is a stairway down to the ground level, and then a moderately steep bank of soft sand (though its only a couple of feet high) to negotiate. Our younger and middle-aged guests had no problems with it, though some older guests needed a steadying hand. The stretch of beach itself is great. Few people, wide at low tide (but still usable at high tide), with firm sand to play on and enough shells to hunt to entertain the kids.
Finally, we can't say enough about the owner. From our long initial phone call, to the multiple emails walking us through the rental process, to his near-immediate responses to our questions or concerns, he was great. He is proud of his house, and it shows."
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: August 3, 2016