"We were lucky enough to have a 15 day vacation on the North Shore over Christmas. We're regular visitors to the North Shore and have stayed in several VRBO properties over the years.
This house is terrific. It is spacious with a very well stocked kitchen and lots of linens available. It's great to have all of the beach essentials as well-boogie boards, cooler, chairs, buckets, etc. and also a grill.
It's great to have a (very nice) washer/dryer, an outside shower, a few tv's and most importantly 2 nice bathrooms.
There are a few areas that could use some updating/fixing:
The wifi was spotty at best. It was a problem the entire 2 weeks.
There were no instructions regarding wifi, passwords, tv's/cable, trash. My kids were able to get tv on only one, but the others were fine with dvd movies (there is a large selection of movies!)
It is a bit musty smelling (the master bedroom especially) which we attributed to the humidity but it seems like maybe the friendly outside cat that roams the property might also live inside. There are candles all over the house, most are burned out however. That leads me to another problem that we encountered: lighting. There is almost no lighting except in the kitchen.
The biggest issue with the house is the steep driveway. It's very very steep, and then the walkway down to the house is just as step, and there are stepping stones but not steps. Thankfully we had a 4wd (which we did use) so it wasn't a giant ordeal.
Unfortunately it rained at the house every morning and most nights so it was a lot of mud for the entire time. It's not something that negatively affected us so much but if we'd had any issues at all (a baby, an elderly person) it would be very tough.
For us, the location is not ideal. We really love to be at the beach or at least in walking/biking distance. This house is in a very secluded area and walking/biking are out of the question.
Aside from the steep driveway, all other issues are easy fixes: some lightbulbs, an instruction book, and better wifi if possible.
The house is so charming with so many personal touches. We're surprised that the owner rents it out because of all of the amazing items in the house. It's so private and warm and cozy, it was really great for this trip with our kids. The loft is private and even the front room with the twin bed worked out perfectly. If we could move this house to the beach we'd happily stay here every time.
Date of Stay: December 2015
Review Submitted: December 30, 2015