"So my wife and I just had our first big family reunion, four children and their spouses, as well as grandchildren and in-laws and cousins -- an active group of 20+ people, ages ranging from 60s to 6 months. Overall, the "OIB Chillin'" beach house served our needs well. The eight bedrooms & baths were necessary for this active group.
The kitchen / dining / living area was a constant bustle of activity, filled with an atmosphere of jovial enjoyment of people who rarely see each other. The kitchen was well stocked. All appliances (refrigerators, stove / oven, microwave, blender) worked well. The two refrigerator / freezer combos were great, and the icemakers were quick to provide ice.
The kitchen working area was a bit tight with many people involved in food prep, but we have a few humorous memories as a result. There's nothing like deciding which food dish(es) should be given priority. Baked potatoes or birthday cake anyone??? The "island" in the kitchen was very functional, providing additional counter working area, storage space and, yes, barstools for an expanded seating area.
The bedrooms served their purpose. The unit was clean when we arrived, and all the bedspreads were in place. The bathrooms functioned fine; one of them had a bit of paint peeling, but it didn't detract from our enjoyment. The water pressure and temperature in the bathrooms were fine.
The internet and TV systems worked well, no problems. The washer & dryer worked well, except for one quirky thing: the washer would only fill with water when the top was open. Once we figured this out, it worked with no problems.
Having a pool on the deck was fabulous especially for the little ones. The deck railing shows some beating from ocean weather, and a few spindles were missing…not a problem unless you have small ones who can't swim. Upon arrival, the pool was cloudy. I notified the owner, and he immediately arranged for the "pool guy" to come the next day to add the proper chemicals. Pools take time to clear, which it did mostly within a couple of days. There was a nice, large wooden picnic table on the deck which was in need of some repair; it did function acceptably but required us to be careful.
Beach access was great!
We loved our family time together and may have just started a family tradition!"
Guest: The Maryland / New Jersey / Tennessee / Kentucky F
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: October 12, 2016