"My husband and two young children (4 and 3) booked Livin' On A Prayer for a week long vacation in early May. From the photos/details online, this home appeared to meet our requirements: 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, single story, and directly on the beach. The reservation process was easy, the property management company communicated clearly and regularly to assure that my reservation had been made, what I should plan to bring, how to check-in, etc.
First off, this particular home offered a late check-in procedure which was perfect for us. With young kids, we tend to make a lot of stops along the way and we were able to do this stress free without worrying about missing the critical check-in time. Our check-in binder and key were waiting for us when we pulled in to TopSail at 6 PM that Saturday evening. Super easy!
When we arrived at the house, I must say, it wasn't exactly much to look it. Very simple, not run down, but not super impressive either. My opinion changed completely when I walked inside. This home was beautiful! Wide open living room/kitchen with wall to wall windows looking right on to the beach. The furniture and decor was perfect (very tasteful and fun but not cheesy with "beachiness"). The layout was great - master on one side, 2 smaller bedrooms on the other side. One bedroom has a bunk bed which blew my kids minds! All they wanted to do was "pretend to sleep" in the bunk beds for the first day. Big hit! (*Please note that the bunk bed is a full on bottom and twin on top - all the details online and what the PM office provided noted it as two twins so we didn't have the right fitting sheets when we arrived*). The kitchen was fully stocked with pots and pans, utensils, glassware, etc. All we had to do was add the food. We even used the grill a few nights and it worked great.
The walk down to the beach is one simple set of steps directly in to the sand. No climbing over dunes or across dangerous streets. It was EVERYTHING we could ask for. Such easy access in case you need to run instead to grab something you forgot. No pressure to pack every single item and lug it down to the beach. There was even an outdoor storage chest full of sand toys, floats, kites, and chairs that we were able to use.
I don't think I can say enough good things. I booked this house on faith really since there were very few reviews on Home!way at the time and boy am I glad that I did! My family will be regulars at this house!!!"
Guest: Amanda G.
Date of Stay: April 2016
Review Submitted: May 24, 2016