"Excellent. The "finder" of your property was "universally" applauded. Beautiful home, lovely setting, close to the city, amenities, adventures. Now 60 yrs + reunion group gets together every 2 years even after 35 years. 6-7 couples (some occasionally without the spouse), we like adventures (not too extreme), cooking in a group, and hanging on the patio talking and laughing about our legendary (and sometimes imaginary, I suppose) adventures, now and in the past. Great to have the canoes and kayaks for pleasant paddling in Eagle Harbor. The visitors come from NH, Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho, SF, DC, and SW Washington state. The lawn perfect for "ladder golf," bocce, croquet. The gardens lovely. The biking a bit arduous-this island is not flat-but doable, even for "older (but not old) geezers." The game room (Ping-Pong, pool, foosball) was nice.
Suggestions (not criticisms) previously communicated to the owner post visit:
We like to cook together - you were lacking a 12 skillet. Get an 8,10,12 inch non-stick skillet set.
In same vein, your knives were OK, but certainly could have use a sharpening (or simply buy a recommended sharper and keep it there).
The clam shells on the driveway and patio left by the gulls "cracking" clams lent a quaint and "seaside" touch, but probably should have been swept off before our arrival - it was cute, but bare feet and broken clam shell do not go together. Leave the push broom you lent us out and available or just blower it out prior to guest arrival. Very minor.
And finally, but also minor (and mentioned in my email to the owner), the bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely. But the commodes (toilets) are dated and while the flushing serviceable (although we had to plunge one of the guest bathroom toilets), it was slow (but successful). I would recommend "Comfort Height" (ADA height) toilets in the bath downstairs, the master and one guest bath. Maybe leave one regular height in one of the guests. Upgrade to the elongated models from the "round front." Flushing technology (yes, I am in the plumbing wholesale business) has improved greatly over the last 10-15 years and I think you can do better, even on less water. I want to emphasize this was very, very minor and probably only I gave this much thought."
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: August 12, 2016