First off let me say that I broke my own rule when booking this place. I always look for pictures of the place and a good trip advisor rating, this place had neither. I took a chance, as you have to have someone rate you or you won't ever get rating traction. I now know now why there were only 4 pictures posted, because as the saying goes a picture tells a thousand words, but I digress.
The Good: Location is at the north edge of Speightown, a five minute walk to the beach, and a five minute walk to downtown. Downtown is nothing to write home about, but the beaches are lovely and much calmer waters than further south.
The bones of the house are nice. Concrete and tile, 3 bedrooms, and overall quite pleasant.
The neighbour's are all very friendly and very helpful. I felt that I was in good hands and safe in the location
Ron, the owner was very nice to deal with, and phoned a couple of times to check in, make sure I was doing OK. He also arranged airport pickup, which I would highly recommend
The bad: Everything in the interior of this house is old. The TV is an old 26" tube job, and all the other electronics are of the same vintage. Satalite TV was not operational, but I did not mention this to Ron, as for me I don't watch TV on vacation. The fridge and stove are, you guest it, old. The stove is a gas pilot light system which left me feeling very uncomfortable. Washing machine old, and tempremental, no dryer as advertised, but an old closeine outside, which I must say worked remarkably well. The beds were old and of poor quality. Two of the three beds were left raw, no sheets or mattress covers. One mattress was badly stained, another mattress lay directly on the ground, with no foundation. Vintage sheets and towels completed the arangement. Pots, pans, cutlery, dishes, toaster etc. Nothing under 15 years old.
The ugly: Road noise. You are next to the main highway, so you will have road noise until about 8.00pm, and you can't shut it out, the windows offer no sound protection. No back yard, you have only the front deck to work with, no trees or plants, just concrete. Very basic showers and sinks. Most leak, and none look very appealing. Can you say old.
As a final note, this place does offer a reasonable accommodation for its price point, just don't think that you are getting any screening bargain, you are not. If the owner were to spend some money and upgrade the interior, add a few plants to the outside, it would make for a nice vacation house rental.
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