Highland lakes cottage – 5 pristine fresh w… – homeaway gsa 2016 calendar

Paradise is closer than you think. Travel to another world which isn’t a world a-way (about 1 hour from NYC) and enjoy all the beauty of a private mountain / lake community. Only 10 minutes from Mountain Creek Ski Resort and Water Park, 5 minutes from Hidden Valley Ski Resort, and 3 minutes from a beautiful private pristine fresh water lake. Highland Lakes Cottage entire interior has just received a fresh coat of paint, we have a new detail oriented cleaning service, and new updates / upgrades are sprinkled throughout the cottage to maximize your comfort and enjoyment ensuring you have a pleasant stay. Our beautiful 60 x 65 foot completely fenced in backyard provides you with the privacy you deserve and piece of mind knowing your pet has plenty of leg room to romp about. Unlike most properties in this community, ours is flat without dangerous rocks jetting out of the ground or steep slopes and is equipped with a spectacular 4 foot diameter burn area circular fire pit with fire wood provided, hand made Guatemalan Hammock, a gas grill, table with 4 chairs, and Adirondack chairs – the perfect environment for a family and friends get together for a BBQ . Enjoy Wireless internet throughout the home and Basic Cable TV (150+ Channels). The living room features a HUGE 65 INCH FLAT SCREEN TV with an XBOX One S & a Playstation 4 which play CDs, DVDs, Blue-rays and have activated Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Commercial Free Hulu Plus Accounts giving you access to thousands of movies and TV shows at the touch of a button. Video gamers rejoice because the XBOX One S & PS4 are loaded with a staggering amount of top notch awesome games. With OVER 200 pre installed games from all genres, satisfying gaming experiences can be had by young and old, casual and hardcore gamers alike. We also offer a 40 inch HD flat screen TV in the master bedroom with 150+ basic channels and an activated Netflix account in addition to a Netflix button right on the remote control for ease of use.

Highland Lakes Cottage features 3 bedrooms (Bedding Provided) – 1 Queen & 2 Fulls (All Memory Foam Mattresses), 1 full bathroom (Tub, Shower, Toilet, Sink), 1 Laundry Room with commercial washer and dryer – No trips to a laundry mat, and an 8 x 20 Sun Room (SMOKING IS ONLY PERMITTED IN THIS ROOM)., Living Room / Dining Room, and a spacious Kitchen with a Waist High Oven (no bending) Ample parking is also provided in the front yard.

Right on the corner of our block, just a 3 minute walk away, you will find a beautiful lake with baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, jungle gym, and a concession stand with a bathroom as well. Enjoy long walks, bike rides, or a jog down winding country roads.

There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well … Snow Ski Resorts and a Water Park 5-10 minutes away, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Restaurants, Drive In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater, Wineries, Mountain Biking, Mini Golf, Golf, Indoor Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, Horseback Riding, Museums, Paintball, Skydiving, Zoo, Specialty Shops, Hot Air Balloon Rides, State Parks, Mall Shopping, Farmers Markets, Antique Shops … oh and did I mention Relaxation …

Since we know that many rely on accurate reviews to find a place that will suit their needs, we are posting our experience, not to be spiteful, but to inform others who may stay here what to expect. The price is very reasonable, and the Cottage has potential to be a great place, and there are some nice amenities like memory foam beds, nice TVs in all rooms, and a great Location, however it fell short for us in many ways.

Unclean. When we arrived, the house was poorly cleaned especially the bathroom. Surfaces above eye level were covered with dirt and dust. Corners behind the doors and curtains were full of pet hair and dirt. (The owner sent Poly to come and do additional cleaning in the bathroom) The Rug in the living room is urine and dirt stained. (The owner acknowledged this and told us he would be replacing the rug) The Couch also has a strong smell and feels sticky in places.

The other issue we noticed right away was a strong Mold / Musty smell in the home. The owner does provided Ionizers to help with the air quality but two in our group were older and suffered from allergic reactions to the mold, waking up with headaches and congestion. All of us noticed increased congestion as we spent time in the home, but improved when we left.

If you do plan to rent this house, be aware that the checkout instructions on the VRBO are not accurate, you will need to read carefully the “Rental Agreement” sent after payment is received. Failure to follow the instructions will result in most of your “Damage Deposit” being lost.

When Michael and his party arrived I asked them to let me know how everything was once they settled in. They replied and I quote "Everything looks great – with a thumbs up emoji" After 2 days I reached out to him again to ask how everything was and when he stated that the house was not cleaned to his satisfaction, I immediately sent my property manager over to re-clean and was thanked for doing so.

Our cottage is pet friendly and heated via forced hot air oil heat – which may not bode well for people who are highly sensitive and have allergies. Highland Lakes Cottage is a home rental, not a hotel with an endless supply of toiletries and such. Had anyone in this group actually read the rental agreement prior to booking or emails they were sent throughout the process, they would have known exactly what is supplied and in what quantities. They also would have known there is a commercial washer and dryer which are coin operated and accept only quarters – $2 to wash and $2 to dry (we have a septic system and this small fee discourages guests from running an entire load of laundry for only one or two articles of clothing).

Our check out procedure is quite standard actually – throw all your garbage and food in the trash can, put things back in their proper place if you moved them, turn off electronic devices, close and lock all doors and windows – pretty simple.

I could go on and on about how inaccurate their review is but I will simply point out that they received 100 percent of their security deposit back, that there are not TVs in every room – only the Living Room and Master Bedroom, there are 3 can openers in the home, one electric and two hand operated – If some one can not figure out how to use a hand operated can opener there is not much I can do to help them, I had my property manager throw out all the rugs – just in case, and that I did everything in my power to accommodate them. I try to please everyone but in some instances it simply is not possible.