Booking - SAVE YOUR $ Why pay an extra 5-15% to vacation websites such as Homeway, AirBnB, and VRBO just to book your stay? Save another 4% by paying with a checkNone of the money goes to the owner, and they are practically worthless in assisting owners with credit card fraud. The "guaranteed vacation" plans they offer are long legal documents that offer little or nothing in return for the exorbitant fees they are charging. HomeAway has told us that renters won't mind paying an extra $400. Really? We welcome any guest who agrees with this to pay as much extra as they want to!!
We don't offer "one-click" "Buy it Now" transactions. No responsible owner should; this is a recipe for failure. We communicate with every guest and we put in the time to make sure that it will be a perfect match for potential guests. Our guarantee isn't empty words, it is a perfect record of "5 out of 5 star" reviews on HomeAway.
Who should Book? People who are looking for a secluded, quite, waterfront setting surrounded by wetlands and wildlife. Our agreement with neighbors is we do not allow weddings or other parties.
Our contract. You can download our contract and read through it. It has some of the usual legalese required by our lawyer, and it clearly describes the rules we have. It is part of our overall effort to make sure that guests know what they are getting for their hard earned money. When everybody has the same understanding and expectations there is much less chance that problems will arise.
We don't offer refunds for cancellations unless we can find a replacement for your dates; we work hard to find replacements so that we can refund you as much as possible. We want your business in the future.
We have a $500 damage deposit that is refundable; we don't accept damage insurance because it can be very difficult to collect. We have only charged one guest for damage, when they spilled a significant volume of solvent on a recently refinished dining room table; it had to to be refinished again.
Our rules are basic common sense things that are easy to follow. Some of the rules may sound weird, like don't rearrange the furniture and carpeting: was was put in after a guest did some rather extensive rearranging.