As an experienced consumer of vacation rentals around the world, my recent stay (December 26, 2015 - January 2, 2016) at The Boat House was one of the worst, yet. Let me share five (5) key issues with the property.
1) Imperative to my stay, was having reliable access to Internet service. Albeit vacation time, being able to conduct business via email was a must. Unfortunately, upon arrival at the property, I discovered that no WiFi was available from any of my computers or phones. I contacted the property management company the next day (as well as several times afterward) to inform them of the outage, only to have Time Warner service the system three days later. What did I do in the meantime? I drove into San Marcos and sat for hours at a Starbucks, just to have reliable access. My guess is that the property management company may say that the outage was due to recent storms, however, I arrived at the property the day before the storms and Time Warner confirmed that the WiFi router was incorrectly configured and an issue existed at the "pole." Also, the Time Warner technician communicated that the owner purchased the absolute cheapest, slowest broadband service available - so slow, that he sees very few people opting for such subpar service.
2) Here's the uncomfortable part: the "curtains" located in the living area are quite sheer and easy to see through at night. Why is this an issue? Because there are two other houses/properties literally within 10 yards or less from The Boat House. Therefore, there's little privacy at night, while sitting in the living area.
Making matters worse, the curtains in the bedroom are too narrow for the two windows they attempt to cover. Therefore, you can completely close them without having gaps in the middle or at the edges of the window.
3) Also, the kitchen is poorly designed. If you see a picture of the kitchen, you may note that the microwave/oven is literally positioned on the floor. My wife had to get on her knees one morning, just to put our breakfast into and out of the microwave; certainly not very well designed or convenient. As well, the kitchen was "generously stocked" with 2 spoons and 2 butter knives. There were plenty of other utensils, but the lack of spoons and knives spoke to how cheaply furnished the rental is.
4) The lack of a coffee table and/or end tables was also problematic. To sit on the sofa and drink coffee required that you either a) put your cup on the floor, or b) position the two kitchen chairs as end tables, making it more convenient to watch TV. Again, poor furnishings and/or lack of consideration on the part of the owner.
5) Finally, read your lease agreement carefully! We were threatened to lose our money and be evicted from the property if we had any day guests at the property. Again, I'm a seasoned traveler and have rented vacation properties costing over $1,000 per night. So, I thought I'd seen it all. However, to not be allowed to have friends visit or risk your hard-earned vacation money is over-the-top, Never have I seen a policy like this. I certainly understand not having overnight guests, or guests that throw wild, destructive parties, but being disallowed to have a couple over for dinner or a glass of wine is simply ridiculous.
So, there you have it; 5 reasons why not to rent this property. An unfortunate, disappointing experience that I hope no one else experiences, as well. Therefore, do yourself a favor and locate a more inviting and well-appointed vacation rental in Wimberley, Texas.
|How easy was it to book the property?||How helpful were the directions to the property?|
|How easy was key pickup/access to the property?||Overall condition of the property|
|Bedding & mattresses||Kitchen & utensils|
|Bathroom cleanliness||Other facilities & amenities|