“We stayed at Ivor and Marlene's cottagefor three days in early September. They met us at the cottage and were very gracious hosts who gave us a tour of the facilities and then offered us tea and a breakfast basket, as well as suggesting areas of interest to visit while we were there. The cottage was well equipped , neat, comfortable and is in a lovely area on the northern tip of Ireland. The location is well located for scenic driving tours as well as a day trip into Londerry.”
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“Well, we just had a great time. We are couples that have been getting together for the last 57 years. The November weather, which was iffy (there were a couple of beautiful sunny days) was not of great concern. Between Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, binge-watching Netflix, ample cheer and lots of stories, we were quite happy to sit by the fireplace. The home is beautiful, the beds were comfortable and the water view from the kitchen table is really something. Would you believe oysters from the beach, steaks on the barbecue, a warm and cozy environment and friends? Could it be better? I'd love to bring my grandchildren here in the summertime. Swimming, kayaking, and forging the beach for treasure - they would love it! Thanks for your attention and your hospitality. Cheers! Peter November 2017 ”
“Fernando was absolutely terrific to deal with, he always replied to emails quickly with any information we required. We had no communication delays or problems at all. The Penthouse is in a brilliant location with a lift in the building. It is light and bright but also has electric blinds. It is quiet and spotlessly clean and it was wonderful to have such an excellent cleaning lady each week so we could have a holiday. The white walls are highlighted by two brick feature walls making it a very pleasant comfortable surrounding. The verandah is large and we enjoyed sitting by the flowering purple and pink bougainvillea and the lemon tree in the late afternoon sipping a glass of wine, looking over the park and watching the glorious sunsets. Metro, trams and busses are all in easy walking distance taking us to every tourist destination. Supermarkets are within minutes as are cafes and restaurants.The WIFI is excellent. It was the perfect place to stay. Thank you Fernando.”
“Christian and Jean Marie were very easy to communicate with. In fact Jean Marie responded quickly to an email to let him know that the apartment was dirty on our arrival and sent a cleaner who arrived several hours after we did. A more accurate description of the apartment, especially as far as the kitchen and bathroom are concerned would have adjusted our expectations. The photographs were very attractive and we thought that a property that required 200 points a night would have been comfortable and attractive. Unfortunately this was not the case. We have enjoyed 14 home exchanges in the last few years and I am happy to say this was our first disappointment. ----------------------------------------------------------------------HOST RESPONSE - Dear Patricia - thanks you for your comment. We note that you are a very recent member on LHS (2017). We've been exchanging apartments through different sites and for a variety of our apartments for more than 15 years. We never had such a disagreeable experience. At your arrival you asked, on a dramatic tone, for a complement of cleaning considering some floors had not been cleaned completely enough, and also a plate had not been perfectly washed by the washing machine. (And now in your comment you transform in "the apartment was dirty" !..) As our usual housekeeper for this pied-a-terre had a problem with her daughter and asked a friend of hers to do the cleaning (we explained that to you), we trusted what you said and, though we were travelling outside France at that moment, we managed to send you in the following hours someone else to take care of that. You were in the apartment and have been able to ask her anything you wanted. This didn't make disappear the drama in the tone of your following messages instead of a mere "thank you" answering to our previous "sorry". Actually, after we have conducted an investigation, it appears you had (at least) highly exaggerated things (one of the concierges had got into the apartment after the initial cleaning, to check, as usual). As for you, we note that the poor conditions in which you left the apartment don't match your requirements: crushed grapes on the carpet of the living room, bottles of wine in the food bin, furniture moved and not put back at its place, used soap left in the bathroom... As for the description and price of this pied-a-terre, you are the only one to argue on these matters. And we would have answered any questions for further information; we had no questions at all. Of course, even if it is the aim, and especially if it is the aim, of your great dramatic flourish, any counterpart in cash or points, as you seem to expect in your succession of harassing messages, would be as infounded as your too dramatized claim.”
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