We were really looking forward to this holiday. Escaping work and a Scottish "summer".
The location of the house is lovely. The nearby beach was quiet and relatively unspoilt, the countryside beautiful, the local people we met were warm and friendly and the nearest village had everything. The weather was hot (very hot). So far so good.
We had arranged to meet the host (or her representative) on our arrival. When we got there, no one was there, but we eventually found some keys hidden under a mat, so let ourselves in. We never met the owner.
The house was clean, but the air conditioning wasn't working, there were no sheets and towels, which we had specifically asked for, the mosquito blinds were mostly broken and the drains were a bit smelly. Also the water heater was leaking and we had to fish around in a hole in the wall to get the toilet to flush. The kitchen was tiny and there were few cups or glasses (we had to buy some for ourselves).
On the first night we were hot and had numerous mosquito bites. Lovely.
After several hours the following day we managed to get the air conditioning to work.
During the holiday (1), the drains finally blocked. My son and I spent half a day trying to unblock and were covered in old black slime. We bought drain cleaner, but it didn't work. I then contacted the owner, who did send someone around to fix them.
During the holiday (2), the outdoor IKEA parasol broke in a strong wind. We strapped it up as best we could.
The most annoying aspect of the trip, was that on our return, the owner charged us 190 Euros to fix a parasol (45 Euros from IKEA) and pay for a man to fix the drain for 2 hours. Really? This should be a part of the wear and tear, not an additional payment.
In summary - nice location, un-cared for house, tight-fisted owner and beware of getting ripped off.
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