peace and calm on the delaware bay
My family of four and 2 terriers had a wonderful week at this cottage. For us, the best things about this property were its location right on the beach and the fact that it was truly pet-friendly. In that regard, it was the best property we have ever stayed in because it was totally suited to having pets without sacrificing cleanliness, furnishings etc. In our experience, "pet friendly" either means settling for well-worn, semi-clean rental properties, or places that are not really pet friendly as they "require" owners to crate, to never leave pets alone, only allow pets under a certain weight, keep them off of furniture , etc. The beach was beautiful to wake up to every day and the privacy and small community supported the vacation as an opportunity to re-connect with the family. The only bummer that took some adjusting to was the damage to a window that had been done by previous tenants and was not repaired during our stay. There was a significantly gruesome smashed and duct-taped large window in the main room with the view of the beach that challenged us, both in the mechanics of our moving about the room so that we wouldn't inadvertently lean into it, as well as in absorbing the overall aesthetic hit that it made in the space. Ed greeted us as we arrived and let us know about it and I had had the impression then that it was going to be resolved during our stay. It wasn't, which is understandable in terms of ordering new window etc., but I never heard from Ed about it after that first day. I also had to solicit information from the property manager about it ; scheduling the measuring, the possible replacement timing... In the scheme of the life of the rental property, this may seem like a small speed bump. For us, having paid out a substantial amount of money for our only week vacation of the year, and because it was such a significant physical circumstance than what we were expecting, it was disappointing not to get some attention and follow through from the owner and/or property manager about this. It by no means ruined the vacation, but I thought it worth mentioning. I also agree with a previous renter's feedback that the second bathroom could be explained better in the listing. It was in the cement storage shed so not something that I or any members of my family used except to rinse off sandy feet.