We gathered as a family to mourn the loss of a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister. It was great to be able to gather around the table and share pictures and the great artwork she produced. We laughed a lot and cried some. Being close to the beach was a boon for our younger children. There was plenty of room to spread out for private talks, too.
We were concerned about the strong smell of septic in the evenings, but decided that requesting the septic system to be pumped would be a worse situation. The carpet is in need of a deep clean. I expect that was because it was the end of the season. The oven did not work until the rep came and threw the breaker switch. We were thankful for her. A very nice and concerned employee. Three of our family members developed a rash after showering. Our thinking now is that the chlorine used to clean towels may have been too strong. Might be something to consider in the future. By the way, the downstairs shower could not be used as the shower curtain was installed too high.
Overall, the cottage met our basic needs, and we had a meaningful five days together. We would consider renting it again. I look forward to the return of the $500 damage deposit. I think we left it in pretty good shape. Thanks for your patience in the rental process.