Lovely Private Getaway!
Our primary reason for renting this house was for the pool area / covered terrace space, which was truly lovely (even nicer than it looks in the photos!) -- we spent nearly 90% of our time there relaxing on the couch and around the table! Perfect breezes & pool gets full sun all afternoon. (We were disappointed to find that there were not any pool floats, but we purchased (and left behind) some foam noodles to relax on.) There was a BBQ and many board games available - much more hospitable than many places we have rented -- you can tell that their family enjoys this home quite a bit & wants guests to also!
The house had a lot more kitchen amenities than an average rental house - making it very easy to cook in, which was ideal for us (the options in Parguera town were a bit thin, although we quite enjoyed MOONS.) If you are planning to cook, I encourage you to stop at a larger ECONO store in either San German or Guanica for your shopping - the Mercado in Parguera is friendly and has the basics but not much in the way of fresh fruit & veg, meats.
Challenges: We had a problem with the air conditioning in the master bedroom on the first night, but it was repaired the next day by Albit and his helpful assistant. The TV worked only with NetFlix, not normal cable television -- which was fine for us, we weren't there to watch TV! The internet wireless worked flawlessly -- it would have been nice to be able to stream Pandora radio to the exterior speakers, but we weren't able to figure out how to do that. (There was a good assortment of spanish-language CDs available, though.)
Water is a major issue in this whole section of the island -- apparently it 'goes out' frequently. We were warned about this and there is a reserve cistern in the case city water does not function. We were never able to figure out how to make the hot water work -- we did inquire with Albit who gave us instructions, but it still never got beyond 'tepid' in the showers. Honestly, for us it was so warm that it wasn't a major inconvenience, but I have encouraged them to check the water heater and leave better instructions for guests.
Albit and Aura were very attentive, quick to reply to all our inquiries throughout the process. Their 'cash or money order ' policy made me nervous at the beginning, and I encouraged them to consider exploring PayPal or other options to enable guests to feel more comfortable -- because this truly was a lovely private house to spend a relaxed vacation!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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