Very Special Place But Know What To Expect
We were a group of 11 and this huge house fit us very comfortably.
-There are many, many large, wonderful bedrooms. The house can easily sleep 14.
-Each bedroom is beautiful. It was hard to choose which room to select for myself and my husband and which to give to the kids as they each seemed like they were out of a fairytale or some type of (Thai) Victorian mansion.
-The house was decorated beautifully, from paint colors to lighting fixtures to artwork on the walls.
-We spent one day just enjoying the property (not touring the rest of Chiang Mai) and walking the quiet streets nearby filled with rice fields, simple homes, local temples. It was a very lovely, slow paced, pleasant, interesting day.
-Aly, the house manager is lovely. She also had other people working on the property who were helpful.
-The house, while clean and beautiful, is a bit worn. The windows and screens and doors don't all shut properly which means lots of mosquitos and bugs can and do make their way in to the house. We absolutely could not sleep without a fresh coating of bug spray.
-The pool had many frogs, alive and dead. The kids still went in but it was totally unappealing to me.
-We had sporadic hot water in some showers and no hot water in others.
-The shower heads in several bathrooms were too low to wash your hair in (even if you held it in your hand).
-One night, in heavy rain, the roof leaked, a lot. There were other nights of rain when it did not.
-The kitchen does not have air conditioning and is very hot. While the outside dining areas can seat a large group very elegantly, there is not large indoor dining space. While the rest of the house is gorgeous, the main kitchen, which functional, most definitely, is not beautiful.
The neutral but good to know:
-As the listing says, the house is 20km from downtown. With traffic, that can be a long ride. There can be pluses to being outside of the city (and we found many) but if you are wondering how far 20 km is when traveling in Chiang Mai, it is a lot. We are not talking about 20 km on a US super-highway.
-Internet works very well in most sections of the house but not all.
-If you have young kids in your group be very aware that the staircases, while extremely attractive, are dangerous. They are open between the steps. Additionally, the railings on the upstairs porches, again, while beautiful, are not at all child safe.
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback. As you know we found this property for you in the last minute when there was a problem with the property you had booked and you were our first clients in with not a minute to spare and many details left unfinished. Please know that all details are now up to snuff, doors and window screens closing tight, hot water freely flowing, shower heads lifted, roof repaired and aircon installed in the kitchen. Though the occasional frog still finds its way to the pool, mating season is over so they are few and far between. I hope we can invite you back to enjoy it again in its splendor.
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