Staci & Dave Paskievitch
Why Staci & Dave Paskievitch chose Howell
Our property is a great, relaxing getaway from it all, yet not far from it all--the best of both worlds. We are conveniently located off of I96/Grand River in Howell and close to malls, shopping, restaurants, golf, beaches, metroparks, sports venues and more! The cottage is nestled in Sunrise Park neighborhood and is quiet and relaxing, right on the gorgeous water.
What makes this Cottage unique
plenty of parking and wifi & cable TV
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Gorgeous view! Property was clean, well decorated, and spacious. Fishing off the dock and the small beach area was perfect for us (5 adults and 5 kids under 14). Area is very nice and it's close to restaurants and grocery stores. We will definitely rent here again.
Lots of potential with some fixes!
I really want to give this property 5 stars - it has so much potential! With a few fixes it could be 4 stars & a few "added touches" it could be 5 stars. So 1st, here's what we loved- the home is beautifully decorated & updated. The kitchen is amazing! It was comfortable & the interior was super clean. The back deck was spacious & a perfect place to drink morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. The lake was shallow out to the edge of the dock & was a perfect place for our two toddlers to play (supervised). The lake bottom is sandy & there aren't weeds until you reach the edge of the dock. There's a grassy area for yard games or catching sun on a towel. The lake itself was quieter than I expected given its an all sports lake. The neighborhood is nice - neighbors said hello and were friendly! You're also just a few miles from anything you could need - restaurants, coffee shops, Meijer, Home Depot, and so much more! You feel away from it all yet you're right off the freeway!
Now for the improvements. 1st, the mattresses. I let the homeowners know they needed to be replaced & they responded to say they disagreed & wouldn't be replacing them any time soon. In the master, it sinks down in the middle so two people fall into each other. The same is true for the guest bedroom. We had family stay with us throughout our 2-week stay & they ALL agreed these are not comfortable!
2nd, please put blinds or shades on the back windows- esp. the sides overlooking neighbors!! One house had people over & they were up late, sitting on their patio and I was sleeping on the couch. They could see right in & there wasn't any privacy.
3rd, while the indoor space was pristine upon arrival, the outdoors needed attention. There were cobwebs over all the patio furniture that we cleaned off our 1st day. One of the patio chairs was broken. There wasn't any sand on the beach so we bought some (the owners reimbursed us).
4th, the home has a washer/dryer which is wonderful. But they don't provide a small laundry basket so you have to take multiple trips to fold your clothes. And when you run the dryer, the smoke detector goes off. When we informed the owners they said they knew it did this, which would have been nice to know since we were doing laundry after putting our 2 toddlers to sleep.
I truly feel this is a 5-star worthy home with a few improvements!
Thank you for staying at our cottage. I am happy to hear some positive things about your stay, but overall I am sad to read the review. We did everything we could to make your stay enjoyable. Let me address your complaints. #1 Mattresses: All were brand new upon opening our place for renters 4 years ago. We have never had a guest ask us to replace the mattresses or complain. We have rented to over 30 guests. I am sorry they weren't to your liking. We certainly couldn't go out & buy new mattresses for you. I appreciate the feedback but it isn't necessary to share that in a review of the property/your stay because it is personal preference. #2 Blinds: Also, personal preference. We do not want to block the gorgeous view & typically no one sleeps in a living room. It is quite sunny each morning but again, personal preference. #3 Beach: We had quite a bit of rain prior to your arrival & cannot possibly check the sand on the beach after every rain storm but are so grateful you took the initiative to fill the sand & we gladly reimbursed you. #4 Laundry: There IS a laundry basket in the closet of bunkbed room. I cleaned myself upon your departure & used it for washing the cleaning towels. #5 Smoke Alarm: We do know that the smoke alarm is sensitive & it does NOT always go off when the dryer is used. I clean the cottage on occasion myself & it has happened ONCE when our cleaning crew was there, but never when I was there. It is just sensitive & to be safe, we have to keep it installed. I will add that to the information in the binder for guests. I know how awful it is to wake little people once they are asleep. We had someone come out & clean the outside dryer vent during your stay to make sure that wasn't causing the smoke alarm go off. #6 Kayaks/SUP rental: It is our policy that guests let us know PRIOR to arrival if they are interested in using them so we can be sure they are unlocked for use. We worked very hard to get people there to accommodate ALL your needs during your stay (dryer, kayaks, propane--which you claimed did not fit. It did, we attached it ourselves after check-out, just tricky to do), including unlocking the kayaks. The locks wasn't opening so we had the lock cut & replaced during your stay. It was a huge inconvenience to do this (you requested to rent after arrival) but we wanted to get you access ASAP. We were hoping these efforts would help us get a positive review. Thanks for sharing your concerns.
This cottage is perfect for a family vacation. The kids enjoyed swimming and fishing right off the end of the dock . The lake is quiet during the week. Great for tubing and fishing. The cottage is very nice and has everything you need for a weeks stay. Lovely weeks stay and would recommend it and would highly recommend it.
Our family stay.
Beautiful lakefront get away property. The home was very comfortable and well equipped.
Life is better on the lake!
This house was great my kids and family enjoyed our time here.
Lots of family fun!
We had a terrific stay. Staci was very responsive and easy to communicate with. We borrowed a friends boat and we’re able to dock it early. House is perfect for entertaining, which we did a lot of! Inside has a large great room, nice open floor plan with lake view. Saw some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It was a great vacation.