Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Didn't last a full week at the cottage
In fact, we bailed four days early. Remember how excited I was to rent a cottage? Well, this place was a major disappointment.
It looked identical to the photos, except under a layer of dirt. Dingy. The bedding and couches were clean - and that was it. The first few hours after arriving, I wiped down windows, doors, counters, furniture, floors, shelves, kitchen sink...and barely scratched the surface. My Dad and I tackled more cleaning the next morning. Despite this, ants took over my purse. I couldn't get the ancient vacuums to work (there were three- irony?) . The basement had a definite dungeon vibe. I am a clean freak, yes...but my husband and parents were also uncomfortable with the grime.
The other disappointment was that Upper Buckhorn Lake is REALLY weedy. You couldn't swim. We splashed around close to shore, played frisbee, threw rocks. I really wanted to swim off the buttertarts I ate in abundance, but it wasn't possible.
So, if you are still interested in Bill's Cottage, let me add this. The place may be right for you if:
- You are used to wearing shoes indoors, so dirty floors aren't a big deal
- You think cleaning the grills on the BBQ is a waste of good flavour
- You just want a tan, man
- You love old magazines and architecture books (there were stacks of Maison Francaise from the late 70's, for example...but spiders live in them)
- You want to get away THIS WEEKEND**, and you don't really care about all this stuff as long as you are out of the city
The place is COOOOL, just past its prime. It was a much older version of what the website shows (I looked fantastic 5 years ago too!)...
Amazing design, crazy perfect decorating (perfect!)...just needs a deep cleaning...
**We were supposed to check out on Sunday before noon
(I know several people who would have driven back the first night...Liz - you would have flipped; oh and all photos were taken AFTER I cleaned...I was deeply satisfied after cleaning that glass wall between kitchen and dining room)