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“Charming cottage”

Review of Artist Cottage

Artist Cottage
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Artist Cottage
Backyard
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Living Room with gas logs
Living Room
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Kitchen
Dining Table
Bedroom with Queen
Bedroom with two twins
2nd Bathroom
Bedroom with Double
Bathroom with tub
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Black Mountain, North Carolina

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Sonny P
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Cannot Recommend”
Reviewed 19 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Let’s start with the positives. The Artist Cottage is located in a peaceful, quiet setting near a small stream and a stand of eastern hemlocks. It provides easy access to town and to I-40. There’s nearly instantaneous hot water. Sadly, the negatives are simply too numerous to list all of them here. It appears little has changed since the review written in August 2014. The cottage still needs significant cleaning and a major upgrade. “Charming” is not a word I would use to describe the place. The house is seriously dated with 60s-era draw-drapes and kitchen cabinets that appear to be older than that. One bedroom had no blinds, curtains or shades. There’s far too much furniture and decorations for this small cottage. There’s no dishwasher and one of the two closets has sliding doors that don’t work well. The refrigerator is in sad condition. Although we had booked the cottage for nearly two weeks, we had to buy toilet paper the day after we arrived, as there was only one spare roll in the house. Most of the problems fall on the owners, as the folks at Greybeard Realty couldn’t be nicer or more helpful. While they encourage renters to contact them about problems, we could easily have called them five times a day. Lest you think we’re inclined to be negative, please know that we have stayed in more than two dozen vacation rentals across the country and have never before given less than a four-star review.

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Management Response
1 Jun 2017
I'm so sorry that you were not fully satisfied with your stay at Artist Cottage. We appreciate your honest feedback and compliments of our service, here at Greybeard! Some recent renovations have taken place, but with that being said, we appreciate your recommendations for further improvement from the owner. Thank you so much, and let us know if we can help in the future with a stay at a different rental.
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ZeldaGRoc...
Pittsford
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Charming cottage”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This was our second experience renting through Greybeard Realty, and we have been highly pleased with their service both times.
The Artist Cottage is a charming 1920's cottage nestled in the woods adjacent to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, where some friends were gathering for a reunion. While it is quiet and secluded, the cottage is also just a 2-1/2 mile walk or 5 minute drive into the charming town of Black Mountain, and a 20 minute drive to Asheville.
The cottage itself was clean and well-maintained; although the kitchen is not modern, it is well stocked with all the equipment needed for meal prep.
Three bedrooms and two baths (one with a charming claw foot tub) and lots of storage space made this an ideal place for our small family. The little grandsons loved the spacious backyard and we all enjoyed meals on the front porch (although the porch could have used a bit more cleaning, mostly due to the overhanging pines)
I would recommend Artist Cottage highly.

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Liked best: location and charm
Liked least: cleanliness of outdoor porch
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jul 2015
We appreciate the feedback - happy to hear the stay was good at Artist Cottage. Thanks for being a repeat guest of Greybeard and for the generous compliments!
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12trvlgir...
Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“High ick factor”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

This cottage could be charming and cozy, but it needs upgrading and serious cleaning. Windows do not open - most of them - so there's no fresh air and no alternate exits in an emergency. The CO2 detector is in the kitchen and no longer works; the heating furnace chimney actually runs through a bedroom. With no way to air out the house, the old shag carpet, the towels, the curtains, and the bedding hold the damp and become smelly. Walls and doors need proper repainting, not just touch ups. The gritty old paint holds dirt and people hair. The light wood kitchen fan has black edges. We left a much longer list for the rental company, in hopes that their cleaning service will do better and the owner can be encouraged to attend to deferred maintenance issues.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
27 Aug 2014
I'm very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. I understand that management has been in touch since receiving your note.

Our housekeeping and maintenance team strive to respond in a timely manner as soon as they learn of issues. There is also an emergency line available 24-7 to report issues that arise during the time of stay.

We do hope that you stay in one of our other vacation rentals and that we have the opportunity to serve you in the future.

Thank you,
Greybeard Rentals team
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Management Response
6 Nov 2013
Thank you for the helpful review. We are sorry that you felt like the house was poorly maintained. It is an older house with older furniture and priced accordingly as one of our least expensive homes; however, that is not an excuse for it not be cleaned up to our typical standard. We will discuss with the housekeeper and be sure that attention is given to that. We apologize for your experience with that, as you know that is not typical with our rentals! We do hope you come stay with us again.
Thanks,
Greybeard Rentals Staff
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