3 beds, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 6 adults
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
This house comfortably sleeps up to six people
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful surprise 60th birthday trip
Our stay at the house was great! Our every need was anticipated and we all enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching the lights from the bridge at night and having coffee in the morning. We also enjoyed the pool, it is such a nice sanctuary and the landscaping is beautiful. Thank you for letting us share your home.
Hi Lisa: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Over the Bay. We do try to anticipate our guests needs and are pleased to hear you found the house met your needs. Glad to hear you had a great 60th birthday trip. Hopefully we'll see you again in the future. Best wishes, Barb & Karel
Beware positive reviews
I am giving this review following multiple rebuffed attempts to get the H.O. to discuss a solution. My family and were impressed by the positive reviews which is why we chose it. Unfortunately that careful reliance was to our detriment. We were floored to find the things that an in-person view uncovered. The master closet shelving was crusted with thick yellow grime, leaving us with no ability to utilize the shelving to keep items off floor and hang clothes; the couches and pillows were heavily stained so we have covered them with sheets; the master carpet has staining from something has been dripped onto it; the upstairs bath shower curtain coated with so much mildew and soap scum that none used it (leaving one shower); the AC vents were coated with gunk (the master bed with black moldy particles in vent) ; the railing up to loft was filthy & stained; the second bedroom has a black water ring that the P.M. indicated has been there 5 to 6 yrs. Dried food and drink drippings on the side of the kitchen table. Large nails sticking out of deck that we pounded back in- large enough to inflict injury. Beach towels smelled sour, dirty. Dead cockroach next to bed. These were just the obvious ones.
We arrived to instruction to keep the air conditioning at 80ﾟ. The house, esp the loft, was sweltering at 95* outdoor temps. The directive was absolutely unreasonable. Email info to reach P.M. was outdated so that was miserable.
The property is in dire need of a deep clean. We left it cleaner and safer than we arrived. We have stayed at many properties in this area-- none of which required a hefty deposit and were of much better cleanliness. The view is nice, that does not justify the lack of ongoing attention.
We dealt with these issues for the duration of our stay. The first few things you try to overlook after a day or so the disappointments were stacking up & enough was enough. And even now we have been home for 24 hrs- still getting no meaningful reply from the H.O. We even took time out of our final day so P.M. a walk-thru where she acknowledged that many of our complaints were already disclosed to /known by the H.O.
The H.O. has expressed disappointment that one of our 6 guests was a child (even though she requires that you disclose the ages of the guests before approving your booking.) The ages I gave her UP FRONT ranged 68 to 37, plus a 2 year old for a total of 6 ppl. Attempt to rebuff the obvious problems and to talk about resolution.
We always value the reviews we receive. They help us improve our service and make changes which we hope will enhance the renters experience. As a provider of a vacation rental property we understand that ideally everything should be perfect when you walk in. We do strive for this and are not trying to make light of these nuisances/issues.
Our rental agreement clearly states that if you are not pleased with anything to let us know right away, this is so we can correct things ASAP, and we do.
This is a beach house and as such comes with challenges on our end. We do try to stay on top of this. Your concerns could have been dealt with in the first few hours of your arrival. You chose to wait 2 days into your stay to mention your concerns and then it was too late to do anything to rectify any issues.
In response to your specific issues
- Grime on clothes shelves: this is a very humid environment so things do rust. This is the first we have heard about it and it will be rectified.
- Bath curtain: this was overlooked by our cleaners and has been changed. This would have been easily replaced when you were there.
- Railing: again this could have easily been dealt with had we known.
- Dead Palmetto bug: they are prevalent in Florida. Being concerned over one dead one seems an over-reaction.
- Dirty AC vents: they do get dirty and should have been cleaned and will be.
- A/C temp setting: we ask for this temp as it works from most times of the year and saves energy. Other renters have asked to change it and we always agree, and just ask them to turn it down when they leave. Never a problem. All you had to do was ask.
- Water stain in second bedroom: yes it's there and small and will be part of our major paint job in the near future.
- Stains on the carpet and couches: people do spill things and we have these cleaned twice a year. What concerns me is that the outgoing renters (the day before you arrived) did not mention that there was any issue with them. The fact that you had a party with 22 people makes me wonder if some of this was caused during your party. Since you didn't mention it upon check in, we have no way of knowing.
- Dirt on table: this was missed by the cleaners, we apologize, and again could easily have been cleaned with a damp cloth, had we known.
- PM contact: yes there was a glitch with her email, you could have contacted us directly as you did during the booking process.
- Guests and ages: we always welcome children, and only ask ages to ensure the renters are over 25.
We have been in business for over 8 years and have never had a review like this. Almost all of our reviews are 5 star and many mention the cleanliness of the house.
My suggestion to people reading this it to beware of this reviewer.
Barb and Karel
House is in a Great location
The house was perfect for our needs. It had everything you need. The location is within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and the bay which is right across the street. Also, across the street is a park with playground equipment to climb on, which is great for a family with young children. The back yard has a wonderful pool and private landscaping which we really enjoyed every late afternoon into evening. Just a note that the house does not provide beach chairs unless they are left by previous renters who purchase them. Bike and kayak rentals are around the corner. We biked a short way to the Rod and Reel Pier every morning for a wonderful breakfast. We would definitely come back.
Hi Ellen - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Over The Bay. It sounds like you took advantage of many of Anna Maria's activities and pleasures. We look forward to seeing you back in the future. Best wishes, Barb & Karel
We had a wonderful time at Barbara’s property. Location is excellent! You’ll need to purchase soap and toilet paper.
Hi Kristine - I'm so glad you and your gals enjoyed our home. I've had a few girl trips there too and it is perfect for that - with the private pool, close to restaurants, and superb shopping. Hope to see you back there in the future. Best wishes , Barb & Karel
The most gorgeous destination
This view of the Bay was so amazing the pool was great the island is amazing I would pick this location again. The front porch what memories are made of!
Wonderful, relaxing stay
Had a great 6 nights here with my husband and 2 close friends, the house is beautiful and the backyard is awesome!! We loved having a private pool! The bay area is beautiful but our favorite was Bean Point beach, the sunsets are to die for, also saw manatees, dolphins, and stingrays. Everywhere we ate on the island was delicious! Loved sitting on front porch listening to the water at night, so peaceful and quiet, can't wait to come back! Was a great way to turn 30!
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at our home. We are very proud of the peaceful backyard oasis we've created. It's proximity to Bean Point is one of it's many positive points - and the fact that it's walking distance to lots of great restaurants. Happy birthday and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes, Barbara and Karel