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Front Cottage - Francis Beach Cottages

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Mike & Neil

Front Cottage - Francis Beach Cottages

6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
HOME HIGHLIGHTS
Great location100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
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This listing is for the Front Cottage. Francis Beach Cottages are located 100 steps (1/4 block) from entrance of Francis Beach & coastal trail.The cottages are surrounded by long sandy beaches,paved,level walkable coastal trail.
There are 2 cottages on the property, each a fully contained private home that accommodates 6 people. Each 2 bedroom/1 bath cottage is warm, inviting and refined, designed for the utmost of comfort at the beach.

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Indoor fireplace
Laptop friendly workspace
Dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No pets
No smoking, parties, or events
Check-in is anytime after 2PM and check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

Availability

12 Reviews

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Robert User Profile
Robert
August 2018
The cottages location is wonderful and cottages are beautiful. However, I didnt find it relaxing knowing there are surveillance cameras all over the property. Walking around the neighborhood you notice the cottages are the only ones with that type of surveillance. Its not for…
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Response from Mike & Neil:
We knew Robert was potentially going to be trouble minutes after accepting his first booking when we received a phone call with an unsolicited offer from him after he booked our first listing, prior to booking the second listing for the others joining him on this trip. He was able to make this offer because Airbnb makes our phone number available after we accept a reservation. The guest said that he likes to swap with nice properties and could do so If we were interested. He said he was having a hard time because a property that he used to list on Airbnb in New York City could no longer be listed on Airbnb because his building had prohibited this activity. Now he must do this quietly. We declined his offer. We told him we use Airbnb for our booking and follow a straightforward business model and do not seek exchanges or swaps or direct payments of any kind. His offer pertained to the booking of the second cottage, which he eventually booked using the correct and conventional manner, after we turned down his alternate proposal. On approaching to meet and greet this guest at check-in, it was clear he was visibly upset prior to even walking through the exterior property gate . His behavior, demeanor, words and tone were unmistakably insulting. His conduct was of sufficient concern that we gave him the option to not stay, prior to concluding the checkin process. We contacted Airbnb immediately and requested they reach out to him and explore other options with him. We were shocked when Airbnb contacted us to advise that this guest actually did wish to go through with his stay. The house rules the guest cites as concerns are disclosed in our listing. He knew of the conditions and potential costs, and agreed to them in writing prior to booking. He expressed no concerns in any of the written communication up until the moment he arrived. Once at the site his demeanor changed. We provide detailed information up front and in writing to guests prior to arrival, based on prior guest FAQs. This helps us keep our overview brief. This is generally 10 minutes or less, unless a guest hasn’t read the material and asks questions. Citing the reviews of other guests who also neglected to read the house rules and were upset by them simply puts Robert in league with people who do not do their due diligence.
August 2018
Natalie User Profile
Natalie
July 2018
My boss and I stayed in the cottage for a business trip, and it couldn't have been a better place for us! It was her first Airbnb experience and she really enjoyed it. Upon arrival, Mike met us to give a thorough tour of the cottage. There were organic fruits, wine and cheese fo…
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Nils
July 2018
**READ THE HOUSE RULES** I’m not kidding, there is a link on the listing labeled “house rules”. Read it before booking. I skimmed it, missed this part “Only registered guests are allowed on premises.” Breaking said rule by having a local over for coffee in the morning is on me, …
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Response from Mike & Neil:
The concerns expressed by this guest pertaining to rules are fully disclosed in our listing. Prior to booking the guest knew what to expect. Airbnb requires guests to agree to our house rules as disclosed prior to booking. The criticism is based on the fact that the guest didn’t read the rules, the guest proceeded to break the rules and then faults us for having taken steps to enforce them in the manner that we said up front in the listing that we would. We gave the guest the ability to rectify the situation. He replied that he would comply later that evening and failed to do so. The guest broke the rules, agreed to rectify the matter and then failed to do as he promised. The bell ringing referred to by this guest is the exterior intercom at the front of the property grounds. Rather than using the code or remote to enter as we instructed the guest, the person whom the guest brought onto the property without paying or advising us, called us on the phone at 6:30 a.m. by ringing the intercom and then said to us “I’m back, let me in”.
July 2018
Disha User Profile
Disha
May 2018
Beautiful home, very close to the beach. Looks exactly like the pictures. The host was nice and dropped off treats for us during the stay. Nice touches in the house. They even stocked the fridge with the groceries we requested. I do think that the host went overboard with instru…
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Response from Mike & Neil:
A good stay is all about good communication and being upfront about what you as a guest can expect. Our guests give us excellent ratings because of these efforts, the quality of our Airbnbs, amenities and hospitality. Airbnb also acknowledges this by having us designated as superhosts. Our checks ins are congenial, detailed, but brief and to the point, because we respect your time and ours. We do not repeat ourselves as that would be a waste of time and energy. The concerns expressed by this guests are fully disclosed in our listing itself. So, prior to booking the guest knew what to expect. Guests have lauded us and suggested that we have information available in multiple formats (print and electronic). We have photographs of the cottage listed and do not list a dishwasher as an available amenity. Leaving items as you find them is a normal expectation of most hosts. Despite the concerns expressed by the guest with regards to having the rules available electronically and in print, the guest did not actually follow the rules and left the property unlocked and unsecured upon check out. Several items had to be retired permanently from service due to condition in which they were left by the guest.
May 2018
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Hadley
November 2017
We stayed in both the Front and Back cottages for the weekend and are impressed by the whole experience. Mike was sweet with my young kids, responsive, gave a great restaurant recommendation, communicated well, and Neil bought us groceries which was generous and made the trip eas…
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Matthew
August 2017
Mike and Neil's cottage exceeded all expectations. The level of attention to detail in our comfort and needs was superb. Their cottage is steps from the beach, a short walk to main st and the best sushi and coffee ever, a mile from anywhere thats breathtakingly beautiful and, it…
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Michael
August 2017
Visited for a work retreat. This is a truly incredible home. Mike & Neil have thought of everything, and have a clear passion for hospitality. Incredible little details, a modern, clean and comfortable place for a retreat from the world. Great communication. I will be back for pe…

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Palo Alto, California, United StatesJoined in August 2010
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We have travelled extensively and regularly during most of our lives for personal and professional reasons. We have had the benefit of staying in all types of accommodations including Air Bnb. We combined those experiences with our favorite locations to live, the beach & the hear…
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