Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate you highlighting our positives.
We are grateful for our paying guests, whose contributions help us do necessary maintenance and upgrades.
This house was built in 1912, we believe the cottages were built after World War II, and my family bought it in 1985, and I lived here during college, and I purchased it in 2016 from my mother so she could retire. It is a labor of love and patience, it requires a great deal of effort to keep it going so we can share it with our guests. Our goal is to offer our cottages, apartment, and rooms at an affordable, reasonable, and fair price. We do not make a profit off of the rentals, and all of the funds go right back into the property for expenses, maintenance, and improvements to the property.
Our priorities, in order, for spending the limited funds we have are:
4) Energy Efficiency
In the happiness category, things like newer and matching furniture will appear. We do continue to update and change out furniture, but if it meets the first three categories, Yankee sensibilities make it a low priority for replacement. If those things are a guest's priority, we recommend they stay in a hotel.
If guests want an authentic traditional Maine Seaside cottage experience, we feel we provide that.
We did just upgrade the bathroom in the other cottage, a $13000 upgrade and repair, which will put us in the red for the year, including upgrading to a tub/shower, from the shower stall, and replaced the toilets in both cottages with water efficient units. The other cottage has an on demand hot water system, so guests will not run out of hot water if several use the shower. It is also more cost efficient. At $2250 for upgrading the electric water heater with the on demand propane water heater, it takes us quite a few guests to pay for these upgrades.
Our water pressure is determined by the city water supply, and sometimes when several people are using it simultaneously, there can be brief drops in pressure.
I am not sure what the problem was with the windows, I wish you would have asked while you were here, I checked them all, these are double pane vinyl replacement windows, and modern. There is only one that has an issue, and it is the one the air conditioner is installed in. Sometimes they can stick though, with the dust and humidity.