I am going on holiday on Friday and I am very excited. Not least because one of my favourite things is looking forward to finding out if the holiday cottage owner is anal/bonkers enough to leave little notes everywhere. I mean, I expect a certain level of "this is how the wood burning stove works" and "bins get emptied on a Wednesday", but some of them are mad... like the one which was laminated and hand-written in 1973 by the looks of the paper, balanced on the back of the ancient fusty sofa, instructing us that ALL the cushions MUST be plumped DAILY.
What odd things have you come across in holiday cottages?
We stayed at a villa in Spain this summer where the owner had gone to town with a label making machine - the remote controls had labels on them saying 'remote control'...there were also multiple laminated copies of threatening notices about having the security deposit withheld for various infringements including leaving the clean washing up on the draining board, failing to use towels on top of protective throws on top of sun lounger cushions, and my personal favourite, deflating all inflatables used in the pool! We were so nervous on check-out day, I half expected the owner to pitch up for an inspection before we were allowed to leave!
We arrived tired at an apartment in Tenerife that we had used once before. The key was in a key safe and the owners lived in UK. The first time it was clean, tidy and there was wine etc. Thist time breakfast dishes were on the side with crumbs everywhere. The sofa bed in the living room and the bedrooms had dirty ruffled sheets on as if someone had just got up. We couldn't contact them so i had to set to and strip the beds and put in the small washing machine in shifts and attempt to dry them on the balcony. Finally with all this done,a man arrived saying he was a friend of the owners and we were meant to be staying in their other apartment and they had given us the wrong number apartment. Cue repacking and moving to clean apartment, not the best start!