I am very glad Ben had a great stay, especially considering all else he has going on in his life right now. I was a bit confused though to see his criticisms, especially given how many multiple special accommodations were made for him, including the opening of a third bedroom at his specific request. This third bedroom is not normally made available. My listing is two bedroom. The third bedroom is in the basement, so I do not make it available normally, only at a guest’s special request. After he arrived, he did see the bedroom and asked if he could use it so his adult daughter could visit. I was happy to make it available for him (at no extra charge of course) so he could enjoy her company. So I am a bit disappointed to have him mention negative comments about it in a review. He emailed me while she was staying there saying how much his daughter was enjoying her stay, saying it pleasantly reminded her of her grandmother's basement, bringing back many happy memories, so I am confused. Basements often have musty smells, so as stated, it is not normally even made available. The basement is simply there for guests to access the laundry room. Perhaps he inadvertently used the word mold instead of musty, as there is zero evidence of anything like that, and any such usage is inaccurate and unfounded. Perhaps he was simply confused as to the difference is all.
Likewise, with the kitchen, it is a galley kitchen, it is narrow (see pictures in listing as I try to include several angles), but it is certainly possible to cook and eat there. Dozens of guests have been able to do so, including a four person family who lived and cooked in the house for five years before we converted it to a vacation rental. Hopefully my multiple 5 stars reviews will help balance out this particular one in the minds of other potential guests. Please reach out to me with any questions at all, I am happy to send more photos or details.