Usually I trust and agree with TripAdvisor reviews and use them as a guide to selecting a property. However, I strongly disagree with the 5-star rating of this property. It disturbs me to write a strongly negative review. But when I feel like the experiences of other travelers could be affected, it's important to be honest.
My husband and I rented a River Cabin (Maple, #6), based on the cute online photos and favorable reviews. However, the cabin had such a strong musty odor that we could not breathe inside. We tried to air out the cabin, but nothing worked,. Our first night, we cranked the window AC unit in the bedroom, which did nothing to clear the moldy smell. The window unit was so noisy that we could not sleep. There was also a problem with the drive to the Maple Cabin on a gravel road with hairpin turns and tight switchbacks. We did not have a four-wheel drive, and the ride up to the cabin was downright scary. We did not go out that night, because we did not feel comfortable making it back safely to that cabin in the dark.
The next day, we spoke to the management, requesting another accommodation, preferably a cabin closer to town. There was only one option available, River Cabin #3, which was at the bottom of the gravel road. While this cabin was more accessible, it, too, had a dank, unpleasant smell. We saw traces of what appeared to be mold in the bathroom — black discoloration in back of the toilet, alongside the floor, and by the bathtub (shown in photos). We stayed in this cabin because there was nowhere else on the property to go, even thought it felt unhealthy to be breathing this air for three days.
On a positive note, the management did seem to be understanding and tried to be helpful. However, based on our experience in two different River Cabins with an unacceptable air quality , we honestly could not recommend this property to others.