OBX, HILTON HEAD AND MYRTLE BEACH HOME RENTALS
----- RENTER REVIEWS, REFERRALS & TESTIMONIALS RECEIVED ------
RENTAL HOME (UPDATED - 2018)
OBX "Fin and Tonic" Rental House, Frisco, NC:
10/9/17 - TripAdvisor Review by renter - Fantastic location! Sunsets over the sound are amazing from the "crows nest". House is exactly as represented... Steve N
8/26/17 VRBO review by renter - the house had great beach access but was a little dated. JP
7/28/17 email from Renter - I have to tell you we totally enjoyed the outside shower. It is beautiful. And the crows next was awesome too. Tina G.
6/9/17 - email from Renter: "Good afternoon! First, we love the house (again). We were wondering if we could check out a little late, but not go back in house and just use the outside shower? We lost 2 days because of rain and just don't want to go home early. Just thought I would ask! We will see the house next year. Thank you so much! Angela and J W" - OBX Fin&Tonic
11/1/16 - We checked out of Finn and tonic around 7 AM this morning had a great vacation thanks, Mike H.
7/9/16 renter email to Owner - Just wanted to thank you for the great week vacation. We washed, fried and folded all the linens and towels except 4 that weren't quite dried. I don't leave a dryer on when no one is in my house so we took then out and hung.them over the kitchen chairs. I left a note for Mary (cleaner) why they were there. We also bought beach toys for the kids and had no need to bring them back home but they were too good to just throw away so we left them under the house (they are in two net bags we used to carry them to the beach so they won't be blowing away or anything) so maybe your other guests can use them. If not just throw them away. Thanks again. We had a great time. And attached is a video from one of our days at the beach.....Joanne K and family
1/2/16 text to owner: "Hey Stewart! This is Julia P, my husband and I rented fin and tonic and had a wonderful time, thank you for letting us stay in your home."
8/7/15 email to owner. We wanted to thank you. We had a blast and couldn't have asked for a better location. The crow nest deck was fantastic to hang on and watch sunsets. We left a few cleaning supplies and spices for your next guest. Thanks Again,Greg C.
6/7/15 - (email) we had fun! We left you some condiments, candles, pot holder & handsoap. ED
9/15/14 - (email) FYI the house is really nice, we are having a good time and the dogs are too! They love water. Jana M
7/6/14 - (email) Hi Mr Hines! We are back in Fin &Tonic. Everything is fine here, the house is still on its feet! We went to Rocky Mount NC for a couple of days to avoid the hurricane (We are not used to this kind of natural disaster!). We cleant the yard that was full of tiles from the neighbour's roof!
Thank for caring, we are happy here and will enjoy the rest of our stay! Pierre and Genevieve.
6/14/14 - Survey from Renter D&K B - We've had a lovely stay and hope to book again next year. The home had virtually everything we needed.
12/16/13 - (email) Dear Mr Hines, Pat and I checked out of the fin and tonic today. We were able to get the ferry to Stumpy Point without problem. We will miss Frisco . We are coming back to snow. And we will be with our families for Christmas. Patrick caught and froze lots of fish, unfortunately more than we could fit in our cooler. So we had to leave some there. Could you let your housekeeper know they are there and she is welcome to them. The keys I slid under your door. We will call you in the new year in regards to another rental. Happy holidays to you and your family. Susan and Patrick
9/26/13-(from email) Stewart is a great guy, Very professional ,love working with him easy to do business with him ,very understanding guy I would definitely Recommend him his company ,Doing business the way business should be done should be his slogan.AF
8/29/13 - (email & phone call with renter) "We had a Great Time!" Thanks so much! We had a fantastic time at the house - thanks for everything. And really appreciate you mailing the phone charger back to me! Bonnie B.
8/17/13 - (Letter from vacation renter) Stewart, your house was great - great location. We had a super time. Thanks! Deb R.
8/21/12 - (Email to S. Hines from long term renter-Karen S.): We are loving your Fin and Tonic home. We recently had some dear friends visit from Indiana and it was really a "healing" spot for them after they suffered a tragedy in the last two years. K
Hilton Head Island, SC Beach & Tennis Resort #AR416 Rental "Ocean One" Condo:
5/4/18 - VRBO review #21821470 - GREAT UNIT !! Our favorite part was watching the sun rise from the balcony , with our coffe in hand !! The unit is comfortable! Having a kitchen saves so much money !! We love the pool for the kids !! The beach is very close !!! Looking forward to next year !! JB
5/2/18 - email from repeat renter - Stewart, I just want to let you know that my friend and I enjoyed staying in your condo at HHI. I trust you found it in satisfactory condition. I would like to know if you have inspected the condo and when I would receive my $50.00 deposit back. Thank you, Courtney K
4/19/18 - email from great repeat renter: Hi Stewart, Just wanted to let you know, I received the $500 refund/deposit (full) check in the mail today. Thank you! I am pretty sure I will be renting it again next year. I will be in touch.
10/23/17 - Email from Renter - We are done with AR416 (I had to get back to work in KY). We had a great time, the only problem is the Hallway toilet runs about every 5 minutes, makes the shower turn hot when this happens, but we would stay again. Thanks, David
10/2/16 - VRBO Review from renter (9/24-10/1/16 stay): Review #16073507 “Ocean1 2BR/2BA Oceanfront Condo at HHI Beach & Tennis” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thanks for renting your place to my husband and I and our son and daughter in law. The 2 bedroom 2 bath was just the right size for us 4. We enjoyed sitting on balcony in the morning drinking coffee and looking at the ocean. Sylvia R.
3/5/15 email from Renter - Good morning Stewart! I just wanted to say thank you for fixing the cable into the master bedroom. The television works so much better! Also the new chairs and lights look very nice! We are enjoying our stay on Hilton Head as always. But wanted to say thank you for making the condo even nicer!! Nancy S
2/25/15 email from Renter - David and I have really enjoyed our stay this year in your condo. We are hoping that it is available the month of February, 2016 for the same price. If so, let us know what we need to do to reserve it again. We did want to mention that the keys you sent us have some issues. Both keys work fine in the bottom door lock....but they don't always want to unlock the top lock. So we have started to just lock the bottom lock. Maybe they need some tweeking?? We will be leaving the keys under the door in the hall before we leave. Let me know if we can reserve the condo again next year. We hate to leave on Saturday :>( Deanne
2/4/15 - email from renter - Hi Stewart, Ok...thanks! We are enjoying our stay at your condo! We have all the comforts of home....in a beautiful and warmer setting! D Simpson
6/26/14 - Postcard from Renter - Debbie D) Thanks for giving me a break on the key fee and the condo rental. It certainly was a nice first trip to Hilton Head!
5/2/14 - (Letter from Renter D. Carter) We had a great time.
4/10/12 - (Email to S. Hines from renter-James S.): Just wanted to send an email out to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Hilton Head. You have a wonderful condo with great view, location, and amenities. The staff at the facility are very courteous and helpful.
9/15/11 - (Email to S. Hines from renter-Bryan C.):
Stewart,Thank you for renting your beautiful condo to my family once again. Just like last year, we had a great time and the weather was wonderful. We will be sure to come back again next year. I will contact you in a few weeks to set up an arrangement for Labor Day week 2012. Thanks, Bryan
3/25/11 - (Email to S. Hines from renter-Debby M.):
Hi: I rented your Hilton Head condo last summer and was looking to stay at it again this summer. The unit was great and the view is beyond spectacular. Debby M
8/19/10 - (Email to S. Hines from renter-Jen H.):
Just a quick note ---- we were at Pawley's Island before we went to HHI -- for my sister's wedding. We were so releaved to get to HHI and walk into your condo. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything we needed. There was a wonderful view - a cool room - and we could not have asked for anything more. Thank you for a great stay! Jen H.
6/7/10 - (Email to S. Hines from renter-L. Marier): Hey there, just wanted to thank you for a great week in Hilton Head in room AR416. The room was great, everything was clean and lovely. We totally loved the master bed, slept like the dead! We were a little apprehensive about renting from someone new, since we have been renting from the same folks for years. But we were so pleased with the room and had a great vacation. Thanks again, we hope to rent from you again. L. Marier
12/1/09 (Email to S. Hines from renter-Barbara H.): My husband and I stayed at your condo at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis and it was WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for a much needed vacation... We had a Great time! Thanks again... we will be contacting you again for future stays....
8/31/09 (Email to S. Hines from renter-Peyton W.): The condo was exactly as described. I left it requiring minimal cleaning, other than linen changes. Thank you very much for the rental. We had a wonderful time. I almost called and requested to stay a few additional days. I hope to return there in the future. I did have to pay to use the tennis courts at night, but that was because of the lights. Thanks again,
8/12/09 (Email from renter C. Watson on TripAdvisor at url): Tripadvisor Referral.)
I loved the HHI B&T Resort and condo #AR416. It had a spectacular view, was clean, upgraded, nice and I got a great discount and price!
7/27/09 (Email from renter: C. Deriso)
"Just a note about what a wonderful week my family and I had at your
beautiful, comfortable condo. Thanks for everything."
2/20/09 (Taken From HomeAway.com, Listing #181181)
Hello! I stayed in this unit years ago and it sure has improved several notches. The view is as breathtaking as it ever was, but wow, is it ever loaded with upgrades now... Smooth top range, flat screen TV, Sony with "Picture in Picture in the Master... Soothing color palette...whole place has an artistic flair. We'll definitely be back! Unbeatable value!! Daniel
2/19/09 (Taken From HomeAway.com, Listing #181181) Middleburg, VA
Dear Stewart, It seems I return to AR-416 again and again! So much value for the money! Incredible views, designer-inspired decor, lots of upsclae touches, the new whimsical "beachy" paint colors. Why people spend so much more and not get as much is beyond me! I'd recommend this fabulous condo to anyone! Larissa
(Taken From VRBO.com, Listing #80064) Nashville, TN
Hi Stewart, We had a great time! We loved your condo and the Beach & Tennis Resort. You have a spectacular view and we loved the Bermuda colors. Thanks so much for your good service and vacation. Denise
Myrtle Beach, SC Bluewater Resort #803 Rental "SeasTheDay" Condo:
4/8/18 - email from repeat guest - Thank you, We hade a great time, your condo was great again ;)
Thanks till Next time Petr N
7/14/16 key return letter to Owner from Renter - Terry M: We enjoyed our stay! Thank you.
7/20/15 VRBO Review - B803 Renter from Jennifer J., “Great beach vacation”
Great ocean views. Easy beach access. Prefect location, close to everything.
7/7/15 VRBO review - B803 Renter - Nana, "Our family had a great time at your condo. The view is great the resort kept everything clean and was very nice. We look forward to coming back next year. Thank you Nana"
6/6/15 letter from F. Heatwole to S. Hines. "I would like to thank you for your use of your B803 condo. We had a wonderful time and very comfortable. You were prompt and helpful to meet our needs. I hope to see you in the future."
8/10/14 email from Renter - Tina G: Mr Hines Had a wonderful time at your condo! enjoyed the karoke & nice view! just wanted you to know that. thanks for a wonderful time. hope to rent this again very soon..
6/2/14 email from Renter - Alan J: thank you very much. everything was great at the condo..we enjoyed every minute.the only thing I saw that might need work is the beds creek bad wen getting in and out of it.an the coset roller in the master bedroom is broken . someone taped it up before me. but over all I give it a 4 star rating just for the beds only. I would stay there again when we go back to myrtle beach..
5/1/14 - (Email from Renter - Rykk G.) We had a great time and enjoyed the condo
Will be back to enjoy again.
1/5/14 - email: Stewart, Got in last night, The place is perfect I've been checking around to make sure every thing is in order. It all seems fine haven't had a chance to run the washers yet. I'll get to that next week, There is certainly a big ocean out the window-wow! I am getting an American cell soon. I'll pass that number into you once I'm set up, Thanks, B.
9/8/13 - (email from renter)
Good afternoon, We truly enjoyed the stay at your condo. I was reading on the papers you had sent that if we booked again with you for next your we would get a $400 discount. Does that offer still stand? If so I would be interested and staying again next year for the week of July 26th .
Please let me know. Thank you, Brenda L
8/6/13 - (email from renter - Brad I "Aside from the place needing to be cleaned again after we got there, we had a wonderful week. The view is gorgeous and we loved the easy access to the beach. The resort pool and bar beside it was great as well. Very thankful for the week we got to spend as a family down at Myrtle."
7/30/13 - (email from renter - Nana "Had a great time at this resort!! Had clean pools, music and karaoke almost every night. Great condo with a beautiful view and large balcony. Will definitely be returning next year. Owner is great and easy to work with."
4/19/13 - (email from renter - Jay M. "Stewart, We had a great time at Bluewater Resort! And we are pleased we could work this out by keeping the business with you. It has been a blessing for me to help you with your Toyota and even more to have heard your testimony about God restoring your health and faith. Hopefully I can work out my next beach trip thru you. Take care & keep strong in the faith! The Lord Bless You!"
7/14/12 - email from renter - Donna D. to owner) VRBO #73961, Hi Stewart, I hope you a feeling much better? Everyone here has been asking how you are doing. We have had a wonderful week at your place. The girls and I don't want to go home!I wanted to let you know that all your towels are Clean. We brought our own from home. The master Bedroom bed linen is clean. I bright mine from Home. The guest rooms is dirty my daughter forgot hers. We will be leaving early tomorrow morning. Will Leave keys under your owners closet. Will be renting From you again soon!! Best regards and wishing you good health
12/5/11 - (Taken From a 12/5/11 VRBO #73961 Review from Adam R. -
This was the perfect place for our vacation!!! Very affordable and felt safe for our infant child. Everything we needed was right there and it was a beautiful view. The amenities were excellent as well. We barely even needed to leave the hotel. Can't wait to come back again!!! Thanks so much!!!
8/3/11 - (Email to Stewart Hines from Cindy F. - previous renter). "Had a great time last week in Myrtle Beach. We enjoyed your
condo. Just wanted to say thanks. If we rent it again next year what would the cost be?"
7/29/11 - (Email to Stewart Hines from Sandy P. - previous renter). "Our family stayed 7-10-17-10. We had a wonderful time. The condo had plenty of room and had alot of updates. Stewart was great to work with."
7/16/10 - (7/16/10 Email to Stewart Hines from Carissa B. - previous renter). Our stay was great! The condo was beautifully painted and decorated and made us all feel right at home. There was so much room for the 8 of us to put our things and lounge around. We loved the view of the beach from our enormous deck and the location was perfect. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a large group and is looking for a great vacation. Carissa B.
10/26/09 - (Email to Stewart Hines from Tink and Schery - previous renter). Thank you so much for the special rate you gave us, we had a great time staying in your condo. It was nice and clean, and we really enjoyed ourselves. The security staff was extremely nice, and our daughter and neice loved the heated pools! The view from your balcony is awesome............ Thanks again!
08/24/09 - (Taken from VRBO #73961 on 8/25/09) The Kerschners, Minersville, PA. We just returned from our vacation and wanted to thank you for allowing us to stay in your condo. The view from the balcony was amazing and the sunrises were breathtaking each morning. The dolphins each morning were an added bonus. The room was as advertised, very comfortable. We look forward to doing business with you in the future. Thanks for a great vacation!
06/08/08 - (Taken from VRBO #73961 on 6/8/09) W Alford , Cincinnati, OH ------ We had SO MUCH FUN on our vacation and could not have asked for a better view. The condo was good and as described. We will be back!
(Taken From a 1/28/09 Email to Stewart Hines from Alyne - previous renter) ----- On Wed, 1/28/09, Kevin & Alyne wrote:
From: Kevin & Alyne RE: Hilton Head & Myrtle Beach Home Rentals - $400 off if book this week only! To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 8:30 AM
Mr Hines - you know we would like nothing better than to return to the Bluewater. If you EVER get anything @ Myrtle in a 3BR oceanfront, PLEASE let me know - And please keep me on your email list - You never know - one year the children/grandchildren might not be able to come with us so we could get a 2BR again - Some of our fondest memories are when we rented from you Best wishes.
(Taken From VRBO.com, Listing #73961) 12/22/07
Forbes, Nashville, TN Hi Stewart: Thanks for letting us stay in your condo. We had a great time. Nice beachy bermuda colors and beautiful oceanfront views.
(Taken From VRBO.com, Listing #73961) 12/22/07
Beaufort, SC Hi Mr. Hines, We had a real good time. We loved your condo #803 and the Bluewater Resort. You have a spectacular view and we liked the beachy Bermuda colors. Thanks so much for your discount too. Bill
Myrtle Beach, SC Ocean Park Resort #1208 Rental "Clamity Jane" Condo:
4/29/18 email from Guest - 4/21-28/18 stay, Mr. Hines, Just a note to thank you for our stay at your condo on Myrtle Beach. Everything was nice and we enjoyed our stay very much. I hope things were left to your liking. Again thank you. Linda and Jeff U
10/9/17 - TripAdvisor review online - We loved it because it felt more like someone's home. Another asset of this cute place is that award-winning view of the ocean. Being on the top floor cuts down on noise you might hear from a room above you. My service dog made himself right at home and seemed very happy having plenty of room to roam around.... Matt V.
9/18/17 - email from guest - The Vandall's have left OP1208! (We were out by 10 but had to make a potty stop lol) our friends couldn't make it so it was just me, matt and the one service dog. But we had more than enough room and supplies. Thank you so much and I'm gonna write you some great reviews!
10/8/16 - email from guest - That's very kind of you (refund) but totally unexpected. A friend asked if we would get refund and we said no, Mr. Hines couldn't control the weather. Thank you so much for the use of the condo. We enjoyed our time there. Howard
6/25/16 - email from guest - Hello Stewart we wanted to say thanks again for renting to us! We enjoyed our first trip as a family to the beach! Not sure who is to come clean the room just wanted to let you know we stripped the bed down for them and all the laundry (towels) have been washed. I have them folded up on the counter. Every room has been wiped down and swept. The mattress cover in the master bedroom upon me stripping the bed I noticed burn marks not sure if the room use to be smoking just wanted to let you know. Look forward to doing business with you in the future for our rental needs. Thanks the Bonars
10/1/15 letter received from B&T Sparks - Here is the receipt for the DVD player. Thank you, we had a great time.
7/10/15 email to S. Hines - We really enjoyed our stay and be returning again. Thanks for everything! Duane Wallace
9/16/14 email - Stewart, I just wanted to drop you a quick not to say thank you for the use of your property. My family had a great time and it was even better than the website photos. It’s been crazy since we have been back and just getting a chance to email, I think I’m about ready to book another vacation. I look forward to booking again next summer, my wife and the kids went to Myrtle last spring break and if they are able to go again for 2015 I’ll check back with you. Also we normally go the last week before school starts here in August so if there is advance booking let me know how far out I can reserve and how much deposit is due at that time. I really liked getting the keys in mail and not having to go through a check in/out process, I really like your system. I hope you found everything in order when we left. Thanks again and I look forward to doing business with you in the future, I’ve also recommended you to a couple other supervisors and my manager. Thanks, Robert J.
9/2/14 VRBO.com Review #9165817 “Great 1st stay in Myrtle Beach!!!”
This is a GREAT location to stay in and owner to work with. The rooms were comfortably roomy and clean. The master room has a great view! The appliances were clean and the kitchen is well equipped. Although we didn't utilize them, there were even extras such as coffee and other cooking and cleaning supplies available on our stay. Don't know if these are left from previous renters are not, but either way that was a nice extras. Also, being on the 12th floor and at the end you don't have to deal with unwanted noise. I WILL USE IT AGAIN WHEN I RETURN!!!!!! Eric H
Stewart, I just wanted to let you know that Miranda I had an absolutely wonderful time staying at your place at Ocean Park Resorts. We loved the condo and had a great time at myrtle beach. We hope to be back next year. When should we expect to receive our 200 dollar deposit back, granted that there were nothing that was found to be damaged during our stay? Thank you Stewart!
(Debbie N email to owner on 8/10/13) "Good morning, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our week at the beach, we had a great time!!!! Thanks."
(Donna B. email to owner on 5/30/13) "excellent!! We have stayed here two . years in a row. Everything was better than expected !.The private bedroom was big enough we hardly ever ventured into the other area . Their w, ere 4 adults in our party. photos and video were right on ! The owner is always prompt with response , when getting trip set up. We never needed for anything so we never contacted him either time while there. My daughter is wanting to go with another couple this year and so our we. Guess we have been bragging to much of how much fun it is. I could sit and look out my bedroom window all night. Have a picture taken of the sunrise from the balcony over my fireplace."
(Julie M. letter to owner on 8/18/12) "Thank You! We had a great time!"
(Francis B. email on 8/21/11) We were your guests at Ocean Park #1208 the week of 7/30-8/6. We just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our stay and were impressed with your condo. We felt like we got a good deal. On that note, we were wondering if we could reserve a week in June, after school lets out in our area, for around the same price. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks again for such a wonderful week and hope we can continue in the future. Have a nice day!
(Doug D. email on 7/19/11) Dear Stewart, Thanks very much for the wonderful stay in Myrtle Beach in condo #1208 at the Ocean Park Resort the week of 7/9/11 through 7/16/11. It was everything you told me, and more. It was very clean and ready to go when we got there. The location in south Myrtle Beach was perfect for us. I will recommend your condos to all my friends in this area.
(Amy B. email on 7/7/11) Hi Stewart! We had a great vacation and loved the Ocean Park #1208 condo!!! It had everything we needed and the view was awesome from the 12th floor. We actually witnessed a mother sea turtle come up to shore and lay 137 eggs our last night there and that was pretty special. Thank you, Amy
(G. Phillips posted on 4/17/10 on VRBO #77860 Reviews webpage) "Great Vacation!!!" "We rented this condo for the week of April 3rd 2010 to April 10th 2010. It was our first opportunity to stay a full week at the beach. We really enjoyed our time here and are already planning a fall trip. This condo is everything the ad says and a wonderful place to stay, Mr. Hines is a great owner and I plan on booking all my future trips at one of his properties. Give this condo a try you won't be disappointed."
(Barbara H. posted this on 3/4/10 on my Facebook Wall) "We have enjoyed staying in all the Condo's you have that are Ocean Front...Myrtle Beach is one place we take our family each year a couple of time... and we stayed at your Hilton Head Condo as well... thanks for sharing with us your homes away from home..."
(Taken From VRBO.com, Listing #77860) 01/09/08
Patty Barnes , Akron, Oh. My family and I stayed at this condo for the July 4th week in 2007. It was fantastic for the price! The kitchen is very spacious, the washer and dryer work fantastically, the view is amazing. Everything about this place was great, but the elevators were slow. I would definately recommend this.
Myrtle Beach, SC Palace Resort #2013 Rental "Ocean Potion" Condo:
6/15/17 - email to owner - Oh awesome thank you! We may try to stay at your condo again next year once we know the dates. You were fabulous to work with! Jennifer A
5/1/17 - email to owner - Dear Mr. Hines, Just wanted to let you know that we have left the room. I slipped the keys under the locked door and cleaned up a bit. I hope we left everything satisfactory. We had a wonderful time and wanted to thank you again. Hopefully we can do this again. Best. John Y
7/4/16 - VRBO.com review by Renter - I found this listing on VRBO and was very pleased with the results. Mr Hines was great to work with. The beds were very comfortable, the angled beachside deck was lovely to drink our coffee from. Centrally located, it was very convenient to all the things we were interested in visiting. The beach was very close behind the pools. The kitchen was fully equipped so I could cook in frequently during our stay. In 30 yrs of marriage, it was one of the few times we stayed the entire week and we would do it again. Thank you Mr Hines.
7/15 - Hi Stewart, First of all thank you so much last week. You didn't have to come fix those tvs right away but I really appreciated it. We had a great time and hope to come next year. What rate would you give me for week sept 6 thru sept 13th? Also it will just be myself and Katie so do you have any one room rentals anywhere?
8/14 - Review #6814826 Best Condo Ever - I found this listing on vrbo and could not have been more satistified! Me amd my parents age 78 and 81 wanted to make a trip together while they still felt like traveling and this was the perfect condo for us. Mom needs to lay down everyday so in afternoon she could lay in her bed and see the beach all the way down as with the angle balacony. You can see the front oceanview and the angle. My second bedroom also had a big balcony with sliding doors. The living room and kitchen was one big room and gave us plenty of space, not on top of each other. The people who worked at the resort were some of the nicest people we ever meet. Stewart Hines was very pleasent to work with, I even left my quilt down there and he is mailing it back to me, that's service with a smile!! Never stay anywhere else!! D. Mac.
(Renter - John P wrote me this email on 7/14/12)Good morning Stewart, I just wanted to take the time and thank you for a wonderful seamless stay at your palace 2013 condo during the week of June 2nd. We all had a great time, the beach was perfect as usual, it was in a great location, and the views were tremendous. I love the fact that you mailed everything, no check in's, no baloney, just show up and enjoy the beach. We will look forward to staying at your rentals in the future. Again, thanks so much.
(Ray M. wrote me this letter on 10/1/11) "Thanks for everything Stewart. We enjoyed our stay. Looking forward to Sept. next year. Ray"
(Barbara H. posted this on 3/4/10 on my Facebook Wall) "We have enjoyed staying in all the Condo's you have that are Ocean Front...Myrtle Beach is one place we take our family each year a couple of time... and we stayed at your Hilton Head Condo as well... thanks for sharing with us your homes away from home..."
(Taken from HomeAway.com, Listing #180384) 4/5/09
Knoxville, TN Mack Doo----Great myrtle beach getaway. Condo was nice. View was incredible. Homeowner was good to work with. We will probably rent from them again.
(Taken From VRBO.com, Listing #79051) 12/22/07
Nashville, TN Thank you for letting us stay at your lovely condo at a fabulous price! Great oceanfront views and we like the beachy colors. We plan to call you for next year's vacation. Claudia
Garden City Beach, SC #104G Sunset Dr. Rental "SeaLaVie" House:
4/10/18 - VRBO Review #21691057 “GCB #104G Sunset Sq. 2BR/2BA Raised Beach House, 2nd Row-Oceanview” - Stewart was awesome! Our keys and contract fell out of the folder we had it in and did not discover until right before check in! This after a two day, 16 hour trip from FL. Stewart met us at the house and gave us 2 keys and then wrote down needed info about the house. Best ever customer service. The house was perfect for our needs and our dogs did great. Of course, it was spring break week and being right on the main road was QUITE noisy. However, things usually quieted down by 11 at night. We would stay here again but won't need to as we are buying a house in Conway but would recommend to anyone wanting a smaller house within quick distance to anything you could possible want. Becky E.
4/2/18 - VRBO Review #21620622 - The cottage was great. Close to ocean and everything we needed. Would recommend to others and will plan to stay there again. Larry P
9/23/17 - email from Renter: Hello Stewart Hines,This is Mallorie B, we just finished our stay at your rental, Sea La Vie in Garden City, SC. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for allowing us to rent your home this week for our family vacation. We very much enjoyed our stay at Sea La Vie. The location was perfect for us, and we could not have hoped for better weather while we were here. I read through the paperwork your provided us, and made sure to do the listed tasks prior to our departure this am. (Keys are under the door of owners closet, lights and AC off, vacuumed, and dishes washed etc.). I wanted to see if it would be okay with you for me to keep you contact (your email address) on file for the future. I know you mentioned having several different rental properties, and we would love to establish a rapport with someone that we can rent through annually. If you would not mind me reaching out to you via email in the future to make rental arrangements, I would love to keep your contact information on file. Thank you again for allowing us to make use of your beautiful home. Warm Regards,
9/8/17 - email from repeat renter: Hi! Just wanted to tell you we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your condo the week of July 29-August 5, 2017. This was our second year to vacation there, and we definitely will return next year. The condo did not disappoint - we had a memorable vacation and so much relaxation and fun. The condo has everything anyone could possibly need. The pool was never crowded. Parking is such a big plus - always having a parking place is great piece of mind. Thanks again and we will be in touch to reserve another week next year. David and Angie M
8/26/17 letter to owner from renter - We enjoyed our stay and your house. We'll let our friends know about it if they are planning a beach trip to South Carolina in the future. Teresa W
10/2/16 email from renter - Just closed up SeaLaVie and pulled off noticing we left the front porch light on. Sorry. Great house and wonderful stay. Much appreciated. John P
7/20/16 VRBO REVIEW - Review #15267128 “Garden City Beach Raised Beach House, 2nd Row-SeaLaVie” Wonderful Vacation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★. 7/2-9/16 stay. We stayed at Sea La Vie for vacation the week of July 4th. The house was as advertised and we had a nice surprise waiting on us upon arrival - a starter pack of paper products, dish soap, dishwasher pouches, and Tide detergent. Everything was clean and there were plenty of towels and linens for the futons provided. The location was perfect - right beside the pool and directly across from the ocean. We had a problem with small black ants on our 2nd day but I emailed Stewart and he immediately set up an appointment with pest control. Since the following day was July 4th, they came the next day. We were at the waterpark but Stewart stayed in contact with us before and following the appointment. We had no further trouble that week. We had plenty of parking space under the house. My children (ages 7 and 3) loved the pool so much that we stayed in it every day and only ventured to the beach once! The pier, Sam's Corner (their foot long hot dogs are a MUST!), and the arcade were only a short car drive away and could even be reached by walking. We also took our golf cart but we didn't use it very much. Overall, it was a great fit for my family of 4! Ashley
7/8/16 email from ADY - Stewart, Just wanted to let you know that we decided to head home this afternoon to avoid the morning rush tomorrow. All appliances and AC were turned off and we took out all of the trash. The linens were placed on the floor in the bathrooms and bedrooms. Thank you again for opening your home to us. We thoroughly enjoyed our week.
7/3/16-email from renter, Stewart, We arrived a little after 4:00. Everything exceeded our expectations!! Thank you again for a seamless process. We are looking forward to spending our week here. A. Davis
4/24/16 - VRBO.com review by Renter - Aaron, Owner values repeat business! We have stayed at Sealavie several times and the stay is always enjoyable. This house is great and just a short walk across the street to the beach. Close to many great restaurants and in a quiet section of Garden City Beach. Stewart definitely appreciates repeat renters. Thanks again Stewart for being so easy to work with, you have become a great friend over the years. Aaron
3/28/16 email - Hi Stewart, We enjoyed your beach house. Location- location- location... We wanted to thank you for providing us with the internet. We're thinking of leaving here a day early to stop in Washington to see the cherry blossoms on the way home. We just checked the Washington weather and it looks like they're calling for Thunderstorms, so we'll decide tomorrow.. We have had a great vacation and are ready to go home since we left Western N.Y the end of January. Thanks again, Diane & Tom B
8/11/15 VRBO Review - Excellent home. This was the perfect place to stay for vacation. Being next to the pool & just across the street from the beach were a definite plus. Can't wait to come back next year, Stewart was awesome to work with.
11/3/14 email to Owner: Just wanted to let you know we really enjoyed your vacation rental house and I hope to do business in the future. Have a great day, Cheryl W
9/2/14 email - Good Morning Stewart, Just want to take the time to thank you for everything. I hope in the near future we can do business again. I have already forward your information to some of my closes friends and relatives. My group appreciates everything you did for us, specially being last minute. Again Thank you, Doug
7/14 email - Thank you so very much for the lovely stay at your house in Sunset Square! The house could not have been more perfect! We met many people who stayed in houses across from us and we all vowed to be back next July 4th as well!! It is with high hopes the house will be available when I am ready to reserve it again for next summer. I know you don't do such short term rentals, but we are considering coming down for Labor Day weekend. We will only be there 3 nights. Do you have anything available? Thank you again so very much for letting us use your lovely home in Garden City! Everything was perfect!!! Sincerely, lisa
5/14 email - We greatly enjoyed our time during Bike Week at SeaLaVie. Thank you for allowing us to stay. I just wanted to inquire about the $200 refundable security deposit that was available after 14 days after check out as the rental contract had stated. Please let me know if you need anything further from me.
Thank you again, Courtney O.
(Taken from 4/19/14 email) I figured it must be. I looked everywhere. We've already left. We had a great time. Thanks, Tracey
Review #7176355 Great place!!! Stayed during fall bike week. The house was great and was as described. A great price also!! Will stay again and hope to stay at the outer banks property in the future.
(Taken from a 6/22/13 email from Renter - Megan Y.) Mr. Hines, Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful week in your beach house! We loved the house, location, and amenities you provided. We were all a little "blue" to leave. Thanks again and we will definitely be renting from you in the future!!
Have a great summer ! Megan Y.
(Taken from a 6/1/13 Email) Hi Stewart: I just wanted to let you know that we had a great stay at "Sea LA Vie"....We look forward to returning again. Thanks for a wonderful vacation!!!! Robyn
(Taken from a 11/13/11 Email) Stewart, Just wanted you to know that Bill and I really enjoyed our week at your house in Garden City, SC!! The house was equipped so well with all the latest appliances and it was so nice to have a Washer and Dryer there in the home. It was great to be able to just walk across the street to the Beach. We also enjoyed the Garden City Pier and the shops along that main drag! We will certainly contact you again when we can get time to come back down. Please keep us on your email list for any "specials" you have on staying in this home. Thanks! Bill & Paige
(Taken from a 6/21/11 Email) This house is across the street from the ocean, but is VERY close to public access and the street that you have to cross is easily crossable even in the busiest time of the day. The owner Stewart was easy to get in touch with and was great to work with. The pool is RIGHT beside the house and great for the kids. We had 2 adults and 2 children and there would have been plenty of room for a couple more....we will stay again! Kristy H.
(Taken from a 9/11/09 Email) Hi Stewart, I wanted to tell you what a wonderful week we had at your house on Sunset Sq. The house was great and very clean. I am also writing because next summer there will be 14 of us. I think your house on Woodland Dr. might work. We would need the week of 7/24 - 7/31. Is it available that week if so what is the rate? Thanks again,
(Taken from a 9/5/09 Email from HomeAway #2010047) Stewart, We are interested in renting your home October 4-10. My husband and I stayed at your home last October and loved it. Please let me know if it is available and the cost of the rental. Thank you, Jean D.
(Taken From HomeAway.com, Listing #201047) Vxxxen Mechanicsville, VA. Date Submitted: October 07, 2008 Date of Stay: September 2008
This was a wonderful house to spend our vaction in! I would like to say that the property owner was WONDERFUL! He contacted me within 15 minutes of emailing my request. He has excellent customer service, which made the experience very easy-going!
The house was clean, comfortable and well-stocked. There is a Kroger right down the street, and all the "spots" we wanted to hit were close. The pool was clean, there was ample parking, and the locals were friendly.
We stayed at this house during the Fall Bike Week rally and it was just close enough to the action without being right in it! Broadway on the Beach was a little further than expected, but it was no big deal. We even spent a few nights in watching TV or chatting on the balcony...It was our home away from home: very comfortable and cozy!
We recommend eating at Crabby Mike's for a great seafood buffet, and we also tried out the Conch Cafe on the beach road. Good food, a little pricey for drinks.
We will definately stay at this property again, and I cannot say enough how great the property owner treated us!
Garden City Beach, SC #126A Woodland Dr. Rental "Ocean's Ten" House:
8/21/16 email - We stayed July 9-16, 2016. I can't say enough how much my family loved the house and the week went by too fast! Thanks! Connie C.
8/20/16 email - Hi Stewart I just want to say thank you for the business, you have a lovely house and I and my family had a great time, I hope you find your house in good conditions. Thank you so much again. Cinthia S.
4/12/16 - email to Owner, Thank you. Hope you have a great rental summer. We certainly enjoyed staying at Woodland. Have no serious plans yet for next year as we do plan a cruise this fall. Will be in touch when we know want we're doing in early 2017. Thanks again. Don
1/2/16 - email to owner from Juan L. "Good morning Stewart, First of all let me wish you and your wife a happy and prosperous New Year. We enjoyed your home and had a very relaxing time. We ended up leaving around 10:30, your cleaning person came while we were still loading the cars. Thanks again for renting us your house, hopefully we can return during the summer. Have a great 2016.
8/12/15 - email to owner: Hi, Had great time at Ocean 10. Thanks for you quick response on the ac issue and hope you found everything in order. Hope to see you again. Ed
7/20/15 - VRBO Review from Becky S. - 126A Woodland Dr., We stayed in this home with our family and another family this past week and had a wonderful time. The home is very close to the beach and was large enough for us to spread out. The pool was perfect for cooling off after a hot day at the beach. When we arrived, we noticed the DVD player in one of the rooms wasn't working so I sent an email to the owner just to let him know. He responded within minutes and brought a DVD player was there the next day! Thank you Stewart for being so helpful from start to finish. We had a wonderful time in your beautiful beach home!!
7/16/15 - email from Becky S. - 126A Woodland Dr. Thanks so much for letting us stay in your beach home! I need to let you know that one of the white chairs broke this morning when my husband was sitting in it. Not sure how it happened really. I asked him to grab the sunscreen and next thing I knew he was on the ground. He didn't get hurt but the back leg of the chair snapped at the top.
I am so thankful for your help from the time of reservation. You were quick to respond with available dates as well as answering questions that we had about the area. We really appreciated that you went out of your way to bring out a replacement dad player so quickly as well. Your rental is beautiful and has inspired us to look into buying a rental as well in hopes to one day retire here.
Thanks again so much. I will be sure to leave a good review for you!! Becky
7/4/15 - text from Joe B. "Oceans 10". On our way back to Cincy. Thanks for another great weekend.
See you again next year. JB Family.
5/17/15 - Thank you for sharing your rental house with us. We loved the house, location, etc. We had a great time! We may be interested in renting it again next year. Do you have any houses that are just 2 bedrooms? We're wanting to come back down this summer with our kids for just a dew days.
6/14 - Stewart, Sorry I missed you other day at the house. I hear you are doing well. Glad to hear it! Thanks for another great week at Ocean's Ten! Take care, Aaron
7/14 - Hi Stewart, You have a new review from Michael B. for "OBX, HHI & MB Home Rentals":
very proffesional, property very clean, with pool, and 500 yards from the beach. Property well stocked with all essentials. Would definitely rent this property again.
Review #6800161 Great house for family vacation
We had a wonderful vacation at 126A Woodland Ave in Garden City, SC. The house was ideal for our extended family. The living room, dining area, and kitchen were very spacious and the open concept kept everyone together, whether cooking, eating, playing games, or just visiting. The living room had plenty of seating and the two dining tables were great for family meals. There were also two additional picnic tables by the pool. The bedrooms were huge, each with a private bath and furnished linens. The walk to the beach took less than five minutes, even with young children. Having a private pool in the back year was a special plus and great for the grandchildren. There was covered parking for four vehicles and extra parking for visitors in the driveway. The location in Garden City was convenient to shopping and plenty of family-fun activities. Overall, it was a terrific vacation, and we plan on returning as a family. Pastor C.
VRBO Review #6627753 Great stay again!!
Great House! Great Location! This is our second time renting this home. It has everything you need and then some. Thanks again Stewart for another great year ! Brandy Akron, Ohio
Submitted on 8/16/13 via vacation renter - Linda S.) Good afternoon Stewart, can't tell you enough about how much we all enjoyed our week at Oceans Ten. All the family were impressed and happy over the location, everything was perfect for our visit and we sure plan to come back.
Outstanding place to vacation!!!!! Thanks for everything.
Submitted on 6/7/13 via VRBO #260854 Review from Renter - Joe F., Date of Stay 5/25-6/1/13; "We spent a week at Oceans Ten in Garden City and had a wonderful time! As advertised, everything in the house is brand new and extremely comfortable. In the house, we enjoyed spending time in the pool, grilling in the yard, laying in the sun, and playing games on the many televisions. There are also a lot of things to do in the area, as the house is about a two minute walk from the beach and within a mile of the gorgeous Garden City boardwalk. There is also a plethora of great restaurants, golf courses, mini-golf courses, arcades, and just about everything else one would want to make a vacation both fun and relaxing. Will definitely consider a return trip to Oceans Ten! It was a beautiful house and an amazing vacation."
Submitted August 4, 2012 via letter from Renter - Wayne & Susan C., Date of Stay July 28-Aug. 4, 2012. "Best place we have ever stayed in 12 years!" Thanks Again, Stewart.
Submitted June 27, 2012 via email by Renter - Megan D., Date of Stay July 21-28, 2012. Hi Stewart, Thank you for a great week in Garden City at your 126A Woodland Dr home. We departed this morning to try and beat traffic. We were sure to turn off the A/C and all electronics, take out the trash, remove all food and vacuum. Have a wonderful weekend! Megan
Submitted June 23, 2012 on VRBO by Renter - Aaron S., Date of Stay June 16-23, 2012. My family and I have rented this house from the owner for the past three years. The property looks just as gorgeous as it did on our first visit in 2010 when the house had just been built. The owner takes great pride in maintaining his properties to the highest standard and keeps updating them year after year. This year we noticed additional seating at the pool and other amenities that were nice to haves. The owner is one of the best I have had the pleasure of dealing with. The ease of renting the property and the check-in/check-out process make it seem like a home away from home for your spectacular week of relaxation. I highly recommend this property and this owner.
(Taken from a 8/3/11 VRBO #260854 Review from Dorinda R.) Our stay for the week of July 23rd thru the 30th was great. Absolutely loved this house. It was more than I expected, pictures does not give this house justice. The walk to the beach was not bad. I would recommend this place to anyone. All the members of my family really enjoyed having their own room with a private bath. Hope to return again.
(Taken from 6/27/11 VRBO #260854 Review from the Snyder's).
This is our second year of staying at Ocean's Ten. This house is absolutely beautiful and the owner continues to improve and upgrade the property. This house has everything you need from ample bedrooms and bathrooms to multiple decks and a great outdoor pool. Don't forget you are very short walk to the beach in a very nice neighborhood. You are close to all the attractions in the area and just a short trip down to historic Georgetown. The owner takes pride in his properties and is very easy to work with and contact. There is not a better value our there. The owner provides a flat rate for everything including cleaning and linens so you don't have to worry about any surprise charges. Thanks for sharing your property with us for a second year, we hope to make it a third!
(Taken from 11/28/10 Email from the Mooney's).
Mr. Hines, We just returned from our trip and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the house. The family said they would really like to see about
reserving again next Thanksgiving. Thanks again, we really enjoyed the week and let me know when and how we can reserve the house for next year.
(Taken from 11/1/10 Email from the Stone's).
"We rented from Mr. Hines this past July. This house is great. Very spacious, the bedrooms were huge. We had 3 families and everybody had more than enough room. Walk to the beach was not bad either. Has a place to park your golf cart right at the beach access. Mr Hines was very easy to deal with."
(Taken from 9/10/10 Email from the Blough's).
My mom, stepdad, sister, her family and my family stayed comfortably in this beautiful home. We had everything we needed from utensils to coffee maker to washer/dryer. The walk to the beach was short and all of the kids were able to walk the whole way!! Those of you with kids can appreciate that!! The only downside to this property was the no pet rule. We have 2 pups that love the water but had to stay in PA. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and the house was just right!! Thanks!!!"
(Taken from 8/7/10 Email from the Chamber's).
Thanks for allowing our family to rent your property for the week. The house was much more than we expected. Good location and in great shape. Hope to be able to do business with you again in the future. Thanks again for it was without a doubt the best vacation our family has spent together. May God bless you as much as he did us this week.
Thanks The Chambers
(Taken from second 6/27/10 Email from the Synder's).
"We stayed in this house from 6/19-6/26/2010 during our vacation in Garden City Beach, SC. This was our first time renting a home from Mr. Hines, but it was a great experience. He is extremely easy to work with from booking the reservation to check-in to offering great owner discounts! The house is immaculate and really feels like home once you check-in. The bedrooms are spacious and each has it own private bath. The master bedroom is as large as some hotel rooms and has a great private deck for enjoying your morning coffee. There was always plenty of seating in the open living / dining / kitchen areas which has great hardwood floors and access to another nice deck. The kitchen contains brand new appliances and plenty of cooking utensils. Our chef in the family loved the kitchen!! The pool area has a large deck and patio area with plenty of seating. The pool which quickly became our favorite place to hangout was what made the house complete. The water was always refreshing and provided a nice break from the beach. Speaking of the beach it was an easy two minute walk from the house making it very convenient for multiple trips during the day. With parking for several cars under the house and convenient access to 17 Business there is no reason not to rent this house. Thank you Mr. Hines for making our vacation great!!" You can have an references contact me at 540-265-1305 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
(Taken from a 6/27/10 Email from the Synder's).
Thanks again for letting us rent your beautiful beach house this week on Woodland Drive. We really enjoyed your home and our stay. If there is a site that I can leave a positive comment about you and your home please let me know. Also, if you would ever like to use me as a reference for future renters to contact please let me know. I will provide you with a preferred phone number for them to contact me at. Best regards, A. Snyder
(Taken from a 3/1/10 Email from the Springer's) Hi Stewart, We had a great time! Thank you so much. Your house is beautiful and a great value! We saved $800 as compared to what we spent with Dunes last year in a less nice house with no pool and further away from the beach! We definetly will rent from you again.
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2/28/15 email to owner: We have been very happy here and would like to make this an easy transition for you. As owners of a few rental properties we understand how difficult finding good renters can be. Thank you, Tracy C
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