Hardly ever do I get a review like this, and my purpose has always been to provide an excellent and countryside vacation experience to my guests--that is why I spend much of my time there to improve things at the cottage, many times because of guest feedback. The "strangely not provided" bar soap (liquid soap is plentiful there) and shampoo was addressed in his instructions with this line: "Be sure to bring some bar soap and shampoo. We are able to keep liquid soap at the cottage, but bar soap is a little harder to maintain" (I have found that people have their own preferences when it comes to bar soap and shampoo). It is true that the closest eating establishments are from 8--15 minutes away, but that is what makes this place so rural. I'll be sure to check why the towels, which are washed after each guest, have a "mildew smell". I don't provide cat food, and Allen may have discovered a left-over of a previous guest. There are actually 11 types of fruit trees on the property, and in his instructions, I have listed the general ripening seasons. Good or bad, I do appreciate all feedback--that is the reason most of my reviews are so positive.