We felt welcomed, since we were able to email prior to our visit with several rounds of questions regarding directions, facilities, etc. Answers were very quick and on target. An instruction sheet was provided and the next door neighbor was available for questions during our stay.
The home is as pictured, clean and well maintained with Wifi, Cable TV, and private pool. Large common room, plus three bedrooms with private shower/toilet, plus a 4th loft bedroom. Great ocean view and breezes in a quiet, secure gated neighborhood. Also several nicely furnished outdoor seating areas on both front & back of home. Terrain & vegetation/landscaping made all these areas seem private.
We were concerned about being too remote from activities. But the home turned out to be very convenient to restuarants, supermarket, and several beaches. Also close to ATM that dispenses both Euro & US Dollars. (many restuarants only take cash) Both Euro & US Dollars accepted, but $ seem to be preferred and less expensive given current exhange rate)
We ate out locally, in Grand Case, Marigot, and Philipsburg on several occasions. It is only ~ 20 minute drive from one side of island to the other, as long as you avoid the east side of Simpson Bay during the late afternoon or evening. It's not a problem to drive from one side of the island and back as long as you miss that bottleneck.
All the cable shows are in French and American Sports channels weren't available. Since we dont speak French, this cut down on our TV watching. Which actually was a blessing since it was a family vacation and we should be watching less TV.
Electrical adaptors were provided so we could use our American devices with the European style receptacles.
Saint Martin / Sint Maarten are two different places. Saint Martin speaks French first, but most understand English, so it was easy for us to get around. English is spoken first in Sint Maarten which is more developed and manicured with condo's, hotels, etc. It is also much more expensive.
Folks on both sides were very friendly.
Bottom line is we greatly enjoyed our experience wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.