I have a logistical issue which might make some guests unhappy. Unfortunately, this is something that I can’t fix, as far as I can see. However please feel free to offer out of the box suggestions.
The issue is implicit in what I posted in my listing, but I have not said anything about it explictly. I am thinking that maybe I should - it’s better than someone mentioning in a review, but I also don’t want to put people off if possible.
So, my listing is located in Bombay (now called Mumbai). This is on the West Coast of India, about halfway down. From June to September approximately, the area receives heavy rains, commonly called the monsoons. It doesn’t rain continuously the whole time, of course, but when it does rain, it can commonly be quite heavy. Here is my listing - http://towerroom.net/.
As you can see from my listing, the (full) bathroom is located at the “end” of the balcony garden. However, this involves walking through the garden, and most of it is open to the sky. So if it is raining heavily, one could get wet. The length of the open area before getting to the bathroom isn’t very long - though I don’t know how long, exactly. I could measure it.
Note that there are separate half bathrooms (separate shower room and toilet) available to guests off the kitchen. I haven’t added pics because they are not terribly photogenic, but they are functional. However, I imagine most people would prefer to use the former full bathroom.
So, the options available to guests seem to be:
use some sort of cover (umbrella or otherwise) when going to the bathroom.
go around from inside the house. This is doable, but a bit awkward. it involves going through a couple of rooms, the living room (occasionally occupied), and a bedroom (largely unused). (Note, the bathroom has two doors - one opens into the garden area, the other one opens into the main house area.)
use the bathroom by the kitchen area.
The question is what to say in the listing without being deceptive while at the same time not being off-putting. So far most of the booking I’m getting are extremely short - I’m mostly getting lengths of stay from 1 day to 4 days. So hopefully people won’t be here long enough for it to get on their nerves.
Covering up the relevant area so that guests can walk to the bathroom without getting rained on looks impractical to me. If I lived in a Star Trek universe I could erect some kind of force field over the garden area…