Katie, I’m so sorry you were so disappointed with the cleanliness of the house and the pool.
We have someone come in every week to clean the entire pool and by noon there are already significant amount of leaves and pollen in it. My husband scoops the pool 1-2 times per day. Just for the record, he scooped the leaves off the pool in the morning of check in, and even after you came while I was showing you the house. It seems the wind is always blowing things off of the trees around, and we accept it as a part of living in the open wild.
And thank you for this comment, I’ll add this info to the description of the house as there’s no way to keep it crystal clean all the time for the location of it.
As for the odor, maybe the house being Very old has something to do with it. The cleaner came the day before your check in to vacuum everywhere and changed the sheets. All the sheets used were laundered the day before you checked in, so might it be the eco laundry detergent (Sometimes people find it ‘smelly’ when they’re used to the strong scented conventional detergent smell.) because we have never had complaints about the house or the sheets from all the rooms rented through air bnb in the past.
Regardless, I am sincerely sorry about your disappointment. I hope you got to enjoy your time here otherwise!