For our first time ever, we (1) rented a vacation home and (2) did not stay with family on Christmas Eve. We stumbled on this "cottage" just by luck. What a wonderful find!! We loved the house and it suited our needs perfectly. It was terrific being right on the beach. And we had ample space indoors and out to invite family to celebrate the holiday with us. Cheryl was welcoming and helpful -- very easy to work with.
We were hoping to make this house a new tradition -- sadly not available for Christmas 2014. But, our intro to Homeaway has enabled us to find another nearby.