The central location of the cottage is what drew us to this rental: it is directly adjacent to PEI National Park, and is walking distance to the beaches via the National Park bike trail. It's central location makes Charlottetown an easy 20 minute drive, North Rustico and Cavendish half and hour or less, and the Eastern half of the island a comfortable drive.
However it is the ambiance of the cottage that made it wonderful. The cottage was clearly a well loved vacation home, with touches that make it special and all the amenities you could want. The deck was absolutely the best! The deck was positioned to get morning sun for coffee and also late afternoon sun for post beach drinks. In the back there is a furnished screened porch with an adjacent BBQ deck, perfect for an al fresco dinner!
The owners were communicative and very informative both before and during our stay. Rob was friendly and available nearby as a source of good advice on places to eat and shop as well as suggestions for outings.
We stayed for two weeks in the last half of September and experienced a few unusually cool evenings that we were able to pleasantly temper by the fireplace/woodstove in the living room. Our late season stay was perfect for long walks on the beaches, bike rides along the National Park (Dalvay to Brackley & North Rustico to Cavendish) and on the Confederation Trail (especially St. Peters to Morell), and opportunities to explore the fishing villages. We recommend North Rustico (good dining, CoOp, bakery, fish shop, boardwalk) and Souris (boardwalk and lobster rolls) and Montague (lovely harbor boardwalk linked to Confederation Trail). A rainy day took us to Charlottetown for sightseeing (see Province House) and Confederation Hall's multimedia historical presentation. Don't miss the Farmer's Market on Saturdays in September.
In short, its location and features made the cottage a wonderful home base for a PEI vacation!