My family and I stayed in this little Jamestown cottage from July 19th until July 26th. The home had many of the ingredients for a wonderful vacation getaway. It was located in a very quiet neighborhood just 300 yards from the water. Although our view was partially covered by other houses, the view that we did have was simply breathtaking. My husband is an avid fisherman, and so each day we would walk down the road to the steps that led to the rocky shore. Although tricky to walk through, there were some nice, flat rocks for setting up beach towels and sunning ourselves while throwing out a line for a couple of hours. Heaven!! In addition, the location was perfect for our 7 and 10 year old children. The lack of traffic on Grey Gull Rd as well as the flatness of the road provided a perfect place for my 7 year old to finally learn how to ride her bike! In addition, both our kids made friends with the other children in the neighborhood. It was so lovely to see them running around playing soccer, basketball, tag and riding bikes until the sun went down and feel that they were completely safe.
While the location of the cottage was 5 stars, the condition of the cottage itself was 3 stars, hence the reason for the 4 star rating. The house is small but adequate for a family of 4. The kitchen area is tiny, but it didn't stop my husband from making some of his signature dishes, and there was enough room for everyone to spread out. The rug in the hallway/eating area was stained and worn, but the wood floors were in good condition. The one bathroom in the house is very small and the shower is a tight squeeze, which may be a little uncomfortable for taller/larger people. The lack of WIFI was a bit irksome, which we forgot to find out about from the owners before renting. Still, we found our way around that glitch. Overall, while the cottage is quaint, it was not completely "renter ready". There was a lot of dust bunnies under the beds and furniture, an allergy sufferers nightmare. The bed linens were worn out and a musty smell permeated throughout. The cottage did not feel clean upon our arrival, which is a shame, but easily fixable on the owner's part. As one who lives in an older home, I totally understand that old homes do get dusty and musty quick, but a biweekly deep clean can remedy this. With a few minor fixes, this property can easily become a true slice of heaven for vacationers.