This cottage is terrible value for the money. I've stayed in Turks and Caicos many times during high seasons. I know what to expect from rentals that cost this amount. For the listed price, one can expect a comfortable bed, air conditioning (available, even if metered and charged to renter), and all parts of the dwelling in working order. For that price there are no frills, but a renter can expect basic comfort.
This cottage did not offer basic comfort, safety, or working order. First, lack of comfort: The bed was rock hard, there was no air conditioning available, and though I was told that the breeze off the sound would make it cool enough, that wasn't true. It was too hot to sleep. In addition, the cottage lacked lighting while it did not have large windows to let in natural light.
Lack of safety: there was supposed to be a code lock for security. This wasn't provided - (no explanation as to why). The "lock" was a doorknob of interior strength and a traditional key. The door would close only if locked, so the renter risks letting bugs in if he wants to make trips to the car to get groceries without having to lock/unlock the door while carrying things. Also, the staircase was half missing! I was warned that there would be "construction next door," and that "no construction would occur during [my] stay," but I didn't think this meant that half of a missing staircase from abandoned construction would invite my child to hurt herself.
Cleanliness: bathroom had broken, loose tile pieces, dirty curtains/walls (with brown stains - rust, I hope). I expect sand on the floors on an island. But the layer of grime on the floors in the kitchen and living area suggested the cottage hadn't seen a deep cleaning in years.
Basic function: all screens on all windows were broken, and let in lots of bugs. Fridge shelves were broken, and couldn't support groceries. Appliances were ancient. On our second day, the smoke detector malfunctioned, emitting a constant, loud beeping noise. This was the final straw that made the cottage unlivable.
The (absentee) owner was nice when I alerted him of the issues, and offered another place. But we had left already because we could not sleep in a hot, dirty, broken, beeping place. I just wonder how he let it get into that condition in the first place!
For 3/4 of the price of this cottage, we found a clean cottage with a comfy bed, free A/C, and a small pool. This place needs a lower price or an overhaul!