Submitted: July 27, 2011
Stayed: July 2011
What a great intimate cottage! We just got back and we already miss the amazing views, along with the cool breezes. Molly's Cottage was the perfect size for the two of us, never felt like we were cramped. The cottage has large doors that open (with screens) to keep the pesky mosquitoes at bay. We opened them every night around 6 p.m. and kept them open all night long, until we left to explore the island. The views are amazing of Chocolate Hole Bay and Chocolate Hole Pond. The sun rises were great to see, right from bed. We really loved the wrap around covered porch. Lots of meals and card games happened on that porch!
We grilled out almost every day on the porch, the kitchen is perfect, large fridge, lots of pots and pans, spices, etc. The neighborhood is great for running, walking and the walk down to the beach at Chocolate Hole is only 5 minutes and goes directly from the back porch to the beach. It's a bit of climb back out, but it's really not bad. Beware of the No-See-Ums gnat like bugs around 5:30 p.m., they will eat you alive on the the beach.
A few things to note and they aren't bad, just to keep in mind. The house is situated in a great neighborhood with other rentals, but also locals live there too. The house directly under us, you can only see a bit of the roof, is owned by a local. We know that life goes on and they can't tip toe around the renters, but on the third day we were there, their dog barked constantly throughout the night. The dog might as well have been in bed with us, it was so loud. The next morning, they were weed eating at 7 a.m. and that continued most of the morning. We returned home to a manure smell rising from their property. They loved their music and played it loud, but only occasionally. You might say, just go inside and shut all the doors. But that brings me to my next note.
Air conditioning. There is none. We found out very quickly, and rather warmly the night we arrived. The house had been shuttered all day, it was hot and muggy inside the cottage. Ceiling fans, stand up fans and keeping the doors open during the coolest parts of the day is a necessity. The first few days were an adjustment, but we actually really liked it. It forced us to spend time outside and really enjoy Chocolate Hole, instead of being cooped up indoors.
We would stay here again! We truly recommend it. Thanks so much for the letting us into your little slice of heaven!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! That is good advice about the no-see-ums not only on the beach but at the cottage also. We are glad you enjoyed your stay but I do have a couple of comments regarding the air conditioning and the neighborhood.
When we built Molly’s Cottage twenty years ago we made a deliberate choice to avoid glass and air conditioning – hence the storm doors and screens. We wanted to take advantage of sea breezes for cooling and to that end we keep most of the shutters open whenever we are at home. Our choice is to keep the shutters open and use the ceiling fans when necessary to create a breeze. This results in less demand on the island’s sometimes-tenuous electric grid and generally reduces our footprint. While not true for every spot on the island, our cottage is situated so that there is almost always a great breeze.
Our neighborhood is a mixed group of full time residents, vacationers, and part-timers, both West Indian and continental. As such there sometimes be some cultural clash around noise, pets, language, etc. The cultures are different and we try to respect these differences, while attempting to be good neighbors. We can only hope others will do the same.
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