Virgin Gorda Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Affordable 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Cottage with Ocean View
Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage is a charming West Indian style cottage located in a vibrant local neighborhood. Chickens, dogs, and the occasional goat roam throughout our sleepy neighborhood, and children playing ball in the street are a common sight. Nestled amongst a half acre garden, you can lounge on the large wrap around porch and look out at bougainvilleas, periwinkle flowers, and neem trees framing a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Trimmed in blue, our small one bedroom, one bath cottage is reminiscent of the traditional open and airy Caribbean homes, albeit with modern amenities. The cottage is decorated with local art, includes a full kitchen, a bath with a shower, and a king size bed (or two full size beds). The property is secluded and perfect for a single person or a couple who want to get away from the modern world, as there is no phone, TV, or internet (don't worry though- there is internet, TV, and phone access right down the road at the Yacht Harbor). So besides a weekly house cleaner who will come by to wash your sheets and towels and take out your trash this is a great place to get away from it all!
Virgin Gorda is a perfect place for the eco-tourist with scenic beaches, beautiful reefs, a national park full of local flora and fauna. Our property is a wonderful example of how a tourist destination can be self-sustaining and have a positive impact on the surrounding area.
Because all of the water on our property is supplied by the yearly rains, so we ask that no more than two adults stay at one time to help us conserve water.
The cottage is located in a local neighborhood in The Valley on the Atlantic side of Virgin Gorda. It is situated on top of a hill that overlooks Handsome Bay and has a great view of the ocean. Swimming in Handsome Bay is not recommended, but there are plenty of beaches nearby that you can get to on foot or by taxi. Right over the hill to the north is Savannah Bay, a stunning white sand beach with a large coral reef that is close to shore and easily accessible for snorkeling. Down the road is Spanish Town and the Yacht Harbor, where there is a grocery store, deli, snorkel and scuba shop, art gallery, and a few bars and restaurants. You can also rent a car or get a taxi and go to the south side of the island to visit Spring Bay, Devil's Bay, and the famous Baths. To get to the North Sound we recommend you rent a car and spend the day touring the beaches and restaurants.
If you are an independent traveler who is enticed by the flavor of staying in a local neighborhood; excited about the prospect of meeting locals; ok with getting lost and asking for directions; and want the seclusion our property brings then the Yellowbird cottage is exactly what you are looking for! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, as we would love to talk to you via email or over the phone!
A note about getting to Virgin Gorda: One of the most spectacular aspects of staying on Virgin Gorda is that it offers visitors a secluded vacation on an island with a small and vibrant community. The most daunting obstacle for people traveling to the BVI for the first time can be getting to Virgin Gorda, but it is not as hard as it might seem at first. There are multiple islands you can fly into (Puerto Rico, Tortola, St Thomas) that all offer charter planes and ferries to VG. Before you book your flights, contact us and we will give you a list of recommended companies to use, all based off 30 years of traveling to and from the island. We want your vacation to be as enjoyable as possible, and that includes getting onto and off the island, so however we can help we will!
All of our guests also receive our 'Holder's guide to the Valley on Virgin Gorda,' which has tons of useful information on the island and recommendations on local beaches, restaurants, bars, stores, and services.
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- wheelchair accessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
We truly enjoyed every part of the island, from its different bays, restaurants, and scuba diving locations. Martha you are a wonderful host, making this vacation the best ever!! We will be back!
I have been renting the cottage for over 20 years, relying mostly on return guests and word of mouth. In 1978 after my two children grew up my husband and I bought a plot of land overlooking Handsome Bay. Before we moved to Virgin Gorda we had run a small, private primary school in Colorado. Upon moving to Virgin Gorda our plan was to retire, but, instead we were approached by a philanthropist who wanted us to start a one room school for local children called the Valley Day School, which is still running to this day. At that point Virgin Gorda had no paved roads, grocery stores, or schools and over the past three decades I have watched the island grow into a vibrant, thriving community with a strong local culture.
My late husband and I fell in love with Handsome Bay and the surrounding community the moment we arrived in Virgin Gorda. The neighborhood was perfect for us because it was close to our school and in a local neighborhood. We built the main, two story house across the street first and that is where I have lived since 1978. For the cottage we decided to build something similar to the local houses, an open airy cottage with a large garden and a good view. You can still see a few of these houses around the island but most of them have been replaced by larger more modern homes.
The cottage gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience Virgin Gorda like a local. In Virgin Gorda we take care of each other and that is something you can feel the moment you walk out of the house and get a 'hello' from a passing neighbor or a honk of the horn from a friend. Virgin Gorda is a small island, but it is still possible to be completely cut off from the local flavor in one of the large resorts. Not everyone wants that, I know because we didn't when we moved down here 34 years ago. The cottage is a special place, a place where we have had return guests for over 20 years, a place where people feel at home and want to come back time and again.