Submitted: April 24, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
This house was perfect. Even better than in the pictures. It was perfectly clean and every floor opens to porches for perfect open living. The views and breezes are amazing. It is a perfect place to cook (the kitchen was very nicely equipped and there is a small outdoor kitchen as well) or just relax in the hammock with a glass of wine. Perri was very helpful and provided a detailed list of restaurant reviews and local information. Miriam, the local house manager, was wonderful. The beds and linens were very comfortable. There is also laundry, beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkeling gear. They really have everything you might need.
We were very happy with the location. The house is in a nice local neighborhood. We loved this. We often drove to the small town square after dinner where our son would play with other children. It is a little drive to the more touristy town, but we preferred the closer local town anyway. Everything is close on the island, but a car is really needed for getting to the nicest beaches and shopping.
There are a few things you might consider when deciding if this is the right vacation and house for you. There are close neighbors, who you can hear and, particularly, a rooster that seems to crow often, even at night. We did not find any of these things bothersome, on the contrary, it was nice to be in a neighborhood. However, be aware that if you are looking for a private estate, this is not it. Second, the lower level (with the smaller bedrooms and a bath) is separated from the main house, with a separate garden entrance. This was perfect for us, as we were able to have space, however, it would not be an ideal arrangement with young kids alone in the small bedrooms. It is ideal for two couples or two small families, as it provides great privacy. The other issue is not specific to the house, but island-wide, food is expensive and not fantastic. If you love to cook and eat, this is not an great island. You can get most of what you need, but everything is expensive and fresh quality produce, fish, etc is hard to find and the restaurants are only okay. Perri provides great recommendations, but the choices are limited. If you like to cook, try to arrive just before the weekly farmers' market and stock up!
It is a reallly perfect house. You can tell that this is someones house, not just a rental, it is loved and cared for, and everything is comfortable and of a nice quality. We can not wait to return!
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