A fine place to relax
Submitted: March 6, 2012
Stayed: February 2012
This cottage is perfect is you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing, mellow vacation. The patio in the back is perfect for breakfast, and the front porch and balcony with its marvelous view are lovely, shady spots to relax in the afternoon. The kitchen is a good size, and had everything we needed (except for something to crack open the crab claws - we improvised with a rock!) to create some very memorable meals. The bedrooms and living room are clean and serviceable. The bathrooms were acceptable, though the water pressure for the shower was weak. The house next door keeps a flock of chickens who have no respect for property boundaries and visited us on a regular basis. They didn't bother us for the most part, though were rather noisy quite early on a couple of mornings.
The location is ideal, being a few minutes walk to a wonderful beach in one direction, and an equal distance to the harbour in the other. We rented a golf cart for the week, and it served us well for touring around the island and picking up groceries. The bikes and kayak are very nice to have; it is quite easy to bike around the entire island and the kayak allowed us to get a different view of the harbour and to get some close-up views of wildlife - bonefish, rays, herons and egrets. The beach is amazing - we never ceased being intrigued with the movement of the tides, and found many conch during low tide. The water is very shallow for quite a distance out and we whiled away many hours wading, swimming and floating in the clear, turquoise waters. The twenty-somethings travelling with us spent a lot of quality time fishing.
Spanish Wells has the feel of a small town from the past; people take time to stop and chat, everyone waves as they pass by and the town is clean, safe and pretty. There aren't any bars or nightclubs, no amusement parks or laser tag, but there is excellent swimming, fishing, kayaking, and sunset-viewing. The few restaurants have limited menus and the food on offer is basic. With the exception of the conch chowder, which was excellent, we preferred to eat at home. Excellent seafood purchased from the local fish shop and great home-made buns from the grocery store made for some delicious home-made meals. The nights are very quiet in Spanish Wells, and the dark sky and lack of ambient light made for some great star watching.
The cottage was perfect for the type of vacation we wanted - quiet, relaxing, lots of sun, water and outdoor activities.
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. When I spoke to you on your departure, Ken said he wanted to stay another week. Then, when he got back home to cold and snow, he wrote saying that he really had wished he had stayed another week! Yes, the location of Sea Fan is ideal and only a minute or two walk from a fantastic secluded beach or a minute or two walk to the harbour/boat rentals, etc. Yes, most of our renters enjoy the bicycles and kayak and are able to explore all around the island with them. There is some amazing wildlife in the area including bonefish, rays, herons, egrets, dophins, and even a resident manatee now and then. There is excellent fishing / snorkeling offered in the area also. There are few chickens may come and go, but are usually no bother to most persons. (Harbour Island is one of the most expensive islands around, and they have so many chickens that the chicken has almost become the Harbour Island logo.) The water pressure may vary on the island according to the city supply. (If the water pressure is ever too low, renters may call us and have us switch to a back up supply with pressure tank. ) Yes, indeed, Sea Fan is great for those seeking a quiet, relaxing, lots of sun, water, and outdoor activities vacation. I'm hoping you guys stay warm up in the freezing north. The warmest sunny smiles are being sent to you from Spanish Wells. (This particular guest says that 5 stars ***** should only go to accommodations that are luxury and very high end. This quaint historic cottage doesn't pretend to be either.)
Helpful votes: 1/1
Did you find this review helpful?