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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre

Bedrooms 1
Space 962 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 2 Showers, (Sleeps 2), recently refurbished

The cottage at Te Moana shares a landscaped 1-acre waterfront lot with owners Jessica and Sebastian Ogden's home. Only one mile from the centre of Ocho Rios, yet a world away, Te Moana offers an idyllic escape from the real world.

The property is perched on a cliff 30 ft above the Caribbean Sea, which is accessed by steps over smooth rocks to a sandy swimming area. The seaside cottage has its own set of stairs leading down to the sea. The adjacent reef provides shelter from the waves and interesting snorkeling. Complementary single and double kayaks, as well as a paddle-board, are a fun way to explore the coastline. Passing fishing canoes offer a motorized alternative. There is a sunbathing/sunset-watching deck just above the sea, and a more private yoga platform, sheltered by a small island.

The Cottage is completely self-contained, with its own entrance and small garden, located on the sea. Downstairs is spacious (366 sq.ft/34 sq.m) and houses the fully equipped kitchen, living area with dining table, bathroom with in/outdoor shower, and water heater.

The bedroom (330 sq.ft/31 sq.m), accessed by an external staircase, has an airy feel with a view that is 100% Caribbean. There is a four poster king-sized bed, sitting area, small balcony and newly fitted en-suite shower room with its own view of the sea. A flat-panel LCD television carries 100+ TV and 60+ radio channels. A wall safe is installed in the closet.

Rumours that, on a clear day, you can see Cuba remain unconfirmed, although it does appear possible. Ceiling fans and the trade winds provide all the necessary cooling.

Three reasonably well-behaved dogs and two cats provide the requisite security, but will not intrude unless invited. The gate is closed at night, with access to guests. The outside driveway lights are light sensitive therefore on all night.

There are two well-stocked grocery stores and small restaurants within easy walking distance. Usain Bolt has just opened Tracks and Records Sports Bar 5 minutes walk up the private road. Christopher's restaurant is 5 minutes walk also.

Terracotta tiles and bamboo furniture are attractive and functional, while the walls are adorned with part of Peter & Annabella’s eclectic art & craft collection. The 24' x 9' (7.3 x 2.7 m) verandah boasts 2 hammocks, outside sofa and another dining table.

The garden has a cliffside deck with bench for relaxing sundowners. Steps lead down to a grotto, where the kayaks are kept, and on to a bridge and more steps to the jetti leading to the swimming hole.

Keywords: Cottage, villa, house, seaside cottage, romantic retreat, haven

More Details

Jessica Ogden
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Jessica Ogden

Born and raised in Jamaica and then moved to England for a good number of years, working in fashion and textiles. Paris came next before returning home this past summer to look after the family home and continue my studio here.

Jessica Ogden purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Jessica Ogden chose Jamaica North Coast

Simply a piece of paradise

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the home are what you get from the cottage.. a constantly changing picture of the beautiful sky and sea, and a haven of calm in a bustling town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really loved the Seaside Cottage - it was just what we were looking for. Just like the description says, it is eclectic - filled with art, both made and acquired by Annabella (through Harmony Hall, no doubt - which, if you're an "art person" you must make time to see during your stay). We could walk into town, or easily take a taxi (very cheap). We preferred walking mostly, as it's not very far, and we enjoyed taking in the "local flavor". The dogs and cats were so friendly, and very cute! Peter and Annabella are definitely good people and they really made us feel "at home". We really loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, relaxing vacation on the cliffs near Ocho Rios.
Dec 2009
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Ocho Rios Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 962 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs is en-suite, newly refurbished with modern fittings Downstairs is an open air but private shower, hand made by Annabella, with a view to the sea
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Spacious and airy bedroom with a four poster king size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre
average rating of 4.969697 based on 53 reviews

Quiet and romantic is really what this sweet cottage is...

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Luca and Jessica for all of your help and especially your warmth in making us feel welcome and respected. The cottage was perfect. The view incredible. Loved lying in bed with the windows open being lulled into a tranquil and hypnotic state by the sound of the sea and the warm breeze. The kitchen had everything we needed. Getting into town for groceries was easy and everything was convenient. The house itself was clean and in good repair. So appreciated the very artsy downstairs open shower and in general the very cozy and comforting vibe. We could not have been happier. The dogs and cats were great. We have no complaints and spent a very happy week here. Blessings...

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My newlywed husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing! It was nice to be in a private area for such an intimate vacation! Jessica was amazing and helped with anything we needed.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Live in privacy and paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for our honeymoon and enjoyed every minute of it. We loved all the furnishings in the cottage and its seaside amenities, like snorkeling and use of the property's kayaks.

The cottage is set up on the cliff side and there are many areas of your private garden to enjoy. Along with full sun exposure, beautiful hummingbirds and curious lizards are a usual day's accompaniment. The location of this property in Ocho Rios is a plus because it offers a quiet escape to long day of sightseeing or just enjoying the town. There are many restaurants nearby or if needed a taxi can be hailed after a short walk. However, you may not want to leave this place, it is just that breathtaking. Your host Jessica is wonderful. She offers many different suggestions for things to do in and around Ocho Rios.

Not to be missed while staying in Ocho Rios, Te Moana. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful unit and host - even better than advertised.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this VRBO for four days in February of 2017. We have only positive things to say about our stay. Jessica Ogden is a very accommodating host and she has an excellent support group working with her. The unit we stayed in was wonderful – even better than the very attractive pictures we saw on the VRBO site.

The unit is open to the Caribbean – which is only steps away from the back. The ground floor has windows that completely open to the outside, and to the lovely lanai that is at the back of the house. The downstairs features a complete kitchen, additional bath with indoor/outdoor shower, and comfortable office area which served as a nice base for my computer usage. The wi-fi signal is strong and was very consistent while we were there. The downstairs also has some very unique window shelves that are made of weathered wood and have varying size and shaped spaces which contain various knick-nacks.

The upstairs, accessed by stairs and with its own locked entrance, has a comfortable king-size bed and a nice master bathroom including a modern, walk-in shower. There are numerous large windows that open to the sounds of the sea. The TV is in the upstairs and gets plenty of the standard cable channels.

There is an interesting grotto area that leads to a small pier from which you can plunge into the Caribbean, and see some small vari-color sea life while snorkeling. There are also both one and two-person kayaks that are available for your use with the unit.

There are about six dogs onsite whom are gentle, but whose barking can be a good deterrent to any unwelcome visitors. The yard is also closed off via a gate. There is a friendly house-cat for the unit – Kaya – who was a very welcome part of our stay.

The location of the unit is only about a mile from downtown Ocho Rios, but you are unaware of how close the downtown is when you are onsite. The downtown is easily accessible and has numerous restaurants. There are also a couple of large, super foods stores less than two miles of the unit – Progressive Foods and General Foods.

The VRBO unit is about 100km/60m (allow 2 hours) from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Roger, thanks for such a detailed review, I appreciate, and I'm sure prospective visitors will gain from reading this. Wait to see you again soon! Warm wishes, Jessica
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Amazing ~

  • 5 of 5

The stay at Jessica's cottage will forever hold a special place in my heart. Our experience was nothing but perfect. We will return home soon❤

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond compare!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute OASIS this property is - private, cozy, & unique with breathtaking views!

Jessica and Luka were a joy to work with - very warm and inviting, willing to help with anything & quick to provide phone numbers when requested.

The charm of the cottage itself can't be conveyed through pictures alone - it truly must be seen in person to fully appreciate! Little nooks and crannies with treasures on every shelf - a great book selection and interesting pieces of art that extended to every room of the place.

The outdoor table and benches were a wonderful spot to read our news in the mornings, facing the gorgeous Caribbean and listening to the waves.

The hammock was a personal favorite of my wife's - she jokingly nicknamed it, "Victoria" or "Vicki" for short. :)

We were able to enjoy the kitchen for our breakfasts most mornings, as we had stopped by the local grocery to stock the fridge. A sun deck as well as a swimming area delighted us & we took advantage of our close proximity to the countless reefs to snorkel - the variety and color of the underwater life is without description. With the provided kayaks, we were also able to paddle along the shore to see more great views of the beautiful countryside. Beaches, mountains and lush rainforests keep the eye busy trying to take it all in.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Sandals G.C., Upton
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Toscanninis at Harmony Hall
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mahogany Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Cottage at Te Moana
Car: not necessary

The Ocho Rios area boasts more attractions than anywhere else in Jamaica, including the world famous Dunn's River Falls. Bob Marley's birth and final resting place can be found at Nine Miles in the hills of St. Ann. Water sports, horseback riding, river tubing, canopy rides, swimming with dolphins, plantation tours, botanical gardens are all here, along with a less traditional ride on a camel.


Rates & Availability

Ocho Rios Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/18
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 18/19
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Please contact the owner for information about the Garden Cottage on the same property.
Deposit refund:
50% for cancellations 60+ days before arrival
25% for cancellations 30+ days before arrival
No refund for cancellations with less than 30 days notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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