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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 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 2 Showers, (Sleeps 3), recently refurbished

The seaside cottage at Te Moana shares a landscaped 1-acre waterfront lot with owners Jessica's home and a garden rental cottage. 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.

Five reasonably well-behaved dogs and a cat provide the requisite security, but will not intrude unless invited. The gate is closed always, with access to guests. The outside driveway lights are light sensitive therefore on all night. Hawkeye Security company is on 24hour call.

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 a hammock, 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 shared jetti leading to the swimming hole. The shared jetti is between one other rental cottage and the owners, but there are plenty of private areas for your own use.

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

More Details

Jessica Ogden
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Jessica Ogden

I was born and raised in Jamaica and then moved to England for 25 years, working in fashion and textiles. Paris came next before returning home in 2016 to look after the family home and continue my studio practice here.

Jessica Ogden purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Jessica Ogden chose Ocho Rios

Simply a piece of paradise

What makes this cottage unique

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • We ask you do not strangers on to the property
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
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 67 reviews

Tranquil cottage with AMAZING views!

  • 5 of 5

Te Moana is a wonderful place to stay. I cannot fault my experience there in anyway. The cottage is well appointed with everything you could possibly need: snorkeling gear, board games, all the kitchen utensils you need for cooking, mosquito repellant, a fabulous selection of books and lovely bath products. Jessica even supplied us with some complimentary locally made salad dressing and jam! What a treat! The restaurants in the area are not great, so it is best to buy groceries and cook. The grocery stores in the area are very good.

Every room has a breathtaking view, and there are lots of little seating areas to relax and take in the splendor. The dogs on the property are very sweet and friendly. The garden is beautiful, and the grotto down to the kayaks and water access is very whimsical and magical.

Damian the caretaker of the vila next door was happy to pick us up from the airport and drive us wherever we needed to go at a reasonable fee. There aren't any public beaches within walking/swimming distance, so you will need to be driven or take a car to the beach. We just snorkeled off the dock and swam around by the house.

Te Moana was truly a home away from home. Our stay was FABULOUS, and just the escape we needed. Thank you Jessica and Luka.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the short time you were with us was enjoyable, and you gt the well needed break. Can't thank you enough for this wonderful review. Come back for longer next time! Jess and Luka
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A lovely cottage with a beautiful view. Amazing position over the ocean.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Te Moana. The property is very special as it is on a cliff right over the sea. It is so easy to walk down steps and swim right in front of the property. Jessica has tweaked the house. There is a new bathroom that is lovely, and a revamped kitchen. The spirit of the house remains, but the updates are really nice. We liked the cottage on our last visit, and like it even more now. There are many thoughtful touches everywhere. We also loved the dogs. They would come to the window to say hello several times a day.

The staff is extremely nice, and the property is very well maintained.

I am missing the endless views of the ocean as I write this.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and perfectly relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Jessica's Seaside Cottage. The views and property were absolutely breathtaking. We were looking for a place to get away from it all and this was it!! So magical. From the gorgeous bedroom to the lower level patio where we sat and watch the ocean every meal, this place was a dream. Met so many neat people around the town and became good friends with our driver Damien from next door. Jessica does a great job at keeping the place clean and stocked with everything you might need during your stay. Just stop at a grocery store for some food and drinks and you are all set! For a great dining experience out, we walked down the road to the small boutique hotel and had a wonderful meal. We are already looking forward to spending another week at this property! Jamaica One Love!!! Alicia & Jacob

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Ga

Dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Te Moana for a week for our honeymoon. To say that it was magical would be an understatement! We knew we didn’t want to stay in a resort- we wanted to live near locals, dig in and experience the culture and people. So glad we did! Not only is this villa beautiful, but the views of the water are breaktaking. It is so romantic too! The property owner Jessica lives next door and had suggestions and recommendations for us whenever we asked about activities, restaurants or transportation. Damian is a taxi driver that lives next door as well and is AWESOME! He took us to several different spots we wanted to see, as well as to and from the airport. (Be prepared to stop by the grocery store on your way in from the airport so you don’t have to go back into town!)

There was complimentary kayaks and snorkeling equipment we were able to use and loved checking out all the tropical fish each day. Jess also arranged for an authentic Jamaican meal to be cooked for us one night for a very affordable price and recommended a massage therapist who came out to the villa for deep tissue massages for each of us on a rainy day. I cannot say enough about our experience- I made my husband promise to take me back for our 5th anniversary (but I hope we return sooner than that!) :-)

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy we could make this time special for your honeymoon!
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  • 5 of 5

This property will delight with every twist and turn! I read two books in two days, and spent time with myself listening to the waves outside every window. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or well deserved solitude.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester Mi

Beautiful and private.

  • 5 of 5

Waking up every morning to the Carribean Sea was such a treat. Te Moana was gorgeous. You can snorkel right there, or just lay out.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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