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Family surf cottage across the street from ocean *Available for New Year*

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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5 - 7 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms + futon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)


Da Blue House is a traditional West Indian cottage with a long history of local boatbuilders and craftsmen as occupants. Lovingly decorated and updated the cottage offers great value for money as an idyllic taste of Caribbean life for someone on a budget. Surrounded by a fenced-in yard, the cottage is child and pet friendly and the ocean is just a few steps away...

The master bedroom has a king-size bed and the second bedroom has a trundle bed which pulls out to become 2 twin beds. A futon in the living room offers bedding for an additional 5th guest (child only). Both bedrooms have efficient, quiet wall-mount AC units and the living room has a 32' flatscreen TV and DVD player. The one bathroom has a shower and there is an additional shower outside for rinsing off after the beach. The kitchen is equipped with a 4 burner propane stove and a large refrigerator. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, although most people like to eat on the covered side porch which has seating for 6 at a picnic table and bench. There is also a charcoal grill.

The ocean is just the other side of a quiet road from the front yard. There is seating on the front porch as well as large comfortable garden furniture so you can sit and watch the surf, the sunset and the people walking by...or take a nap on the hammock in the shade of the palm trees!

And then of course there's the surf...'off the wall' is in front of the house, also in Carrot Bay is 'donkey spot and 'school house point'. The next bay to the west (a 10-15 minute stroll) is Apple Bay, home of the awesome reef-break as well as the famous Bomba Shack for your after-surf beer and entertainment. Cane Garden Bay, a 10 minute drive to the east offers a point break of the same name as well as a beach full of bars and restaurants and live music.

Carrot Bay really is the loveliest neighborhood in Tortola with friendly people stopping to chat and welcome. Carrot Bay also has Jean's Place just a couple of hundred yards away for delicious rotis, and other local dishes with ocean views, and The North Shore Shell Museum offering the best local dishes like rot is, shrimp, fresh fish and fantastic mango, banana and coconut pancakes. There is also the more upscale Sugar Mill for a special night out or their "Islands" beachfront restaurant for lunch.

Having lived here ourselves as a growing family of surfers, we highly recommend it!

There is a telephone for local calls and incoming overseas call and we also have wifi.

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, villa, beach, surf, waterfront

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Sam Pierce
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Sam Pierce

Having lived in Da Blue House for several years we can most definitely recommend it - the views are beautiful, the neighbours are friendly and the surf is closeby (across the street sometimes). We only moved because 2 kids, a big dog and 30 + surfboards is a little more than we started out with!


based on 23 traveler reviews

Family surf cottage across the street from ocean *Available for New Year*
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Dallas, Texas

Great Rental - Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

My family of four (including two young teenagers) stayed in 'Da Blue House' for a week in July. We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage had everything that we needed and is just as shown in the photos. The location is also perfect. There are multiple excellent beaches within a short drive (Brewers Bay, Smugglers Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay, and more). We snorkeled for hours at Brewers Bay and Smugglers Cove. Be sure to eat at Gene's Bar and Grill early in your stay (just a short walk to the to Ke Villas). If we had, we might have eaten there multiple times.

Sam and Sharlene were really helpful throughout the rental process and especially when our arrival was delayed due to mechanical issues with our flight. They were quick to resolve a minor issue and checked in with us to see how we were doing. Be sure to let them arrange your car rental through Dedes...our car rental was waiting for us at the was almost too easy.

Be aware that the air-conditioning is only in the two bedrooms, that you need to use bottled water for cooking and drinking, and that cars zipping by on the roads outside can be a little loud at times. It was pretty hot outside during our stay...but the cottage was never too hot inside. We did sometimes hang out in the air-conditioned bedrooms during the day though (when we were not at the beach or exploring).

We definitely recommend 'Da Blue House' and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just What I Needed

  • 5 of 5

From the planning to arrival and the stay as a whole I was in Heaven! Sam is so very helpful in suggestions for groceries as well as car rental and other information. You will be in good hands following her lead! She is accessible and friendly and while I didn't need to contact her other than for one question, she was very responsive!

The cottage is just as depicted in the photos. Bright, clean, comfortable and perfectly situated. I was traveling by myself but the cottage would comfortably hold perhaps three-four adults (depending on how comfortable everyone is with each other). I like space so I would probably limit it to one or two other adults. If you have kids, it's great because the yard is fenced.

I do recommend renting a vehicle to explore all that Tortola has to offer. Driving on the left side of the road (for North American tourists) really isn't that big of a deal. You'll get used to it quickly. Pack a little cooler and throw your beach and snorkel gear in the car and GO! And, then when you return home, make a little snack and sit in the front yard or at the cute little dining table outside the kitchen. Perfect. Each morning I made a little egg white omelette, fruit and coffee to get my day going.

Da Blue House is a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches Tortola has to offer. The closest beach is also walking distance and if you are going for the Full Moon Party that is also walkable--although perhaps a little longer walk than some might enjoy.

Most importantly, if you like your own space, Da Blue House is PERFECT!

Going back in early 2016. Already booked!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Gatos California

Tortola treasure

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our two boys spent a week in "Da Blue House" We have been to the Virgin Islands several times and decided to rent a house. This was perfect. The house is very close to Cane Garden Bay which we found to be wonderful. The house has all the amenities that you will need. The owners and managers were wonderful, making sure our vacation was perfect. It was a wonderful getaway and if we travel back to Tortola we will rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meridian, ID

Great place for a family!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 (kids 9,5,3,1) recently stayed at the Blue House in August 2015. We had a great time. The house is super cute, fully fenced which was great for the kids, has a beautiful view of the ocean, St. Thomas, and Jost Van Dyke). Sam and Sharlene were great to work with us and help coordinate our arrival. The owner of the home (who lives in the house behind the Blue House) was an absolute sweetheart. She came out and introduced herself, and every morning brought us mangos from the nearby mango tree. The house itself had all the things we needed as advertised. The outdoor dining and BBQ area was perfect. They gave us a pre-paid cell phone which came in handy!! Everything about our stay was great! Our trip was 4 weeks long and included 1 week in Puerto Rico, 1 week in St. Thomas, 1 week in St. John, and our last week in Tortola at Da Blue House. Of all the places we traveled, Tortola was our favorite and Da Blue House was our favorite house!! All the beaches nearby are great, Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay were our favorites and all so beautiful and calm. All are a short drive from Da Blue House so a car is a must but the drive is amazingly gorgeous! We were there during Carnival which was fun and entertaining! If were were to come back to Tortola, we'd definitely contact Sam and Sharlene to schedule Da Blue House again!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Epic Trip

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4, including two children (ages 3 and 1) absolutely loved "Da' Blue House"! From booking through departure, J.C. and Sam were incredibly helpful, guiding us through the entire process, from ferry scheduling, to car rental, to provisioning and beyond. We found the home to be quite nice, just as described on this page. It's in a great location, convenient to many beaches, and offers a real "local feel" from a rental perspective.

The home itself is a cute, little cottage, offering everything one could need. From the air conditioned bedrooms, to the well stocked kitchen, to the outdoor eating area, and the fenced large front yard complete with palm-shaded hammock, you simply couldn't ask for more, particularly for the price! Plus, anything extra you may need, like a pack-n-play or high chair, J.C. and Sam are ready and willing to help!

The "Da' Blue House" is in a great location in Carrot Bay; it sits just across the street from the water, offering spectacular views toward Jost Van Dyke and the setting sun. While the area across the street doesn't have beach access, due to rocks, there are several in close proximity. Just over the hill to the west, about a 1-minute drive away is Little Apple Bay, and about 2 minutes past it you'll find Long Bay. Another 10 minutes and you can explore Smugglers Cove; one of our girls' favorites! To the east of "Da' Blue House," you'll find Cane Garden Bay, about 8 minutes drive, and Brewer's Bay about 15 minutes drive. Keep in mind, it's not that these beaches are all that far, it's just the roads to them include numerous switchback turns as they lead you up one hillside and down another. The drive to the beaches is half the fun! If you're up for surfing, which we were, it's worth the 30 minute drive to Josiah's Bay on the northeastern coast of Tortola, which offers relatively consistent wave action, in a safe, sandy-bottom environment. Needless to say, there are plenty of beaches from which to choose!

Ultimately, if looking for a great getaway in a tropical paradise that allows you to truly experience the local culture, "Da' Blue House" is a sure thing. We'll definitely be going back!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Above + Beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Sam and her staff went above and beyond in all areas. The website describes this place perfectly. If you want to stay in a very central location - this is a great spot. The house was a nice change from a hotel. You could cook your meals in to save some money. There are a lot of restaurants around...pricey. There were beach toys for our kids (ages 5, 9, 11) to play with. Great fenced in area. The kitchen was well stocked. Having a phone with pre-paid amount on it was AMAZING. Such a nice touch. Easy to top up on the island. Sam has great contacts for everything you could need. We rented a car through Jerry's - great experience. Highly recommend a car - 4WD is a must. There are some steep hills. We felt very safe in Little Carrot Bay and met some locals. The lady behind the Blue House sold us some amazing avocados and mangos. So tasty. Great spot if you want to surf (you can't really surf right outside the Blue House - pretty rocky there...but really close to The Bomba Shack which was a great spot for surfing. We loved Brewer's Bay. Bananakeet and Fish N' Lime were our favourite restaurants. Must take a day trip to Virgin Gorda - must see!!! The Baths and Devil's Bay were breath taking. Best snorkelling in the BVI's (that we saw). The mid-week cleaning was amazing. I would highly recommend this for a couple, or two, or a family. It was a lovely spot. We like to travel to different destinations, but if we make it back to the BVI's we'll be sure to call Sam.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Tortola House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer 2016
Apr 16 2016 - Dec 16 2016
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
summer 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Please note that these rates are for 1 - 4 guests. There would be an additional charge for a 5th child on the futon on the living room, of $150/wk.

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Tortola House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed (1), trundle bed that pulls out to 2 twins in 2nd bedroom, Futon (1), pack n play (1) available on request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We honestly used to live at Da Blue House and now happen to be rental villa managers so we are able to help with anything that you might need.....

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