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Charming, Romantic, Seaside Cottage with Stunning Views

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 670 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Hear and see the ocean in this beautiful, remodeled 670 Sq. Ft, one bedroom ocean view cottage features an open floor plan enabling you to interact with others easily. It has central air, living room areas, all new kitchen with gorgeous vanilla cabinetry and quartz countertop, new appliances, bottled water quality water through an iSpring 5 Stage water purifier, new furniture, new premium pillow top mattress and updated bathroom. The living room has a 42" flat screen "smart" HDTV. WiFi, Roku, Netflix and IHeart Radio access included. The house sleeps up to 4 when using the queen size hide-a-bed located in the living room. Included in each house are free WiFi, Netflix, several games, paperbacks, stateside phone for free calls, and a local cell phone. You can also experience a local game using the local soldier crabs or "hermit crabs" in a circle and seeing whose wins the race to the food in the center. Whenever we are there my daughter takes a little leftover food out each evening and they have come to expect it and show up for "dinner". They range in size from baseball size hermits to tip of your pinky sized ones.

There is a shared full sized laundry on the property.

The house is located just 90 feet from the ocean with 85' of shoreline. The beach is rocky, so water shoes are a must! There are several good snorkeling areas just off the shoreline boasting an abundance of vegetation, reefs and marine life.

A short five minute drive to the dive shops and shopping. Initial food supplies can be purchased and placed in house for your convenience if you desire. Just submit a list and reimbursement can be made when you arrive.

More Details

Owner
Shawn and Jeff Marsteller
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Shawn and Jeff Marsteller

Jeff & I hail from Pennsylvania and Iowa. We currently live in Texas and are a military family used to adventures and a lot of change. Due to moving often, we had not purchased a house before now. As ocean lovers, we never thought an ocean front retreat would be do-able financially for middle class folks. We found lovely bones and potential in what will be our retirement home. Until then, we will visit and let others love it as well. We fell in love with the laid back quiet island and hope you will too.

Shawn and Jeff Marsteller purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Shawn and Jeff Marsteller chose Cayman Brac

We are relatively new divers. Our first dive after certification was in Cayman Brac. I still get nervous each first dive, but I feel most at home in Brac. After several trips, we tossed the idea of seeing what was available on this out of the way, peaceful place. Loved the proximity to the stores, restaurants and airport. Thrilled with the seclusion and privacy and I fell in love with our view. It has always been about seeing, hearing and smelling the water any vacation we have ever taken.

What makes this cottage unique

The island is small, yes, but our location is close to markets, restaurants, dive centers, the public sand beach and a short drive to medical facilities which I have had the opportunity to "test drive". It was uncomplicated and cheaper than the US. I prefer a smaller, personable community to live in and do not like crowds, chaos and busyness brought by large cities. It has a "Gilligan's Island" quality.

Amenities

Cayman Brac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 670 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Newly designed, white tiled walk in shower. Bright and modern.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Gorgeous bedroom with a fantastic Serta Mattress and a sweet robins egg blue gentleman's chest. Pretty scarf curtains with blinds and top hotel quality towels, linens and Duvet. No passé bedspreads. I named it tastefully beachy with a boat theme. Pictures will be posted soon.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • caves
  • duty free shops
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Please ask for any special arrangements including wine, flowers and chef to prepare a meal in or for any need you may have. Massage and car rental can be arranged. Blender also provided

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Charming, Romantic, Seaside Cottage with Stunning Views
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
5

perfect place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this darling little house - listening to the ocean, sitting on the front porch swing, and being close to things but not too close. The amenities are great, the owners and property manager took very good care of us. If you want to spend some time completely away from our day-to-day life, getting to Cayman Brac is worth it, and this is a bungalow we'll come back to next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim!!! You guys were amazing guests! Fun and wonderful! I am selfishly hoping I get to see you guys in person someday. Thanks for the funny texts and the lovely review! Please come back!! Shawn & Jeff
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5

Amazing... tiny cute cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Clean fully functional cottage...very responsive owners and manager. Perfect stay and relax on Brac!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Iva, thanks so much for your review and for choosing our house! We appreciate your visit!!
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
5

Great location. Reasonable price

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our honeymoon cottage on Cayman Brac. Peaceful. Marstellars are wonderful hosts. This is my second stay with them. Brac is a fabulous dive location. Everything cost less on Brac. Brac Dive Shack is a great dive operator. We found everything we needed at the local grocery. Dining out at Star Island was super. We will be back to Brac.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: George, We loved having you back for another stay! We hope we continue to earn your desire to return as our guest! You two were fantastic guests! Thanks again! Shawn & Jeff
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4

Super cute with nice owners!

  • 4 of 5

This was out first trip to Cayman Brac and we enjoyed our stay at the Ocean Retreat. The cottage is set up cute and perfect for 2 people. We had some hiccups when we first got to the cottage, but Shawn and Jeff were very hands on (via phone) to help us sort it out. I didn't give this house a 5 because of the problems we had : tripped electrical breakers and no idea where to find them and therefore lights and fridge not working, not as clean as we would have hoped, shower in need of updating, bikes not tuned up and flat tires with ineffectual pump (and a few hours fixing this), and limited outdoor shade. BUT, I didn't give this a 3 because Shawn and Jeff were very attentive from a distance and very upset that the management people hadn't performed to their standards. Once we got straightened out, our stay was very enjoyable. We were able to ride the bikes to the dive shop and restaurants and enjoyed staying right on the beach. If we did it again, we'd likely stay in the 2 bedroom main house, we thought it was MUCH nicer and not that more expensive.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sincere apologies! I was disappointed that our substitute manager dropped the ball and didn't double check bike tires, escort you to AND into house as is customary, check on housekeeping standards BEFORE bringing in guests and making sure all was ready for your visit. We are not satisfied with how the shower came out as well. Our on island contractor really did not do a nice job on tiling when we bought and remodeled and we have ordered beautiful blue tiles for the shower floor and it will be redone summer of 2017. Jeff and I hate that we have to rely on others to make our guests experience great. Again, sincere apologies. I hope you will visit Brac again in the future! UPDATE 9/17 -- Shower has a beautiful new tile floor that we are in love with and we have a new bike for guests!
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5

Beautifully Appointed, Comfortable, and Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I'm so sorry it took me so long to make this review! But we've had a busy, busy year. Still, I couldn't go without stopping in eventually to let viewers know what a special property, and what wonderful hosts Shawn and Jeff are!

There are two great cottages located on the same ocean front property. The smaller, 1 bedroom cottage, and the larger, 2 bedroom cottage right on the ocean. Both cottages are absolutely adorable, well appointed, and super comfortable! We stayed in the large, airy, 2 bedroom cottage. We enjoyed every minute of our stay, and missed the house when we had to move over to the dive resort!

Shawn and Jeff are really great hosts! They do a thoughtful job of making sure you have everything you will need to enjoy your stay. But even before you start your trip, they make themselves available to answer all your questions and concerns. I really feel they go above and beyond to provide for your comfort and enjoyment. And I appreciate that they had a fellow available to help us if we needed anything or had any problems at all. They provide a great book with dining and activity suggestions that is very helpful as well. And they provide a local phone for you to use as well. Really, really thoughtful.

The bedrooms have super comfortable beds, with luxurious bedding. The bathrooms are beautiful and big as well. We did need to bring our own shampoo and such, but there was a blow dryer to use. We did purchase some laundry soap and softener sheets at the local store and used the washer and dryer out back one day as well. That was a super nice convenience for us!

The living area is beautiful, spacious, and decorated in a beach/island theme. Super cute! And super comfortable. The air conditioning works really well and is customizable in zones. The TV worked great when we were there, and a good source of entertainment options was available. Wifi worked pretty good most of the time.

The kitchen is well appointed, and there was even a nice selection of spices and cooking items to use in the cupboards.

The beach is not a sandy or swimming beach. There are few of those on the island. But the deck is wonderful to sit on and enjoy sunrise breakfasts and evening sunset cocktails and dinner. Just wonderful.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect for one or two in an ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

There is little we can add to earlier reviews as we concur with all of the positive comments. Yes, Ocean Retreat is exactly as described and as it appears in the photos including the accurate description of the top quality mattress, linens and towels. We spent a most comfortable five weeks in this lovely cottage. The movement of the sun dictated ours: bench swing on the porch until 2:30-ish, then again after nightfall; lounge chairs on the sea-facing patio, 5:00-ish, watching the waves, Brown Boobies, Man-o-War (Frigates) and White-tailed Tropic birds.

We were very pleased with the bbq grill which worked well. Beach chairs were easy to carry for walking to the Public Beach and though we didn't use it, a beach mat is available as is a small cooler that's a perfect size for packing a picnic (or bringing back some of Barry's Golden Jerk Chicken). The public beach is a good entry point for a shore dive but is not what we think of as a swimming beach. When we did go in to get wet we gave the small southern ray the right of way. Even if not planning to snorkel it might be good to take a mask to see what you are going in over - and do the stingray shuffle!

Going beyond others' comments about the kitchen, with which we agree, we very much appreciated the availability of potable water, the Rubbermaid containers and, unusual in a rental, the good kitchen and door mats. The former for comfort while preparing meals, doing dishes, the latter for keeping most of the fine gravel outside. Great attention to detail on the part of the owners! Shawn was in touch personally during our stay making sure everything was okay. Both she and the property manager, Patty, were prompt in dealing with any concerns.

The location is excellent; walk to the beach, Rebecca's Cave and beyond; cycle (or drive) to grocery stores, to the southwest tip for bird watching and Little Cayman gazing, to the Bat Cave. (BTW drivers are very courteous to cyclists.) Even indoors there is sight and sound of the sea through the glass and screened patio door. Having previously stayed on the North Shore we found the South Shore much quieter in terms of traffic. Until the bushes grow up you may be aware of people in the neighbouring property enjoying their shore-side swimming pool: happy noise. What more could you want?

We certainly recommend Ocean Retreat as an excellent choice for visitors to Cayman Brac.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Abe, we are so glad you enjoyed the south shore. It is quieter and we really like it. Thank you for choosing our house and for being such a nice guest! Brac is the best place to rest and get away from it all. We were disappointed that the neighbors cut back so much of the vegetation and took away some of the privacy. I guess our gardener will have to get planting as we appreciate the "green wall" between properties. Thank you for such a nice review. We tried to think of what guests would use and need. Please come back again!
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Captain Charles Kirkconnel International Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public Beach

85 Rock climbing trails on the Bluff or "Brac"

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.0%

Also available on the property is a second residence, Escape from Reality, a 1570 sq. foot two bedroom house for $999 wk or $175 nightly (3 night min), Special rates for groups who wish to rent both Escape from Reality and Ocean Escape. Discounted rates available for Active and Retired Military, Disabled Veterans, Law Enforcement and Firefighters. Rate does not include $50 cleaning fee. Rates are subject to change

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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