Living room, full kitchen, 2 bedrooms,1 bath & screened front porch.
Valerie R. Noyes
About Valerie R. Noyes
Born in England but I have lived on Great Exuma since 1964. I live in a cottage on the property. I am available if you have questions or need something fixing. I also have 2 friendly shelter dogs. You may play with my dogs as much as you wish. Valerie
Valerie R. Noyes purchased this Cottage in 1997
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great Experience, Beautiful Location, Short Kayak or Drive to Beach
This was our first trip to Exuma and we didn't want to stay on a resort property or in Georgetown. After researching many properties from one end of the island to the other we settled on Valerie's Cottages. If you are looking for the resort vibe this is not your place...if you want a clean place to stay, fa great hostess, peace, quiet, and relaxing time you have found it. Valerie was helpful even before we arrived, she let us know that the island was celebrating a 4 day holiday weekend and offered to purchase groceries, beer, and liquor to get us by until the shops opened back up on Tuesday. When we arrived she and her sweet dogs greeted us in the driveway and showed us around our cottage (we stayed in #3). It is a very short walk down the hill to the dock where there is a kayak launch. We kayaked over to Mariah Cay on 2 different days, packed a small soft cooler with lunch and adult beverages and absolutely loved having a private beach to enjoy to ourselves. (Just pay attention to the high/low tide times before you head out) The pool was a nice addition to the property. Hartswell is about a 20 min drive from Georgetown. It takes less than 10 minutes to reach Forbes Hill Beach (my favorite) and 15-20 minutes to reach Santana's and Mom's Bakery in Williams Town. If you have a larger group you can rent more than one cottage. As a side note we recommend Coastline Adventures to hit all of the fun things to do/see on the outer Cays, Shirley's Fish Fry, Eddie's Edgewater Restaurant, Santana's, and Mom's Bakery. We also had a good experience renting a car from Thompsons across from the airport.....just watch out for all those tire eating potholes on the island!
Glad you enjoyed your Exuma experience. I look forward to welcoming you
again on your next visit. Regards Valerie.
My daughters and I loved our stay here. Valerie is the kindest person. Her property is clean, safe, quiet and beautiful. The grounds burst with tropical plants and flowers, birds and lizards, not to mention the breathtaking view of Moriah Cay. The pool is clean and refreshing, with plenty of space to relax. You might make a friend with the tree frogs in the pool umbrella! The air con is cool and works fast and she will gladly let you use her washing machine. The cottage kitchen is equipped with the basics and ice cold water in the fridge; just stop at the store to pick up groceries on your way in. There's even a cooler to use. There are plenty of bath towels and beach towels and extra bed sheets, if you get yours sandy. We wandered down to the boat dock everyday and explored the water. Take out the kayak or snorkel off the dock. Be sure and love on her pups. They are the sweetest girls. The best is the screened porch for sunrise and sunsets. Bring your bug spray-it’s just the nature of the tropics. The location is close to Little Exuma and about 20 minutes from Georgetown. Don’t miss Hoopers Beach for the sea turtles. (It’s hard to find-look for the Beach Access sign posted on a telephone pole, next to a giant blue stucco house on Queens Highway-you have to park across the street and walk down a narrow, slightly overgrown path, and the walk down the beach a bit to the private docks-Don’t feed them!!! Just play and enjoy!! They will come to you!) Thank you, Valerie! We will be back!!
We stayed in Exuma for 2 week on Val's gorgepus property and enjoyed every second of it. From the dogs, to the greenery, the water front, pool and of course, our host!
We had never been here before and didn't want to book a regular hotel. We wanted to live out the Bahamian experience and truly got to do so here. It is beautiful, quiet and remote, offering us all of the peace of mind we had been craving. Val is an amazing host and made us feel so comfortable within the first day of our arrival.
The place itself is well-kept, clean and offers a home-like feeling. We loved the kayaks and often went down to the dock just to walk along the water or see the sunset and stars. Just don't forget to cover up as those mosquitoes will start to feast! Bug spray alone will not work if your skin is exposed. Val and her neighbor Sandy were sweet enough to offer us all kinds of help with that including calamine and allergy medicine. They were so kind and were always wiling to offer us a helping hand. For instance, we couldn't rent a car as it requires us to be a minimum of 25 years of age, due to insurance policies. Thankfully, Sandy and Val would offer to drive us into town to get our groceries! They also offered advice whenever we had questions or needed guidance, enhancing our vacation experience on so many levels.
We would recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking to enjoy a peaceful time in Exuma living one day at a time in the purpose of enjoying the island's beauty.
Serene and Beautiful.... Valerie the homeowner is EXCEPTIONAL!
My wife and I stayed here 06/28 for 8 days. The cottages are perfect! No frills, but Very clean and had every amenity you could need on this beautiful island. gas stove, refrigerator, fan, TV, a dock with kayaks. access to a washer. The AC was incredible! We have been all over the Bahamas and the Caribbean and have never had ac work as well as here. It really makes the stay enjoyable. My wife and I would go out in the morning and not return until sunset (sunburnt), we would leave the ac off or up and the minute you enter and turn it on the rooms are quickly cooled. I know this is a lot to say over something that many people could careless about, but it made sleeping so nice.
The pool is much larger than the pictures show it as, and we had it to ourselves every night but one and the other couple were very nice. At night incredible views of the milky way, laying on the loungers around the pool, starring straight up. We brought steaks with us and bbq'd on the grill, saving us some bux and enjoying some of the best meals. Although, the island does have some really good places to eat (February Point and Lattitudes)! Valerie is a great host she will make sure you have what you need, or she will point you in the right direction
I know this has nothing to do with the cottages, but I need to warn you: We rented a 17 foot boat at Minns, It was bare bones at best. In order to get in and on the boat to snorkel, it had a 2 step ladder with no railing. It made it very difficult to get in and out, holding on to the hot motor and throwing yourself onboard. No lighter for charging a phone or music player.. bummer.
The location of the cottages is perfect, it's just enough away from Georgetown, but far enough west for close access to some of the best beaches in the world. We took a 3 mile trip to Little Exuma (4 times) to our favorite beach (Forbes Hill). I almost feel guilty putting it out here, don't want others to be there when we are. We saw 6 people on one day and the rest were just us. This is the most amazing secluded , yet easy to get to, beach I have ever been on, and I have been to many many islands!!!
The cottages are no frills, but super clean, well kept, the grounds are beautiful, We will be back, thank you Valerie!
Dear Paul & Tamar, It was a pleasure having you visit. Hope to see you again soon.
Perfect Exuma Expierence. Great spot, great hostess. Everthing you need is there. I will book again
What a treasure, immaculate. 30 yrs going to Exuma, never felt so peaceful. Incredible views. Near Tropic of Cancer. Valerie is the perfect hostess, there when you need her. Pool is a great addition. I can't wait to return.
Delightful, quiet retreat
We are just finishing a 9-day stay at Valerie's cottage, and we would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a quiet retreat. The cottage was perfect for the three of us (2 adults and one teenager) with comfortable beds, a wonderful porch, and a good kitchen for cooking meals.
We arrived late on a Sunday, and Valerie was kind enough to point out that the grocery stores would be closed. She asked us for a list and got us enough supplies so we could make breakfast the next morning. This kind of thoughtfulness was a hallmark of her treatment of us throughout the week.
Since there were three of us, Valerie let us borrow an extra one-person kayak so that we could explore Moriah Cay, which we strongly recommend doing. When we were playing in the pool, Valerie got out extra inner tubes, and she allowed us to use the laundry machine on her porch. She was accommodating, responsive, and gracious.
We took full advantage of the pool for quiet time when we did not feel like venturing very far or the beaches were windy. The luxury of having a pool almost all to yourself was delightful, and the fact that it was heated was heaven.
You do need a car to get to George Town for supplies or to explore. Our favorite places to eat were Tropic Breeze (great lobster poppers) and Shirley's. We took a day to go up to Barraterre, and we found a little place called the Fisherman's Inn (ask where it is because it has no noticeable sign). It was the best fish we had all week, and the cheapest meal by far. If you are cooking at the cottage, be sure to check out the meat market. Shirley let us know about their rotisserie chickens, and the steaks we got there were delicious.
All in all, our stay was lovely, and the cottage was just the quiet retreat to rest, relax, and enjoy one another's company. Thank you, Valerie!
Located in a quiet isolated area overlooking Moriah Harbour Cay with beautiful beaches only a 10 minute paddle away by kayak, or 5 minutes in your rental car to Little Exuma.. Fish the flats with good bone fish guides. Try your hand at catching snapper and blue runner jacks. Protected water for fishing and kayaking. It is only 400 feet down to the rocky shoreline and dock ,where the kayaks are kept. Paddle out in the kayak and explore. Look for turtles, starfish and many other sea creatures, or relax and do nothing by our 35ft solar heated fresh water pool. Enjoy a cool drink and listen to the birds sing.
Explore many beautiful beaches all over the Island. Eat in small local restaurants or take your own picnic with you onto the beach. Rent a self drive boat or take a charter. Be as busy or as lazy as you wish. It's your vacation.