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Review 3366: TC Villas, The Cottage - Ocean Point Villas

www.oceanpointvillas.com

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Review by SL Jones from IL who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/2 bath house in Providenciales (Turks and Caicos Islands), Caribbean


Our  dock on Taylor Bay , photo by

When

February 2008, 1 week

The House/Apartment

You can view the property directly: The Cottage.

Review

We rented “The Cottage” with another couple – good friends. The house seems to be designed with that arrangement in mind, as there are two separate spaces, with no interior connection. Each unit has its own screen porch and small kitchen and living area, in addition to the bedroom. One unit sits above the other. The units are not rented separately, but together for $2800 a week (end of Feb. rate)

The drive to the house was not promising – cement trucks, quarries, abandoned construction sites, scrubby plants in dry soil. But once we got on the road that leads to the house, the setting took on a different look. You pass Chalk Sound, very near the house, which is lovely, though kind of surreal.

Ocean Point Villas are generally quite large, and are stunning, especially from the water. This house, The Cottage, is much smaller than the others, but sharing the same peaceful ocean bay and the same setting. I believe that the beach is Taylor Beach, which is big, clean, with shallow water perfect for kids. The villas each have their own dock, and the area next to these docks is dredged to make the water deeper for boats. We swam off our dock and could choose the deeper water or the shallow water more natural to the bay. Except for the rather noisy family renting next door, the bay was very quiet and had a relaxed and friendly feeling. There were very few people sharing this beautiful space.

The dock area was full of fish and three charming cats hung around - we fed them all.

All in all, we loved this house though it wasn’t what I’d envisioned. The website photos and guest comments were so wonderful that I had very high expectations.

Here were my first impressions (the negative ones):

  • smaller than expected
  • darker than expected
  • lower unit kind of musty and less desirable than upper unit
  • it's rather isolated from restaurants or cafes, or any diversion other than the beach and water
  • greeting and tour from local agent was perfunctory though certainly polite and pleasant

Positive first impressions:

  • the whole place has style, interesting décor, good quality details and fixtures
  • the setting is beautiful
  • nice bathrooms!
  • previous guests left condiments and even some good liquor (bonus!) and the kitchen was well equipped for some basic cooking
  • working cable TV
  • fabulous screened porches, one for each unit

We grew to like the fact that we had a dock instead of a beach. We certainly stayed cleaner, and with lots of space we could easily move the chairs in or out of the sun/shade. There were comfortable steps leading in and out of the water.

We were happy here, and I would return if I wanted a really quiet stay. However, when I return to Providenciales (and I will) I will probably stay on Grace Bay Beach, at the Sibonne, again, as that beach is just so seductive. It’s so easy to walk to everything there, yet it’s quiet enough (see my review of the Sibonne Beach Resort, which we stayed at for a few days before transferring to this rental house).

The on-line rental agency – TC Villas – was wonderful to deal with prior to the rental. They corresponded with me through e-mail and letter efficiently and in a friendly manner. I was impressed with their thoroughness and eagerness to help.

We bought groceries at the local IGA, a pretty nice store in the center of the island. A car is a must. The store is about 15 minutes from the house.

It would not be ideal for small children, as the dock area would be unsafe, and the house itself would not suit a family. It would not be ideal if you wanted to be close to restaurants and bars and all. It would not be handy if you didn't like to drive at night. (We chose to eat at home in the evenings, as we enjoy the sunset).

I would return to The Cottage if I wanted a very quiet week, just water and sun in a beautiful setting. And I might.

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