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Review 415: Grantham Resorts, Baby Beach Bungalow
2bed/2bath cottage in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii
January 2001, 1 week
Recommended (but the kitchen pots and pans are not good, there are no beach mats or chairs, and there are no loungers for sitting outside - but the cottage is clean and comfortable and the location is excellent).
House; 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom; in Poipu, the southern end of Kauai, Hawaii (5149 Hoona Road)
We rented this house for 2 weeks in February 2001. The house that we usually rent, the Little Grass Shack (LGS), was not available, so we thought we would try another cottage on the same street (a quiet residential street off the road to Spouting Horn). This house is larger than the LGS, but not as charming inside. The LGS has wood and tile floors; this cottage is fully carpeted with linoleum in the kitchen and bathrooms. The art in the LGS is more interesting, so are some of the fixtures. This cottage is set back from the street and has partial ocean views, so that is better. It is also more expensive than the LGS. The matching bungalow, beside this one, is rented by the owner for less - see Baby Beach Bungalows on listings page.
Baby Beach Bungalow is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. It is a charming cottage, set back from the street. There is parking behind the house for two cars. The house is on the inland side of the street, but has a partial view of the ocean between the houses across the street. It is right across the street from the beach access to Baby Beach, so you can walk across the road to a nice beach. Baby Beach is not good for swimming because the water is very shallow - but, as the name suggests, is perfect for small children. It has a large sandy beach. It is just a few minutes in the car to the best beach in Poipu - the beach in front of the Sheraton.
It is right beside another cottage that looks the same (mirror image). The cottages were built at the same time and originally both owned by the same family, but now have different owners. The other one is also a vacation rental. The houses here are close together and there can be noise from the neighborhood, but it is still very private feeling. It looks like they will soon be building a new house just behind Baby Beach Bungalow (Feb. 2001). When this construction starts it will affect the cottage.
There is a porch in the front with a barbeque and table and chairs for eating outside. The front door opens into a large area with an open kitchen on one side and a living/dining room on the other side. There are lots of big windows - the cottage is very bright. Down a hall to the back of the house are the two bedrooms and bathrooms, one on each side of the hall. There is a laundry room at the back of the house.
The house is completely carpeted, except for the kitchen and bathrooms which have linoleum flooring (and you know I don't like carpeting, but at least it is low-pile). The fixtures are not high quality - plastic-style shower stalls (instead of tile), plastic-style kitchen and bathroom counters, boring photos and prints on the beige walls. My main complaint is that the inside is boring, but the outside of the cottage is completely charming. By the end of our two weeks there, I got used to the inside and it didn't seem as boring. The house was spotlessly clean.
The rattan furniture in the livingroom is pretty and comfortable - they even have a very pretty rattan chair that is a Lazy-Boy - very comfortable! The pots and pans in the kitchen are not good (there are not enough and they are that t-fal type), but everything else is fine (gas stove). And, there is an espresso maker in the kitchen - but we haven't figured it out yet - as well as the standard "Mr. Coffee".
This house has beach towels, but no beach mats or chairs. We had to buy our own beach chairs ($10 each at Kmart in Kukui Grove Mall). Also there were no loungers for outside - there is a nice garden in the front, but nothing to sit on out there (except for the table and chairs on the porch).
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