Man-O-War Bay Cottages - Reader Reports & Opinion
from Sweden visited in December 2008 and awarded
To stay in a self contained cottage, big enough to provide some privacy for each of two small families travelling together, in a beautiful garden, separated from the sea by only a hedge sounded awsome to us. But, except from the space and the proximity to the beach (where you are not supposed to swim by the way, only between the flags several hundred meters away) we were disapointed. The first thing that happened when we arrived was that our son found some kind of poison (rats?) in one of the bottom cupboards. Not nice, of course we then had to wash everything in the kitchen before using it. Nothing in the house, luckily except the towels, felt clean. The unkept garden made it so dark it constantly seemed like dusk. The information book found in the house was not at all updated. (A shop next to the reception? Yeah right!)
Plus side was that our son loved the loose chickens, which he chased whenever he got a chance. The beach at Pirate's bay was my best ever, have to recommend a boat taxi if you bring a stroller like we did (that climb was hell!) And the food and service and two-person ambience at George's place, on our left on the way to "city center", saved our evenings. Thanks!
Paul Wise from U.S.A. visited in March 2008 and awarded
We absolutely loved the grounds, with parrots overhead, trees and flowers everywhere, just off the beach but quiet and lots of privacy. Staff were helpful and pleasant. It was a rustic cabin (#6, the Sugar Shack), the sort that acquires insects and spiders with holes in the screens, not all lights were functioning, not bothersome by our standards but could be for some. The cleanliness was an issue, floors that we didn't want to walk barefoot on, dishes that had to be washed before they could be used, just general stickiness. The bed linens and bathroom were clean. It would have been easy to remove a screen from a window and enter the cabin, and staff told us that, in fact, that there have been incidents where people have watched for guests to leave the cabin so they could break in. We were careful to have valuables locked up in the office, which was an irritant because we had to be mindful of their closing times.
Howard Eldridge from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
Man o' War Bay cottages sounded exactly what we want in holiday accomodation. Right on the beach, not over done (no swimming pool with adjacent bar etc.), with the promise of 5acre botanical garden.
First impressions were fine, but the reality wore thin. We were in cottage 10 which has 2 large bedrooms and adequately equipped kitchen, verandah and its' own garden leading down to the beach. Very surprised on the first morning that there were so few people on the beach but enjoyed wonderful swim and read book until I suddenly realised that I was being eaten alive. The beach seems to be taken over by 'sand flies' or mosquitoes which is why its' empty.
In daylight you begin to realise that the bathroom shower not only has very chipped tiles but they could do with a very thorough clean - that's not the pattern, they are covered in grime. The second night brought on the realisation that we were actually closer to the main crossroads for the north end of the island than we were to the sea and that some people go to bed very late and others start work very early, and they all want to hoot there horns!
There is also a convenient bar which is great except Friday night when it's party time and the bass boom almost literally shook the bed and as the party lasts until 3.30am I ended up refusing to pay for that nights lack of sleep.
The garden (of this cottage only) was very gloomy and uncared for with litter being dumped over the fence from the road left lying for days on end, which sort of typified the feeling about the whole place.
Actually found the whole of Charlotteville slightly disappointing, poor food shopping, pretty ropey restaurants tho' the fish co-op is great.
Happily we spent the 2nd part of our holiday at Castara. Great beach, coral was as good there as any of the other places we tried snorkelling. Stayed with Ivy & Kurt at Baywatch Inn - firstname.lastname@example.org. just a room with kitchen and bathroom in their house but soooo clean, so friendly and helpful and the MOST powerful shower I have ever found, and about 50 yds from the beach. Also there is a great cafe/restaurant right on the beach where they barbecue the freshest fish - 1 night we had to wait for the guys to land the fish at the co-op before we could eat, but it was well worth the wait. Castara resurrected what would have been the worst holiday for years and I would happily go back there.
Liz Butteriss from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
I was doing my PADI course dives in Charlotteville with DiveTnT and was looking for somewhere that I could easily get to the jetty and also that my husband could fish. If you just want basic accommodation (equipped kitchen) right on the beach then these cottages are for you. The views are great and it's a pretty peaceful (except for the cock crowing in the mornings!) location. I would make one suggestion though, do stop off at a supermarket on your way there, they have a shop on site but pretty limited stock. There is a small local supermarket but opening times are not great. Some of the cottages were being renovated when we stayed and there are a couple of new ones but the new ones get booked pretty quickly. I'd stay again and there are some great dive sites nearby.
Man O War Bay Cottages
Has anyone stayed at the man o war bay cottages? I know steve recommends top river pearl as an alternative because of the changes to the cottages. To be honest with you though...they still sound pretty amazing. Sleeping in a cute cottage 10 feet from the beach. What do you think steve....would you really not recommend them?? Looking for any advise.