After researching countle...
After researching countless homes on several islands, when we found the Hannigans' "3 acre retreat" our search was clearly over. It is ideally situated a short drive to town but settled into a paradise of privacy. The home was immaculate and tastefully decorated with a thoughtful and talented eye; not too sparse and not overdone. Everything is right where you would expect it. It was surprisingly easy to feel instantly at home in its sensible layout and unencumbered flow. The indoor-outdoor feel of the place was evident from each bright room. And the gardens and patios added immeasurably to the home's indoor rooms. Our twin daughters loved crawling around on the landscaped lawn, and we look forward to returning when they can run on it. We loved starting our mornings with coffee and warm muffins at the nearby farm store, and nothing beat closing our days with dinner on the stone patio amidst the wilderness, followed by a soak in the hot tub. Bliss. The several unspoken and gracious perks, such as the luxurious linens and bath robes, the convenient and easy-to-use clothesline, the ample storage, and the excellent quality kitchenware and furnishings impressed us all the more. Many places will boast having luxurious amenities, but the Hannigans have them without the boast. After staying here for one week, my husband said he preferred the spacious feel of the Hannigans' home to our own colonial house which is 3 times the size. We were initially hesitant about having the hosts in an adjacent house, but not only was their presence unimposing, it proved to be a delight when we did finally meet them. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and a wine-opener, as is a pleasant custom of many hosts, but the Hannigans' genuine hospitality was apparent from the start. They had a great perspective of "This is YOUR home this week". During a rare neighborhood black-out, we opened the door to find flashlights, extra batteries, candles, and matches on the doorstep. They were very accessible when you needed them, and otherwise we did not feel their presence or eyes. The home, like the hosts, is a delight. This was the kind of vacation retreat that makes you realize how important vacations are. The island itself contributed to much of this, but it would not have been nearly as terrific an experience in another home. Now when we think of vacationing elsewhere in the USA, we find ourselves wishing the Hannigans had a rental property there. Our only reservation about leav

July 2004
EXTREMELY POPULAR - On 3 acre meadow, heated pool, hot tub, kayaks
EXTREMELY POPULAR - On 3 acre meadow, heated pool, hot tub, kayaks
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