Astounding Experience and Value
This cottage is an exercise in discovery -- that is, the discovery that a home can exhibit the best of seemingly opposite virtues: peaceful yet permeated with an air of vitality, cozy yet encircled by a vista that stretches on forever, practical and grounded yet possessed of a mysticism that allows you to feel completely detached from the hubbub if you so wish. I stayed here with my boyfriend for three nights and we both felt it was the best trip we had taken together. We owe much of that to Sharon's cottage. Upon our arrival the cottage was clean and welcoming (thank you for the basket, Sharon!) and the hot tub was at the perfect temperature for weary travelers. The mountain view from the hot tub and the loft bed each resembled something out of a high fantasy novel, and the dense greenery around the patio allowed for a seamless blend of the natural world and the developed world. The interior of the cottage itself is completely functional and peppered with little touches that make it so homey as to be almost familiar (my favorites include a hanging picture made of appliqué fabrics). The little kitchenette has a custom counter top with an elegant leafy design that I had never seen before. It's just things like that which you make you so glad that you rented a guesthouse instead of a hotel room. Another dichotomy of virtues: the cottage is secluded at the top of a hill, but effortlessly convenient for shoppers, restaurant foodies, and beach goers. Sharon herself provides great recommendations, and the nearest grocery store (Lazy Acres) and farmers' markets offer a yummy selection. It's also worth noting that the cottage is equipped with some basics like coffee and tea as well as some refrigerator items -- just another reason I would wholeheartedly recommend this location for just about anyone. When we needed a grill lighter, Sharon promptly lent us one. We don't have pets, but we were charmed to death by her two sweet and happy dogs, which live in the main house (the cottage and main house are completely detached from each other, so if you don't want any human or canine visitors, you have that choice). Well, I should end this review sometime, but it's hard not to espouse all the wonderful things about this cottage. The place is just so beautiful, so achingly romantic, and so just plain fun that my beau and I locked eyes and agreed that we had "turned a corner" in our experiences together. Alas, then we headed back to the rat race of regular life!

May 2012
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
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