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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cottage
People
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 2 Showers, (Sleeps 2), recently refurbished

The cottage at Te Moana shares a landscaped 1-acre waterfront lot with owners Jessica and Sebastian Ogden's home. Only one mile from the centre of Ocho Rios, yet a world away, Te Moana offers an idyllic escape from the real world.

The property is perched on a cliff 30 ft above the Caribbean Sea, which is accessed by steps over smooth rocks to a sandy swimming area. The seaside cottage has its own set of stairs leading down to the sea. The adjacent reef provides shelter from the waves and interesting snorkeling. Complementary single and double kayaks, as well as a paddle-board, are a fun way to explore the coastline. Passing fishing canoes offer a motorized alternative. There is a sunbathing/sunset-watching deck just above the sea, and a more private yoga platform, sheltered by a small island.

The Cottage is completely self-contained, with its own entrance and small garden, located on the sea. Downstairs is spacious (366 sq.ft/34 sq.m) and houses the fully equipped kitchen, living area with dining table, bathroom with in/outdoor shower, and water heater.

The bedroom (330 sq.ft/31 sq.m), accessed by an external staircase, has an airy feel with a view that is 100% Caribbean. There is a four poster king-sized bed, sitting area, small balcony and newly fitted en-suite shower room with its own view of the sea. A flat-panel LCD television carries 100+ TV and 60+ radio channels. A wall safe is installed in the closet.

Rumours that, on a clear day, you can see Cuba remain unconfirmed, although it does appear possible. Ceiling fans and the trade winds provide all the necessary cooling.

Three reasonably well-behaved dogs and two cats provide the requisite security, but will not intrude unless invited. The gate is closed at night, with access to guests. The outside driveway lights are light sensitive therefore on all night.

There are two well-stocked grocery stores and small restaurants within easy walking distance. Usain Bolt has just opened Tracks and Records Sports Bar 5 minutes walk up the private road. Christopher's restaurant is 5 minutes walk also.

Terracotta tiles and bamboo furniture are attractive and functional, while the walls are adorned with part of Peter & Annabella’s eclectic art & craft collection. The 24' x 9' (7.3 x 2.7 m) verandah boasts 2 hammocks, outside sofa and another dining table.

The garden has a cliffside deck with bench for relaxing sundowners. Steps lead down to a grotto, where the kayaks are kept, and on to a bridge and more steps to the jetti leading to the swimming hole.

Keywords: Cottage, villa, house, seaside cottage, romantic retreat, haven

More Details

Owner
Jessica Ogden
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
14 February, 2017

About Jessica Ogden

Born and raised in Jamaica and then moved to England for a good number of years, working in fashion and textiles. Paris came next before returning home this past summer to look after the family home and continue my studio here.

Jessica Ogden purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Jessica Ogden chose North Coast Jamaica

Simply a piece of paradise

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the home are what you get from the cottage.. a constantly changing picture of the beautiful sky and sea, and a haven of calm in a bustling town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really loved the Seaside Cottage - it was just what we were looking for. Just like the description says, it is eclectic - filled with art, both made and acquired by Annabella (through Harmony Hall, no doubt - which, if you're an "art person" you must make time to see during your stay). We could walk into town, or easily take a taxi (very cheap). We preferred walking mostly, as it's not very far, and we enjoyed taking in the "local flavor". The dogs and cats were so friendly, and very cute! Peter and Annabella are definitely good people and they really made us feel "at home". We really loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, relaxing vacation on the cliffs near Ocho Rios.
Dec 2009
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveller reviews)

Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 50 reviews
5

Wonderful unit and host - even better than advertised.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this VRBO for four days in February of 2017. We have only positive things to say about our stay. Jessica Ogden is a very accommodating host and she has an excellent support group working with her. The unit we stayed in was wonderful – even better than the very attractive pictures we saw on the VRBO site.

The unit is open to the Caribbean – which is only steps away from the back. The ground floor has windows that completely open to the outside, and to the lovely lanai that is at the back of the house. The downstairs features a complete kitchen, additional bath with indoor/outdoor shower, and comfortable office area which served as a nice base for my computer usage. The wi-fi signal is strong and was very consistent while we were there. The downstairs also has some very unique window shelves that are made of weathered wood and have varying size and shaped spaces which contain various knick-nacks.

The upstairs, accessed by stairs and with its own locked entrance, has a comfortable king-size bed and a nice master bathroom including a modern, walk-in shower. There are numerous large windows that open to the sounds of the sea. The TV is in the upstairs and gets plenty of the standard cable channels.

There is an interesting grotto area that leads to a small pier from which you can plunge into the Caribbean, and see some small vari-color sea life while snorkeling. There are also both one and two-person kayaks that are available for your use with the unit.

There are about six dogs onsite whom are gentle, but whose barking can be a good deterrent to any unwelcome visitors. The yard is also closed off via a gate. There is a friendly house-cat for the unit – Kaya – who was a very welcome part of our stay.

The location of the unit is only about a mile from downtown Ocho Rios, but you are unaware of how close the downtown is when you are onsite. The downtown is easily accessible and has numerous restaurants. There are also a couple of large, super foods stores less than two miles of the unit – Progressive Foods and General Foods.

The VRBO unit is about 100km/60m (allow 2 hours) from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing ~

  • 5 of 5

The stay at Jessica's cottage will forever hold a special place in my heart. Our experience was nothing but perfect. We will return home soon❤

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beyond compare!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute OASIS this property is - private, cozy, & unique with breathtaking views!

Jessica and Luka were a joy to work with - very warm and inviting, willing to help with anything & quick to provide phone numbers when requested.

The charm of the cottage itself can't be conveyed through pictures alone - it truly must be seen in person to fully appreciate! Little nooks and crannies with treasures on every shelf - a great book selection and interesting pieces of art that extended to every room of the place.

The outdoor table and benches were a wonderful spot to read our news in the mornings, facing the gorgeous Caribbean and listening to the waves.

The hammock was a personal favorite of my wife's - she jokingly nicknamed it, "Victoria" or "Vicki" for short. :)

We were able to enjoy the kitchen for our breakfasts most mornings, as we had stopped by the local grocery to stock the fridge. A sun deck as well as a swimming area delighted us & we took advantage of our close proximity to the countless reefs to snorkel - the variety and color of the underwater life is without description. With the provided kayaks, we were also able to paddle along the shore to see more great views of the beautiful countryside. Beaches, mountains and lush rainforests keep the eye busy trying to take it all in.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Reluctant Praise-giver

  • 5 of 5

I feel like saying this place is a bloody train wreck because the more people who learn it is, in fact, MARVELOUS, the more difficulty I will have in booking it.

Honesty being the best policy, however, virtue being its own reward and all that rubbish, here are my thoughts:

If you are a First Time Visitor to Jamaica, this yard will immediately give you a taste of all the best about that wonderful country and its genuine soul. Lovely, charming, attractive, amusing people---not just the proprietors, but the staff as well.

Absolute informality but exquisite manners are the rule.

The cottage will immediately feel like home, if your home is furnished tastefully, thoughtfully, and artistically. I could write a sonnet about the sheets.

There are large dogs who keep the yard and you secure: I forget all their names (Tara is Big Mama) but they have the softest ears and are actually bunny rabbits. If you have cats at home, they will sue you for alienation of affection after you have met Kayak and MinMin.

If you, happily, have been to Jamaica many times (I first arrived in 1971, when I was 6), you will appreciate even more the delicious vibe here. Te Moana has it all: Proximity to everything in Ocho Rios, superb swimming and snorkeling, fishermen passing by with fresh catch, a fruit and veg delivery, a beautiful yard, absolute quiet, and endless opportunities for thought and romance.

Please don’t go.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Te Moana is romantic, charming, hospitable, and breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot truly express the beauty of Te Moana Cottage and its surroundings. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ocho Rios, this is the place you can leave the doors and windows open, and let the ocean breeze take you away. Whimsically decorated, and on one of the most gorgeous oceanfront cliffs on the island, it is perhaps the most relaxing and romantic place I've been. Jessica is a splendid host, extremely responsive during the booking process, and always there if we needed advice or information about island excursions. If visiting Ocho Rios, this is hands down the best there is. Heaven on earth. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

the perfect getaway place!

  • 5 of 5

What a great little place to experience the charm of Jamaica when you visit! The hostess was caring, as was everyone we met! And that view!! I hope to be lucky enough to visit again...

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Sandals G.C., Upton
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Toscanninis at Harmony Hall
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mahogany Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Cottage at Te Moana
Car: not necessary

The Ocho Rios area boasts more attractions than anywhere else in Jamaica, including the world famous Dunn's River Falls. Bob Marley's birth and final resting place can be found at Nine Miles in the hills of St. Ann. Water sports, horseback riding, river tubing, canopy rides, swimming with dolphins, plantation tours, botanical gardens are all here, along with a less traditional ride on a camel.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ocho Rios, North Coast Jamaica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2016/17
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
£896
 
 
summer
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£432
for 3 nights
From
£144
£880
 
 
winter 17/18
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
£960
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£444
for 3 nights
From
£148
£888
 

Additional pricing information

Please contact the owner for information about the Garden Cottage on the same property.
Deposit refund:
50% for cancellations 60+ days before arrival
25% for cancellations 30+ days before arrival
No refund for cancellations with less than 30 days notice

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 962 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs is en-suite, newly refurbished with modern fittings Downstairs is an open air but private shower, hand made by Annabella, with a view to the sea
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Spacious and airy bedroom with a four poster king size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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