|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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
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
Simply a piece of paradise
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.
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.
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.
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...
We stayed for a week in March 2016 for our honeymoon. The cabin and property are just beautiful. Our first walk down through the grotto to the sea left us speechless. One of my favorite days involved spending the morning snorkeling right off the deck, then eating sandwiches and rum drinks in the backyard. We didn't even have to leave the cottage. Wonderful hosts, friendly locals, and delicious nearby restaurants made our stay even lovelier!
It was my 2nd time and my wife's first. (Our honeymoon.) The property is perfect. A few updates made it a bit more 2016 but didn't take away any of the charm. This is a perfect place for those wanting a secluded vacation. Cabs are suggested. It's only $2-$3 to go to town. (I "overpaid" by giving $500 Jamaican each way as a small way to spread money around.) Damion was EXTREMELY helpful and completely reliable and kind and informative about Jamaican culture. You have to take care of yourself a bit if you stay here, but you can walk to the new restaurant Tracks and Records and take a cab to lots of good restaurants. The Almond Tree, Ms. T's and the Jerk House in town are all great for dinner. Damion will take you to the grocery store which has everything a person would need for munchies. Highly, highly recommended for those who want a non-resort vacation!
We had a wonderful time in a perfect cottage in an equally perfect setting. We swam, snorkelled, kayaked, and just enjoyed hanging around the cottage for much of the week. Jessica and the staff were always available but never intrusive. Jessica was an exceptional host and helped us with any questions we had from the TV, to a personal guide, jamaican cooking lessons, and anything else we wanted. I am nearly at a loss for the right words to describe how truly lovely our vacation was and what a large part Jessica and the cottage played. If we could have changed anything, it would be the very high humidity during sleep hours but that goes with the time of year we went and that I am a northern mountain girl at heart! Truly, Michael and I can only say this was an exceptional vacation and look forward to a return visit. Thank you!
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.
Please contact the owner for information about the Garden Cottage on the same property.
50% for cancellations 60+ days before arrival
25% for cancellations 30+ days before arrival
No refund for cancellations with less than 30 days notice