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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Ocho Rios - Seaside Cottage at Te Moana

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.

Four 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

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  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jessica Ogden
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2016
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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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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 43 reviews

Beautiful and private. Ideal for people who don't want the Sandals vacation.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is lovely and exactly what we expected based upon the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Jamaican Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A truly wonderful "best value" authentic Jamaican rental. Peter and his crew are lovely. Not to mention the views every morning.....

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great host

  • 5 of 5

From the beginning of the booking process until our checkout, everything went smoothly. The space is as pictured, just bigger and better. The views are breathtaking. It was fabulous to be so close to town, yet feeling so remote from it. We enjoyed the amenities and the quietness. Thank you again Peter for a great Jamaican stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location and Charm

  • 5 of 5

This cottage certainly has a perfect location, sitting with a beautiful garden overlooking the ocean with nicely designed stone steps through a grotto right down to a peaceful deck and a great ladder into the sea. It is right on a fantastic reef teaming with life. Perfect snorkeling. We saw many new species...

The house is charming. The décor is personal and quirky. It is simple but very comfortable with many sitting areas. There is a beautiful porch off the bedroom on the second story with an amazing view of the ocean that is perfect for breakfast. There are hammocks and a big dining table on the covered veranda facing the garden. The life of the house is focused on the sea and sky. The outdoor shower is fun and amazingly decorated. Peter and the staff are fantastic. The mango tree right out the door was dropping mangos in front of the house. When we mentioned we loved mangos the staff brought us another type of mango from the other side of the property and Jamaican apples. The house is on a tiny road on the ocean and is so close to town but feels miles away. It is a perfect retreat, hidden, but near to anything you might need in Ochi.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, secluded, romantic

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay at Peter's place. I loved the outdoor shower with the view. It was very nice and romantic, and the seclusion for a romantic getaway is superb. The kitchen was well stocked with supplies needed and even was in walking distance of the town, but it easier if you have a car, or take a route taxi. My only issue would be the kayak's need some minor repair/maintenance for exploring the water's off shore and some paddles/oars. The maid service was excellent. Overall the place, was really great. Thanks Peter

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2016
1 May 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2016/17
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 962 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Spacious and airy bedroom with a four poster king size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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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