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We were made very welcome by our host and found the apartment to be better than described on the Homeaway site. James is an excellent host, on hand if needed and very knowledgeable about the island. Our cleaner came after the first week and made a splendid job of getting the apartment spick and span again, and she changed the bed linen and towels.
The apartment is very spacious and was clean and well stocked with everything needed for our holiday. Very comfortable beds and we slept well. There is some noise from the road at the back, particularly for the twin room but having the air con on at night does blot it out a bit.
There’s a super little pool in the garden and we were often the only ones using it.
The balcony was in use a good deal, especially as the views of the garden and sea are so lovely. Sadly the beach was inaccessible for much of the time as the tide comes right up to the wall due to the sand having been washed away. It would have been helpful to know this before we booked, as it certainly impacted greatly on our enjoyment of the holiday. We would probably not have booked this apartment. In addition the ingress of seaweed all along this coast rendered it impossible to swim in the sea for much of the time. Not anyone’s fault and we were warned of this by our host, but it added to our disappointment. Sewage....no smell at the apartment but there is still some work needed in the Worthing area.
A fairly well stocked supermarket is directly opposite the apartment block, a big plus. Had we needed it, there was an even larger one 10mins walk away. There were a few restaurants within 10-15 mins walk but they mostly have only pretty much the same food consisting of burgers, chicken, chips (fries) and pasta. Not very inspiring and even the most basic places were expensive. The nearest beach restaurants were either closed or serving only drinks and snacks. We took the ZR minibuses along the coast road in both directions to The Gap or towards Bridgetown to find a bigger choice. Taxis are also plentiful and quite cheap.
If you want to travel around the island, we recommend you book one of the taxis who offer this service. They are lovely guys, know their island well and can tailor a day out to meet your personal requirements and for much, much less than a tour company. The island bus services go everywhere, they are reliable and very cheap too.
A really great apartment but a few negatives about its location.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mistle Cove and were impressed by John's communication and efficiency. The apartment is spacious, tastefully decorated and well-equipped with comfy beds and great air-conditioning in the bedrooms if the heat gets too much! It is secure, the grounds are well-tended and everything was really clean. The people at Rex Realty who welcome you and deal with any issues were professional and helpful. There were turtles laying almost every night on the little beach, and hatchlings on one night. We were delighted to see that the restaurant next door showed a real concern for their welfare.The apartment is in the middle of St Lawrence Gap and really convenient, and we found it hard to believe that there was all the nightlife on one side of the apartment and turtles on the beach on the other. It is really easy to travel up and down the West coast by bus/ minibus, as the service is very frequent and cheap, if a little hair-raising at times.
This was important as the South-West coast was badly affected by seaweed while we there and Dover Beach was virtually deserted. We did swim off the Mistle Cove Beach where there was somehow less seaweed, but the waves were sometimes quite big. All the locals say the seaweed is seasonal and it did appear to be clearing when we left. Worthing Beach was also closed due to a sewage problem, but it is 10 minutes in a minivan to Carlisle Bay where the water and the snorkeling were fantastic.
Hand soap and toilet paper was provided in the apartment when we arrived, but nothing else. Basic supplies like a bit of washing liquid or a few dishwasher tablets would be very welcome: we took our own teabags from home. There is a convenience store next door, but be prepared for some eye-watering prices! The best supermarket is Massy Stores at Worthing, where you can amazingly buy a full range of Waitrose products (at a price). Great pool towels were provided in the apartment but if towels are important to you, take a couple, as the bath towels were on the small side. Make sure you take heavy duty mosquito repellent if you want to sit outside in the evenings: there were some anti-mosquito devices in the flat but we couldn't get them to work.
We thoroughly recommend a stay at Mistle Cove: we had a great holiday and it makes a fantastic base for exploring the island. Thank you John!