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Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage above Handsome Bay

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Last updated: 09/09/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage is a charming West Indian style cottage located in a vibrant local neighborhood. Chickens, dogs, and the occasional goat roam throughout our sleepy neighborhood, and children playing ball in the street are a common sight. Nestled amongst a half acre garden, you can lounge on the large wrap around porch and look out at bougainvilleas, periwinkle flowers, and neem trees framing a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Trimmed in blue, our small one bedroom, one bath cottage is reminiscent of the traditional open and airy Caribbean homes, albeit with modern amenities. The cottage is decorated with local art, includes a full kitchen, a bath with a shower, and a king size bed (or two full size beds). The property is secluded and perfect for a single person or a couple who want to get away from the modern world, as there is no phone, TV, or internet (don't worry though- there is internet, TV, and phone access right down the road at the Yacht Harbor). So besides a weekly house cleaner who will come by to wash your sheets and towels and take out your trash this is a great place to get away from it all!
Virgin Gorda is a perfect place for the eco-tourist with scenic beaches, beautiful reefs, a national park full of local flora and fauna. Our property is a wonderful example of how a tourist destination can be self-sustaining and have a positive impact on the surrounding area.
Because all of the water on our property is supplied by the yearly rains, so we ask that no more than two adults stay at one time to help us conserve water.

The cottage is located in a local neighborhood in The Valley on the Atlantic side of Virgin Gorda. It is situated on top of a hill that overlooks Handsome Bay and has a great view of the ocean. Swimming in Handsome Bay is not recommended, but there are plenty of beaches nearby that you can get to on foot or by taxi. Right over the hill to the north is Savannah Bay, a stunning white sand beach with a large coral reef that is close to shore and easily accessible for snorkeling. Down the road is Spanish Town and the Yacht Harbor, where there is a grocery store, deli, snorkel and scuba shop, art gallery, and a few bars and restaurants. You can also rent a car or get a taxi and go to the south side of the island to visit Spring Bay, Devil's Bay, and the famous Baths. To get to the North Sound we recommend you rent a car and spend the day touring the beaches and restaurants.

If you are an independent traveler who is enticed by the flavor of staying in a local neighborhood; excited about the prospect of meeting locals; ok with getting lost and asking for directions; and want the seclusion our property brings then the Yellowbird cottage is exactly what you are looking for! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, as we would love to talk to you via email or over the phone!

A note about getting to Virgin Gorda: One of the most spectacular aspects of staying on Virgin Gorda is that it offers visitors a secluded vacation on an island with a small and vibrant community. The most daunting obstacle for people traveling to the BVI for the first time can be getting to Virgin Gorda, but it is not as hard as it might seem at first. There are multiple islands you can fly into (Puerto Rico, Tortola, St Thomas) that all offer charter planes and ferries to VG. Before you book your flights, contact us and we will give you a list of recommended companies to use, all based off 30 years of traveling to and from the island. We want your vacation to be as enjoyable as possible, and that includes getting onto and off the island, so however we can help we will!
All of our guests also receive our 'Holder's guide to the Valley on Virgin Gorda,' which has tons of useful information on the island and recommendations on local beaches, restaurants, bars, stores, and services.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No children under 5....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking is only allowed outside on the porch or in the yard. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 double

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  • The bedroom has a king size bed that can be converted into 2 full size beds. We can convert the living room into a second bedroom with additional full size blow-up mattress. All of the water on our property comes from the winter rains and so we do not allow more than 2 adults. If you would like to bring a child between the ages of 4 and 12 please notify us and we can discuss an additional charge....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Weekly housekeeper optional for no extra charge. Please note there is no internet or TV on site....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We provide a nice library that includes information on the island....moreless

  • Games:

    We have a few sets of cards, dice, as well as a other basic games....moreless

Theme

  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Savannah Bay is just over the hill which is about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive. There you will find a long white sand beach with coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling. ...moreless

  • Mountain:

    Gorda Peak National Park: Gorda Peak is one of the last remaining examples of Caribbean Dry Forest in the region, which makes it a high priority for conservation internationally. When you follow hiking trails up to the top you can picnic under a mango tree, enjoy plants and animals that are found only in the caribbean, and will have a beautiful panoramic view of the BVI. ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    As you look out from the cottage porch you will see Handsome Bay. It is a short walk from the property, but we do not reccomend swimming there. Right up the road from us you will find plenty of scenic beaches. ...moreless

  • Town:

    Spanish Town and the Yacht Harbor are right down the road and there you will find restaurants, a pub, grocery store, deli, gallery, dancing and night life. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are included in the unit. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    We have a nice living room with three comfy chairs and a little library. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for 2 cars available...moreless

  • Telephone:

    We provide a cell phone for calling the property manager and for emergencies. No long distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We provide regular and beach towels. Please only take beach towels (the multi-colored ones) to the beach....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We provide basic dishes and utensils....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We provide basic pantry items (salt, pepper, some seasonings, coffee filters)...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Our wrap around deck is a beautiful place to read and relax. It overlooks our garden and the ocean....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The cottage is nestled amongst a half acre garden with bougainvilleas, periwinkle flowers, and neem trees...moreless

 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season (Fall)
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2016
5 night min stay
$140
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$160

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 7%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 09/09/2016
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Location

1 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Virgin Gorda International Airport
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Bath and Turtle
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Yacht Harbor
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Miniature golf at the Mine Shaft
140 Metres
Nearest Motorway
North Sound Road
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Chez Bamboo
2.2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Savannah Bay

Car: Recommended

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: My mother and father, Martha and Gene Holder, began renting out the Yellowbird Cottage over 30 years ago, relying mostly on return guests and word of mouth. In 1978, after my sister and I left the nest, our parents bought the plot next door to where the cottage is now and moved to the island full time. Before they moved to Virgin Gorda they had run a small, private primary school in Colorado. Upon moving to the island their plan was to retire, but, instead they were approached by a philanthropist who wanted them to start a one room school for local children called the Valley Day School, which is still running to this day. At that point Virgin Gorda had no paved roads, grocery stores, or schools and over their three decades on Virgin Gorda they watched the island grow into a vibrant, thriving community with a strong local culture. Sadly, in 2015 my mother passed away and left this wonderful cottage for the family. Now I manage the rentals with my daughter, Kyra. We also have the help of a family friend, Seraphin, who takes care of the property and is there for our guests during their stay.

Why the Owner Chose Spanish Town, British Virgin Islands:
My parents fell in love with Handsome Bay and the surrounding community the moment they arrived in Virgin Gorda. The neighborhood was perfect for them because it was close to their school and in a local neighborhood. They built the main, two story house across the street first and that is where my mother lived until 2014. When they later built the cottage they decided to build something similar to the local houses, an open airy cottage with a large garden and a good view. You can still see a few of these houses around the island, but most of them have been replaced by larger more modern homes.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottage gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience Virgin Gorda like a local. In Virgin Gorda we take care of each other and that is something you can feel the moment you walk out of the house and get a 'hello' from a passing neighbor or a honk of the horn from a friend. The cottage is a special place, a place where our family has had return guests for over 20 years, a place where people feel at home and want to come back time and again.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage above Handsome Bay

    Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage above Handsome Bay

  • Ocean view

    Ocean view

  • View of bougainvillea flowers from porch

    View of bougainvillea flowers from porch

  • Full kitchen: sink and dish area

    Full kitchen: sink and dish area

  • Sitting area with art from around the caribbean

    Sitting area with art from around the caribbean

  • Sitting area with view into bedroom

    Sitting area with view into bedroom

  • View of bed from doorway

    View of bed from doorway

  • View from bed of closet and bathroom

    View from bed of closet and bathroom

  • King bed pulls apart to make two full beds

    King bed pulls apart to make two full beds

  • View from the street of Yellowbird Cottage

    View from the street of Yellowbird Cottage

  • Savannah Bay, just north of the cottage

    Savannah Bay, just north of the cottage

  • Little Trunk Bay

    Little Trunk Bay

  • View of the Atlantic walking up to the cottage

    View of the Atlantic walking up to the cottage

  • Wrap around porch

    Wrap around porch

  • Dinning area, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or an afternoon game of cards

    Dinning area, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or an afternoon game of cards

  • Full kitchen with gas stove, coffee maker, microwave and a great view

    Full kitchen with gas stove, coffee maker, microwave and a great view

  • Sitting area and library

    Sitting area and library

  • Open and airy layout

    Open and airy layout

  • King bed

    King bed

  • Closet

    Closet

  • Bathroom with shower

    Bathroom with shower

  • View of sunrise from the porch

    View of sunrise from the porch

  • The Baths, just a short drive from the cottage

    The Baths, just a short drive from the cottage

  • View of The Valley coming down from Virgin Gorda Peak.

    View of The Valley coming down from Virgin Gorda Peak.

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english
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  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 09/09/2016
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