Looking for that Perfect Getaway? Cozy Cottage Great for Two(11 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Affordable 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Cottage with Ocean View
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.
Member since: 2012
- 900 sq. ft.
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- 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
- Coin Laundry
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 15 - Aug 15, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 20 - Jan 1, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- 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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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.
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Mrs. Holder's Yellowbird Cottage above Handsome Bay
View of bougainvillea flowers from porch
Full kitchen: sink and dish area
Sitting area with art from around the caribbean
Sitting area with view into bedroom
View of bed from doorway
View from bed of closet and bathroom
King bed pulls apart to make two full beds
View from the street of Yellowbird Cottage
Savannah Bay, just north of the cottage
Little Trunk Bay
View of the Atlantic walking up to the cottage
Wrap around porch
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
Sitting area and library
Open and airy layout
Bathroom with shower
View of sunrise from the porch
The Baths, just a short drive from the cottage
View of The Valley coming down from Virgin Gorda Peak.
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