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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom near the sea, with Tropical Garden and Palapa

Not a condo! Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage 3 minute walk from Caribbean sea & coral reef. Sleeps 4 ppl very comfortably. Great location tucked away, yet near hotel strip and dive shops. Huge garden with Palm trees and shade trees, and rinse tanks for dive gear. Just added a 9X12 Palapa (straw hut) to the garden for more living space and privacy. Clothes washer, great security, WI-FI, CAC, BBQ, walk to town. A perfect paradise! Now taking long term and vacation bookings! February 2018 UPDATE:: We just returned from a wonderful and relaxing week on Bonaire! Added new plantings and pots, solar lights for the garden, a new stereo and microwave and new shelves for the kitchen, as well as Vertisol blinds to the big living room slider to cool the cottage. Long term and vacation rentals available, contact me for a quote! The 9X12 Palapa creates more livable outdoor space -- making Buttonwood truly a tropical paradise! It has a tile floor and pitch roof of palm leaves, perfect for dining, reading, or just relaxing. Each bedroom has twin LONG Euro-style beds that can easily be set up as a Queen bed. Chic and bright, breezy and sunny. GREAT SECURITY, with in room safe and steel and glass shutters on windows and doors. We have never had a break in. Buttonwood is an ECO-FRIENDLY house, using 60% grey water in the garden. Screens on all windows and sliding doors, (some rentals don't have them), keep out mosquitoes. Constant Caribbean breeze from Bonaire's trade winds keep the house cool, bedrooms have air conditioners. Inside you will feel like you are outside, which is it's charm. All modern conveniences: flat screen TV, powerful WI-FI, CAC in bedrooms, instant hot water shower. All new appliances and furniture, excellent, comfortable beds (can be configured for one large bed, a queen, or 2 long twin beds in each room). Fully outfitted kitchen with full coffee and tea set up, gas stove and microwave. Rinse tanks for your dive gear on the porch. Washer for your clothes. Parking for your car. Rural neighborhood, friendly people and a great location, (a ten minute drive from Flamingo airport). Kralendijk's restaurants, nightlife and shops a 10 minute walk away. Washington Slagbaii park a 15 minute drive away. What we love about it the most is the location, the proximity to the sea, the breeze, the birds and the packs of Bonarian parrots and parakeets sailing overhead in the trees at twilight. We spend a lot of time at Eden Beach, Sorobon beach windsurfing, diving, snorkeling. Harbour Village resort, a two minute drive from the cottage, has a lovely (fee) beach for snorkeling, sunning, reading under the palm trees, excellent restaurant and full spa. Eden Beach, a two minute drive away, is great for drinks and casual dining by the water. They sometimes have live bands on weekends. Then there are our usual favorite restaurants, bars, and shopping a ten minute walk away in Kralendijk. Stay with us and receive a 10% discount on Air/Nitrox, Boat diving and Courses at Dive Friends Bonaire, about a five minute walk from the cottage, and with an additional six locations on the island.

** Please remember that the security at Buttonwood is very good, the house itself is like a safe, with steel bars inside the attractive glass shutters. This is a real neighborhood, living among Bonaireans and other vacationers. The people are very nice, the breeze, the sea, the swimming and snorkeling, scuba, and sailing are all close at hand. The relaxed pace, the natural beauty are wonderful. Resort areas like Sunset Beach and Harbour Village are very nearby. The "hotel strip" is about a five minute drive away. As well as being near the sea, the location is central, and so is very convenient to all points on the island.

*** A SPECIAL PLUS is that the house manager will meet guests at the airport and accompany their transportation to Buttonwood. No chance of getting lost! He will also always be available to address any concerns at any point during your stay. I'll happily answer any questions by email or phone. PLEASE NOTE: House manager will meet you at the airport but he DOES NOT provide transport. He will accompany you to your car rental and to Buttonwood, or your taxi. Thanks! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about Buttonwood Cottage and Bonaire. This is a vacation and long term rental property, contact me for a quote!

More Details

Property Manager
Rue Matthiessen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, dutch, Property manager speaks Dutch, English and Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Rue Matthiessen

My husband, a teacher, and I bought the cottage a five years ago, and restored it for a vacation place and rental property. I am a writer, so I wrote the story of the renovation and learning about Bonaire, and getting my scuba license, in a book called "Kaya India," named for the street the house is on. The book is at the cottage, as well as available on Amazon. I am now working on the next book, set in Ireland. The garden at Buttonwood has been thrilling for us to see every year, growing beautifully into a tropical paradise. When we bought the cottage, there was only a sea grape, a tamarind, and a gorgeous native Wayaka tree.

Rue Matthiessen purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Rue Matthiessen chose Playa

We came to Bonaire a few times and fell in love with the wildlife, the snorkeling, the diving, the restaurants, the park, and most especially, the people. We bought the house and renovated it to be a perfect vacation home/diver's cottage. We especially loved the location near the sea, the dive shops and the hotel strip - but also tucked away. The house has a lovely Wayaka tree (native to Bonaire), and 2 Tamarind trees that the parrots love, and we add to the garden every time we visit. We've put in many native trees that the Parrots like. It's so much fun to take what was excellent raw material and make something beautiful out of it, which is what we've done with Buttonwood. We now have 3 Manila Palms, 3 Foxtail Palms, 5 Coco Palms, 10 Buttonwoods, 1 Calabash, 1 Flamboyant, 2 Shady Ladies (Black Olives), 2 Palu Santus, 2 Sea Grapes, 1 Spanish Lime, 2 Moringas, 1 Guava and a big Cactus Garden. Bonaire is a really cool, little known island, very much more laid back than Aruba or Curacao, and much less developed. It also manages to be very international. So many countries are represented on the island, and the prevailing attitude (which is catching) is one of friendliness and peacefulness.

What makes this cottage unique

The sea, the sea, the sea!! And the incredible variety of sea life that can be seen just snorkeling! We walk a few minutes to the sea everyday and plunge in. Some days we just stay in and enjoy the garden. It's gorgeous! Or, a 2 minute drive to Spice Beach, another great snorkel/dive spot with restaurant and full bar looking out over the water and Klein Bonaire. I also love when packs of the Bonairian Parrots, known as Loras, fly over Buttonwood and roost in the trees, chattering and clucking and fussing away. They are truly spectacular birds, very intelligent and funny. To see them fly free (instead of in cages) in their natural habitat is a delight. Also, there are native parakeets (Prakeechi), just as beautiful.


Playa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower with Instant Hot Water Heater
  • Large Bathroom with storage/hairdryer/double mirrors, and instant hot water heater.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Can be configured as 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be configured as 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds
  • Both Bedrooms can be configured as 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tri-Lingual (English/Dutch/Spanish/Papiamento) Property Manager will meet you and provide transportation to and from the house as well as answer any questions you might have. They have extensive knowledge of Bonaire and can provide info re: car rental, grocery shopping, personal chef, diving bookings, just ask!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews
Houston, TX

Walking distance to almost everything

  • 5 of 5

Our week long stay at Buttonwood Cottage was very enjoyable. The location is great and you can easily walk to the downtown shopping and dining area. The cottage was spacious, comfortable, clean, and had a very large yard. The outdoor palapa was great for relaxing under and enjoying the breeze. Baasje (the property manager) was extremely helpful and friendly and Rue (the property owner) was always quick to respond and nice when speaking via email as well. We highly recommend Buttonwood Cottage for your stay while on Bonaire.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you loved Buttonwood Cottage as much as we do! I'll be returning in early April, to Scuba Dive and make additional improvements to our island paradise. You were great guests, and are welcome to come back anytime! Kind Regards, Rue, Steve, and Baasje.
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Great price and great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at the Buttonwood Cottage with four people. We thoroughly enjoyed the safety and the convenience of the location. The house is well kept, clean and efficient. The bedroom air conditioning was a must for us in September due to the heat and the roosters. The rinse tanks seemed ineffective but every dive store provides those as well. The house manager was very helpful and made sure all our questions were answered.

We enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Cottage to anyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bert: Thank you so much for the review, and I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay. We discovered that the rinse tanks do clog up from time to time, and we have set up a maintenance schedule to make sure that doesn't happen again. After all, you should be able to use the rinse tanks for gear. We apologize for that, and would welcome you back anytime, My Best, Rue
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Wonderful cottage in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Buttonwood was a perfect place for our second dive trip to Bonaire. Communication with the owner was outstanding, the location is a short walk from the ocean and downtown. Perfect spot for our vacation! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lawrence, we're so delighted you enjoyed the cottage, the outdoor areas, the nearby sea and the town. My husband and I have a winter visit planned and can't wait! You were a great guest, and we look forward to having you back! Best Regards, Rue and Baasje.
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Brooktondale (Ithaca) NY

A lovely week at Buttonwood Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Buttonwood Cottage is a perfect spot for a small family. The cottage is clean, comfortable, and well maintained. It's very close to DiveFriends Yellow Submarine and within walking distance of town. The outdoor rinse basins, clothes line, and patio (complete with sweet tree frogs and gorgeous lizards) are great for rinsing and drying dive gear and swim suits. We appreciated the well equipped kitchen, ceiling fans, and bedroom air conditioning. The safe and gated garden with parking inside gave us extra piece of mind. Great trip, great cottage -- we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Buttonwood! We can't wait for our family to go for our annual visit in late April. Thank you so much for writing, it's such a pleasure to know that guests have loved Buttonwood and the Bonaire vibe as much as we do!
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Cheektowaga, New York, USA

A Bonaire delight!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the great pleasure of renting Buttonwood Cottage for 4 weeks. Actually, my husband had a 4 week vacation. Mine was only 2 weeks. It worked out very well to be just 2 streets off the main road of town. Close enough to the diving and to all shopping and restaurants. Buttonwood Cottage was very quaint and cozy with the flora of the property beautifully maintained. We also enjoyed the burros walking down the street, the birds chirping, and the occasional lizard visit! Because we dive, we rented a truck and were able to get to several dive sites. Having the rinse sinks on the property was a wonderful convenience.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just returned from two weeks at Buttonwood, and thank you for leaving it in great shape. And I'm glad you enjoyed my book which gives a little history of our home and Bonaire. This time I added plants to the garden, did a few minor repairs, and got in lots of diving and snorkeling. You are welcome to come and visit us again anytime, and thanks for your stay, Kind Regards, Rue and Steve
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quaint cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Bonaire. We decided to do something different and rent a cottage instead of staying at a hotel/resort. We were pleasantly surprised. Buttonwood cottage was a very nice place to stay and very reasonably priced. It was only a short walking distance from the main part of town.(restaurants etc). The beds were comfortable, which is always a gamble when traveling. It was very clean and the rinse tanks for dive gear and clothes lines for drying was a nice feature. We would definetely stay there again when visiting Bonaire.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your stay and I'm glad you tried something different this time! I just got back from two weeks, and it was fabulous. The garden is really coming in, the weather was perfect, the breezes high and the water warm. You are welcome to stay with us anytime, Kind Regards, Rue and Steve
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Nearest Beach
0.07 Miles
Caribbean for snorkeling and diving, 4 min. walk
Car: recommended

Buttonwood Cottage is located in Kralendijk, just enough out of the town to be a peaceful spot. It is a four minute walk away from the crystal blue clear waters of the Caribbean sea, and the Yellow Submarine dive shop. Easy snorkeling and diving right there, a few steps from the house. It is about a 7 minute walk into downtown shops and restaurants, so, no need to drive if you don't feel like it. The house is also in the 'center' of Bonaire, near the hotel strip, and about an equal 10-15 minute drive in either direction to arrive to the Washington Slagbaai Park and dive sites, or the other end of the island for Sorobon Beach, Jibe city, the salt flats, windsurfing and kayaking in Lac Bay.




Additional information about rental rates

One Time Cleaning Fee $70
Refundable damage deposit $95


Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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