"We feel so fortunate to have been able to book this cottage last minute. We were hesitant because there were no reviews yet. Steve and Andrew at Proactive Vacations were great to work with and assured us the home was nice. We were the 1st tenants in this year and the place was very clean. We were so pleased with the house, and perfect location, we arranged to stay an extra night. And Dee at ‘Dee’s by the Sea Rentals’ was super to bring our linens by after hours.
We’ve been coming to Holden for almost 25 years. This cottage is exactly what we look for and is one of the nicest we’ve stayed in. We always look for something North of the Pier, it’s quieter, and love it when we’re opposite a marsh area, as this home is, for sunset views and bird watching.
This home has been very thoughtfully updated. An older, more affordable, cottage with a floor plan we are familiar with: 2 bedrooms on either side that share jack-n-jill bathrooms. Very clean, with fresh white paint, feels bright and beachy. Decks just pressure washed. Bathrooms have nice new white surrounds & small pedestal sinks. The dining table, which seats 8, is tall, so you can eat and watch the surf. 4 more seats at the kitchen counter. The living room sofa is comfortable place to watch the tide or the large wall-mounted TV.
The original hardwood floors have just been refinished and have such charm and character. The kitchen is one of the best equipped we’ve seen. Sharp knives, plenty of dishes, good quality pots and pans, even plenty of zip-lock storage containers…so thoughtful.
There is a generous covered front porch that provides a wonderful place to watch herons and egrets, bring your binoculars. The two ocean front bedrooms have exterior doors that walk out onto the back deck which is probably 10 x 30 feet. The center third is covered for shade. We’ve enjoyed watching the shrimp boats, pelicans and dolphins go by.
Just steps to the ocean’s edge, maybe 15 yards. Sitting between two similar houses (not sandwiched between huge duplexes) there is always a nice breeze. The view is unobstructed and panoramic.
The location in the 500 block is perfect. Close enough to the Pier to enjoy a 5-10 minute walk for ice cream, but far enough away from any crowd, or public access. The beach really feels like your own heaven. Hope we can come back soon, thanks for sharing this lovely home."
Guest: Selah B.
Date of Stay: May 2016
Review Submitted: May 26, 2016