Okay, so I'm going to review from a couple of different perspectives.
First, the cottage
It's actually a duplex, but from inside you'd never know it. So quiet! There were lots of little kids next door & we didn't hear a thing!The pics posted don't capture the cottage charm of this little place. Wide plank pine floors, & great furniture greeted us upon walking in. The next thing I noticed is how clean the cottage is! Really spotless! The beds were so comfortable! The linens & pillows were nice & the bedspreads looked freshly laundered. We enjoyed the little screened porch too. I hope the owners will put in ceiling fans though bc it did get quite hot without the gulf breeze. Inside, the ac was good & cold. There is about a 10-15 minute walk to the beach, so bring a wagon for your beach goodies. I would absolutely love to stay in this cottage again. Plenty of plates, glasses & coffee mugs in the kitchen.
From the first phone call to Kim Tait, the property manager, it was smooth. Kim is so nice, very professional and had the rental taken care of in a quick & efficient way. She even called me after we'd gotten into the cottage to check if we needed anything. Awesome!
From a cooks perspective: The kitchen is seriously lacking in large bowls, decent knives, pots & pans. Beware if you need any sort of storage, bc it is very, very limited. We have 8 people & ended up using the laundry room shelf & a bedroom closet for kitchen storage. The owners closet is in the kitchen & how I wish they had chosen a different closet. The kitchen closet is desperately needed! Now, on the flip side of this, for very basic cooking, you'll have enough stuff. The rookery has a community charcoal grill that's right across from this cottage. It's not big, but it & my husband sure cooked some awesome burgers.
I loved that this cottage screened porch faced a lush overgrown area. It is very pretty & I enjoyed watching birds & saw many types. Bring some bug spray, if you want to explore the rookery treed areas.
The community alligator is fascinating! We watched it in the pond near the big pool & then, up close & personal in the pond near the cottage. We listened to it at night too. There are signs posted; so please don't feed this guy. I'd hate for him to become too comfortable with humans. Overall, it was an awesome vacation!