Only 10 minutes from the airport, but in a quiet, private location, Driftwood Cottage is a wonderful place to chill out. The photographs accurately portray this delightful accommodation, although the pool has very recently been completely refurbished. The owners John and Sarah are extremely hospitable and helpful in providing local information. There are many excellent restaurants and bars within 15 minutes drive, as is the biggest supermarket on the island. We hope to return next year.
Driftwood Cottage was the last destination in our four week stay in the West Indies. The first three weeks were filled with sight-seeing in Antigua and St Kitts and sailing in the British Virgin Islands so we were looking forward to "chilling out" and doing nothing. This cottage was the ideal place for that. A swim early in the morning,a late breakfast, then settling down with a good book by the pool. The cottage has everything you need, including 5 lovely dogs and lots of birds who will keep you company on the verandah all day.
Apparently the bed is also a talking point. You will see why when you get there. There is a good little library which we found really useful. Sarah also supplies beach chairs and a cool box.
There was several really nice restaurants close by - Le Bistro is only a five minute walk. Cecelia's is a must. As far as beaches are concerned, we really liked Fort James Beach (in the Dickenson Bay area) which affords some shade from the trees. There is also a great beach bar called Beachlimerz which is good for a rum punch or a reasonably priced lunch or dinner.
I can echo the comments from recent visitors - this is just the most perfect place to relax and enjoy life! We loved the open plan layout with plenty of fresh air circulating around the huge bed. No problem using the mossie nets. The newly refurbished pool is great - swimming under the stars (thats a first for me!). Perhaps too much choice on where to sit and read?? And plenty of books and games available. We loved being able to walk to the beach, or get in the car for more distant beaches - again, so much choice! Sarah was most helpful in providing advice on the whats & wherefores of the island. And I have to mention the dogs - especially Riley who liked to visit even when food was not on offer! We cannot imagine a better place to stay on the island. Hope to return soon......
The most beautiful cottage tucked away by a newly refurbished pool in a private garden. Waking up to brightly coloured bougainvillea and humming birds, make it a truly tropical paradise. Jabberwock beach is a short walk away but a car is really required to access all the other amazing beaches on this beautiful island. The cottage has everything you require for a romantic holiday and if you just want to sit and chill with a Caribbean cocktail on the verandah then nowhere else could be better. The hosts Sarah and John are soo friendly and have a wealth of local and historical knowledge. Can't recommend Driftwood Cottage more highly and we will return sooner rather than later.
Let me begin by saying that I am one of those people who does a TON of research before selecting a travel destination. That being said, the natural, rustic beauty of Driftwood cottage well exceeded my expectations. It is hard for me to imagine that there is a more romantic place to stay in Antigua.
The grounds are loving maintained and made us feel like we were in our own private Garden of Eden. The newly refinished pool was ideal for a cooling dip and provided my wife a great place to sit and enjoy a good book, coupled with adult beverages. The wrap-around porch was perfect for romantic candle-lit dinners or a relaxing nap in one of the loungers. The cottage was well appointed and had everything we needed to self-cater or spend the day at the beach. The King sized bed was firm and we slept incredibly well. The open air windows and ceiling fans kept the bugs at bay and the cottage cool and comfortable. The Wi-Fi was weak at times, but we managed.
Our hosts, Sarah and John were warm, welcoming and beyond helpful when it came to planning our daytrips, arranging for a car rental and recommending local dining options. If we needed anything, they we very responsive and accommodating. They have several delightful dogs which kept us company and from missing ours at home.
I would recommend this cottage on the North side of the island as an excellent base for exploring this beautiful island. It’s a short drive to the airport, restaurants, St. John’s and The Epicurean grocery store which has everything you need. There are 365 beaches on the Island, we fell in love with secluded Half Moon bay which was a scenic half an hour drive away. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here and hope to return soon.