We stayed in the cottage because we were staying for a month .. And couldn't afford the main house for that long. We loved the cottage even though there's no ocean view, which might be more important to you. It is very private however ... We felt like we were in a tree house! Nice lanai up in the trees :) There's an easy egress along the side of the main house to the beach, so you don't have to walk thru their yard. It's hard to explain but don't worry, it's easy and private. Once at the beach you have your own picnic table and lounge chairs. The main house is fabulous though ... We got to know the people renting that so spent a lot of time with them there. It would be great for 2 couples, but the cottage has plenty of room as well. We just loved the beach there and think of it all the time with fond memories. There are also a few other rentals along that beach if the one we stayed in doesn't work for you. That being said, I'm sure the other places you have in mind would be wonderful as well! I'll be anxious to hear which place you choose!