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“Third trip Back” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Yepton Estates, St. John's, Antigua   |  
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parkton Md
2 reviews
“Third trip Back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Having traveled many Caribbean islands we fell in love with Antigua 5 years ago. This being our third trip back, Yepton Estate Cottages, provides us a great base to visit the many beautiful beaches and restaurants needed to blow-off the winter doldrums living in the northeast USA. Gabie and Douglas, that we now call friends, have your best interests at heart to see and enjoy all the island has to offer. Yepton is a quit little peninsula that requires driving through St Johns that really gives you a good sense of the local life and seeing the giant cruse ships that dock there. Yepton Estate Cottages is a beautiful little place on a lagoon with Coconut beach beyond and short walk from Deep Bay. We recommend this for anyone looking for a quit place to relax and explore the island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Durham, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This was exactly the experience we were looking for in a honeymoon. After a busy season of wedding planning Yepton Estate Cottages was the perfect place to get away and rest. Gabriela and Douglas equipped us to enjoy the whole island with their attention to detail, service and experience by coordinating everything from renting a car, booking tours,getting groceries, navigating the island and cultural orientation. The accommodations are spotless and very well equipped, The view of the lagoon and ocean was amazing. We spent many mornings and afternoons on the porch/in the hammock enjoying the cool ocean breeze. The quiet, private nature of the cottages provided a welcome respite. It was also a good location to begin exploring the island (5 minute walk to the beach, 10 minute drive to St. John). This is the place to stay if a fancy, over-crowded commercialized resort is not your style. We would not hesitate to recommend Yepton to anyone wanting to spend their honeymoon, romantic getaway, or vacation in Antigua. We absolutely loved every minute of our time spent here!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you are looking for a quiet, clean, simple cottage in Antigua, you cannot do better than Yepton Estates! I was very impressed w how well stocked the cottage was. The owners could not have been more accomodating: they drove us to the supermarket on the day we arrived (in fact, they had to make 3 trips that day for other later arrivals as well!), lent us a phone & beach tote (which we forgot), immed responded whenever anything was amiss, and Douglas even glued my broken sandal together! The beach is a very short walk away. I would recommend getting a rental car almost immed. I can only concur with Jagjive's extensive review already posted. When one reads it, one assumes he's on the Yepton payrole :) but in fact, everything he says is 100% true! including the mosquitoes. But really, they were our only complaint the whole trip. Def a fantastic place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Although we only had time to stay for four and a half days, we felt so at home with Gabriela and Douglas and in our perfect little cottage at Yepton Estates. We are haters of all-inclusive hotels as we love to try all of the local restaurants, so this place was more than perfect for us. It's your own Caribbean cottage stocked with a full kitchen and everything from beach chairs & towels to pots and pans and bottle openers. We loved being able to eat breakfast in our own kitchen, make a picnic and take it to go in the provided ice chest and eat on the beach! We rented a car and were able to explore the whole island in our short time there and go to so many wonderful beaches and restaurants. Gabriela and Doug gave us wonderful recommendations and perfect directions (Douglas knows the island roads and locations probably better than anyone in Antigua and has even helped with making maps/putting the island on GPS!). Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We slept comfortably, really enjoyed the location of Yepton and the grounds (I could have rested for weeks in the hammock outside of our cottage!), the amenities of the cottage and most of all, our wonderful hosts! I can't imagine staying there without renting a car, but if you like to be able to make your own food and eat at different restaurants, and have an adventurous spirit and like to explore, this is the perfect place to stay in Antigua!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westerly, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We have just returned from a fabulous stay at the Yepton Estate Cottages.We arrived with plenty
of stress and left with relaxed,laid-back and tanned bodies!What a complete pleasure it was.
Gabriela and Douglas make it a priority of theirs to accomodate your every need.We had a car
ready for us and Douglas has a wealth of knowledge about the island that he readily shares and
a great understanding of the maps that help you get to some of the finest beaches and tucked-
away spots that only a " local" would know.We especially loved their attitude towards
helping us find the best grocery stores or parking lots in town or flat-water swimming gems.Nothing is ever a bother.
The cottage is well equipped with everything one needs,plus some.We cooked great meals
and enjoyed the Red Stripe beer and the great Chilean wines which were a terrific deal.
Probably best to book directly with Gabriela since she always aims to please and accomodate
her guests as well as being able to make the other arrangements such as car rental.It really takes the hassle out of the planning and allows you to dive right into your vacation with ease and pleasure.Truly a little hidden treasure on an island of delight.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

It is hard not to duplicate the superlatives already lavished on this glorious place, so I will concentrate my review mostly on a few practical tips should you decide to stay here. It is not surprising that this gem has won so many awards and delighted so many.

We completely agree with the 5 star ratings across the board for this property. The hospitality of the owners, Gabriela and Douglas, is unrivalled in my experience of travelling in 33 countries on 5 continents. I have abbreviated their names to G&D hereafter. It’s not the cheapest place to stay, but “you get what you pay for in this life” and you may get a better rate by booking direct rather than going through a third party.

The properties are well-maintained, and kept spotlessly clean (thank you Sharon, the maid). We stayed in one of the 1-bedroom cottages.

We had become jaded by supposed 4-5 star, all inclusive hotels in holiday destinations and their impersonal service, “conveyor-belt” buffets where “you eat because it’s there, not because you’re hungry”, dire entertainment, and so on. We wanted sun & relaxation in an idyllic setting, within walking distance of quiet beaches – and that’s what we got. Catering for ourselves was not a chore, we took the opportunity to buy local fish and produce to cook, and it was fun.

We took a small risk and stayed at the end of October through to early November, right at the tail of the hurricane season. The weather was glorious, one sharp shower lasting 5 minutes on one day, and the occasional shower at night. The beaches were almost deserted and the roads free of traffic. A lot of birds had gone (due to Storm Sandy) so the lagoon wasn’t teeming with wildlife (as it is from late December onwards) but there were plenty of pelican, heron, duck, cattle egret, ibis, green winged teal, yellowlegs, pintal, etc. to watch from the comfort of our sun loungers. Plus hummingbirds flitting around in the trees, mongoose running across the grass, and giant frigate birds overhead at dusk, on their way back to Barbuda. You get the picture…

BEFORE YOU GO

TIP 1: Don’t bother looking at the weather forecasts before you go. If you look on the weather sites and see gloomy forecasts showing rain every day (like we did), ignore them. “Sunny” means no cloud at all. “Partly cloudy” generally means a tiny wisp of cloud in a bright blue sky. “Cloudy” means some puffs of cloud giving occasional welcome relief from the intense sun. “Rainy” means sunshine interspersed with isolated heavy showers from time to time.

TIP 2: In deciding what currency to take, be aware that most places take both US dollars and EC dollars, you will get a slightly better rate on the latter. Supermarkets have ATMs and accept major credit cards. Use your ECD first so any money left to take home is in USD.

TIP 3: Buy jungle strength mosquito repellent before you go, if you think you are likely to be near water (not the sea) or long grass at night.

GETTING THERE

TIP 4: Getting a taxi to the estate is simple – just walk across the road from the terminal building and there’s the stand/rank. Ask for Coconut Beach Club rather than Yepton Estate Cottages – the latter is just an immediate right turn off the access road up to the hotel. It’s fixed price, the dispatcher will write out a ticket for you and hand it to the next available driver. The driver may wait a few minutes to see if there are any other people going in the same direction, so he can fill up with more passengers, which makes sense.

Other people have described the wonderful reception when you arrive - it sets the tone for the relationship with the owners for the entire stay.

FOOD, CATERING & FACILITIES ON-SITE

TIP 5: Depending on where you are flying from, you may arrive tired and jet-lagged and not in the mood to do much. Take up the offer of a free lift with Gabie to the supermarket. You can get supplies to last you a few days and you won’t have to leave the place – you can just chill….. Set aside some time on the flight to make a basic shopping list of what you’ll need – water, milk, bread, butter, eggs, fruit etc. Eating out in Antigua is similar to the rest of the Caribbean - quite expensive and perhaps not the finest cuisine in the world. There is less choice of restaurants here – especially close to the property - so probably you will find you are mainly “eating in” unless you have a hire car for your entire stay and have deep pockets….stock up accordingly Be prepared for a shock when you see the size of your bill at the supermarket. It will still save you a lot of money versus eating & drinking out. Buy the now infamous rum & raisin ice cream as recommended by Gabie, and Shirley biscuits.

TIP 6: You will get the loan of a mobile phone with a small amount of credit supplied by G&D for free. More than anything, this gives you a feeling of security, so if you are stuck somewhere and need to call a taxi, you can do.

TIP 7: If you have several electronic devices like cellphones/mobiles, tablets, laptops, etc. then it is worth taking a 4-gang extension box so you can recharge several devices at the same time off the same adaptor & wall socket. You will not need anything in the kitchen. You’ll have the use of deckchairs and a cooler box to take to the beach.

TIP 8: If you want to use the gas barbecue to cook your meat or fish in the evening, this avoids making the inside hot from the cooker, but bear in mind you will get mosquitoes outside from dusk so you’ll want to eat inside at night.

TIP 9: Use 1 or 2 plug-in mosquito repellent devices. We find them effective. Also, hold your breath and lightly spray the room at low level when you go out (bug repellent is supplied). Then you shouldn’t be troubled by mosquitoes inside.

TIP 10 : Be considerate and turn off the air-conditioning when you are not in the cottage/ studio. Electricity is expensive.

There is cable TV with a good choice of channels. One of the channels is a program guide. There’s a DVD player and G&D have a pretty decent library of films.You can plug your mp3 player into the music system.

The wifi internet is pretty good, in fact better than we've seen in many more developed countries. That is down to G&D (they have invested in decent equipment and pay for 2 separate ISPs).

There is a room safe for your valuables, and it's free.

You may be concerned on your first night about the incredible din from the tree frogs. Don't be - it's actually quite soporific and you may find yourself falling asleep in the armchair....

GETTING AROUND

TIP 11: Hire a car to see the island. If you are on a limited budget, hire a car for 2-3 days and you will be able to spend a few hours on each of the best beaches. You can get buses very cheaply, but it is a fair walk to the nearest bus-stop and it will be very tiring in the heat. Also the buses don’t run on a fixed time-scale, they leave when they have filled up. This means that the buses into St Johns may be full by the time they get to the local stop, at peak times. Having said that, the folks in the cottage opposite had good experience with buses, see their review (Nursepurse49).

TIP 12: Arrange your car rental through G&D. You may pay a little more than the cheapest on offer, but the car will be delivered to and collected from the property car park at a time to suit you, if you have any problem at all with the car, Gabie will help sort it out. And trust me, Gabie is a force to be reckoned with… ;). It’s worth paying a few dollars more for peace of mind.

As others have described, you will get a thorough briefing from Douglas on where to go, what to see and where to eat. He is a mine of useful information, historical facts and amusing anecdotes. Better than any guide book we read.

TIP 13: The best way to navigate around the island is using a decent map (which G&D supply) AND using GPS on a mobile. It’s free and you can do this with data turned off on the phone so you won’t get hit with a bill. These instructions are for an Android-based smartphone using the pre-loaded Navigation app, plus Google Maps. Before you leave the cottage/studio, download a map of Antigua to your phone. Then put in your start point and destination and let the Navigation app work out a route/directions. Make sure your GPS is on. When you are driving, your car will appear as an arrow or blob on the map, so you can see where you are in relation to the route. Make sure you keep the map on the screen – don’t try to do other things at the same time. When you arrive at your destination, find a wifi connection and download a return route/directions. This worked well for us and we only took a wrong turn once. Common sense has to prevail – use your eyes and the map as well as GPS. You may find you are on a main road and suddenly a large crater will appear in front of you!. Beware! - You will have to pay for damaged wheels, it's not covered in the auto insurance. Just drive as if it was your own car and you will get great benefit from being able to see the island in a few days at your own pace.

TIP 14: We consulted the guide books for the best places to snorkel from the beach, and snorkelled at several places including Half Moon Bay, Darkwood Beach, etc. The end of the beach (by the restaurant) at Long Bay was good but we found the some of the best snorkelling was walking distance from the estate, at the end of Deep Bay just past the hotel restaurant that runs over the beach. You are likely to see several varieties of angelfish and triggerfish, surgeon fish, sergeant major fish, starfish, tang fish, goatfish, grouper, butterfly fish, rock beauty and even barracuda (don’t worry, they keep their distance!). Also a wide variety of corals and anemones, and queen conch.

TIP 15: Do the trip up to Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening. Yes, it’s a little expensive…Yes it’s a tourist trap..But the views of English Harbour and the sunset over Monserrat are wonderful The steel band (actually, a full orchestra really) is amazing. You can book a seat on one of the minibus taxis for a fixed price, at the reception of the Coconut Beach Club, or if you can get a group of people together you may be able to negotiate a better rate by booking directly with a taxi.

TIP 16: Check on-line which days the cruise ships dock on the island and avoid the popular day trip destinations like the plague on these days – St John’s, Nelson’s Dockyard, Turners beach etc. If you have a car, go to a remote beach, otherwise stay local and relax.

In conclusion: this is the perfect place to go to relax, enjoy the sunshine, swim from some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and commune with nature. It would not suit you if you want an active holiday with extreme sports, or expect entertainment on tap all day.

There is still a lot of the world I want to see, so I rarely go back to the same place twice. There are a few exceptions – this is one of them.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Owners are fantastic!!! It's a quiet place and there's a big barbacue.That was my second time in this place,I'll be back as soon as possible.In my opinion it is necessary to rent a car.In 10 minutes by car you are in St.John's.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Yepton Estates, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Antigua's Yepton Estate Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yepton Estate Cottages is an award-winning private property on a bird sanctuary that hosts the rare West Indian Whistling Duck and other birds from many continents. Yepton Beach is within a 6-minute walk. All cottages have king beds, fully equipped kitchenettes, Cable TV, DVD player with free movies, electronic safe, FREE WIFI and much more. The cottages are ideal for the all-inclusive-weary and nature lovers who like to explore the island and all her wonderful beaches and restaurants. ... more   less 
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