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Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

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Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

We are looking to stay in Kiawah with our 3 kids (5 and under) for a few days in may.

We found two properties and both have resort privileges.

The one in sparrow pond is bigger (and more expensive).

Is one location better with small children than the other?

We would prefer to use bikes vs the car when on the island.

Thx for any help!

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1. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

I think you will enjoy Parkside for its proximity to the Night Heron Park swimming pools and other resort amenities. Kamp Kiawah (Kiawah's nature-oriented children's program) is based in the Night Heron pavillion, as is the fascinating Nature Center. Casual family dining (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is available at East Beach Market, which is also a short walk from any location in Parkside.

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2. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

Forgot to mention ... You will use bikes for most activities and for exploring the island; however, a car is essential for grocery shopping, etc., as well as for excursions to nearby sites, including Charleston.

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I'll start this, but will defer to the Kiawah experts. I've stayed in Parkside, but not at Sparrow Pond. Looking at the photos, it seems Sparrow Pond houses are identical to Night Heron Park houses(which I have stayed in), in that they are frreestanding as opposed to attached condos at Parkside. Sparrow Pond is more woodsy and in a quieter more isolated area than Parkside. Parkside is right in the heart of Kiawah with easy walking to the beach, and pool, nature center, and other amenities at Night Heron Park. It will be busier at Parkside, but on Kiawah that is relative as compard to other beaches.

With small children, I would choose Parkside with the easy access to activities. We stayed in a Parkside condo with a dock on the lagoon and loved it. The bike paths in that area are busy, but still very mangeable.

If you desire a more natural environment with peace and quiet, then choose Sparrow Point.

Again, I've only been a few times, but we've biked the island extensively and are familiar with the different areas.

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4. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

Art622 is exactly right!

If you can rent a Parkside condo on the "lagoon" (actually, a lake but called "Night Heron Pond") it is worth a bit of extra expense for the VIEW. Water birds and wading birds, including cormorants and herons, visit all day. Meanwhile, an alligator and turtles cruise around in the water, and fish leap. Sunrise over Night Heron Pond is spectacular. You and your children will be fascinated.

If you are not staying in a unit right on Night Heron Pond, you can still experience the magic from Parkside's footbridge leading to the beach.

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5. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

I agree, Parkside is much more centrally located for your needs. The bike trails are never really crowded, so that shouldn't be an issue at all. You will be very close to all the amenities you will enjoy with little ones.

As Villa stated, you will need to use your car to go to the grocery and otherwise explore our local shopping area, Freshfields. Make your way over to Bohicket Marina, where mom & dad can enjoy a beverage, outside, taking in the sunset at Red's Icehouse, while the youngsters enjoy the lawn.

Edited: 6:58 pm, March 22, 2013
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6. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

Kiawah Golf Resort uses the term "resort privileges" to charge more for their villas and cottages. In reality, all people on the island can use everything, however the 2 report pools are the only things closed to the public. If these pools are critcal to your stay, then you stay in Parkside. However, if you wanted to save 10% to 20%, rent through someone who doesn't rent through the Resort. Sparrow Pond actually has a pool private to just that section of Kiawah. With young kids, you would enjoy the Parkside area, but also consider the Night Heron Cottages. There are roughly 1,300 rentals on Kiawah and Kiawah Resort managing 600 of them. You pay a premuim to rent through them, however you can find nice deals by searching other companies or private owners.

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7. Re: Park side villa vs sparrow pond cottage

There are now 4 resort swimming pools, - the large traditional family pool at Night Heron Park, two new waterpark-style pools - added in 2012- at Night Heron Park and West Beach Tennis Center, and the adult pool at Roy Barth East Beach Tennis Center.

Another great "resort amenity" is the resort shuttle, which will take you wherever you need to go on the Kiawah Island. Just telephone for a pick up.

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