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Antigua's Yepton Estate Cottages
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Just had a wonderful 10 days in Antigua staying at Yepton. The cottages are in a lovely spot next to a lake and five minutes walk from two beautiful beaches. Gabriela and Douglas gave us a very warm welcome, driving us to the supermarket, showing us all the best places to visit...even arranging a hire car for us. I would strongly recommend this place to anyone who wants a good base for touring the island and a bit of peace and quiet. Our cottage had everything we needed, including a hammock and a barbeque. Our only regret was we didn't stay longer!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Each vist gives us a wonderfull opportunity to just completely chill in a warm and welcoming environment and totally enjoy the ambience and kind and individual attention we receive from Gabrielle and Douglas we can't thank you enough this is the place to go if you need a tonic and to recharge your batteries then you can't go to a better place.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had heard many great things/reviews about Yepton, and we were happy to find they were all so true! The estates were lovely and the owners were great. Gabby & Douglas (owners) made our first trip to Antigua an amazing one! Upon arrival we were taken to the supermarket, and shown around town a bit. This was very helpful and much appreciated! Douglas also went over the map with us, told us about all the great beaches and recommended sights and restaurants. We did not feel overwhelmed with deciding where to go and what to do because we were so well informed about Antigua after getting the low-down from the owners. The cottage itself was great! We were on our honeymoon but looking for something that would allow us to be us vs an all inclusive resort, which isn't our thing. It was perfect. We could cook in the well equipped kitchen (it had everything we needed), grill and hang out on the large porch or hammock. It feels like you have your own little house on an island! :-)

We had a great trip and experience staying at Yepton, we would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

After reading numerous oustanding comments on tripadvisor we decided to go to Yepton Cottages for our holidays.This was such a good choice, we didn' regerte it one second.We loved it and would definitely recommend it.
The cottages are even better than our high expectations...There is just everything! And don't get me started on the kitchen. Nothing is missing, even things you were not expecting and that are very useful and convenient.
Finally, Gabriela and Douglas are " Stars!". They are very nice and here to help. Gabriela brought us to the best Supermarket on Antigua and Douglas kindly showed us all the places, restaurants and beaches to go to!
So one advice, go,go,go!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Starting with our initial communication with Gabriele and Douglas (owners), Yepton Estates was a great experience! Gabriele was patient, responsive, informative and friendly when answering all our questions. We prefer small properties with kitchens that offer a swimming pool with proximity to a beach and interesting surroundings (wildlife, views). Yepton Estates was all this and more. The six cottages are like brand new, well equipped and spacious. We loved our front porch that overlooked a salt water lagoon and spent hours there watching the wildlife and great view. Gabby and Douglas were excellent hosts (and better than any concierge we have encountered) and helped us tailor make our trip to fit our interests! We have used tripadvisor multiple times to find small properties and have had great success. Yepton Estates was just as described in the reviews we read and exceeded the expectations we had!

Room Tip: 1 and 6 are one bedroom and are closest to the lagoon but all cottages had good views!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

What are you looking for in a vacation?

Do you want to be catered upon 24/7, be surrounded by tons of all-inclusive package-tourists, be confined to one beach and one (gated) resort, with beach chairs as far as the eye can see, loud music and activities galore, your only experience with the rest of the island being through an organized tour?

If you are looking for the above, Yepton Estate Cottages is not for you. However, if you prefer your beach vacation to come with a dose of adventure, enjoy a self-catered vacation, where you eat and drink what you want, when you want, where you can actually relax and enjoy privacy, where you can find your favourite spots on a Caribbean island and actually feel like you've gotten to know the country after your stay... Then like us, and the many reviewers before us, you will LOVE Yepton Estate Cottages.

Some of the great perks of Yepton:

1) Gabriella and Douglas: Like everyone has said before - they are absolutely amazing. Being able to "pick their brains" about anything and everything related to tourism, Antiguan culture, history, etc, was so fun and appreciated. We rented a car at the airport, and when we arrived at the property (thanks to Gabriella's directions), they offered to drive us to the grocery store... even though we had a car (you will want to take them up on this - your first days driving in Antigua can be a bit overwhelming!). Douglas drove us to the supermarket through St. John's and provided tons of insightful information about the town and driving directions while in route. He was extremely patient with us at the supermarket even though we went down every single row. The next day, Douglas went through a map of Antigua with us and gave us a very detailed and honest account of absolutely everything to see and do on the island. A word of advice - listen to his driving directions!!! At one point we followed Google Maps instead of the map on our way to Half Moon Bay, and ended up driving through the jungle and high grasses (Douglas later informed us that Google maps never actually came to Antigua, and made all their maps through aerial views.... which explains why they thought this was a road... when it was really just a shortcut for ATVs). Douglas and Gabriella also have a large selection of DVDs and books that you can borrow, and will gladly make reservations for you at any restaurant, and ensure that you get a great table (Sheer Rocks in particular!).

2) The cottage: The cottage is so well equipped, cozy and comfortable. It was really our home for the week we stayed. We loved having a cooler and made lunches every day. One thing I would recommend bringing is ziploc bags. The cottage is equipped with tupperwares, but we found ziplocs were often more convenient. AC worked fantastically. Loved having a BBQ. Really warm showers. We spent so much time just sitting on the porch watching the myriads of birds that frequent the saltwater pond in front of the cottages. We only ate out two meals, so having an amazingly equipped kitchen was fantastic.

3) The peace: Yepton is peaceful and quiet. It is just you and 4 other cottages. People who stay at Yepton are quiet, will wave when they see you in the morning, or you might have a chat about your adventures of the day while looking at a rare bird by the lake. We loved the atmosphere. While we were there, it was all couples, most of whom had rented a car. This is not an all-inclusive, party crowd.

4) The location: Yepton is a 10-15 minutes drive to St. John's, in the Five Islands area of Antigua. It is very pretty, hilly and green in the area around the cottages, and there is not very much around, so it is quiet. The only things within walking distance are Coconut beach and the Coconut Beach Hotel, or Deep Bay and the (very, very strange) Grand Royal Antiguan Hotel.

We really benefited from all the great and thorough reviews on TripAdvisor about Yepton and staying in Antigua, so we only feel it is right to add to the wealth of knowledge:

1) The supermarket that Gabriella and Douglas take you to (Epicurian) is amazing (if you are Canadian, similar to a giant Loblaws, Superstore, Maxi). It has everything. The grocery store is owned by a French Canadian, so you will see brands like President's Choice, No Name, which we found very funny. Prices are generally more expensive than in Canada, but we didn't find it to be ridiculously priced at all (some non-perishables from Europe are of course, just watch what you buy if this is a concern). Even then, for us Quebecers, we found some things to be cheaper than home, such as, surprisingly, chicken breasts.

2) If you are Canadian and from Quebec, you will find liquor cheap and should buy liquor in Antigua. We were always shocked at the cost of our grocery bill considering how much wine/beer we had.

3) To car or not to car: We hesitated for a long time as to whether or not we should rent a car. Indeed, there are two beaches within easy walking distance from Yepton: Coconut Beach (5-6 minutes) or Deep Bay (10-15 maybe?). And indeed, Gabriella and Douglas do offer to drive you to the supermarket when you arrive. So you could technically go without a car, and there was a couple while we were there who did this for most of their trip, and used local buses as well.

However, for us, hands down renting a car is the way to go. Coconut beach is nice and all, but for us, it had nothing on the other beaches we visited (we also found it very, very windy). And the Grand Royal Antiguan (which fronts Deep Bay) is SUCH SUCH a weird, creepy place, that we just couldn't enjoy Deep Bay at all (we know other people who loved this beach.... but we just couldn't get over that hotel).

Having a car allowed us to explore ALL the island (we really drove everywhere), and allowed us at a whim to switch beaches whenever, and to leave a beach immediately if we weren't feeling it. We loved returning to our little haven at Yepton in this quiet corner of the island.

4) Favourite Beaches? One thing we really loved about Antigua was the diversity of its beaches. For such a small place, beaches can be so different. Our favourites were Ffryes Bay Beach, Darkwood Beach, Half Moon Bay and the first Hawksbill beach. These beaches were all very quiet, which we really liked (unlike Long Bay, Turner's Beach, Valley Church, other Hawksbill beaches, Deep Bay).

5) If you want to visit Nelson's Dockyard, go on a day WITHOUT cruise boats in port.

We would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Yepton!!

Room Tip: We stayed in studio cottage #2 - it was lovely and surprisingly had everything we needed considering...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Many thanks to Gabbie and Douglas who made our first trip to the Caribbean so enjoyable. We took a taxi from the airport,were taken by Gabbie to the supermarket to get provisions before being given a detailed run down of the island by Douglas the next day. We used local buses to go to Nelson's dockyard and to see cricket at the Sir Vivien Richards stadium, Hired a car for two days and found driving fine as long as you look out for potholes. Nobody is in a hurry and locals look out for you if you stop. We did not drive at night but others did. The location is idyllic overlooking the lagoon but near enough to the sea to hear the waves on the shore. You can walk to two beaches one 5 min the other 15 min. For us, having an early morning cup of tea by the lagoon watching pelicans,egrets and frigate birds will remain an abiding memory.

Loved every minute

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Yepton Estates | Five Islands, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 22 Specialty Lodging in St. John's
Price Range: $157 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Antigua's Yepton Estate Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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