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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Getting there can be challenging but well worth the journey. The cottage is nicely appointed and decorated. Feels like your at a friends cottage. Kelcina is super friendly and helpful. We ate supper at uncle rhoddy's every night delish and he serves a mean rum punch. You feel like you are the only people on the island it is very isolated. The beach is Gorgeous! Kelcina arranged a beach BBQ for us at the famous Diana's beach it was a great day :) Remember to pack your bug spray, keep you bug nets around you in your bed, my last night there the nets got left open and my thigh and bottom became an all you can eat buffet for the mosi's. The other nights where fine, I left a bug coil burning in the room. There are screens on all windows but bugs are smart they find a way:( This place is not a snobby over the top place, it seriously feels like your home or at a friend's cottage sort of feel. Wouldn't change a thing. Yes there is Internet. oh yeah no ac but open the windows and turn on ceiling fans, seriously people its better for the planet anyways. Loved this place went with two other couples. We didn't bring kids but thought thought if we were to bring kids they would love the beach.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

My husband and I are just back from a fabulous trip to Barbuda and a lovely stay at Barbuda Cottage. Kelcina, the owner, is a gracious hostess who will welcome you to this beautiful island. She and her husband planned and built this quiet, self-sustaining bit of paradise. Don’t be fooled by “cottage”. This is a 3 bedroom house that was based on researching the best of the best in vacation/beach houses. It is completely solar powered, but there is a full size refrigerator, oven, toaster, coffee pot, microwave, and clothes washer. There is also a television, but no cable, so you can use it to watch DVD’s. Kelcina can help you to get a rental vehicle, taxi or suggest which beach to visit or where to eat. In the description, it says you have to cross the street to the beach. With this statement you may think the beach is far. The beach is about 20 steps from your door! (Please refer to the pictures.) Barbuda is a BEAUTIFUL island, with some of the best white sand beaches. Low Bay which is 14 miles of white and pink sand has got to be one of the top 10 beaches in the world. (Plus there is no one on it!) Give Jala a call and he will pick you up at the town pier and take you to his restaurant, Outback, for a fabulous lunch while you relax on any part of the 14 miles! Kelcina’s dad, Roddy, is next-door to the “cottage”. He has a great beach bar and restaurant. Make sure you make reservations to eat there as he only buys fresh food for the day. So leave your hairdryers, cell phones and computers at home, and really get away to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Barbuda. Thanks Kelcina, we can’t wait to return and wish you all the best in building other “cottages” so more people will be able to enjoy your bit of heaven.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sallyride
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

BARBUDA
A Beautiful Island, Beautiful Beaches, Beautiful People, and an Excellent Vacation Destination
This is an Island that I had never heard of and had to look on a map to find it. I found out about the Barbuda Cottages web site, took one look and thought, “I want to go there”, and my wife agreed.
We flew to Antigua and took a small plane (Kelcina arranges this flight) for 15 minutes to get to the Island which was a great adventure in itself. We met our hostess Kelcina at the Airport, as she had directed us by email, after we booked her place. Kelcina was just as wonderful in person as she was in her emails. She greeted us at the airport as if she had known us all our lives. It was a warm and wonderful welcome. After a small tour of the island, we arrived at the cottage and it was every bit as beautiful as the web site pictures had indicated. The fridge was stocked with cold beer, soft drinks and wine that Kelcina had arranged in advance for us. Once at the Cottage Kelcina gave us a cell phone to call in an emergency or if we just wanted to talk to her for information.
Kelcina lives in town and after ensuring you are set up properly, she leaves you alone to do your own thing. Close to the Cottage is the only other resident for miles, Uncle Roddy who runs a restaurant and is also Kelcinas’ father. Kelcina, via email, had arranged for us to have dinner at Uncle Roddys on our first evening. Lobster grilled on the BBQ, we could hardly wait! The first day we spent at the Cottage beach, with two lounge chairs and a cute beach shelter that was only for our use. They supply nice beach towels and snorkeling equipment. It amazed us that we were the only people on the beach. The ocean was beautiful and crystal blue and just steps from the Cottage. That night we were the only two people at Uncle Roddy’s and he was a wonderful host, the meal was amazing. We ended up having dinner at Uncle Roddy’s four times that week and each meal was great and we were the only guests each night. One night my wife ordered a Gin and Tonic and she asked Roddy if he had a lime for her drink, he strolled a few steps off the porch and picked a lime right off the tree, cut in up and put in her drink. He did this like it was the most natural thing in the world to do.
We were told about four places on the Island that were “must see” and did them in a random order as we had a vehicle. The Island is small (10kmsX16kms) and the Cottage provides two good bicycles but having a vehicle helps to get around.
The First stop was the Pink Sand Beach. We walked 5 kms up and then back down the Beach and never saw another person. It is a beautiful Beach with pink sand as advertised. The next day we went to Spanish Point and it was an amazing spot to look at the Ocean. It was breathtaking.
The following day we went to Access Beach and spent the day there. We were told it is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. I have been to many Beaches in Cuba, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Aruba to name a few and this Beach was by far the most beautiful! We saw one fishing boat go by and a sailboat but all day it was just us on the most beautiful fluffy sand beach and incredible blue warm ocean water.
Another great spot was Two Foot bay at the North end of the Island. We stopped in town on our way and saw Kelcina at her store and had some nice cold Wadali Beers. Once again, she was a gracious host with a wonderful sense of humour. Two Foot Bay turned out to be another great spot. There are large cliffs with well-travelled paths with handrails to lead you to top of the cliffs where you enjoy a spectacular view of the Beach and Ocean! I could have spent the entire week at the Cottage and on the beach just outside our front door and been happy but going to these other places on the Island made the week even more incredible. This is by far the best vacation destination I have ever been too. Few people, no crowds, great Beaches and accommodations and in addition to Kelcina and Roddy the people on the Island were friendly and I felt safer there than anywhere I have gone in the world. Barbuda Cottages is the best holiday I have ever been on.
Highly recommended and my wife and I will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Pete S
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

…better is not possible!
If you are looking for a wonderful place, away from everything and everyone this is the cottage and this is the island for you. It's heaven.
The cottage is beautiful, equipped with everything you need. You feel like you have the whole place to yourself and the cottage is as charming and beautiful as it looks in the photos on the website.
Kelcina, the owner, is gracious and hospitable and she provide everything to make your holiday perfect...
For us this is a special place because we have decided to get married here and it was a wonderful experience. For our wedding we couldn’t ask for anything better !
Also our wedding lunch organized by Kelcina and cooked by "Uncle Roddy’s" was delicious.
Barbuda is a beautiful island, a wild paradise.
The best place to escape from stress and live the sea and the nature.
There is nothing else to do and this is fantastic !
In Codrington village you can find some little shops to buy foods and drink... it take about 15 min drive from the cottage to the village ( so you need a car …).
The beaches are pristine, the location is private and relaxing . I can't say enough about this place…
..enjoy your stay in paradise !
We hope to come back in the near future...

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank domi74
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

I was amazed by our stay at Barbuda Cottage. I have been to beaches all over the world, but I can honestly say that Barbuda Cottage on the island of Barbuda has been our favorite Caribbean destination and one of our best beach vacations ever. Why? Our experience was like being Robinson Crusoe on a paradise island. The three bedroom cottage is ocean front with a commanding view of the turquoise Caribbean. The sunsets over the sea, while sitting on the beach or on the front porch, were stunning. We had our own private beach, complete with two sun loungers and a shade palapa. Where else in the Caribbean can one find a beautiful beach and crystal clear water completely devoid of people? Nowhere! Barbuda is truly the final frontier of a pristine, unspoiled Caribbean island. What made our trip so special is the actual Barbuda Cottage itself and Kelcina George, the owner. Kelcina and her husband built the cottage and plan to build more. She is great about responding to emails and will provide everything that you need. The cottage was extremely stylish and comfortable with every needed amenity (there's even an outdoor grill). There is no other accomodation like it on the island, your only other choices are a $2,000 per night at one of the two resorts or a simple guest room in the Codrington Village. Remember - Barbuda Cottages affords complete privacy and is oceanfront/ beach front! It is a luxury. With a little careful planning, you can have a fabulous self catering stay. Here's how we did it: we purchased all of our wine and groceries (produce, cold cuts, cheese, frozen hamburger, pasta, sauces, chips, etc) from the Epicurean Grocery in Antigua. I had a flexible fabric Igloo cooler that I used to pack the meat and cheese and used the white wine to keep the cooler cold. Canned tomato sauce went in our checked baggage. Sadly, we lost an entire day in Barbuda because the Barbuda Express ferry broke down. We were taking the ferry in order to carry our wine and food, however, it turns out that the ferry was completely unnecessary (along with being unreliable). We ended up flying on SVG Air the next day and they gladly took all of our wine and food and all we had to paid was an extra $25 (completely worth it). In addition, it's only a 20 minute flight and is inexpensive. They allow 44 pounds in a checked bag. Because of this planning, we had fabulous Italian dinners with excellent wine by candlelight on the front porch of the cottage and yummy picnics too. Fresh eggs and bread along with beer and rum can be purchased on Barbuda, but it's best to take everything else with you. There's also Uncle Roddy's next door for grilled lobster, fish and chicken so we had a a great blend of eating in and eating out. Having the kind Uncle Roddy (Kelcina's father) next door is also comforting because he was always able to help out if you needed something, like fresh bread, from the village.
There is so much to do in Barbuda. We loved our "private" beach, but also liked exploring Coco Point and the Pink Beach. A boat trip to the frigate bird sanctuary with a stop at Low Bay is also a must. Renting a car is not necessary. We could call a taxi whenever we needed it using the cell phone in the cottage. The stars at night were magical and yes, the rainbow in the picture is real! I do recommend taking some Caladryl lotion and Deet for sand flea bites.

For an absolutely stunning beach vacation, amazing sunsets and comfort, Barbuda Cottages is the place to stay! You will be thrilled to stay there. I didn't realize that places like this still exist in the Caribbean. I hope to go back some day.

Room Tip: Don't take Barbuda Express ferry. Fly on SVG Air. Do take your wine and food from Antigua - it's easy! Stay as long as you can!
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank JPSWashington_DC
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