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The seaside cottage at dusk seen from the garden
The property from the sea
The front facade
the view from bedroom balcony
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The bedroom with four-poster bed
The upstairs shower room
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The living room with kitchen at back
The library and desk
Covered verandah
Open stairs from kitchen/living area to bedroom
The downstairs open air shower
Garden deck
View of private cottage garden
Shared lower deck
Sunrise from the cottage
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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica

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Retiremen...
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Everything you need for a stress free vacation”
Reviewed December 4, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Stayed for four nights. Snorkle gear, kayaks, Ipod doc, TV w/cable, well stocked kitchen and walking distance in to Ochi. Bed comfortable with a mosquito net that was pretty but not needed. The need to access the bedroom by going outside was not a problem, just different. Thankful for upstairs bathroom. Downstairs shower is outside. No need to travel far for snorkling, it's right there. A very nice kitty hangs around the place and shows up when food is being prepared. Dogs are out front and help with security. Peter offered us a ride along while he did his errands that took us to a well stocked grocery & farmer's market. Annabella was not there during our stay, but I felt like I had a sense of who she is by the way the place was decorated. I spent several hours just looking at the pictures on the walls and figurines on the shelves.

Date of stay: November 2014
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Liked best: Access to everything within walking distance.
Liked least: occasional smell of sewer gas
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Mellen401
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful Whimsical Seaside Cottage”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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We have stayed in a number of vacation rentals, and this is as good as it gets. Many extra touches from Peter and Annabella, from directing us to our parking place on arrival to a detailed walk-through of the cottage to a mid-week change of linens to drinks with our hosts on our final night and a nice departing gift.

But none of that would make that much of a difference if the cottage wasn't wonderful in and of itself, and it most certainly was. Comfortable seats and beds. A million-dollar view. Well stocked. Two full bathrooms with showers. Access to kayaks and an easy walk to the water (watch out for jet skis too close!) There was a temtation to lock the door and simply spend the week looking out at the marvelous view, but Peter and Annabella have created a very complete, custom guide to the surrounding area. Being the owners of Harmony Hall Art Gallery, with Toscanini Restaurant sharing the building, they recommend it, and it was a good recommendation. Their four larger dogs were frequent and welcome visitors, and one of their four cats - Kayak - considers herself the real owner of the cottage. She is. We had read that there was a problem with mosquitos. We encountered them once, but bug spray did the trick. We had heard that Kayak joined renters in bed. We left the bedroom door closed, and that wasn't a problem.

We are already looking forward to our return. I just have to gear myself up for driving a right-hand drive car on the left side of the road and remember not to operate the windshield wipers when I am trying to signal a turn.

Date of stay: March 2013
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Liked best: The relaxing view
Liked least: Can't think of a thing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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FlaTravle...
Miami, Florida
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78 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Relaxing locale with breathing-taking view”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 for a stay in December 2011

My husband, daughter, and I stayed at the Garden Cottage for 3 nights about a year ago. Although the weather was cloudy at times, we adored the view, with the trees and the ocean directly across from the deck. We also loved the friendly resident dogs in the yard! The cottage has a full kitchen, comfortable beachy furniture, a bedroom, sitting area, bathroom, and pleasant deck. Great Jamaican art on the walls. We enjoyed the independence of renting a cottage, but it was nice to have Peter & Annabella's advice about local places. They provided an extremely helpful book of resources (restaurants, shops, directions, etc.) Of course we visited Harmony Hall Gallery, and had an incredible meal at Toscanini's. It was quite convenient to Ocho Rios and many local sights, and a convenience store nearby had a surprisingly good selection of essentials. All in all, we felt relaxed and refreshed by our stay. Because of the sea swells & the weather, our young child wasn't able to swim from the swimming platform -- which was simply due to the rainy, slightly stormy weather. (It is something to keep in mind if you have babies or toddlers or little ones; in that case you may prefer a sandy beach with shallow water.) Although as a family we had a good time, my husband and I agreed what we'd REALLY love to do is come back on our own, sans enfant, and stay at the Garden or Seaside Cottage for a romantic getaway! We hope to do just that in the future!! This is a laid-back, secret spot off the beaten path, for travelers who can get around on their own by car or hired taxi, want to do a bit of cooking perhaps, explore Jamaica, and chill out.

Date of stay: December 2011
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Liked best: The incomparable view & the artwork
Traveling group: Young Children
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Reviewed July 4, 2012 for a stay in October 2011
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Date of stay: October 2011
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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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mundaypau...
NYC
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Excellent vacation cottage on the coast in Ocho Rios! Loved our stay!!”
Reviewed September 13, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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What a wonderful time we had staying in the Seaside Cottage at Te Mona! We would go back in a heartbeat and stay here again!!

As two adults visiting Jamaica for the first time, we fell in love with this coastal cottage. We instantly felt relaxed and right at home. With 2 bathrooms, a huge bedroom, living area, kitchen, and backyard - there would have been plenty of room for a couple more adults or a family with kids, but we were happy to have so much space all to ourselves. We stocked up the kitchen and made our own meals for the most part, but did adventure out to try a couple of the local restaurants. When we arrived,we received the grand tour to get acquainted with the cottage and property. Everything was very clean and they provided everything we needed for the duration of our stay (including cooking utensils).

We had access to local information, plenty of books, board games, beach towels, snorkeling equipment, and kayaks any time we wanted. With a short path leading down to quaint cove and the ocean-side dock, the location was just perfect. We swam and snorkeled in the ocean, then laid out on the dock to dry, then walked back up to our cottage to nap in the hammocks or prepare an afternoon snack.

Peter & Annabella and their staff were extremely helpful, welcoming, and informative. If ever we had any questions or needed a recommendation, we didn't hesitate to walk over to their home and ask.

We would happily recommend staying at the Seaside Cottage at Te Mona to anyone who wants to rent a comfortable place to stay in Ocho Rios and feel at home! It was *perfect* for us! We hope to come back and visit again very soon!

Date of stay: September 2011
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Liked best: Extremely comfortable, private, home-like environment.
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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kayakiki
Tucson, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fabulous cottage”
Reviewed August 25, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

Te Moana is a fabulous little cottage with a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful artwork and fabrics surrounding you

Date of stay: August 2011
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Liked best: Relaxed atmosphere
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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jmxley
Mastic Beach, New York
1 review
“home away from home”
Reviewed August 12, 2011 for a stay in April 2011

Te Moana is pure paradise! Peter and Annabelle are wonderful people and are very helpful, but not intrusive at all! You get to experience the real Jamaica, being in the midst of Ocho Rios, in a safe and beautful homestead, complete with native fruit for your breakfast or cocktails! If you really want to get away from it all, Te Moana is the place, not your cookie cutter resort!

Date of stay: April 2011
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Liked best: Privacy :-)
Liked least: Having to leave :-(
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Aug 11, 2011
Dear Jean,

Thank you very much for going to the trouble of writing a review and posting it on Trip Advisor/Flip Key, and for its content! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and hope that you may find your way back at some stage in the future. Warm regards, Peter & Annabella
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