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“A hidden jewel”

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Turtle Dove Cottages
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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“A hidden jewel”
Reviewed January 20, 2007

We honeymooned on Tortola in 2001 and wanted to return for our 5th anniversary. We remembered another couple had stayed at the Turtle Dove and so we looked it up (because it's not listed in 90% of the travel guides). We're so glad we did!

Turtle Dove is a small collection of guest cottages built up on the hillside overlooking Apple Bay and Long Bay. We stayed in the Guavaberry cottage, which was right off the small (3-4 cars max) parking area (i.e., no climb up the hill to get to the front door). The cottage featured a porch that wrapped around the corner of the building, with sweeping views of the island. Absolutely stunning. We could watch surfers in the water at Apple Bay and see over to Jost Van Dyke as the sailors accumulated for the big Foxy's bash. The cottage was smartly decorated in island style, featuring several of owner Carol Vanderpools' original art pieces. No AC, but many ceiling fans and good breezes.

The cottage had a full kitchen, which was great. We picked up breakfast food, snacks, and beverages at the grocery store and ate on the porch in the mornings. Carol had greeted us with a lovely bottle of wine. All linens, beach towels and a clothesline were provided. The bed was comfy, and the cottage was fully equipped with cable TV, DVD player with an assortment of recent releases, and a desktop computer with broadband internet access. At first I goraned at the thought of using the computer on vacation in Tortola, but I must admit that we fired it up once or twice to get restaurant phone numbers.

If you stay there, make sure you rent a car with four-wheel drive, because the steep road up the hill requires it.

We loved our stay and hope to return for another visit!

Stayed December 2006
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Elizabeth, CO
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Reviewed March 11, 2006

We stayed at the Flamboyant Cottage from July 20-23, 2005. Upon our arrival, Carol had welcomed us with a bottle of wine in addition to several thoughtful amenities. The view of Long Bay was spectacular and during our brief stay, we were able to catch an awesome sunset. It is best to rent a 4-wheel drive since the road to the Flamboyant is very steep. The detached unit is always nice since you can enjoy complete privacy. The flowers that surround the cottage add to the ambience of the Flamboyant. One thing to consider is that there is no air-conditioning, and during July it can become quite warm.

We planned our trip to Tortola around the full moon so we could experience the "Full Moon Party" at Bomba's. It is an experience that should be had once, however, is overrated (especially the mushroom tea)!

We got tipped on the best place to buy seafood (from a previous couple that stayed there). If you're going to cook on the grill or use the kitchen, Go to Sailor's Ketch. It's in the east end bay at the marina (close to the Airport). They supply all the restaurants on the BVIs with seafood. Buy it there and get it cheaper than in a restaurant.

We liked the general location of where we stayed on the west end of the island. Be aware, that all native island drivers tend to tailgate and drive fast, so to lower the stress level and your road rage, be prepared to pull over a lot to let them by.

Joshua Bay Beach on the northeast end of the island was the best we found. No one was there, and it's a nice curved strip of sand a mile long. Least favorite was Cane Garden Bay Beach - OK but it was very crowded when the cruise ships were docked in Road Town. Overall, we had a great time here and would book it again.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed November 11, 2005

My husband and I stayed here for a few days on our honeymoon. We enjoyed the seclusion of the cottage and the incredible view off our deck.

The cottage is quite small and could definitely use some sprucing up - rather shabby furnishings, mildew in the bathroom, etc. Also, in terms of the bathroom, if you expect complete privacy this is not the place for you.

The owner is nearby if you need anything. I was all set to like her based on other people's reviews. However, we didn't get the greatest first impression as she was miffed at us when we arrived. She claimed (incorrectly) that we had arranged with her to pick us up early in the day from the ferry, and she was angry that she had waited by the phone all day for us to call and instead we showed up by taxi late in the afternoon (as I had emailed her were our plans). It slowly came out that she had gotten us mixed up with another couple on their honeymoon arriving later that week, although she continued to seem skeptical that we were not the couple she was thinking of. Still, she was nice enough to drive us to the supermarket and to go pick up our rental car.

Be warned that there is a very steep walk or drive up to the cottages. The walk to the beach is manageable although you have to walk on a road shared with cars that are often driving quite fast. Going back up is quite a workout. You should definitely like hills if you are staying here.

Stayed August 2004
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, Owner at Turtle Dove Cottages, responded to this review, November 14, 2005
I have five cottage, Every bathroom have a door, they where the onley gest here at the time, and every cottage are 100 ft apart from each other. I was never miffed at them at any time, and never did mistake them for any one else.
I diding do any thing for them to dis like me but that ok, you win some and you lose some.
It is good to know that I was nice at some point in there stay.
And for the size of my cottage, I always tell my gest that Flamboyant is a large studio, any I was not angry at any one.
My website say that I am 250 ft above sea leavle, I am not on the beach so you must walk on the road or drive down hill to get there, so that put you on the road, at long bay you have to cross the street to get to the long bay beach,I hope they wont thak this out on the BVI.

Carol
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Unicoi, TN
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Reviewed June 23, 2005

My husband and I chartered a boat for 10 days from Tortola. We decided to spend the first few days on the island to decompress from life and get into the island swing of things before picking up the boat. What an amazing place!

If you're looking for a sensual place to reconnect with a loved one...this is it. We stayed in Flamboyant, and the view and the seclusion were spectacular. Do get a car, as the climb up the hill is a killer. But well worth every step. The beach on Long Bay is a very short drive away...but it is a drive. It is pristine and quite.

If you need external entertainment (TV, phone, etc.) this is not the place for you. But if you're looking for peace, quiet, beauty, and true island hospitality...book this inn!

Oh, and Carol rocks. ;^)

  • Stayed August 2004
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Reviewed July 27, 2004

It's not often that one's fantasy of a holiday and the actual holiday line up just right. But that's how it is at Turtle Dove. My stay there was the perfect hideaway vacation. I'm so grateful.

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New City, NY
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Reviewed June 10, 2004

We recently had the pleasure of staying at the lovely, tranquil and soothing Turtle Dove Lodge in Tortola. The views are SPECTACULAR! Our accomodations were spacious, clean and comfortable. Our host made us feel very welcome, and was extremely helpful. I would never hesitate to return again and again to this magical spot in heaven.

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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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Reviewed May 22, 2004

Where to start, hmmm. What a wonderful week at the Turtle Dove Lodge. I wish I could have moved in because Carol made us feel that at home and comfortable. She served as expert tour guide, local expert, made sure we didn't miss a beat during our stay and every recommendation she had worked out and every request we had of her, she made it happen. Not only was Carol a great hostess to us but the Turtle Dove is a great property. The "hill" that it sits on is a bit daunting but well worth the views of the sunset from the Oleander cottage. Situated in an out-of-the-way spot the Turtle Dove is a great place for a relaxing, tropical, restful vacation. Check it out!!!

  • Stayed April 2004
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Property: Turtle Dove Cottages
Address: Long Bay Road, 0000, Tortola (Formerly North Shore Cottages)
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Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > West End
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turtle Dove Cottages are a group of charming cottages and villas nestled up on the hillside overlooking 2 of Tortola's most famous beaches. Relax on the decks and enjoy stunning panoramic views out to the islands of Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit and down to St Thomas. You are only a 10 minute walk from both the excellent surf break at Apple Bay and the quiet beauty of Long Bay. Turtle Dove House: The 3 bedroom villa is incredibly situated, nestling on the ridge between Long Bay and Apple Bay, affording a 180 degree view including both beaches. The main level of the villa has the open plan, fully equipped kitchen and lounge area furnished with solid wood furniture. Also on this level is the air conditioned master bedroom with 4-poster king bed and en suite and the second bedroom with a dedicated bathroom. A large dining deck with BBQ extends out providing an ample entertaining area while watching the breath-taking sunsets. On the lower level is the third bedroom suite and the lower deck. Here you can dine al-fresco, enjoy the hot-tub or relax in a sun lounger with a cocktail. The entire house with the exception of the decks is fully screened. Guavaberry Cottage: This charming one bedroom cottage has an unobscured view of Apple Bay and down the coastline of North Tortola. Open plan living area and fully equipped kitchen, one air conditioned bedroom with queen bed and a bathroom with shower. Large deck with covered and uncovered areas to sit and enjoy the view or cook on the BBQ. Wireless internet to keep in touch if absolutely needed! The cottage is fully screened. ... more   less 
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