Lameshur Cottages consists of the main house and a detached Studio Cottage.
We stayed in the Studio Cottage.
When I go back and review the description of this property after an enjoyable week-long stay, I find it is just as described, no hyperbole, no hedging. It is neat, tidy, and well kept. It is in a very quiet location with great views. OK, one thing – there was no TV. We find that an asset; we don’t need to go to St. John to watch TV. There was also no internet, but we had advance notice about that. After the hurricanes of September 2017 a lot of the island still lacks certain things. New power line poles are being erected south from Coral Bay; it is our understanding that internet service is waiting until that project is completed. And I’m just guessing that TV service is also not available yet.
Maximum occupancy is 2; the cottage is small. More than 2 people would be more than cozy. It’s small and comfortable. As indicated it is not suitable for wheelchair access – 44 steps up. Unsuitable for elderly? Well, we are in our late 60s and had no problems. But renters should be aware of the 44 steps – even for bringing up luggage and groceries. Some of the steps could be avoided, but the steps are the easy way up.
The cottage is about a quarter mile from the Salt Pond Bay trail to a sandy beach, good snorkeling, and access to hiking trails. With a jeep you have access to Lameshur Bays – down a mile or two of very bad road. Hikers can certainly walk to either of those bays with sand beaches and blue water. From the porch is a nice view of a pond where we watched egrets, magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, and coots. Closer by (right onto the deck!) we were entertained by bananaquits, lesser Antillean bullfinches, pearly eyed thrasher, hummingbirds, smooth billed anis, and some others that we didn’t identify – not to mention the resident lizards. (Better than TV!) And just across the road are views of the mountains of the national park.
Owner Liz Melrath provided us with good directions prior to our arrival. There were also a history of the cottage and very valuable annotated lists of restaurants and grocery stores in Coral Bay. She was very good about replying quickly to requests for information and volunteered passwords for WiFi at friendly establishments in Coral Bay. The information packet provided good detail on how to use the facilities most efficiently. I encourage visitors to review them in advance. Although we had the information available, we had not familiarized ourselves with how to close the window shutters. When a rain squall with strong wind blew through after dark the first night we were there, we were challenged to figure how to open the screens and close the shutters – in the dark with hard rain blowing in our faces. If we had looked at those shutters earlier we would not have gotten so wet. That was our fault, but it was only a minor inconvenience.
It’s a great place to stay. Because there are so many islands and so little time, we don’t go to St. John every year. But on our next visit, the Lameshur Cottages are now our go-to first choice for a place to stay.