I almost don't want to write a review of the Victorian Villa, because I want to keep this best kept secret for myself! However, Neil and Linda were so nice and so accommodating...
The Victorian Villa is just a hop, skip, and a FREE ferry ride away from Manhattan! The neighborhood feels safe and there's ample free parking in summertime.
I was surprised and delighted by the welcoming courtyard that opens up after a winding path against the side of the formidable-looking house. To stay in the loft, you climb up a flight of steps to a small but comfortable balcony porch. The lovely loft bedroom sits atop the house like a refuge from the world, and the porch provides plenty of room to catch a stray breeze and enjoy a nice breakfast, which I made in the functional little kitchen. I was there with my son during the last week of July, in the middle of a heat wave, but the loft bedroom was always cool and comfortable. The size was also perfect for the two of us.
Whenever I needed anything or had any questions, Linda and Neil were a phone call away. We enjoyed an affordable vacation exploring the city and the surrounding beaches – including Staten Island’s own beautiful boardwalk and the historic battery buildings that used to protect the bay and city; located just below the magnificent Verranzano Narrows Bridge!
I highly recommend Victorian Villa, but I hope they keep the loft bedroom available for me….