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Ellen Bay Cottages
Paignton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“We liked it so much the first time we went back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Having first stayed in 2009, the memorable experience tugged me back. A lovely quiet spot, but Antigua is so small all of the beaches are accessible with a car. If you have no car the owners are always willing to help with transport, and in fact will accommodate all requests.
The apartment was furnished, with air conditioning. Very clean and comfortable.
Our apartment was a 2 bed apt, and would easily accommodate a family.
Friendly people, some of the most beautiful (empty) beaches in the world. Very laid back atmosphere. The roads are a bit potholed, but this adds to the experience!
I would wholeheartedly recommend.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We were guests at Ellen Bay Cottages in December 2011 and it was an extremely pleasant stay at a clean, comfortable and cosy apartment. Hosts Bernadette and Chippy really make you having a good time in the small village of Seatons, rent out a car if you need one and assist you with all formalities required. Splendid! The apartment was clean, fully equipped with all you will expect a kitchen to provide, A/C, TV, nice beds and a clean, fully functionable bathroom. Having plans to visit Antigua again, Ellen Bay will be our choice again, of course!
Soeren Heinze & Dad

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vilnius, Lithuania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

We (2 adults and 2 small children) stayed at Ellen Bay Cottage from 2011 January 26th for 5 weeks. As we looked for calm place this place was just perfect. Owners rented their car for us and we drove to different places, beaches and some places which even Chippy did not visit:) Appartment was very good (2 separate rooms, kitchen with TV place and bathroom). Chippy and Bernadette were realy hospital and answered all our questions. Chippy did laundry service for us and gave us to try a shark (we ate it first time and liked it). We tried canoes also and my husband went for fishing wih local guys.
The place is really great, calm, safe and I do recomend it for everyone.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Roma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2011

We stayed at Ellen Bay just a month ago, for two weeks. We had more than a room, we had a real apartment with two big rooms, big bath, kitchen, dining room and an amazing private terrace just in front of the sea. Chippy and Bernadette (the owners) were simply wonderful, always ready to give you any information you should need, suggestions and even to buy fresh fish directly from a fisherman friend of them. The guesthouse is a pearl up on a green hill just outside of tourist tours and resorts. What else to say? Just go...Thank you for everything, Michele and Simona (Rome, Italy)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fareham,
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2010

Bernadette and Chippy who own Ellen Bay Cottages, and their family, went out of the way to make our stay enjoyable. Everyone we met in Seatons village was friendly and we didn't feel out of place at all in this quiet part of Antigua. If you want a relaxing holiday sitting on a balcony shaded from the heat of the day then this could be the perfect spot for you.

Booking our holiday ourselves to the other side of the world was a little daunting. Would we find the location and would they be expecting us? But from our initial enquiry to Bernadette through her website, we were confident that all was arranged as she responded quickly and clearly.

Chippy collected us at the airport and told us a little about Antigua as we travelled to Seatons. He even stopped at a larger supermarket on the way back so that we could stock up on groceries. We have learnt a lot about the area from this friendly family. As part of our stay Chippy took us out on his speed boat. We swam while he caught some brightly coloured fish. He then cooked these as part of a BBQ lunch the next day for all the guests. It was a lovely party. At the end of our stay we were also given a lift to our accommodation on the other side of the island.

The studio apartment was well equipped and everything incuding the important air conditioning, worked. Because the weather in Antigua is so hot we didn't go out everyday but were able to make use of the shady outside space provided. Early every morning we walked the few yards down to the jetty and watched the lovely tropical fish swimming in the clear water and then wandered through the grounds of Stingray City to talk to their parrots.

The local shop sold basic cooking ingredients and cartons of fruit juice. The eggs were very good. The locals sold fish from the jetty. The market in St John's also had a limited range of foods on offer but was no cheaper. Be prepared to eat a repetitive diet.

The local bus service was very good but unless you were catching a bus at 7am into St John's it was a 20 minute walk to the main road. We swam from the jettly next to the apartment but for a day at the beach we would recommend going to Long Bay. This is a 90 minute walk, or 20 minutes to the main road, 10 minutes by bus, and then another 30 minute walk. Fine if you make an early start. The beach at Half Moon Bay is further and the walk from Freetown is very hilly. We also walked to Betty's Hope which took us 50 minutes each way.

Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour is well worth a visit but arrive at 9am before all the visitors from the cruise ships over run the place. There is very little to see or do in Antigua apart from enjoying the sun and the beaches. If you want a slow paced holiday then Antigua is for you and we would recommend Ellen Bay Cottages.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ellen Bay Cottages

Property: Ellen Bay Cottages
Address: Seatons Village, Saint Philip 0001, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Phillip Parish > Saint Philip
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Saint Philip
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,504 - ₹ 8,872
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ellen Bay Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for a place to stay where you can enjoy the natural environment and be a part of Antiguan life, Ellen Bay Cottages offers you a unique little taste of Antigua. Set one minute walk away from a local jetty, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean in the picturesque fishing village of Seatons, on northeastern coast of Antigua, Ellen Bay Cottages offers 3 fully furnished guest apartments at very affordable rates. ... more   less 
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