We had a very pleasant 8 day stay at this cozy private cottage. Don and Gail cordially greeted us on our arrival and provided us with some check-in instructions along with a bag of juicy peaches which they collected from their orchard. What a great welcoming gift!
The cottage is conveniently located very close to the entrance to Island Beach State Park (IBSP), our favorite park in the Jersey Shore. The beach by 24th Avenue is about 5-7 minutes walking distance, and Barnegat Bay is about a block away. This location allows for very pleasant walks or runs either along the bay or along the beach. My husband did early morning bike rides along IBSP with no car traffic, a real delight!
The cottage is comfortable for two people and equipped with all the essentials (with the exception of towels). Don and Gail stocked the fridge with several bottles of water and orange juice, which was a pleasant surprise. They also provide a beach caddy and beach chairs, which proved to be very handy.
We did not venture out for lunch or dinner outside during our stay, as a precaution to maintain social distancing and not take any chances with the coronavirus (we saw people gathering at some of the nearby restaurants not observing the required social distancing, or sitting a bit too close with no face masks, which was concerning to us). For this reason we did all our cooking at the cottage. The kitchen is adequately equipped with utensils, pots and pans. If you plan to do some serious cooking during your stay, make sure to check with Don and Gail in advance for any items you might need.
The features we liked the most of the cottage were the outdoor shower (which we used every day) and the private patio. There is a BBQ grill and a fire pit right on the patio, neither of which we used, But it can be very charming to light up the fire pit on a cool night while eating or just sitting at night.
We highly recommend future guests to bring a good insect repellent, as mosquitos are most active at dusk in this location. Also, if the wind is blowing from the west or south west, the flies will be a pesky and irritating companion in this area and also at IBSP.
We certainly recommend this cottage if you are looking for a clean, affordable, clean and conveniently located place to stay in South Seaside Park area. The owners are very responsive and take great care of their cottage and their guests. Thanks Don and Gail for your great hospitality!