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Over the Rainbow 04/09/2004
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
We loved Over the Rainbow in Reef Bay - beautiful, clean, comfortable, comforting, and private. Lots of stone, wood, and tile, with doors that open wide to the pool deck on one side and the patio on the other. It is not a mansion with marble fixtures, etc., but it's not rustic either. It is just right and fits into its surroundings comfortably and naturally. It's really pretty.

From the driveway you walk up beautiful stone steps to a large stone veranda on the W/NW side of the house, with an island of landscaping in the center. The gas grill is located here. All of the rooms open up to this veranda the master bedroom, the laundry room, the second bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.

The living room, eating area and kitchen is one great room, which has a four-door, screened, patio door that opens onto the fabulous pool deck with a view forever, facing E/SE. You overlook Reef Bay and the Caribbean, and see the sun rise out of Drunk Bay over Ram Hill. There are power lines disturbing your view, but all that means is that you can't get your perfect postcard photo from here. The pool is lovely and the landscaping and stonework are really beautiful. The breezes up the hill were quite brisk when we were there, (3/13-26/04), but they kept us cool and bug-free. When we arrived the pool was clean, and the pool people came once during our two week stay.

The kitchen was well equipped and clean, with a dishwasher, gas stove, microwave, blender, toaster and coffee maker. A nice pantry stores all your provisions. I did a lot of cooking there very easily. The furniture in the living room is very comfortable. There is cable TV, a CD Player, VCR, DVD, games, and dozens and dozens of books.

There is a bathroom off of the living room, and you go through that bathroom to get to the bedroom. (or you could just cross the patio) This bedroom has a King sized bed and it was VERY comfortable. And the pillows were comfortable, too. There's nothing worse than those lumps of foam rubber some people call pillows, but these were nice.

The master bedroom is not accessible through the main house. You must cross the patio, but it's not detached. It has a Queen sized bed, a huge bathroom, and its own private deck with a view of Fish Bay. You can see the sunset from here, as it goes behind the hill between Fish Bay and Rendezvous Bay. The rental agent presented this as the master bedroom, but we chose to use the bedroom in the house instead.

There is no A/C but we didn't need it. There are ceiling fans in all the rooms. With decks on both sides of the house, you can always be in or out of the sun, in or out of the wind. Except for early morning, there is always some shade on the pool deck.

The washer and dryer were a great convenience. Beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella and Playmate cooler are provided. There was one air mattress for the pool. There is a safe. There is no hair dryer.

It is about 10-15 minutes to town. There are some sections of unpaved road, but it's flat in those sections. No problems.

We rented through Caribbean Villas. We had no problems with them or with the house.

You won't be sorry if you choose Over the Rainbow for your home away from home. We will rent it again. Highly recommended.

Jan

Jan





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