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Cygnus Villa 06/10/2005
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
All I can say about Cygnus is "wow." This is a great villa, with room for 4 couples easily. Located on the water in Chocolate Hole. There is a small salt pond between the villa and the ocean. You have to walk a very short, easy path down to the ocean. The beach is rocky, but a neighbor has built elaborate, extensive rock and shell walls all over the beach area. It's nice. There is good snorkeling below the house too.

The house:

Beautifully landscaped with a large, rock paved parking area. The house looks small from the front, but it is just huge inside. It is near other houses, but the landscaping provides a complete visual barrier. Very private.

When you walk in, you enter a large screened reading room. It is completely open to the outdoor air, with only screens - no windows. The tropical landscaping from outside makes you feel like you are in a lush garden. It's a great room to curl up in. Complete with lots of paperbacks in case you forgot your own.

Next, you enter a HUGE living area, with exposed stone walls and a high beam ceiling. Floor to ceiling glass doors on the ocean side and beautiful furnishings. A huge dining table, with a buffet filled with placemats, napkins, etc. A well equipped kitchen - great dishes, appliances, utensils, spices, and foodstuffs. Lots of ice and blue frozen things for your cooler. Then, the den area with comfy wicker sofas and the softest chair by the glass doors. Big T.V. and stereo, DVD player.

From this room, you can go east to the largest master bedroom which has a beautiful sliding pocket door. This room is huge and has glass doors opening onto the deck, facing the ocean. No a/c but lots of breeze. It did get a little stuffy and noisy (birds, frogs) at night. 3 fans in the room though. Big king bed with nice linens. Wardrobe to hang clothes in and put folded clothing in. There is a nice desk as well, facing the ocean, where you can sit and write about your day. To the side is a glass door leading to the pool (this is where the washer and dryer are located as well). Beyond that is an enormous bathroom with a HUGE shower.

The master bedroom on the west is slightly smaller, with a king bed, wardrobe, desk, etc. and glass doors opening onto another deck. The bathroom has a huge stone and shellwork shower. No a/c in this room either, but 2 fans and lots of breeze. A little stuffy.

Both bedrooms have lots of extra linens, beach towels, and bath towels. Soap and paper products too.

From the upstairs, you can exit through the back onto the deck. The deck is huge with a section outside each room (west bedroom, den, east bedroom) as well as a pool. Tons of deck furniture, a gas grill, and an outdoor room with lots of beach chairs, coolers, pool toys, etc. There is also an outdoor shower.

From the deck by the pool, you walk down to the lower deck. It is equally huge. There is an east bedroom that is accessed only from the deck by sliding glass doors. It has 2 twin beds, extra bedding/linens, and beach towels. Lots of closet and drawer space. It has a/c. Cold a/c.

Continuing down the deck, you enter a bathroom or the pool table room. The bathroom is very large, with a big open shower, lots of towels, paper products, soap. The pool table room opens onto the deck, has lots of windows, and has a bar. There are more books down here.

Continuing down the hall, from the bath past the pool table room, is a large downstairs a/c bedroom. Queen bed, extra linens, blankets, and beach towels. Nicely furnished, lots of closet space. It has 2 sets of glass doors leading onto a deck with furniture and a hammock. There is a separate glass door to the side that leads to a stone staircase on the outside of the house that goes back up to the driveway at the front of the house.

This house is huge, comfortable, very nicely furnished, and well equipped with everything. Flashlights, bug spray, books, CDs, etc. You'll want for very little.

Best aspects: beautiful, the pool is great, well equipped

Worst: the upstairs bedrooms were a little stuffy


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