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Antigua's Yepton Estate Cottages
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Reviewed 17 January 2013 via mobile

Owners are fantastic!!! It's a quiet place and there's a big barbacue.That was my second time in this place,I'll be back as soon as possible.In my opinion it is necessary to rent a car.In 10 minutes by car you are in St.John's.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

This is a great alternative to an all inclusive resort. After a stressful period of our lives we really needed a relaxing holiday and Yepton was just right.

The cottages have everything you could want for a self catering holiday and lots of extras such as beach towels and beach chairs. You can even borrow DVDs to watch in the evening. The huge bed was lovely and we were sorry to leave it to go home! Each cottage has a balcony over looking the salt water lake where you can enjoy the birds and wildlife.

Probably one of the best things about Yepton were the hosts – they were so welcoming and helpful. Check in was speedy and easy. They helped us arrange our hire car and gave lots of really useful information about where to visit on the island and how to get there.

If you don't want to hire a car there are beaches nearby you can walk to.

I would recommend Yepton Estate to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

There is nothing quite as comparable to waking up to the melody of chirping birds and the thrashing of the surf, followed by sharing one’s breakfast on the porch with the pelicans and geckos! Our weeklong stay at the Yepton Estates was simply one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations ever.
Our family of six, including mom, dad, and four teenagers, stayed in two of the five sweet yellow cottages on the property. The semi-rustic exteriors belie the spacious, updated and spic & span interiors. Our cottages were nearest to the lake, which allowed for plenty of opportunity to spend our mornings watching pelicans skim the water while admiring the serenity of our surroundings. Each cottage has one bedroom, a large bathroom, an extremely well-stocked kitchen with an attached living area/dining room and a lovely porch with a table and chairs. By day 2, each of us had endeared ourselves to different parts of the cottage. My college-going daughter, for instance, occasionally opted out of our forays to the beach, to sit on the porch for inspiration as she wrote her thesis. I was enthralled by the kitchen, which had every necessity (coffee machine/ blender / quality cookware) one might need on vacation-and amazingly everything worked!
Yepton Estates is a fifteen-minute drive from the airport, just beyond the township of St. John’s, a bit off the beaten path. This cozy little haven is somewhat secluded and away from the hubbub of tourists, a blessing for larger families like ours who have enough chaos within the family so that we really don’t want to be in the thick of it when on holiday!
While the location and the cottages are lovely, what makes Yepton Estates truly delightful are its hosts, Gabriela and Doug Luery. They made every effort to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as ever, without ever being intrusive. On our arrival we were greeted with chilled water, apple juice for the kids, and a bottle of wine for the adults. Gabriela even offered to pick up coffee and a variety of breads for us from the grocery store on our first evening. The following morning, Doug gave us a really useful run down on the island – which beaches to visit, what to avoid, routes to take etc, with bits of history thrown in for good measure. Sharon, the housekeeper who usually does a full-service cleaning on the fourth day was also lovely. She made sure to introduce herself and waited patiently to clean our cottage, encouraging us to ‘take our time-no rush,’ as we attempted to leave in our typical chaotic style! Our hosts also provided us with two cell phones for local use so that we could stay in touch with them in case of any difficulties, as well as with each other (between cottages). It was these little gestures that personalized our visit and made Yepton Estates even more than a home away from home!
The minor negatives (which were not a big problem for us) included the absence of a dishwasher and washing machine, though I believe there is provision for laundry services for a fee. While the property is not beach front, it is only a few minutes walk away, and the ocean can actually be seen across the lake through a clearing in the foliage. So pretty!
I should also mention that our absolute favorite beach was at Half Moon Bay, on the Atlantic side of the island, which was a little over a half-hour drive from Yepton Estates. A car is a must if you stay here, since we feel that some of the nicer beaches, as well as the historic sites (Nelson’s dockyard/Shirley Heights) are on the Atlantic side. Also, there appears to be a notable paucity of public transportation on the island -we didn’t see too many buses on the road. Relative to other Caribbean islands that we have visited, Antigua appears to be less ‘developed’ with few, if any high-rise condominiums or mega-hotels - a fact that we actually found very refreshing. The roads are reasonably good but poorly sign-posted, and we recommend a data plan that allows the use of Googlemaps (which helped us get out of ‘apple tree wick’ on a couple of occasions!) Also, don’t hesitate to ask for directions - the locals are very friendly and helpful.
The trivial negatives did not our impact our overwhelmingly enjoyable stay in any way. We highly recommend the Yepton Estates for a truly relaxing and family-oriented vacation. Thank you Gabriela and Doug - we certainly look forward to returning!

Room Tip: Request a cottage nearer the lake if available. Bring only personal effects-the cottages are so well stocked you dont need much else! Make sure to rent a car and try and get Googlemaps on your phone's data plan to help with directions.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

The better half uses Trip Advisor to research and select potential holiday venues. She told me the reports about Yepton Estate on Antigua’s Five Islands Peninsula were the best she'd ever seen - so we booked. Good choice! The two fabulous weeks we spent there in early November 2012 were probably our best holiday ever! The reviews were entirely correct!
Owners Gabriela & Douglas contributed hugely to our enjoyment.
When you arrive knackered after your long flight, it’s great to be received by a host as welcoming as Gabie as she made the check-in procedure pass in a whirl over a glass of chilled white wine or beer. After giving us an hour or so to acclimatize, shower and change, she then took time out to drive us to a local well-stocked and modern supermarket and orientate us about the island's capital, St Johns. Her recommendations about Antiguan food were well appreciated and the local rum and raisin ice cream she recommended was to die for!! Gabie would be responsible for repeated kindnesses during our stay.
Next morning, Douglas popped in with a map and gave us a comprehensive low down on just about everything to do in Antigua. We were delighted that over the next two weeks he regularly accepted our invitation to stop by for a morning coffee - listening to his exploits alone was well worth the trip! He’s just a mine of interesting stories and his encyclopedic information about Antigua would ensure that we missed out on nothing during our stay. Gabie and Douglas are exceptionally good hosts - and hopefully now just as much friends as hosts.
Our cottage (Yepton 1) was quiet, pretty, secure and boasted an amazing lakeside view across which would float the soft sounds of the ocean (a convenient 5 minute walk away through the main hotel grounds). It was kept spotlessly clean (thanks to cleaner Sharon who was a delight!), the shower hot, the huge bed comfortable and the kitchen better equipped than our own! You could laze all day (and usually the better half did!) in the patio hammock, ducking humming birds and watching the wildlife over, in and around the lake. Perfect!
The entrances to the Coconut and Royal Antigua Beach Hotels are adjacent and Yepton Estate lies just within the former’s boundary. We were very grateful to the staff at these hotels (and the nearby Hawksbill Beach Hotel) who let us use their (beach) facilities without hindrance. The beaches at each were excellent for swimming and snorkelling ('though not much to see) and there were views to die for from the hills overlooking them. Unfortunately when we were there, the sea at Coconut was a bit mucky - but we stress that this was down to the weather post-hurricane Sandy and not the ever-pleasant and accommodating management.
We saw in one report that Yepton "was somewhat secluded." Well - the area's attraction is that it is all rather quiet, peaceful and restful. So go there to recharge your batteries! If your idea of fun is jet skiing round the bay all day, generally making a racket and slicing chunks out of the bathers, please don’t go to Yepton! Go somewhere else!
The same report also suggested "you really need a car." Well, we found plenty to do locally by way of short walks (Coconut Bay, Deep Bay, Fort Barrington and Hawksbill) - but St John's was too far. To get there we would walk to the local bus stop (15 minutes). The local bus services were good, frequent and cheap. From St Johns, a bus trip to Nelson's Dockyard the other side of the island cost just 3EC each (75p) and good services ran to the West Coast beaches (for Turners, Darkwood, Ffreye's and Jolly Beach). Also, the conversation and banter on the buses were great fun - just don’t expect Rolls Royce comfort!
I agree that you see more of Antigua with a hire car - and you'd certainly need a car or taxi to get to some beauty spots (such as Half Moon Bay, Shirley Heights or the Rain Forest). But we found car hire on Antigua (£250/wk minimum for the smallest car) pretty expensive. The point is that other than for convenience you certainly won't need a car for the whole of your stay if you're prepared to take the bus or walk a little.
We must thank all those we met. Both the resident Antiguans and the ex-pats were fantastic - invariably welcoming, helpful, interested and polite. (We cite as examples the fabulous staff at Nelson’s Dockyard and its Hot Hot Hot Spot Cafe, the Carib Bean Coffee House in Falmouth, the Nevis St Coffee Bar in St Johns and the small cafes at Pigeon's and Ffreye's beaches).
The only slight downside to our experience was that one north-east coast hotel - one we had previously visited - had developed an inhospitable attitude to the casual visitor with an unnecessarily overbearing security presence. We hope this may change as it made a very stark contrast to the universally warm welcome we received elsewhere.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Yepton. Our cottage was a perfect home base for our travels around Antigua. Hosts Gabby and Douglas made our stay even more comfortable by arranging fantastic island excursions and restaurant dining experiences. The cottage itself was cozy, well-appointed, and offered a great view of arriving and departing cruise ships. We will definitely return to Yepton Cottage Estates!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank cnclewis
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