Tucked behind a beautiful floral hedge with a swing beckoning enticingly from the lovely old tree out front, the James Cottage was our home away from home (only a million times nicer than our actual home, so).
I mean, sure, the bathroom was outside (a private courtyard with our own hot tub and ocean views separated the bathroom from our cottage), but with beautiful river rock floors and high-end fixtures (that waterfall shower head was much appreciated after long days of hiking and exploring) it was anything but an outhouse (even if I did find a cute little frog in there one night).
Is it weird that I took so many photos of the bathroom? The room itself was also pretty sweet - very comfortable and luxurious, with a canopied bed, loads of natural light and a full, well-stocked kitchen. And everything was so much cleaner than you might think when you hear the word ranch.
Every possible need was thought of and taken care of - beach towels and a beach blanket in a basket under the window, facial wipes to remove make-up with in the bathroom, a grill on the porch and a little basket in the kitchen for collecting fresh eggs and produce from the garden.
We used it several times: first for some chard and fresh herbs from the garden directly behind our cottage, and again for just-laid eggs from the coop that was just across the way.
The phrases "swimming hole" and "pond" might conjure up something a little murky or overgrown, but that's definitely not what we found.
Like everything else, the height of luxury and peaceful relaxation. We so very much enjoyed our stay, and it was the perfect cap to end a really perfect trip. Mahalo.