Jambalaya

BEDROOMS: 4
BATHROOMS: 3
MAXIMUM GUESTS: 8
WHERE: Beachfront, Mid-Island
HOW MUCH: $7,000 per week + 5% fee

Cable TV • WiFi • Gas BBQ
A/C in bedrooms • Games & Books
3 Kayaks

ABOUT BOOKING

Once I’d pulled up to Swept Away and the rattling of my golf cart ceased, I was instantly aware of the sound of waves on the nearby shore. Set up a gently sloping incline, the large two story house with verandas on both floors is imposing, softened by lush, often blooming landscaping. Inside, the entire house really is about as welcoming, comfortable and bright as you could want.

Being an “upside down” house, all the bedrooms are on the first floor. The master has a wonderfully comfortable king bed, and attractive en suite bathroom with large open shower. A queen bedroom occupies the room across the hall, and both have a door to the deck. A warning: if you don’t shut your shutters at night, you will likely be awakened by the full force of sunrise, flooding through the windows of these two bedrooms.

There are two twin beds in each of the two remaining bedrooms, tastefully decorated, as is the whole house, and made up with quality linens. The two additional downstairs bathrooms have hallway access and have a glass tiled shower and a luxuriously long and deep claw foot bathtub, respectively.

Heading upstairs, the open plan layout is a real winner. There’s loads of space, which is loosely made of up of a long wood dining table with director’s chairs, comfortable seating area, and in the corner a card table with chairs, good for backgammon challenges and working on puzzles. The bright and ever cheerful space has French doors galore, so the sweeping verandas become part of the living space, and the vaulted ceiling makes the room feel twice as large.

During my stay, for the first couple of days I relished the utter quiet, but for the sound of the ocean, just a minute’s walk from the front door. The light changes continually, and being slightly elevated, Swept Away is one of only a handful of homes that can enjoy both sunrise and sunset from the deck. A large teak dining table festooned with various lanterns, is a natural spot for al fresco meals. But come Friday night, it was time to plug in the iPod to the terrific sound system, and let the party begin!

There is a separate TV room downstairs, with DVDs, games and a great book collection.

The house is all but on the beach. So close is it that the house comes with walkie talkies so the kids/ the gang, can be easily summoned for lunch. Other thoughtful touches include bicycles and 3 kayaks available for your use. The kitchen is very well stocked, and the owners have considerately left certain commonly used ingredients and condiments.