Patsy's Seaside Villas
"Psst. How about an apartment right on the beach with a great view of St. Martin, and at a great price?" We once met a tourist couple who raved on about Patsy's Seaside Villas, but then begged us not to tell anyone about them--they wanted Patsy's as their own little secret.
Now the secret is out. Local couple Margorie and Mitchell Connor have built and operate Patsy's Seaside Villas on Sandy Point beach near the ferry terminal. There are one and two bedroom villas, each fully furnished with kitchen, living room, Cable TV, telephone, stereo, airco and 6-days-per-week maid service. Babysitting service is available on request.
They have 6 suites and a total of 10 bedrooms. Prices are affordable at $110-150 per day. Plus 10% tax and 10% service charge. They accept Visa/MC/Amex.
The villa location is private, and there is a restaurant next door at the FerryBoat Inn. It is only a short walk to the village of Blowing Point, where you can catch the ferry to sophisticated St Martin, buy some of Biggy Jim's award winning ribs, or have a sandwich and a lemonade at Amy's Bakery.
Contact Mitchell Connor at 1-264-497-6297, fax 1-264-497-6871. Email: email@example.com and web site: inns.ai/patsys
Connie and I have been encouraged by your occasional coverage of "economy" accomodations in your Anguilla newsletter. It would be shame if the island's pricey reputation scared off visitors of comparatively more modest incomes. Aside from anything else, such misperceptions hit hardest at the small inns and accomodations owned by Anguillans themselves who deserve their full share of the tourism pie. This is a real service and we hope you'll continue it.
Our nomination for "best buy" is Patsies Seaside Villas in Blowing Point. I suspect our story is like many others. We first came to Anguilla sixteen years ago for a week's vacation, fell in love with the beaches and the people as everyone does, vowed to come back and STAY LONGER but couldn't afford the tariff an extended stay at "less expensive" places like the Mariner's or Shoal Bay would produce. We wanted something considerably more affordable, but we were't willing to sacrifice essential comforts. We wanted a place with a full kitchen, two bedrooms,a comfortable living area, maid service and, most important, an on-the-beach location.
An Anguilla impossibility? For a while we thought so, spending several years bouncing from one place to another, but finally we found Patsie's and stopped looking. We've been coming back for three weeks every year ever since. We rave about it to our friends and finally felt we might as well rave about it to you too.
Patsie's is definitely one of the best values on the island. It's small and private with only six units well separated from its neighbors on both sides. All the units are spacious and airy and comfortable, the beach is ten feet away and the views from the porches of St Martin are fabulous. The owners, Mitch and Marjorie Connor, are among the nicest people we've met in all our years on Anguilla and provide attentive and immediate service.
The Blowing Point Ferry is a five minute walk down the street, whenever Marigot in St. Martin seems like a good idea, as is Jim's rib stand (another Anguilla "best buy" on the culinary side). The Ferryboat Inn is a three minute walk up the beach in the other direction, where we've always found the food good, the prices fair and the owners John and Marjorie McClain fascinating to talk to. Most important, the price is right - a little over $100 a day, which give us the joy of a three week stay in Anguilla for about what a week would cost in any of the second tier resorts. Who could ask for more?
Bruce and Connie Fraser, Middletown Connecticut. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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