My husband and I spend a quick weekend at My Pan-O-Sea-A and it was just what the doctor ordered! The cottage had everything we needed and then some. Complimentary wine, water, snacks, fresh linens, beach towels, chairs, kayaks all on beautiful waterfront with amazing views! You can't get any closer to the Bay. The views from the master bedroom alone will keep us coming back! The cottage is very private but with easy access to nearby towns and restaurants. Anita was a pleasure to work with and we couldn't have asked for a more relaxing weekend away from NoVA!
My Pan-O-Sea-A has quickly become our family's favorite escape from our busy schedules. This past trip was our second stay this summer and I found leaving even harder than it was the first time we had the pleasure of staying at this magical bay front cottage. This trip was just as amazing as our first and it did not disappoint. During both stays we brought along our small dog Gigi, and she seemed just as excited as we were to see My Pan-O-Sea-A! We brought our 13 year old daughter with us this trip, and were thrilled she fell in love with the sweet cottage as much as we did. She found the perfect balance of enjoying the water, fishing and relaxing with the comfort of home with the use of free Wi-Fi. What draws us to My Pan-O-Sea-A are the amazing views of the bay and the absolutely charming cottage with your own private beach within a quick 30 second walk. Anita is always a pleasure to work with from start to finish of our stays and responds to any questions or concerns we have very quickly. I was very touched by her efforts into making our stay memorable with sweet details to attention such as gourmet coffee, sparkling cider and wine. The cottage was equipped with all the needed necessities for your fun filled day at the beach. Such as beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella and Kayaks. The cottage itself was equipped with all the comforts of home. There were fresh linens, bath towels, toilet paper, paper towels, ice and bottled water. We love the privacy the cottage offers but also loved the convenience of restaurants and shopping within a quick 15 minute drive. We look forward to our next stay and highly recommend staying at My Pan-O-Sea-A.
We enjoyed a fabulous weekend here as a couple and will bring back our young children next time. Loved the warmth and unique touches around the cottage. We felt so tucked away yet were so close to great restaurants. We will be back for another time! You know it's a good weekend away when it felt like we had been away when we returned home. Many thanks!
I was really excited to book our half-week vacation here based on the pictures. Who wouldn't want a comfortable, airy cottage on the bay with a private beach outside your door? Alas, that was not what we found when we arrived.
The front door was open. Not just unlocked - open. Though it may have been fixed since our attempt to stay there, the latch did not work on the front door and the dead bolt did not engage all the way, making it a safety hazard (who wants their children to stay in a place where the main entrance cannot be 100% secured?). They may now have added cable, but there was no access to watching any channels on the TV when we arrived, though there was clearly a satellite dish on the roof. Broken rocking chair, doors that wouldn't close all the way, couldn't use the cell phone in the house. And the private beach? You have to walk across 2-3 properties that belong to others to get to it - the only thing outside the cottage itself is a wall of rocks, which is not a great swimming situation when you have young children.
I wasn't planning on writing a review at all, but considering Ms. Anita yelled at me over the phone concerning my experiences and her decision to write a poor review of me to other TripAdvisor property owners, I felt it would be in future travelers' best interests for me to add to Nancy's review, as hers is more similar to the experience we had. Considering the story about how long they have rented this property keeps changing (in a review response she says it's been 50 years, on the phone it was 30 years) and what was written in the review of us was completely false (the front door wouldn't latch to close, all other doors were closed, and we left the AC just as we found it), along with the fact that their description of the property suggests amenities and location of beach access that is misleading at best, I would suggest that anyone who wants to stay in the Bay Area of Virginia find a hotel or established condominium resort instead of reserving this property.
I'm sure Ms. Anita will have quite a negative reply to this, and that is fine. She is entitled to add whatever she wants in the follow-up message. But considering the fact that our documentation of the safety issue with the front door was enough to warrant TripAdvisor facilitating a refund, I think it is clear that my report is accurate, and I sleep very well at night knowing that we made the right decision to leave less than 2 hours after arriving at the cottage and find a place in Virginia Beach for our short family vacation.