Frequently Asked Questions
Are Solstice and Kaleidoscope ever rented separately?
No. In order to ensure the complete privacy of our guests and to
provide the full range of amenities, the two houses are always
rented together for one price.
Is Solstice appropriate for children?
Solstice is good for school-age children but it isn't a place
where toddlers can safely roam free. Young
children have stayed at Solstice and had an enjoyable and safe
time but they will need supervision. Also be aware that two of
the bedrooms at Solstice are detached from the main living area
so parents or children staying in those rooms will not be near
each other. If
you have young children, we can discuss your particular
circumstances and see if Solstice is right for you.
How far is the beach from the house?
From Solstice, it is about 250 feet down a wooded trail. It is a
one minute leisurely walk or 30 seconds if you are very eager.
From Kaleidoscope, it is another minute or so on top of that.
It really isn't good for you. If you must, please not inside the
What is the maximum occupancy?
10 to 20 people, depending on
the needs of your group. We have plenty of linens, dishes, large common rooms etc. The
limitation would be in the beds/bedrooms. Each house has three
bedrooms plus a convertible sleeping space. Every bedroom has
its own bathroom plus each house has another bathroom off the
main living area. All bathrooms have a shower and no tub.
bedroom with queen bed (in the main building of the house).
- Downstairs bedroom with queen bed (it is a detached suite
accessible by an outdoor stairway).
bedroom with queen bad (also a detached suite across the garden
on the main level).
room (upstairs) with a day bed and convertible sofa (both double
size). People sleeping there can share the upstairs bedroom’s
bathroom or go downstairs to the main floor bathroom.
In Kaleidoscope (all bedrooms in Kaleidoscope are under the same
bedroom with queen bed. It is in its own wing of the house and
considered Kaleidoscope’s master bedroom.
bedroom with two double beds.
bedroom with queen bed. It has its own small full bathroom or it
can share with the blue bedroom’s larger bathroom (which can be
accessed from either bedroom).
upstairs with a double futon sofa and half bath. A full bathroom
is available off the living room below.
How close is the nearest grocery store? Restaurant?
Nothing is exactly "close" to Solstice, its remoteness is one of
its charms. But you can reach the best grocery stores on the
island and a half-dozen of the closest restaurants in 15 to 20
Is the tap water safe to drink?
The tap water at Solstice is rainwater with no processing or
chemicals added, for better or worse. It is tested once a year
for purity but unlike your municipal water system back home, it is not
constantly monitored. If you are sensitive or cautious, you may
want to drink bottled water which is available at all of the
grocery stores on the island. However, we drink the tap water
ourselves and most guest we have spoken to has done the same
without any complaint.
Is the rent tax deductible since it
all goes to charity?
Because you receive something of equal value to your donation,
your payment is not tax deductible.
Are there lots of bugs?
It really depends on the weather.The usual formula is "Rain + No
Wind = Mosquitoes." Long Island is drier than most areas in the
Caribbean, especially during the winter and spring, so insects
are not normally a problem then. During the summer and fall,
there is a greater chance of bugs.
However, often there are long dry spells during the summer that
are bug-free or sometimes rainy periods during the "dry season"
so you never know for sure. Rest assured that all the windows
and doors at Solstice and Kaleidoscope are fully screened. The
property is also up on a hill to catch the breeze and there are
no nearby ponds and marshy areas.
Is Solstice accessible to people with limited
The path to the cove is not steep but it is a dirt trail with
about 60 feet of elevation loss/gain. The very short trail
between the houses is also dirt and a bit rough. Particularly in
Solstice, stair-climbing is required to reach many of the rooms.
Wheelchair users would have difficulty navigating the property.
Are there other web sites with more information about
Solstice has a page on
Facebook where we post new photos and information
periodically. You can sign up as a "fan" and be notified as we
add new content. We also have listings on
Rentals by Owner (VRBO.com),
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