Cavendish Maples Cottages, PEI: Fun for kids & parents

Cavendish Maples Cottages, Prince Edward IslandWe needed a cottage in Prince Edward Island that would keep us relaxed and our toddler active and entertained during a whirlwind 48 hour visit to the island. Cavendish Maples delivered, in spades, with a great 2-bedroom cottage, pool, hammocks, playgrounds, lots of lawn space, and setups for games like horseshoes and beach volleyball that we didn’t even get a chance to try.

48 hours in Prince Edward Island isn’t much, especially when you’re working around a toddler’s napping/eating schedule. But the purpose of our trip was to meet up with my parents and visit a friend of the family, so we weren’t going to be touring the island’s many attractions.

Our first impression of the grounds was excellent – they’re well-maintained with stands of mature maple trees scattered throughout, so there’s lots of shade.

Cottage 12

Cottage 12

We stayed in cottage 12, a “single” (i.e. not a duplex) two-bedroom cottage, with a queen bed in one room and two doubles in the other. It ran us $219/night which was a fairly competitive price, I thought. And well worth it.

Bedroom one

Bedroom twoThe staff provided a bed rail for our toddler, and the kitchen are provided just about everything else we could need, except for baby-specific things like sippy cups. There were even ice cubes awaiting us in the freezer – a nice touch!

Kitchen at Cavendish Maples CottagesThe deck had a BBQ – with utensils – and two chairs. It’s a measure of how much I liked these cottages that my only quibble is that it would have been nice to have 4 deck chairs to accommodate all of us. A covered picnic table and our very own clothesline for drying pool & beach-soaked gear rounded out the outdoor area.

Cottage 12 was in a great location, near one of the three playgrounds as well as the pool.

View from the porch of Cottage 12

View from the porch of Cottage 12

Playground fun, safe for toddlers. The red PEI sand & many shovels, buckets and other sand toys were a nice touch.

Playground fun, safe for toddlers as well as older kids. The red PEI sand & many shovels, buckets and other sand toys were a nice touch.

Near the main reception house are several hammocks. I, of course, did not have a chance to enjoy them with a good book. Too much to do!

Near the main reception house are several hammocks. I, of course, did not have a chance to enjoy them with a good book. Too much to do!

From what I could tell, everyone here had kids of some age – so it might not be the best spot if you’re looking for a romantic getaway. However, they have more secluded cottages as well, which I didn’t get a chance to check out. For us, it was great, because we were never worried about Amelia making “too much noise”. And, let’s face it, even on vacation there will be tantrums. It’s relaxing to be in a place where you get “I’ve SO been there” looks instead of “why can’t you control your brat” looks.

As someone who doesn’t really like hordes of children, though (I know, I know) I’m delighted to tell you that the spacious grounds ensured that it was never terribly noisy. The heated pool/hot tub is far enough away that the children’s delighted shrieks were just background noise. And – there’s a toddler pool! Nice touch, thanks Cavendish Maples!

BathroomAt the end of your day, you can shower off in the surprisingly spacious bathroom, and relax in the small but serviceable living room if it’s too rainy to be outside.

Living roomOtherwise, there are fire pits scattered throughout the property for marshmallow roasting or smore’s-making.

We didn’t have long to spend here, but all four of us (ranging in age from 2 to 80) loved it. We hope to return for a longer visit sometime!

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