My husband and I had a lovely stay at Ashling Cottage. Here’s a run-down of what made it great for us: clean, well-appointed room in a charming old house just 1.5 blocks from the beach, delicious, plentiful hot breakfast every morning in their comfortable porch, complimentary port wine and cakes at tea time everyday in the pleasantly air-conditioned dining room to greet us when we came back from a sweaty bike ride or hot day out in the sun, free beach passes, free use of bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas, white fluffy towels replenished daily and even beach towels. A fridge w/ free drinks and for us to store our own beverages for later (since many restaurants are BYOB). Even when we checked out, they were super kind to offer us the beach passes for the day if we had wanted (too bad we had to get a head start on driving back). We really enjoyed these very thoughtful touches and it’s such a change from places that nickel and dime you for every small thing.
The only room for improvement that we would point out for future visitors, would be that our room (Sea Breeze) is quite small, and the mattress is pretty soft (seems like other reviewers have mentioned this too), so if you have a bad back, this might not be a good fit for you. Also, if you expect to be able to sleep in, our room tends to be a bit noisy (remember it’s an old house), so you can hear footsteps, furniture moving, voices, pretty much starting 7:30/ 8 am, so that’s another thing to keep in mind. If you’re a morning person, then it won’t be a problem! They are thoughtful to provide a sound machine, but we still had a hard time blocking out the sounds. We’d love to go back, but would likely request a room with a firmer mattress.
A side note not related to the B&B, is that the beaches at spring lake are really quiet, esp. compared to belmar, asbury park, etc. but the rules seem to be stricter, like no food or beverages allowed on the beach. It was fine for us, but something worth noting since we hadn't expected it either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two beach house cottages complete with kitchens and barbecues. Two TVs, air conditioning, bikes, beach badges, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, robes, toiletries, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, Wi-Fi, eat in kitchens, private sitting area, outdoor shower, and house keeping upon departure are included with your reservations. Pet and children friendly. ... more less