How do I know you own a newer cottage and not an older condo? :funn: Seriously though, for some people, a change of pace is part of the whole vacation package. You live in a house in your "real" life, so why would you want to rent a house at the beach? Same old, same old. What you want is a different experience on vacation, ie, the chance to live for a week in something you don't have at home. Something like exactly like a condo. I know that when we come down to SoWal with the family, we switch back and forth between staying in cottages and staying in condos-- some years I feel like one rental experience, sometimes not. I like them both, for different reasons.