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Balara Bay Stone Beach Cottage.Tiki Hut.Kayaks.Paddleboards.WiFi.Terrace.Gardens

Marian Macy

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Balara Bay Stone Beach Cottage.Tiki Hut.Kayaks.Paddleboards.WiFi.Terrace.Gardens

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Governor's Harbour House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, Sleeps 2-4.

The Hummingbird, on the Caribbean Sea, offers quiet and privacy on a long stretch of sand beach. Beyond the spacious seaside terrace is the clear, tourquoise blue water of the Caribbean Sea's Balara Bay. The Hummingbird is ON THE BEACH. Take our private driveway from the Queen's Highway to a breathtaking setting. The home is surrounded with gardens filled with bouganvilla, hibiscus, and numerous other tropical flowers and plants. The HUMMINGBIRD's charm and character include a Savannah stone exterior, terraces, an acre of private grounds and tropical gardens, and a wonderful white sand beach with a large Tiki Dome for outdoor shade and comfort. Our beach is shallow and safe for children. Tropical foliage surrounds the home and property inviting peace and serenity and quiet.

All rooms have seaviews. The spacious private master bedroom is situated in a small wing of its own. The bedroom has AC/ceiling fan, and TV and en suite bathroom.. The guest bedroom has two twin beds and a king conversion kit. It also has an en suite bath with The frontroom features couch, loveseat, two upholstered chairs. A sunroom with wide window expanse, adjoins the frontroom providing additional comfortable seating of a couch and upholstered chair.. The well-equipped kitchen includes a breakfast bar as well as a breakfast room with 8 feet of window-view to the Sea. Sliding glass doors, and cathedral ceilings give the home an open, tropical atmosphere. The interior is comfortable and inviting with rattan, upholstered furniture, and original works of local artists.

Hummingbird's Balara Bay Beachfront:has blocks of white sand beach that border the Caribbean Sea. You can walk all the way to the old docks at the far end of Balara Bay. The kayaks, both singles and a double, are available for water excursions on Balara Bay and across to Levy Island. Balara Bay offers our guests bonefishing as well as shelling. Our gardens surround the home and attract mockingbirds and hummingbirds. Hummingbird's Balara Bay beachfront is premier Caribbean property. We have a small, 1250 square foot home, on beautiful waterfront that warrants a 'manor' house. The home is private, unpretentious, comfortable, and inviting on an extraordinary piece of Caribbean beachfront. Come visit us. Our guests return.

Hummingbird's Floor Plan/Special Features: The master bedroom wing is as close to the Caribbean as you can get! A pleasure to watch / listen to the varying moods, colors, sounds of the sea. The guest bedroom is across the house. This arrangement of rooms with the 'living area' in between, offers welcome privacy, even when two couples share the home, or when a family brings children. The sunroom, frontroom, kitchen and breakfast room separate the two bedroom areas. In addition to the Caribbean seabreezes, the house has a wonderful air-flow pattern with its many windows and doors. Ceiling fans are thruout the home. The home and location offer a wide diversity of activities. For the sports enthusiast, swim, jog, fish, scuba, snorkle. For the relaxer, sunbathe or locate a good book. For the children, a big sand beach and shallow, beautifully clear water for play. Something for everyone.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Marian Macy (Owner)
Member since: 2001
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About Marian Macy

Gil and Marian Macy purchased this property in 2000. As a retired couple, we spend one half of each year on Eleuthera. The Stone Beach House was our first home. In 2010 we have built a new home The Mockingbird on our adjacent property. For the first time in 10 years, the Stone Beach Cottage is available for year round rental. It is a home of charm and character, is well maintained and well equipped.

Marian Macy purchased this house in 2000

Why Marian Macy chose Governor's Harbour

Location. Location. Location. Balara Bay offers hundreds of feet of white sand Caribbean beach. Gently prevailing winds and crystal clear water. The

beach is sheltered by Levy Island providing excellent

swimming, kayaking, boating, and paddle boarding. We love the proximity to Governor's Harbour the island's largest settlement with restaurants, music, entertainment, grocery stores, banks, gift shops, and churches. A center island location provides convenient travel to North or South Eleuthera. We wanted a Caribbean beach away from pounding seas and winds on Atlantic side. We wanted ON THE BEACH. Balara Bay's white sand beach just off our terrace and the Caribbean Sea is 80 feet away.

What makes this house unique

Great location for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming. Snorkle on Balara Bay. Additional snorkeling spots within minutes. The home has a large seaside terrace. The beach has a large Tiki Dome which provides shade and comfort. Very private. 1000 feet down a private drive off the Queen's Highway. Surrounded by tropical foliage. There are limited sand beaches on our leeward side of island. Our property is level and easy to walk, to stroll the gardens, to walk down Balara Bay. Excellent sea breeze on Balara Bay and the calm seas provided by Levy Island. We especially enjoy the vaulted Abaco pine ceilings of the frontroom and guest bedroom, the very private and extra-large master bedroom, and the small sunroom for additional comfortable seating. Extensive windows and sliding glass doors allow water views in all rooms.

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Balara Bay Stone Beach Cottage.Tiki Hut.Kayaks.Paddleboards.WiFi.Terrace.Gardens
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
St. Paul, MN


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Hummingbird. They have absolutely everything you could want and the home is organized extremely well. Would love to go back sometime.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

" Piece of Paradise "

  • 5 of 5

So sad it has to end!!! The Hummingbird was so amazing.... we totally enjoyed this lovely cottage for the past 10 days. It has everything you could possibly need for a beach. The beach out front is gorgeous and love being able to walk in the crystal clear shallow waters ..... lots of beautiful shells.... very private!!! Booking this cottage was very easy and great response time..... if your thinking about renting, don't wait it books quick.... LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION..... food, gas beverages, shopping all within 5 minutes in Governors Harbor. Thank you Marian and Gil for having us and sharing your piece of paradise with our family. We will be back!!!

The Ford Family

The Ford Family

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kansas City

Beautiful home, perfect location, right on the beach. Amazing stay - relaxing AND fun!

  • 5 of 5

Pack up your beachwear and go! Just spent 11 amazing days at the Hummingbird and are planning our next trip.

Marian is the master of organization and you'll be able to find what you need. If you're like me you tend to over pack. Don't! The home has everything. Just bring your personal items, beachwear, good water shoes, sunblock, bug spray (for dusk and dawn) and you'll be good to go.

Kayaks: They were a blast. We kayak at home on rivers and lakes, so the ocean experience was new to us. The water is super clear so bring your GoPro or waterproof camera. We spotted fish, stingray, jellyfish and even a reef shark over by Levy island.

Fly-Fishing: Husband said he saw quite a few bonefish out front, they just weren't biting. Mhmm.

Swimming: Once you are a few steps out you hit pure sand and the most amazing turquoise water. The beach isn't what I consider rocky, it's shell-y along the waters edge. You are literally walking on thousands of shells. The Beach Book even mentions Balara Bay for shelling. Picked up some amazing beach glass as well. Be sure to walk/swim/snorkel around the point to the right for loads of good finds.

Speaking of The Beach Book. GET IT. We had *so* much fun finding different beaches, it was quite the adventure. Make sure you rent an SUV as cars will not make it down most of the beach "roads" we took. Wear good water shoes! Some of the paths to the beach are tricky.

Twin Coves beach and the old Club Med beach were our favorites and both are within 10 minutes of the property. Most of what I consider the "pretty" beaches are near the central part of Eleuthera, so the house location is very convenient.

The outdoor space is large with tons of room on the patio, sand and tiki area. Plenty of seats for reading, reclining and enjoying a drink or two. Or three. ;)

Several days we never left the house. I read on the beach in what has to be the most comfortable beach chair I've ever sat in. Seriously. You'll know what I'm talking about once you get there.

Basically, go. The house is nice, in a private location and quiet (as is the island). Keep in mind it's hard to get things to the islands so they take care of what they have. If you're looking for a 5-star experience then Eleuthera isn't for you.

We are in our late 30's and have two teenage daughters. They were left at home for this trip but we wouldn't hesitate to bring them along next time.

PS. Governors Harbour Friday Night Fish Fry: The Rum Bubbas are no joke.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Perfect place in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We can not thank the wonderful owners enough for allowing us to rent this beautiful home on a perfect beach. We have rented many places and found this home to be the most organized. Everyone was so nice and friendly from the owners, to the maintenance man to the groundskeeper. The island was so beautiful and lush with beautiful beach after beautiful beach. It was wonderful to return to Balara Bay each day and go for a swim just a few steps away. We can't wait to return and will be forever thankful to the owners for the kindness and hospitality. Truly wonderful people.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

An amazing vacation in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This is our last night at the Hummingbird and before we all get back to our busy life, I just wanted to thank you for renting this paradise to us.

My wife and I had such a restful time, more like a second honeymoon!

Myself, I am now feeling completely decompressed and recharged, ready for the daily stress that comes with the job awaiting for me in Miami...;-)

We are looking forward to repeat this experience next year, possibly with our grown up children.

Both your houses are beautiful, comfortable and you have decorated them very tastefully.

Many thanks again for the opportunity to enjoy the Bahamas on your sensational beach.!

I have highly recommended this beautiful property and its lovely beach and surroundings to all my friends.

Kayaking was also very rewarding during the calm sunset.

I will cherish this experience for years to come...and will return again.

Warm regards.


  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Stratford, CT USA

Truly home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I look forward to this trip each year - and all because of this amazing home! We have had the pleasure of being Marian and Gil's guests for 6 years now and each year we are more amazed by how beautiful the homes and property really are! EVERYTHING you could possibly want or need is already there..........right down to the beach towels and chairs and bags! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the charm of Hummingbird and Marian is more than accommodating with requests! If there is ever an issue, the caretaker is right there to assist with one phone call. I remember the first time we pulled into the property and we were literally speechless. Having your morning coffee on the big, blue doesn't get much better than that! You will never be disappointed by this home or it's owners!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Car: recommended

The Hummingbird's center island location, a few minutes north of our largest settlement,Governor's Harbour,, provides convenient sightseeing/travel to northern and southern tips of our 110 mile long, two-mile wide island. Governor's Harbour Airport is ten minutes north. Taxi service at all airports. Car rental available. Eleuthera has easy access with direct flights daily from Fort Lauderdale and Miami (50 minutes) and Nassau (20 minutes). Picturesque Governor's Harbour has good restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, library, beverage stores, service stations, banks, gift shops, post office, and a movie theatre.

From Hummingbird beach: Snorkeling, Swimming, Shelling, Fishing, Kayaking. Kayak across and picnic on Levy Island. ! Beaching, Reading, Relaxing, Beachcoming, Sightseeing, Exploring Eleuthera's beaches and villages.


Rates & Availability

From $205 Per night

Governor's Harbour House Rental Rates

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Notes Consult owners for availability. Our stateside # is 330 920 4244. Our island # is 242 332 2136. The Mockingbird #295571 is available April thru October. We charge a $50 cleaning fee for less than a week's stay.
Listed weekly prices are for two guests. Any additional guests are $140 per person for 7 days or less. 50% required as deposit to confirm booking. The remainder due 45 days prior to arrival. The rental is on a first deposit first held basis. We have a $300 PREMIUM PER WEEK over CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR'S. We refund, if we can re-rent the time you reserved, less a $100 re-booking fee.
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Governor's Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite bathroom. Nice size. Ample storage.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En suite. Huge shower.
  • Both bathrooms are pleasantly sized for comfort, convenience, and storage. Each bathroom has a window for seabreeze and for natural lighting.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , King conversion kit provided.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Extra large master bedroom. TV, table, chairs.
  • Both bedrooms AC as well as ceiling fans. Extra large master bedroom secluded and private in its own small wing in the home. Amply furnished with upholstered chairs, coffee table, tv, and a small table/chairs. The master bedroom has 8 ft. sliding glass doors for maximum seaview and seabreeze in addition to a 6 foot seaside window. The guest bedroom has two twin beds. A king size conversion kit is available. This bedroom has extensive storage. For additional sleeping, the Hummingbird has two comfortable sofas, one in the frontroom and one in the sunroom. A futon and baby crib can be provided.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Bedrooms A/C; Ceiling fans thruout; TV in master bedroom TV in frontroom. Outside after-swim shower, picnic table, benches, sandchairs, loungers, hammock; ; Private drive. Surrounded by tropical foliage; 80 feet from Caribbean Sea; White sand beach. Safe and shallow for children and older people. Huge seaside terrace. Front terrace facing gardens. Balara Bay extends for blocks down to the old docks. 2 OCEAN GOING SINGLE KAYAKS. TWO OCEAN GOING DOUBLE KAYAKS. 2 ADDITIONAL SINGLE KAYAKS. TWO PADDLEBOARDS. BOOGIE BOARDS. LARGE TIKI DOME. ACTIVITIES WITHOUT EVER LEAVING OUR BEACH RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOME.

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