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BELLE MER COTTAGE - BEST ON TAR BAY

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Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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BELLE MER COTTAGE - BEST ON TAR BAY

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Great Exuma House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

This vacation home which we call 'Belle Mer' is located steps away from the most beautiful beach on Great Exuma Island. It sits along 2 miles of white sandy beach with views of the protected barrier islands and sailboats gliding into Elizabeth Harbour in Georgetown. Belle Mer is the perfect home to host a romantic retreat or a special family reunion.

Enjoy the gracious open living space with views of the turquoise crystal clear water from every room. The main house with 2500 square feet of living space has large tile floors in all the rooms. It has three master bedrooms with en-suite marble tile double sink bathrooms and each bedroom has flat screen TV's. The home has comfortable soft seating and colorful local art.

The two ground floor master bedrooms, with cove wood ceilings and recessed lighting with dimmers have king size beds with Tempur-Pedic mattress toppers and French doors that open onto the veranda with breathtaking views of the beach. Each bathroom has a large shower and separate toilet room. The upstairs master bedroom is tastefully decorated with a king size bed and daybed. It has a large marble tile bathroom with a tub/shower. The fourth bedroom is above the detached double garage, steps from the front door. It has its own bathroom with shower, 2 twin size trundle beds for sleeping up to 4, a flat screen TV and VCR. It is the perfect getaway for kids or adults. The house has ceiling fans in every room and central air-conditioning when the island breezes are not cool enough.

The large modern kitchen features all stainless steel appliances with 2 full size refrigerator/freezers, wine cooler, microwave, dishwasher and cook/top oven. It is fully equipped for you to prepare and enjoy a snack or a gourmet dinner. A full size washer and dryer are within easy reach off the kitchen. The great room features 18 foot ceilings and a large double paddle fan. The entertainment console has a large HD flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, Nintendo Wii, Ipod docking station, and yes we have WiFi. For old fashion fun we have plenty of board games, puzzles, playing cards, and books to read. Bring additional Wii games or DVD's to have even more fun in the evening. The large round wood dining table seats 8 or sit on the bar stools around the kitchen island to enjoy your home cooked meals. We can also refer you to a local Bahamian chef who will prepare a great Bahamian meal right in Belle Mer's kitchen.

Belle Mer features an outstanding outdoor living space with 500 square feet of wrap around veranda next to the beach. An outdoor gas grill and large dining table are great for entertaining. It is the perfect place to watch the billions of stars in the evening sky, listen to the lapping waves on the beach and watch the moon's rising reflection on Belle Mer (beautiful sea).

This beautiful vacation homes offers all the amenities needed for a truly memorable experience. If not relaxing or strolling on the white sandy beach Belle Mer is also equipped with snorkel gear, 2 inflatable kayaks, 2 sets of golf clubs, rafts for floating, children's water toys, and if interested we offer for a nominal fee 2 double sea-kayaks. After enjoying the ocean we even have an outside shower next to the veranda. Also consider renting a Boston Whaler in Georgetown to explore Elizabeth harbor, hire a Bonefish guide, take a water taxi to Stocking Island or charter a boat and captain to visit other surrounding Cays.

The new Sandals Resort (formerly Four Seasons), Greg Norman golf course and Marina can be reached in approximately 20 minutes by taxi or car. A number of grocery stores in Georgetown about 10 minutes away stock all the items you will need for your vacation, but also try the wonderful local restaurants. Our welcome sheet has our favorite restaurants, guides and places to visit for a fun filled vacation. Enjoy!!!

Keywords: House, on the beach

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Property Manager
Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english

About The Owner

The Appleby's and Monson's have been best of friends for over 35 years in Vail, Colorado. Our children, who are young adults grew up together and now have a great home on the most beautiful beach in the world - a place to enjoy family get togethers completely different from the Rocky Mountains.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Great Exuma

The first time we came to Exuma was in 1995 to invest in a resort with a golf course, marina, hotel, and homesites. The developer went belly-up, however, another developer came in and built the Four Seasons Resort and Greg Norman golf course on this property. We fell in love with the Island and its people. So in 2000 we were able to purchase our lot on Tar Bay, which is the longest sandy beach in Exuma some 2 miles of white sand and aqua crystal clear water. The beach is protected from the Exuma Sound and the Atlantic Ocean by barrier reefs and barrier Cays.

We hired a Nassau architectural firm and drew up three different plans over a 4 year period. Finally, we came up with the perfect plan and built our beautiful beach house taking two years of construction. Building on the island was very arduous and time consuming since everything must be shipped via a container boat from Miami. We also had to deal with customs agents and island natives as builders. All in all it was worth it since we love 'Belle Mer Cottage.' Many of our international neighbors on Exuma consider our home the most beautiful on Tar Bay.

What makes this house unique

The beach house has two identical master suites for the two owners. We also have a third master suite upstairs and a overflow bedroom above the garage. Each suite has a flat screen TV and King bed with wonderful bedding. The great room has a large flat screen TV with DVD player, WII games, and IPOD docking station. The home is wireless with high speed internet. The kitchen is all stainless steel appliances with dishwasher, double refrigerators, beverage center, oven range, micro and all small appliances. We love to cook and grill at the house since we have what we consider the best view on the island.

Our veranda has large comfortable soft seating with the beautiful white sand and lapping aqua water within 40 feet from the steps. The outside shower is a real treat after spending time in the ocean.

Belle Mer Cottage is only 3 miles from Georgetown International Airport, 4 miles from GeorgeTown with great local restaurants and island bars, and 5 miles from the Sandals Resort with a golf course and casino.

Belle Mer is paradise on the friendliest Island in the Bahamas. Come join us and leave your worries at home...Welcome to Great Exuma...your hosts, the Applebys and Monsons.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Happy New Year!! What a fabulous way to begin! Great friends,wonderful house- most amazing views. Totally turned off from "reality". Thanks for sharing this beautiful home with us! We loved the kitchen, porch and of course the Wii. Wonderful week in Paradise.
Jan 2011
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 22 traveler reviews

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Belle Mer Cottage - BEST on Tar Bay
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 39 reviews
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Great Exuma Exuma
Atlanta, GA
5

AMAZING!! Truly Paradise

  • 5 of 5
This was our first trip to Great Exuma and it was truly amazing. I cannot say enough great things about the people, the island, the gorgeous scenery and this amazing house on the beach. It was absolutely gorgeous. The owner was a pleasure to work with and the house lived up to all our expectations. Can't wait to go back again.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Belle Mer Cottage - BEST on Tar Bay
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Great Exuma Exuma
Florida
5

Fabulous Vacation

  • 5 of 5
My family of 5 stayed at Belle Mer along with my mom, brother and niece. It's a beautiful home and was perfect for our stay. It was very clean and had everything we needed. The back porch is fantastic- very comfortable with great views- we truly were steps from the beautiful beach. We rented a boat from Minn's and did a lot of snorkeling- they'll point you in the right direction. I would definitely recommend that. The house is stocked with fine snorkeling gear and floats, etc. to play in the water and beach towels- all the amenities. The house definitely made our stay- it was so relaxing! We hope to be back and it's nice that we won't have to look for a place to stay.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

Amazing vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We had the most amazing vacation to Exuma! The island was awesome with so many beaches to explore and activities to do. Renting a boat at Minns is a must! I can honestly say that Bel Mer made our vacation! The home is amazing with every amenity you can imagine. The house was well kept and clean and has the most spectacular view and beach just steps away! It was perfect for our family. We think it is the best house on the island!
  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5
We loved Belle Mer Cottage and Exuma island. The home was beautiful and right on the most gorgeous beach. It was windy during our visit so we did not get to explore on the kayaks we had rented from the owners. However we did do a little snorkeling and lots of relaxing on the deck and lanai. The color of the water is unreal and the beach in front of Belle Mer is quite and calm. The bedrooms were all very cozy and comfortable and the kitchen was great for our large family. We would recommend Belle Mer to everyone and hope to get back again very soon. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Great Exuma Exuma
Toronto, Canada
5

Specatuclar Property!

  • 5 of 5
We spent 2 weeks at Belle Mer just before Christmas, and it was heavenly. The property itself is beautiful, well located right on the beach, just 15 mins from Georgetown, and near grocery stores and liquor store (critical!). The house is spacious, with a huge kitchen and lots of room and activities for kids. I can't say enough about this place. Ingrid was a pleasure to deal with, and although we had no problems, we felt like we had lots of support if need be.

We will definitely be returning to Belle Mer!
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We love having returning customers! Please come back again!
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Belle Mer Cottage - BEST on Tar Bay
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

Step out on the deck of paradise!

  • 5 of 5
We loved our time in Exuma at the Belle Mer Cottage. The cottage is only 5 minutes from the airport on the beautiful, quiet Tar Bay beach. The sands are soft white powder and the water is clear and shimmers in shades of aqua blue. You will feel like you have stepped on the deck of paradise when you open the back doors of the Belle Mer Cottage to reveal the peaceful beauty of Tar Bay. Tar Bay is centrally located along the beach side of Exuma which made exploring both ends of Exuma convenient. Our family drove to Little Exuma and spent time on the Tropic of Cancer Beach. Half the fun is hunting down this very secluded and beautiful beach. We still laugh about our journey to Tropic of Cancer Beach! Dinner at Santana's is the ultimate experience. Dee and her family were amazing and she serves up lobster and grouper that can't be beat. The highlight of our vacation was our day spent with Ray and his son Justin at Exuma Water Sports. We took a private Thunderball Safari Tour. This is an absolute MUST DO! Swimming pigs, iguanas, celebrity island homes, sharks, pristine sandbars in the middle of the ocean, and a secret mermaid! Ray's wife even baked us a melt-in-your-mouth delicious rum cake! It was an amazing experience we will never forget.
The Belle Mer Cottage was perfect for our family of 6 adults and 4 children. The beds and linens were so comfortable that I ordered 3 sets of Spalena sheets for my bed back home! We enjoyed cooking family meals in the spacious kitchen and lunches out on the deck. Such wonderful memories made.
We loved Exuma and hope to journey back again someday!
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So happy you experienced why we LOVE exuma and our home!

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Rates & Availability

From $3,500 Per week

Great Exuma House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas Week 2014
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,550
 
 
High
Jan 4 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,200
 
 
Low
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Christmas Week 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Kayak Fee - 1 boat $100
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes We require 1/2 monies 120 days prior to booking and the balance 90 days prior.
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Amenities

Great Exuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • We have an outdoor shower coming up from the beach.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , These are trundles so sleeps 4 kids
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This room has a child day bed
  • Baby Cribs (2) Pack-n-Play.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
2 sets golf clubs, snorkel gear for family, rafts, inflatable kayaks. 2 Hard shell kayaks are also available for an additional fee. Please inquire.

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