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. Experience real Eleuthera: live in a native settlement on the sea.

Lynn Larson

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Lynn Larson

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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. Experience real Eleuthera: live in a native settlement on the sea.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Tarpum Bay House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

I restored the bones of a cottage built in 1828 in the quiet and picturesque village of Tarpum Bay.It is an escape from a busy life in Northern Michigan. The Culmer House is just perfect for what I wanted: it's in a quiet fishing village with friendly neighbors and a beautiful view of the ocean. The cottage is just steps from the beach, up on a little hill where we catch the cool breezes and escape the sand flies. Grocery and small local restaurants are very close.

The cottage is perfect for people who'd like to relax and read, paint, fish, swim, snorkel the beautiful reefs, and explore uncrowded beaches. Eleuthera Island has more beautiful public beaches than you will ever manage to visit in one stay! . Spend your Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays celebrating the Bahamian way in Eleuthera! Or enjoy a peaceful, safe vacation any time.

Keywords: House

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lynn Larson (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2014

About Lynn Larson

I am a retired educator, and have traveled the world. I selected Eleuthera as my winter home. I enjoy being part of a local Bahamian community, and contributing to this island and its friendly people whenever and however I can.

Lynn Larson purchased this house in 2008

Why Lynn Larson chose Tarpum Bay

I live in Northern Michigan--beautiful in summer, but cold and snowy in the winter. I wanted a place to escape that is warm, and safe, with friendly people, beautiful scenery, sunshine, and clear water. Eleuthera is an amazing island--110 miles long and an average of 2 miles wide with beautiful uncrowded public beaches everywhere. I enjoyed restoring this old ruin in the middle of a settlement. Tarpum Bay is quiet-- and not 'touristy. It is well located for travel to all parts of the island.

What makes this house unique

The Culmer Cottage is perfect for people who want to live an easy life. The cottage has little upkeep, and has decks for sunshine and cool ocean breezes. The ocean view is spectacular and because it is not directly on the beach, there are NO sand fleas! The beach and public fishing dock are a half-block away, and the little grocery and take-away restaurants are just out the back door. My Bahamian neighbors are friendly, helpful, and welcoming to visitors. Churches are close by, and there are readily available rental cars and mopeds. Tarpum Bay is just 6 miles from the airport and the slightly larger community of Rock Sound, and the island capital, bustling Governors Harbour, is 20 miles to the north.

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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. Experience real Eleuthera: live in a native settlement on the sea.
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

An Amazing Christmas at Culmer Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Culmer Cottage over Christmas 2012 with my 22 year old son. We got in very late that evening, but our car rental connection (recommended by Lynn who owns Culmer Cottage) was ready and waiting with a great care for our trip. We arrived in Tarpum Bay quite late, but the door to the Cottage was open and everything was lovely. It was a beautiful sight for tired eyes. We had a great sleep as it's very quiet there and were off for a snorkeling trip the following day. Culmer Cottage sits in the settlement of Tarpum Bay, so you are surrounded by a small population of very friendly, local people. The next morning, I was off to Bert's Market a few steps away, to buy groceries so that we could cook in our lovely kitchen. On either side of the cottage are two churches, and directly outside the back and across the street is Tarpum Bay and the gorgeous, emerald green waters of the Caribbean.

The cottage is well-equipped, clean, and well-maintained by Brenda and Kervin, the caretakers. They both showed up to say hi several times during our stay, and Christmas Day food cooked by Kervin was delivered by various grandchildren to our cottage, as well as some fresh fish caught by Kervin. Everything you need is there to make your stay relaxing, comfortable, and entertaining. The cable TV and internet work well, which is surprising in such a small settlement, and on Christmas Eve and Day we could hear carol singing at our neighboring churches. There is even a local bar within walking distance where we could buy our Kalik beer (the beer of the Bahamas) when the store was closed for the holiday.

I would absolutely go to Culmer Cottage again in the future. In fact, I would choose it over a more costly resort that doesn't give you the ambience of being in the REAL Bahamas, with friendly people, great food, and peace and serenity at it's best. Don't forget that you can drive up and down the island on its one major road, and there are great places to eat and to visit along the way.I have now been to the Glass Window Bridge near Gregory Town, and count it as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

So congratulations to Lynn, who is great to communicate with as you make your plans, for providing a real experience in Bahamian culture and a lovely place to stay for a wonderful time. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maggie, Thanks for the great review. I am happy that you enjoyed Culmer Cottage. We hope you'll visit again!
bloomfield hills, MI

Loved living in a Bahamian settlement: a unique experience not to be missed!

  • 5 of 5

It was wonderful to experience the real Bahamas by living in Tarpum Bay. We met many local people, who were so friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the good cooking of Miss Barbie, and Miss Brenda. The daily availability of fresh fish from the dock down the hill was great.

Culmer Cottage is immaculate and well appointed. The owner provided a handy book of things to do and maps of how to get there. The breezes are wonderful, and the views are great! Sometimes it is noisy, during church (across the street), and we got our wake up calls from the island's resident roosters. It's easy to turn on a radio or close a window and realize that what we were hearing was just part of the charm of the real Bahamas.

We took lots of trips to different beaches. Eleuthera must have some of the most beautiful in the world. Often we were the only ones there. The water is clear and warm. Tarpum Bay is well located to get to all parts of the island which is 100 miles long and 2.5 miles long. Best to rent a car to see it all.

A great rental,hope we can arrange a repeat visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Springfield, Virginia

Come to the REAL BAHAMAS!

  • 5 of 5

Culmer Cottage is a true cottage in the middle of a small fishing village with grand charm! The house itself is tastefully decorated with personal touches and art created by the owners and others throughout. It is not just a rental it is their home away from home and we felt like we were visiting the cottage of a family member or friend, not a place set to rent.

In Tarpum Bay you can enjoy the Bahamian people who live here year round. We saw very few other tourists and although we sometimes (probably always) looked like tourists ourselves we felt totally at home, at ease and truly almost like family at times. The people here are the most warm, friendly, open people I have ever met in any of my travels. I felt so welcomed every place I went! When you walk or drive anywhere, everyone speaks to you, treats you with the utmost politeness, waves if you are driving by. Hitching a ride is common and we felt comfortable picking up kids, older people and females- not sure if I would pick up someone who could overpower me. This place is safe, there is very little crime here, according to locals.

We loved exploring the island and the beaches. We wanted to relax and decided not to take the trip all the way to Harbour Island. We went as far North as Gregory Town, checked out Governor's Harbour and North Palmetto Point. We saw different beaches every day. Junkanoo was a delight!

You need a car in order to get around to the beaches. Cook for yourselves to save money- eating out here is more expensive than most places in the U.S. comparing apples to apples. We bought fresh lobster and conch and red snapper off the dock half a block from the house. We grilled the snapper, made a fish boil with the lobster and had the caretaker make us a conch salad. The caretaker is a wonderful cook and can be hired to bring you meals. We asked her to cook extra Christmas dinner- asking her to just bring us whatever she was making for her own family and we got turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese (they say macaroni), yellow rice with vegetables and dressing. Every single thing was delicious- prepared a lot like soul food in the U.S.

We fell in love with the caretakers and their family and will always remember their kindness and the fun we had with them. We love this place, are still here at the time of this writing and do not want to leave. We would recommend this place to anyone who likes to travel off the beaten path to know the real people of the Bahamas. Love, love, love it here!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Traverse City Michigan

Escape to Tarpum Bay

  • 5 of 5

Culmer Cottage is a wonderful cottage high on a hill over-looking the Caribbean Sea, just a stones throw from the water and the fishing pier where you can purchase the catch of the day. A constant cool ocean breeze makes for a very pleasant stay. The second floor porch provides spectacular views while the main floor patio provided a great spot for morning coffee while checking email and evening cocktails. Staying in the heart of Tarpum Bay provided a great experience where I was able to meet and socialize with some of the local people who shared colorful stories about Eleuthera and the other islands. The market is directly across the street and several local eateries are within walking distance. Eleuthera and beaches go hand in hand. A short drive in any direction took me to beautiful beaches for sunning, swimming and great snorkeling. A ten minute drive from Rock Sound Airport was convenient and Tarpum Bay is a great spot for day trips to the north or the south of the island. The cottage itself is comfortable and well appointed with a full kitchen, 2 full baths and 2 bedrooms. Every window has a view. I very much enjoyed my stay and plan to return to this wonderful spot!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Long Lake, Michigan, USA

Escape to Tarpum Bay

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed here three times. Great view, centrally located on the island, easy to maintain.

Like having fish dock with daily catch a block away.Like being in the middle of a Bahamian town. I keep coming back, so you know I like this cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Fort Myers, FL

Culmer Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is my idea of a perfect house for the setting. And I have never seen beaches as beautiful as those on Eleuthera.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
6 Miles
rock sound, Eleuthera
Nearest Ferry
32 Miles
Governor's Harbor: Fast Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
Barbies (across the street)
Car: necessary

We provide maps and suggestions for restaurants, sports and car rentals.

Like to read and play games? We have plenty of both for guests to enjoy.

The world's best bone fishing is outside our door. Bring your own equipment. Take a day trip north to visit the island communities of Spanish Wells or Harbor Island. Surfers will love the waves at Surfer's Beach, north of James Cistern. Drive south and visit the unique Island School or beautiful Bannerman Lighthouse Beach.

There is a marvelous organic produce farm which also sells delicious breads (bread is available Tu/Fri only) about 10 mi north of Tarpum Bay. The whole island has much to offer and Tarpum Bay is well located to experience it all!


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Tarpum Bay House Rental Rates

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Nov 22 2014 - Apr 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100.00
Notes Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Spring break, Easter rates are $200/night for less than one week stay.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Tarpum Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2: one on each floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Comfortable double bed, entry to deck, great ocean view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large bedroom with door to upper deck. TV. Great sea views
  • Large bedroom has queen size Bed ,small has double bed. Comfortable queen sized inflatable bed is also available
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Steps away from beach and fishing, small grocery, and restaurants.The dock where fresh fish arrives almost daily is a block away. We have provided a notebook of suggestions of activities, maps and restaurants.

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