|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Located on the private south end of Great Guana Cay, this quaint traditional Bahamian style house sits high on a ridge with constant breezes and commanding view of both the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean. Decks surround the house on all sides. There is a large open deck with teak table & 4 chairs and umbrella, 2 lounge chairs for sunbathing, outdoor shower and 2 rocking chairs for taking in the view and a screened in porch for indoor/outdoor living including a large dining table seating for 8.
The cottage sleeps 4 comfortably with 1 king bed that can be split into 2 twins in one bedroom and 1 double and 1 twin in the second bedroom. Air conditioning and fans are in each bedroom and the main living area. Looking around the cottage you will notice a nautical motif with beautiful carpentry details such as mahogany trim around all the doors and windows and mahogany counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom. The house is furnished with several custom made pieces of furniture and decorated with batiks from Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
A community dock is steps from the cottage where you can tie up your rental boat should you decide to rent one. A boat ramp is available for launching kayaks and small boats. Just a 5 minute walk away on the Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful semi private white sand beach. The 3rd largest barrier reef in the world is just 100 yards from the beach with spectacular snorkeling. We offer boogie boards for surf conditions when the wind picks up and bicycles. Kayaks and motor boats are available for rent on the island.
The cottage is equipped with satellite Direct TV, Sirrus Radio, iPod dock, DVD player and library, CD, WiFi and a VHF radio. Lots of books and magazines
Phone service is available via Skype if you bring your computer. Otherwise you can call home free from Nippers in the settlement while enjoying a frozen Nipper overlooking one of the best views in the Bahamas. There are 6 restaurants to choose from, 2 upscale marinas, and tennis courts on the island. The Guana Harbour Grocery has just about everything you may need for provisions. Golf carts are available for rent which you will need to get around the island.
Keywords: cottage, superb waterviews, dock,
My husband is a very talented carpenter. Using his skills we decided to build our dream retirement home on Guana Cay. My parents had a second home in Marsh Harbour where we spent many of our family vacations. It was a dream for a child like myself fascinated with this subtropical environment. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to return to this beautiful part of the world.
Bruce and Deb Lenahan purchased this cottage in 2008
After looking long and hard around the Abacos, we choose to build on the south end of Great Guana Cay because for many reasons. The Abacos and Great Guana Cay are a boater & fisherman's delight and is what attracted us to this part of the world. There are so many islands to explore. Just from our end of Guana you can kayak down to Scotland Cay where there is one of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the Bahamas while exploring a couple of uninhabited islands on the way. We also appreciated the beauty of this undeveloped part of the island and yet be in the settlement in 5 minutes by golf cart.
There are only 15 houses on this end of the island and it gives you the feeling you are in a special part of the world when you leave the pavement behind and jump on the sandy roads of the south end. I find it remarkable that if the wind is blowing from one side of the island you can retreat to the calm waters of the other side. Yet there is always a breeze at Gumbo Limbo. We appreciate that the conveniences of the settlement when we long for civilization is only 5 minutes away.
We just returned from a one week stay at Gumbo Limbo and had a very relaxing time there. The house is excellent quality with a real beachy feel from the decor to the views of ocean on both sides. The screened in porch is excellent and we ate all our meals out there as well as many card games. The no-see-ums will still get you at some point though. The house has lovely breezes so we only needed the fans on our last day.
The community dock being nearby did mean some golf carts and people traipsing past but apart from that we rarely saw anyone at the semi private beach. The snorkelling was ok there, having snorkelled around the world it was acceptable. My husband saw a large manta ray and we saw a reef shark. There is fan coral and someone else saw a turtle. Most days it was a little windy on that side and some choppiness to the ocean but what amazing aqua water.
You will need to rent a golf cart, I think that its not an option. I walked once from the beach but it wasn't possible to go right along the beach so it is a bit of a long walk. The track on the house side of the island degrades after the Orchid development into a very rough bumpy track. Being 22 weeks pregnant I often had to hop off and walk. So I'd be aware of this if you have problems with riding a bumpy track. Of course we sometimes didn't go into the town and enjoyed chilling out at the house. The garden is very nicely done and there are lots of great books to read as well as internet, radio, tv, dvds.
The island does not have a huge array of dining options. We did dine at Nippers but felt Grabbers was better for a bit more Caribbean flare. We brought some groceries across on the ferry but did run low so went to the grocery store on the island which had just as much or little! You can get creative with a box of brownie mix, there's an oven, or make your own cocktails, there's a blender.
There are quite a few feral cats on the island. There were three that hung around the house. Hope you like cats. Our little boy enjoyed giving them a few tidbits.
We had quite the journey to get home due to lining up ferry, flights and customs. I'd allow a good amount of time between any connecting flights and make sure you know the ferry times, we had to wait around a bit for the last ferry but its right at Curly Tails so you can enjoy a drink and some conch fritters while waiting.
Overall we had a very enjoyable holiday and it was what we wanted, quiet, beach and warm weather.
An excellent location for those who want to escape the modern world without sacrificing any of the modern luxuries. A secluded location with lovely views of the Atlantic and the Sea of Abaco. The photographs and descriptions are accurate but don't really convey the quality of the workmanship and finish which are excellent and make Gumbo Limbo stand out relative to other rental properties we have visited on the island. The reviewers comments, the hand book supplied by the owners, helpful emails with handy hints from Deb as well as helpful advice from the housekeeper Sally Ann and Dan were excellent and made for a relaxed stay. The garden is overlooked by most reviewers comments but it is a little gem. This is our second visit to Great Guana Cay and we would highly recommend the island for those who like swimming, snorkeling, diving, beaches, walks, fishing etc. The snorkeling here is some here is some of the best in world that I have come across. The house is located at the south of the island with a couple of minutes walk to the dock on the Sea of Abaco where the water is still and amazingly clear and lovely for swimming. Within 5 minutes walk of Gumbo Limbo are two lovely secluded beach with superb snorkeling. If you walk due South of the house for 10 minutes you come out on the Southern tip of the island with beautiful views across the aquamarine inlet to Scotland Cay. We rented kayaks from Troy and Maria at Dive Guana and paddled down to Scotland Cay which is a great day out. There is limited dining on the Island - we eat at the Market Place at Bakers Bay which was OK. The rest of the time we eat in, cooking in the well equipped kitchen and dining out on the screened porch watching the sunset. The cottage is well designed with particular attention to catching sea breezes and so AC was not needed for the duration of the trip.
We had a wonderful week, you have a lovely home and we have already recommended it to several of our friends.
Gumbo Limbo may not be a sailboat, but she’s as masterfully hand-crafted and well appointed as a Hinckley 70. My introduction to this wooden jewel box house was the culmination of an improbable adventure where I was separated from my wife and two children at the Newark airport at 7am and against all odds reunited in Guana Cay at 11pm that evening. But that’s another story. Let’s pick up where I joyously bumped into them just outside town and they drove me on our big-wheeled golf cart through the “jungle” on a wildly rugged dirt path, pitch black except for our headlights, with the Atlantic Ocean calling on the left and the Sea of Abaco answering on the right. This is the stuff worthy of an Indiana Jones movie or a Disney World ride … absolutely magical!
And the magic continued as we pulled into our Gumbo Limbo haven. Since we were late into the moonless night, I would have to wait until the morning to fully appreciate the surroundings, but it took about a nanosecond for me to feel completely at home in the cottage itself … a great testament to the owners (and builders) Bruce and Deb. I knew the second I started walking up the steps to the walk-around deck and wonderful screened-in porch with gas grill, dining table, and lounge chairs overlooking the Sea of Abaco that we were in a home that would far surpass our expectations. Everything written in the other reviews is true. One reviewer commented that Gumbo Limbo isn’t a rental, it’s a home, and that is the essence of the place. Where else but in your own home could you walk into the kitchen with just a simple bag of groceries, and be confident you had everything you needed to prepare a meal from a full complement of spices, vinegars and oils, sugar, flour, salt, pepper, garbage bags, paper towels, cleaning supplies, cool dishes, glasses, and flatware, pots, pans, serving and baking dishes, beautiful wooden salad bowl, graters, can openers, etc., nice place mats and cloth napkins, and best of all QUALITY SHARP CHEF’S KNIFES! Just fire up the oven or grill and you’re good to go!
Be careful of the upstairs bedrooms. Once you’re in them you may be likely to never leave. With magnificent water views, ocean-scented cross breeze ventilation, and comfortable beds and bedding, you’ll be tempted to just lie there with a good book in hand … and if you’re not immediately lulled to sleep by the sounds of the sea, you may even be able to read a page or two. Of course, the porch with its commanding view
We just completed two exceptional weeks at gumbo limbo. I would like to take the time to thank the owners for sharing their home. Make no mistake this is not a rental but a home lovingly built and is shared with the lucky ones. The thoughtfulness in things like the wood work, the fully stocked kitchen, satellite tv (rarely used) satellite radio (used all the time), the wifi which allowed a Skype account for cheap phone calls, the VHF for the cruiser net was greatly appreciated. The south end of the island is for those who value privacy and nature. In two weeks we saw less then five people on the beach we shared while enjoying all the emenities of orchid bay. Diving with Troy at dive guana was wonderful and filling our fridge at the beginning of our trip with fresh wahoo and black fin tuna caught with the help of Ricky Sands made the trip. We have been to this island many times and what makes gumbo limbo extraordinary is the view of the Atlantic and the sea of abaco. We had astounding sunsets, dry lighting storms, touched by tropical storms and would not have traded any of it. This is not a resort island and is for the patient and self sufficient. We cannot say thank you enough for sharing your lovely home.
Grant & Marine
There are so many wonderful things to say about this cottage I don't know where to begin....My husband and I stayed 9 nights and wished we could have stayed many more. We have rented houses throughout the Bahamas but this one by far had everything we could have asked for and more. As others have said - the pictures do not do it justice - it is far more beautiful in person. The craftsmanship of the wood throughout the house is absolutely gorgeous and the furnishings were just perfect inside and out. The outdoor shower was a big hit with my husband .....We had breakfast/lunch at the cottage almost every day and had dinners in 5 of the 9 nights we were there....As people who enjoy eating in on vacation we found the kitchen and it's contents along with the grill to be the best we found of any rental so far. The views from both decks were beyond breathtaking. This is most definately a home away from home...only better! It is a place where you can truly unplug from the world should you choose to do so. We did go with the Big Wheel Golf cart as we had rented in this area before and found it necessary....and we enjoyed our little golf cart adventures into town early in the morning and late afternoon for some cocktails....and enjoyed sitting at Pirates Coves with locals and chatting up the events of the day. This is a very special place and I would rent again without hesitation.
My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay in this cottage! Looking back, and sharing the experience with our friends - a few topics always came up.
The cottage is beautifully and soundly built. The wood work inside is stunning - my husband states it feels like you are on a fine sailing vessel because of the wood work detail.
The screened porch was where we spent much of the indoor time because of the view and breeze. (the site picture does not give it justice!).
It is necessary to rent a golf cart to get to cottage from the ferry/town. The ride to cottage is interesting and rural, about 15 mins. Walking from the cottage to the beach about 5 min. We had the beach to ourselves! This is the go-to place for a quiet, relaxing vacation.
There are some "little touches" that were not expected and amplified our enjoyment of this cottage stay - their bookshelves stocked with good books to get lost in - my husband read 4!
And they have sat radio! NPR, Jazz, etc all day if desired. We both thought these touches were a real bonus for our enjoyment in the cottage.
The cottage was spotless; the representatives for the owners were very friendly and helpful.
We kept in mind that the water we used is rainwater that is collected and stored in cisterns - this is important so we were careful about our water consumption - and suffered none!
We ate at restaurants half time / cooked for ourselves other half. Night life is bar scene - not our scene. Enjoyed Grabbers restaurant at beach where the sunsets are stunning each evening; the food is tasty and good. There is a new breakfast place at harbor that served a large and luscious meal.
We took ferry over to Marsh Harbor, had lunch, window shopping etc. Ferry rides are expensive.
It was enjoyable, restful and quiet - exactly what we needed.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 21 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2016 - Sep 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
More than 2 people add $100 a week per person
$300 deposit to hold the dates
Balance due 60 days prior to arrival
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.