|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Mermaids Ridge is a large, well apportioned, light and airy villa, ideally located on the exclusive North End of Elbow Cay. The villa's elevated location affords ever changing panoramic 360 degree views of Elbow Cay from the beautiful turquoise Sea of Abaco, sweeping across Man of War Cay to the grandiour of the Atlantic Ocean.
Situated in its own tropical garden on a quiet sandy lane, the only worry you will have is which beach to choose for that early morning dip. The beach on the Abaco Sea is ideally suited for children with its gently sloping icing sugar sands leading into the protected turquoise waters of the Abaco Sea. At night you can gaze up at the spectacular stars.
There is a public dock on the North End for you to moor a boat, local boat hire is available with pick-ups at the North End dock and Golf cart rental is also available. You are within easy access to the 100 mile coral reef with really excellent snorkeling in shallow water. Diving trips and kit hire are available in Hope Town.
For complete relaxation with the option to be active when the mood takes you.
Keywords: 3 bed, house, detached, cot
Howard and Lindy Parkinson, we are outgoing and adventurous. Having spent a year sailing down the Caribbean islands we did not find a better place to to be.
Howard and Lindy Parkinson purchased this villa in 2004
Having looked for holiday property in France, Spain and Majorca we could not find anything that was just right. We knew after the first 10 minutes in Mermaids ridge that the house was exactly right, we love the island two. Having sailed the Caribbean for a year there was nothing to better Hope Town or Mermaids Ridge.
Peace and tranquility of island living while near the quaint Hopetown which provides restaurants, shopping facilities and more.
We had a fabulous time! Your house is very comfortable and everything was great.
We loved the pool and used it every day. The weather was perfect too!
We liked the layout of the house. I appreciated the wifi because I had to do a little work when I was there. Mostly we avoided technology though!
We enjoyed the north side of the island and liked it best because it is quiet and the plantings and vegetation are so beautiful by all the homes.
Loved that snorkeling was so close and we went to the Abaco Sea beach for seeing starfish and sunsets.
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What a great week at Mermaids Ridge, the villa is large and well equipped with a great kitchen, we were a large group and the two separate lounges worked really well with plenty of space for us all. There was also lots of deck space and we had a very relaxing time watching the birds and curly tail lizards, we even had a wood pecker come to join us for breakfast one morning as he perched on the berries of the palm tree by the stairs. The pool was just bliss, we had a couple of really hot days and just being able to pop down stairs for a dip, or sit on the seat at the end with our sun downers was really great, the pool deck is large and our kids loved swimming and playing ball. On those days we wanted to go the the beach we had two really close beaches to choose from, the Atlantic side for body surfing and wave jumping, it was possible to walk to Hope Town along the beach, beach combing and paddling as we went. The Abaco side for relaxing and swimming, its shallow quite a long way out so was great for playing with the kids and practicing snorkeling before going out onto the reef, both were really beautiful and often we were the only people on the beach. The walk into Hope Town was pleasant and took about 15 to 20 minutes, we hired bikes in addition to the two at the house to explore the island. We also hired a boat for a few days, the kids loved the fact that they could motor right up to the grocery store dock for doing food shopping, and we appreciated the same opportunity for buying beer and rum from the Liquor store, even though we could have walked. I would definitely recommend a boat for at least one day as the snorkeling off the North End of the island is spectacular and only a 10 minute boat ride. There were more restaurants than I expected for such a small island, some of the restaurants on the south of the island will pick you up from Hope Town which is great as that means that no one in the party had to drive home and the walk from Hope Town by the light of the moon was the perfect end to the day. Mermaids Ridge is quite high and has spectacular views from the sunrise in the East to the sunset in the West. I have to say I did not want to leave, next time we will need more than a week there is still lots that we did not have time to do or see, we did leave really relaxed and chilled out.
I just spent a week at Mermaid's Ridge and it was just beyond fabulous. The house is so clean, and easily accessible from the north end dock. It's a nice 20-25 minute walk to town. With the scenery though it doesn't seem like long at all. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need (my family has been to Hopetown multiple times so we often bring lots of food and cook quite a bit). In addition, the bathrooms were clean and the bedrooms were spacious. There are not too many extra beach towels so I would recommend bringing a few extras if you have a large party.
The wifi is a nice bonus, but honestly, you forget that email even exists, a wonderful reprieve. In addition, the VHF radio is great to listen to the Cruiser's Net every morning on channel 68 at 8:15AM to get updates about the weather and events happening in the area.
My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer! Thanks for a wonderful trip!
My wife and I just returned from a great week in Hopetown. Weather was beautiful. Our stay at Mermaids Ridge was great!!! The pictures don't do it justice... This house is big and very private. We loved the fact that we only saw 2 people the whole week even walk by the house. We enjoy walking and the roads all around are really fun to walk. We saw something different for flowers and plants every day. We chose not to rent a cart as we do enjoy walking. However, if you like to go to town and can't walk far, rent a cart from Sherman and that would make it an easy 5 min drive each way. The beaches around the house had very few people (if any) every day, and we found nice shells. We could go to either the East or West beach within 5 min walk. Lindy was very nice to deal with and Sherman and his Wilma were very nice and took good care of the property which was spotless. We had excellent response time when we had a question, but otherwise they let us enjoy our vacation without interruption. If you like privacy, this is your place!!! Thanks again for everything Lindy and we hope to be back soon!!
wonderful home, well equipped, great pool, bikes available. Cart or boat likely requirement if you're lugging much but otherwise a +20 minute walk to town. Residence on 2nd floor.
Spectacular vacation property on a gem of an island! Mermaids Ridge surpassed our expectations and the owners Howard and Lindy went above and beyond to make our stay perfect in every way.
We stayed at Mermaid's Ridge from January 13-20, 2013 and this was our first visit to Hope Town. The property is on the north end and a quick golf cart/bike ride to town. House is very spacious and well equipped. Care taker was always available and even helped us rent a golf cart.
Mermaid's Ridge has water views from all rooms and the sunsets from the second floor deck are out of this world. We saw many, many stars at night. About a three minute walk away is crescent beach with the most calm, iridescent, turquoise water we've ever seen.
Owners were easily accessible via email throughout our stay and answered all of our questions prior to arrival.
Mermaid's Ridge is definitely worth a visit. We're glad we went and will be back for sure.
Elbow Cay provides many water based activities. many restaurants will pick you up and drop you back in Hope Town.
Easy access via boat to other islands, restaurants and additional water based activities.
The Bank is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm, it is possible to get cash from most debit cards.
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