5-BEDROOM 4-BATH PRIVATE BEACHFRONT ESTATE WITH KAYAKS

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Matthew Simon

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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5-BEDROOM 4-BATH PRIVATE BEACHFRONT ESTATE WITH KAYAKS

Governor's Harbour Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms + Office, 4 Baths

Welcome to Balara Manor, a grand Bahamian estate home featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, great room, parlor, and office. Originally built half a century ago from traditional quarried stone, Balara Manor has been remodeled with updated kitchen and baths.

Balara Manor is generously proportioned with 4000 square feet of living space. Enter the house through a large sunlit parlor with spectacular views of the Caribbean. This room includes a breakfast area, also with ocean views. Past the parlor is the great room with a formal dining area and a media area with a large flat screen TV. This room also looks out on the Caribbean through a wall of windows. The modern, fully equipped kitchen is connected to the great room. . The two master bedroom suites, one king and one queen, are on opposite ends of the house for privacy. Each has an en-suite bathroom.

Two more bedrooms (one queen and one double) are located in the middle of the house and share a bath. The fifth bedroom is furnished with two twin beds and has a private bath.

Enter the estate via a 350-foot-long driveway. Balara Manor's two private acres are landscaped with many varieties of palm trees and flowering shrubs and plants. Depending on time of the year, the large garden can provide you with an excellent selection of fresh vegetables and herbs.

The oceanfront gazebo offers many hours of shade from the tropical Bahamian sun. Walk down the 20' wide Roman-style steps into the warm, sandy-bottomed turquoise waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or bone fishing. You can watch the bonefish, along with many other species of fish, swim past the gazebo. We have seen everything from stingrays to dolphins swimming in the bay. For those who like to watch from a closer vantage point, we have three kayaks for your enjoyment.

A 10 minute walk will bring you across the island to the Atlantic side of the island. This will give you miles of pink sand to walk and explore. Our own beach, while not a beach for long walks, is probably one of the best shelling beaches on the island.

Weekly maid service is included. The maid will come to the house each Wednesday. (More frequent maid service can be arranged at an additional charge.) A cook is also available upon request. Other amenities at Balara Bay include:

• Free WIFI is now available though out the house.

• Air conditioning throughout the house.

• Fully equipped kitchen with microwave and blender

• Barbecue

• Cable TV, stereo, CD, VCR, and DVD. A selection of VCR movies are at the house.

• Landline telephone

• Washer/dryer

• Two single kayaks plus a two-person kayak.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Matthew Simon

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Speaks english
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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5-Bedroom 4-Bath Private Beachfront Estate with Kayaks
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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Governor's Harbour Eleuthera
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Balara Manor, Eleuthra

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
We had a wonderful vacation at Balara Manor over this past christmas. The listing photos gave us a clear idea of what to expect and Matt was extremely helpful, especially when we were trying to figure out the travel logistics. We had a great time swimming at the little beach out front with our young kids and hanging out on the patio facing the water. The house is a short drive to Governor's Harbor though you wouldn't want to walk it as the cars drive very fast on the narrow road. Francois, the gardener, was really friendly and shared a wealth of local and botanical information. We ended up renting a mini-van through Big T, Balara's property manager, and he was a very easy-going friendly guy.
We loved getting bread fresh from the local bakery, bonefishing off Windemere Island, kitesurfing off the old Club Med beach, snorkelling on the far side of Levi Island, and eating at Tippy's. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone coming with a large family. The kayaks and inflatable orca were great additions. A few more paddles would have enabled us to launch the whole flotilla at once, but this was a minor detail. As for the house, the only drawback we found was the small kitchen which was lacking a dishwasher. That said we hope to come back to stay at Balara Manor again, and if there is a dishwasher when we return the place should be renamed Balara Paradise.
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Governor's Harbour Eleuthera
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
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Canadian Travellers

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
We just had another great vacation at Balara Manor. It's a huge, beautiful home right on the Caribbean. The shell hunting is wonderful, the restaurants are amazing, and the people are so friendly. We toured the island and discovered more new places and secret hideaways. We love this home and the island so much that we continue to travel here two or three times per year. This a a beautiful spot and one that you shouldn't miss!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Governor's Harbour Eleuthera
Los Angeles, California
5

Look forward to returning

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
Our family of 7 just returned from Eleuthera. Balara Manor is amazing. VERY spacious, beautiful grounds, right on the beach. Large enough so husband and I had a master in one wing and the kids were on the other side of the house. Very easy to see returning here when our children are older and married - the house can easily and graciously host several families.

There are kayaks on the property, a hammock, fruit and coconut trees, and a herb garden. Great stuff. The house is about 10 minutes from Governor's Harbour airport, and about 5 minutes from town. There are some great restaurants in town and nearby.

Owners are VERY nice and accommodating.

Can't recommend highly enough, and we look forward to returning soon, and repeatedly.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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5-Bedroom 4-Bath Private Beachfront Estate with Kayaks
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Governor's Harbour Eleuthera
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
5

Wonderful Balara Manor

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
We have had the incredible opportunity to stay at beautiful Balara Manor two times. Once in February 2008 and again in August 2010. Each experience was out of this world!
Balara Manor is a beautiful five bedroom home. Much of the house was recently renovated in 2010 and the home is furnished with the most beautiful pieces and decor. The house is perfect for large groups and intimate enough for small families. There are beautiful views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea from the expansive living room and dining room area. The house is equipped with a flat screen tv, great sound system, and free WiFi so that you can Skype your friends back home and give them a "taste" of this amazing place. The owners have even collected a variety of "island" CD's for you to enjoy.
The best part of Balara Manor is its location. It is situated right on the beach! You can walk right out the front door, along a pathway that winds through the amazing landscaped yard, to the pergola by the water. Here you can have cocktails, play with the kids, sunbathe, or venture in the ocean for a swim. If you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a sting ray! In August, the ocean was warm and inviting. My husband and our three year old son spent hours there playing and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.
If you walk along the beach you will find thousands of shells! It is truly amazing. Along this deserted beach you can collect shells, build sand castles, enjoy the marine life, and observe incredible tropical birds. It is an experience you will never forget.
The house is located close to many other deserted "white" sand beaches that you will have to frequent. Some beaches are on the Caribbean side of the island, while others are on the Atlantic. They are all unique and the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The town of Governor's Harbour is a quick drive. There you can shop for groceries (everything that you would need), fill your car with gas, take in a movie, or eat at the most fantastic restaurants! On Friday nights you'll need to go to Cupid's Cay and enjoy the music and food at the local fish fry. Day trips exploring the island are a must!
The owners are very accommodating and will help you to make your trip very memorable. It's surprising that they are willing to share this beautiful home and island with others.
Eleuthera and Balara Manor are places that dreams are made of. Enjoy your trip to this breath-taking island and incredible tropical home.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Governor's Harbour Eleuthera
Los Angeles CA
5

Absolutely perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
Our trip to Eleuthera a couple of months ago (April 2010) was such a blessing. It all started when we found this website www.vrbo.com and then found our dream house "the Balara Manor". The owner was so friendly and very accommodating that we did not want to stay anywhere else, it's either this house or we don't go at all. The house itself is beautiful. Clean and very well kept. Everything works!!! The property is absolutely breathtaking. Very well maintained. There's a lot to see in Eleuthera but we were so happy and content at the Balara Manor, we didn't want to go out of the property. The location is so convenient to everything, restaurants, bars, airport, bakery and gas stations. My husband is already telling me to book the house for next year....hehehe. We are trying to invite family so they can see the beauty of Balara Manor in the beautiful island of Eleuthera. We call this "our home away from home."
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Governors Harbour
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Balara Bay
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sky Beach Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sky Beach Club
Car: recommended

The town of Governors Harbour, less than 2 miles away, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.

Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkeling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore. We hope you will enjoy our Belmont House, and experience all our island has to offer.

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Availability & Rates

Governor's Harbour Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring
Feb 15 2014 - Apr 26 2014
$3,450
7 nights
 
 
Summer
Apr 27 2014 - Sep 1 2014
$2,950
7 nights
 
 
Fall
Sep 2 2014 - Nov 21 2014
$2,650
7 nights
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2014 - Nov 29 2014
$3,250
7 nights
 
 
December
Nov 30 2014 - Dec 19 2014
$2,650
7 nights
 
 
Holiday
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
$4,950
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes RATES ARE FOR UP TO SIX GUESTS. Add $350/week for each additional guest.

PLEASE NOTE that we have set the rates this way to make the property affordable for smaller groups who use less water and electricity, which is expensive on the island, and create less wear and tear.

Ask us about specials for last-minute bookings within ten days of check in.
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Amenities

Governor's Harbour Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • A crib is also available.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • pier fishing
Notes:
Three kayaks (two one-person kayaks and one two-person kayak) Oceanfront hammock Herb and vegetable garden
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