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4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, Sleeps 11, kayak, bicycles

Sea Fan is the most grand and spacious of the historic cottages located in the quaint and charming settlement of Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas. This charming, historic cottage is perched on a crest of a gently sloping hill and offers outstanding panoramic views. Lounge on the top deck and marvel at the view of the ocean and its seven shades of blue or the harbour and the colorful sailboats passing by. The beautiful garden at Sea Fan offers tropical plants in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of tropical fruit trees. Sea Fan is located in the middle of the historic settlement of Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas and is surrounded by quaint shops, eateries, home bakeries, and more. A straight path from Sea Fan to the north will take guests on a short stroll to an unspoiled and uncrowded light pink sandy beach, and a straight path from Sea Fan to the south, will take guests to the harbour where they may chat with fishermen and purchase the catch of the day.

The ground floor at Sea Fan offers a large open great room. The kitchen is fully equipped and open to the dining and living areas. Also on the ground floor is a king bedroom, a queen bedroom, a full bathroom, and laundry facilities. The covered porch is a great place to relax at the end of the day and wave to passersby many of whom will stop to have a friendly chat. The back deck offers an area for outdoor dining and barbecue grilling.

The top floor at Sea Fan offers a large bedroom with a queen bed and a full bed along with a large full bathroom en suite. There is also an open loft bedroom with a queen size bed. The private sun deck is a great place to take in the ocean, sea, and harbour views, and to read a book or do a little suntanning if guests choose.

Since Sea Fan is located high on a hill, there is a seldom a day without balmy breezes, which means the cottage is very comfortable most days throughout the year with guests enjoying open windows, paddle fans, and the fresh air. (There is also A/C throughout the house for those guests that prefer such.) This historic cottage is fully-equipped, charming, and relaxing, and makes an ideal home away from home.

Beds: Ground floor: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 queen sofa sleeper. Beds: Top floor: 2 queen beds, 1 full.

Accommodates up to 8 adults and 3 small children.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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4.9
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Charming, spacious, historic cottage, kayak, bicycles, ocean views
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
AL, USA
5

A TASTE OF THE REAL BAHAMAS

  • 5 of 5
Our family of six adults and two teenagers spent two weeks at Sea Fan in November. We have been to a few other Bahamian islands and we have decided to we like Spanish Wells the most. It is very laid back and safe with friendly locals. We received gifts of fresh avocados and sour oranges from the owners, since these fruit were growing in local orchards in abundance when we were there. Our teenagers made friends by the second day and were receiving invitations for golf cart cruising, playing frisbee at the beach, and to youth group and junior church meetings at the three local churches. The Sea Fan cottage is such a charming historic home, and more spacious than the photos show. We all had lots of room. The harbour and ocean views and breezes were wonderful. We got a sun tan on the top deck while sipping on rum runners, we enjoyed paddling the kayak around the island - great scenery, we cycled around to the various stores, quilt makers, and fishermen. We rented a golf cart and a boat for our vacation. The golf cart is great for exploring Spanish Wells and Russell Island and the many trips to the local grocery store, Food Fair. We took the boat to Meek's Patch, Ben Bay, Royal Island, and more... we had wonderful beach picnics and the guys did well fishing. There is an absolutely amazing beach just 200m north of Sea Fan. It is a great beach for walking or jogging and there are seldom more than a dozen persons on the entire 2+ mile stretch of beach. Wonderful! Just one call to Lorraine and she took care of cottage, boat, and golf cart rental - all at the best prices in town. Lorraine and Brent greeted us and got us settled and were just around the corner if we needed anything during our vacation. The restaurants were okay. The prices are good. Be prepared, however, to spend a bit more for food at the food stores. Fresh seafood on the grill was our best choice for dinner. We purchased fresh crab, lobster, and fish from Scuba. (We found fresh seafood in Spanish Wells less expensive than back home.) We were happy to find this little piece of Paradise. We returned home relaxed with suntans and fond memories.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay at Sea Fan, and thank you for appreciating the charm of the cottage. Yes, many persons visiting Spanish Wells for the first time tell us that they prefer Spanish Wells to any of the other Bahamian islands that they have visited. Spanish Wells does have a reputation of being a very friendly place. We are more than happy to provide our guests with fresh produce in season. We are happy to hear that you all had fun exploring the area by golf cart and boat. Glad to see that the boys were staying in shape by jogging more than two miles on the beach every day. Scuba says hello and that he will save some big crab claws for your next visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
5

ABSOLUTELLY LOVE SEA FAN AND SPANISH WELLS

  • 5 of 5
Just as promised, Sea Fan is both charming and spacious. This stay was our third, in three years, in Spanish Wells, and the 2nd year that we rented Sea Fan. I am hesitant to give a review out of fear that the secret will be out both for Spanish Wells and Sea Fan. We love both so much that we have already given Lorraine our dates for next year., and each year we add on a few more days of stay. (This year we stayed for 2 1/2 weeks., and we are hoping to stay even longer next year.) Ideal as a place to stay as friends, one person in my group went back with her husband and two young adult sons, and loved it equally as well. I am hoping to extend my stay next year by having my husband join me after my friends go home, as i am sure he will love both Spanish Wells and Sea Fan as much as I do.

The house has all of the amenities one would want, from the fully furnished kitchen to bikes and grill in the back yard. The property is clean and well maintained, and I honestly can think of nothing negative to say. Centrally located, anything one needs, including the beach and store, are just a short walk away.

We rented a private property the first year, and though we loved Spanish Wells, hated the house, so decided to give Lorraine a try. She is wonderful to work with, and, after renting with her for two years in a row, we would never do anything else. She goes above and beyond, even making sure that you have a gallon of water and freshly baked bread upon your arrival. She remains easily accessible before, during and even after your stay.

I can't imagine anything more that one could ask for either from Lorraine or the rental.

We've traveled each year as a group of women to Spanish Wells and each of us loves it equally. You can easily get around the island by renting a golf cart, but for us, walking and biking works just fine, and we have never needed one.

If you want a tourist all-inclusive hot spot, this is not the place for you. But if you want complete relaxation that includes walks along a beautiful uncrowded beach,, a place where you immediately feel safe, friendly faces, and wonderful people who you quickly feel you have known as friends for years, Spanish Wells is the place to be.
  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! We have certainly enjoyed your making Sea Fan your seasonal home away from home. It is our pleasure to have you stay with us. You arrived as our guests, and have departed as dear friends. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Warm and sunny smiles :) Lorraine, Brent, and Scuba.
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
5

BETTER EVERY TIME

  • 5 of 5
Spanish Wells (St. George's Cay) is often described with this caveat: "it's not for everyone." We really hope that remains the case. Spanish Wells/Russell Island welcomes tourists not because the community must do so to survive, but because the community is genuinely interested in sharing a way of life that is incredibly rare these days. Things are pretty much the same as when I first set foot on the island s a kid almost 4 decades ago. That's not to infer that infrastructure is in any way primitive; no, Spanish Wells definitely has its act together as compared to the rest of The Bahamas. No amount of money spent on an upscale vacation to Harbour Island will buy you assurance that the power will remain on or the water flowing. But you can be almost certain that the lights will remain on in Spanish Wells. You can also be certain that you'll have the opportunity to connect with history. It's present in the way people speak, in the family names, in the faces. Think about the last time you visited a place where the residents' ancestry reached back nearly 400 years to the very same soil and sea. The place is compelling to anyone willing to maintain open eyes and ears. Unfortunately, there are some unflattering myths out there, for example, racial prejudice. I have seen no evidence of that. In fact, the island's Anglo-Saxon appearance is attributable to the community's rejection of slavery at a time when all the other islands capitulated. Even today, the do-it-yourself work ethic is very much alive and well. Did I mention the place is beautiful and the fishing is world class? Rent a boat through Bahama Vacation Homes and do some exploring. If you're not comfortable handling a boat or navigating, hire Capt. Smiley or Capt. Scuba (a.k.a., Brent or Brian) to give you some pointers or show you around. When in Spanish Wells, do as the locals do: catch your own dinner!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to welcome you back to Sea Fan a second time. You are so correct: Spanish Wells is NOT for every one. While Spanish Wells does offer restaurants and a variety of many shops, those vacationers looking for casinos, big hotels, McDonalds, and such should not vacation in Spanish Wells. Spanish Wells does offer the most reliable utility services available in The Bahamas. Spanish Wells is, indeed, a quaint, historic fishing village that offers world class bonefishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing. The town is clean, pristine, and safe, and the beach is amazing. There are always things to do in a relaxing way - beachcombing, shelling, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, para sailing, wind surfing, kite boarding, "chilling" in a hammock, cycling, exploring by boat, exploring by golf cart, visiting with local fishermen and vendors, and just relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones. No hurry. No worries. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
Burlington
4

A FINE PLACE TO RELAX

  • 4 of 5
This cottage is perfect is you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing, mellow vacation. The patio in the back is perfect for breakfast, and the front porch and balcony with its marvelous view are lovely, shady spots to relax in the afternoon. The kitchen is a good size, and had everything we needed (except for something to crack open the crab claws - we improvised with a rock!) to create some very memorable meals. The bedrooms and living room are clean and serviceable. The bathrooms were acceptable, though the water pressure for the shower was weak. The house next door keeps a flock of chickens who have no respect for property boundaries and visited us on a regular basis. They didn't bother us for the most part, though were rather noisy quite early on a couple of mornings.

The location is ideal, being a few minutes walk to a wonderful beach in one direction, and an equal distance to the harbour in the other. We rented a golf cart for the week, and it served us well for touring around the island and picking up groceries. The bikes and kayak are very nice to have; it is quite easy to bike around the entire island and the kayak allowed us to get a different view of the harbour and to get some close-up views of wildlife - bonefish, rays, herons and egrets. The beach is amazing - we never ceased being intrigued with the movement of the tides, and found many conch during low tide. The water is very shallow for quite a distance out and we whiled away many hours wading, swimming and floating in the clear, turquoise waters. The twenty-somethings travelling with us spent a lot of quality time fishing.

Spanish Wells has the feel of a small town from the past; people take time to stop and chat, everyone waves as they pass by and the town is clean, safe and pretty. There aren't any bars or nightclubs, no amusement parks or laser tag, but there is excellent swimming, fishing, kayaking, and sunset-viewing. The few restaurants have limited menus and the food on offer is basic. With the exception of the conch chowder, which was excellent, we preferred to eat at home. Excellent seafood purchased from the local fish shop and great home-made buns from the grocery store made for some delicious home-made meals. The nights are very quiet in Spanish Wells, and the dark sky and lack of ambient light made for some great star watching.

The cottage was perfect for the type of vacation we wanted - quiet, relaxing, lots of sun, water and outdoor activities.
  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. When I spoke to you on your departure, Ken said he wanted to stay another week. Then, when he got back home to cold and snow, he wrote saying that he really had wished he had stayed another week! Yes, the location of Sea Fan is ideal and only a minute or two walk from a fantastic secluded beach or a minute or two walk to the harbour/boat rentals, etc. Yes, most of our renters enjoy the bicycles and kayak and are able to explore all around the island with them. There is some amazing wildlife in the area including bonefish, rays, herons, egrets, dophins, and even a resident manatee now and then. There is excellent fishing / snorkeling offered in the area also. There are few chickens may come and go, but are usually no bother to most persons. (Harbour Island is one of the most expensive islands around, and they have so many chickens that the chicken has almost become the Harbour Island logo.) The water pressure may vary on the island according to the city supply. (If the water pressure is ever too low, renters may call us and have us switch to a back up supply with pressure tank. ) Yes, indeed, Sea Fan is great for those seeking a quiet, relaxing, lots of sun, water, and outdoor activities vacation. I'm hoping you guys stay warm up in the freezing north. The warmest sunny smiles are being sent to you from Spanish Wells. (This particular guest says that 5 stars ***** should only go to accommodations that are luxury and very high end. This quaint historic cottage doesn't pretend to be either.)
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
Salt Lake City
5

A UNIQUE COTTAGE IN A UNIQUE TOWN ON A UNIQUE ISLAND

  • 5 of 5
It's the kind of place we would build in the Bahamas today if money were no object. Sea Fan cottage is very close to the dock where our rental boat was waiting for us and also an easy walk to the beach. Though we visited during the warm summer solstice, Sea Fan's it's perfect hillside location allowed the summer sea breezes to circulate throughout the cottage and the air conditioners sat idle. The spearfishing was great, the resulting meals were delicious, and Lorraine, Brent and Brian were gracious as always. If you want a commercialized, tropical-anywhere kind of vacation, don't come to Spanish Wells. If you want a taste of the real Bahamas and you value kind, sincere and exemplary hosts, come to Spanish Wells/Eleuthera and stay at one of Lorraine's properties. (Before Sea Fan Cottage we stayed at Turtle Cove and had an equally grand time). Thanks again for a great vacation! See you next winter.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it. Since we helped you find that perfect water front lot to purchase, you may soon be building your own dream home in Paradise! Sea Fan is located on a narrow part of the island, and does offer a wonderful central location with the rental boat docks just at the bottom of the hill and the beautiful beach of Spanish Wells just a quick stroll in the opposite direction. Most days the cottage enjoys nice sea breezes. Spanish Wells is known as the fishing capital of The Bahamas; the fishing around the island is excellent. We are always happy to help you guys have a wonderful vacation. We'll see you next winter.
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
VA, USA
5

WE THREATEN TO RETURN TO THIS PIECE OF PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful Sea Fan!! Better than we imagined. A lovely rental home that served as our home away from home for our week's vacation.
Sea Fan offers all the amenities that are needed for the perfect vacation. This home is decorated with taste and elegance, yet comfortable enough to enjoy.
While the description is accurate about it being a short distance to both the harbor and the beautiful swimming beach, a golf cart is really quite necessary as the house is perched high on the hill and walking would take a lot of energy. We saw many local folks walking their bikes up the hill.
Lorraine and Brent were great, providing whatever information/rentals we needed. Thank you, Lorraine and Brent.
Every convenience is here for you to enjoy and the people in Spanish Wells are truly special. We made many friends here and cannot wait to return. P. S. Keep the secret!!
  • Submitted: May 13, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that guests have enjoyed Sea Fan and Spanish Wells and many renters return each year. The young enjoy navigating the gentle sloping hills of Spanish Wells by foot or bicycle, but for the rest of us the optional golf cart rental is the perfect means of transportation around the island.
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Map

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
North Eleuthera Airport (ELH)
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Spanish Wells Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
North side beach Spanish Wells
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Several Restaurants
Car: not necessary

Spanish Wells is reminiscent of an idyllic Cape Cod fishing village with swaying coconut palm trees and bright bougainvillea as background. Winding little roads lead a visitor around brightly painted cottages sporting gables and wooden shutters. One can walk around the island, wade for sand dollars on the north beach, purchase the fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, and browse the centuries-old village. Spanish Wells offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas and is considered the fishing capital of The Bahamas. The waters surrounding Spanish Wells offer excellent snorkeling, diving, bone fishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing. Spanish Wells is a boater's and fisherman's paradise. Fishing charters, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals are available. Spanish Wells offers grocery stores, restaurants / bars, a fully-stocked liquor store, bakeries, marinas, and more.

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Standard Rate
Mar 1 2014 - Dec 17 2014
7 night minimum stay
$895
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $400
An energy surcharge is applicable to any electricity bill over $100/wk. Please use electricity wisely. Please ask about our discounts for longer stays. Rental rates are for accommodations at Sea Fan only. The ocean kayak and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk.
Notes $895 per week & up.
1 - 4 persons: $895/wk. April 16 - May 24 and October 1 - November 15. Christmas/ New Years (2 week minimum) and Easter weeks - $1295/wk. All other dates $995/wk. for 1 - 4 persons. $100/wk. for each additional person over 4 persons and up to a maximum of 11 persons (8 adults + 3 small children). Discounts offered for stays of longer than two weeks. Please inquire.
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Amenities

Spanish Wells Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Free Local Calls
  • Wireless Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Lobster Pot
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Siza Sleeper Sofa
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Three full bedrooms Bedroom 1 - queen bed, Bedroom 2 - king bed, Bedroom 3 - queen bed + double bed. One loft bedroom with queen size bed. One queen size sofa sleeper in living area.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • coin laundry
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • paragliding
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Notes:
Sea Fan offers free use of bicycles and a 2-man ocean kayak -- a great way to explore the area. (Otherwise, bicycles and kayaks are expensive to rent separately.)
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