HISTORIC COTTAGE, AMAZING 360 OCEAN VIEWS, MOTORBOAT, DOCK, KAYAK, BICYCLES

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Spanish Wells Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 10-12

By the Seashore is fully-equipped, charming, and relaxing, and makes an ideal home away from home. Free use of a 14' Boston whaler motorboat, a 2-person ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered; they are a wonderful way to explore the surrounding area. (Otherwise, motor boats, bicycles & kayaks are expensive to rent separately.) The boat is great for fishing and snorkeling, and many guests visit their 'own' new secluded nearby private island each day!

'By the Seashore' was built in 1930 and was the first boarding house where visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could rent a room. (If only those walls could talk - I bet they would tell us a lot of interesting stories!) This home has recently been lovingly restored from the roof and charming gables & shutters right down to the beautiful original Abaco Pine hardwood floors throughout.

By the Seashore was the first building on this waterfront property in Spanish Wells. It is located on the highest point of the island, and offers outstanding water views -of the ocean, harbour, and bay -- from all rooms in this charming historic cottage. From the top deck one has spectacular sunset views and views of Harbour Island, Ridley's Head, Meeks Patch, Royal Island, Russell Island, and the harbour with all the boats passing by. The cottage is built to take advantage of the constant ocean breezes no matter from which direction they may be blowing. (Later, the original owner also added a guest cottage and a garage to this large water front property.)

In more recent years, a large dock with two large fish cleaning stations and live aquariums has been added to this property. Guests of By the Seashore have free use of a 14' Boston whaler motorboat and ocean kayak located just below the cottage at the dock. Bicycles are also offered to guests of By the Seashore.

The beautiful garden at By the Seashore offers tropical plants in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of tropical fruit trees. By the Seashore 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 By the Seashore to the north will take guests on a short stroll to an unspoiled and uncrowded light pinkish sandy beach.

The ground floor at By the Seashore offers a large living room, a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a king bedroom, a queen bedroom, a full bathroom, a laundry room, a covered front porch offering up beautiful sunrises over the ocean every morning, and a covered back porch. The covered porches are great places to relax at the end of the day and wave to passersby many of whom will stop to have a friendly chat. The back porch offers an area for outdoor dining and barbecue grilling.

The top floor at By the Seashore offers a large bedroom with two queen beds, an open loft bedroom with one queen size bed, a full bathroom, and a large sundeck with breathtaking views of fantastic sunsets over surrounding islands where guests can read a book, suntan, or just relax.

Since By the Seashore is located on the top of a gently sloping 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 offered in the king bedroom and in the bedroom that offers two queen beds for those guests that must indulge. A/C is generally not required in this location October - June inclusive. )

Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas is known as the lobster capital of the Bahamas, and has a reputation of being very clean, safe, and pristine. The fishing, snorkeling, and beach combing in the area are second to none. We can recommend the best local fishing and snorkeling guides and the best boat and golf cart rentals for your vacationing enjoyment.

Come and enjoy this charming island getaway!

Beds: Ground floor: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 queen sofa sleeper. Beds: Top floor: 3 queens.

Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Owner/Property Manager (Owner)
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About Owner/Property Manager

We are a local family living in Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas. Our family dates back to the original Eleutheran Adventurers, the first European settlers in The Bahamas dating back to 1648. Brian aka Capt. Scuba is a licensed boat captain and works full time as a lobster diver. When not diving commercially for lobsters, he is a local fishing & snorkeling guide, and also offers area tours and cave exploring. (Some have called him the Crocodile Dundee of North Eleuthera.) Brent aka Capt. Smiley is also a licensed boat captain who also offers fishing and snorkeling trips, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals. He is also a local rental property manager. Lorraine is the local Spanish Wells realtor and will be pleased to show you all the best local real estate deals (her listings or other agents' listings) when you are in town. Just give her a call if you would like any information on the local real estate market or a free real estate tour.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Spanish Wells

This special historic property is really one-of-a-kind. It was built on the highest point of the island (which isn't very high,since Spanish Wells is a low lying island, but it is high enough to offer wonderful 360 degree views). This home was built in 1930 and was the first place that visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could stay. It is quaint, charming, and full of character.

What makes this cottage unique

By the Seashore offers outstanding 360 degree ocean, bay, and harbour views along with views of Harbour Island, Russell Island, Royal Island, Meek's Patch, Charles Island, Ridley's Head, North Eleuthera, and more. This rental is most unique in that it also offers a motorboat, ocean kayak, and dock right in front. It is an easy stroll from an amazing secluded beach and all conveniences offered in Spanish Wells. With the motorboat, kayak, and bicycles offered with the rental, renters can easily explore this beautiful area and even find their own private island.

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Historic Cottage, Amazing 360 Ocean Views, Motorboat, Dock, Kayak, Bicycles
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera
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Awesome Family Spring Break!

  • 5 of 5
We just wanted to thank our wonderful hosts for a great week at By the Seashore! This is the first time that we have been to Spanish Wells. We have stayed on many islands in The Bahamas before including nearby mainland Eleuthera. This was the best yet. We feel that we should have found Spanish Wells sooner. By the Seashore is a very charming colorful island cottage with lots of character. When we first arrived, we first saw all the many bright colors of bougainvillea in full bloom all around the garden as well as large papaya trees full of fruit! BEAUTIFUL! We followed Capt. Smiley into the cottage, and noticed that all doors and were unlocked and open. We found it refreshingly odd that he didn't need to use any keys to let us inside the cottage! How many places in the world do people still leave all doors and windows open? The cottage is very well equipped, there are amazing water views from just about every door and window, and the sea breezes just flow through. The front porch has nice ocean views, the back porch has views down to the dock and harbour, and the top deck offers amazing 360 degree views all around the island, harbour, ocean and bay! The boat that is offered free of charge with the rental of this cottage is a huge plus for our family. The least expensive boat rental on the islands is $100/day! My husband likes to fly fish. He wasn't disappointed and caught many bonefish on this vacation. He would take the boat out early and by mid-morning the kids and I were ready to join him. We visited beautiful deserted beaches, coves, islands, and reefs by boat. The snorkeling is fantastic in this area. When feeling energetic, we cycled around Spanish Wells and Russell Island with the bicycles provided, or would take the ocean kayak out for a paddle. We could have walked or cycled to stores and restaurants, but we decided to rent a golf cart to zip around (especially when were feeling lazy --- we are on vacation after all.) Lorraine had golf cart rentals available nearby at the best prices in town. The Spanish Wells locals are exceptionally friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the many restaurants of Spanish Wells and Papa Scoops for fresh homemade ice cream each evening. The grocery store is Spanishis the largest that we have seen in any of the out islands that we have visited in The Bahamas with pretty good prices for The Bahamas. We have already reserved two weeks at By the Seashore for our summer vacation, so, yes, we will be back!
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from 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 really enjoyed having your family stay with us. I'm so happy that you enjoyed yourselves. Yes, By the Seashore has a charming historic cottage with a beautiful garden of hibiscus, bougainvillea, coconut trees, and papaya trees. Yes, persons do live in this area without locking doors or windows. The views and sea breezes are wonderful in this location. Your hubby was very proud of all the large bonefish he caught. You have to be a good and patient fisherman to catch those bonefish. Yes, it is nice to have a boat so you can visit uninhabited islands, cays, and beaches. It is also nice to get out to the barrier reef for snorkeling. Yep, you are not the only ones that have gotten lazy while on vacation. Many persons do end up renting a golf cart. Spanish Wells has a number of different restaurants, and Papa Scoops is loved by all. We look forward to welcoming you back for your summer vacation! See you soon :) Lorraine, Scuba, and Smiley..... :)
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
North Eleuthera Airport (elh)
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Government Ferry & Fast Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Secluded Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Shipyard Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Gap Restauratnt
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 is considered by many to be the most prosperous, clean, pristine, and safe community in The Bahamas. Spanish Wells offers grocery stores, restaurants / bars, a fully-stocked liquor store, bakeries, marinas, and more.

Other Activities: Boating, Rock Climbing, Cliff Diving, Basketball, Shopping, Kayaking, Spelunking, Bonefishing, Cave Exploring , parasailing

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Availability & Rates

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Spanish Wells Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
year round
Aug 18 2013 - Feb 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,375
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $100
Notes .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 By the Seashore only. The motorboat, ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk.
1 - 4 persons: $1375wk. year round except Christmas/ New Years (2 week min.) and Easter weeks - $1675/wk. Each additional person is $100/wk. Max. 11 persons. Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child. A $400/wk. refundable security deposit & $100 cleaning fee are required with final payment.
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Amenities

Amenities

Spanish Wells Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
  • Water View
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper floor
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upper open loft bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • Bedroom 1: Ground floor: King bed, paddle fan, A/C, door to front porch with ocean views. Bedroom 2: Ground floor: Queen bed, paddle fan, door to front porch with ocean views.. Bedroom 3: Upper floor: 2 queen beds, paddle fan, A/C, with ocean views. Bedroom 4: Upper floor: 1 queen bed, paddle fan. Open loft bedroom with door to upper deck and amazing views. Bedroom 5: Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Large dining table in kitchen seats 6. Dining table on back porch seats 4 - 6. Dining table on upper sun deck seats 4 - 6. Dining table on front porch seats 2. Air conditioning in king bedroom ground floor, and bedroom with 2 queen beds upper floor

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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