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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes

Joe Kirwin

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Joe Kirwin

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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Cherokee Sound Villa Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms Plus kayaks, bikes

Bahama Backroads villa is one of the few rental properties in the Bahamas with private tennis court, dock, and beach. There are panoramic ocean sunrise and bay sunset views. World-class sailfishing is only ten minutes from dock. Best Bahamian bonefishing out the backdoor.

Tennis in the morning, fishing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, diving, or just plain lounging in the afternoon. If you want pure rest and relaxation, this is the place. Use of two sea kayaks and four bicycles come with the cottage.

The house also features a game room with ping pong and fusball table. A pool table has recently been added to the upstairs porch. There is also a weight machine for daily workouts. Three bicycles and two sea kayaks are included in the rental.

The Bahama Backroads villa, located on two secluded acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, also now includes a separate, spacious one-bedroom, one-bath apt with with dining area, terrace and fully equipped kitchen overlooking garden and with water view. This apt is only available to a rental group that might have separate family or friends who want to join for a visit. Inquire to owner for rates.

The Abaco Club oceanfront golf course is only 10 minutes away and the Treasure Key championship golf course is only a 30-minute drive. Little Harbour is located 25 miles south of Marsh Harbor, where car and boat rentals are available. Forty-minute flights to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and West Palm Beach with American, Continental, and US Airways.

There are numerous nearby beaches withing walking distance. The Winding Bay beach is easily reached via bicycle. Cherokee, a charming old Bahamian fishing village, is also nearby and offers a great beach and swimming pier. There is a also great bonefishing in the Cherokee Sound.

Other day trips includes a visit to the nearby Abaco National Park to see wild parrots.

One of the best ways to tailor your stay at the Bahama Backroads villa is to rent a boat in Marsh Harbour and make the 45 minute journey down through the Sea of Abaco. Along the way there is the Pelican Keys underwater nature reserve where you can tie up to a mooring ball and snorkle. Schools of huge, harmless leopard rays are plentiful in the reserve.

There are also various barrier islands that can easily be reached by taking the kayaks from the dock at the house. There are miles of secluded, pristine beaches on those barrier islands.

Keywords: Secluded oceanfront villa, private beach, private tennis court, two kayaks and four bicycles, pool table, phoos ball table, fitness room, panoramic sunning deck

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joe Kirwin (Owner)
Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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About Joe Kirwin

I am a freelance writer who first visited the Bahamas on a sailboat more than 20 years ago and have been coming back ever since.

My appreciation of the unspoiled tropical environment that the Bahama Backroads Villa featurs stems from a career writing about environmental and sustainable living issues. Previously I worked for Time Magazine and the United Nations Environment Program and was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where I served as the editor of UNEP's Our Planet magazine.

Joe Kirwin purchased this villa in 1999

Why Joe Kirwin chose Cherokee Sound

Little Harbour is unique village in an unspoiled tropical environment. Having seen the haphazard, reckless development of so many beautiful seaside resorts over the years it is nice to be able to go to one that is still an oasis from crowds and crass overdevelopment.

What makes this villa unique

A typical day starts with a swim and then breakfast on the porch. Later in the morning I try to get in a game of tennis. After doing chores around the house I usually do some reading and otherwise just take it easy. After some late afternoon fly-fishing in the flats in Robinson's Bight, the highlight of the evening is a cocktail on the screened porch that offers a stupendous sunset panorama.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time. The house was so much larger than we expected and the location was stunning. I think next time, we will bing the whole family.

Congratulations on Having a great property!
Dec 2012
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes
average rating of 4.5625 based on 27 reviews
Washington, DC

Great getaway from the daily grind

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had a great time staying here. Best way I can describe it is like camping, but at the beach. Weather was gorgeous the entire time. Every day we would wake up, watch the sunrise, play tennis or go for a walk, lay out in the sun, cool off in the ocean, then watch the sun set. Having access to the internet was also a nice amenity, though we rarely used it.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Fantastic 'getaway' spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful house for the second consecutive year. Its location provides spectacular views and lush gardens. There is a deck that is on the cliff that overlooks the Little Bay and the Atlantic ocean that provides a perfect spot to rest, relax, read, do yoga or meditate. The house is large and comfortable with lots of opportunities for activities including a ping pong table and pool table. Beautiful screened porch with Adirondack chairs for sunset viewing! Great tennis courts that border on another bay where one can windsurf, beach-comb for shells, or sunbathe. From the house, we walked to the other side of Little Harbor to Pete's Pub where we enjoyed lunches, dinners, and relaxing evenings with music & local residents. There are bikes available at the house to ride to other parts of the island to enjoy the pink-sand beaches & the quaint village of Cherokee. This is a great location for anyone looking to get away from the 'rat race' and rejuvenate themselves! We can hardly wait to go back again!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Location, House Could Use Some Work

  • 3 of 5

My family and I just returned from a week in Abaco and had a wonderful time. The location of the house deserves 5/5 stars, the house itself deserves 2 or 3/5. I settled on an overall rating of 3 due to the condition of the house so that people are aware of what they are getting into. The low point of the trip was upon our arrival we found a used "adult toy" in the bedside dresser and a dead cockroach in the bathroom, at that point we had to question the overall cleanliness of the house moving forward.


Great fishing, snorkeling, bird-watching and condition of the tennis courts.


Overall condition of the house (needs to be cleaned and screens/doors replaced=duct tape is not a fix to a large tear in a screen when there are numerous hardware stores on the island), bugs can be very bad and the only way to avoid them is by shutting all the door/windows and running a fan next to the bed (unfortunately this can be an issue due to the power required to run the fans). 5/5 bikes cannot be ridden due to flat tires, nonworking brakes/shifters and should either be replaced or removed as available for this posting, Kayaks are difficult to get in/out of water though we were able to manage and enjoyed using them, no basketball provided for the court so you will have to bring your own. WiFi is provided but is on a “limited plan” (which we were not aware of until it ran out), please be aware of this in case you have an emergency and need to contact someone.

We were made aware that electrical use should be limited as much as possible and during the day used zero electricity and at night ate and cooked by lantern. The only time we used electricity was one bedside light at night to read for an hour and 2 fans (one in each bedroom we used) but the electricity reading was still below what the owner recommended each morning when we awoke=if you are not prepared to function on close to zero electrical use this is not the place for you. Being we had nothing but sun the entire week my guess is the overall solar system could use an upgrade.

Overall I would recommend Abaco in a heartbeat but would be apprehensive to recommend this particular property. My advice to the owner would be to reinvest some of the rental money back into the house, do a deep clean of the house and check all drawers prior to rentals. The small issues add up to make for a poorly run property.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The negative comments made in this review relate directly to the fact that a ``sex toy'' was found upon arrival in one of the drawers of a dresser. Obviously this was left by the previous renter and my cleaner did not find it. And for that I apologized. However as this item was considered highly offensive to the renter's social mores it triggered a chain reaction of complaints about the house - all of which are either unfounded or unjustified. This includes complaints about the high-speed Wi-Fi system, which is free and works without problems, as well as the overall electrical system. Despite making it clear in advance that the house is off the grid in a tropical environment and therefore energy conservation is important this group continually left lights, fans, televisions, computers, telephones and other appliances on, refrigerator doors open and took lengthy showers several times a day. Therefore they overloaded the electrical system and ran the batteries down. In more than 15 years of renting the house, I do occasionally get negative reviews such as this one and each time they have come from a group whose luxury hotel habits make it difficult to adopt a simple, basic, environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Ann Arbor

Total escape!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a great week at the Backroads villa. The views are spectacular. The privacy is fantastic and the water is much clearer and bluer than the photos represent. The house much bigger than we actually needed. The tennis court was in great shape and we enjoyed the pool table and ping pong table. The no-seeums were a bit annoying and we did everything we could to not open doors or turn on lights from sunset on and still we had alot of bites every morning. The harbour is filled with sea turtles and spotted eagle rays and Lionel is a great fishing and snorkeling captain. We would recommend this to people looking for a quiet peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Chicago, IL

Off the tourist path-relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Large, nice house well south of more populated Marsh Harbour. Many bedrooms, in good shape on a hill overlooking a very pretty harbour. Kitchen very well stocked and appointed. Tennis court in A+ condition. Beautiful waters in the Bight to the north and beaches to the south. Great bar/restaurant (Pete's Pub) just across the harbour. Nice and quiet and allows for a true non-touristy island experience. Rental car required to get around. Kayaks on site and good fishing inshore/offshore nearby. Owner very helpful with local info and requests. Great place.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Harlingen, Texas, USA

Best place in the Bahamas for Birders!

  • 5 of 5

Our group was mixed snorkelers, swimmers, fishermen, birders, explorers, relaxers. We couldn't have picked a better rental than this one.

Especially for birding. We were trying to stay toward the south end of Abaco, where the National Park is, and discovered that many of the Bahama endemic target species were as close as the front yard! For example - the Bahama Woodstar worked the gardens. And the biggie - the Bahama Parrot - was only about 10 miles south in an old development, rather than all the way down in the Park. We understand that in the Winter it even ranges up into the Little Harbour area.

Little Harbour is a scenic, charming area - tucked away with lots of great unspoiled land in the area - varying from pine forests to tropical scrub to mangrove marsh. Lots to explore in the area. Pete's Pub is great fun and good food.

Snorkeling was okay in the area. Best is Mermaid Reef up near Marsh Harbour.

Jim's bonefishing guide recommendation was great.

Jim also arranged for a local birder to stop by our first morning there and give birding tips - very helpful! He also helped with some tips on understanding how the utilities work - since it's all self-contained solar and wind, there's some interesting things to learn about it all.

Again, if you're interested in the birds of the Bahamas, this is THE place to be!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Marsh Harbour International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pete's Pub
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Marsh Harbour-Hopetown-Guana Cay-Man O'War
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Abaco Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pete's Pub and Grill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
private beach bordering on the property
Car: necessary

The Bahama Backroads is located in the seaside villag ef Little Harbour, which includes a pub-restaurant, gallery and foundry where marine sculptures and jewelry is made. There are various beaches and uninhabited islands to explore.

There is also a championship, oceanfront golf course nearby as well as superb fly and deep sea fishing.


Rates & Availability

From $1,350 Per week

Cherokee Sound Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
spring high season
Mar 21 2015 - Jun 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
Christimas-New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125.00
Notes Rates vary depending on time of the year and the number of people in the group. The base rate of $1350 a week applies only to groups of two or less. It also only applied to rentals from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday or Sunday. For mid week to mid week rentals, rates are higher.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cherokee Sound Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Each bedroom has an adjoining full bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Property measures 2 acres, totally secluded and located on peninsula. Property extends from one side of the peninsula to the other with water on both sides.

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