OCEANFRONT, PRIVATE BEACH, TENNIS COURT, DOCK, KAYAKS, BIKES

Joe Kirwin

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
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OCEANFRONT, PRIVATE BEACH, TENNIS COURT, DOCK, KAYAKS, BIKES

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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

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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.



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Joe Kirwin

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2001
Speaks french, italian, spanish, english
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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

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.

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.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.6
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews
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Cherokee Sound Abaco
Ann Arbor
4

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
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
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Cherokee Sound Abaco
Chicago, IL
5

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
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Cherokee Sound Abaco
Harlingen, Texas, USA
5

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
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Cherokee Sound Abaco
Washington DC
5

Wonderful Week-long Stay

  • 5 of 5
I had a lovely time at Bahamas back roads villa. I stayed with my girlfriend in the apartment on the first floor and it was exceedingly pleasant. We enjoyed being able to grill on the front deck, and took advantage of the screened porch, eating most of our meals at the table there and reading there when it rained.

First, Joe's email was very helpful. His directions were great and his recommendations for activities were just what we needed. We saw and went to many of them. The photos on the site don't do justice to how pretty the property was. It is a really pleasant place. It was clean and well maintained, and as soon as we had a problem (one day the water went out) it was fixed immediately.

The property is very pretty, with the harbor on one side and the bight on the other. We carried the kayaks over to the bight (a bit of a trek with the kayak but well worth it) and went to some of the recommended spots. The water was calm and clear and inviting. When we didn't feel like walking too far we swam off of the dock and thoroughly enjoyed its proximity. We also sat up on the deck at the top of the hill and read and watched the sun rise and set many days there.

The kitchen was great for preparing food (albeit a little bit dark) and was stocked with all the essentials. The dining room is nicely sized, though we ate most of our meals at the counter bar or on the screened porch. The multiple fans kept air moving nicely, and we never felt like we needed air conditioning. When we didn't grill we went to Pete's Pub for dinner, and the crowd there was very friendly, the food was great and the drinks were satisfying. It is a bit on the expensive side for a beach bar, but it was a fun spot to hang.

The master bedroom was excellent. The bed was comfortable, there was ample storage and lots of light from the windows. With the windows open and the fan on (occasionally) we stayed cool all night and comfortable during the day. It was nice to have the room opening up directly onto the screened porch. Cooking smells never penetrated the room. The bathroom is sufficient, though not spacious. It is efficient. There was hot water and good water pressure every time we showered. We kept them short in order to be more sustainable and save some water.

Bug spray is not really necessary except in the sunset hours. We were fine, and mostly unbitten. Other reviews over-exaggerated the bugs.

All in all it was a great stay and I would love to go back again!
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes
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Cherokee Sound Abaco
Washington DC
5

Wonderful Week-long Stay

  • 5 of 5
I had a lovely time at Bahamas back roads villa. I stayed with my girlfriend in the apartment on the first floor and it was exceedingly pleasant. We enjoyed being able to grill on the front deck, and took advantage of the screened porch, eating most of our meals at the table there and reading there when it rained.

First, Joe's email was very helpful. His directions were great and his recommendations for activities were just what we needed. We saw and went to many of them. The photos on the site don't do justice to how pretty the property was. It is a really pleasant place. It was clean and well maintained, and as soon as we had a problem (one day the water went out) it was fixed immediately.

The property is very pretty, with the harbor on one side and the bight on the other. We carried the kayaks over to the bight (a bit of a trek with the kayak but well worth it) and went to some of the recommended spots. The water was calm and clear and inviting. When we didn't feel like walking too far we swam off of the dock and thoroughly enjoyed its proximity. We also sat up on the deck at the top of the hill and read and watched the sun rise and set many days there.

The kitchen was great for preparing food (albeit a little bit dark) and was stocked with all the essentials. The dining room is nicely sized, though we ate most of our meals at the counter bar or on the screened porch. The multiple fans kept air moving nicely, and we never felt like we needed air conditioning. When we didn't grill we went to Pete's Pub for dinner, and the crowd there was very friendly, the food was great and the drinks were satisfying. It is a bit on the expensive side for a beach bar, but it was a fun spot to hang.

The master bedroom was excellent. The bed was comfortable, there was ample storage and lots of light from the windows. With the windows open and the fan on (occasionally) we stayed cool all night and comfortable during the day. It was nice to have the room opening up directly onto the screened porch. Cooking smells never penetrated the room. The bathroom is sufficient, though not spacious. It is efficient. There was hot water and good water pressure every time we showered. We kept them short in order to be more sustainable and save some water.

Bug spray is not really necessary except in the sunset hours. We were fine, and mostly unbitten. Other reviews over-exaggerated the bugs.

All in all it was a great stay and I would love to go back again!
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes
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+32 478277802
Cherokee Sound Abaco
United States
5

Beautiful, secluded spot!

  • 5 of 5
My recent vacation to the Bahamas Backroads Villa was wonderful. Located in Little Harbour, the secluded property is a pleasant and relaxing getaway. I was so impressed with how expansive it is, from the bight, private tennis courts, large house with multiple decks, and dock area. The pictures on the website really don't do it justice.

In addition, the house caretaker was quick to respond to our concerns and questions, and the information provided via email by the owner prior to arrival was particularly helpful. Directions to the grocery store and nearby beaches were essential, and a rental car is a must. Bookies' Beach (a short walk from the house) and Winding Bay (a 15 minute drive) were our favorites. As Pete's Pub is the only restaurant in the area, we cooked in a lot. This was one of the most fun parts of the trip, and the house is well equipped for cooking large meals and barbecues.

Highly recommended, and we can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

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

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Cherokee Sound Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas-New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Notes Rates vary depending on time of the year and the number of people in the group. The base rate of $1200 a week applies only to groups of two or less. Consult owner for Christmas and other holiday period rates.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Cherokee Sound Villa Accommodation and Amenities

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