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Enchanting Light-Filled Villa Directly on French Leave Beach

Matthew Simon and Susan Lawless

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Matthew Simon and Susan Lawless

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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2015
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Enchanting Light-Filled Villa Directly on French Leave Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Governor's Harbour House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Goodwind House, a spacious three-bedroom villa located directly on world-famous French Leave Beach, a pristine beach renowned for its pink sand and turquoise water. French Leave Beach is 75 yards wide and over a mile long, with only five houses on the entire length. Goodwind has an abundance of glass for sweeping beach and ocean views from all major rooms. Enjoy the shifting hues and gentle sounds of the ocean from our generous screened and shaded verandas framed by elegant stucco arches.

Goodwind House sleeps 6 in its three bedrooms. If you have a larger group, we have another house 150 feet away that you can rent along with it. Please inquire for details.

Goodwind house is located a mile from the town of Governors Harbour on historic Banks Road, the premier location on Eleuthera, famous for its grand estates. There is an excellent reef for snorkeling a short walk down the beach, inhabited by a wide variety of reef fishes.

Goodwind House has a large light-filled great room with 360-degree views. All the windows open to catch the ocean breeze, and there are six ceiling fans (no air conditioner in great room). The great room includes a dining area with seating for up to 12 guests and a complete wet bar with ice-maker. There is seating for fifteen in the living area, centered on an entertainment center with flat screen TV and a separate projects/game table. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the great room for those who wish to entertain while cooking. The spacious screen porch has dining tables with seating for ten. There is also a large hammock, beloved by the children. There is an open deck towards the sea furnished with four recliners with end tables between them, and nearby, a gas grill for outdoor cooking.

Goodwind House sleeps 6 in beds in its three bedrooms. All bedrooms are air-conditioned. The upstairs master bedroom suite has a king-size four-poster bed, his and hers closets, and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Downstairs are two more bedrooms, both with king beds, and two more bathrooms, one with a walk-in shower and one with a shower-tub combination. The third bedroom has a king bed. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer.

Amenities at Goodwind include WIFI, satellite TV, and a landline telephone for local calls. We have plenty of board games, toys, and books.

Goodwind comes with everything you need to enjoy our beautiful beach. There are six beach chairs, three market umbrellas, and plenty of beach toys. The more adventurous can explore the nearby reefs and beaches in our two SEA KAYAKS.

French Leave Beach is an idyllic, mile-long, crescent-shaped beach. There are only five houses on the entire length of this spectacular beach. The surf is very mild, protected by a large reef system that parallels the shore. The water on French Leave Beach is literally crystal clear: with no rivers or streams on the island, Eleuthera's seas are free of sediment and among the clearest in the world.

The Beach House restaurant and bar is located a short walk down the beach, and Tippy's famous beachside restaurant is just a mile away (you can also walk the beach to get there). Both offer fine dining and live entertainment. Other upscale restaurants within easy driving distance include Cocodimama and The Bistro at Sky Beach Club.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Matthew Simon and Susan Lawless (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
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Enchanting Light-Filled Villa Directly on French Leave Beach
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Great Beach House on French Leave

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Goodwind House for 7 nights and recommend the place very highly. It is a very, very spacious, pretty beach house with Caribbean style right on the most beautiful beach I have seen. The house has all you could ask for - plenty of linens, beach chairs, comfortable beds, a game cabinet, kayaks, books, and a kitchen that is stocked for actual cooking. We were a family of five and everyone loved it. We also appreciated with efforts of our agent, Matt Simon of Eleuthera Vacation Rentals, who was helpful and responsive with many details of our stay. A beautiful place that we would love to rent again. Sorry we had to go!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Atlanta, GA

The most amazing place!!

  • 5 of 5

First off, a big thank you to Julianna and company for helping us find this amazing location! The owner, David, was fantastic. He saw we weren't arriving until after the local grocery store closed and asked if he could grab us anything for the next morning. That tells you right away what kind of person he is. He went above and beyond with that one. We also changed houses at the last minute with no problems at all, David owns them both, so it worked out well. We went with the Goodwind house because it was directly on the beach. We will not stay anywhere else but the Goodwind house when we go to Eleuthera and we will be back.

The house was great, it had everything anyone could want. Fully stocked kitchen, air conditioned bedrooms, large and open great room with the perfect sea breezes and nice decor. You are on one of the most amazing beaches in the world and no one knows about it, lets keep it that way. The most people we saw out there at any one time were about 12. It has the softest pink sand. It doesn't just look pink when the sun shines just right, it is pink. There is a beautiful reef just off the beach, very easy to reach from shore. We saw every kind of fish imaginable. The house comes with 2 kayaks, which is perfect for exploring a little farther out. Skip, the caretaker was great, he made sure we had everything we needed and the gardener was very friendly.

Governors Harbor is just a 3 minute drive and they have anything you need, grocery store, liquor store, dive shop, gas station and a few good restaurants. Don't miss the fish fry on Friday nights, it's a great time, it's fun to mingle with all the locals. GH is in the middle of the island, which makes day trips up north or down south quite accessible. Renting a car is a must.

Lighthouse Beach is a must see, the road getting there is a challenge, but well worth it.

You could explore this island for two weeks straight and not see half it has to offer, it's a magical place. You need to swim in the Ocean Hole and jump off their cliffs. We explored the most amazing beaches and the coolest caves almost every day.

We asked our kids (14 and 11) if they would rather go back to Atlantis or Eleuthera and without hesitation they both said Eleuthera. These kids have been to many Caribbean islands and have seen many a pretty beach, so for them to want to go back says a lot. I would recommend this house to families who like adventure or ones that just want to chill-ax, because you can definitely do both.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
livermore, ca.

beautiful beach

  • 4 of 5

This house is on one of the best beaches on the island and in a good location. Though the house was older and basic, it was nice enough with all the amenities needed. The breezeway in the middle of the house was a nice plus especially when the power went out (twice). We never had to turn the air conditioners on, the bedrooms all had fans above the beds, which was enough. The beds were comfortable with nice sheets.

The house is very close to town and in the middle of the island. There is a restaurant next to it with live music on Thursday which you can hear until 10Pm. We went there once and was not impressed especially with the bad service. Also beware that the restaurants on the island add their tip on the bill which I wish someone would have warned me about.

The lighthouse beach is a must see. The road getting there is terrible but worth it.

Matt was always helpful especially when we missed our flight in Miami (even though we got there 1 hour before the flight left) due to our connecting flight delayed for 2 hours. American airlines said our luggage would not make it there???

I would recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

A perfect home for an amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family of four (w/ a 3 & 6yo) and my parents stayed at the Goodwind House recently, and I can't say enough nice things about it. Tara & Julianna at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals made rental process very easy, and they were very helpful throughout our stay. Everything in the description was spot on, and there are many more great things we found. The set up is ideal. Having the sleeping quarters so separate from the living area meant everyone could run on their own schedule. The large, open living-kitchen-dining area is great for entertaining. If you are looking for a house with an authentic beach/island feel, you won't be disappointed. The house feels much more homey than some other places we have rented. By this I mean that it was very comfortable, impeccably decorated, and it had everything we needed. The location in central Eleuthera is perfect as it allows day-trip access to both the north and south parts of the island. Location on the Atlantic means that even on the hottest days, the breeze in the patio will keep you refreshed. French Leave Beach was amazing and was great for body surfing, running (the sand is sooo soft!) and kayaking. Twin Cove beach is just a walk away (sure, it's a 1.5 mile walk, but you will enjoy the scenery and tide pools along the way). We also enjoyed Ten Bay, which was great for shelling and is great for young kids as it is very calm & shallow. Lighthouse Beach is about a ~1.5 hr drive to the south on some really rough roads, but it is a MUST. Be sure to go to both the bay side and the Atlantic side. We also went to Preacher's Cave & the beach nearby, which ended up having the best snorkeling of our trip. There were so many other beaches that we just didn't have time to visit. Given the nearly 200 miles of beach, we had almost every beach nearly to ourselves. My favorite restaurants (in order) are Rainbow Inn (~30 min drive north), Tippy's (1 mi south), the Beach House (right next door!) and Sunset Inn (just south of Gov Harbour). When you go to Eleuthera, you may be initially taken aback, as I was, by the lack of infrastructure and the number of decaying structures, but very quickly I came to appreciate the stunning beauty of the land & sea, the endless number of outdoor activities, the genuine friendliness of the residents, and all of the STARS. We ended every evening enjoying a Sands beer and gazing up at the infinite number of stars in the sky. A perfect end to our perfect days at the Goodwind House.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much!


  • 4 of 5

Property was very nice and Tara and Julianna along with JJ and Skip were most helpful in making the stay a wonderful experience. The house was everything that was advertised and gave enough room for the 5 of us to have time shared together while still being able to get private time. The short walk down the path to the beach was nice. The most people that I saw on the beach at any one time was about 15.

We enjoyed eating at Tippy's, Sky Beach Club and The Beach House (next door). All had great food and friendly service. We also enjoyed partaking of the festival that was going on during our stay and everyone must check out the Friday night fish fry where you can get conch salad, fried fish or barbeque chicken and then dance away in the streets!

Highly recommend visiting and staying there! We will plan to be back and visit more of the island along with another trip out with Fishbone Tours and Captain Bubba (Julius)!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

MORE THAN PLEASED with Goodwind house!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I was so pleased with the home and the management of it! We took a leap of faith to come to Eleuthera and so glad we decided to go. Having 3 teenage kids, I thought the island would be too slow for their high-speed life, but we were all impressed by how nature provides all the entertainment!

Not only are the locals wonderful, but the beaches and water and unspoiled and beautiful. We arrived at night and the house was beautifully lit and inviting when we pulled into the driveway. Everything we needed was there; well stocked kitchen, sea kayaks, toys and games for the kids, Wifi, super clean and quality linens/towels, TV, A/C in the rooms and the entire Living Room opened up to create this amazing fresh crossbreeze throughout it all day long.

When we woke up the next morning, we couldn't believe our eyes, we were staying on the most amazing beach on the island!!! It was so wide and the water was this incredible crystal blue color. We even had two dolphins come visit our beach a few days and we were able to snorkel and kayak around with them, my son even got to touch one as it was playing with us! I even went to Oceanview farms a mile down the road past Tippy's and went horseback riding on the beach.

We used the grill outside to cook the fresh fish brought in by the local fisherman from the end of our beach. The town is a quick hop away which made grocery shopping so easy and effortless. Strolling one sandy path to our left and we were sitting pleasantly at Beach House restaurant listening to wonderful live bands and sipping a cool drink.

The home has a wonderful breezeway connecting the sleeping quarters from the living space and since it is screened in and shaded, we ate our lunches out there every day. The quality teak umbrellas were already set up on the beach for us and stayed there overnight, so no need to set them up each day.

We had only one small glitch happen while there; our water had turned off mistakenly by the grounds keeper. The water company service was called and the problem resolved in no time at all. Everyone was very efficient and pleasant.

Being so pleased with our stay, we have now begun the process of planning our next vacation in Eleuthera this August!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Governors Harbour (GHB) Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Beach House
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
The Beach House
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
French Leave Beach
Car: recommended

Goodwind house is located near Governors Harbour on the historic Banks Road, the premier location on Eleuthera, famous for its grand estates. The Beach House restaurant and bar is located close by, and Tippy’s famous beachside restaurant is a mile away (you can also walk the beach to get there). Both offer fine dining and live entertainment. The town of Governors Harbour, a mile away, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. The recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, hosts a weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, 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 is a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing


Rates & Availability

From $2,950 Per week

Governor's Harbour House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Spring
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Apr 26 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 21 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2016 - Apr 23 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.5%
Notes $3000 to $5000/wk U.S. Dollars; Easter week $4450
Dates Available: Year round
Security deposit: $1000

Cancellation Policy

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Governor's Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Additional housekeeping optional for an extra charge.

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