HARBOUR VIEW WINNER 'TOP VACATION RENTAL 2012/3 BY FLIPKEY

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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HARBOUR VIEW WINNER 'TOP VACATION RENTAL 2012/3 BY FLIPKEY

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1 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, ideal for 2 adults (+2 children over 10)

Harbour View is a 2 storey villa on a elevated location overlooking the Ocean and offshore islands. The entire upper level is for rent with its own entry staircase leading to a balcony with view of both the North and South sides of the island of great Exuma. The balcony is equipped with loungers and table and chairs for outside dining.

Double doors lead to the interior; turn left and you are in the lounge dining area with sofa TV and a library of books and games. The sofa converts to a twin trundle bed and the room, has its own full bathroom.

As you enter from the Balcony the kitchenette is ahead of you with fridge, electric grill-pan, coffee maker, microwave & toaster oven and sink.

Turning right from the Balcony leads to the master bedroom suite, over 28 ft long with double windows to appreciate the amazing views. The bedroom has a walk-in closet & en-suite bathroom with double sink and walk-in shower.

All accommodation is equipped with fans and air conditioning. We are proud to have been awarded 2012 and 2013 top vacation rental award by Flipkey.

Your hosts: Your hosts have many years in the hospitality business, have lived on the island for 12 years and are on-site to assist when you have questions.

The surrounding area: The villa is set on elevated ground with views of both the North and South shores of this tropical island paradise. From our own dock you can kayak across the sheltered bay to the deserted island of Moriah Cay. This large marine sanctuary is where young grouper fish, rays, turtles and conch grow to maturity. The island has miles of white soft sand beaches to walk and search for shells. Or explore the inland lake and watch the Ospreys fishing. The colors of the waters vary according to the depth, from dark turquoise to pale green. The chances are that the only footsteps you will see are your own. Rent a car and explore the island and visit the many picture perfect beaches... That's why Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here. According to MNBC Exuma is among the top 5 tropical islands you must visit. We hope to see you.

Things to Do: Whether you sport is scuba diving or kiteboarding, snorkeling or just relaxing in the sun on a pristine beach, Exuma can provide the venue and Harbour View the setting.

You could eat out at a different restaurant every day, many located on a beach, where local fare such as Conch, either as cracked conch (fried in batter) or conch salad, or fresh grouper or lobster. If international cuisine is more to your taste we have Sandals Resort where you can get a day pass.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We absolutely fell in love with this place when we visited in 2012, that we just had to come back again! And hope to have many more visits in the future. We wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else on the island! Don and Gail are the best hosts you can ask for. They always respect your privacy, yet they are always available if you need anything at all! We have learned to always take their advice as well :) As far as the best beaches and the best food and prices on the island they are always spot on!!!!! They are some of the kindest people you could ever meet! They have made a book and maps with exact directions everywhere on the island down to the mile. They let you use their own personal kayaks to explore the cays across the harbor from the home. There you will find the BEST beaches on the island and you will almost always have them all to yourself! We spent hours enjoying all the marine life in the shallows there. Before your arrival, they will even ask if you'd like them to pick anything up for you from the market in case you don't have a chance to get there before it closes! You can't ask for better customer service! If you want to have a nice, peaceful secluded vacation this is, hands down, the best place you can go!!!! I promise you will not be disappointed! Thank you Don and Gail for letting us stay at your beautiful home!!!! We will definitely be coming back.....lots of times!!
Jun 2014
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Don

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Speaks english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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4.9
based on 15 traveler reviews

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HARBOUR VIEW winner 'Top Vacation Rental 2012/3 by Flipkey
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
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HARBOUR VIEW winner 'Top Vacation Rental 2012/3 by Flipkey
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

PEACE AND QUIET

  • 5 of 5
A week's stay in Exuma provided exactly the much needed peace and relaxation we so desperately needed. Gail and Don were terrific hosts, offering suggestions and making arrangements for trips and meals to ensure that we made the most of our trip. Harbour View is easy to find -- especially with Don's excellent directions, and is located about a 20 minute drive from town. The views from the upstairs apartment truly are beautiful and the stars at night are just breathtaking. The one bedroom is perfect for couples who enjoy being out and about during the day and who appreciate quiet evenings. During our trip, we made use of the kayak (thanks to Don's instructions), visited private beaches, met amazing people, and enjoyed the Bahamian lifestyle. Based upon Don and Gail's advice, we dined at (and loved) Tropic Breeze, Santana's and Peace and Plenty. I do recommend that if you are in need of a few food items/beverages that you visit Sheila's little convenience store which is within walking distance from Harbour View. This was an amazing trip that we will not soon forget!
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Tracie. It was a pleasure having you both stay with us. Please come again, don't forget that returning guests get a 10% discount.
Thanks for bringing our friends up to date with our family news !!
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5
If your looking for a great house in a great place this is it! The price was great, very affordable. Had everything we needed. Great location on the island. You will need to rent a car. Don & Gail were very helpful and were great hosts!
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you J. It was a pleasure having you stay with us. We hope you will consider us again. We do offer a 10% discount to returning guests. .
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HARBOUR VIEW winner 'Top Vacation Rental 2012/3 by Flipkey
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

NICE AND PEACEFUL PLACE

  • 5 of 5
We arrived at the airport around 7 p.m. and a band was playing while we were waiting to pass the gates. What a warmful welcome! ( if you rent a car, be sure to have a flashlight, i will help so much to read the paper in your car at night and it will save time if you are tired). Don were a very perfect host. He makes our stay a real pleasure. It's usefull to be able to have information or details about the things we wanted to do. The view on the deck is wonderful and the beach in front with an acess close to the house was very useful too. We took the kayak and we walked on the beach alone for long time. Try Cheater restaurant. Don't be afraid of the outdoor because the owner is so generous and his food is so fresh, delicious and cheap. We had a great week and we met very good persons. Have fun!
Caroline
Blainville, Qc, Canada
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Caroline, Thank you for your kind words we enjoyed having you stay at Harbour View. If hosts rated guests you would get 5 stars. We hope to see you again.
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Great Exuma Exuma
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
3

BEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH SOME SHORTCOMINGS

  • 3 of 5
We stayed at Harbour view in April and were well received by its owners, Don and Gail. The house has 2 floors and they rent the top. The house has a good location and it's 15 minutes from George Town way to Little Exuma (definitely we recommend a car for getting around the island). Harbour View is also close to 2 of the best beaches in the exumas, Tropic of Cancer Beach and Pretty Molly Bay. The space they rent of the house consists of a spacious bedroom with a queen size bed and English style furniture, and has a window overlooking the sea and the cays, but does not have any kind of curtain, something really unexplainable, the sun makes you wake up at 6 AM. Also the room has a large and well decorated bathroom, air conditioning which makes noise and it's a bit annoying to sleep at night. There is a another room that can be a dining room with a kitchen in which we find a refrigerator, a microwave and electric oven, but no stove making it difficult to prepare several meals. Also in the room is a small TV and small dining table 90 x 45 cms. approx. with 3 chairs, there is another bathroom attached to this room. You can also find a bookcase with several books and the owners have prepared a folder with everything you can do on the island.
The house has a terrace which can be used by the guests with breathtaking open views of the sea and the cays, really spectacular. You can also use the kayak and reach Moriah Cay and Man o War Cay which are just meters from the house, we recommend the beaches and one can be truly alone (use sunscreen 30 or 50 because the sun is terrible there).
The negative aspects were: the lack of curtains in the bedroom, the lack of stove in the kitchen, lack of washing and drying machines, the lack of a telephone for local calls and air conditioning noise in the bedroom.
Don and Gail are kind people, they like to talk and try to advise the best possible, they should try to correct these points to enhance the stay of the guests.
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your vacation. With regard to your negative aspects I would point out that our property description clearly states that we do not provide a stove, a washing machine or a dryer. Our air conditioning does have a "sleep" setting which reduces the sound for peaceful sleep, maybe you missed it.
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Great Exuma Exuma
Fort Worth Texas
5

HARBOUR VIEW

  • 5 of 5
Of all the possible places we could have picked to stay I couldn’t have been happier to have chosen ‘Harbour View’. My wife and I were looking for a quiet location away from it all in order to just chill out and take it easy for a week but finding somewhere that has the right balance of comfort, price and locale is a difficult task and having made mistakes in the past I really wanted to get it right this time. If you’re looking for a ‘resort’ type of atmosphere then this is the wrong place for you, this will be the opposite of the ‘canned’ vacation you would find there, instead you will find a spacious apartment offering solitude with everything you need from a very comfortable bed, reliable wifi, basic kitchen, a living room (that has a pullout bed for kids), not one but two bathrooms, reliable AC and a balcony all to yourself with a view that I’m at a loss for words to describe. Moriah Cay is just a couple of hundred yards away and easily accessible with the kayak provided, I highly recommend a trip there if you want to experience beautiful deserted beaches and turquoise waters of almost impossible color, take a packed lunch with you and lots of sunscreen!
I thoroughly recommend renting a car so you can explore more of the island, we got one through Thompsons who provided us with a reliable Honda Accord with a good 100,000 miles on the clock but as I said it was reliable so who cares?! It’s not like you’re going to be covering hundreds of miles in Exuma because you can’t! You just need transport to the next beach or watering hole…….
We also rented a small Boston Whaler from Minns to explore Stocking Island and some of the other Cays nearby, this is thoroughly recommended, Don and Gail (our hosts) pointed out some of the choice places to visit which we intended to do but ended up falling in with the crowd at Chat N Chill (great open air beach bar/restaurant) and we achieved about 30% of our goals but no problem because it just gives me more of an excuse to return sometime so we can finish our exploration!
Don and Gail who own Harbour View and live on the lower floor could not have been more accommodating, they are warm, friendly, genuine people from England who have lived in Exuma for a long time, they are very knowledgeable of what there is to do and offer great advice when needed but also respect your privacy so you can enjoy the wonderful solitude that this location has to offer.
We can’t wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David. Thank you for your review. That you took the time to review your stay is much appreciated. We look forward to having you back again.
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Great Exuma Exuma
5

BEST DEAL ON THE ISLAND WITH AWESOME VIEWS

  • 5 of 5
This house was exactly what we were looking for. It was a great location, well furnished, very clean, and had an awesome view. It is probably one of the best deals on the Island. We paddled over to Moriah Cay for half the days and had a wonderful time kayaking, exploring, fishing, shelling and swimming. We spent the other half of our time exploring the Island. Our hosts, Don and Gail never intruded on us but were always there to answer any questions including calling local restaurants to assure they were open. We have stayed at another house on the Island a few years back but the lack of any on site support left us always wondering about things. Not so with the owners just downstairs - it was a huge plus! We will be back. We have been travelling to the Exumas for the last 25 years and this was one of the best trips we had and by far the most economical. We are already planning next years trip. I cannot say enough positive things about staying at this location. Truly an awesome experience.
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marvin. It was a delight to have you with us.
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Exuma International (MYEF) (GGT)
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Queens Highway
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Moriah Harbour Cay
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Cheaters
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Sandals resort at Emerald Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Turquoise Cay
Car: necessary

Our home is 60 yards from the Ocean and off the main highway. We have our own dock and kayak launch slip. We overlook Moriah Harbour Cay which is a deserted and protected marine reserve. The waters between our home and the Cays are sheltered and calm and a 10 minute kayak ride takes you to the beautiful beaches and warm turquoise waters that the Bahamas are famous for and where yours will be the only footprints. Voted one of the five best islands to live in a recent MSNBC article. The area is recognized as one of the best for Bone fishing.

Other Activities: fishing, bone fishing, kite boarding, shelling, wind surfing, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, sun bathing, beach exploring, boat trips, kayaking, paddle boarding, perfecting the art of doing nothing!

Golf: Golf is available at The Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay

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Availability & Rates

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Great Exuma House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
year round
Feb 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
$180
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$180
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,100
$4,000
 
 
2015rate
Nov 1 2014 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
$185
$1,250
$4,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

A refundable deposit of 50% of total cost is due at time of booking. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
Notes Cancellations: Cancellations more than 60 days prior to arrival will receive deposit in full less $100 Cancellations between 31 and 59 days prior to arrival will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival will not receive a refund. If a cancellation is caused by an imminent hurricane threat, then the vacation may be rebooked at no additional cost, at dates to suit both parties.
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Amenities

Great Exuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Telescope
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have toilet, basin and shower. The master bathroom has double basin and separate walk in shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , children must be 10 yrs or older
  • The master bedroom is over 28 ft long with double windows overlooking the Ocean and offshore islands. Air conditioned with cathedral ceilings and double ceiling fans. Has a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. Perfect for two adults The second bed is a trundle bed in the lounge area and has its own full bathroom and also has air conditioning and ceiling fan. Intended for two children aged 10 or older.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • library
  • pond
  • water parks
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • coin laundry
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • tennis
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing

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

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