HARBOUR VIEW RATED 'EXCELLENT' BY MAJOR TRAVEL COMPANY

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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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 and rated 'excellent' by Tripadvisor.

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
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
My husband and I stayed at Harbour view for the best 9 days of my adult life. My husband planned the trip and I went into it with no expectations to avoid disappointment but even if I would have set my expectations as high as possible, this vacation would have exceeded them.



We had a rough travel day, so finally arriving on the island and getting our first glimpse of the most saturated turquoise water we had ever seen, sinking our tired feet into the white powdery sand, while feeling the warm tropical breeze on our skin, set all the stress of the day far, far behind us.



We rented a car to explore the island, which is absolutely recommended. There is so much to see, so a car is a must. Adjusting to driving on the opposite side of the road was an adventure straight out of the gate, but provided some good laughs. When we arrived at Harbour View, which was less than 30 minutes from the airport, we were greeted with 2 warm smiles from Don & Gail. I knew instantly that they were kind and genuine folks, which was comforting. They made us feel right at home and gave us the best advice when we asked all throughout our stay.

The room is lovely. You can't beat the view from the bed. It was incredible waking up to a view of the Mariah Harbour Cay every morning. The kitchen had everything we needed and we loved the shower. We enjoyed many evenings on the lovely spacious deck as well.



If you're worried about what to do and how to navigate the island, if you stay at Harbour View, scratch that off the things-to-worry-about list, because Don has created the Holy Grail of information about the island in the form of a binder full of restaurant suggestions, beaches & maps of how to get to everything. It was invaluable. We didn't leave the house without it. Don and Gail are also there whenever you have questions about anything. You only see or hear them when you need them. I don't know how they did it but we felt totally secluded and alone but with one ring of a bell, they were right there with loads of great information. We really appreciated that.

The best part about Harbour View were the kayaks. Don loans them out for you to kayak and explore The Moriah Harbour Cay. It was our first time kayaking and we LOVED it! It will certainly not be the last time. We chose to explore the Cay 3 days out of the 9. Let me tell ya... It. Is. Beautiful. We visited 8 beaches along the island and the Moriah Harbour Cay was our favorite. And we didn't see one single person any of those day
Jul 2014
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Don

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We have managed rental properties for over 10 years in The Bahamas. We know the Islands and we are here to ensure that your vacation is one to remember.

We are yards from the Ocean in an area of protected water with offshore deserted islands that are designated as a marine reserve and accessible with our kayaks. We are mid way between the Eastern and Western Ends of the island and close to the best beaches.

The only way to access the marine reserve on Moriah Cay is by kayak or boat from Hartswell. It cannot be reached by a rental boat from George Town.

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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4.9
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HARBOUR VIEW rated 'excellent' by major travel company
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
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Great Exuma Exuma
Fort Worth Texas
5

Beautiful quiet location with wonderful views

  • 5 of 5
This is the third time my wife and I have visited ‘Harbour View’ and for good reason, this is truly a unique location for a holiday with a stunning views right from your bedroom window and access to some fabulous beaches. If you want a quiet, ‘get away from it all’ experience you’ve found the right place.
To fully appreciate Exuma it’s necessary to rent a car as your location is fairly remote, we’ve used Thompson’s each time and have been pleased with their service - no hassles and reliability each time. This allows you to visit the various lovely beaches that the island has to offer and of course to pick up supplies when needed from the Georgetown supermarket. Our teenage kids accompanied us for the first time and we spent many occasions together snorkeling in different locations being witness to so much of the undersea life that this part of the world has to offer. Sting Rays, barracudas, Moray eels, turtles, lobsters, a nurse shark and of course too many different types of colorful fish to describe. Alas no dolphin this time but not to worry as it just gives us an excuse to return! After this experience we’re going to have to look at scuba lessons……..
A highlight of any visit should be a kayak trip to the nearby Moriah Cay or Man O’ War Cay, there are two tandem kayaks available to use and it’s only a short distance away to either one of these islands from Harbour View, bring a pack lunch with you and a bunch of sunscreen! These Cays are both uninhabited and gorgeous, deserted beaches with turquoise water will take your breath away.
Renting a small boat from Minns Watersports to visit the islands surrounding Elizabeth Harbour is highly recommended also, again many lovely beaches small and large to experience and the added bonus of Chat N Chill’s on Stocking Island - great burger shack not to be missed!
And of course Don and Gail Amesbury, your hosts living downstairs, wonderful people and long term residents of Exuma who have extensive knowledge of the island, always ready to offer suggestions for activities but also respectful of your privacy.
we can’t wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, Its always a delight to have you and K stay with us, with or without your attractive and polite children. Looking forward to your next trip.
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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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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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Map

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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year round
Feb 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
$180
From
$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

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.
A refundable deposit of 50% of total cost is due at time of booking. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Great Exuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Beach 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
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telescope
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Toaster ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
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:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Small Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • library
  • pond
  • water parks
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • tennis
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming

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

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