BREAKING NEWS: We now have access to a private deserted island with a sand beach within a cute bay only 2 NM from the cottage. Ask Sharon for details. The only regular inhabitant is the Osprey who had 3 young this year. You can ferry yourself to the island in our 15'0' Boston Whaler.
The cottage has two Bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, sleeps four in luxury. More space for children elsewhere. All habitable rooms have a view of the sea.
There will be no gritty sand in the house as we have a smooth rock bathing area with access ladder and freshwater shower as you exit the sea.
We have 2 Kayaks, a Sunfish sailing dinghy and a Bicycle available for your use.
Quiet location away from the noise of Town.
Telephone and internet is installed and is operated by the Bahamas Telecomunications Company via the Wymax satellite, this installation was made in August 2012. However, it is provided at the behest of the server. We are on an island in the Atlantic Ocean and although we have the facility, paid all the fees etc. sometimes it may be temporarily inoperative.
Opposite is 3 x 8 miles of the best in the world Bonefishing flats...so we are told. It's a Bonefisherman's delight. All facilities for DIY fishing but bring your own gear.
We also have a separate small waterfront unit referred to as the Boat House, usually used by sailors for an overnight after a session of cruising, ask for details if this is of interest. It can also be good for Fishermen.
Bone Fishermen: DIY Bonfishing is practised here, though professional Guides are available, we will be pleased to introduce you to reliable people. Bonefishing is a sport/passtime enjoyed right on our doorstep. Fishermen who have stayed with us (see youtube below) claim that at our location it is the best of its kind in the world. They get up early Kayak out to the shallow banks no more than 50 yards (meters) from our dock. As with most fishermen they put them back into the water after a catch and photograph but it has been known for one or two to be brought home for lunch. Very tasty too I'm told.
Kayak and Bicycle: We have a 2 Kayaks and a bicycle that you can borrow. There are others of each nearby that could be made available for your use. They can be used to better explore the water ways and land routes of the island
Sailing Sunfish: Sailing on the clear blue warm waters of the Bahamas is exhilarateing and yet relaxing for those coming from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is good to be competative with neighbours and their Sunfish. We now have five owners on our strip and are in the process of forming a sailing club. Watch this space for more detail.
Boston Whaler: We have now acquired a 15'0' Boston Whaler for use by our visitors. Please ask Sharon on arrival for details.
Precautions: Visitors must be mindfull that anywhere in the tropics there will be nasty insects around. On Exuma the most prolific are the mosquito and the no-see-ums. Both of these can give you, nice fresh meat , a nasty bite that is all, BUT there is no need for this to happen if you take precautions.
First, they usually come out an hour before and after sunrise and sunset. They cannot withstand a strong breeze. All the windows and external doors have fly screens. During the day, especially with children in the family in and out all the time these insects will get in. You will be well advised to have a fly spray available in order to spray the interior of the house before you retire. Not much is needed just a quick squirt in each corner of the room should be sufficient. Let us know if you are inconvenienced more than this.
We are a Bahamian/British partnership called The Wright Partnership, the principals were born here in Exuma and in England. That's the Brit in the picture, now officially retired. We both live on Gt. Exuma not more than a 1/4 mile from the cottage and either of us are readily available at short notice.
The cottage, '007 Beach House' was built in 2007 on lot C12007, to a design we evolved where the main theme was to provide sea views from all habitable rooms. It was built to a Budget and the final cost was within a few $ of the Budget figure. It is designed and built to withstand hurricane force winds and has been tested by Hurricane Irene 2011 and Hurricane Isaac 2012.
Great Exuma is the most naturally protected island in the Bahamas, the waters are the most colourful and idealic for sailing/cruising/fishing. There is a protective sea wall on the water front and around the landscaped garden. It is upon this wall that one side of the cottage is founded.
There are facinating reasons why this site was selected. The original site was at a very low level and the Spring High Water mark came well up into the site. By trimming the, sea facing rock front, it was possible to create a sheltered swimming area and the spoil was used to fill behind the sea defence wall. It is upon this rock fill, that the landscaping has been established.
Initially a rock garden was formed., Later, between the rocks Sedge grass was planted, stone paths were laid down, Natural beach plants and succulents came along including Mangrove plants.
Now you will find established plants and trees producing fruit and vegetables within 50'0' (15m) of the Ocean. Trees and bushes include: Tamarind, Pomegranate, Sugar Apple, Guava, Paw Paw or Papaya, Coco Nut, both black and white Coco Plumbs, Sea Grapes and Darling Plumbs Grapefruit and Limes.
Vegetables and herbs include: Bird peppers, Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Pea Nuts, Asparagus, Grannies Fingers or Ocra, Pride of Barbados is a thorny pretty flowering tree yet the seeds are a good substitute for garden peas.
Flowers include: Aloe Vera, Spider Lillies, Day Lillies, Amaryllis Agapanthos, 5 petal Perrywinkle, Frangapanni, White and Red Hybiscus, 7 day Apple.
Because of this interesting mix we have flying and crawling visitors: Humming bird (nested in a 7 day apple tree last year), Banana quit (nested on a Guava branch this year), King fisher pick up frogs, Osprey will take a fish from the sea whilst in flight, Heron stalk around in the shallows, any amount of fly catchers, yes we have lizards too.
No doubt there is more flora and fawna I have not mentioned.
Above everything else, it is the view in the morning either from the Bedrooms or the Living Area/Kitchen.........absolutely majestic!