2 bedrooms, 2 baths, Sleeps 2-4.
About Marian Macy
Gil and Marian Macy purchased this property in 2000. As a retired couple, we spend one half of each year on Eleuthera. The Stone Beach House was our first home. In 2010 we built The Mockingbird on our adjacent property, making this Stone Beach Cottage available for year-round rental. It is a home of charm and character, is well maintained and well equipped... a true island retreat!
Marian Macy purchased this House in 2000
Why Marian Macy chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas
Location. Location. Location. Balara Bay offers hundreds of feet of white sand Caribbean beach. Gently prevailing winds and crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered by Levy Island providing excellent swimming, kayaking, boating, and paddle boarding. We love the proximity to Governor's Harbour the island's largest settlement with restaurants, music, entertainment, grocery stores, banks, gift shops, and churches. A center island location provides convenient travel to North or South Eleuthera. We wanted a Caribbean beach away from pounding seas and winds on Atlantic side. We wanted ON THE BEACH and this property on Balara Bay's gave us white sand beach just off our terrace and the Caribbean Sea 80 feet away.
What makes this House unique
Great location for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming. Snorkel on Balara Bay. Additional snorkeling spots within minutes. The home has a large seaside terrace. The beach has a large Tiki Dome which provides shade and comfort. Very private. 1000 feet down a private drive off the Queen's Highway. Surrounded by tropical foliage. There are limited sand beaches on our leeward side of island. Our property is level and easy to walk, to stroll the gardens, to walk down Balara Bay. Excellent sea breeze on Balara Bay and the calm seas provided by Levy Island. We especially enjoy the vaulted Abaco pine ceilings of the front room and guest bedroom, the very private and extra-large master bedroom, and the small sun room for additional comfortable seating. Extensive windows and sliding glass doors allow water views in all rooms.
Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
No indoor smoking. Smoking outdoors only.
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Kayaks and paddleboards must be returned to parking area after each use. They cannot remain on water's edge due to rising tides.
Guests are responsible for their own safety and that of their children. The home owner is not responsible for injuries on or off the property.
The use of recreational equipment is at the guest's own risk. Life preservers are furnished for adults. Guests must bring preservers to fit children
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
It was just my husband and I there for the week. Both rooms and bathrooms were very spacious and the kitchen and sitting areas were great too. The location of this home is just north of Governor's Harbour, which was incredibly convenient for us. It was the first time we had ever been to the Island and being centrally located and close to Governor's Harbour was ideal. Marian, the owner, was very kind and informative. Really had detailed information as to where to go, how to get there, places to eat etc. The home was spotless and had great Wifi - which we both needed for work - an abundance of CD's to watch, A/C in the main room, a washer, kayaks. etc. The property itself is beautifully landscaped and the beach is incredible. The entire time we were there, we saw only one individual walking his dog on the beach - for 8 days!!! You can swim out quite far in front of the home and still be able to touch. The only downside for us was that we like to walk long beaches - this one doesn't allow for that but there are so many close by that you can walk so we took advantage of that. I would highly recommend this property and location and would definitely stay there again!
The property was perfect.
The house and the beach was perfect.
Little piece of heaven
We had the pleasure of staying at the Hummingbird for 6 nights, and we are not ready to leave. The fully stocked house has everything you could need at your home away from home. Marion is a doll and was great to work with. The beach is shelly and rocky, so be sure to bring water shoes. We loved the Tiki Dome which provided welcomed shade from the heat. The house has lots of labels which provide information which was very helpful. I would stay at the Hummingbird again in a heartbeat and I cant wait to vacation at this lovely house again.
A Great Home Base
The Hummingbird is a cozy home base for a visit to Eleuthera. The property's biggest assets are its location and amenities. It is a mile or two from Governor's Harbour and centrally located on the island. It is about an hour from the northern sites -- the ferries to Harbor Island and Spanish Wells, Glass Window Bridge, Queen's Bath -- and about an hour from the southern sites -- the rocky road to Lighthouse Point. Marian has supplied the home with everything any active tourist might need on the island: kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, flashlights, beach chairs and a travel cooler. (We couldn't even imagine the money we saved from renting or purchasing all these things -- we kayaked three times, took the chairs and cooler and snorkel gear to several beaches, used the flashlights for Hatchet Bay Cave.)
We also liked the set up of the home. It comes with two bedrooms with a bathroom attached to each on opposite sides of the home. The property provides maximum privacy, in the home and out. It is situated on Balara Bay, and you'll probably have the beach and bay to yourselves the entire time. We did!
The home is not sleek and modern if you are looking for that sort of thing. But it has everything one needs (fully equipped kitchen -- there are two grocery stores in Governor's Harbour) for a comfortable stay on the island. The home has a lovely patio facing the beach and a Tiki Hut closer to the water. The grounds are meticulous with flowers and butterflies everywhere.
We loved our time at The Hummingbird and would stay here again. Thank you Marian!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hummingbird. Comfortable accommodations, great location, very private and central location with easy access to both ends of the island. Convenient to GH. The owner has left many notes around the house to help out. Definitely don’t come without water shoes. Makes a huge difference.
The owner had the best recommendation for food which is to pick up prepared meals in town from Shauna’s. Reasonably priced and good food. Not open Saturday or Sunday and sells out by 12:30 each day.
Also cheap and good is Pammy’s.
Everything costs twice as much so be prepared to have lots of cash.
We enjoyed Tippy’s and Buccaneer Inn however the best food we had all week was from the Surf Shack in Gregory Town as you head north to a must see: Glass Window Bridge. Worth the drive.
The only decent shop I found was Blue Seahorse in GH. Loved their handmade jewelry and wooden boxes. We did spear fishing and snorkeling with Jeremy Lewis out of James Cistern and offshore fishing through Paul Petty. Both were good guides. We found a real super market in Rock Sound and bought some fresh food items from the Island Farm as you head south. One of the best vacations we’ve ever had but also one of the most expensive. Still we hope to return one day.
Wish we were still there! Thank you Marion!
This property is great! Right on the water and as many reviews have stated, it is well stocked with paper goods, linens, trash bags, some spices, etc. etc. etc. etc. and so organized! Lots of little notes everywhere! :) We were there 10 days and didn't see or need to call property manager for anything. I had never been to Eluethera before and despite all my reading ahead of trip, I was amazed at how quiet and isolated it felt with some beautiful beaches if you are up for exploring! We Just relaxed a lot! I read 4 books! The sun is great, the water is so warm, we did not have luck fishing right out front but there are other areas to go fishing! We brought food and only ate out maybe 4 times while there. We are very glad we brought frozen chicken, steak, cheese and snack stuff. The value added tax on top of 18% gratuity at restaurants makes eating out very pricey. There is everything you need at the house to cook meals and a grill out on the "wonderful" patio! We brought plenty of bug spray and used it every afternoon/evening but really shortly after sunset we had to head inside in order to not be bitten alive! We were only 2 so we only used the master bedroom which was lovely with a big ceiling fan and with the windows open we fell asleep to the sound of the ocean each night (and woke up to it of course each morning) and it was heavenly. We did not use the air conditioning at all while we were there. You do absolutely need water shoes for exploring the beach and entering the very front part of the ocean right out back from the house. There was a couple in the other rental house next door and we still had complete privacy and rarely saw them. Bring your own books! Not much "shopping" on the island! So, wonderful vacation, my hubby was even able to watch the Twins baseball games while there.....on our I pad..... Everyone we met on the island was very friendly! Hated to leave!
The Hummingbird is a few minutes north of the island's largest settlement, Governor's Harbour. This center-island location provides convenient sightseeing/travel to northern and southern tips of our 110 mile long, two-mile wide island. Governor's Harbour Airport is ten minutes north. Taxi service at all airports. Car rental available. Eleuthera has easy access with direct flights daily from Atlanta (60 minutes), Fort Lauderdale and Miami (50 minutes) and Nassau (20 minutes). Picturesque Governor's Harbour has good restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, library, beverage stores, service stations, banks, gift shops, post office, and a movie theater.
At the Hummingbird beach, you have access to: Snorkeling, Swimming, Shelling, Fishing, Kayaking, Beaching, Reading, Relaxing, Beachcombing, Sightseeing... What do you want to do today?
Easy access to exploring Eleuthera's beaches and villages. Come enjoy the island hospitality, your home away from home.