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5 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY. WEEKLY RATES ARE FOR TWO PEOPLE. ADDITIONAL PEOPLE ARE $140/WEEK PER PERSON. PAYMENT BY PERSONAL OR BANK CHECK OR DIRECT BANK TRANSFER OF 50% WITHIN 7 DAYS SECURES THE BOOKING. OWNER APPROVAL REQUIRED PRIOR TO ADDING MORE GUESTS AFTER INITIAL BOOKING AGREEMENT.
The Hummingbird, on the Caribbean Sea, offers quiet and privacy on a long stretch of sand beach. Beyond the spacious seaside terrace is the clear, tourquoise blue water of the Caribbean Sea's Balara Bay. The Hummingbird is ON THE BEACH. Take our private driveway from the Queen's Highway to a breathtaking setting. The home is surrounded with gardens filled with bouganvilla, hibiscus, and numerous other tropical flowers and plants. The HUMMINGBIRD's charm and character include a Savannah stone exterior, terraces, an acre of private grounds and tropical gardens, and a wonderful white sand beach with a large Tiki Dome for outdoor shade and comfort. Our beach is shallow and safe for children. Tropical foliage surrounds the home and property inviting peace and serenity and quiet.
All rooms have seaviews. The spacious private master bedroom is situated in a small wing of its own. The bedroom has AC/ceiling fan, and TV and en suite bathroom.. The guest bedroom has two twin beds and a king conversion kit. It also has an en suite bath with The frontroom features couch, loveseat, two upholstered chairs. A sunroom with wide window expanse, adjoins the frontroom providing additional comfortable seating of a couch and upholstered chair.. The well-equipped kitchen includes a breakfast bar as well as a breakfast room with 8 feet of window-view to the Sea. Sliding glass doors, and cathedral ceilings give the home an open, tropical atmosphere. The interior is comfortable and inviting with rattan, upholstered furniture, and original works of local artists.
Hummingbird's Balara Bay Beachfront:has blocks of white sand beach that border the Caribbean Sea. You can walk all the way to the old docks at the far end of Balara Bay. The kayaks, both singles and a double, are available for water excursions on Balara Bay and across to Levy Island. Balara Bay offers our guests bonefishing as well as shelling. Our gardens surround the home and attract mockingbirds and hummingbirds. Hummingbird's Balara Bay beachfront is premier Caribbean property. We have a small, 1250 square foot home, on beautiful waterfront that warrants a 'manor' house. The home is private, unpretentious, comfortable, and inviting on an extraordinary piece of Caribbean beachfront. Come visit us. Our guests return.
Hummingbird's Floor Plan/Special Features: The master bedroom wing is as close to the Caribbean as you can get! A pleasure to watch / listen to the varying moods, colors, sounds of the sea. The guest bedroom is across the house. This arrangement of rooms with the 'living area' in between, offers welcome privacy, even when two couples share the home, or when a family brings children. The sunroom, frontroom, kitchen and breakfast room separate the two bedroom areas. In addition to the Caribbean seabreezes, the house has a wonderful air-flow pattern with its many windows and doors. Ceiling fans are thruout the home. The home and location offer a wide diversity of activities. For the sports enthusiast, swim, jog, fish, scuba, snorkle. For the relaxer, sunbathe or locate a good book. For the children, a big sand beach and shallow, beautifully clear water for play. Something for everyone.
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 have built a new home The Mockingbird on our adjacent property. For the first time in 10 years, the Stone Beach Cottage is available for year round rental. It is a home of charm and character, is well maintained and well equipped.
Marian Macy purchased this house in 2000
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. Balara Bay's white sand beach just off our terrace and the Caribbean Sea is 80 feet away.
Great location for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming. Snorkle 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 frontroom and guest bedroom, the very private and extra-large master bedroom, and the small sunroom for additional comfortable seating. Extensive windows and sliding glass doors allow water views in all rooms.
We loved this home. The owners set it up so that both bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house for privacy. Each had there own bathroom, one of which also served the living area. Everything one might need to is available and clearly labeled. The grounds are very nice in the front, the back has a beautiful cement patio and wall, with plenty of lounging space. We got plenty of use out of the kayaks and paddle boards. Rick caught bonefish, 50 yards away from the back door. We used the Wifi, the TV, Patti refused to go near the washing machine, but there is one available, everything worked perfectly. We highly reccomend Hummingbird.
This property is located just a couple of minutes north of Govornors Harbor. Because a lot of restaurants were closed during off season we ended up finding Leo Rose in James Cistern, where Lawrence puts out some great local fare, as well as burgers that Patti loved. We also found the Front Porch in Hatchett Bay. We both think that this has the best food on the island. Francis and Gina are two of the nicest people we have met in a world of incredibly nice people.
This is long overdue! We stayed for two weeks in April 2016 and will definitely come back!
The home is seriously so stocked with everything you would need. We didn't have to really bring anything except our clothing and snorkel gear. The impression we got is that when someone stays here they leave behind things like sunscreen, bug spray, first aid stuff, and also pantry items like olive oil and balsamic vinegar!
The home is perfect!! Wi-Fi was excellent. We paddleboarded every day and say sharks, rays, and tons of fish just around the bend. Excellent snorkeling, probably the best we saw on the island.
We rented a car and this was definitely essential for us as we did several trips into Gregory Town for food and alcohol. Some days we just hung out and chilled on the beach. No see ums were pretty bad but we figured out by day 5 that they don't like oily skin so we applied sunscreen then a layer of Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil and they left us alone. We were super oily though!!
We didn't bring the kids and were grateful because there was really not a lot for them to be doing other than splashing around or shelling. This was the PERFECT romantic get away for us and we are so very thankful for the owners amazing home.
The Hummingbird is a perfect cottage at a fantastic part of Eleuthera! Everything you need is here - as well as a very helpful guide about getting here and what you need that the owner provides.
The cottage itself is clean and well kept, with everything you need for cooking, relaxing, the views, and adventuring!
The kayaks and stand up paddle boards are a HUGE plus! There is a lot of reef about 1/4 mile north, right along the shore. There, we found the best snorkeling! Thousands of fish, and even some rays!
We definitely plan on returning!
This was a very charming cottage in a great location. At first we were not sure of the beach with the rocky shore, but once we started to explore, we found it to be amazing. There is a nice sandy area to take the Kayaks into the water as well as take a cooling dip anytime of the day. Even when the weather was rough, it was still calm enough to swim. Low tide meant lots of opportunities to find some amazing miniature shells. We did some snorkeling right off the back of the house and saw some really neat fish, as well as a couple small barracudas and starfish. We took the kayaks out several times to watch the sunset and once went around the small island offshore. The island itself is not accessible and is privately owned, but to see the crystal clear water in the protected reef behind it was totally worth the effort. The water was so calm on some days, that it was like a lake. We did have one neighbor, but we hardly saw them so it was our own private beach for most of the time.
The house itself was well stocked and provided for all our needs. The owners made sure that everything was available. The only suggestion is to add a blender for making yummy island drinks. Maybe there was one there, but I did not see it. The only issues we had was the bed was a bit hard for us and only the bedrooms provide window air conditioning which I can understand since electricity on the island is so expensive, but it did get very hot sometimes. Of course, you can always cool off with a jump in the water. Do bring lots of bug spray as the mosquito's were really bad. I would suggest a high percentage Deet since the 25% I used did not seem to phase them a bit. Also, bring water shoes since most of the beaches have rocky shorelines.
I would highly suggesting utilizing the Beach Book that is available in the cottages. We got our own copy before going and were able to go to many beaches that most visitors probably would never find. Also, rent a vehicle with high clearance because to get to those amazing, secluded beaches you will be going down some very interesting roads. Just note that when you are driving down a road, and thinking that it sure does seem to be turning into a hiking trail and how am I going to turn around, you break out into the open to amazing views of the ocean. The Caribbean side did seem to be calmer, but both sides were great for swimming. For snorkeling though, I would suggesting staying on the Caribbean side.
We enjoyed our stay at the Hummingbird. Marian, was very helpful and the house had everything we needed. We will recommend this house to our family and friends. It is definitely a gem with an absolutely gorgeous view.
You would be hard pressed to find a better vacation rental at this price. The beach is by far one of the best I have been to . The home is very well equipped . We were warned of possible septic issues. Which made us very concerned . So we tried to be very efficient ,with our showers . One would shower in the am, the other in the evening.
With that being said. The bugs were very difficult . I guess it's just part of the island.
I do recommend the owners & their property. Also Ronda for car rental. The other property is very new. You should consider it first.
The Hummingbird's center island location, a few minutes north of our largest settlement,Governor's Harbour,, 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 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 theatre.
From Hummingbird beach: Snorkeling, Swimming, Shelling, Fishing, Kayaking. Kayak across and picnic on Levy Island. ! Beaching, Reading, Relaxing, Beachcoming, Sightseeing, Exploring Eleuthera's beaches and villages.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Consult owners for availability. Our stateside phone is 330 920 4244. Our island phone is 242 332 2136. We own two homes on Balara Bay. The Mockingbird, #295571, our part time residence, may be available. Owner approval required prior to adding more guests after initial booking agreement. Our rates are set to make the property affordable for small groups who use less water and electricity, and create less wear and tear. Request our rental agreement for further details.