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Waterfront, 2-5+ Bdrms, 4 Sunset Decks, Lg Walled Garden, Dock

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Large Sitting Rm/Bedroom/office, 5+ Baths, (Sleeps 16 max.

- Please Note - Due to the the uniqueness of our home and VRBO's quoting limitations, the rental rate generated by VRBO for On-Line (automatic) booking and VRBO "Quotable Rates", is for the MAIN HOUSE ONLY ( this is 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths; sleeps six maximum).

If you would like to add any or all of the three additional suites (attached to house, but with separate entrances), I will send you an accurate quote based on the information you provide. Rest assured that our house is only rented to ONE group at a time (even if the other rooms remain unused).

Choose the amount of the house you need and only pay for that portion; you will STILL have the entire property to yourself. $450/night is the minimum rate per night rate for the MAIN house only during low season (2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms; sleeps 6 max.). Note - there is a minimum 2 night stay to book.

The maximum rate would be $933/night for the entire house (5 bedrooms PLUS sitting room/bedroom/kitchenette in Upstairs Master Suite; 5 full bathrooms + Outdoor shower) for the minimum 2 night stay during high season and the maximum number of guests (16). NOTE: DISCOUNTS are given for full week stay, low season and 4 week stay or longer. THANKS!

- 180° Sunset Harbour Views (sunsets can last up to 1 1/2 hours from pre-sunset to last color in the sky; during this time, the colors may change from orange, to pink, to lavender. You just can't appreciate this any better than from our spot on the harbour!

- Private Dock - for dinghy or rented Boston Whaler. Please note that our dock CANNOT accommodate a boat larger than a Boston Whaler or small dinghy; we do not dredge around our dock, so it has minimal water at low tide. Most people who have boats dock them at one of the several marinas on the island.

- Maid service every third day during the rental period. Additional maid service may be contracted and paid for separately if desired (through optional concierge). Reasonable post-rental clean up is already INCLUDED in rental rate.

- Large and private, fully walled/ fenced garden with hammock, BBQ pit, colorful and fragrant flora. Garden is lit for romantic night time feel. There is even a tiled OUTDOOR SHOWER with hot and cold water!

- Automatic backup generator

- Only rented to one group at a time

- Bedrooms may be configured for 5 couples - 4 w/ Kings, 1 w/ Queen; Or for 3 families with 2 rooms (w/ 4 beds per room) for kids and 3 rooms for parents (2 w/Kings & 1 w/ Queen; PLUS the sitting room/bedroom/kitchenette attached to the Upstairs Master Bedroom has a daybed/twin bed and and a roll-out trundle bed/ twin bed for additional children or adults!)

- Impressive Water Views from 3 of the 5 Bedrooms, living room, kitchen and the upstairs sitting room, bedroom, master balcony and sundeck! No need to climb to a precariously perched sundeck to enjoy the amazing view!

- BEACH MEMBERSHIP - Who wants to carry chairs and umbrellas to the beach every day? Our BEACH MEMBERSHIP provides 6 chairs and 3 umbrellas all set up and waiting for you in a manicured and convenient spot right between the two most popular resorts on the island (FREE to Blue Dolphin guests; additional chairs and umbrellas may be rented for a nominal daily fee).

- WEDDING Venue - Great location for an intimate wedding

- Cooking services may be contracted and paid for separately through an optional concierge.

- Contracting Renter must be age 25 or older and must stay on property for the duration of the rental period.

You'll know you're 'not in Kansas anymore' in this charming waterfront Cape Cod style home on beautiful and historic Bay Street. The serenity and beauty of the Blue Dolphin and it's property make it a perennial favorite for photo shoots of catalogs (including Chicos (spring 2015), Island Company 2007) and magazine/ newspaper articles from Vogue April 1999 to the Wall Street Journal April 23-24, 2011 D10.

The home is ideal for large family gatherings or for couples who want the flexibility of a large house when family or friends are visiting and a cozy cottage when they are alone. The main house on the ground floor sleeps six and includes two bedrooms and two full baths. It may be rented by itself or guests may choose to add up to three additional bedrooms and bathrooms in incremental prices as needed. THE BLUE DOLPHIN WILL ONLY BE RENTED TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME.

The fabulous 180 degree harbour view climaxes each evening with colorful and lengthy sunsets which may be enjoyed from any one of four porches (front patio; side bedroom covered porch, upstairs sun deck and private master bedroom balcony).

The Blue Dolphin has its own dock right out in front for your dinghy or rented Boston Whaler. The house also has a large and lovely lighted backyard garden filled with beautiful hibiscus, fragrant jasmine, colorful allamanda flowers, a hammock calling your name, as well as a rustic, but very functional (and fun) barbecue pit.

Harbour Island was rated #1 in the region of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda by Travel & Leisure in 2005 "Best Of" issue and AGAIN in 2015! The BEACH has been rated one of the 10 best in the World by Condé Nast magazine and was #1 on the Travel Channel's "10 Best Beaches in the Caribbean" 2003 episode. The water in the harbour and at the beach is crystal clear azure, so inviting.

The Blue Dolphin is conveniently located only steps away from shops, restaurants and a short walk or even shorter golf cart ride (preferred mode of island travel) to the famous three mile PINK SAND BEACH.

Enjoy the best of both worlds by spending your days at the beach and your mornings and evenings on the scenic and tranquil harbour.

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Professor James (Jamie) & Kathy Pratt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Professor James (Jamie) & Kathy Pratt

Here is a family picture of the Pratts at their vacation home the 'Blue Dolphin' on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Jamie and Kathy are the parents and the 'boys' are Jason (& Jason's wife Aleksandrina), Ryan and Dylan (& Dylan's fiancée Shelby and son Oliver). Jamie (James) is a distinguished full Professor at the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN. Kathy is a former CPA, homemaker and community volunteer.

Professor James (Jamie) & Kathy Pratt purchased this villa in 1991

Why Professor James (Jamie) & Kathy Pratt chose Harbour Island

Jamie has been going to Harbour Island since 1961 when his Grandfather 'discovered' it and began spending every winter there. Jamie travelled down with his family at Christmas time most every year; they would stay in various rental houses - usually on the Coral Sands property. He made friends with many local Bahamian boys - he is still friends with them 50 years later.

His grandfather called 'Colonel Pratt' supported the islanders by assisting them in the purchase of fishing boats, etc. Colonel Pratt held a Christmas party each year for the island children and gave them each a schilling (English currency at the time) and lots of candy; Jamie and the other grandchildren helped with the party and enjoyed it as much as the islanders.

Kathy began going to the island when she started dating Jamie in college and fell in love with it (and him) right away! They married and moved to Seattle, Washington. It was a long trip to Harbour, but they visited as often as possible. When they eventually moved back to the midwest, they decided to 'take the plunge' and invest in the island - they have not been sorry!

The 'boys' have been going since birth (some of them in-utero).

They all love it and hope you will too!

What makes this villa unique

The benefits of staying at the Blue Dolphin include Jamie's special love of gardening which shows in the beautiful and fragrant gardens that surround the house and Kathy's attention to detail within the house itself. Check the vrbo site for all the amenities - a long list. Jamie and Kathy tried to take the best ideas from the many rental homes they have stayed in over the years and incorporate them into their own property while adding a few things they wished they'd had at some of those homes.

Kathy remembers hanging clothes on the line when owners either did not have or would not let the renters use the dryer - not at the Blue Dolphin; a full size washer and dryer are available. For those guests who really do like the fresh air scent of clothes dried on the line, there is a clothes line available as well. WiFi is available for guests who want to stay in touch while lounging on the front patio or back by the fire-pit, etc.

Kathy and Jamie have always preferred the harbour - sunset side of the island, but they know that the world-famous pink sand beach on the sunrise side is a major attribute of the island as well. So, they have arranged a beach membership to provide 6 beach lounge chairs and 3 shade umbrellas all set up and waiting on a daily basis right between the two most popular resorts on the beach for no extra charge for Blue Dolphin guests. Additional chairs and umbrellas may be utilized for a nominal daily charge.

What are you waiting for!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We all had a really good time while we were there and thought that the improvements to the house were great. I loved all of the extra balconies and (while I haven’t seen tons of other homes) really think the back yard must be special. I doubt there are many locations that offer as much in terms of the overall package - gorgeous beaches; low key, friendly people; ease of getting around and the access to an occasional lovely meal out. And with kids having the beach right next to a pool while still being able to get to your own house with enclosed outdoor space (fully fenced yard), nothing beats it. It is a special place." Best, JBH
May 2007
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Dunmore Town Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite - Main Floor Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Flr Garden bedroom - adjacent to bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Adjacent/Side Bedroom - Ensuite bath; walk-in shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Up Garden Bathroom - Ensuite; separate area with double sink
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Up Mastr - Ensuite; sep. area with dble sinks; shr w/ office
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower behind house (hot & cold water!)
  • Six - All five of the bedrooms have their own bathroom. All bathrooms are ensuite except for the bathroom for the main floor garden bedroom which is just next to it. There is also an outdoor shower behind the house with hot and cold water.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main Flr Mastr Bed.: ensuite full bath & Sunset Harbour View
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Twins may be made up as king. Garden view; adj. full bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Side Adj. Bed. - Harbour & garden view; ensuite bath; porch
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Up Garden Bed.- 2 beds may be made up as king; opens to deck
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Up Mastr Bed.- Bal. w/ Harbr view; ensuite bath; walk-in clo
    Office/Sitting Room - 2 twin/ single , Daybed w/ roll-out trundle; kitchenette; shares bath w/ mstr
  • Five Bedrooms plus sitting room/office which has daybed and roll-out trundle bed. Bedrooms may all be set up for couples (4 with king beds and 1 queen) or two of the bedrooms may be set up to each sleep 4 children. Three of the bedrooms and the office/sitting room have lovely harbour views. The upstairs master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the harbour. The side adjacent bedroom has its own porch overlooking the harbour.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
- Automatic back-up generator, - Ten minute walk or two minute golf cart ride to the Beach, - Maid service every third day is included in rental price, as well as post-rental maid service; additional service may be contracted and paid for separately if desired through an optional concierge. - Three of the 5 bedrooms (as well as most of the house and porches/decks/patios have waterfront views) - Another unique feature of the Blue Dolphin is that it may be rented in segments with main house (2 bedrooms/ 2 baths) as a minimum for savings, - 10% discount for off season and 10% discount for long-term (monthly) rental - Cook may need to be contracted and paid for separately through optional concierge. - Additional Blue Dolphin amenities include a fully fenced yard, hairdryer in every bathroom, tiled outdoor shower (with hot & cold water) and a clothes line


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Waterfront, 2-5+ Bdrms, 4 Sunset Decks, Lg Walled Garden, Dock
average rating of 4.952381 based on 28 reviews

Home way from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our 15th+ time staying at the Blue Dolphin and it remains a true home away from home. During the year, we long for the perfect sunsets on the Blue Dolphin terrace, the friendly neighbors greeting us as they pass by, and the private oasis of the back garden (day and night).

A little piece of paradise that is never lost.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words; we love the Blue Dolphin and Harbour Island for the same reasons and are so happy for the ability to share it with your family for all these years! Your continued patronage has meant so much to us!
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Blue Dolphin is the perfect place to stay on Harbour Island!

  • 5 of 5

The owners are so helpful and accommodating. The property managers are diligent and easily accessible. The house keepers are efficient and friendly. The location is perfect for beautiful harbour views and sunsets with the dock on the water for fishing and boating. You're right in town for easy access to the markets and boutiques. The beach set up is perfect and easy. Everything worked out so well!! We love the Blue Dolphin and will be back as soon as we can!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We were thrilled to have you and appreciate your return visits!
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Big relaxed casual house with amazing harbor views and a dock

  • 4 of 5

Blue Dolphin has amazing views and is in a great location on the harbor side with lots of bedrooms for an extended family to spread out ... very kid friendly.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House and location were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The people we rented from were so easy to work with, the location was incredible, and all of our guests had and incredible time!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you; it was our pleasure! We hope to welcome you back again someday!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and very comfortable house . Excellent for family with guests for dinner in the garden patio . Entire house well air conditioned and caretaker available to handle any need that arises. Highly recommended .

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home on a Beautiful Island

  • 5 of 5

This place was a five star home! I loved the location right on the bay with the most amazing sunset views! I would highly recommend this beautiful well equipped home for any family or just a few couples. The backyard and upper deck were great retreats after a day on beach. The home is perfect for large groups and we are planning on renting it next year with all of our family! The staff were so friendly and did a great job keeping the place up! Thanks for a wonderful few weeks in paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
North Eleuthera (ELH)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Bahamas Fast Ferry
Nearest Golf
90 Miles
Cotton Bay, Rock Sound, Eleuthera-not recommended
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.2 Miles
Water Ski from Valentines
Nearest Beach
0.45 Miles
Pink Sand Beach - entire eastside of island
Nearest Point of Interest
Main Government Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Island (boat taxi dock)
Nearest Point of Interest
North Eleuthera Airport (ELH)
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

Have your nails done or get a facial at a local salon. A massage therapist can work out all those kinks either in the salon or in the privacy of the Blue Dolphin.


Rates & Availability

Dunmore Town Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season - see Notes
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season - see Notes
May 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

$500/nt rate is for MAIN HOUSE only (2Br, 2Ba) <1wk
Rates: $3000 - $5000/wk for up to 10 guests (add'l guests up to max. of 16 at $100/per./wk per add'l guest); rate depends upon total rooms being used. Email for quote
Less than 1 wk rental rate is 1/6 weekly rate per night (6 nights is the same price as 7); 2 night minimum.
10% discount for low season
10% discount for 4 week rental or longer
Pay refundable $500 Security/Damage Deposit at reservation confirmation as well as 1/2 the Total Rental Rate and the remaining Rental Rate no later than 90 days prior to check-in.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Should you wish to cancel a confirmed reservation, notice of cancellation MUST BE IN WRITING AND RECEIVED MORE THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CHECK-IN DATE. We will refund the sums you have paid, less a $150.00 cancellation fee. If your notice of cancellation is RECEIVED LESS THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CHECK-IN DATE, you will forfeit all sums paid, except your security/damage deposit, unless we are able to re-rent the property to someone else, at the same rate, for the same period of time. If the property is rented, we will only charge the $150.00 cancellation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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