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Charming, secluded, beachfront cottage

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Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Central Eleuthera House Rental Photos and Description

1BR Beachfront Vacation Rental Double Bay, Bahamas

Privacy is yours! Our charming beachfront cottage is situated on six acres of undisturbed land near the end of a two-mile pink sand beach. It's perfect for couples seeking solitude or a special honeymoon. The house sits on a sand dune several hundred feet from the waters edge. The only thing between you and the beach are palm trees and a beautifully landscaped path cut through the coconut palms. The all-sand beach has a gradual slope to the water. Great swimming, beach combing, snorkeling and scuba diving are just steps from your back door. Our one bedroom cottage is brightly decorated with many furnishings handmade by local artisans. Rustic terra cotta tiles, a wooden ceiling, and ceiling fans add to the charm.In 2010 we renovated the kitchen, bathroom and exterior with all new windows and doors. Inside and out, this home provides the backdrop for a truly relaxing, tropical island experience!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Leigh Ann
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Leigh Ann

We are from the Chicago area and are a family of six. Tom and I grew up vacationing along the Gulf and Atlantic coast as children. We stayed on a private island in the British West Indies for two weeks after we were married and we fell in love with the natural beauty of the islands. Five years later we visited Eleuthera for the first time and feel in love with Double Bay beach, the island, and the wonderful people of Eleuthera. We bought our first property before we left!

Leigh Ann purchased this house in 1995

Why Leigh Ann chose Bahamas

During our first trip we traveled the island from Harbor Island to Bannerman Town with never a thought to buy anything here. The first week we had discovered Double Bay and kept going back to 'our' beach. It was quiet, natural, seldom did we see another person on the beach, and we loved the sound of the waves crashing. The second week we found ourselves in the realtors office staring at a map of Double Bay with lots marked off for sale. By the time we left we had our first little piece of paradise! A year later we renovated the make-shift garage on the property to a house, and have been going down several times a year every year since.

What makes this house unique

Twenty-one years and 4 children later we still come to our favorite place on earth. In 1995 there were only 2 phones on all of Double Bay, no cell service, and internet was not even available on the island. If you were lucky you had a window air conditioner in the bedroom. Each year we would add something new to the house or property. In 2011 we finished a major house renovation with new windows and doors, a new kitchen, air conditioning throughout the house, and Wi-Fi. It's amazing to think about all the technology improvements in such a short time yet the island is still much the same as it was 20 years ago. The beach is as beautiful as ever, the island really does recover after a major hurricane or two, and the people of Eleuthera still welcome you like family. It's truly been a privilege having this piece of paradise, sharing it with people like you, and most importantly spending days and weeks playing in the sand.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Charming, secluded, beachfront cottage
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
Huntsville, AL

Amazing Destination

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our vacation at the Palms. We had such a fabulous time. We were on our honeymoon, and it was the perfect seclusion location for that. Full body tans can be guaranteed.

Dont tell too many people, But Double Bay is probably the second most beautiful beach overall in Eleuthera. We dont want the secret to get out, or else it will be much harder to skinny dip next time we go.

This property is well equipped and maintained fabulously.

You cant beat the airconditioned bedroom for those hot Bahama Days.

Dont look anywhere else, just pick this property, and set your mind at ease mon...

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
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Butler, NJ, USA

Another wonderful stay at this lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time staying at the Palms and hopefully not our last. So secluded yet so close to the beach. We love walking along the little sand path lined with palms and ferns to get to the ocean from the house. It's like being on your own lush tropical island. The house is well maintained and clean. The owners obviously take pride in it and keep it updated and well stocked with towels, beach chairs, etc. We were glad for the new air conditioner in the living room/kitchen area in addition to the bedroom unit as it was very warm and humid with little breeze during much of our stay. Wifi is another nice addition since our last visit. It's a bit sketchy but that is to be expected on the island. The outdoor shower is great as always ...didn't use the indoor one at all!

Double Bay is a beautiful pink sand Eleuthera beach, yet most days we had it all to ourselves. The Island Farm is a few minutes drive away - be sure to go Tues and Fri am for fresh baked bread and cinnamon buns. (yum!)

Thank you Leigh Ann and Tom for sharing your little oasis with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Best property on the island!

  • 5 of 5

We love the Palms. If you want privacy and the most beautiful beach on the island this is the place to stay. Leigh Anne is extremely easy to work with making it a real pleasure to rent her property. Anne Bethel, the property manager on the island, couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. This is our second time staying at the Palms and it will not be our last. The house is always clean and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. Highly recommend this property!

Anne also owns "Island Farms" which is only about two miles from the house. Be there at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Friday for incredible fresh breads and cinnamon rolls! Also, fresh vegetables and greens, homemade pasta sauce, hot sauces and outstanding gazpacho everyday. Check it out before you load up at a grocery store.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Private and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time at The Palms, fourth time on Eleuthera. The great thing about the house is that you are unaware of anyone else being around until you go to the beach, and even then you might see only a couple of couples as you walk to the ends of Double Bay. You can see the roof line of the house to the South, but that's it. So The Palms is about privacy. The new restaurant in Governor's Harbor (1648 Bar and Grill) is a good addition to The Beach House and Tippy's, while Anne and Clyde are helpful when you need them (seldom) and Stanton Cooper the reliable supplier of a rental car (weekly). Do go the Friday night fry up on Cupid's Cay in town at least once. The Palms is a great place to go to if you like the person to whom you are married (or not).

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved this comfortable, quiet home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 8 days at The Palms and are already looking at dates to return next year. As vacation property owners ourselves (in the US) we really appreciate the efforts that have been put into this home. We have rented several homes throughout the Caribbean and this is by far our favorite. We have never been in a rental this secluded and yet so close to the beach. You cannot see the beach from the house, but it is only a 2 minute walk away. The house is very clean and well stocked, and the managers are easily accessible. We love to cook and the kitchen had everything we needed. There are plenty of linens, beach chairs, and a large selection of CDs and DVDs. Most of the time we were the only ones on the beach except for a few times when someone walked past. We didn't eat out much because we found the restaurants fairly expensive. Instead we bought lobster and grouper from the fisherman at the harbor and fresh vegetables and bread from the farmers market down the road. We brought a few staples with us (coffee, powdered drinks, rice) and were happy we did as the food in the stores is also expensive because it has to be brought into the island. There's not much to do on Eluthera except fishing and snorkeling, but that was okay with us. We spent our days relaxing in the sun, playing cribbage and watching movies at night. We did enjoy driving through the small towns and interacting with the local people. The people are extremely friendly and helpful. We even went into a fisherman's home to buy fish on a day when the water was too rough for the boats to go out. Bring some insect repellent because sitting outside in the evening I was bitten by sandflies. They didn't bother my husband and during the day sunscreen protected us. We were looking for a quiet place to relax and we were not disappointed.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Top 3 vacations of our lives!

  • 5 of 5

It was everything we had hoped for and more! The property description was very accurate. The house was clean, very well equipped and exactly what we wanted. The beach was virtually deserted every day. Leigh Anne, the owner, was very attentive to our needs and answered all of questions promptly. Bottom line...we could not have expected any thing more and we will be back next year! We are already looking at dates.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Governors Harbor
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Palmetto Point
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Governor Harbor
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Palmetto Point
Car: recommended

Double Bay is a two mile pink sand beach centrally located south of Palmetto Point in the middle of Eleuthera on the Atlantic ocean. This private area has both a beautiful beach and excellent reefs. Our home is situated on 6 acres of natural beach frontage. Many guests return to our home each year for the privacy it provides. For those that like to explore, nearly any road you take from the main highway leads to paradise. Local communities offer dining options, grocery stores, banks and shops making it possible to obtain nearly everything you'll need for your stay. Snorkeling, diving and fishing guides are also available on the island. From the Pineapple to the Conch Festival, communities up and down the island host a variety of events throughout the year. These are always a favorite of our guests. For those seeking a little more action, Harbor Island is a short drive and ferry ride away.


Rates & Availability

Central Eleuthera House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

$1400.00 - $1600.00/week.
We require a $50 non-refundable booking fee. All rental fees are due 60 days prior to your rental. Up until 60 days prior to your rental, any monies paid towards the rental fee are refundable. After that time, cancellations may be re-booked within a year. We accept personal checks, cashier's checks or credit cards in USD only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Central Eleuthera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our bedroom has air conditioning.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Newly remodeled in 2010! We renovated the kitchen, added a/c to the entire house, installed all new windows and doors and applied a new finish in the exterior. The little blue house in now yellow!

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