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Charming, secluded, beachfront cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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!

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Leigh Ann
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 Governor's Harbour, The 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.


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Charming, secluded, beachfront cottage
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 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: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Seclusion

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I have been to The Palms four times in the last 3 years. This has become our special retreat from the world, a place where we can get away & reconnect. You’ll need to rent a car - the cottage is really quite isolated, and as such, it takes a bit to get there - plan on taking your time. The property is very nicely maintained and the owners, Leigh Ann & Tom have everything you might need already in the cottage. There is WiFi, but there is no TV Service. Anne Bethel is their local agent, who cares for & maintains the property; she has been wonderful to us by responding to any questions or needs that may come up. The beach is a 3 minute walk from the house, and is Absolutely Stunning!! Picture: Pink Sand, Turquoise water, Blue Sky, and Green Palms that line the shore... The pictures you see cannot capture the openness & the true colors & the feel of this paradise. There are almost never any others on this beach. It's yours. It's Amazing! We actually have seen some walkers come by - but this is rare. Depending on the direction of the wind, the surf can be anywhere from Dead Flat to Very Rough. If it's rough, you can drive 15 minutes to the Caribbean side of the island, to Ten Bay Beach - a wide, shallow bay that is beautifully calm & warm - Although there are usually a few other folks there. To get to any stores, gas stations, restaurants, shops, etc., you should plan on a 30 minute drive each way - Although Island Farm (Owned by Anne Bethel & family) is closer - 20 minutes or so. Our advice is to stock up on everything at Burroughs Grocery as you pass through Governor's Harbour, so you don't have to go out much thereafter. One Warning - This is a very rural island. On the plus side, there are few tourists or souvenir shops - allowing you to instead interact w/ the local people, who are always friendly & helpful; on the down side Power & WiFi sometimes go out, you need bug spray especially at night, and you won’t find every brand of routine grocery items in stores… but these are minor trade-offs that come with getting off the grid. It’s wonderful and peaceful and secluded, but if you want to be pampered, this in not the place for you. We love it!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Another great trip to The Palms at Double Bay!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd trip to The Palms. Always outstanding. The owner is very accommodating and the local representative, Anne Bethel, is very helpful and works hard to be sure your stay is enjoyable. Private, secluded, awesome. On the beach in front of the house every day and rarely saw more than 2 people a day on the entire 2 mile stretch of beach! Best beach on the island in our opinion.

We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Very nice property in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

The Palms is a comfortable cottage. Double Bay beach is spectacular.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic spot- the house had everything we needed and the location, privacy, and beach were awesome

  • 5 of 5

One of the best beaches we've seen -

Quiet, and could walk for miles and not see a soul.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Perfect Beach Cottage for Relaxing and Enjoying Life

  • 5 of 5

The words here will not do justice to the vacation we enjoyed at Double Bay. We've never had a more relaxing vacation than our 7 days on Eleuthera. The home is perfectly appointed - Leigh Ann has provided everything you'll need to enjoy yourself. During our stay, we saw a total of 6 people on the beach. We had it to ourselves nearly every day. The sand is gorgeous! We body surfed and relaxed on the beach, enjoying the amazing weather. The house comes with all the beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas you and your family could need. The house was situated perfectly near the beach, just a short walk away. We could hear the waves every evening as we sat on the porch and stargazed, but passersby couldn't see you thanks to the palm trees and other vegetation. The outdoor shower was great for rinsing off all the sand.

After arriving, we stopped by the Eleuthera Supply in Governor's Harbour to pick up groceries. I was pleasantly surprised with everything the store carried. We were able to get everything we needed, with the exception of fresh bread. The prices were somewhat higher than we pay at home, but not nearly as bad as what we had anticipated. There are also other, newer grocery stores in other towns. We ate breakfast at the house each day then set out for the adventure of the day. Everyone on the island is helpful - we stopped and asked random people for directions for certain beaches and they were happy to point the way.

We both scuba dive, so we drove to Cape Eleuthera and did several dives with Darryl Miller. We highly recommend him!! We stopped in every community on the island. Two nights we picked up lobsters and fresh grouper at the docks in Tarpum Bay and grilled those at the house. Everything we needed was there, spices, grill and utensils. The lobsters were amazing and so inexpensive!

We ate at several local restaurants on different beaches. Wild Orchid in Rock Sound was our favorite, but all of the restaurants were great! We also discovered a little deli near Tippy's that had fresh bread, pastries, good wine and imported cheese. We were never able to go to the nearby farm for veggies or fresh bread, though we tried a few times. We also went to the Friday night fish fry and had great time!! We met so many people that evening and the food and Rum Bubba drinks were fantastic. We rented a car from Stanton. We had a few problems, but they were quickly remedied. The BEST vacation we've had. Stop wondering and book it!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.




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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