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Luxury Villa at World Famous French Leave Bch, Heated Pool, Great Ocean Views

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 10

Richview is a new, luxurious, 4-bedroom, 4-bath home fifty yards from world-famous French Leave Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. Richview has spectacular views of the beach and ocean. It is located on the historic Banks Road, the premier location on Eleuthera, a mile from the town of Governors Harbour. Tippy's beach restaurant is less than a mile away. Richview has a beautiful new pool. The pool can be heated if desired for a fee of $300/week.

Richview is a stunning mix of old-world charm and modern comforts. Amenities include two full-service kitchens (ideal for groups with multiple families), air conditioning, washer/dryer, WIFI, satellite television, three flat-screen TVs, DVD player with video library, VOIP phone with free unlimited local and international calls, CD sound system, child and adult games, a telescope, paddle boards, a full-capacity generator, and a caretaker on duty.

Richview includes a two-story, three-bedroom main house with an attached honeymoon suite, for that couple in your group who desire extra privacy. Each section contains its own well-stocked, full-service kitchen. The two sections of the house are ALWAYS rented together, to only one group at a time, so your privacy is assured. (The Honeymoon Suite is included for an additional charge. For smaller groups who don't need a fourth bedroom, the Honeymoon Suite is simply locked off unless requested. For groups of more than 8 we have two rollaway beds. An additional charge applies for extra guests in excess of 8.)

Richview offers great outdoor living space with a huge wrap-around deck with loungers, a charcoal grill, outdoor dining area, two outdoor showers, a pergola for shade, and an observation deck with spectacular 360-degree views.

You enter Richview into the large Front Hall. This spacious room has a couch, access to the washer/dryer, and sliders to the rear deck. To your right is the computer room (with wifi and VOIP phone) and access to the two first-floor bedrooms. One has a king bed and the other two twins that can be converted to a king.

Returning to the Front Hall, you take the steps to the second floor. Here we have a full kitchen, large dining area, living room (all with BEAUTIFUL beach and ocean views) and a separate queen size bedroom and full bathroom. Off this area, you can enter the sundeck and observation deck. The views from the deck are truly spectacular. The ocean is 50 yards away and you can see 360 degrees of Eleuthera.

Returning to the first floor Front Hall, on your left is the entrance to the one-story Honeymoon Suite with a king-size bed, living room, its own full kitchen, and a large shower/bathroom. All four bedrooms at Richview have private en-suite bathrooms.

Just walk across the street and down our private path, and you’re on the beautiful pink sand of French Leave Beach (also known as Club Med Beach, for the Club Med that was located there many years ago). There is excellent snorkeling off the southern end of this beach, a minute or two walk from the private path.

Richview comes with everything you need to enjoy our beautiful beach, including beach chairs and umbrellas, and two outdoor showers.

Tippy’s famous restaurant is just a mile away, offering fine dining and live entertainment. Other upscale restaurants within easy driving distance include Pascale's, 4 miles away and 1648 House, a mile away. The town of Governors Harbour, less than a mile away, has a lovely collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman at the town dock. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, and excellent coffee shop, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals.

Property Manager

Kim and Jason Menefee and Matthew Simon

Member Since 2002
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
Why Kim and Jason Menefee and Matthew Simon chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

Steps from world famous French Leave Beach.

What makes this House unique

Optional private honeymoon suite with a full second kitchen.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
        • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed, 2 Twin beds, 2 Other beds


        • 4 Bathrooms


              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Washing Machine


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Toaster


                      • DVD Player
                      • Games
                      • Satellite / Cable
                      • Video Library


                          • Balcony
                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Outdoor Grill

                            Pool / Spa

                              • Private Pool


                                  • cinemas
                                  • arboretum
                                  • botanical garden
                                  • caves
                                  • churches
                                  • bay/sound
                                  • library
                                  • marina
                                  • pond
                                  • reefs
                                  • restaurants

                                    Leisure Activities

                                      • beachcombing
                                      • eco tourism
                                      • horseback riding
                                      • photography
                                      • scenic drives
                                      • sight seeing
                                      • walking

                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                          • ATM/bank
                                          • groceries
                                          • medical services

                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                              • snorkeling
                                              • deepsea fishing
                                              • fly fishing
                                              • jet skiing
                                              • pier fishing
                                              • sailing
                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                              • fishing
                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                              • spelunking
                                              • surf fishing
                                              • surfing
                                              • swimming
                                              • wind-surfing


                                                  • Free International VOIP Phone Usage Full Capacity Generator On-site Caretaker Personal Chef & Baby Sitting can be arranged Three Flat Panel Televisions Beach Chairs and Umbrellas Two Outdoor Showers

                                                    House Rules

                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                    32 Reviews


                                                    Latest reviews

                                                    Good Not Great

                                                    Steve P.,

                                                    Rating Details:

                                                    The property manager was more than helpful.

                                                    The vacation rental was spotless.

                                                    I was more than happy with the location.

                                                    I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

                                                    Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental.

                                                    Reviewer Comments:

                                                    Richview is a wonderfully conceived off-beach property. The design is light, spacious and airy. If properly maintained, it could be a superstar. Regrettably, at the moment -- perhaps because it is for sale -- the property suffers a bit from a lack of attention and care. The good: spacious, conveniently located, mostly comfortable, decent cooking facilities, mostly well-stocked Room for improvement: beds are horribly uncomfortable, screen doors fall of tracks when moved (every time), many windows have no screens, pool was dirty/cloudy, some advertised amenities didn't exist (ample snorkels and fins -- I think there was 1 set), and various minor maintenance issues (light bulbs, worn paint, etc.). For a property that charges premium rates, expectations are commensurate. This is where Richview fell short, in our opinion. For less money, this would be palatable. For a higher end priced property, it may be unjustified. Eleuthera, still, is a beautiful location and Richview sits across the street from an amazing beach.

                                                    Richview, Eleuthera

                                                    David B.,

                                                    Rating Details:

                                                    The property manager was adequately helpful.

                                                    The vacation rental was spotless.

                                                    I was very happy with the location.

                                                    I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

                                                    Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

                                                    Reviewer Comments:

                                                    Our party of 8 (6 adults, 2 children) had an outstanding stay at Richview. The house is on a "main" road less then a mile for Governor's Harbour and steps from a beautiful beach. House was very clean and inviting with a small pool for relaxing around. Island people were very friendly and helpful answering our questions. But beware food, restaurants, gas, etc are all very expensive so plan accordingly.

                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                    Please note that this "main road" is extremely quiet (and in fact, not the main road). Maybe one car goes by every few minutes.

                                                    Wonderful Spot!

                                                    David W.,

                                                    Rating Details:

                                                    The property manager was very helpful.

                                                    The vacation rental was spotless.

                                                    I was very happy with the location.

                                                    I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

                                                    Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

                                                    Reviewer Comments:

                                                    Just returned from a month at Richview. It's ideally located close to Gov Harbour and on the island's best beach. We explored Eleuthera top to bottom and can honestly say that we wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. French Leave beach is stunning! Matt went above and beyond providing tips and info on things to see and do. The house is very well appointed and comfortable. Bachus fine foods and Tippy's are both walking distance. Fantastic spot on a fantastic island!

                                                    Fabulous House in a Perfect Location

                                                    Mariagiovanna B.Saint Louis

                                                    This is a perfect house in a perfect location. The best beach we have ever been was one minute walk away, and the house was clean and spacious.

                                                    Anne, Matthew and Tara were very attentive to make sure everything was ok and responsive to our inquiries.

                                                    I would recommend this house and a vacation to Eleuthera without hesitation to anyone, and we hope to be back as soon as possible!

                                                    Wonderful property, location and owner!

                                                    Jim D.

                                                    Richview House is a beautiful house located steps from the most gorgeous beach you have even seen (French Leave, former home of Club Med). It is large, fully-stocked with everything you need (linens, dishes, beach and pool toys, etc.), has multiple decks with beautiful views, and a tremendous support staff.

                                                    From Matt and team at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals who helped us with the rental, to the property manager whose office is only blocks away from the house in Governors Harbour and who told us everything we need to know about the island, to the maintenance team who was available throughout the week on short notice to fix any issues with the house (we had a small problem with a sink in one of the bathrooms, and a small problem with the pool the day we arrived - both of which were quickly addressed), you never feel as though you are "on your own" in a foreign land. Unfortunately, half of our party had to cancel their trip at the last minute due to a death in the family. Matt and the owner were very understanding, compassionate and helpful - something we very much appreciated at a difficult time.

                                                    The house itself sits on Banks Road, an infrequently used road that parallels French Leave Beach and is home to some of the nicest houses on Eleuthera. However, because it is on the opposite side of the road from the beach, it rents for less than the houses that are on the beach side, yet the walk is literally only 10 steps further (the beach is accessed by a very short, deeded, sandy path through palm trees)). French Leave, despite being one of the top-rated beaches in the Bahamas, almost feels deserted. One day one of the local houses had a volleyball game on the beach. Other than that, the most people we ever saw there were two retired ex-pats who pretty much kept to themselves. You literally have the entire mile-long beach to yourself on most days!

                                                    I would be remiss if I didn't provide several recommendations to consider if you stay at Richview - 1) do the mile-long walk down the beach to Tippy's late one afternoon (you'll understand why when you do), 2) take a glass of wine and a beach chair to the top deck at night, lay it down flat and look up at the stars, and 3) introduce yourself to the local fishermen who drive up on Richview's beach each afternoon. If you're lucky, they'll have some fresh lobsters you can buy and cook for dinner. Enjoy!


                                                    Michael B.

                                                    Overall impression of this property was good. There were airconditioner issues in the honeymoon suite which were immediately rectified by the property manager who was accessible quickly and was helpful with answering questions.The wifi was not always accessible. We were pleased to learn that this property has a generator which automatically comes on during power outages which happened occasionally during thunderstorms.


                                                    Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

                                                    The all new Beach House Restaurant is open just a short stroll from Richview and the well known Tippy's Restaurant is just one mile south. See why celebrities like Janet Jackson have chosen Richview for their island stay.


                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                    Rates are for up to 6 guests and do not include the honeymoon suite. To include the honeymoon suite and up to two additional guests, add $700/week. Ask about our discount for last-minute bookings (within 10 days of check in) OPTIONAL POOL HEATING FEE: $300/week

                                                    32 Reviews
                                                    Wonderful 4.8/5
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