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Margaret Rhyne, Owner

Member since: 2004
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Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea

41 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Turks & Caicos House Rental Photos and Description

Villa with 4 Bedrooms and 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

THE HOUSE and GROUNDS

Etoile de Mer sits on old beachfront with exclusive access to the almost-private beach of Taylor Bay just 100 steps away. Etoile's location offers the best of all worlds - Taylor Bay, authentic Caribbean architecture, and privacy afforded by lush vegetation on almost an acre of land.

"Beautiful and gracious" are the most common words used to describe Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea. Justifiably, Etoile de Mer is known as one of the most beautiful and unique homes on the island and a  perfect place to gather family members or friends to create island memories. A coral fern garden, irrigation of the many coconut trees and bougainvillea, and a seawall make Etoile de Mer feel like a Caribbean estate - and it is!

Lovingly cared for, the house has been completely upgraded since the owners purchased it in 2004. The attention to detail and the ambiance of this island home make it feel like your home away from home rather than "a rental".  Large enough for a group of eight with several gathering spots - the screened porch, the gazebo, the pool deck, the outside bar and barbecue, the verandas and the living room and dining room - the layout of the house also offers privacy to couples and individuals.

THE BEACH

A short walk across old beach front, the gentle tides and fine white sands of Taylor Bay offer you an opportunity to wade or swim, snorkel, kayak, walk barefoot on the beach or sit in a beach chair for hours. Many well-traveled guests believe that Taylor Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean.

They float on rafts from one side of the bay to the other on the gentle tide with book, coffee, or wine in hand.  The more adventuresome use the 4 kayaks provided at the house and explore the Caribbean at will. The energetic, swim the width of the bay.

Shallow waters for 100 feet offer a perfect environment for children to play in the water safely. Children happily fill buckets and make sand castles while their parents enjoy a well-earned vacation.

ACTIVITIES

Want to play tennis? Next to Etoile de Mer are private, complimentary tennis courts.

In the evening, visit one of the excellent international restaurants just minutes away (Providenciales was recently selected as one of the top-ten island dining destinations in the world), grill your favorite foods on the five-burner grill on the pool deck, or cook in the airy and light fully-equipped kitchen. After dinner, stroll the beach, watch cable television on a flat-screen TV, sit on the deck and look at the stars, listen to music, play a game, or simply enjoy the sound of privacy, knowing that you have another beautiful day to awake to.

No Smoking, please.  Children are welcome.  Rental price includes airport greeting and a mid-week cleaning. FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET.  Note that dates marked on the Availability Calendar represent NIGHTS that are not available.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Margaret Rhyne, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

About Margaret Rhyne, Owner

My husband Dave and I first visited Provo from Colorado with friends in 2004. Completely enamored with Taylor Bay, we joined with a real estate agent and found Etoile de Mer, returning home a little in shock that we had bought a house and had never even considered owning a home in the Caribbean! That's what Taylor Bay can do to you!!

Since then our entire family has had a love affair with Etoile, Taylor Bay, and Provo.

Our daughter, Megan, got married on Provo in October 2005. She and our other two children, Aaron and Brianna, return annually with friends.

Our first grandchild, Cooper, was christened on Taylor Bay in November 2008 and our second grandson, Jack, was christened on the beach in November 2012.

Dave and I go to the house in the fall, winter and spring to make sure everything is in good shape. We have developed friendships with islanders and feel like we have a second life in the Caribbean.

We try to keep the rental rate reasonable because we feel blessed to own such a beautiful home and want to share it with others, which is why Etoile de Mer never feels like a rental.

Dave is an architect and we are always upgrading in one way or another to keep Etoile in prime condition. A recent renter wrote, "Our son is an interior architect and he loved the design of the house and the quality of the building materials."

Margaret Rhyne, Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why Margaret Rhyne, Owner chose Turks & Caicos

Staying at Etoile de Mer feels like staying an a private, upscale resort - Caribbean ambiance, exclusive access to Taylor Bay, incredible vegetation, tennis courts, kayaks, and a large salt water pool. You won't want to leave!

What makes this house unique

Our family loves to gather at the house and create memories. We sit under the gazebo and laugh. We walk on the beach every morning to greet the day. We float across the bay in rafts. Our grandsons play at will and safely in the clear crystalline waters of Taylor Bay. In the evenings, we gaze at stars from the pool deck.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a beautiful and wonderful week here celebrating our friend's 60th birthday. What a lovely house!! We loved the porch and the beach is simply amazing. We have never seen such beautiful water! The house is comfortable with every amenity possible. We loved it here!! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

(Comment in Guest Book)
Sep 2014
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Reviews

4.8
based on 41 traveler reviews

Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea
average rating of 4.8292685 based on 69 reviews
Chester Springs, PA
5

A Birthday to Remember

  • 5 of 5

For my 65th birthday...and two weeks before my daughter's wedding, we wanted to escape. From the beginning, we knew Etoile de Mer was going to be something special. Margaret was so helpful in answering questions in advance, preparing us for our stay, recommending vendors and restaurants, and even grocery prices for our stay. All of it was accurate and helpful.

We arrived at 3:30 PM to the welcoming committee of Denish, the house manager and her crew who had just finished cleaning a preparing for our stay. A few cold beers in the fridge, some fruit for the grandkids to munch on etc...but it was "see who could change the fastest to get in the pool." It was hot during our visit. Denish said she had never felt it as hot this early...so we knew we had to stock up on cold beverages and be near the water. At Margaret's advice, we went to dinner at Las Brisas...right down the road, and what a great dinner we had...so good, we returned several times for a great meal close by...and super breezes and views to accompany.

Big Blue snorkel adventure was fantastic, as was the dinner at Bay Bistro, and lunch waterside at Seven Stars resort. As promised, nothing is in-expensive, but it's vacation with the family, so we didn't care! Taylor Bay provided a safe and gorgeous location for two small grandkids. They thought it was "Poppop's Pool." You can literally walk 100 yards into the bay and still be at hip depth for the water...very good place for the kids.

Etoile de Mer is a perfect home. The architecture is so welcoming and practical. Our son and his family of four occupied the apartment downstairs, and it was their little escape when they needed naps or quiet time. Our almost newly weds stayed in one of the main-floor rooms with nice breezes. They missed a/c, but managed nicely together. The suite upstairs has a great view of the water, and a walk-in shower that could have fit the whole family.

The gardens are the nicest in the community, and the pool was just the ticket for hot afternoons, and warm evenings when you needed to cool off. So when you see this lovely home of red...flowers everywhere...and amenities galore, we knew we picked the right place. We highly recommend Etoile de Mer for family escapes...there is everything there, and you'll enjoy every minutes of it. Thanks Margaret for a wonderful and memorable week.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kentucky
5

Like A Dream

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six had the most wonderful stay at Etoile de Mer and made memories that will last a life time. Imagine the perfect beach house and this is it ! Imagine the perfect beach and this is it ! Simply beautiful inside and out with anything and everything you could possibly need. Everyone on the island was so helpful and nice during our stay. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us and we look so forward to returning some day soon.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Memorable Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We definitely had a wonderful vacation at Etoile de Mer!

Everyone had their favorite parts including the beautiful, big home, waiting under the gazebo early morning watching for the family to come through the screened doors, spending time in the calm and comfortable water of Taylor Bay, buying and grilling a large snapper bought from the man in the red pickup truck ( near Sam's ) , and just bonding as a family. Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity!!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

After a long day of travel, we arrived at Etoile de Mer and were overwhelmed. The grounds and house are simply beautiful. The pictures are exactly what the property looks like.

We were are party of 7 adults so having 4 bedrooms each with its own full bath was great. The house was well maintained and very clean.

The outdoor space is where we spent all of our time. The pool, sun deck and gazebo was used from the minute we got up in the morning until we went to bed.

Taylor Bay was a short 2 minute walk and the water and sand were stunning.

I hope to return to Etoile de Mer very soon.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maryland
5

Really special place

  • 5 of 5

We were two families of 4 each (with kids ranging in age from 3-7) who found Taylor Bay some years ago and vowed to return. Boy did we return in style!

Etoile de Mer is such a lovely home, with a constant breeze running throughout the house even in the middle of the Carribbean heat. I must say that my favorite spot was in the cabana by the pool (under the watchful eye of the big blue fish painting) laying in the hammock.

Julian was very helpful while we were in the house, and Margaret was so informative with all of her suggestions. We had many wonderful meals- at Las Brisas just down the road; at Bay Bistro on the beach; at Bugaloos (more for the scene than the food). Getting away from the hustle of Grace Bay was nice as well.

All in all just a splendid week away from real life!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh,PA
5

Empty Nester's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

4 Couples who have empty nests gathered for an amazing, wonderfully relaxing vacation at beautiful Etoile De Mer! We are all well traveled and have rented homes in other locations, but this home is so beautiful and well stocked for a very enjoyable vacation. Beautiful grounds with flowers and covered comfortable outdoor space with a relaxing pool provide a great spot to relax the day away. Every bedroom has a full bath, so perfect for multiple couples..plus the apartment provided a great retreat for our early bird couple who enjoyed swimming laps in Taylor bay each morning. Idea house for many people with so many options for relaxing and exercise. Loved the yoga mats for our morning online classes. Walks around nearby Chalk Sound provide amazing views. We all enjoyed cooking meals in the well stocked kitchen. Great cookware, knives and plenty of silverware, plates and pretty serving pieces...who doesn't enjoy a pretty table.

Taylor Bay is a hidden delight. The shallow water is perfect for small ones or evening frisbee games while watching the amazing sunsets. Enjoyed kayaking out to turtle rock for snorkling(it's further than you think so take water and don't go without 2 boats, just in case ). Have been to Provo many times & this is by far my favorite spot. Location is ideal for those who want a quiet vacation. If the party life is for you..go to Grace Bay. This is an island retreat that is a rare find! You will not be sorry if you book your stay at Etoile De Mer.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Providenciales Airport (PLS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Las Brisas
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Provo Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Las Brisas
Car: necessary

Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Bone Fishing, International Restaurants, Access to Club Med

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Rates & Availability

Providenciales - Provo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
May 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,600
 
 
Low Season
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,600
 
 
Christmas
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$8,000
 
 
High Season 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$5,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Weekly rates listed are for up to 6 people. Rates for 8 people are 2016 and 2017 low season $5000, 2017 high season are $6,000.

Christmas rate is for up to 8 people.

50% of rental rate is due at booking to hold the dates. The second 50% and the tax are due 90 days before arrival.

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Amenities

Turks & Caicos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main floor ensuite. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Main floor ensuite. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Apartment. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master. Sunken tub. LARGE shower. Conch shell countertops
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , To rinse off when returning from beach
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , On top floor. Balcony with view of tennis courts and bay.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Ensuite main floor. Private sitting area on veranda.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite main floor with view of coconut palms
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , In apartment with view to coral garden. Small patio.
  • King size beds (3) Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) one 3-in-1 graco porta-crib, Queen sleep sofa in apartment. Futon available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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