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Historic Sea Captain's House, Walk to Town and Beach

Bedrooms 4
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 8)


A white picket fence and palm trees welcome you to this elegant 19th century home, nestled on a quiet street among other colonial houses in historic Governor's Harbour, the original capitol of the Bahamas.

Built by Captain John Bethel of 'Sloop John B' fame, Tamarind is an airy, four-bedroom home that sleeps up to eight guests in comfort. It has two full baths and complete kitchen (all newly renovated), front parlor and dining room.

You will also enjoy the wrap-around verandah and private back patio, perfect for sunning or entertaining.

Tamarind is decorated with country antiques, grass mats, ceiling fans and tasteful art. Its spacious garden is filled with tropical flowering plants and fruit trees. Our family has made every effort to maintain the charming grace of this historic home.

From Tamarind you are just a few steps from the town center and the sleepy harbour, with its lovely cove beaches and boats at anchor. You are also a ten minute walk or short drive to one of the Caribbean's most spectacular beaches. A one and a half mile crescent of pink powder sand, protected by a live barrier reef, with innumerable shades of turquoise, green and blue water stretching to the horizon.


Governor's Harbour is a small, quiet town on the Family Island of Eleuthera, offering a collection of distinctive colonial homes, historic churches, and colorful Bahamian buildings. The natural beauty of Eleuthera is only exceeded by the grace and warmth of its people, a primary reason vacationing couples and families return again and again to this island community.

You will find all the services you need in town; grocery stores, gift shops, post office, banks, gas station, dive shop, liquor store and bakery. There are also several good local restaurants to chose from, and a few colorful local bars.

In addition, regular weekly events in town include a fish fry most Friday nights on one of the harbour's beaches, and a Saturday morning arts and crafts program for children at the historic Haynes Library. Most of these amenities are within easy walking distance from Tamarind.

There are no casinos or flashy nightclubs on Eleuthera: the local Bahamians prefer a more sedate, relaxed atmosphere.

The island of Eleuthera is 110 miles long and an average of only two miles wide. Governor's Harbour is located in the middle of Eleuthera, making day excursions easy. The entire island is ringed by world-class beaches, some of which you will have all to yourself.

There are many interesting settlements up and down the island. In addition, you will be able to enjoy fabulous fishing (deep sea and bone fishing), snorkeling and Scuba diving, golf and tennis. Or, you could just relax on the verandah with a good book from Tamarind's library.

Keywords: House, villa, home, rental

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Matthew Simon
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2017


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Historic Sea Captain's House, Walk to Town and Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

GO HERE!! The most authentic island experience.

  • 5 of 5

My book group ladies travelled to this island for a week away and WOW were we glad we did! Just a puddle jumper further than the touristy Nassau, we were met with chrystal clear turquoise water, friendly locals and a relaxed, authentic vibe. The rental property was breezy and spacious. Clean, and in great shape. We especially enjoyed the beautiful trees and colorful flora in the gardens. The bedrooms were comfy and clean. There was a courtyard (with outdoor shower!) perfect for a simple fresh breakfast, afternoon nap or evening cocktails. A beautiful Captains house just a short walk to the harbor.

Here you won't find fancy poolside service, crowded beaches or expensive shopping. A day trip to Harbour island is easily accessible for shopping or snorkeling. Come if you want to join the friendly locals at a neighborhood Friday night fish fry, deserted white sand beaches and a feeling that you are REALLY away.

A few of my favorite memories: a 4 mile run from the house on beautiful French leaf beach each morning, meeting a young man who was climbing trees cutting down coconuts- happily handing us one cut open so we can enjoy the yummy nectar, and swimming with our very own dolphin – true! At Surf beach a short drive from the house- she safely swam with us for 30 minutes. I will always remember the look on the girls faces! MAGICAL!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Amazing Getaway for our family

  • 5 of 5

This place was truly magical! We stayed here for a family vacation and the place could not have been more perfect for our family! It was romantic, beautiful, and in an amazing location. If we travel back to this area we will definitely be staying at the Tamarind House again. We would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling in this area!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Providence RI USA

Gracious Old World Living!

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at this beautifully designed and spacious home on the island of Eleuthra. It has the most delightful veranda for sitting in any weather. The scents wafting in from the beautiful trees and shrubs that surround this property are exquisite.

Sleeping with the windows open to the warm night air was terrific for my dreams and late nights listening to music and playing games in the comfortably appointed living room didn't hurt either!

I was pleasantly surprised by the full selection of cooking utensils available in the kitchen and appreciated the laundry line for drying beach towels and suits.

Don't miss the wonderful outdoor shower!

This house is beautifully situated in town just up from the ocean and I enjoyed heading down to the waterfront to see if freshly caught fish was available on several afternoons.

Eleuthra has so much to explore (beaches, caves, and restaurants were our favs) and this house is centrally located. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great home away from home

  • 4 of 5

My cousin, my 1 year old and my 3 year old stayed at this property for 9 days. I would highly recommend it.

The house itself is extremely well appointed, and the pictures don't do it justice. There is an enormous yard, a shaded front/side porch and a back veranda for eating. Inside the house, the kitchen has everything that you could need, the ceilings are high and it is quite spacious. One warning: light sleepers beware! The roosters are LOUD and start as early as 3am. Also, the house is old so on windy nights there can be a bit of rattling. That said, after one VERY windy night where things were rattling all over the place, I mentioned this difficulty to Angelika, the property manager. She had somebody there within hours to batten down the hatches.

Speaking of Angelika--she could not have been more helpful or responsive. She saved the day for us on several occasions, always making it seem as though we weren't being a nuisance. Really great customer service.

The house was a short walk into town, but a longer walk (about 20 min) to the beach. Most people rent cars, which we did for 2 of the 9 days. We got a good workout every day, that's for sure. French leave beach is lovely, once you get past the seaweed. We were often on that amazing beach alone. Crazy.

One thing that we didn't come across until the end, which would have been good to know in advance: there is a really big grocery store with tons of different kinds of foods at Rock Sound. My cousin is a vegan, and there wasn't so much at the Governor's Harbour grocery stores.

Nick, the owner, was very easy to deal with throughout the booking process, and was helpful in providing us with information.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Summerville, SC

Just the Best

  • 5 of 5


The last line of our review should read 'Oh, and Nick could not have been more helpful.'

Robert & Sandra

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summerville, SC


  • 5 of 5

This was our 1st trip to Eleuthera and the Tamarind House ended up being the perfect choice for us. Centrally located, walking distance to store, restaurants, Club Med Beach (Club Med is long gone), The Beach House (some of the best food on the island) and the Harbour Friday Fish Fry.

We kept looking at VRBO's on the beach but this meant we needed a car 24/7, stock up on groceries, etc., and this property made the stay so easy. One day we could go south and another north, we only had a car for 2 days out of 10. Also, was somewhat of a working trip for my wife and I as we both have online businesses so WiFi was an absolute necessity.

The size of the home, large deck and huge kitchen made our stay very comforatable. And with the local daily fish catch, I cooked conch and grouper almost every day.

We highly recommend this property. Oh, and Nick could not be helpful.

Robert & Sandra

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Winter/Spring Season
Jan 9 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

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Property Damage Protection $59

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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres

From Tamarind you are just a few steps from the town center and the sleepy harbor, with its lovely cove beaches and boats at anchor. You are also a ten minute walk or short drive to one of the Caribbean's most spectacular beaches: a 1 1/2 mile crescent of pink powder sand protected by a live barrier reef, with innumerable shades of turquoise, green and blue water stretching to the horizon.


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