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Gladys Sydenham-Smith

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

SUPER LOWER RATE FOR AUGUST TO DECEMBER

10 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Bahamas Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3BR/2.5BA sleeps 8

Diamonds by the Sea is situated on one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in Freeport. The crystal clear waters are several shades of aqua and turquoise. Days can be spent just relaxing and enjoying the peaceful serenity at Diamonds; And after a day on the beach, where on many occasions you can watch Dolphins swimming not far from the shoreline, a great BBQ on your deck, and a Hammock is just what is needed to wrap up a lovely day in Paradise. A short walk on the beach from us, are several beach bars and restaurants and also available are water sports activities, kayaking, sailing etc. We take pride in being one of the rare vacation cottages with privacy and yet less than 5 miles is Port Lucaya with its activities, Casino, restaurants, bars and shopping. We are also proud of the fact that Diamonds is where Keira Knightley chose to live and enjoy for several months while filming Pirates of the Caribbean II in Grand Bahama.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Gladys Sydenham-Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Name: Emie Schuiling

Email: emieschuiling@kpnplanet.nl

Comments: With our Family of 7 persons we stayed in the Lilac and Sea Shell Cottage for 10 Days. What a wonderful time we had! The accomodation was perfect; everything we needed was there; including Beach towels and private wooden chairs and facilities on the Beach where we spent most of the time with the kids. The caretaker Shirley was very kind and helpfull.

We really loved the Beautiful island and we like to recommand this vacationhouse to every one!!!
Aug 2015
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Reviews

4.6
based on 10 traveler reviews

SUPER LOWER RATE FOR AUGUST TO DECEMBER
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews
5

AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time visiting Diamonds by the Sea and we have loved every moment of it! The property is beautiful, secluded along with a private beach just a short walk from the deck, where you can enjoy the amazing sunrises and sunsets. The house has everything you could possibly need for a stay including a washer/dryer, A/C and cable (although we never turned the TV on once because paradise is right outside of your door). We will be back in April again and cannot wait! It is a nice break from the COLD New England winters and we look forward to our trip every year!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your beautiful review. It really makes me feel so good when my guests are happy and enjoy Diamonds by the Sea. And so pleased that you will be back again in April 2016!!!! Stay warm during the winter and April is the perfect month in the Bahamas. Sincerely, Gladys
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Bloomfield, Connecticut
5

Beautiful tropical escape!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, secluded property right on the beach. The grounds are meticulously maintained with access to the water down a pretty path. The cottage has three colorfully decorated bedrooms and I can't say enough about the living room and kitchen areas! Everything you could need is provided, from cooking utensils to beach towels and chairs. Really, all you need to bring to Diamonds is a bathing suit! The owner is a wonderful woman named Gladys who makes everyone feel welcome, and graciously takes care of any concerns. There are a few restaurants within walking distance, a fun bar, and snorkeling right off the beach! Our families love going to Diamonds and we have made it an annual destination for three years now, with more to come. Can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a wonderful review. So happy that you all come back every year, look forward to that... you are super guests and great fun. It is a pleasure when you are at Diamonds bythe Sea. See you in 2016!!!
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5

A Truly Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We've been coming to Diamonds by the Sea cottages for six years and this past year was as great as our first year there. We stayed just over five weeks in February /March, 2015 and enjoyed every moment. The Lilac Cottage is nicely appointed with everything one would want both inside and outside the house. Three bedrooms gave us ample room to have friends and family visit without ever feeling cramped. One of the best features of Diamonds is it's location, next to one of the best beaches anywhere with warm waters and, for those who like to snorkel, plenty of fish and coral to explore. Gladys, the owner, is a sweetheart who will do whatever needs to be done to guarantee a fulfilled, enjoyable stay on Grand Bahamas. While some visitors don't rent a vehicle, we always have as most attractions and grocery stores are ten minutes or further away. That said, four beach bars / restaurants are within walking distance, Banana Bay being our favourite. In short, we really enjoy our visits to Diamonds-by-the-Sea, we aren't able to go in 2016 and we'll miss it... a lot.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And you are certainly going to be missed by everyone at Diamonds by the Sea..It will not be the same. Thank you for a great review, really appreciate it. But we wil see you the following year, for sure...
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Windsor, Ontario
5

Cottage life in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed in the twin to this property, Key Lime Cottage, and loved it. After spending a month here I have no hesitation in saying you won't find a prettier setting anywhere on Grand Bahama. The rooms and generously supplied linens are immaculate, the bougainvillea glorious, and the beach is right there! Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review and looking forward to having you again next January 2016!!!! We all miss you here and hope the winter is not too harsh for you in Windsor. Been following the temperatures and it is cold. Shirley and jules send their warm regards to you. It was a pleasure having you here at Diamonds by the Sea. Best wishes!!!!
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San Antonio,Tx
5

Wonderful vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are frequent travelers and this is by far one of the most relaxing places we've ever stayed. Our party consisted of my husband and myself, a baby (celebrating a 1st birthday!!) and 2 grandparents. The Lilac Cottage was absolutely adorable! Its a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath that was very clean, spacious, well maintained, and tastefully decorated. The cottage was pretty much equipped with everything we needed for the week (towels, fridge, toaster, pots, pans, silverware, coffee maker, microwave, cups) and everything was in good working condition. We rented a van for the week as grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping are quite a distance from the cottage. Our first night in town we stopped at Solomons Grocery store and picked up all our essentials for breakfast and lunch and we usually ate dinner out in the town. Despite being quite a distance from the rest of town, the location of the cottage was perfect as it was far away from noise and just yards from the beach. We spent just about every morning walking the short distance to the private beach area to relax and snorkel which was awesome as opposed to having to drive to a beach. Beach chairs, umbrella, and towels were provided which were wonderful. We only got to meet Gladys (the owner of the property) briefly since she was leaving on her family vacation when we arrived but she was very nice and always responded to emails and questions very promptly. The housekeeper and groundskeeper for the property were on site during our stay and were both so friendly and always helpful when we had questions. All in all our vacation was everything we were hoping for and so much more. Its hard to capture the lovely essence of this place in photos but I would recommend this place to anyone and cant wait to return again!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review on the Lilac Cottage, Misty. I am very happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Diamonds bythe Sea. Hopefully you will return again in the near future. It is always wonderful to have return guests, who have now become friends.....Have a great year and looking forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Gladys
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San Antonio,Tx
5

Fabulous vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are frequent travelers and this is by far one of the most relaxing places we've ever stayed. Our party consisted of my husband and myself, a baby (celebrating a 1st birthday!!) and 2 grandparents. The Lilac Cottage was absolutely adorable! Its a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath that was very clean, spacious, well maintained, and tastefully decorated. The cottage was pretty much equipped with everything we needed for the week (towels, fridge, toaster, pots, pans, silverware, coffee maker, microwave, cups) and everything was in good working condition. We rented a van for the week as grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping are quite a distance from the cottage. Our first night in town we stopped at Solomons Grocery store and picked up all our essentials for breakfast and lunch and we usually ate dinner out in the town. Despite being quite a distance from the rest of town, the location of the cottage was perfect as it was far away from noise and just yards from the beach. We spent just about every morning walking the short distance to the private beach area to relax and snorkel which was awesome as opposed to having to drive to a beach. Beach chairs, umbrella, and towels were provided which were wonderful. We only got to meet Gladys (the owner of the property) briefly since she was leaving on her family vacation when we arrived but she was very nice and always responded to emails and questions very promptly. The housekeeper and groundskeeper for the property were on site during our stay and were both so friendly and always helpful when we had questions. All in all our vacation was everything we were hoping for and so much more. Its hard to capture the lovely essence of this place in photos but I would recommend this place to anyone and cant wait to return again!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Freeport International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Beach Bar and Restaurants
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
2 to 4 courses
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Beach Bars and Restaurants
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Diamonds bythe Sea Beach
Car: recommended

DIRECTIONS TO DIAMONDS BYTHE SEA FROM EITHER THE FPO AIRPORT OR PORT: TAKE GRAND BAHAMA HIGHWAY EAST TO CHURCHILL DRIVE, MAKE ARIGHT AND CONTINUE TO THE END OF CHURCHiLL DRIVE, MAKE A RIGHT AT DIAMOND ROW, GO ABOUT 800 FEET AND MAKE A LEFT A GATE.

Cottages are Turn Key fully Air Conditioned with W/D for your comfort.

Beautiful sandy beach, very private and relaxing. Beach Bars and restaurants are walking distance from us as well as water sports activities.

Other Activities: Yoga, Pillates, Massage Therapy

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Rates & Availability

Grand Bahama Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
SUMMER SPECIAL
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
PROMO RATE
Aug 17 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,400
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$325
$2,250
$5,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,850
$4,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $150

DISCOUNTED LONG TERM RATES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
FULL PAYMENT DUE FOR BOOKINGS MADE DURING PEAK SEASON.
US$100 EXTRA PER WEEK FOR ELECTRIC FOR BOOKINGS OVER 1 WEEK CHECK IN 3 PM CHECK OUT 10 AM. $75 FEE FOR ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 10AM TO 1PM FULL NIGHTLY RATE ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 2PM

50% ON BOOKING AND BALANCE DUE IN FULL 60 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

CANCELLATION POLICY:
FULL REFUND 91 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL -$100
50% REFUND 61 TO 90 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL -$200
NO REFUND 60 DAYS OR LESS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ,DEPOSIT CAN APPLY TO FUTURE BOOKING -U$300
VERY IMPORTANT: NO REFUNDS FOR PEAK SEASON

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Bahamas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Master Bedroom/Bath with King Bed on Ground Floor 2 Bedrooms/1Full Bath on Main Floor
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
SELF CATERING: Toilet paper, Paper Towels, dishsoap, etc. are provided for your convenience for day of arrival. Either bring with you or shop at the local market for your stay here. High Chair and Crib are available for a fee.

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