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Gladys Sydenham-Smith

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

Topaz Waterfront Cottage at DiamondsbytheSea Beachfront Property

11 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Freeport Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms , sleeps 6

Located on Fortune /Churchill Beach in the Lucaya area of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, this charming 2 bedroom/ 2 bath cottage, recently renovated, is ideal for families with children or for one or two couples, friends etc. to come vacation and enjoy themselves. The Topaz offers you all the comfort of your home as it is Turn Key and is equipped with everything you would need. Just bring your personal effects, your great island laid back and relaxed attitude and you are all set for a wonderful time. We have great Beach bars and restaurants as well as water activities available walking distance on the beach from us at Diamonds by the Sea. And even though a car is recommended, it is not a must as there is transportation available just a short walk from us. Nothing is far in Freeport, grocery, shopping, Casino, restaurants etc. are less than a 5 minute drive from us. And the best part is that you are practically on your own private, sandy, pristine beach when you want to get away.

BOOKING AND CANCELATION POLICIES: WE REQUIRE 50% OF TOTAL PAID BY WIRE TRANSFER, MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER'S CHECK AND SENT PRIORITY MAIL, FEDEX OR UPS . THE BALANCE IS DUE IN FULL 60 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.

TOTAL REFUND OF DEPOSIT -$100 IF CANCELLATION IS 60 DAYS OR MORE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE

50% OF DEPOSIT -$200 IF CANCELLATION IS 31 TO 61 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE

DEPOSIT IS FORFEITED IF CANCELLATION IS 30DAYS OR LESS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE.

PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS AS WE DO WORK WITH OUR GUESTS ON CANCELLATIONS AND WANT TO BE FAIR TO BOTH PARTIES

CHECK IN 3 PM CHECK OUT10 AM. $75 FEE FOR ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 10AM TO 1PM FULL NIGHTLY RATE ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 2PM

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gladys Sydenham-Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

Topaz Waterfront Cottage at DiamondsbytheSea Beachfront Property
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

Lovely Time in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent four and a half days at Topaz Cottage and it was perfect for the four of us. The location was ideal, the cottage was very comfy and had everything we needed, and the beach was gorgeous. Gladys was so helpful and courteous upon first contact, and was also kind enough to answer all my questions about our trip there as we'd never been before. We did rent a car so that we could visit Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove), Lucayan National Park, and other sites and beaches on our own. There were plenty of chairs on the beach for relaxing and people watching, and the cottage veranda was a lovely place to enjoy the warm evenings over drinks and good conversation. Thanks so much for sharing with us. We'll never forget our time there, and hope that we can come back in the future.

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

2 Months in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

After spending 10 weeks in the Sea in the Sea Grape cottage in 2014, we knew we would come back and rent the midsize cottage, the Topaz. We spent Feb & March 2015 in this very comfortable home, which is how we have come to feel about Gladys's little slice of paradise. The cottage itself (we feel) is the best on the property. We spent more time on the covered veranda than we did in the cottage. The kitchen is fully equipped and modern. Two bathrooms was very convenient, as we had a guest come fora few weeks to stay with us in the second bedroom. Hot water is plentiful, and the walk in shower in the master suite made for easy accessibility to our elderly guest. The cottage is beautiful. With Gladys's home on the property plus 4 other cottages, Diamonds has a family and neighbourly feel. The grounds are truly beautiful, and the property is fully fenced. In the 18 weeks total we spent there, we can truly say we liked each and every guest that we met during those months, and have made many lasting friendships. The staff at Diamonds, Shirley (housekeeper) and Jules (groundskeeper) couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating. We have grown to love them both, as well as Gladys and Ralph.

Churchill Beach, in our opinion, is the best beach to live on on Grand Bahama. We have traveled the island and pretty much all it's beaches multiple times, and although there are some rivals , they are more remote. It was important to us to not need to rent a car every week, and to be within a cab ride

to the city of Freeport & Port Lucaya Marketplace. Instead, we rented a car every few weeks, and that's when we explored the island. Diamonds is a short taxi ride away from both, yet quiet enough that we often had the 4 mile beach to ourselves. The property is located almost mid center, with a choice of 4 restaurants/beach bars all within walking distance. Other than a small resort, the rest of the pristine beach is luxury private homes and trees. It's perfect for walking, exploring, swimming, playing, and it's safe.

Freeport and Port Lucaya have everything you could possibly need while staying on the Island. Large modern supermarkets, specialty stores, bakeries, local bargain shops , very affordable restaurants and upscale dining. There are plenty of water related activities and excursions within close proximity. We found so many great spots that quickly became favourites, and restaurant prices on the island are extremely reasonable. We can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review...and so looking forward to having you again at Diamonds by the Sea. The Topaz cottage and Sea Grape Studio are there waiting for you. And ,we, Gladys and Ralph, Shirley and Jules, (he asks for you all the time) hope to see you next winter for at least 3 months!!!!!! That is how much we miss you on the property.. take care and talk soon....
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5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 fabulous days in Topaz cottage.....clean,nicely decorated,full kitchen breath taking beach! We rented a car from Brads. Grocery shopped at Solomons.Spent time at my friends place The Sand Bar Margarita villa. We ve just booked our return for July 2015. Cant wait to get back!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and so glad to have you back again in July/15. Wonderful....
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5

A great place for a fabulous holiday.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage deserves a ten star rating as does the whole of Diamonds by the Sea.

We stayed there two weeks ago and did not want to leave. The cottage itself was very well kept. It was a home away from home. Had everything to hand that you would have in your own home but with the added bonus of beautiful weather. Shirley the housekeeper was a gem and Gladys the owner was so welcoming.

It was a treat to be able to walk off your deck onto the beach which we did every morning before breakfast. A car is advisable to get around. Thank you Gladys for such wonderful surroundings and Shirley you are great . Will definitely be back next year but for a longer period.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warren, NJ USA
5

What a week we had!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly a little paradise! We had the most wonderful week here. I agree with reviewer Amy about the cottage, beach and shopping. Car is a necessity if you want to discover the island's gorgeous beaches. We loved Churchill beach though. This is such a long beach, made for long walks! You have Wyndham close by, (but not too close!), where you can do water sports. Did some snorkeling and kayaking at Paradise Cove on the west end. Beautiful place, decent prices on equipment and I think the greatest grouper & fries lunch! We found it a bit hard to find good restaurants, but Gladys recommended some that we liked, among them The Shaningans in Port Lucaya which had great food. We also enjoyed the Greek restaurant Zorba there.

One day, coming home from one of our car trips, we found a grocery bag on the porch. Gladys had put some of her homegrown tomatoes and arugula in there for us! Wow - did we have a delicious salad and steak on the grill that night! Gladys is a wonderful host, welcoming, warm and funny! You can see the pride of ownership in the way she maintains the property. This is one of the greatest vacation places we have rented through the years.

Since coming home from this gem we have told everybody we know about the wonderful time we had here. I can recommend Diamonds by the Sea and feel awesome about it because I know that you will have the greatest time.

We will be back soon!

Love ya', Gladys!

The Gaensler's

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Northern Virginia
5

Perfect little cottage! Already planning for 2012.

  • 5 of 5

Topaz was everything we expected and MORE! The property is pristine and offers lots of privacy from its gardens. The cottage was actually a bit larger than it looks in photos. Topaz was very clean and the beds comfy. I was expecting a queen bed, but there was a king in the MBR. The second BR had 2 queens. The daybed had been moved to the porch - which we really loved! The porch was our favorite room by far. We lounged on the daybed and sipped rum in the evenings.

The walk to the beach is quite short, and there are plenty of chairs for everyone. There is a great little bar a short walk down the beach to the right. They have cold beer and conch fritters when you need a little treat. There is also Bertha's restaurant a few yards past the beach bar - best fried lobster tails and cracked conch we found on the island. Bertha's homemade hot sauce is so amazing, we brought some home.

I definitely recommend a rental car for your stay. And you'll want to visit Butler's or Solomon's for groceries. The grocery stores are not like those in the US - not as much selection and they are pricey due to tariffs. Bring some non-perishables with you - like sugar, seasonings, coffee, granola, etc. Depending on length of stay, buy extra toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags. Beer is tariffed heavily at the stores, so it is less expensive to drink rum. For example, a 6-pack of Red Stripe was $19. While a liter of good rum was $11.

We were impressed with the wifi and the cable. The wifi allowed us to upload images to Facebook and check email. No need for an expensive international calling plan since we could communicate through email.

There is a washer and dryer off the side porch and is shared by the 2 studios. It was nice for drying swim suits and running a load during the week. You'll need to supply your own detergent.

The air conditioners were in each room. We only used the one in the MBR and kept the door closed. The rest of the cottage was comfortable with the windows open. Then again, we went in March, so it wasn't uncomfortably hot.

Overall, I highly recommend Topaz - or any of the other cottages - for anyone wanting a true vacation away from the crowds. Many thanks to the owner, Gladys! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Freeport International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Beach Bars abd Restaurants
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
2 to 4 courses
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Midshipamn Road
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Beach Bars and Restaurants
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Diamonds bythe Sea
Car: recommended

DIRECTIONS TO DIAMONDSBYTHESEA FROM EITHER THE FPO AIRPORT OR THE PORT; TAKE GRAND BAHAMA HIGHWAY EAST ALL THE WAY TO CHURCHILL DRIVE, MAKE A RIGHT ON CHURCHILL DRIVE AND CONTINUE TO THE END OF CHURCHILL, MAKE ARIGHT ON DIAMOND ROW, GO ABOUT 800

FEET AND MAKE A LEFT AT THE WHITE GATE.

WHITE SANDY BEACH AND BARS AND RESTUARANTS AND WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES AVILABLE WALKING DISTANCE FROM US.

VISIT www.diamondsbythesea.biz

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Rates & Availability

Freeport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,600
$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,400
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning 2 persons $150

DISCOUNTED LONG TERM RATES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
TOTAL PAYMENT DUE FOR BOOKINGS DURING PEAK SEASON


PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS AS WE DO WORK WITH OUR GUESTS ON CANCELLATIONS AND WANT TO BE FAIR TO BOTH PARTIES

CHECK IN 3 PM CHECK OUT10 AM. $75 FEE FOR ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 10AM TO 1PM FULL NIGHTLY RATE ANY CHECKOUT AFTER 2PM

50% Deposit CASHIERS CHECK WITHIN 10 DAYS
BALANCE DUE 60 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
TOTAL PAYMENT DUE FOR BOOKINGS DURING PEAK SEASON

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 APPLIES TO FUTURE BOOKING -$300
VERY IMPORTANT: NO REFUNDS FOR PEAK SEASON

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Amenities

Freeport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • 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
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Full bathrooms + Outdoor shower by BBQ
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Main bedroom has King Bed. private bathroom Second Bedroom has 2 Queens , full bathroom Living has Queen sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Self Catering: We provide Toilet Paper, KitchenTowel, Dish Soap , Garbage Bag, Hand Soap, your convenience on arrival. Please bring your own provisions or you can buy them here at the Market for the remainder of your stay.. High Chair and Crib available for a fee

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