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. Experience real Eleuthera: live in a native settlement on the sea.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

I restored the bones of a cottage built in 1828 in the quiet and picturesque village of Tarpum Bay.It is an escape from a busy life in Northern Michigan. The Culmer House is just perfect for what I wanted: it's in a quiet fishing village with friendly neighbors and a beautiful view of the ocean. The cottage is just steps from the beach, up on a little hill where we catch the cool breezes and escape the sand flies. Grocery and small local restaurants are very close.

The cottage is perfect for people who'd like to relax and read, paint, fish, swim, snorkel the beautiful reefs, and explore uncrowded beaches. Eleuthera Island has more beautiful public beaches than you will ever manage to visit in one stay! . Spend your Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays celebrating the Bahamian way in Eleuthera! Or enjoy a peaceful, safe vacation any time.

Keywords: House eleuthera bahamas seaside cottage

More Details

Lynn Larson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Lynn Larson

I am a retired educator, and have traveled the world. I selected Eleuthera as my winter home. I enjoy being part of a local Bahamian community, and contributing to this island and its friendly people whenever and however I can.

Lynn Larson purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Lynn Larson chose Bahamas

I live in Northern Michigan--beautiful in summer, but cold and snowy in the winter. I wanted a place to escape that is warm, and safe, with friendly people, beautiful scenery, sunshine, and clear water. Eleuthera is an amazing island--110 miles long and an average of 2 miles wide with beautiful uncrowded public beaches everywhere. I enjoyed restoring this old ruin in the middle of a settlement. Tarpum Bay is quiet-- and not 'touristy. It is well located for travel to all parts of the island.

What makes this cottage unique

The Culmer Cottage is perfect for people who want to live an easy life. The cottage has little upkeep, and has decks for sunshine and cool ocean breezes. The ocean view is spectacular and because it is not directly on the beach, there are NO sand fleas! The beach and public fishing dock are a half-block away, and the little grocery and take-away restaurants are just out the back door. My Bahamian neighbors are friendly, helpful, and welcoming to visitors. Churches are close by, and there are readily available rental cars and mopeds. Tarpum Bay is just 6 miles from the airport and the slightly larger community of Rock Sound, and the island capital, bustling Governors Harbour, is 20 miles to the north.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Four of us rented Culmer Cottage for a week. We are all adults and wanted a different kind of vacation than our usual five star experience. This self contained house was perfect. It's location allowed us to travel up and down the island to visit all the isolated, beautiful beaches. We would have like to have a dishwasher, but Brenda and Kervin cooked wonderful meals and cleaned up afterwards. The cottage is very clean and comfortable. It was nice to stay in a Bahamian community and see every day life on a quiet island. All the residents were warm, friendly and helpful.
Jul 2016
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Tarpum Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2: one on each floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Comfortable double bed, entry to deck, great ocean view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large bedroom with door to upper deck. TV. airconditioned
  • Large bedroom has queen size Bed ,small has double bed. Comfortable queen sized inflatable bed is also available. This bedroom is air conditioned Double bed room has ceiling and floor fans as well as cross ventilation. It is very comfortable even on hot nights.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Steps away from beach and fishing, small grocery, and restaurants.The dock where fresh fish arrives almost daily is a block away. We have provided a notebook of suggestions of activities, maps and restaurants.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

. Experience real Eleuthera: live in a native settlement on the sea.
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Long stay great experience!

  • 5 of 5

My family including myself my husband and two daughters stayed here for two full months! Lynn is amazing. She sent me such a comprehensive information about the town the schools and really helped us get oriented to what we would need before we arrived. The cottage is right in the middle of town and a great location. It is close to the beach the grocery store and even a restaurant. The town is humble but extremely safe and even though residents are all around at all times they are the kindest most considerate people on earth. This house truly put you in the heart of the real Bahamas and I highly recommend to stay here. The house is simple but clean and well maintained and the accommodations are comfortable while simple.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Allison, So happy you enjoyed Culmer Cottage and appreciated the charm of living within a community in Eleuthera. It is so different than plopping on a beach and never knowing citizens. The neighbors loved having you there Too! Thanks for sharing your experience.
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A perfect centralized beach house!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed here for the week of Thanksgiving. It was exactly the tropical getaway we were looking for, relaxing yet adventurous at the same time! The house is perfectly setup with 2 full bathrooms, comfortable furniture/beds, kitchen that has everything needed for cooking and a gorgeous balcony view! Having internet and cable was nice too, even were able to watch Thanksgiving football. Over the course of a week we visited 10 beaches all less than an 45 minutes north or south of Lynn's home. There is Bert's grocery right across the street that is a great little convenience store and then a larger grocery store in Rock Sound about 10-15 mins away. There are numerous good restaurants close by (Dolphin Blow Hole, Barbies and the bayside conch salad just down the hill) were all great. Lynn also has a binder full of different activities and places to see on Eleuthera. The most helpful was her beach book that made getting to very remote beaches much easier. The handwritten directions and tips were also incredibly helpful. Thanks so much for providing a great getaway and we cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Tropical Christmas

  • 3 of 5

The 4 of us just spent a most fabulous vacation on Eleuthera. For two weeks we stayed in the historic Culmer Cottage . We fished most every morning. ( The locals would laughingly tease us, as we most often returned home with no fish for breakfast ) There is a grocery store a block from the house as well as 2 great restaurants you can walk too.

We would spend the rest of our days exploring different attractions all over the Islands; from Harbour Island, to Lighthouse Beach, to The Hatchet Bay Caves, to Fish Fry Friday Nights', to finding jaw-dropping, postcard worthy, deserted and secluded beaches, with reefs, ship-wrecks, and docks left over from yester-year.

For us we found the bone fishing to be better on the south side of the Island. Staying in Tarpun Bay was very central. We bought fish and crab and lobster from the dock, just a block away from the house . Rock Sound has a large grocery store and liquor store ( nothing like cold Kalik Beer !) Being on the Island for Junkanoo was a parade with costumes and music, like I've never seen before in my whole life !

There are plenty windows to open in the house and let the sea breeze thru, which keeps the house from getting too hot. I had very comfortable sleeps. Our Internet Connection worked very well.

The house was unfortunately not set up well for cooking our own meals. Culmer Cottage is a cute old house in a little fishing settlement, filled with many colourful locals we won't soon forget.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed Eleuthera. It is a very special place, and as I have said, "It's not for everyone", but it is for those who seek peace and beauty.
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Fulfillment of a Quest!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Culmer Cottage 6 days/nights and enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing time in and around Tarpum Bay. The purpose of this trip was to re-visit one part of our honeymoon trip of 45 years ago! We found the village had changed some, but not completely; it still exudes the authentic culture of the Bahamian people, who are very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed walking around Tarpum Bay, talking with the locals, listening to the "fun and games" by the children outside even after dark. Where can you hear that anymore? That's something back in the 50s!

Living in Culmer Cottage during this time was just as comfortable as it could be, with a full kitchen, interesting books to peruse, a patio to enjoy the view of the Bay. We were well taken care of with Kervin and Brenda, the caretakers, and they're adorable grandchildren.

When we finally decided to visit Tarpum Bay, Lynn, the owner of the house, was an A+ Helper! She answered all our questions especially about travel. The communication between us was fairly often, either by email or phone, as we are not accomplished long-distance travelers and a little nervous about the flights. But she effectively put our minds at ease.

We did not rent a car because neither my husband nor I felt comfortable driving on the "wrong side of the road"!! Even though we missed out on some great adventures because of that decision, our purpose for coming to Tarpum Bay was fulfilled, including a few quiet adventures anyway!

So whatever your reason for reading this VRBO website, 'Experience Real Eleuthera', know that you're on the right path for a warm-weather vacation specially tailored for you. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Amazing Christmas at Culmer Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Culmer Cottage over Christmas 2012 with my 22 year old son. We got in very late that evening, but our car rental connection (recommended by Lynn who owns Culmer Cottage) was ready and waiting with a great care for our trip. We arrived in Tarpum Bay quite late, but the door to the Cottage was open and everything was lovely. It was a beautiful sight for tired eyes. We had a great sleep as it's very quiet there and were off for a snorkeling trip the following day. Culmer Cottage sits in the settlement of Tarpum Bay, so you are surrounded by a small population of very friendly, local people. The next morning, I was off to Bert's Market a few steps away, to buy groceries so that we could cook in our lovely kitchen. On either side of the cottage are two churches, and directly outside the back and across the street is Tarpum Bay and the gorgeous, emerald green waters of the Caribbean.

The cottage is well-equipped, clean, and well-maintained by Brenda and Kervin, the caretakers. They both showed up to say hi several times during our stay, and Christmas Day food cooked by Kervin was delivered by various grandchildren to our cottage, as well as some fresh fish caught by Kervin. Everything you need is there to make your stay relaxing, comfortable, and entertaining. The cable TV and internet work well, which is surprising in such a small settlement, and on Christmas Eve and Day we could hear carol singing at our neighboring churches. There is even a local bar within walking distance where we could buy our Kalik beer (the beer of the Bahamas) when the store was closed for the holiday.

I would absolutely go to Culmer Cottage again in the future. In fact, I would choose it over a more costly resort that doesn't give you the ambience of being in the REAL Bahamas, with friendly people, great food, and peace and serenity at it's best. Don't forget that you can drive up and down the island on its one major road, and there are great places to eat and to visit along the way.I have now been to the Glass Window Bridge near Gregory Town, and count it as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

So congratulations to Lynn, who is great to communicate with as you make your plans, for providing a real experience in Bahamian culture and a lovely place to stay for a wonderful time. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maggie, Thanks for the great review. I am happy that you enjoyed Culmer Cottage. We hope you'll visit again!
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Loved living in a Bahamian settlement: a unique experience not to be missed!

  • 5 of 5

It was wonderful to experience the real Bahamas by living in Tarpum Bay. We met many local people, who were so friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the good cooking of Miss Barbie, and Miss Brenda. The daily availability of fresh fish from the dock down the hill was great.

Culmer Cottage is immaculate and well appointed. The owner provided a handy book of things to do and maps of how to get there. The breezes are wonderful, and the views are great! Sometimes it is noisy, during church (across the street), and we got our wake up calls from the island's resident roosters. It's easy to turn on a radio or close a window and realize that what we were hearing was just part of the charm of the real Bahamas.

We took lots of trips to different beaches. Eleuthera must have some of the most beautiful in the world. Often we were the only ones there. The water is clear and warm. Tarpum Bay is well located to get to all parts of the island which is 100 miles long and 2.5 miles long. Best to rent a car to see it all.

A great rental,hope we can arrange a repeat visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Bahamas Outdoors Birding & Nature Tours
Conch Fritters
"There are three conch fritter stands and conch salad stands in Tarpum Bay. There is also a ..."
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
rock sound, Eleuthera
Nearest Ferry
32 Miles
Governor's Harbor: Fast Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
Barbies (across the street)
Car: necessary

We provide maps and suggestions for restaurants, sports and car rentals.

Like to read and play games? We have plenty of both for guests to enjoy.

The world's best bone fishing is outside our door. Bring your own equipment. Take a day trip north to visit the island communities of Spanish Wells or Harbor Island. Surfers will love the waves at Surfer's Beach, north of James Cistern. Drive south and visit the unique Island School or beautiful Bannerman Lighthouse Beach.

There is a marvelous organic produce farm which also sells delicious breads (bread is available Tu/Fri only) about 10 mi north of Tarpum Bay. The whole island has much to offer and Tarpum Bay is well located to experience it all!


Rates & Availability

Tarpum Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Nov 18 2017 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning pay to housekee $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $100

i can arrange a car rental for you. A cleaning fee of $75 is paid to the caretaker when you return the key. If you rent for one month or more, you are expected to hire my cleaner every two weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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