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Solstice: Private Sandy Cove, Eco-Friendly, Modern Design

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms8
Half Baths1
Space 6,700 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 3 extra beds in loft and media room, sleeps 16

Solstice is a modern vacation rental on Long Island in the southern Bahamas. Our 10-acre property on the Tropic of Cancer includes two houses nestled in a tropical forest with stunning views overlooking their own private cove with a sandy beach. The two houses are always rented together for one price to ensure your privacy. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped wilderness and two miles of wild coastline, Solstice is the ultimate place to get away from it all...

At Solstice, we strive to provide the most socially and environmentally conscious vacation destination available. All of the rent is donated to charities supporting basic human needs and the environment. Solar power and other eco-friendly initiatives make a stay at Solstice healthy both for you and for the planet. You can find more pictures and information about Solstice and Long Island on our personal Solstice Bahamas web site.

Your own private cove: Just a minute's walk from your doorstep, down a pleasant tree-lined trail, lies the dream of every tropical vacationer: a private secluded cove with a sandy beach and water that is as clear, calm and warm as a swimming pool.

Some rental houses claim that they have a 'private beach' but this usually means that the property owns a portion of a larger beach which is accessible to the public and shared with other houses. However, the beach at Solstice is completely surrounded by our property and the only land access is from the houses. The cove's seclusion and calm waters made it a favorite hiding place for pirates and smugglers in years past, but today the only footprints you will see in the fine white sand will be your own.

Relaxing at Solstice: Flowers and tree-lined paths surround both houses. Take a stroll through the gardens and help yourself to fruit fresh from the tree. Relax in a hammock or snorkel in the tranquil cove. Large decks on both houses are great places for morning yoga, spotting passing dolphins or watching for the elusive 'green flash' at sunset. At night, the view from the garden is perhaps just as amazing with the sky awash with the Milky Way and countless stars.

Perfect for couples or multiple families: Having two houses makes Solstice extremely flexible. Whether you are coming for a family reunion that makes use of all 10 beds or a romantic getaway, the space never feels overlarge or overcrowded. Though the houses are only a 30 second walk apart, a strip of forest provides privacy between them.

NOTE: Please do not click "Request to Book" without contacting us first (instead use the "Send a Message" link just below that). HomeAway starts a 24-hour clock ticking when you make a booking request and it is rarely possible to work through all your questions and travel logistics in that time. Long Island isn't a just-one-click kind of destination :-) But it is well worth the effort and we are happy to work with you in detail to make your trip a great one!

More Details

Owner
Laurel and Brian Smith, Owners
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

Why Laurel and Brian Smith, Owners chose Bahamas

It is remarkable to find a property with its own private cove and sandy beach. We looked at houses around the world and this property was truly unique. The houses were also special, designed and built with love by their owners and furnished with original art and furniture. Solstice is perfectly secluded and yet not TOO far from grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities. It's far from Seattle where we live but it's worth the commute!

Amenities

Long Island Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet
  • •Plush cotton towels •Push-button shampoo/conditioner/bath gel dispensers in the showers •Liquid hand soap at each sink •Hairdryer (one per house)
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 double
    Media room/Den - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • •High thread-count cotton sheets •Large assortment of down and synthetic pillows •Alarm clocks •Bedside reading lamps •Air conditioners in the garden and downstairs bedrooms
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
•State-of-the-art projection theater system with a screen 8 feet wide, digital surround sound, and a high definition Blu-Ray DVD player. •Over 400 DVDs. •4 stereos and CD collection •Assorted snorkel masks, fins and snorkels •Air mattresses, pool noodles and other fun and relaxing floatation devices • 'puzzle nook' with a 7-foot high crossword puzzle with 91,000 squares and other games. •Two two-person hard-shell sit-on-top kayaks •Kayak gear: paddles, life jackets, waterproof storage bag, mesh bag, straps •Gazebo with chairs, hammock, ceiling fan and barbeque •Portable lounge chairs •Beach towels •Beach umbrella and portable shade canopy

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average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
5

Spacious, modern, comfortable, private. Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this home and property is special. Very thoughtfully designed and supplied. Everything we needed was there. We also felt very reassured that and needs we had could be handled by our neighbor Jill. She even supplied air for our SUVs low tire. We are a family of four and only used Solstice but the other home was at our disposal. Wifi was fine. We took advantage of the many DVDs every night and found some interesting books in the collection. We've never seen so many stars at night. We checked out some sites to the south like Deans Blue Hole and Clarence Town, but honestly I didn't want to leave the property. We enjoyed key limes, pomegranates and tangerines off the trees every day. I'd go back in a second.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco
5

PARADISE FOUND!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the fortune to spend 6 amazing days in the most secluded cove on Long Island. This REALLY is your very own private beach. The photos of this place simply cannot do it justice. I have never seen so many colors of blue in my life. Everything from setting up the booking to checking out was perfect. Brian and Laurel were great to do business with. Emails were answered almost immediately with well thought out, informative responses. The guide to the island and home they provided us was the most detailed guide I have ever received for a vacation rental. They thought of everything. The nearby caretakers, Mark and Jill were amazing too. Very welcoming but also totally respected our privacy, so the best of both worlds.

To say the house is well stocked would be an understatement. We could have thrown a huge party for dozens of people, though there were only two of us with the run of the entire place. They really do think of everything. There was enough snorkeling gear to supply a small army so you don’t need to bring anything with you. The large screen projector upstairs was such good quality hi def I felt like we were at the theater.

The beach is simply perfect. The water was so calm it was like a giant swimming pool full of fish. We saw a HUGE ray and lots of other fish. Interesting snorkeling along the entrances to the cove where the topography made it very scenic. I am sure there were a lot of other things to see on Long Island, but we couldn’t leave the cove. It was just too perfect. The cabana on the beach even has electricity and a ceiling fan! At night, the stars were spectacular. We had a moonless night so that and the lack of any light pollution made star gazing the activity of the night.

One night we hired a local Bahamian lady to cook for us. It was one of the highlights of our trip, conch chowder, lobster tails and pasts. Plus she was a delight. Otherwise the kitchen was actually nicer than the one in my home so if you want to DIY, this place is great. Gas grill right outside the kitchen and a charcoal grill on the sand in the cove!

If I could give this place 10 stars, it would be more appropriate. Go, get off the beaten path and relax. I can still hear the gently lapping waves.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful location on an awesome island!

  • 5 of 5

Solstice is located on a beautiful cove. Very private. Coffee on the covered patio in the mornings, looking out over the cove..perfect.

The beach was awesome. Perfect for both swimming and snorkelling. Nice sandy bottom. Some of our group of 12 actually saw two dolphins just on the edge of the cove. Water was super safe, even for little ones, due to the calmness on the lee side of the island.Having the gazebo and grill down at the beach was a great benefit as well.

The homes left nothing to be desired. We were 3 families of 4 each, and we had lots of room. The homes were well equipped to cook all your own meals if you wished. Only caveat with Long Island is that if you are a group of 12, you really need to make advance reservations ANYWHERE if you want to eat out as a group.

Mark and Jill certainly do a good job of looking after this place.

We have travelled to a few of the other Bahamas out islands. We found Long Island to be quieter than both Eleuthera and Exuma. But we also found the people to be about the friendliest anywhere. And the beaches cannot be beat. If you are looking for a safe destination for family where you can mingle with the locals effortlessly, then this is the place.

Not much need to leave the property if you just want to relax. But still lots to see on the island.

We would recommend this property whole-heartedly for any family or group looking for a relaxing and care-free holiday. It really is worth the extra flight out of Nassau to get to somewhere like this.

Solstice is definitely on our list to return to one day. Thanks Brian and Laurel!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent 7 days at Solstice and have loved every minute of it. The position is perfect with a short stroll to the water. The house had everything that we needed and we were able to cook all of our meals. The Kayaks were so much fun for everyone, we got to explore the shoreline and saw a shark and stingray in our travels. We had perfect weather the whole time and got to sit on the deck every evening and see the sun go down over the water. Our neighbours Mark and Jill were so kind to us and made our stay here even more rewarding, we would like to thank them especially. The wildlife was more than we expected and gave us a few interesting moments. We would love to go back and spend more time there.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rhode Island
5

Fantastic vacation, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Solstice for a week in February and had a fabulous time! It was a big group (10 people) with ages ranging from 5 to 71, and everyone easily found something to do. Both houses are well equipped and beautifully maintained, and Jill and Mark were invaluable in assisting with anything that came up. We drove up and down the island - visiting Deans Blue Hole and various other beaches - but always returned to the most beautiful spot. We cooked right out of the organic garden on site, enjoyed sunsets on the porch, took meadering kayak rides off the private beach into the adjacent coves (seeing starfish,conch), swam for hours, star gazed, etc. A beautiful spot for a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Best of Both Worlds

  • 5 of 5

'Best trip ever' was the consensus agreement from all 12 of us (2 families with 4 kids of age range 8 - 19). The vacation stay on Long Island truly was an amazing blend of adventure that comes with a relatively non-commercialized Bahamian island and the plush accommodations of the Solstice and Kaleidoscope properties. Both houses are spacious and beautiful with amazing views, wonderfully secluded areas for privacy, contemporary and functional furniture, fully appointed kitchens and an impressive lot of electronics (8 foot movie screen, sound systems, intercom, etc.). Many nights we cooked in the kitchen, obtaining fresh vegetables from the well-tended garden and delighting in the most amazing sunsets from our huge outdoor patio. Couple this with your own private cove / beach, loaded with all of the extras (chairs, snorkel gear, grill, kayaks, cabana, etc.) and you really never need to leave the property, and you'd have a great vacation.

But you really need to explore beyond Solstice as Long Island has so much to offer. Along with the property you receive a detailed document summarizing years of experience and knowledge about places to go, sites to see, restaurants to visit, island "do's and don'ts"... which is continually updated to ensure its up-to-date relevance. We visited 5 or 6 of the most beautiful beaches during our trip and only saw one other group of people the entire time! The snorkeling and fishing were great and exploring the cliffs and caves around the cove provided great entertainment for my entire family. The restaurant Chez Pierre served deliciously fresh salads, pizzas and seafood and Seaside Village put you right on top of the water, sipping rum drinks and eating conch pulled directly from the water below. Perhaps the most wonderful part of Long Island, however, is the people themselves... genuinely gracious, happy and welcoming.

I can't speak highly enough about the property owners and the 'local contacts' that made sure everything was perfect. You can tell that they take a lot of pride in the Solstice experience they've created. It truly is a special place and as a result we have lifelong memories. As you can see, they certainly 'hit the mark' with our family and friends!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Stella Maris
Car: necessary

The Tropic of Cancer runs right through our 10 acre property!

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Rates & Availability

Long Island Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low season
Jul 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$530
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Middle season
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
High season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
$700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Middle season
May 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
$600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $800

Please note the per-person charge.
You can use our rate calculator at SolsticeBahamas.com/rates.html for the most accurate quotes. On the bottom of that page you will also find our Winter Holiday Policy.
Ask us about a 10% discount for stays longer than 12 nights.

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