ON THE BEACH: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. Sleeps 4. Acre of gardens. White sand beach.
About Marian Macy
Gil and Marian Macy purchased the Balara Bay property in 2000 from prominent Bahamians who used the Stone Beach Cottage as their beach retreat. Since that time we have lived on Eleuthera for 6 months of the year. In 2010 the Mockingbird was built on adjoining property. Jason Thompson, the island's leading builder, was the contractor. We chose our property on the Caribbean side of the island as we love walking the Atlantic beaches, but we want to live on the side of the island with gently prevailing winds and calm waters. Fishing, bone fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking all from our waterfront property. Our property is premier, the location is great, close to the largest settlement Governor's Harbour, the view is spectacular. Gardens abound. The beach is our front yard.
Why Marian Macy chose Governor's Harbour, Bahamas
Balara Bay is beautiful, serene, and secluded. The home is 1000 feet from the Queen's Highway on a stretch of beach that looks out on Levy Island. We are 1000 feet off the Queen's Highway for easy access anywhere on the island. The property is surrounded by extensive tropical foliage, and has many varied tropical trees including coconut palms and palmetto palms. The gardens are filled with tropical flowers. WE ARE ON THE BEACH directly in front of our home for immediate kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, swimming and bone fishing. White sand is our front yard. The proximity to Governors Harbour, the island's largest settlement, provides access to banks, restaurants, grocery and beverage stores and the famous Friday Fish Fry. Within minutes are islands best restaurants Tippy's, Buccaneer, Sunset Inn, Beach House and recently the 1648 at French Leave Harbour as well as Pascal's at Sky Beach
What makes this House unique
Calm, Caribbean waters only steps away from the house for kayaking, paddleboarding, lounging, swimming, fishing and overall peaceful enjoyment. Surrounded by an oasis of tropical foliage and flowers. Private drive off Queen's Highway. Private circular driveway to home. Our caretaker neighbor is within a mile and available to help if you need assistance. Our guests say our view of Levy Island is as beautiful a view that they have found anywhere on Eleuthera.
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If seclusion, privacy & shades of blue are your thing - RENT.THIS.HOUSE!
We rented this house because our family wanted privacy & to escape the crowds... and that's exactly what we got! As past reviewers have stated, the House is on the Caribbean side and is usually a very calm Bay. We did have a day or 2 of waves but it was a nice change! The House is stocked y'all, like really really stocked (we were surprised that the House even had Flashlights, dish soap, matches, & beach hats!) and nicely labeled & organized. The Owner is a breeze to work with and was extremely helpful when our arriving flight (Silver Airways) was cancelled and we were delayed a day. The Mockingbird is a great house with beautiful gardens, a definite must stay!
Renter tips: Don't leave your beach shoes or coverups on the front porch to dry unattended!! The very cute but very stealth potcakes that seem to live a few houses down were stealing of our stuff pretty regularly, hahaha. Luckily we were always able to go track our items down in the little pasture the dogs liked to hang out in, but you've been warned! :) Also, bring your own hair dryer, the ones in the house are very old & 1 only blows cold air. ;)
This is the most well stocked home we have ever stayed in. They have beach chairs, umbrellas, hard-sided rolling cooler, Tupperware, tinfoil, dish soap, hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex, just about everything you could possibly need. The yard is beautifully landscaped, lots of flowers and coconut trees! It's a quick drive to Governor's Harbour and centrally located. The kayaks, paddle boards and paddles are all in great working shape and good quality. Before we arrived, my biggest concern was the beach and water, I couldn't really tell from the online photos what we were getting into. The water is gorgeous. We had a calm bay (glass) for most of our trip and some waves towards the end of trip, nothing too concerning. We kayaked and paddle boarded out to the island several times. At low tide, it felt like you could have walked all the way to the Levy island. We found lots of starfish at the island and even had a pod of dolphins swim with us while we paddle boarded! There were lots of rays, sharks, barracuda and houndfish in front of the home during our stay. I even saw an octopus! We shark fished from the dock every night. We needed waters shoes for getting in and out of the water. The sand is more of a brown color and there are lots of shells on the beach (conchs too) . Once you are in the water, it is a nice sandy bottom. We would actually go for walks in the water as it was easier (and more fun) than walking on the beach. If you are debating between the two homes on the property, in my opinion, this is the one to rent. The dock/concrete platform in front of the home made our trip! We enjoyed our stay immensely and wouldn't hesitate to return!
My husband and I stayed at Mockingbird for 3 weeks, which sounds extensive but wasn't long enough. The pictures of the house and the view are accurate and the cove is very beautiful. The waters are calm and it's shallow enough to stand for a long ways out, but it is still swimmable.
Marian provides an assortment of water toys, which we have had to rent on other trips so it is a bonus to have them available with the house. The kayaks and paddle boards were great to use in the cove. If you are looking for boogie-boarding you can go for a 5 minute drive across the highway to a beach with good waves.
The house is well cared for, clean and well stocked. There are books and movies, and the internet was good while we were there. There was no cable but there was an apple box. Marian was in the property next door and was available for any issues or questions but gave us all the privacy we wanted in this location. It is a very private location which was what we were looking for.
There was some ocean grass on the beach while we were there but Marian had a path cleared for us to get easily to the water and we didn't find it affected our enjoyment of the property and the beach.
It is in a central location on the island, 5 minutes from Governor's with restaurants and grocery stores. It's a trade-off to travel in less developed areas if you don't like to cook on holidays but don't want to go to a restaurant every day -there is a food truck called 'Sweet & Savory" in Governor's that has very good food if you wanted to grab and go back to the house. Tippys is good for a night out when they have live music.
Be aware the roads can be in bad shape with potholes, and the speed bumps are tall so beware. We'd recommend renting a small SUV instead of a car if you want to venture to some of the secluded beaches on the island. The noseeums were bad while we were there, if you don't want a very itchy vacation it's best to keep spray with Deet on hand and be diligent. We had trouble finding fresh fish, there was none in the grocery stores and whenever we went to the docks there were no fishermen selling.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Eluethera in the Mockingbird property and would highly recommend for those who prefer privacy and your own property instead of going to a resort.
Perfect place to discover central Eleuthera
We really enjoyed staying in this house with a beautiful view. The place is very calm and perfect to travel with a small kid. The beach in front of the house is small but safe, with a lot of shells. The house is very clean and very well kept.
We loved also to discover the amazing skies every nigth and the amazing beaches not far from the house, every day. We would like to return!
The best vacation ever!! I will return to this beautiful island and Mockingbird Cottage.
Property is very well maintained! So very comfortable. Perfect location for enjoying the entire island. Marian is wonderful to work with. Her entire support team could not have been more welcoming. The perfect place to leave all day to day issues behind. You only have to decide how many cups of coffee to have and what bathing suit to wear for the day. Excellent!!!!
Perfect for our family of four with two teenage girls!
The close proximity to the turquoise water and beautiful garden was fantastic! Our teenage daughters loved laying out on the cement dock which had a permanent umbrella for me (mom) to use since I burn easily-perfect! You are right on top of the water! The layout of the house is incredible- you see the beautiful water from every room! (Except bathrooms- beautiful garden view). The house was comfortable and homey! We all loved staying at the Mockingbird! It's location can't be beat either! So close to grocery stores and great restaurants. It's on the Caribbean side in the middle of the island, so sightseeing north and south is equidistant. Awesome and easy driveway to get to the house. Only thing is there is a house next door that shares the beach, kayaks and paddle boards, but not a big deal to us having to share. The gardens separate the houses for privacy. Would highly recommend staying at the Mockingbird!
The property's central location provides convenient sightseeing and travel to the northern and southern parts of the island. Governor's Harbour Airport is 10 minutes north. North Eleuthera Airport is one hour north. Taxi service at all airports. Car rental available. Eleuthera has easy access with direct flights daily from Atlanta, Nassau, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Other Activities: Wonderful beach just steps away for shelling, bone fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and walking.