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George Rathgeber

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

BEACH HOUSE -4 BED- 2 BATH - $250 PER NIGHT !

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Long Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

COMFORTABLE COZY HOUSE THAT IS AFFORDABLE TOO!

Click "Send Message" on the right below to Contact us directly to avoid paying the fee imposed by Home Away/VRBO. bahamasgeorge@yahoo.com

www.whymsicalwish.com is Nestled privately within our 15 acre Beachfront Compound is our Rental Home we call, The Guesthouse. This is a 4 bedroom beach-home built and designed by us to be comfortable and roomy while allowing guests to enjoy themselves on Long Island without breaking the budget ! We built the guesthouse for our many friends and family to enjoy while they visit us but, whenever it’s available, we like to offer it out for rental.

Here’s a summary of the Main Features of the Guesthouse:

**Elevated to catch the Breeze and View

**FREE WIFI internet

**4 Bedrooms with queen beds

**Two full baths with walk in showers

**Large fully equipped kitchen with prep-island

**Living room with full size wet bar& fridge, flatscreen TV and BluRay

**Two 14’ x 17’ screened porches

** BBQ

**Outside wash-off showers and footwashers

**Ceiling fans in Every room and on Both Porches

**Great Island Location

**Extremely Affordable Rates

The Guesthouse is Elevated to catch the balmy trade winds and gorgeous views, and is set back a little bit from the beach. Guests absolutely love the nice large kitchen with center prep-island, and everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal or a nice family dinner is there for you !

Adjacent to the kitchen is the first of two large 14’ x 17’ screened porches containing a nice outdoor dining table ready for Six. The stainless steel propane BBQ grill is located right off the porch on the same level for easy grilling in close proximity to the kitchen.

The Guesthouse also features a nice comfortable living room area with a couple of sofas and chairs along with a nice large flat screen TV and Blu Ray Player. The living room has a full size wet bar area featuring a full size refrigerator and double sink along with cabinets full of glasses….you can load this fridge up with ice, sodas, beers and other drinks and keep the kitchen fridge available just for food !

Adjacent to the Living room is the second large screened porch…..this one has another 6 person table and chairs for your enjoyment.

The Guesthouse’s Four Air Conditioned Bedrooms each contain one queen bed, a dresser and mirror, large shelves and a clothes-hanging area. The two bathrooms feature walk in showers and plenty of hot water and water pressure!

We've got Ceiling Fans in every room and they really move the air ! Normally there is plenty of that famous Long Island Breeze blowing through all the windows, but it’s nice to have the fans there for backup. Of course, all Linens, towels and beach towels are provided.

The Whymms area, where we are located, is a mile off the main road and there are only a few other homes on our 2 ½ mile long beach, so this is a nice private and quiet setting. You can Walk the nice long beach out to Whalehead Cay…...Swim in the gin-clear waters or take the kayaks we have and snorkel around the small cays just offshore…maybe get a conch or lobster! Fish for bonefish right out front in one of the best spots on the island (shh, don't tell anybody!!!). Just 150 feet from the beach, you can walk out to the small little coral reefs that are there and look at the muti-colored coral and all the colorful fish swimming in and around the coral ......It's like having your own little salt water fish tank! The bay in front is fun to snorkel in and, even though it’s shallow, We've spotted octopus, conch, lobster, bonefish and all sorts of other stuff right off the beach in front.

Not only are we Super affordable but we are in a Great location !!!!! Our 15 acre property is located in a quiet area of the island and is centrally located between the attractions in the north and south making it a perfect place to be while visiting. We have almost 400 feet of ocean frontage on a 2 ½ mile long beach and spectacular ocean views that you will not tire of! We live here year round and we want all of our guests to get a good taste of what it's like to live on the island and to experience the island life and the island people……

Come to long island..This is the real Bahamas........Live the dream with us!

Escape to Whymmsical Wish today !!!!

Special Requests

If you have any special requests please let us know. If you need some groceries, beer, liquor or soda we'd be happy to pick that up for you so it will be ready upon arrival...nothing like a nice cold drink after a day of travelling.

Same thing with arrangements for Rental Cars, Fishing guides, restaurants..whatever !!! We are here to take the mystery out of Long Island so you can have a stress-free stay and pack in as much fun as possible while you are here

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
George Rathgeber (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

A stop at Cape Santa Maria Resort was spectacular.  This is one of the only commercialized resorts on the island and has great views and beaches from the cabana bar.  From there, we cruised along the eastern side of the island to "Moonshine Bar" where the views of the cliffs and crashing waves were phenomenal, to say the least.  Make sure you visit and say "Hi" to Sue.  She was tremendous. The next stop was the Beach Bungalow Bar where the locals put on a "Rake and Scrape" event every Thursday for all of the residents.  Beautiful people and again, awesome sunsets. (Everyone needs to experience a "Rake and Scrape" Event where the locals play "Saws" and "Wash Boards" and make some beautiful music.)

One of the most memorable days of our stay was a full day of fishing on the ocean with "Daniel".   What a phenomenal day we all had!!  Ask George to arrange a day with Daniel.  You will never forget it.  Daniel actually picked us up at George's compound, brought us to the store for groceries and bait, went to the marina, fueled up, loaded the boat and  proceeded out to the north end of Long Island for the most astonishing days of fishing we all ever had, and we fish a lot in Florida!!  The seas were a bit rough, but he took us to some good fishing holes that produced a lot of snapper for dinner.  Then he took us to a reef and we all snorkeled over a reef area that we will never experience again.  He took us to a private, sand beach and we chilled out for a while before taking us back to George's compound, where Daniel, our guide, cleaned the fish and grilled them to perfection for our dinner.   You need to meet Daniel!!!  He is a terrific guide and our "Newest Best Friend"....other than George~~~

On another adventurous day, George guided us to the famous "Kenny's Seaside Villas" on the leeward side of the island.  This is truly a must see place...to say the least!!!.  Kenny does everything...When you get there, he waves you down to the Tiki Bar on the Ocean, where he is a one stop shop!!!  He makes the drinks, prepares the meals and serves them, right in front of you.  You have to experience the Conch Salad, prepared especially for you by Kenny.  You actually pick our your own live Conch from his fresh Ocean Pool and watch him prepare his wonderful Conch Salad in front of you.  Larry and Jackie and Bonnie and Bob will recommend George's Place highly to all!!!  You truly need to experience this for yourself!  You will NEVER forget this place, guaranteed!!! 
Jan 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)
BEACH HOUSE -4 BED- 2 BATH - $250 PER NIGHT !
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 25 yr anniversary and rented the 4 bedroom cottage because the 2 bedroom was rented. We loved the 4 bedroom unit especially having separate bathrooms! The porches were great in the morning and evening; just kick back and relax while looking out into the ocean. We had Wifi and were able to FaceTime our daughter. There's no TV service so we brought a couple of movies to watch at night. The kitchen is fully furnished. The beach was fabulous and we walked about a mile in one direction. My husband loves to fish so we walked the beach and saw bone fish and hooked some sharks. George was an incredible host! We met as strangers but left as friends. The people of Long Island are exceptionally pleasant. Be prepared to wave at everyone! Deans Blue hole is a must see. We spent a lot of time walking the many flats looking for bone fish. We did catch some but not as many as expected. However, we caught juvenile tarpon and permit. Hurricane Joaquin did a number on the Eco system, businesses and homes. There were still houses with tarps on the roofs covering up the damage. The island is very peaceful. We spent days on various beaches including I front of the cottage and saw no one! We rented a very old car (Nissan Sunny) from Annie's Car rental. We got a flat one day and had steel cords showing another day. The hurricane caused havoc on the main road and side roads. Next time we will rent a 4 wheeled vehicle. We had to bypass some side dirt roads because we had a car. Keep in mind we love to explore. If you aren't exploring side roads then a car is fine. We flew into Exuma and used Stella Maris Air. Joel the pilot and Lakera in reservations were so accommodating. Definitely bring bug spray. No see um's can be bad after dark or no wind. But you can have bugs anywhere. Get all your groceries at Hill Side in Salt Pond. Don't expect to find gift stores because there aren't any. Local women sell homemade jams and woven baskets, hats, placemats, etc. Max's fresh conch salad is a must have! We visited his tiki hut many times! The flying fish marina has great food too. We had the most relaxing vacation ever! The guest cottage and location was perfect. It was so quite and the beach was beautiful. You can see the sunset from either porch or just sit on the beach. George offered us coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc and shopping prior to arrival. We will definitely rent from George and Cindy again! Great house, location and host!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank YOU for coming down and seeing our beautiful island !!! If ever there were two people who immediately "clicked" with the island vibe it was you two !!! Cindy & I are so glad that you enjoyed spending your anniversary here and that you had such a great time. Thanks again !!! Come on back soon......and it's so true what we say here: COME AS A GUEST, LEAVE AS A FRIEND !!!
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5

Great time for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in both cottages for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Years with our 4 kids and grandparents - just perfect! Since we rented both cottages, every generation could live on its own path: seniors had their early morning coffee and swim, mid-age could do some work in the morning - thanks to Wifi - and the Youngsters could sleep in and kite surf right in front of the property.

Both cottages are clean, colourful, friendly and well equipped! You get a clean up every week and as much towels as you want. Everything is there when you arrive and George is great with organizing whatever it is before you come.

The South part of Long Island had a lot of damages through the hurricane end of September 2015 and you still could see destroyed houses. The area of Whymsical Wish looks much better and although the water raised about 5 feet onto the property, George did a great job in cleaning up and restoring the garden.

George and Cindy are fantastic hosts!!! They helped us with any issue: broken rental cars (ask George for recommendations !), where to get fresh seafood and how to prepare it the right way, where to go for swimming, shopping, sight-seeing and everything else you can think of!

Our highlight was their invitation for Christmas dinner and boxing day with their whole family - imagine we were 8 more to feed! These folks are just incredibly welcoming and generous - we had a great time and want to come again for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

Excellent Experience, Beginning to End

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had an exceptional experience with George and Cindy and their home on the bay at Wymms. Ordinarily, you would not select a vacation house to rent based on its owners. But in this case, you should.

We were first time travelers to Long Island with our two boys, aged 14 and 17. Our family has traveled to many places in different parts of the world and water based trips remain the long time favorites. We cannot say enough good things about our seven days in Long Island, snorkeling, bone fishing, reef fishing and just generally wandering to the wide open expanses of blue water. What made it special was George and Cindy’s house. We stayed in the four bedroom house and it was clean from top to bottom and very functional. Great kitchen and being able to eat every night on the screened porch was very enjoyable for our family. If you are into stars at night, this is the place. We woke up every morning to a great sky and a higher degree of quiet that you cannot get at home.

A few steps away from the house is a relatively secluded beach that wraps around a gorgeous bay. You can walk the whole bay tip to tip and watch the waves come in. Several nights we ate fresh fish and lobster from a local market and two nights we ate fish that we caught with our boys. Water to table is a quick trip in Long Island.During our stay, we rented a car with the great help of George. It allowed us to explore road after road, countless beaches and some great roadside restaurants where the locals eat. George provided us with lists of snorkeling spots, restaurants and fishing locations. We packed the car with fishing gear, snorkeling equipment and just set out for the day. Unlike a lot of houses that we have rented, George enjoys getting to know the people that visit and will do whatever he can to ensure that you are able find the things that make you happy on Long Island. On two different occasions, I mentioned to him that our boys wanted to fish the reef and do some exploring. A few hours later George called and had found a great day trip for us to do some fishing off shore and snorkeling.If he offers, take George up on getting your first night’s provisions. When we arrived, we had dinner and a fresh cold beer waiting for us in the fridge. There is plenty of good fishing all around Long Island. It is a mystifying place to visit.

We traveled the whole island, but did not see any places we would trade for this one. Jim and Elizabeth

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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5

Wish I was there now!

  • 5 of 5

George. He’s all that the reviews say he is. He’s friendly, welcoming and helpful. He wants you to enjoy your time on Long Island and in his place, so he’ll offer to do anything to make your visit easy. One day, he asked how our day was and we told him our daughter had gotten too much sun. In minutes, he was over with aloe. Another day, he popped over with an antihistamine for me.

Ask him about where to go, and he’ll send you to the best places. (Ask him about the beach behind Hillside)

The property: This was exactly what we were looking for. The house is about 1/3 of the way down the island. It was perfect for day trips. Rent a car, it is a must to get around, and even to get food.

We loved the quiet, spacious house. It was perfect for our 3 kids and us. We had room to spread out and relax. If you are looking for super fancy, this probably isn’t what you are looking for. It had 4 good size bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen. It had a dishwasher, a blender, microwave, etc. We loved the screened in porch. We ate out there every morning and evening listening to the sound of the waves and checking out the awesome stars and planets! (No light pollution, so we could see Mars and Venus. So cool!) The beds were comfortable. Our towels (both beach and bath) were changed during our trip.

The property is on a quiet strip of beach. We walked along the beach several times, and there was no one there. We saw crabs and found great shells. My husband went snorkelling out on the small reef by the house and said it was a good beginner place to go. When we wanted to go swimming or play on the beach, we tried the many other beaches on the island (Cape Santa Maria, the Hug, Dean’s Blue Hole, and Hillside were our fav places to go)

We were really glad to have a kitchen during our trip. Restaurants are not always available or close by (island charm) so we were really glad to be able to cook. Ask George about Hillside store. It was his suggestion, and the best we found on the island. No laundry in the house, but George will wash and dry for $10

Would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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5

Wish I was there now!

  • 5 of 5

George. He’s all that the reviews say he is. He’s friendly, welcoming and helpful. He wants you to enjoy your time on Long Island and in his place, so he’ll offer to do anything to make your visit easy. One day, he asked how our day was and we told him our daughter had gotten too much sun. In minutes, he was over with aloe. Another day, he popped over with an antihistamine for me.

Ask him about where to go, and he’ll send you to the best places. (Ask him about the beach behind Hillside)

The property: This was exactly what we were looking for. The house is about 1/3 of the way down the island. It was perfect for day trips. Rent a car, it is a must to get around, and even to get food.

We loved the quiet, spacious house. It was perfect for our 3 kids and us. We had room to spread out and relax. If you are looking for super fancy, this probably isn’t what you are looking for. It had 4 good size bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen. It had a dishwasher, a blender, microwave, etc. We loved the screened in porch. We ate out there every morning and evening listening to the sound of the waves and checking out the awesome stars and planets! (No light pollution, so we could see Mars and Venus. So cool!) The beds were comfortable. Our towels (both beach and bath) were changed during our trip.

The property is on a quiet strip of beach. We walked along the beach several times, and there was no one there. We saw crabs and found great shells. My husband went snorkelling out on the small reef by the house and said it was a good beginner place to go. When we wanted to go swimming or play on the beach, we tried the many other beaches on the island (Cape Santa Maria, the Hug, Dean’s Blue Hole, and Hillside were our fav places to go)

We were really glad to have a kitchen during our trip. Restaurants are not always available or close by (island charm) so we were really glad to be able to cook. Ask George about Hillside store. It was his suggestion, and the best we found on the island. No laundry in the house, but George will wash and dry for $10

Would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely LOVED having your fantastic family here !!! Thank you very much. Come back soon and I hope Spring comes soon to you up in Canada!! George & Cindy
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5

The cottage was delightful

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this property to anyone. It was a stones throw from the beach and the orientation of the beachhouse allowed for a refreshing breeze to circulate through the house. Probably the best feature were the property owners George and Cindy who were an absolute pleasure. Visit beautiful Long Island and definitly stay with George and Cindy!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Stella Maris Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Beach Bungalows
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Beach Bungalows
Nearest Beach
3 Metres
Wemyss Bight
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Long Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
OFF SEASON 2016
Aug 17 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
OFF SEASON 2017
May 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$250
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Rate of $250 per night includes up to 4 persons.....Additional persons are $25 pp/pn

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Amenities

Long Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1152 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , SIDE ONE
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , SIDE ONE
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , SIDE TWO
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , SIDE TWO
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
WE ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR STAY MEMORABLE...LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND WE'LL MAKE IT HJAPPEN.

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