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Outstanding, contemporary waterfront home with panoramic island views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Weekly rate: $3,500 (1-2 people); Add $420/wk or $60/day for each add'l person


Topside is a stunning seaside home located on Elbow Cay's exclusive North End -- just 10 minutes by golf cart, boat or bike to Hope Town's 18th century settlement and famous candy-striped lighthouse. A great place for relaxation and renewal, the house overlooks sparkling turquoise water and a pristine white sand beach, attracting returning guests year after year. Wrap-around decks and water views are accessible from every room. A rooftop sky deck is perfect for sunbathing and stargazing -- affording a 360 degree panoramic view of 20 islands, barrier reefs, and the historic 1864 lighthouse. House rental comes with wireless internet, central air conditioning, gourmet kitchen, automatic generator, satellite TV. Golf cart available for rent through T&N Cart Rental. Convenient access to North End community dock for optional guest boat rental as well as to Atlantic Ocean beaches for beachcombing, swimming and snorkeling. Delightful year-round, Topside welcomes guests to a special island retreat amidst exceptional natural beauty.

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Watts

The 3 daughters of Duane and Lillian Watts manage the Topside property. Janet Watts (photo above) manages the day to day affairs, including bookings. We all take great pride in running this small business, and we work hard to ensure that this tiny piece of paradise remains a paradise for all of us to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Topside is a Boston architect designed house, ideally situated high above the beach with sweeping views from every room of the Sea of Abaco and surrounding islands. Many visitors prefer the quiet North End, with easy access to a community dock and just a short ride by golf cart or bike into town. Most guests say that Topside is maintained at an uncommonly high level.


Hope Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , and sink
  • The upper bedroom has a half-bath (no shower or tub). There is also a convenient outdoor shower with hot and cold water and a wooden privacy screen located on the lower deck, handy to Topside's white sandy beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two nearly identical master bedroom/bath suites, both with king-size beds, are located at either end of the main level, affording maximum separation and privacy. Bedrooms and bathrooms offer direct access to the main deck overlooking beautiful seaside views. A third bedroom with two twin beds and a half-bath is located in the bay-windowed 'tower'on the second level. This upper bedroom enjoys picturesque views of the lighthouse and neighboring islands. Convenient to all bedrooms is a central stair connecting both levels and rising 'topside' to the upper 'sky deck'. Located 40 feet above the water, the sky deck affords commanding 360 degree views of water, reefs and islands.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Indoor dining table accommodates 4-6 Outdoor dining table accommodates 4-6 Ample built-in seating on main deck Outdoor chairs, rockers, chaise lounges on main deck; chairs and chaises on sky deck There is also an automatic generator that will come on immediately, should there be a power outage, which happens occasionally but not frequently. Golf carts are available for rental through T&N Cart Rentals... Carts can be driven to the north edge of town, but not through town. Most restaurants on the south side of town will pick you up at the south edge of town, so getting around the island is easy.


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Outstanding, contemporary waterfront home with panoramic island views
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The home is outstanding!! It will most likely be where we stay if it's available every year! Morning coffee on the crows nest was a must every morning! The views are spectacular.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to know that you enjoyed the house and morning coffees "topside!" Also glad to hear you'd like to come again, and we would be very happy to be able to accommodate you, next year and every year. We love our "regulars!"
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Incredible home!

  • 5 of 5

This trip was my family's first time to the Abacos and Topside set the bar very high for trips to come! The North End is so quaint and really suits if you are looking for a relaxing and restorative visit to Elbow Cay. We rented a boat and there was a great community dock within walking distance from the house, and from the dock we were 10-15 minutes from all the hot spots of Elbow Cay. The house itself suited my family of 4 very comfortably and it was so accommodating! Kitchen had every amenity we could imagine needing. The view was spectacular and you cannot beat the sunsets we enjoyed from the wrap around porch. The homeowner and caretaker were wonderful to work with and were very accommodating with details about traveling the Abacos as first timers. Wifi was strong, water pressure was good, and beds were comfortable so all in all we are excited to return for another trip to Topside!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at Topside, and know that you are welcome back any time! I am going to contact you if I make my way to Charleston. I've never been there before, and it's high on my list!
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Great Spot

  • 5 of 5

For folks who enjoy a clean, well organized, and sandy beach this is the spot for you. The owners take great care to assure that the home is in full working order. The setting is on the beach with sunsets and easy access to boating and town.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive comments! We love and appreciate our "regulars" because they treat things kindly, while enjoying all the many wonders of Abaco!
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Special Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Although we had stayed at Topside for many years, we had not been in the last four years. We were eager to get back to this special place and we were not disappointed. Topside is maintained at a very high level, not commonly encountered in many Bahamian rentals. Recently, the owners undertook complete refinishing of the wraparound wood deck, cleaning of the cisterns, and replanting the extensive gardens. All of this simply adds to the already magnificent scenery and surroundings. This house also is equipped with wireless internet, central air, and a generator that automatically comes on when the power goes out (not an uncommon event). While we were visiting, the local landlines were down, but a VHF radio and cell phones worked fine.

The top deck gives a 360-degree view, both to the Atlantic in the east and the Sea of Abaco to the west. As noted, the house has a fully stocked kitchen (including a wok and a blender), great books, puzzles, and multi-media center. The great room concept with master suites on either end make sharing this house enjoyable. There is another small bedroom upstairs with a half-bath that gives a great view of the lighthouse.

The new caretakers have settled in and the place was spotless and fresh cuts flowers from the garden awaited us. The caretakers were available by phone, but we also met them along the road into town. It's a small place, so everyone seems to know who's who.

Traveling in late summer, especially after mid-August, you will find that several restaurants and businesses close for a hiatus. The grocery stores and marina stay open, as does the Hopetown Harbor Lodge (in town). A boat, golf cart, or bikes are the only transportation. This is a place to unplug and unwind and Topside is the perfect place to do it.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Topside is a lovely home and the perfect place to stay on Elbow Cay. The house is well-maintained, comfortable and has all the amenities you need. Steps from the deck lead directly on to the beach and the warm outdoor shower is particularly nice after snorkeling. The location, on the North End of Elbow Cay, is charming and the views from the decks of Topside are stunning! The owner and the caretakers go out of their way to make your stay easy and enjoyable. It was a prefect stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hudson, Ohio

Stunningly Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Topside is a must for a dream vacation! This was our first trip to the Bahamas, and we loved it. Elboy Cay is beautiful, and Hope Town is charming and offers everything from fun shops to wonderful restaurants. There is even great reggae if you're a music lover. TopSide is a beautiful home complete with a fully-functioning kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, and an open-flow living and dining area that made all of us feel at home. In addition, every room has a stunning view of the Abaco Sea. Along with our two teenagers, there wasn't a dull moment for any of us. Coffee in the morning and wine under the stars at night were great ways to enjoy the decks and breathtaking views. There was snorkeling right outside our door or a short walk to the Atlantic. Bike riding, boating, and tooling around in the golf cart were highlights. TopSide is on the north side of the island, and very quiet and peaceful. However, if you want to experience the activity of Hope Town and the harbor, it's a short bike ride or golf cart ride to town. This truly was a magical vacation for us, and we hope to stay at Topside again on our next trip to the Bahamas.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

The Abacos is a water lovers' paradise, offering ideal conditions for boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, birding, exploring, or simply relaxing.




Additional information about rental rates

Year round, non-holiday rates: 1-2 people: $3,500/week; If more than 2 people, add $420 per week for each person.
Holiday rates: Add 10% for weeks including Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter, Fourth of July, or Thanksgiving.
We only accept personal checks. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, with 50% balance due 60 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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