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Outstanding, contemporary waterfront home with panoramic island views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet

Overview

About the property

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

Sorry, house is simply NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

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.


Owner
Watts
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2017

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.

Amenities

Hope Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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... wanda.sweeting@yahoo.com. 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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Outstanding, contemporary waterfront home with panoramic island views
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

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: Jul 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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5

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: Jan 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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5

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: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
5

Perfect!

  • 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: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hudson, Ohio
5

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: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wisconsin
5

Ideal Bahamas Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

You won't want to miss the chance to spend your vacation at Topside. After 2 weeks there in Spring, 2012, we're looking forward to a 3-week stay in March & April, 2013.

This was our 6th trip to Elbow Cay, so we were familiar with the location when we booked the house. The photos and descriptions online were so inviting, and our communication with the owner very satisfactory.

We were not to be disappointed. The house is lovely, so attractively and well furnished, and equally well-equipped. This was the third house on Elbow Cay we had rented, so we had a basis for comparison.

The owners had been doing a lot of recent maintenance and updating, even though the house is not old. Accomplishing these things on a small island in the Caribbean is no small challenge, but they were diligently tending to things they felt needed attention, all of which we appreciated.

When we were there, the owners had just contracted with a new couple as caretakers, so things were in a state of transition, and the cleanliness wasn't perfect. I'm sure that six months later things are probably shipshape. We settled in quickly and were very comfortable and content, loved the setting, the quiet and the privacy. The views are spectacular, the sunsets perfection, and the east and west decks perfect, with the beach just down the steps.

The main living space is really an open great room - kitchen, living & dining - bracketed by almost-identical queen bedrooms with their own baths on either end of the house, as well as the twin-bed room upstairs.

The golf cart as part of the rental is also a bonus, and needed for getting to town when you're going to be carrying food & drink.

We enjoy renting a boat from Island Marine that we can dock at the North End, walking the Sea of Abaco beach right in front of the house and wading to fish right there, walking to town and back each day for our daily exercise, the 5-minute walk to the Atlantic beach on the other side, poking around Hopetown on foot, and the rest of the island by bicycle. There are some nice little shops and fun restaurants, as well as regular and special community events to check out.

We appreciate having the internet for staying in touch with our family over several weeks, but we barely, if ever, turn on the TV and enjoy being generally 'unplugged'. Lots of wonderful books on the shelves - both about the area plus good fiction & non-fiction.

It's a great way to visit the Bahamas. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from 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.

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Rates & Availability

Hope Town House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Yr-round, based on # of people
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$500
 

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.
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