Beautiful 1BR + loft Round house on very private beautiful beach
Taja McKinney Zisler
About Taja McKinney Zisler
The McKinney family has lived in The Bahamas for generations. When she was seventeen, Doon was teaching school in a remote village in Botswana. She fell in love with the idea of living in a round house. When she returned to The Bahamas she decided to move from Nassau to the remote and untouched island of Eleuthera and build her own round house on a 14 acre sea to sea estate running the entire width of the island.
Why Taja McKinney Zisler chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas
Everyone was a bit skeptical of this young woman clearing the land by herself and building a house with no electricity, running water, car or a telephone. Camping out every night on the site helped her develop an intense connection with the land and gave her the opportunity to build a house that was perfect for the location. She decided to build 11 foot arches on all five sides of the house to allow the ocean breeze to sweep into the house. She nestled the house among coconut trees and Casuarina trees where you can hear the sound of the wind in the trees and the waves on the beach. She surrounded the house with a garden full of beautiful hibiscus, oleander, seagrape, coconuts and other native flowers and trees. It was a challenge for a woman with limited carpentry skills to clear the land and almost single-handedly build a house- having never built so much as a box. Doon persevered and used creativity to overcome many of the obstacles she encountered. While still working on the building of the house Doon married and had 2 daughters (Casuarina and Taja)- Taja was born right in the Round house before the midwife even found her way out to Casuarina Bay.
What makes this House unique
The location of the Round House is second to none. You enjoy ocean breezes throughout the house and the private thatched cabana offers stunning views to the beautiful beach.
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Perfect Bahamian Beach House!
My friend and I enjoyed 5 beautiful days at The Round House this July, and we could not have asked for a better trip! This was my 3rd visit to Eleuthera in the last 6 months and the Round House is positioned perfectly along a stretch of isolated pink sand and clear water, only a couple of minutes drive into town and all of our favorite places.
From booking to check in and check out, Taja was so helpful and informative. We arrived without any issue to the stunning island charm of the Round House. The feeling you get when you step inside transports you out of everyday life and you instantly feel a sense of peace and island hospitality! It was clean, light and bright with personal family and Bahamian touches throughout. So incredible that this house was built by the owners, they did such an amazing job.
We took advantage of the well-equipped kitchen, cooking meals at home, as well as the outdoor shower looking out at the palms and greenery. The beach was private and amazing as usual. We sipped cocktails from the deck, kayaked to French Leave Beach and had wonderful sleep every night that had us up with the sunrise every day.
This was hands down my favorite place that I've stayed on the island and I will for sure be back!
We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. We would love to have you back anytime!
Private beach, beautiful location, handbuilt charm
Loved the location down the sand (not dirt!) path and the private beach. The home is great and you can hear the ocean waves from the bed at night. Only issue we had was that the bathroom shower is a bit old and needs to be carefully adjusted. The couches were quite old and not great but certainly usable - especially since it's on a small island I'm sure there are not a ton of ways to get new furniture there. Would definitely return. The homeowners were very responsive and helpful!
Our family of 4 stayed in the round house in February 2019 and absolutely loved it!
We were looking to enjoy a nice relaxing vacation and that is exactly what we got. The island of Eleuthera is a hidden gem. The beaches (which you almost always have to yourself) are absolutely beautiful, the locals are very friendly and the island is safe and so much fun to explore! We really enjoyed getting to know Doon during our stay and the kids loved playing with Bimini (her dog) every day! I highly recommend a vacation to Eleuthera! We can’t wait to go back!
We are thrilled that you loved our Round House and your visit to Eleuthera. We hope that you can return soon.
We really love the rustic charm of the Round House, a hexagonal hand-hewn cottage with a warm ambience you don't find in a typical rental. We had the gorgeous, long beaches almost to ourselves, and when it was windy on this side, we just drive a short distance to a calmer beach on the East side. The owner, Doon, is an absolutely lovely person, who has lived there for many years, and is active in preserving the natural wonders of the sea and land of Eleuthera. This place is a unique treasure!
This is our place!
This is our third year at the Round House and we can't let go.....it is the BEST place to stay in Eleuthera!
My fiancé has gone on a kayak (fishing), in front of the home, and has caught blue runners, yellow jacks and yellow tails!!!! How cool is that?
Not only that, there is the best snorkeling also in front of the home...less than 10 feet from shore! Don't this twice...this is the place to stay!
This was our second trip to the Round House and it did not disappoint. The house was perfect for the two of us, but could accommodate kids as well, or friends as long as you are ok with an open concept living and sleeping space. The views from the house are great. You can see the ocean from the front, and lush forest in the back. The weather was beautiful and we spent quite a bit of time in the beach cabana, my favorite spot! On a day it was a little windy we went to a Caribbean side beach (Cocodimama), and would also recommend Gaulding Cay on the Caribbean side. We used the kayaks as well. The beach right in front of the house has very little traffic, and the cabana is nicely hidden from the road - despite what other reviews say. We walked up to Twin Coves for snorkeling and fishing, and walked down to French Leave beach as well. Doon was an excellent host, just like last time, and she even brought us a fresh papaya that was growing outside our back window. Doon also gave us a great recommendation to go to Tippy's on Wednesday night for the live music. The food and music were both great. You can walk to Tippy's or it is a short drive. We walked and had a nice moonlit walk back. The location is very close to town, but you would never know it because of how few people you see when you are actually at the house. This house is not a ritzy, super modern, hotel style property so don't come expecting that. It is very homey and well kept. We had everything we needed. The wireless worked fine for our needs - quick checks on the kids back home, etc. This is a place to go to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of Eleuthera. We highly recommend the Round House!
Eleuthera- a 110 mile long island, offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, library, a cinema, clinic, dive shop, and bicycle rentals. Enjoy complimentary use of our sit- on-top ocean kayaks, stand up paddle boards and masks and snorkels. The adventurous traveler can enjoy nearby islands and virgin coral reefs teeming with exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing or even swimming with the famous pigs! Other sports available on the island include golf, tennis and surfing.