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Taja McKinney Zisler

Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english


Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Central Eleuthera Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful 1BR + loft Round house on very private beautiful beach

Casuarina Bay is an exceptionally beautiful, secluded hideaway on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas. Just two lovely properties share this very private protected bay on the Atlantic, skirted by miles of pink sand beaches.

Easily accessible, Casuarina Bay is just one hour by air from Fort Lauderdale, and only seven miles from Governors Harbour airport. It is located 1.5 miles northeast of the quaint village of Governors Harbour, one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas.

The house has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, amidst a picturesque grove of coconut palms, colorful hibiscus, fragrant frangipani flowers, sea grape, passion fruit, papaya and Casuarina trees.

Ocean-lovers will find some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming in the world. Underwater visibility is up to 100 feet, with water temperatures ranging between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

More information and many more photos are available on our website. The link is located at the bottom of this page.

The adventurous traveler can explore nearby islands and virgin coral reefs, swim with dolphins or exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing. Other sports available on the island include tennis, and surfing.

This beachfront vacation cottage is built of cedar in an open hexagonal design, with a high ceiling and a sleeping loft, ideal for children. Eight arching windows provide magnificent views, and open onto a wrap-around deck with ocean views. There's a split level A/C unit. On the beach we have a thatched cabana with comfortable lounge chairs.

Perfect for a honeymooning couple or a small family, this rustic Round House is charmingly and comfortably furnished, and has been described as 'the hidden treasure of Eleuthera'.

This is the perfect place for the adventurous traveler and for those who enjoy taking in the exquisite beauty of this magical island.

This 110 mile long island offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The quaint island of Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, a cinema, hotel, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals.

Spend days walking or lazing on secluded pinks and beaches or exploring the coast with our ocean kayaks.

Snorkel for hours right in front of the house on the pristine coral reefs. Catch your own lobster and feast on them while watching the full moon rise out of the ocean. Awake to the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the coconut trees.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Taja McKinney Zisler (Property Manager)
Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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 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 cottage 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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This place is exactly what you are looking for if you want almost total isolation on an island in the Bahamas. The beaches were literally our own, with the exception of one day (out of 7) where we shared a beach with two other poeple. You can walk for miles along the beaches in front of this house and see nobody along the way. The house itself is perfect. Not anything fancy, just the basics with a full kitchen, comfortable bed, full bath. It's small and cute - but you shouldn't plan to spend much time there given what is about 20 yards from your front door!! A couple of tips if you stay here:

- Go to Twin Coves Beach (about a 10 minute walk to the north along the shore) BEST beach around!

- Go to Island Farm Produce to find fresh fruits and vegetables (kinda hard to find good fruits and vegetables we found out until we discovered this place!)

The owner of the house was staying next door in the adjacent home during our trip (we absolutely love her and you'd be lucky to meet her, too). The homes face away from one another but they are indeed close. No big deal really. You simply cannot escape the feel of being on a deserted island while here! We are most definitely coming back to the Round House once we have our little one.
Jan 2011
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.731707 based on 52 reviews

Genuine Escape to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Round House for our 10th anniversary and it was everything we could have wanted and then some! Taja (on the front end) and Doon (during our stay) were amazing hostesses. The island itself is paradise - beauty, hospitality, kindness and peace were in great supply. We will definitely be back for another visit as soon as we can arrange it!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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magical house!

  • 5 of 5

This house and vacation completely lived up to my personal expectations. It was small, secluded and absolutely beautiful! From the moment we arrived we were greeted by a welcoming group of dragonflies that circled our front door every day. The property was tranquil and provided us the opportunity to totally unplug from modern life and technology. If that's what you're looking for then you will love it!! The only downside was that we couldn't enjoy the mornings and evenings outside as much as we would have liked because of the voracious mosquitoes and noseeums. By the way, we have never before seen the milky way and star systems that we were able to see there due to the lack of light pollution. BREATHTAKING!!!! The owners were so helpful as well as Matt and Tara at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals. They were each so responsive and quick to help us on our journey to and from Eleuthera. The beach was a bit treacherous right in front of the house due to erosion and hurricane activity prior to our arrival, but we enjoyed the Twin Coves and Club Med beaches to the right and left of our beach and they were just a short drive/walk away. Wished the snorkeling would have been better, but maybe it was the wrong season for seeing a variety of underwater life (plus, we've been spoiled by Hawaii) We would definitely recommend this property to friends and family who enjoy rugged, get away from it all vacations! So much fun!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Romantic Trip or Family Vacation? You can get both

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Eleuthera. It is a wonderful cottage in a totaly romantic location. This place was the best for our family (2 kids, 12 and 14). We were on our own the hole holiday, it is all private. We caught a lot of fish direct in front of the house. We saw turtles, dolphins and even a manta ray came across! From the fishermen hat Governors Harbor you get the best lobster you can make on the barbecue! At night you can here the waves of the atlantic and you have a really specific view of all the stars in the sky. It is a really wonderful location to forget the rest of the world!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Unique Beach Cottage on Casuarina Bay

  • 5 of 5

This was my third trip to Eleuthera and my third stay at the round house. It is such a wonderful cottage in a wonderful location. This year the cottage has had many upgrades including an outside shower which was great to be able to come back after a busy day at the beach and be able to shower straight away .Doon the owner has put a lot of time an effort into keeping this properity unique and this is reflected both inside and out. Once again i was blessed with the best weather for my stay , and am really looking forward to returning next summer:)

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review- we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit again to the Round house and that you enjoyed all of the recent upgrades to the property and house. We look forward to your return visit next year!
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The perfect spot on Eleuthera

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Round House 5 nights during the first part of our Honeymoon. I can honestly say we wished we had stayed there the entire time. The BEST location, PINK sand, DESERTED beaches, an attentive Host (Doon)and more superlatives than I have space to mention. My favorite spot was what we christened "the perch" overlooking the water, delightful breezes and the perfect spot to laze all day sipping rum drinks or a Kalik (which I did most days). We are already plotting our return trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Beautiful getaway

  • 5 of 5

This place was so beautiful and was just what we needed. It was very private and peaceful. My daughter and I stayed here for the week and rarely left the beach. We had intentions of eating out at different restaurants but we purchased food at the grocery store. It turned into a "glamping" vacation lol picnics on the beach, outdoor showering and barefoot walking. Every night we fell asleep to the sound of the ocean and it was glorious! Doon was so kind and helpful she made us feel right at home. The beach was pretty much ours alone the whole time. Only a handful of people passed by with a smile and a wave. I definitely give this place a thumbs up. Great place to getaway from it all.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you had such a wonderful time at the Round house. Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you back on Eleuthera soon!
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Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: recommended

Eleuthera- a 110 mile long island, offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The island Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, library with internet, a cinema, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals. We have 2 sit- on-top ocean kayaks at the house for you to you explore the coast and even snorkel from. 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. Other sports available on the island include golf, tennis and surfing.

Other Activities: excellent swimming, snorkeling and kayaking right off the beach in front of the house


Rates & Availability

Central Eleuthera Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Aug 14 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
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Dec 23 2016 - Jan 6 2017
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Jan 7 2017 - Feb 24 2017
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Feb 25 2017 - Mar 31 2017
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Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $75
Weekly Car rental $495

$100 charge for each guests in excess of 2 guests. Children 6 and under are free.
$75 one time pet fee.
Cleaning fee $100.
Security deposit: $300

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Central Eleuthera Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , freshwater beach shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Other - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , sleeping loft
  • There is 1 queen bed plus a sleeping loft with sky light which is ideal for up to 3 children.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We do have a rental car which we book with the house- please email to inquire and we can have the car waiting for you at the airport. New yoga deck recently completed on the property.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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