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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Property Manager
Taja McKinney Zisler
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2017

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 Eleuthera

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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Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
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.


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Beautiful private beach getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Casuarina Bay Round House for our week-long honeymoon. We would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in visiting Eleuthera!

True to its name, the house is circular, with gorgeous tall windows, a wrap-around porch, and very high ceilings. It felt quite spacious inside - a comfortable bed, living room area, dining table and chairs, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, and a loft with two additional beds. Everything was clean and very well taken care of. The house was built but its owner, Doon, and is filled with personal touches - from shell collections to colorful photographs of the island.

The ocean was just steps outside of the door. The beach was secluded and peaceful - crystal clear water and a small reef just a little swim off the coast. French Leave Beach, which is about a five minute walk away, was also stunning. The cabana provided shade and was a great spot to dry off in the breeze and listen to the melodic hum of the waves. The beach was also beautiful at night - especially under the full moon.

The house is about a 5-10 minute drive to Governor's Harbour where one can access grocery and liquor stores, a gas station, and several restaurants. The backstreets in this area were beautiful with crisp white houses and overflowing vibrant flower bushes.

While some of these restaurants are a further drive from the house we would recommended Tippy's, Pascal's, The Rainbow Inn, and The Northside Inn. The Cove also offers day passes for access to their infinity pool, beachfront access, kayaks etc.

We spent our final day with James Dunham on a private boat tour - we swam with sea turtles, spotted Dolphins, tried our hand at spear fishing, and dove for conch shells and sea glass. We would definitely recommended something of this sort as another way to see all that Eleuthera has to offer!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical dolphin experience and more

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated 6 gorgeous Eleuthera days at Round House. The highlight of our visit being a friendly dolphin coming to swim with us as we were snorkeling right on the beach in front of the house! We enjoyed Twin Cove and French Leave beaches also, which are within walking distance. Exploring several Caribbean side beaches, Governor's Harbour and all the sights to see on the north side of the island made our days busy, adventurous, and FUN. Having this beautiful cottage to come back to each day or just staying there all day and enjoying all that this place has to offer was just divine! Doon could not have been more helpful. She's a wonderful host! We can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Terrific family vacation at the Round House away from all the noise! Spectacular secluded beach 20 steps away and right in between the famous French Leave and Twin Coves beaches. The snorkeling is world class - sea turtles, eel, shark, grouper and countless other tropical fish among large coral formations. Roundhouse was plenty adequate for our family of five with kids (12, 13 and 16) in the loft. Very warm and inviting space with the wood floors, walls and ceilings and furnishings. All in all, a really chill and comfortable place to be and hang out or with the Honda CRV rental to get out and explore all of much to see and do. Be sure to check out the fish fry in Governor's Harbor. Many thanks to Taja and Doon for all their hospitality. We hope to see you again next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Amazig

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed in many places around the world, and I must say that our 2 weeks at the Roundhouse was a truly wonderful experience and one of the best two weeks we have had.

This place is loaded with soul and charm. It is the opposite of a pre-fab condo environment. This is the real thing, built with creativity and love and reflects he owners artistic and joyful personality. It is also very comfortable and practical. Yes it is a bit remote, but that is a big part of its value. The beach and ocean there is stunning and almost entirely private almost all the time. The swimming and snorkeling there is terrific and safe.

The community nearby in Governor's Harbor, is small but friendly and interesting.

We used this time for relaxing, reading , writing, exercise and general all around rejuvenation and it was perfect for that purpose. We want to come back yearly now and try to keep that remarkable vibe going.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Round House is the perfect romantic getaway - simple elegance, eco-friendly, and from practically anywhere in the house you have spectacular views and fresh ocean breezes. We were there the latter part of November and didn't need the AC at all - just used the ceiling fans and open (fortunately screened) windows. We enjoyed having the extra outdoor shower, especially post-swim and to rinse our gear. The fabulous wrap-around porch offers some shade option(s) any time of day, which is essential. It's not exactly on the beach, but great just the same for hanging out. The lovely cabana down the path was a great spot to hangout, sip coffee in the morning, read a book, and watch the waves. The beaches in both directions are spectacular, so it's easy to walk from the house and explore. The water was a bit rough during our visit, so some times we just went to the other side of the island, less than 10 minutes away. The Round House is off the beaten path, though close enough to restaurants and town to make outings easy and enjoyable. We recommend a 4WD vehicle for practically anywhere you go - the vehicle available at the Round House (for additional cost) provides good, simple function. We also appreciated that a cooler and freezer blocks were provided. The natural decor and personal touches throughout the house and grounds are beautiful. Really enjoyed our host - Doon - a perfect balance of respecting our privacy and offering us great service and friendship. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review- we are thrilled you loved the Round House and we look forward to having you stay with us at Casuarina bay again soon!
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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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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cotton Bay club
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

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2018 - Feb 28 2018
5 night minimum stay
Peak spring
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75
Extra person (over 2) $50

$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
Car rental available at $495 per week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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