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Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english

Secluded Pink Sand Beachfront Estate W/ Main House and Guest Cottage

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Secluded Atlantic Beachfront Villa 4BR/4BA & One Bedroom Guest Cottage

Located three miles south of Governor's Harbour on the Atlantic coast of Eleuthera, looking out onto one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas.

Relax in the warm waters of the Venus Pool, visible only at low tide. Walk for miles on the cool pink sand. Build fires from driftwood and cook under the stars. The houses are at the end of a long private driveway. 'Pebbles, the guest cottage, has it's own parking area, out of sight of the Main House. The houses enjoy complete independence, and do not over look each other in any way. Both On the Rocks and Pebbles have had new doors and windows installed March of 2016.

Decorated in true Caribbean colours, nearly all the rooms look out to sea.

Nearby are some of the best restaurants on the island. Tippy's famous beachfront restaurant is half a mile away down the beach. Mate and Jenny's has real island atmosphere. Sky Beach Club's excellent restaurant and pool bar is less than 10 minutes by car.

Organic vegetables available locally at The Island Farm south of Palmetto Point on the Queen's Highway

Although it is advisable to rent a car, it is not essential as there is a reliable taxi service, which can be booked in advance. Exploring the island is part of the Eleuthera adventure or a day trip to Harbour Island.

Amenities: The Main House has four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. One kingsize bed, 2 queens and 2 single beds (twins can covert to king). The 'Children's Room' has 2 daybeds and shares a bathroom.

The guest cottage, 'Pebbles', can be rented together with the main house or separately. Pebbles has one kingsize bed, 2 full bathrooms and a sofa bed in the living/dining room. Both houses have fully equipped kitchens with microwaves, blenders, coffee machines, and dishwashers. Linens and towels are included. Washing machine (and a dryer in the main house). Telephone for local and incoming calls. DSL high speed wireless internet, Direct TV with many channels. IPod dock CD players, along with a good library of books, backgammon and other games also in the house. Beach umbrellas are also included. Both houses are air conditioned throughout (with the exception of the kitchen and TV room in the main house).

Housekeeping is provided twice during a one-week stay in the main house, and once in the guest cottage. (Not provided for shorter stays.)

Laundry lines hung discreetly behind some pandana bushes!

A wonderful house for family fun or groups of friends who want to enjoy each others company yet retain their own space and privacy.

Activities: Walking for miles on the beach. Swimming, snorkeling and fishing. There is a pool and tennis courts at Cigatoo Resorts just down the road. Bicycles are available for teen-agers and adults. There are several excellent restaurants within a 20 minute radius by car. The nearest is Tippy's, which is less than a mile down the beach, and a little further along is The Beach House. Both have live music on certain nights. Enjoy the casual atmosphere of the island!

The town of Governor's Harbour, 2 miles from On the Rocks, has all necessary shops, banks, travel agent, grocery stores, gift shops and restaurants. It is picturesque and unspoiled. There are no large hotels or casinos on Eleuthera. It is a beautifully quiet and peaceful island. There are many beaches to explore!

Harbour Island is an hour to the north and makes a great day trip. Lunch at the famous Pink Sands resort, scuba diving at Valentine's Dive Centre and renting a golf cart to ride around the island and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the old Bahamian houses dating back to the 18th century.

There is a dive centre down south, on Cape Eleuthera, as well s many beaches to explore!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow (Owner)
Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english

Why Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow chose Bahamas

Can you get any closer to the beach?

What makes this villa unique

Stunning views out to sea and up the coast...not a dull moment with all that ocean to watch!


based on 19 traveler reviews

Secluded Pink Sand Beachfront Estate W/ Main House and Guest Cottage
average rating of 4.263158 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family ( 5 adults/ 4 young children) spent 10 glorious days at " On The Rocks". This is a classic, comfortable island home with a layout that worked well for 2 families w/ children and the grandparents. This location is prime. Situated on a long stretch of fine, pink sand, the rocks are a natural barrier, creating wonderful tide pools and gentle waves. Perfect for the children to play . After exploring the island, including the Carribean side, we all decided the beach at " On the Rocks" is by far the best on the island. We loved our stay there.

Patricia is a wonderful, responsive owner to work with. This being our first island visit we had lots of questions. She was extremely helpful in assisting us with taxi arrangements. car rental, a cook, and other small requests.

I also want to address the previous review about the robbery. Any robbery is upsetting and we were concerned about safety, We were pleased to hear the culprit was quickly apprehended and there have been no problems since. We felt very comfortable staying there.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beware! Not all is well at OnThe Rocks!

  • 1 of 5

We were robbed at On The Rocks Overnight, Friday, July 12, 2014. The doors were locked but someone entered the house while we were sleeping and stole computers, iPhones & cash. There has been no contact by the owner expressing concern for our loss. We filed a police report prior to heading to the airport. Additionally, we were told (after the fact of our break-in) by the housekeeper that the adjacent property (Pebbles) had experienced a break-in the previous week to our arrival. We had asked the owner if she had a safe on the property and we assured that 'crime is not a problem on Eleuthera'. While that may be generally true for the island, it was not the case for us at On The Rocks. Also be aware that the air conditioner for the main living area is broken beyond repair and that there is currently no internet service at this property (we lost it on the Monday of our visit & it was never restored, despite daily phone calls to the local provider by us & the housekeeper). Please realize that Eleuthera is my favorite beach destination and that I will return I the future. On The Rocks has one of the most beautiful settings on the island, but the house has been seriously neglected and needs major updating throughout. Be sure to hit the gym so that you'll be able to operate the sliding glass doors separating the great room from the beautiful outdoor setting! Please note that there is no safe in the house - that lack cost us double what we rented the villa for. Also note that there is a key for the kitchen deadbolt (the door our thief must have entered through) in a drawer in the kitchen - another omission of knowledge to us by the owner & housekeeper that may have prevented our break-in. It is truly a sad thing that I have to write this poor review of such an otherwise wonderful place & property.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very upset to hear about the robbery at On the Rocks and many other houses in the area. This is most unusual for Eleuthera! I sent an email to the same day, as the guests were scheduled to leave that afternoon, unfortunately it did not go through, and of this I was unaware for several days as I was traveling where access to Internet and email was limited. I can fully understand their sense of anger for this apparent lack of interest in their welfare! I can only apologize to them, which I have done. Fortunately, the thief behind this string of thefts was caught soon after and the stolen items were returned. Again, this kind of thing is very rare on Eleuthera. The internet is working now. It can go out on the island from time to time wherever one stays, but most of the time it works quite well. The a/c has now been fixed in the living room. Our guests comfort is of prime importance important to us. We'll always do our best to address any issues that come up. This guest's experience is not the norm, as other recent reviews (see below) can attest. Patricia Leigh-Wood
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Jackson Hole, WY

Classic Family Beach House on WONDERFUL Beach

  • 5 of 5

We spent a happy week here with our extended family, including two small children. The beach here is so wonderful, especially for children, I would return to stay even if we had to camp on the site. Luckily, the house is a very comfortable, unpretentious, classic family coastal retreat where we felt right at home. Very similar to beloved beach/river/lake houses in our family in that the cabinets are full of mismatched china, shelves full of beach books, plenty of games and puzzles, mix of local art, boat models and bird prints on the walls, nice sheets and towels, hooks everywhere you need them, lots of places to sit and read, and basic but functional baths and kitchen.

There are newer VRBOs on the island, but none with such a fabulous location. You are literally steps from the beach when you wake up in the morning. The house is on a sort of point of land, looking out on waves crashing on a spit of rocks, so you feel surrounded by the ocean. We even could see the sun both setting and rising over the ocean to our left and right looking out from the house (late April). There are several pools that change with the tide that are absolutely MAGICAL for children to play in. The sand is beautiful, pink, and soft, and the tide comes right to the edge of the yard at night, washing it all clean by morning. It could not have been more fun for our children.

Location: for some reason the place marker on the map on this listing is wrong. If you move down the island southeast of Governor's Harbor, the house is on the point of land with the spit of rocks between the Levy Preserve and a pond.

Bedrooms: ask the owner for a floor plan. The house really has five bedrooms, and the guest house adds more. We loved that each bedroom had its own bathroom.

PS My only caveat would be that the bathrooms and kitchen really are quite basic. If you must have gleaming new bathrooms and a professional kitchen, I would not recommend this house. We, however, will be back!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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On the Rocks rocks!

  • 5 of 5

Once you've stayed at On the Rocks, why would you ever go anywhere else? It was perfect in every way. The house is the closest one to the beach except for Tippy's, and unbelievably private. The views are incredible, the sound of the surf rocks you to sleep at night, the house is spacious and comfortable, and a group of people don't feel crowded. The beach is our idea of Paradise, too.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, WI USA

Best Rental on Eleuthera

  • 5 of 5

Our week at On the Rocks was heavenly! And oh, how we hated to leave! Our philosophy has always been that there are too many beautiful places in the world to visit the same one twice...but that changed in April of 2013! We'll be back to Eleuthera and On the Rocks...this time with the entire family, we hope! We drove the entire length of Banks Road searching for other, possibly better rental properties. There simply isn't a better one than On the Rocks! The house, the view, the beach, the Venus pool are all as described; maybe better. The house itself may be a bit dated, and we did have some trouble with the sliding screens. But we couldn't have chosen a better place! Simply wonderful! Now I hope not everyone beats us to the punch for the next time we want to rent!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Location

  • 4 of 5

What a PERFECT location - On the Rocks is right a the head of the beach which provides a secluded, sheltered beach location with its own natural ocean pool!

Absolutely stunning! It was terrific to wake up and take long walks on the pink sand beach. The home is spacious and with 4 couples we all had lots of space and privacy.

We plan to go back next year for our 3rd year in a row!

Ken & Sheila

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Governor's Harbour
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
in front of the house
Car: recommended

There are several great restaurants, some with live music on certain night...all within a 15 minute drive. The Beach House and Tippy's are only a mile of so down the beach!

In the afternoon the fisherman sell their catch of fresh fish on the dock in both Governor's Harbour and Tarpum Bay!

However, be careful to buy what is in season...Nassau Grouper is OUT OF SEASON from Dec.1-Mar.1. during their breeding period. Craw Fish are OUT OF SEASON Apr.1-Aug.1...same reason. PLEASE RESPECT THESE SEASONS even if you are offered the fish by unscrupulous fishermen...if we want to have fish for the future! The same in restaurants during this time...please ask what fish they are serving!

For those who enjoy rougher waves...Surfer's Beach up north is wild and rugged...where as the LightHouse beach down south is romantic and secluded!

Eleuthera is an island of wonderful places to explore and few people to bother you!

MARCH 22-24 2013 the first ever ELEUTHERA ALL THAT JAZZ Festival in aid of the Haynes Library in Governor's Harbour! For more details, go to FB page Eleuthera All That Jazz!


Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 24 2016 - Jun 3 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Jun 4 2016 - Aug 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Jan 4 2017 - Feb 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $57 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $50

Rates are for up to 6 guests.
Additional guests: $400/week per adult, $300 per child aged 2 to 12. Babies under 2 are free.
NOTE: We have set the rates this way to make the property affordable for smaller groups who use less water and electricity, and create less wear and tear.
PEBBLES GUEST COTTAGE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE RATES. Pebbles rents for $1450/week and up depending on season.

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Bahamas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • All the bathrooms are tiled and 3 have both tubs and shower but the one with goes with the Orange Bedroom only has a shower. This one can be shared by the 'Children's Room. There is washing machine, and clothes are dried on the clothes line which is found is a secluded area of the garden. On the Rocks has it's own well, so the water is soft and clean. However, if you are concerned about drinking this water, bottled water can be purchased locally. We use the well water for everything, including drinking. As there are no farms, or factories which could cause impurities. But water has not been tested.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , ocean view and own bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , ocean view and own bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , garden view own bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , private patio & own bathroom, twins can covert to a king.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 child bed , ocean view & shares bathroom.
  • The bedrooms each enjoy privacy and have their own bathroom and a/c units, as well as overhead fans, except the 'Children's Room' which shares a bathroom with either the Orange Room or the Master bedroom and only has fans, no a/c. (This bedroom is not suitable for adults as it is directly outside the Master bedroom and does not have enough privacy) The Master bedroom, Yellow Room and the Children's Room all have ocean views and outdoor patio space. The Orange Bedroom with twin beds has a private patio, and the Blue Bedroom has a view of the beautiful planted tropical gardens. Each room is decorated in its own Caribbean colour!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The views from this house are spectacular! Because the house is all on one floor, it makes it easy for families with children as well as making it possible for wheelchairs and people with walking disabilities to be able to get around easily and onto the patio and into the garden. However, they may have trouble getting down to the beach, depending on the height of the sand. The bedrooms have a/c as well as overhead fans, except the Children's Room, which has an overhead fan and lower level fans.. The living/dining room has a/c and several overhead fans and floor level fans. The view from the Living Room is breathtaking! You can enjoy looking up the coast towards Harbour Is. and out to the Atlantic. There is a large patio going around the front of the house, giving private seating areas to some of the bedrooms. All this is facing the ocean and the beach. Miles of cool pink sand! Maid service provided twice (for a full a one-week stay) in the main house and once in the guest cottage

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