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Bob Cronin

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Beach Eco-Cottage on Stocking Island

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Exuma Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Kevalli House is situated on 11+ acres of oceanfront land on Stocking Island, the barrier island that forms Elizabeth Harbor. Because there are no motorized vehicles on the island and access is by boat only, much of the land on Stocking Island is pristine. This five mile long island contains only seven home sites of which Kevalli House is the furthest west.

A pavilion at the highest point on the property, 65 feet, offers a panoramic view of Elizabeth Harbor, the neighboring islands, and open waters of the ocean. Looking down on the beach directly behind Kevalli House, you can see a very rare stromatolite reef, thought to be one of the oldest forms of life on the planet and known to exist in just a few places in the world. At low tide they form beautiful natural soaking pools along the shore which can be quite a relaxing place to enjoy the crystal clear waters.

The Kevalli House guest cottage facility forms a nicely designed cluster of three buildings. The common area between the buildings is a sitting area which also adjoins the two identical wings, one on the east and one on the west. This layout is ideal for two couples, as it allows for privacy and offers ample space for everyone. Both wings offer several comfortable areas for sunning and reading. Each is designed for a comfortable extended stay, with a fully equipped kitchen, spacious bathroom, dining area, and sitting area. A separate bedroom area behind French doors has an adjustable queen bed and sliding glass door leading out to a private deck. *Occasionally we will rent the wings separately. Please contact us for availability and details.

The second-story covered deck above the sitting area overlooks the tree canopy and provides a tranquil place to catch island breezes and enjoy a beautiful vista of the harbor. A walkway on the front side of the cottage leads to the pavilion described earlier. Another path leads through natural foliage consisting of a wide variety of native plant species and finally to another covered deck overlooking the ocean side beach. On the very front of the property is a 200 foot long fixed dock which provides access to the cove. This protected body of water features two of the famous Bahamian blue holes. Mystery Cave is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in the area and is within snorkeling distance of the dock, or you may choose to use some of the kayaks that are available. Great snorkeling is also found "ocean-side". A floating dock provides access for small boats.

Kevalli House is a very eco-friendly choice. We are 99% solar-powered and meet our water needs by collecting rain water. We try to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible by using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, recycling, reusing, and reducing. Our paths are lit with solar-powered lights, fans and island breezes keep our rooms cool, and numerous windows catch evening breezes very effectively.

A 20 minute cab ride takes you from the airport to the government dock in George Town where the water taxi picks you up for the ride to Kevalli House. In George Town there are numerous businesses, including a well-stocked grocery store, car rental, boat rental, straw market, library, and a nice variety of restaurants. The Bahamas has over 300 sunny days a year, crystal clear warm water, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, one of which is right in the backyard of Kevalli House.

Keywords: Beach House, Apartment, cottage, villa, bungalo

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bob Cronin (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Bob Cronin

Bob Cronin is the owner of Kevalli House. After retiring from an active business life and many years of the cruising life, Bob fell in love with the beautiful waters of Exuma and the extraordinary property he calls Kevalli House. Over the last 5 years Bob has been working to renovate and restore this unique property.

Bob Cronin purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Bob Cronin chose Bahamas

The Exuma Islands of the Bahamas have the most beautiful crystal, clear waters Bob has come across in all his travels. Exuma is a safe community and very welcoming to visitors. Stocking Island is pristine and remote, yet is conveniently located 1.5 miles from George Town, Great Exuma. Direct flights from Nassau, Florida (Miami and Fort Lauderdale), Atlanta, and Toronto make Great Exuma and Kevalli House very accessible.

What makes this cottage unique

Kevalli House has direct, private access to both Elizabeth Harbour and a beautiful, sandy 2.5 mile long beach. Views of the water and ocean breezes are found everywhere. Kevalli House was originally developed in the 1960s with sustainability in mind. The property is entirely off the grid, with solar and rain catchment systems. Native trees, amazing stonework, and the numerous hues of blue in the sky and waters provide a backdrop or peace and tranquility.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)
Beautiful Beach Eco-Cottage on Stocking Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
5

A relaxing and beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the separate house which is comfortable and clean and has a relaxed vibe. It is not high end and modern and is not trying to be. It is more like a beach house or large family cabin. The screened in veranda kept bugs to a minimum which was nice at night. The kitchen is well stocked and has everything you need.

We have generally stayed at beach front houses in the past not far from grocery stores and shops. This is different as you have to get a water taxi or have access to a boat to go across the harbour to shop. Planning is needed.

When we booked I was not sure about not being right on the beach. Once there you realize how unique this place is. The island is thin and you have access to both sides. On one side is the clear calm inner harbour (holes) with lovely snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Paddle to chat and chill! On the other side 2 min away is a wonderful long beach that only seemed to have our family on it most of the day. The small pools that formed between the stromatolites at the end of the day were perfect to relax in. We did not have very small kids but they would be perfect even for small kids to enjoy.

As others have said sitting at the pavilions with the 360 views is wonderful.

One thing to remember is that this is off the grid so conservation of water and energy is important. You need to be careful with water usage and remember to switch off lights. It provides a reminder of how much we all may be wasting back at our homes. Good learning opportunity for every one especially kids.

Bob is a wonderful host. He made sure we had everything we needed and provided lots of information and facts about the island. He even gave me a boat lesson on the way over to pick up a rental boat.

The cost is reasonable compared to many other places we have stayed in.

Overall it was a great experience and vacation. Would go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A very relaxing and beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the separate house which is comfortable and clean and has a relaxed vibe. It is not high end and modern and not trying to be. It is a more like a beach house or large family cabin. The screened in veranda kept bugs to a minimum which was nice at night. The kitchen is well stocked and has everything you need.

We have generally stayed at beach front houses in the past not far from grocery stores and shops. This is different as you have to get a water taxi or have access to a boat to go across the harbour to shop. Planning is needed.

When we booked I was not sure about not being right on the beach. Once there you realize how unique this place is. The island is thin and you have access to both sides. On one side is the clear calm inner harbour (holes) with lovely snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Paddle to chat and chill! On the other side 2 min away is a wonderful long beach that only seemed to have our family on it most of the day. The small pools that formed between the stromatolites at the end of the day were perfect to relax in. We did not have very small kids but they would be perfect even for small kids to enjoy.

As others have said sitting at the pavilions with the 360 views is wonderful.

One thing to remember is that this is off the grid so conservation of water and energy is important. You need to be careful with water usage and remember to switch off lights. It provides a reminder of how much we all may be wasting back at our homes. Good learning opportunity for every one especially kids.

Bob is a wonderful host. He made sure we had everything we needed and provided lots of information and facts about the island. He even gave me a boat lesson on the way over to pick up a rental boat.

The cost is reasonable compared to many other places we have stayed in.

Overall it was a great experience and vacation. Would go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Kevalli Phenomenal House

  • 5 of 5

The Kevalli House is a dream world reincarnated. You literally have your own paradise wihtout the shallow pleasantries that come with your typical stay. But, when you are craving these human interactions you can literally paddle board or kayak 10 minutes or less to Chat and Chill and hang out with the sailors and the people who live on the island or nearby. It is a magnificent place. The massive amounts of outdoor oasis's that exist strike your insides in ways you couldn't possibly imagine. There is a pavillion that overlooks a three mile long beach that is literally secluded other than the random walker who is more interested in the waves and the beauty than they are in socializing with you. It is a spiritual dream - you can run, walk, swim, ride the waves and find a part of your heart and heat the regular world doesn't allow for. Every year our family converges from california to New York to Germany to Alaska and we revel in the freshness and the aesthetic we cannot get anwhere else. One of the things we love most is the fact that we can cook together and set up beautiful dinner parties in the outdoor spaces. It is truly the kind of place you can't explain to outsiders because there is nothing like it and you know as soon as you arrive that no one will understand what you've seen. Lasly, the host family is brilliantly amazing. Bob is a laid back creator of worlds that, if you get to know, willl teach you all kind of oddities. Allison, his daughter, is a mover and shaker - she surfs, boats, builds and communicates with inspiration. Everyone they invite into their haven is someone you want to know. Get on it and get there.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

A Slide of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

It’s almost impossible to describe how beautiful, natural and peaceful Kevalli House on Stocking Island is. Kevalli gives you the best access to pristine beaches and gorgeous ocean views, as well as scenic hiking trails and great kayaking and swimming spots on Stocking Island. We have stayed in the cottages and the guest house, and both options are great - comfortable, off-grid, eco-friendly and secluded.

If you are looking for a unique Caribbean holiday, this beats the ‘resort’ experience hands down. There really is no comparison. Trade in noisy swimming pools, nondescript hotel rooms and busy beaches for chirping birds, miles of empty beaches, awesome snorkeling and stunning sunsets.

Get all the groceries you need in Georgetown, only a short water taxi away or kayak over to Chat ‘n’ Chill for fries, conch salad and a Kalik. You’ll meet great people, and like us, will be planning your return before your holiday is even over.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canmore, Alberta, Canada
5

A perfect Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week long stay at Kevalli House with my wife and inlaws. The family are wonderful hosts and ensure you have a wonderful and peaceful visit. We were in the Marina building which has two bedrooms and a lot of open shared space. It was a perfect space for our extended family getaway with enough privacy between the two areas but also ample opportunity to be together. My extended family were on boats in the harbor it the location was perfect to visit with them and even host a few gatherings.

The look outs and lounging spaces are unmatched. There is complete privacy and the views are priceless. There is direct access to the calm harbor as well as the beautiful ocean side beach which both offer endless activities: snorkeling, running, walks, body surfing, sailing, kite boarding, wind surfing, exploring, etc.

The accommodation is clean, updated and has a ton of character. With on site solar electrical generation and the use of rainwater, the houses are truly off the grid eco-accommodation.

I would suggest Kevalli house for anyone who is interested in non-conventional accommodations (ie. hotels) and is looking for a fun filled vacation in tone of the most beautiful places in the world with a privacy whenever it is needed. Amazing stay and I am sure we will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA
5

Can't Wait to Return!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time on Stocking Island at Kevalli House! It was our first trip to the Exumas and we were already planning a trip back to the area before we even flew home. We just spent a week on Little Exuma, which was wonderful, but are planning to return to Stocking Island this December.

We have been to many places in the Caribbean but we have not seen water so clear and beautiful before. We fell in love with the island and really enjoyed out stay at the house. This was truly an adventure vacation for us as we spent the days hiking, swimming, snorkeling and exploring. The island has a myriad of hiking trails that lead to secluded beaches. Each morning we would chart out a course, pack some snacks and our snorkel gear and head out. Our 6 year old daughter did really well on days we hiked up to 5 miles and enjoyed the adventure with us.

The house has easy access to the Atlantic side which has more turbulent water. We loved sitting up in the gazebo and watching the sunset. Most days we rarely saw a person on this side of the island. On the other side, there is access to a dock with kayaks we used to get to Chat N’ Chill for drinks and dinner, and their delicious conch salad.

There are two houses on the property. We stayed at The Cottages and enjoyed a nice breeze through the house. The property is fairly self-sustaining, utilizing rain water and solar power. It was perfectly fine to be without air conditioning in December as the breeze and temperatures were moderate. Bob is a wonderful owner and made us feel very welcome!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
George Town (GGT)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Stocking Island
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
George Town
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Stocking Island
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Stocking Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Kevalli House
Car: not necessary

Stocking Island has several restaurants/beach bars that are easily within walking, kayaking, boating distance. The island also has an extensive nature trail system great for long or short hikes and birding. Historic tours of Great and Little Exuma and boat charter trips through the Exuma Cays are a great day trips. Please contact us for a complete list of activities.

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Rates & Availability

Exuma Cottage Rental Rates

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Base Rate
5 night minimum stay
$430
$2,870
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes 10% local tax not included.

Facility includes private use of two wings, recreation room, air deck
beach deck, pavilion, docks, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and other amenities. Closed July, August, September. Rate based on 4 person occupancy. $500 for each additional person.

Cash payment preferred. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Amenities

Exuma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cottages have direct, private beach and harbor access. Kayaks, paddle boarding, and snorkeling gear are provided.

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