|Minimum Stay||3 - 14 nights|
Brand new crisp, bright, spacious cottage on enormous tropical garden, steps from the world-class pink sand beach. Full kitchen, large warm living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Relax on the patio in the private, rooster-free garden. Feels like home away from home with all of the amenities you might need, like high-speed internet, cable TV, microwave, and backup generator available (just in case). High ceilings with beautiful local Bahamian art. Spotless. Well cared for by Global Services's concierge managers and staff.
Keywords: bright, spacious, cottage, tropical, garden, beach, magical decor,2 bedrooms, 2 baths,high ceilings, full kitchen, spacious living room, outside patio, air conditioned bedrooms, art ,internet, boogie boards, beach furniture, backup generator,cable tv,
My husband and I have been visiting Harbour Island for years and have stayed in numerous homes and hotels in the area. This trip to Harbour Island was a last minute decision and Touchstone Cottage was available. First of you will have a difficult time finding anything this close to the beach at this price. The cottage is sent back behind a dune from the beach surrounded by a lush tropical trees.The cottage does not sit alone it is a guest house to the main home on the property. With that said it is very private. The beach path is right out of the property and bam you will have the gorgeous Pink Sand beach to yourself. The cottage is located in the southern end of Harbour Island which is much more quiet which is what we prefer.
When we entered the cottage we were very pleased , it was very clean , cute and comfortable a true island cottage. Spacious , had ceiling fans and wall unit Air Conditioning in every room. Personally we don't care how the AC comes out we just want it to be cool and it was. The kitchen had everything you need like coffee maker, fridge, cutlery ,plates etc. The owner will also supply you with a large jug of bottled water for drinking and making coffee.
We especially liked having 2 separate bathrooms (his /hers) . One of the bedrooms has a queen bed and the other has 2 double beds. The homeowner will also have a basket of fresh beach towels for you.
We loved staying at the cottage, for us it felt like we lived there. We would probably stay there again. The only thing i would recommend is getting a filter for the water that goes into the home. Unfortunately the Island water is not great. And when your wall AC goes out get some mini splits they are so economical, cold and quiet.
So if you are looking for luxury, resort and people around you like the people that gave the poor rating this is not for you. But if you want to feel like you are living on the Island like a local , privacy, clean home, and have the beach to your self the Touchstone Cottage is for you.
This is the third year in a row my husband & I have rented Mermids Retreat and it never disappoints! It is off the beaten path, but still only a quick golf cart ride to town ( the island is only 3 miles long, so one is never far from anything!) and a two minute walk to the beach. We were lulled to sleep by the crashing of the waves. We just love the privacy of this place, as it is surrounded by lush, tropical foliage including coconut & papaya trees. We enjoyed having our morning coffe on the porch or relaxing on the comfy lounge chairs after a day at the beach with a glass of wine. The cottage is tastefully decorated and spotless. It also has all of the modern amenities including AC, TV & Wi-Fi, but with the beautiful natural beauty all around, no one will want to be watching TV or checking emails! The property managers, Mark & Rachel were terrific and Mark checked in daily to see if we needed anything, which was really nice & appreciated. The cottage also provides towels, beach chairs and umbrellas. Mermaids Retreat really makes one feel they are in one's own tropical hideaway! We look forward to our 4th stay there next year! Bill & M.E.
We had a wonderful week staying at Touchstone's Cottage (formerly Mermaid Cottage)! Previously owned by Rosie Mitchel (a Harbour Island legend) it has been taken over by her son Dave and daughter-in-law Karina. They are a terrific young couple, eager to please.
(I had an issue with a lost bag on our trip to Harbour Island, and Karina bent over backwards helping me file a police report, check with cab drivers, water taxis, and hotels on the island to see if it ended up elsewhere.. It was tracked down the next day with everything still inside).
Dave & Karina eager to know about things the cottage might be missing or what could help make the cottage better. Excellent landlords! The cottage itself is small but not cramped. It was very clean and comfortable. My husband and I and our 2 children (20 &14) found it the perfect size for the 4 of us. The gardens around the cottage are full of all sorts of interesting plants and trees... Sour orange, lime, pomegranate, coconut, papaya and fresh herbs...we were welcome to pick from them. Very private property, fenced to block the road and construction across the street.
Barnacle the dog was a welcome visitor every day in the cottage. He'd stop by for a belly rub, to see if he might get a snack, and to snap at the odd fly, which he did very successfully! Mark & Rachel are the caretakers who checked in daily, changed the foot bath outside, and were available for any issues that might arise... We had none!
The walk to the beach is just over the dune and as you reach the peak the most glorious view awaits you. Powder soft pink sand and clear turquoise waters stretching for miles.
Easy walk down the beach to any of
the hotels to grab lunch or to Sip Sip (highly recommend)
Dunmore Town is 5 minutes away by golf cart for groceries, shopping in multiple lovely boutiques, and restaurants of all sorts. Sunset cocktails & dinner at Acqua Pazza is not to be missed... We went twice! Valentine's Marina & Ramora Bay also offer great sunset views and meals. Brian's BBQ is a must on a Friday or Saturday night.... The BBQ take out is amazing...plan accordingly for a wait : )
Kayak, paddle board and snorkel gear rentals available in town. Fishing charters available as well.
Dave & Karina currently fixing up the main house on the property to rent that as well... We may return with a larger group and rent the whole compound.
Thanks Dave & Karina, Mark & Rachel for an amazing week! We'll be back next year!
Mermaid's cottage is heaven. We stayed for just over a week and enjoyed every moment. The location is perfect and the house is absolutely charming. We have stayed in beach accommodations all over the world and this ranks among the best.
The hosts are incredibly attentive. We had no issued whatsoever with the property but our needs such as a specific brand of bbq charcoal and cold beer were met without a moment's hesitation.
We are looking forward to our next visit already.
We had the distinct pleasure of spending a week in this little cottage, a small paradise with a spectacular hostess. The property is beautiful, well maintained and quiet. Within a couple of minutes you are lounging on an expansive beach, almost by yourself, listening to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The cottage is well maintained, organized and very cosy. Everything you need is there and if it isn't, Rosie will do her best to get it for you. Rosie is a very interesting and fascinating woman who was so helpful and accomodating, even beyond the call of duty...
The cottage is located at the south end of the island in a nice quiet neighborhood. As is the norm, we had a golf cart rented which allowed us to come and go as we pleased.
We strongly recommend at stay at the Mermaid Retreat and take time to chat with Rosie. She is an amazing woman and we loved our week with her.
Rosie, Thank you again for your help, your compassion and your stories. Miss you,
The Allains & the Whites
New Brunswick, Canadao
We have stayed at Mermaid's Retreat for several years, and plan on returning next year. We love the vibe of the cottage, the privacy of the property and its location over the dune from the beach. For us it's part of the experience of what Harbour Island is, and Rosie bends over backwards to be accommodating. She always has a bottle of wine and a package of good strong coffee waiting for us. (This year she even left gluten free chips and lactose free milk for me - really thoughtful!) The cottage is decorated in good taste with a lovely collection of bottles and shells, and the porch is a great spot for relaxing and having breakfast or lunch. Rosie's dogs help to deter any suspicious activity, and our daughter particularly enjoys going over to Rosie's house on the far side of the property to visit her kitty's. It's always a happy stay!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Additional services are provided by property managers Mark and Rachel with Global Services Bahamas.
50% of the rental fee is to be paid within 7 days of booking, if 50% of payment is not received within 7 days, the booking can be released. The remaining 50% and $500 refundable damage deposit is required 8 weeks prior to arrival. (this is flexible if you book within 8 weeks )
This is a fixed rate for 4 people max. Fifth person is considered on an air mattress for an additional $100 per week