House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 4.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)
- english, french, spanish, Spanish is limited
About Kari Tiedemann
We needed a restful and beautiful casual retreat on an out island, playing in the sea,beach combing, reading, tennis at the club and bone fishing. A romantic setting away from it all. I grew up in Norway where we would go to a simple summer hut on a fjord in summer. Later lived in London England, and Western Canada. Riding in the mountains of Montana and skiing in Canada. Now live in New York and London. The house is typically Bahamian, Slipcovers on sofas, bedcovers can all be washed, you can relax and not worry.
Kari Tiedemann purchased this House in 2005
Why Kari Tiedemann chose Savannah Sound
It's amazing. I can provide you with a link to a video if you are interested. Vimeo.com/507088765 Password: windermere (lower case)
What makes this House unique
The house is a typical out island house, basic and simple. That is part of the fun. Jacques Cousteau, oceanographer and our neighbor, said our beach was one of the three most beautiful beaches in the world. White and pink cool coral sand, lovely skies, beautiful blue green water, a real getaway. Having drinks in our Tahiti hut on the beach ends the day perfectly.. then out to Tippys restaurant, the Windermere Club (in season) or have movie nights with our film library. Complete relaxation.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A real treat
Sea shell is a real treat. The beach is a stunning 2 mile stretch of soft white/pink powder with no one in sight. I was looking for beauty + peace, Sea Shell was just perfect. (And I have been to beaches all around the world).
It is also great if you have kids, as the ocean is shallow and calm for a good 50 feet or so, and also as the house has a pool. The house is comfortable and beautiful, it has a classic beach house feeling to it. The view from the living room onto the beach and the emerald waters through a field of palms is just incredible.
Fantastic House in a Fantastic Place
We really enjoyed our stay - the house has everything you could possibly need. The pictures of the house are accurate though they don't do the view justice. We loved having the combination of beach and pool access and the huts down on the beach offered welcome shade. Both Kari and her housekeeper, Beryl, were incredibly responsive and went out of their way to be helpful. We highly recommend this house!
An exquisite property - breathtaking views!
Our family of 6 loved Sea Shell House! The house manager, Beryl, was super helpful! Access to beach and private pool gave everyone choices and variety! Glorious views from every room!
We loved having Ellen and family as the perfect guests. SO delighted they had a wonderful time at Sea Shell, Windermere Island Eleuthera!
beautifully located and equipped
For our group of six, including two children [3 and 6], this was an ideal rental. Access to the beach was feasible for my wife, but the pool was integral to her pleasure. The design of the house gave great privacy to everyone, with the two principal bedrooms at opposite ends of the home. we did not need the additional room at the southern end. the kitchen left nothing to wish for. Quite clearly the owner must have had a considerable commitment to cooking; nearly every conceivable utensil was readily at hand. It would have been nice to have a screened in porch so that we could dine out of doors without entertaining the bugs. Beryl was efficient and thorough, but perhaps less friendly than we might have liked. We became aware of rumors that Windermere may be in for major renovations, with the introduction of macro mansions that would
seriously compromise the wildness of the place. Lets hope not. We would happily return if such a transformation does not occur.
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An idyllic stay in an incredibly special home
Our stay at Sea Shell House is a memory we will always cherish. I really cannot say enough about how beautiful this home is...and I use the word "home" instead of "house," because it felt like we were staying in a home we had been coming to for years and knew intimately. Lived-in and comfortable in the most wonderful ways, from the top-notch bed linens and towels to the books on the shelves.
Beryl, Sea Shell's housekeeper and manager (she has taken care of this house for 18 years), is fantastic. She stocked the fridge with food for us before our arrival, and was available the entire time to help us with whatever we needed, from mosquito-bite creme to renting paddle boards. What a classy, funny, wonderful lady.
Practical info: don't do what we did and fly into North Eleuthera. Fly into Gov's Harbor or Rock Sound instead. N. Eleuthera is over an hour north, and transportation is expensive. Fly into Gov's Harbor and rent a car from Stanton Cooper for about $70/day (Kari will give you his info). Unless you truly want to go nowhere (which isn't a bad idea, and as mentioned before, Beryl can have food brought to you and you will want for nothing), you will need a car, and you will WANT a car. The Friday Night Fish Fry in Gov's Harbor is awesome, and a drive to Lighthouse Point is a must...achingly beautiful - and empty - beaches, gorgeous water, and cool caves to explore!
Beds and pillows are super comfy, water pressure is wonderful, A/C unit in every room, which you won't need all the time. We slept with ours on, then shut them off upon waking and kept the windows and doors open all day, as there is a wonderful breeze.
We saw fewer than 10 people on the beach the ENTIRE time. This is THE most private, secluded beach I have ever been to, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Nothing but white sand and clear water. The house has beach chairs and towels, and we brought tons of toys with us: blow-up rafts from Target were a total hit in the ocean and in the pool.
We had dinner only one night at the Windermere Club, and I wish we had gone more. The food is phenomenal, and it has an air of old Bahamian elegance that I loved. We used the charcoal grill to cook dinner a few nights, which was great! You can get fresh fish every day in Tarpum Bay, just down the road. There is an AMAZING grocery store in Rock Sound, and a well-appointed liquor store for your rum :-)
Not enough room for all the accolades...I could go on and on. Thank you, Kari. We will be back.
Our stay at Sea Shell House was perfect. We were met at the property by the manager, who showed us around, & gave us her cell number if we ever needed anything. The home was decorated beautifully, was very clean, warm and welcoming. The kitchen had everything you needed to cook, and plenty of dishes, glasses & silver for entertaining. The bedrooms were great, very comfortable beds and nice linens & towels. The grounds were impeccably maintained, the pool cleaned daily, plenty of beach chairs and towels, and the view is just outstanding. I would highly recommend this property to anyone! Thank you Kari, for offering your beautiful home for our vacation, we took great care of it! Many thanks, & looking forward to a return visit.
Dear Amanda and Family,
Thank you for your understanding review. Windermere Island is a back to basics out island experience. We all have to slow down...it is a little quirky.. nothing is perfect.. but the slow down is what we need ..to reconnect with life basics.
It is so beautiful in its simplicity. I am so glad your family had a good time.
An out island retreat with a security gate house before a short bridge. The house is a typical out island beach cottage, bathrooms are being updated, kitchen remains simple and basic.
The property is breathtaking, from the house you feel you are on a deserted island on a glorious pink white coral sand beach on the Atlantic. Good air conditioning if hot. In the wi ter season from November to May you have the Windermere Club at your disposal so you can dine, meet other owners and their families. There are two tennis courts all year. A second sheltered beach near the club is wonderful too.
Julius or Danny Rankin can take you on a local fishing trips to see sea turtles and other sea life and make a video for you. Think going into island retreat mode and you will have a fabulous time!
Fun restaurants like Tippy's and 1643 are 20 minutes away, also Friday night Fish fry in Governor's Harbour is an evening of fun local island flavor with disco outside.