|Space||1,500 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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 House is a newly renovated 2-bedroom, 1-bath house located on the eastern side of the property. The house provides a peaceful, private waterside living experience for long or short-term rental. It is ideal for a family of four with a large living space and full-sized kitchen, but is also a great spot for a couple's get-away. The house has an airy, screened-in wrap around porch and sun deck with closeup views of Exuma's famously crystal blue waters. There are several places to enjoy an evening of outdoor dining, a relaxing afternoon, or a morning meditation in the sun. Beautiful recycled cedar was used on the interior walls creating a casual island living feel and freshness.
Walkways from the guest house lead you through beautiful natural foliage to the pavilion and the covered beach deck and beach gate. 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 or paddleboards 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.
Kevalli House is the best choice for a tranquil island experience, with all of the comforts and natural amenities Exuma has to offer.
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 6 years Bob has been working to renovate and restore this unique property.
Bob Cronin purchased this house in 2005
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.
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.
My family is very active and we enjoy arduous hikes, solitude, and peace on our trips. Stocking Island gave us the right blend of peace and effort, with many miles of trails and a long walk or kayak to find food. For me, it is perfect. Bob and his family are terriffic hosts.
My husband and I stayed at one of the cottages for about 10 days. We instantly fell in love with the place. The cottage made us feel right at home, we loved the interior with its warm colours and all the open, mosquito-screened windows that let in the breeze. We enjoyed our breakfast on the outside patio every morning and the upstairs air deck for a great view over the harbour and towards the ocean. This is truly a magic place. It's hard to decide which spot is nicer to relax with a good book: the patio, the deck in front of the cottage, the gazebo on top of the little hill or the beach. There are so many beautiful spots to choose from. The beautiful beach also invites to long walks during which you barely meet another soul. We didn't go snorkelling, but there are numerous places close by. Or simply watch the wildlife from alongside the dock.
We were amazed by the fact that the whole place gets its electricity from solar panels only and that the water comes out of cisterns that collect rain water. Truly makes you feel good about yourself.
Bob and Catherine made us feel so welcome, we cannot wait to be back. If you are looking for a truly beautiful spot, this is it.
To have my family together for an Exuma Christmas is a special experience in itself but this years stay at Stocking Island's Kevalli House Cottage has certainly taken our vacation to another level. We (8) stayed in both living areas and the 2 bedroom cottage is a perfect complement to the 2 large suites that make up the main complex. The cottage has a full kitchen with a very comfortable living room, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom accommodating a young family (2 adults, 2 children) very easily. The front of the house is surrounded by a shady screened porch for day or night time lounging and dining. Off of this porch is an outdoor deck over looking the harbor, perfect for sunbathing.
This large, well maintained property allows privacy for everyone when needed and a variety of common areas for getting together. A two minute walk will take you to one of two pavilions overlooking as beautiful an ocean beach as you will find anywhere. Great for all beach lovers with activities for young and old. Nice all the way around. Take a short kayak paddle to KB's Chat and Chill for authentic Exuma/Bahamas cuisine as well as AJ's conch shack down the beach with his delicious, made to order, conch salad.
This exquisite, unique location is not for those who cannot entertain themselves but for those who are interested in separating themselves to a spectacular part of the world and have their r expectations exceeded.
My wife and I (age 63/62) spent two absolutelys wonderful weeks in the guesthouse. We have the past 10 years always left the Danish winter (- 18 C) to enjoy warmth and blue skies in January. We have been to Tortola, Mauritius, The Maldives, Zanzibar and other places, but never found anything quite like Stocking Island. Beautiful 3-5 mile long white beaches at one side of the house. We met only 2 or 3 people in 2 weeks, wonderful for bodysurfing. And at the other side, right in front, a calm and deepblue lagune with beautiful snorkeling spots. The house is charming with a wonderful atmosphere and ambiance. Lovely materials and good taste.
Not a light in the night (except for stars and many shooting stars on the beach when walking after dark). During daytime take the kayak 10 minutes out to Chat 'n Chill and enjoy a bbq, if so inclined, or a conch-salad at St. Frances just around the corner (in kayak). 15 minutes walk til Queens dock across the island for a snack and beer. Call Elvis for a pick up if you want to go to George Town for groceries. 12 USD return.
But first of all enjoy a quiet rest in the hammock, protected by a well thought-throug mosquitonet sorrounding the outdoor area, except the terrace facing Hole Three as the lagune is called because of the blue hole in the middle and in swimming distance of your next beachhouse rental. Do it, and you won't regret it for a minute! We shall be coming back again and again!
It is difficult to find good flour if you like to bake your own bread, so bring that and fresh yeast! That is the only criticism we could really find.
Thanks to Catherine and Bob we got a lot of useful info and help along the way not least about the Stromatolites. But all in a nice, polite and discreet fashion. Make your reservation now!
You will enjoy it just as much as we did!
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. At Kevalli House, you are steps away from the beach, the harbor, boating, snorkeling, kayaking, and minutes away from beach bars, restaurants, and many secluded beaches to explore.
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5 night minimum stay
Fees And Taxes 10% local tax not included.
House includes use of house, beach deck, pavilion, docks, kayaks, snorkeling gear. Rate based on 4-person occupancy. Additional person $500/week.
Cash payment preferred. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.