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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4+

Orchid Cottage is a bright and lovely Bahamian style cottage on a quaint cottage road (Old Banks Road) steps from the Atlantic Ocean beach. It is surrounded by swaying palm trees, beautiful foliage, and tropical flowers. Walk 2 minutes from your front deck and a magnificent ocean view unfolds. Upon entering the cottage the loft staircase and high ceiling will draw your eyes upwards. The open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen areas allow for your entire group to interact during cooking, eating, and family activities. The new turquoise and pineapple accents, along with the white pullout sofa bring a coastal feel to the cottage. The kitchen is equipped (new fridge and stove added in 2017) with everything you will need to prepare your meals and it also offers the convenience of a washing machine. The cathedral ceiling gives the cottage an airy feeling. Enjoy the flat screen Smart TV with access to your Netflix account or watch Youtube. Bring your iPod/iPad/MacBook and connect it to the new stereo system. The cottage has two air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a king size bed. Nw splits A/C units were installed in 2017. The second bedroom can be converted into two twin beds, if needed. The entire cottage is equipped with ceiling fans along with the 2 new aplit A/C units in the bedrooms. Beautiful linens, bath towels, and beach towels have been carefully chosen to make your stay comfortable. Between the two bedrooms is a newly remodeled three piece bathroom. The walk-in shower has sea glass, shells, and pebbles (hand-picked from the beaches of Eleuthera) embedded into the floor. The matching sink and vanity continues the theme with embedded shells and sea glass. Again, tropical colours abound. Enjoy spending time on the front deck, while cooking on the charcoal grill or just relaxing in the new outdoor sectional. The outside shower makes showering after a day at the beach convenient and adventurous. The loft area has two hammock chairs for the kids to kick back in and relax.

If you require more space, our octagonal shaped log house with two bedrooms and a loft is also available. It has an open concept design with soaring ceilings and is located a short distance from Orchid Cottage. Each property offering nice privacy, with large palm trees and foliage between the two. This would allow your entire group extended space and privacy. Enjoy a day at the beach, while our staff prepares your dinner. Just ask our property managers to make your reservations for a homemade Bahamian meal. Our staff will shop, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. Imagine coming home to an amazing Bahamian meal!

A short walk along our path will take you to one of the most amazing white sand beaches in the world. Your first sighting of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean will take your breath away. This incredible beach can be travelled for miles. Spend your day sun tanning, shelling, exploring the reef, snorkelling, watching the dolphins, boogie boarding, or building sand castles.

Just a short walk (10 minutes) up the road or beach takes you to Sky Beach Club/Pascal's Restaurant. Here you can enjoy the pool, hot tub, and swim-up bar FREE of charge. Ask Sammy to make you one of his famous Bahamian drinks. Enjoy Pascal's amazing food and visit with people around the world. Special daily events, such as the Sunday BBQ and pool party, and Tuesday night bonfire, take place at Sky Beach for the public's enjoyment. Head back to the quiet atmosphere of Orchid Cottage by walking along beautiful Old Banks Road or enjoy the scenery along Banana Beach.

The town of Governor's Harbour is 5 minutes away by car and has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbour. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fishermen at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governor's Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor's Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.

Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkelling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, and bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore.

This is Orchid Cottage! Come share a piece of our paradise!

More Details

Property Manager
Julianna Simon Parker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

Why Julianna Simon Parker chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

We chose Orchid Cottage and Shangri-La on the Island of Eleuthera, because this is the most beautiful location in the world! It is private, has an amazing beach that runs for miles, and amazing restaurants. This Bahamian out island has so much to offer.


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , NEW-walk in shower and vanity with sea glass and shells!
  • Orchid Cottage has a newly renovated washroom. The large walk-in shower has sea glass, shells, and pebbles embedded into the floor. The matching vanity adds a truly Bahamian feel! The cottage is equipped with new bath towels and beach towels for your convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Orchid Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New linens in tropical colours adorn the king size bed.
    Orchid Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Bedroom can be arranged as 2 twin beds or 1 king.
    Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out Queen Sofa Available in Living Area.
  • The bright bedrooms are painted in white with a tropical yellow ceiling. Each bedroom has new tropical linens and pillows. The second bedroom has new mattresses that can be arranged as a king or two twins. Both bedrooms are air conditioned with new split units for your comfort. Large double door closets in each bedroom, allow you to unpack your suitcase and feel at home.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our property managers will be meet you at the airport and guide you to Orchid Cottage. You will be provided with a tour of the property and our property managers will answer any questions that you have during your stay. A remote control for the Banana Beach Estates entry gate will be provided to you for your stay. This will allow you easy access to the Queen's Highway for your day trips on this beautiful out island. We have a fantastic husband and wife team who will take great care of the grounds and preparation of the cottage for you. Their attention to details of the grounds and the interior, will make your stay enjoyable. If you would like a homemade meal, please make reservations. Our staff can cook a variety of meals for you and your family at a very reasonable price. They will do the shopping, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. Our guests love this truly Bahamian experience!


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Centralized Location

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th stay at Orchid Cottage and we love the cottage and its location. It is in the center of the island which makes it easy to visit locations in the north and south. It's a

short walk to the beach which we love. Groceries, gas and beverages are always close by

as well as places to eat. The owners are very accommodating and want to be sure you

have everything you need for a great stay. They also have wonderful property managers, Chad and Barry. They too want your stay to be the best. We recommend Orchid and Shangri-La to all our friends and can't wait for our 2018 vacation.

Julie & Ric Strohecker

Chesapeake, VA

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for vacationing at Orchid Cottage for your three week stay . We feel very lucky to have such wonderful vacationers choose to stay at Orchid Cottage year after year, for an extended period of time. The points that you have made about the location of our quaint Bahamian cottage, its proximity to Banana Beach, restaurants, and the town of Governor's Harbour are all important facts to consider when visiting Eleuthera. Your love of the island and appreciation for all that it has to offer, makes the job of our property managers very pleasurable. They could not say enough kind things about the two of you and how you cared for the cottage, nor can we. We're always excited to correspond with you about your next trip and we truly look forward to welcoming you back to Orchid Cottage. Thank you for returning to our little piece of paradise and letting others know about it. We look forward to your visit next year.
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North Bay, Ontario, Canada

A great vacation,

  • 5 of 5

Because there was a group of us we used the Orchid Cottage mainly for sleeping and spent time at the Shangri-La. The cottage was light, airy, tastely decorated and self sufficient, The four of us could have stayed there quite comfortably. The property was beautiful and we liked that we could walk to the ocean. The location was ideal, a short drive to Governor's Harbour where we bought groceries, had lunches and dinners and visited the Haynes Library (est. 1897). We drove to both the southern and northern parts of the island exploring the beaches and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Orchid Cottage really is in the perfect spot for daily trips around the island. The location allows for guests to explore in both directions very easily. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the local restaurants. There really is a nice variety of restaurants in GHB; each with its own lovely ambiance and dishes. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Amazing experience...want to go back!

  • 5 of 5

Wow...just wow...words can't describe our fantastic time in the Orchid Cottage on Eleuthera Island. This is truly a paradise. We are a family with 2 young children from The Netherlands and we wanted a place 'away from it all' in a natural environment. This is THE place!

The cottage has everything you need. The kitchen has every kitchen utility you can think of, they provide you with bed linens, (beach) towels and they even have beach accessoiries for you to use to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Our local hosts, Barry and Lachadra (they also have a very reliable car rental business) were there to help us in case there were issues. We had a small issue with hot water, but they immediately came to the cottage to fix it. We also met the owner, Shawna. She is so welcoming and kind. She and her family do everything they can to make your stay pleasant.

The location of the cottage is ideal: not directly AT the beach (so fortunately no direct wind and salt), but just a few steps from it, surrounded by a beautiful garden with a lot of palm trees. You can hear the waves from the deck. The cottage is located very central on the island, ideal for exploring the whole island.

On walking distance (via Bank's Road or just walk the beach in southern direction) you'll find Pascal's / Sky Beach bar; a very friendly place where you can use the swimming pool, the hot tub and order great food against fair prices. They even have a pool-bar, which means you can drink at the bar while being in the swimming pool.

Some favorite beaches close by are Coco di Mama, Ten Bay, South Palmetto Point and of course Banana beach; that is the beach that is just steps away from the cottage. Whenever the Atlantic side is rough, you can just go to the other side of the island (3 miles) where you'll find very shallow waters. Our sons (1 and 4 years old) had the time of their lives.

This island is a place for all those people who wants to enjoy nature, beaches, quietness and those who accepts the "island life": groceries are quite expensive, not everything you want is available and the roads are sometimes pretty bad because of all the weather/sea impact. But who cares: the people are so friendly, the weather is great and you are in a very safe and beautiful natural place. What else do you need?

PS: A special shout out to Julianna Parker, who was so helpful and sweet in the process before booking the cottage. THANK YOU JULIANNA!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet your lovely family and share in the excitement that you felt for Eleuthera. You certainly enjoyed everything that the island had to offer: the beaches, the restaurants, and the settlements. It was apparent that you had put a lot of time and effort into researching your vacation spot and you were knowledgeable about the Bahamas. It was nice to see a family with two young children take advantage of the peace and quiet that our out island offers. Although, you travelled a great distance to visit us, we hope that we will meet again in the future. Thank you for loving Orchid Cottage like we do.
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Cute, cozy, beach cottage...perfect for relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

We just arrived home from staying at the Orchid Cottage for almost 2 weeks. It was a quiet, convenient location and it was perfect for the 4 of us. It was clean, comfortable and just what we expected from the descriptions and the pictures. We had some issues with the municipality having to work on hydro lines and water lines that caused some inconvenience with low water pressure and no electricity from time to time for the first few days, but the property managers were the best!! They were extremely helpful and responded to our questions and concerns immediately. The cottage has everything you need to have a great vacation. We'll probably be back for another stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed the location of Orchid Cottage and the design of the cottage. We continuously update items and add to the coastal decor. Luckily we do have the best property managers on the island, who take the time to answer all questions and help out our vacationers. It sounds like they were of great help to you when you needed them. We would love to welcome you back to the cottage and hope that you will return again! Thank you for choosing to stay at Orchid Cottage on the beautiful Island of Eleuthera.
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Great vacation

  • 4 of 5

Nice place

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was truly a pleasure having you and your family from Germany stay with us. The experiences that you had on the island were amazing! Hearing the excitement in your voice as you told us about swimming with the dolphin on Banana Beach made our day! Going scuba diving with sharks is a memory that you will never forget. Your family certainly took every experience in from day to night. I loved how you and your wife would sit on the deck each night and enjoy the peace and quiet and gaze at the beautiful stars. We enjoyed having you stay at the cottage and feel that we have made new friends. We look forward to your return next summer. Thank you for choosing to stay at Orchid Cottage.
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Perfect Eleuthera cottage!

  • 5 of 5

A quick note about this review - it is based on expectations according to the property listing and information provided by the owner. I am not comparing to other properties or my version of the 'ideal' vacation home. I have to start with the rental process, which was simple and pleasant as always when working through Eleuthera Vacation Rentals. Matt, Juliana, and Tara are the best and represent a fantastic collection of properties. They are professional, friendly, responsive, and so helpful. We had the pleasure of meeting Matt on this trip and he is such a great guy! The whole team is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to planning our trip with them every year. The owner of Orchid Cottage, Shawna, was also great to work with. She provided lots of useful information about the cottage before we left and kept in contact during our trip. I had a few questions after settling into the cottage and Shawna responded immediately. Shawna also made one of the best suggestions ever during this trip - to arrange through the caretakers, Barry and Lachadra, to have an authentic Bahamian dinner prepared just for us (so delicious and a highlight for sure!). Speaking of Barry and Lachadra, they are super nice people. Lachadra welcomed us to the cottage with a big smile and hugs in that special Eleuthera way! They made sure we had everything we needed.

The cottage was just the right size for my wife, teen daughter and me. It is not new, but was clean and fresh, and has that special something that only comes from age...lots of character. My wife is an interior designer, so aesthetics come into play when we are choosing a place to stay. Orchid Cottage is bright and cheery with comfortable furnishings and tasteful decorations. The bedrooms have air conditioners, which we used a few times at night, but otherwise the cottage catches a steady breeze during the day with windows open (we also had perfect weather during our stay, so that helped, I'm sure). The loft area is a storage space and not really usable by guests, but my daughter still wanted to hang out up there! I only mention that because I don't think it is obvious from the pictures or description. The beautiful beach is so close and it was nice not to have to pack up and drive every time we wanted our toes in the sand. Oh yeah, almost forgot...great front porch. Loved listening to the palm trees in the breeze. Orchid Cottage was just what we hoped it would be - already planning our next visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a repeat traveller to Eleuthera, we truly appreciate your positive comments about Orchid Cottage. We agree that we have an amazing group of people at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals who manage our bookings and the best staff of Bahamians who strive to make our guests' stay the most enjoyable. One of the reasons that we purchased Orchid Cottage was because of its character. The cottage is comfortable and its character comes from being a Bahamian style of home with a open rafters. Over the years we have added new coastal furnishings, bright Caribbean decor, and a tropical shower with Bahamian beach finds embedded in the floor. We're so pleased that your wife, an interior designer, appreciated our choices. Let your daughter know that we have some plans that will make her hang out spot in the loft even better. Stay tuned! Banana Beach is our favourite beach on the island. Being such a quiet spot, we almost feel that it belongs to just us. We hope to welcome you back next year. We'd love to have you stay in Orchid Cottage again.
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Pascal's Ocean Front Seafood Restaurant & Pool Bar
da Perk Coffee Shop
Buccaneer Club
Anchor Bay Fish Fry
Governor's Harbour
Governor's Harbour Bakery
Banks Road Deli
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sky Beach Club, 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bo Hengy in Governor's Harbour in Cupid's Cay
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pascal's, 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Banana Beach, a short walk along the tropical path

A stay at Orchid Cottage can be as relaxing or as fun-filled as you choose. You can walk or jog along the cottage road and stop at Sky Beach Club for a swim, hot tub, evening dinner, or enjoy a cocktail at the swim up bar. Bring your computer and you can use their WiFi while you sit on one of the loungers. Listen to music on the new iPod/MacBook/iPad docking stereo or watch tv on the new flat screen and enjoy the use of your Netflix account. A day at Banana Beach could include sunning, boogie boarding, shelling, taking long walks, exploring, sand castle building, swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling along the reef, or enjoying a good book in one of our beach chairs. If you decide to take a short drive into Governor's Harbour you can spend some time sightseeing. This historical town offers colourful century homes, the Bo Hengy ferry, beautiful churches, and yachts moored in Cupid's Cay. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the wonderful restaurants that Governor's Harbour has to offer such as: French Leave, Tippy's, the Buccaneer Club, Sky Beach Club, or Bacchus Fine Foods. Watch the action in town while sitting on the outdoor deck at Da Perk Cafe as the local fishermen come to shore with their catch of grouper and lobster. On Friday nights, you must attend the fish fry at Cupid's Cay for local cuisine, rum bubbas, conch salad, and dancing in the street. If you need some more music and late night dancing, follow the crowd to Ronnie's Hideaway and dance late into the night. The kids can experience activities at the Haynes Library and take part in swimming and sailing lessons in the harbour. Your teenager can rent a surfboard from Skip and catch a wave on the Atlantic side of the island. Take your family on an adventure and travel the side roads to uncover sunken ships, deserted beaches, bat caves, cotton fields, abandoned silos, and the old naval base with goats. Governor's Harbour has so much to offer! If you need some more adventure, follow the Queen's Highway to the various settlements along the island to visit their beaches, restaurants, and festivals. Once you've been to Eleuthera, you know you'll have to come back!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for 4 guests. For each additional guest, add $200/wk.
Rates are in US dollars.
Accepts major credit cards.
Security deposit: $500

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund