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Sapodilly 1A at Buttonwood Reserve, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Sapodilly (Unit 1A on the lower level) is a professionally decorated vacation rental at Buttonwood Reserve, which is located near Governor's Harbour in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Sweet, tropical and unique, Sapodilly, like its namesake fruit (which grows on the grounds), is a pure taste of the Bahamas with cool and crisp decor with just enough tropical pop. From the rental's large windows and extensive covered deck, you have a 50-mile, 180-degree view of the Caribbean, facing west to watch the sunset over the ocean. The views of the ocean are truly breathtaking. A dining table on the deck is the perfect place for meals or a cool drink. A second covered deck with comfortable Adirondack chairs overlooks the landscaped garden and Atlantic Ocean with easy access to a heated pool. Another row of large windows face south with sweeping views of the coast and green hills.

Buttonwood Reserve has access to two beaches. On the Atlantic side, Buttonwood has a world-class, 3-mile-long pink-sand beach, pristine, without a single house on it. This Atlantic side beach is accessed via our private, golf-carts only driveway. The condominium comes with a golf cart. This miles-long beach is virtually private for us, because the only other access is a rough and little used jeep track half a mile to the south. On the Caribbean side of our property, almost in your front yard, is a second beach, which has excellent snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. This beach is small and rather rocky, so not so aesthetic, but it’s as calm as a lake most of the time and perfect for the above activities.

If you’re not in the mood for a swim in the ocean on one of our two beaches, slip into our new resort-style pool, just steps from your condominium. This beautiful landscaped pool is heated for comfortable swimming year round.

Back inside, the great room of this magnificent condominium features an 8-foot sliding glass door out to the covered deck with Caribbean views. The great room's living area has two large sofas, a flat screen Internet-connected satellite TV and a dining area with seating for 6. The east end of the great room features a modern, open-plan and well-stocked kitchen finished in stainless steel and black granite. Additional seating is available at the large island in the kitchen.

The master bedroom features a large upholstered window seat with magnificent panoramic views of the Caribbean, a perfect spot to relax with a book or a morning coffee. The master is furnished with a king bed and equipped with an en-suite full bath. A large closet has a built-in Elfa storage system and plentiful hangars. The master also has a private door leading to the west deck over the Caribbean.

The guest bedroom also features a large window seat with a spectacular view, this one facing east. The guest bedroom has a full en-suite bath (which can be accessed from the hall as well). It is furnished with twin beds that can be converted into a king. There is a large closet to store luggage and a built-in Elfa storage system. The guest bedroom has a private door to the east deck of the house.

Unit amenities

• vast and unobstructed ocean views

• 2000 square feet of living area, including garage and decks

• large covered front and rear decks with 360-degree views

• big bay windows with window seats in each bedroom

• private doors from bedrooms to decks

• 9 1/2 foot tray ceilings

• well-stocked designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops

• luxurious modern baths finished in tumbled marble

• linens, bath and beach towels included

• washer and dryer

• fully air-conditioned

• WiFi and satellite TV, landline telephone

• Wii, DVD player and Bluetooth speaker

• extensive sound insulation throughout

• golf cart for easy access to the Atlantic beach and for general use within the development

Buttonwood Reserve amenities

• 3 miles of pristine pink-sand beach on the Atlantic with large palapa for shade

• smaller beach on the Caribbean with palapa for shade

• heated swimming pool

• pond with private nature preserve

• grill

• bicycles

• kayaks for use in the sea or the pond

Buttonwood Reserve is an easy 15-minute drive from Governor's Harbour, the main town on the island. Governor's Harbour has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman 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. The 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.

Just a mile from Buttonwood Reserve is the village of James Cistern, which has two grocery stores (JC Discount and East and Final), a town dock where the fisherman bring their catch every day, a produce stand, and three small local restaurants, Kel-D’s, Lee’s Café, and the new Leorose Sunset Beach Bar and Grill. James Cistern is also the home of Stubb’s famous barbecue, now called Tamarind Tree Grill, every Friday and Saturday, which is not to be missed.

Buttonwood Reserve is less than 10 minutes from the boutique luxury resort Sky Beach Club, which has an excellent beachfront restaurant (Pascal's) and infinity pool, with swim up cocktail bar and poolside service all day long. Other restaurants in the area include Tippy’s (international and fusion), The Beach House (tapas), 1648 Bar & Grille at French Leave (fine dining for lunch and dinner - great bar and deck), The Rainbow Inn (famous for its steaks and Monday night pizza night), The Buccaneer (breakfast, lunch and dinner with island specialties), the Bank's Road Deli (gourmet sandwiches, coffee, pastries and nibbles), Da Perk Cafe (cafe and sandwich shop). The above all have live music one or more nights a week, so there is live entertainment somewhere nearby almost every night.

Eleuthera is most famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is safe and friendly. The snorkeling, 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.

We hope you will enjoy Sapodilly at Buttonwood Reserve and experience all that Governor's Harbour and Eleuthera has to offer.

Other condos in Building 1 at Buttonwood Reserve:

Serenity 1B:

Kool Jumbey 1C:

Casa Dos Vistas 1D:

More Details

Property Manager
Kristin Tornow and Matthew Simon
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

My wife and I just returned from our first visit to Eleuthera. We stayed for a week at Buttonwood Reserve. Our second floor condo was modern, well-appointed and provided a fantastic view of the both the Atlantic Ocean and the calm, beautiful waters of the Caribbean. The property was clean and well-maintained, and the property managers, Tia and Liam, were very responsive to our questions about the island. The owner, Matthew Simon, is also a great resource when you are planning your trip. You can tell he is truly passionate about all the island has to offer.

I would highly recommend Buttonwood Reserve and the Island of Eleuthera for anyone looking to relax in a beautiful and undeveloped area. We enjoyed exploring the island and visited a new beach everyday. More often than not we were the ONLY people on the beach. If you are the adventurous type and want to see all that the island has to offer, plan to rent a jeep to get around. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is almost a requirement to get to Lighthouse Beach, which is a must see. We rented from Kean Stubbs who was easy to deal with and very helpful in recommending things to see and do on the island. It is also worth noting that the condo's central location on the island is perfect for venturing to new areas everyday.

I would also suggest not hesitating to buy fish and other seafood directly from fisherman at the docks in James Cistern and Governor's Harbor. The fisherman will filet the fish for you, which makes for a great, fresh meal. We cooked every night of our stay.
Sep 2015
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North Eleuthera Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite master bath.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite guest bath, can also be entered from the hall.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private door to deck and ocean views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Private door to deck and ocean views Twins can be converted
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Golf cart included! Safe available for your valuables. Private chef and other staff available.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Sapodilly 1A at Buttonwood Reserve, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas
average rating of 4.882353 based on 26 reviews
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Buttonwood

  • 4 of 5

Let me start by thanking Matt and Tara for making the booking process so easy, Tia for seeing to a few minor hiccups and Patrick for showing me where the aloe grows and how to extract the soothing gel.

Next I will tell you to get ready for no-see-ums before arriving on Eleuthera. DO NOT sit on the beach at sunset on your first night, unprotected! Bad idea.

We stayed in unit 1A and loved it. Great decor, spectacular sunsets, great breezes but it is a good idea to close up after dark and use the AC. No-see-ums.

The Atlantic side of Eleuthera has the best beaches. In fact it seems to be one unending beach. We found the best snorkelling on the Atlantic side near Sky Beach. It gets bigger with each telling but we saw 5 parrot fish approximately the size of SUVs. Just before Sky Beach there is a turn off to a little restaurant all alone on a beach so beautiful you think you've died and gone to beach heaven. The reef there is healthy and close to shore.

We don't like driving on holidays but Eleuthera makes it worth while. There are so many incredible places to visit.

DO take the golf cart to Buttonwood Reserve's Atlantic side at least one night to star gaze and hear the surf crashing on the beach.

James Cistern is a 10 minute walk. We liked East and Final for groceries, especially tasty little tomatoes they grow themselves. The attached liquor store is handy and is a bit of a social hub.

Fishermen bring catch of the day to the dock there around 2 PM (island time ... it was 6 PM one day) We were fortunate to get some lobster tails that made the aforementioned parrot fish seem diminutive. I'll try to attach a picture.

The Sunset Bar and Grill is a short walk away and you can arrange a fishing/snorkelling cruise there.

We felt safe always, except for driving at night. A lot of the road is unlit, fairly narrow and you have to drive on the left in American cars meant for driving on the right.

We loved Eleuthera and Buttonwood.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Return to Buttonwood

  • 5 of 5

Visited in 2014 and had a fantastic stay at Buttonwood. So could it live up to our memories of that stay? I can honestly say this was better again. Matt, Tara and the team are a pleasure to deal with and Marsha was the perfect housekeeper. The accommodation was excellent and amenities on site really good. We spent 10 nights at Buttonwood and simply did not want to leave at the end. A beautiful island and this is a fantastic base to switch off and relax; hardest decision is which beach to choose (the Atlantic side is our favourite, such good fun in the waves).

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had an amazing stay at Buttonwoods!

  • 5 of 5

The Island is beautiful and the locals are warm and friendly. Thank you to Simon and Tia and Marsha for making the reservation process easy and the stay amazing! We truly felt at home and can not wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Cleveland, TN

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Buttonwood Reserve for our honeymoon. The property was immaculate. We used the golf cart to see the private beach on the Atlantic side. We were the only two on the beach every time. The greatest feature of Eleuthra is the solitude. It's nice to wake up and go outside and hear Nothing! Be sure and rent a four wheel drive jeep and explore all the beaches. These are the prettiest beaches in the world.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing stay at Buttonwood. We came down to ELeuthra a group of ladies celebrating our 40th birthdays. We stayed in Sapodilly and Kool Jumbey. Both condos were beautifully decorated, well equipped and very comfortable. The decor was beautiful and tastefully picked out.The views were exquisite and therapeutic. We loved the entire property. The use of golf carts, kayaks, and beach equipment took the experience over the top. We made use of the Atlantic beach, the pool and loved kayaking down to Leo's on the Caribbean side. We bone fished with guide Paul Petty , boogy boarded on the Atlantic visited with the warm locals at the town Fish Fry and made many excursions to visit beaches and towns. We lived our day trip to Harbour Town and the pink sand beaches.The convenience of location was perfect to jump around. Fresh conch was prepared at the docks in James Cistern. And we loved going to the coffee shop Da Perk. Couldn't be more impressed with the hospitality we received from your staff Tia and Patrick were so very accommodating and locals on the island were cheerful and welcoming. We did have a power outage, and some inclement weather and our entire party got a virus we generously passed on to one another. But that did not stop us from having a trip of a lifetime. Thank you to you and the staff for making a most memorable vacation for all of us. Cannot wait to come back! We loved visiting beaches Cocoadimana and Gaulding Cay. We tried to cliff jump but the Carribean was rough. Loved the Glass Window Bridge and Govenors Habour was charming. Everything we need was provided for. Sunshine, surf, fresh air And seafood. It was a perfect trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our first time here in Eleuthera, and we will definitely be coming back!!! Buttonwood Reserve was everything we hoped for and more! We felt right at home! The condo has everything you need (from beach towels, cooking pans, to a golf cart) and it was super clean- made us feel like we were the first ones to ever use it! Matt and Tara helped us rent a jeep- top down, of course! That was a great rental-- highly recommend getting a jeep… a lot of rugged, sandy roads! The beaches were beyond beautiful… water is crystal clear like you're in a giant pool! We enjoyed Cocodimama beach which is about a 10 minute drive south- you must go! We ate breakfast at the condo every morning, but ate lunch and dinner out every day (that got really expensive- we will be eating in more next time)… Get ice and the 5 gallon water from the grocery store that's a 3 minute drive north- there is a cooler at the condo. There is little to NO SIGNAGE anywhere! There's only one road- Queen's Highway- so no worries! Be adventurous and take the rugged sandy roads, you will find the most magical beaches!! There is literally NO ONE at the beach! It was perfect and so romantic! We rented our snorkeling gear from Patrick, the caretaker at Buttonwood. We snorkeled and collected seashells, sand dollars, and star fish. Our absolute favorite restaurant was Tippy's- coconut shrimp- best in the world!! Buttonwood Reserve was the perfect location.. we couldn't have imagined anything more perfect. Thank you!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Rates & Availability

North Eleuthera Condo Rental Rates

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Mar 12 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
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Feb 10 2018 - Apr 14 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Apr 15 2018 - Jun 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jun 2 2018 - Aug 18 2018
5 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 19 2018 - Sep 1 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.5%

Rates are for the first 4 guests. Add $250/week for each additional guest.
Security deposit: $500

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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Governors Harbour Airport (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Leorose Sunset Beach Bar and Grill
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Leorose Sunset Beach Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Buttonwood Beach
Car: recommended

Golf cart included! Private chef and other staff available.


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