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Goodwind House & Cottage

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, Sleeps 14

Welcome to Goodwind House, a spacious three-bedroom villa located directly on world-famous French Leave Beach, with a three-bedroom guest cottage 100 feet away. French Leave Beach is a pristine beach renowned for its pink sand and turquoise water. French Leave Beach is 75 yards wide and over a mile long, with only five houses on the entire length. Goodwind has an abundance of glass for sweeping beach and ocean views from all major rooms. Enjoy the shifting hues and gentle sounds of the ocean from our generous screened and shaded verandas framed by elegant stucco arches.

Goodwind House sleeps 6 in its three bedrooms. The guest house has three bedrooms, including a bunk room, and sleeps 8 more.

Goodwind house is located a mile from the town of Governors Harbour on historic Banks Road, the premier location on Eleuthera, famous for its grand estates. There is an excellent reef for snorkeling a short walk down the beach, inhabited by a wide variety of reef fishes.

Goodwind House has a large light-filled great room with 360-degree views. All the windows open to catch the ocean breeze, and there are six ceiling fans (no air conditioner in great room). The great room includes a dining area with seating for up to 12 guests and a complete wet bar with ice-maker. There is seating for fifteen in the living area, centered on an entertainment center with flat screen TV and a separate projects/game table. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the great room for those who wish to entertain while cooking. The spacious screen porch has dining tables with seating for ten. There is also a large hammock, beloved by the children. There is an open deck towards the sea furnished with four recliners with end tables between them, and nearby, a gas grill for outdoor cooking.

Goodwind House sleeps 6 in beds in its three bedrooms. The three bedrooms are air-conditioned. The great room is not air conditioned. The upstairs master bedroom suite has a king-size four-poster bed, his and hers closets, and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Downstairs are two more bedrooms, both with king beds, and two more bathrooms, one with a walk-in shower and one with a shower-tub combination. The third bedroom has a queen bed. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer.

The guest cottage, called The Boat House, is located across a small road from Goodwind House. The upstairs, which contains the living room, dining area, kitchen, and one queen bedroom, has beautiful views of French Leave Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The upstairs also has a full bath and a laundry closet with washer and dryer. It also has a large furnished deck with ocean views. The downstairs contains a second queen bedroom and the Bunk Room, which sleeps 8 in three bunk beds and two trundle beds. Both downstairs bedrooms have full en-suite bathrooms. Note that the upstairs and downstairs have separate entrances. The stairway between them is outside.

Amenities at both houses include WIFI, satellite TV, and a landline telephone for local calls. Goodwind House We have plenty of board games, toys, and books.

The property comes with everything you need to enjoy our beautiful beach. There

are six beach chairs, a sixteen by eight foot shade house , and plenty of

beach toys. The more adventurous can explore the nearby reefs and beaches in

our three SEA KAYAKS.

French Leave Beach is an idyllic, mile-long, crescent-shaped beach. There are only five houses on the entire length of this spectacular beach. The surf is very mild, protected by a large reef system that parallels the shore. The water on French Leave Beach is literally crystal clear: with no rivers or streams on the island, Eleuthera's seas are free of sediment and among the clearest in the world.

Tippy's famous beachside restaurant is just a mile away (you can walk the beach to get there), it offers fine dining and live entertainment.

More Details

Property Manager
Matthew Simon EVR
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We rented both the main house and guest house for a multi-generational family vacation. The house was perfect, with lots of space for people to come together or spread out for quiet time. The house and furntiture are not brand new - this is not a five star resort - but for our family that made it much more comfortable as you don't feel bad about putting your feet up on the couch. The beach was absolutely amazing, though there were waves (unlike the Carribean side of Eleuthera) so we had to keep an eye on our 3 year old. The house was well stocked with sea kayaks, boogie boards, snorkels, and kids sand toys. We had one person with us who was blind and he had no trouble navigating the property, and with everything on one level it would be very walker friendly though there are little lips to get over the patio door frames.

Matt and Tara from Eleuthera were very helpful organizing our stay.

Overall Eleuthera made a perfect vacation for our diverse crowd with lots of opportunities for relaxing or adventuring. If (when!) we go again, I would: leave more time between arriving in Nassau and flying to Governor's Harbour - I only had 1 1/2hrs between flights and after clearing customs we ended up missing our Governor's Harbour flight and having to reschedule; pay someone to stock the kitchen before we arrive, just to make the first evening and morning less stressful; if you want to go to all the places in "Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera", bring a GPS because they give directions in GPS coordinates.
Mar 2016
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Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 2 King beds, 3 Queen beds, 8 Twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Ceiling Fans, Alarm Clock, Basic Soaps, Radio. Outside: Barbecue There is a player with speakers for MP3 devices, that plugs in via speaker jack.


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An amazing property makes for an amazing vacation!

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This property makes for a stand-out family vacation! My family and I first rented the main house and the boathouse two years ago, in anticipation of traveling in April. Those plans fell through but, Matt arranged for our deposit to be transferred to this year's rental. Within the past year, Delta added a direct flight from Atlanta to North Eleuthera Airport - perfect! Our group consisted of 7 adults and 5 children (ages 3 to 16). The bedroom arrangements easily met our needs in terms of space and privacy; they are situated on one side of the screened in patio area, across from the main living area. The bedrooms are nicely decorated and the beds were incredibly comfortable with lovely linens! Speaking of linens, (and towels, and beach towels) - they are available in copious amounts and can be found in the closet located in the laundry room. Psssttt... in the downstairs bathroom of the main house, there is a storage space off of the shower - check in there for wonderful beach toys - such a treat! The main living area of the house is perfectly set up for family gatherings - large and open. The kitchen is abundantly appointed; lots of cooking pots and pans, grilling utensils, dishes, glasses, silverware, and spices. There is a plethora of books and games and the television/dvd are easy to operate, as is setting up the wifi on your electronics. The patio area has several lounge and beach chairs which makes for lovely sunbathing when you don't want to be covered in sand. Sand...this beach is supremely beautiful and the sand unlike any we've seen anywhere else. The walk to the beach from the house is short - 1 to 2 minutes. Along that walk, you'll find the sea kayaks and several boogie boards which add such fun to the beach. Heads up - this house is on the Atlantic side of the island so it can be wavy. Matt and Tara of the rental agency are extremely responsive to questions and concerns and had excellent suggestions to make our stay more enjoyable. There truly was not one thing that we needed or wanted from this property to make our vacation better!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: NOTE: The distance from the house to beach is just 30 yards, less than a one minute walk.
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Goodwind house is located near Governors Harbour on the historic Banks Road, the premier location on Eleuthera, famous for its grand estates. The Beach House restaurant and bar is located close by, and Tippy’s famous beachside restaurant is a mile away (you can also walk the beach to get there). Both offer fine dining and live entertainment. The town of Governors Harbour, a mile away, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. The recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, hosts a weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour is a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Rates are for the first 8 guests. Add $210/week for each additional guest. Babies under 2 are free.
    Note: We set the rates this way to make the house more affordable for small groups who use less utilities and create less wear and tear.