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Quaint Cottage, Amazing Views, Free - Motorboat, Dock, Golf cart, Kayak, Bicycle

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 10-11

By the Seashore is fully-equipped, charming, and relaxing, and makes an ideal home away from home. Free use of a 14' Boston whaler motorboat, a 4-passenger golf cart, a 2-person ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered; they are a wonderful way to explore the surrounding area. (Otherwise, motor boats, bicycles & kayaks are expensive to rent separately.) The boat is great for fishing and snorkeling, and many guests visit their 'own' new secluded nearby private island each day!

'By the Seashore' was built in 1930 and was the first boarding house where visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could rent a room. (If only those walls could talk - I bet they would tell us a lot of interesting stories!) This home has recently been lovingly restored from the roof and charming gables & shutters right down to the beautiful original Abaco Pine hardwood floors throughout.

By the Seashore was the first building on this waterfront property in Spanish Wells. It is located on the highest point of the island, and offers outstanding water views -of the ocean, harbour, and bay -- from all rooms in this charming historic cottage. From the top deck one has spectacular sunset views and views of Harbour Island, Ridley's Head, Meeks Patch, Royal Island, Russell Island, and the harbour with all the boats passing by. The cottage is built to take advantage of the constant ocean breezes no matter from which direction they may be blowing. (Later, the original owner also added a guest cottage and a garage to this large water front property.)

In more recent years, a large dock with two large fish cleaning stations and live aquariums has been added to this property. Guests of By the Seashore have free use of a a 4-passenger golf cart, bicycles, and a 14' Boston whaler motorboat & ocean kayak located just below the cottage at the dock.

The beautiful garden at By the Seashore offers tropical plants in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of tropical fruit trees. By the Seashore is located in the middle of the historic settlement of Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas and is surrounded by quaint shops, eateries, home bakeries, and more. A straight path from By the Seashore to the north will take guests on a short stroll to an unspoiled and uncrowded light pinkish sandy beach.

The ground floor at By the Seashore offers a large living room, a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a king bedroom, a queen bedroom, a full bathroom, a laundry room, a covered front porch offering up beautiful sunrises over the ocean every morning, and a covered back porch. The covered porches are great places to relax at the end of the day and wave to passersby many of whom will stop to have a friendly chat. The back porch offers an area for outdoor dining and barbecue grilling.

The top floor at By the Seashore offers a large bedroom with two queen beds, an open loft bedroom with one queen size bed, a full bathroom, and a large sundeck with breathtaking views of fantastic sunsets over surrounding islands where guests can read a book, suntan, or just relax.

Since By the Seashore is located on the top of a gently sloping hill, there is a seldom a day without balmy breezes, which means the cottage is very comfortable most days throughout the year with guests enjoying open windows, paddle fans, and the fresh air. (There is also A/C offered for those guests that must indulge. A/C is generally not required in this location October - June inclusive. )

Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas is known as the lobster capital of the Bahamas, and has a reputation of being very clean, safe, and pristine. The fishing, snorkeling, and beach combing in the area are second to none. We can recommend the best local fishing and snorkeling guides and the best boat and golf cart rentals for your vacationing enjoyment.

Come and enjoy this charming island getaway!

Beds: Ground floor: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 queen sofa sleeper. Beds: Top floor: 3 queens.

Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child

1 - 4 persons: $1475wk. year round except Christmas/ New Years (2 week min.) and Easter weeks - $1775/wk. Each additional person is $100/wk. Max. 11 persons. Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child. A $400/wk. refundable security deposit & $100 cleaning fee are required with final payment. (Please note that security deposits and cleaning fees may be more for large groups. Please inquire.) An energy surcharge is applicable to any electricity bill over $100/wk. Please use electricity wisely. Please ask about our discounts for longer stays. Rental rates are for accommodations at By the Seashore only. The motorboat, golf cart, ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk. Discounted rates for a 4-week stay start as low as $5000. Please inquire.

More Details

Property Manager
Brent Beauregard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2017

About Brent Beauregard

We are a local family living in Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas. Our family dates back to the original Eleutheran Adventurers, the first European settlers in The Bahamas dating back to 1648. Brian aka Capt. Scuba is a licensed boat captain and works full time as a lobster diver. When not diving commercially for lobsters, he is a local fishing & snorkeling guide, and also offers area tours and cave exploring. (Some have called him the Crocodile Dundee of North Eleuthera.) Brent aka Capt. Smiley is also a licensed boat captain who also offers fishing and snorkeling trips, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals. He is also a local rental property manager. Lorraine is the local Spanish Wells realtor and will be pleased to show you all the best local real estate deals (her listings or other agents' listings) when you are in town. Just give her a call if you would like any information on the local real estate market or a free real estate tour.

Brent Beauregard purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Brent Beauregard chose Eleuthera

This special historic property is really one-of-a-kind. It was built on the highest point of the island (which isn't very high,since Spanish Wells is a low lying island, but it is high enough to offer wonderful 360 degree views). This home was built in 1930 and was the first place that visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could stay. It is quaint, charming, and full of character.

What makes this cottage unique

By the Seashore offers outstanding 360 degree ocean, bay, and harbour views along with views of Harbour Island, Russell Island, Royal Island, Meek's Patch, Charles Island, Ridley's Head, North Eleuthera, and more. This rental is most unique in that it also offers a motorboat, ocean kayak, and dock right in front. It is an easy stroll from an amazing secluded beach and all conveniences offered in Spanish Wells. With the motorboat, kayak, and bicycles offered with the rental, renters can easily explore this beautiful area and even find their own private island.


Spanish Wells Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upper open loft bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • Bedroom 1: Ground floor: King bed, paddle fan, A/C, door to front porch with ocean views. Bedroom 2: Ground floor: Queen bed, paddle fan, door to front porch with ocean views.. Bedroom 3: Upper floor: 2 queen beds, paddle fan, A/C, with ocean views. Bedroom 4: Upper floor: 1 queen bed, paddle fan. Open loft bedroom with door to upper deck and amazing views. Bedroom 5: Queen size sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large dining table in kitchen seats 6. Dining table on back porch seats 4 - 6. Dining table on upper sun deck seats 4 - 6. Dining table on front porch seats 2. Free use of golf cart, 14' motorboat, tandem ocean kayak, and bicycles. Air conditioning in king bedroom ground floor, and bedroom with 2 queen beds upper floor

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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Quaint Cottage, Amazing Views, Free - Motorboat, Dock, Golf cart, Kayak, Bicycle
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Hendersonville, NC

My new favorite vacation spot

  • 4 of 5

We had a great vacation in Spanish Wells. The house was a good fit for our group of eight. Great location, clean, comfortable beds with everything we needed for the week. It was so nice to be able to leave the windows open and get breezes through the whole house. We also took advantage of the grill to cook all the fresh fish we caught. Running around on the bikes, golf carts and boat were such a nice change from our usual automobile filled lives! We're looking forward to coming back some day.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield,Oregon usa


  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd trip and we stayed at the same house "By the Seashore". We picked this house because we've looked and looked at other places and always find that you win some you lose some. By the Seashore has it all! The house is huge and it came with a boat and golf cart. The boat allows us to go and explore other islands near by and find our own snorkeling spots. We also love it because it's 2 story and it sits on top of a hill and it has a huge balcony on both top and bottom. It's a great place to catch some cool tropical breeze even when it's warm out. Also the boat parked only a few feet away at a dock where you can use to clean your catch of the day. We will be back on our 3rd trip to the same house real soon and I can't wait!!! It's home to us now!!! Thanks Lorraine and we'll see u soon!!! Rick and Van Lusk

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to have you as our guests at By the Seashore. We are delighted that you found that By the Seashore had it all. The house is the first guest house on the island of Spanish Wells, so, it is quite spacious. Our guests do enjoy the extras such as the motor boat, kayak, paddle board, dock with the aquariums, and golf cart. Indeed, By the Seashore offers the best views of both the ocean and the harbor, and there always seems to be a sea breeze blowing through the house. We are looking forward to your third visit later this month! See you soon! Lorraine, Capt. Smiley, and Capt. Scuba.
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Love Spanish Wells

  • 5 of 5

This was the first trip to the Bahamas for our family and it hopefully will not be our last. We really enjoyed our stay at By the Seashore and had an incredible time on the island. The house itself is a really cool historic structure. It is clean and well maintained and has all the basics that you'll need for your stay. The included golf cart is a huge plus as were the boat, kayak, and paddle board. We put them all to good use. We took the boat to Pierre Rock and a couple other small islands and had a great time snorkeling and exploring. We took the golf cart everywhere. The beach is incredible. Just as the other reviews have mentioned there are no crowds. And the water color and water temperature are breathtaking. We did hire a local captain for a day and went a little farther out for some reef snorkeling and spear fishing and exploring. Definitely a day we'll never forget. The whole stay on the island was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever been on. We would love to go back. The only suggestion for an improvement we could see for By the Seashore would be access to some beach chairs.

A couple pointers for anyone making a trip to this island... If you plan to snorkel pack in your gear. We were able to get this done in our carry on's and it worked out great. Prices for groceries and gas are higher on the island. The tap water is a bit salty buy bottled water. This is not a resort island, it's not all inclusive, there are no large crowds or rowdy night life...and that (in our opinion) is one of the things that makes it so great.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that you loved your stay with us. By the Seashore is a charming historic home, and the location on the island is perfect. We are delighted you found that By the Seashore was clean, well maintained, and equipped with everything you needed for your stay. Yes, indeed, your family was using the golf cart, and having fun with the boat, kayak and paddle board often. The beautiful secluded beach is just a minute golf cart ride down the hill from By the Seashore, and the crystal clear ocean is so inviting. Reef snorkeling and spearfishing with your own private captain makes for an amazing day away. Our guests have access to PVC outdoor chairs, which many guests do take to the beach. (The little aluminum beach chairs only last for a week or two next to the salt water.) It was our pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to your return trip. Lorraine, Captain Smiley & Captain Scuba.
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA


  • 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Spanish Wells and I must say this was truly amazing. By the Seashore was very comfortable and clean. Golf carts where provided as well as bikes and anything else we could ask for. Onsite laundry was great, as well as wifi for those who need to check in with work which was very dependable. There was a group of 8 of us and we managed to fit in this property just fine. The island itself is fantastic. The people are very friendly, we took an excursion one day from Captain Scuba (recommended local fisherman) and has a blast exploring nearby sites and we also bought some locally caught seafood which was fantastic.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. It was wonderful to meet your lively group! Happy to hear that you had an amazing stay with us. Yes, indeed, all guests really enjoy a snorkeling, fishing, boating, or caving trip with Captain Scuba or Captain Smiley. We look forward to welcoming you back next Christmas. Lorraine, Captain Scuba, & Captain Smiley.
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Springfield,Oregon usa

Spanish Wells

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation ever! By the Seashore home coudldn't be more perfect. I can't believe it came with the boat.! We got to take it out and explored other islands near by. The boat was a must have and renting it could be so expensive. It's definintely the biggest selling point. Also, we cant believe a place like The Spanish Wells existed. Beside all the beautiful sceneries, theres just something about the island town that had brought us back to our childhood again. The simpleness and the way all the locals treated us is sureal. We did not at all felt like tourists. Everyone we've met or just passing by treated us like family. Can't get that here in the states anymore. The best part also was there's no big name resort hotels and places that make you feel like you're in a tourist trap. We can get evrything we need here. Nothing more, and nothing less. I sure hope it stays exactly the way it is. We are planning to come back as soon as possible but not soon enought. I'm sure the rest of the world have more great places too, but the Spanish Wells are like home for us now. We will cherish every moment of it close to our hearts until we return. Thanks again Lorraine for hooking us up! Please don't let the Spanish Wells change a thing.

Love and missed everyone already!

Van and Rick Lusk

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that By the Seashore was your best vacation ever! Yes, it is wonderful for guests to have a little boat so that they can explore the beautiful area surrounding Spanish Wells. Spanish Wells is a wonderful little island village where guests often feel more like family. Thank you so much for booking another stay at By the Seashore in September. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. ~ Lorraine, Capt. Smiley, and Capt. Scuba.
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St Augustine Beach, FL , USA

Spanish Wells Vacation

  • 5 of 5

By The Seashore was one of the most relaxing vacation homes we have spent time in. Stunning views, night stars, comforts of home, centrally located. What a great vacation, wish it was longer! We cannot say enough about the wonderful people of Spanish Wells, they made our visit so special with kindness and courtesy. Where else in the world can you leave doors unlocked, your purse sitting on the beach, your bike parked on the roadside, and when you return everything is untouched? This is just part of what makes Spanish Wells so unique and beautiful. Did we mention the STUNNING beaches? Water color that will take your breath away? Spanish Wells has it over the top.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy that you were able to really relax and enjoy your stay with us. Indeed, By the Seashore does offer stunning views and beautiful night stars. Glad to hear that you appreciate that Spanish Wells is very different, special, unique, and beautiful. Looking forward to seeing you again next year! Lorraine, Capt. Smiley, and Capt. Scuba.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
North Eleuthera Airport (elh)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Shipyard Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Government Ferry & Fast Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Gap Restauratnt
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Secluded Beach
Car: not necessary

Spanish Wells is reminiscent of an idyllic Cape Cod fishing village with swaying coconut palm trees and bright bougainvillea as background. Winding little roads lead a visitor around brightly painted cottages sporting gables and wooden shutters. One can walk around the island, wade for sand dollars on the north beach, purchase the fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, and browse the centuries-old village. Spanish Wells offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas and is considered the fishing capital of The Bahamas. The waters surrounding Spanish Wells offer excellent snorkeling, diving, bone fishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing. Spanish Wells is a boater's and fisherman's paradise. Fishing charters, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals are available. Spanish Wells is considered by many to be the most prosperous, clean, pristine, and safe community in The Bahamas. Spanish Wells offers grocery stores, restaurants / bars, a fully-stocked liquor store, bakeries, marinas, and more.

Other Activities: Boating, Rock Climbing, Cliff Diving, Basketball, Shopping, Kayaking, Spelunking, Bonefishing, Cave Exploring , parasailing


Rates & Availability

Spanish Wells Cottage Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $100

An energy surcharge is applicable to any electricity bill over $100/wk. Please use electricity wisely. Please ask about our discounts for longer stays. Rental rates are for accommodations at By the Seashore only. The motorboat, golf cart, ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk. Discounts available for 2, 3, and 4 week stays. Discounted rental rate for 4-weeks start as low as $5000. (Note: larger security deposits and cleaning fees may be required for large groups.) Please inquire.

1 - 4 persons: $1475wk. year round except Christmas/ New Years (2 week min.) and Easter weeks - $1775/wk. Each additional person is $100/wk. Max. 11 persons. Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child. A $400/wk. refundable security deposit & $100 cleaning fee are required with final payment. Discounted rates for a 4-week stay start at low as $5000. Please inquire.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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