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'Calypso' - Oceanfront, Prime Location, 6 BR/6 Bath-Sleeps 12, Pool, Boat Slip

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

WHY YOU SHOULD RENT CALYPSO

Calypso was designed and built from scratch to be a vacation home, and is optimized for larger groups. It is not a personal residence that is rented out. Everything about Calypso contributes to one goal: providing guests with the best and most fun vacation accommodations on Elbow Cay.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

At Calypso, if you were any closer to the ocean, your feet would be wet! With fabulous views, one of the prettiest sandy beaches on the island, great swimming/snorkeling, and a prime central location close to town, Calypso is one of the most desirable rental houses on the island.

RUBBING ELBOWS NOT ALLOWED!

Calypso was designed from scratch for multiple families or large groups, with plenty of room to spread out and an open floor plan. No guest ever feels crowded with the large decks, generous common areas, and widely separated bedrooms. Partiers and sleepers can co-exist, and parents can rest easy knowing their children are safe and having fun without being underfoot. Whether you prefer quiet or a circus, there are many choices of how and where to spend your time – without even leaving the house!

FORMAL AND STUFFY - NOT!

Calypso is kick-off-your shoes casual and invites you to relax and have fun. Comfort rules. With a warm island motif, whimsical art that makes you smile, and comfortable furnishings, all your worries will soon be forgotten. A little sand on your feet – no problem - Calypso can handle it!

LET THE SUN SHINE AND THE BREEZES BLOW WHEREVER YOU CHOOSE TO GO!

Sunny or shady, breezy or calm, everyone can find a place to call their own. Sun worshippers love the steamer chairs on the ocean deck, which runs the entire width of the house. Also on the ocean side is a large shaded gazebo for those of fairer skin. A spacious landside screened porch and deck are perfect for enjoying fresh air when the breeze is a bit strong off the ocean, offering pleasant views of the yard’s palm trees and tropical vegetation. And those of a culinary persuasion need not feel left out as the kitchen area features awning style windows that open onto the porch. Whether flipping a burger on the deck’s gas grill, enjoying the vivid sunset sky in a porch rocker, or preparing an island feast in the well equipped kitchen, you will enjoy innumerable amenities that insure your stay is fun and memorable.

NO MORE “WHO GETS THE NICE BEDROOM?” DILEMMAS !

All 6 bedrooms are nice, spacious, and airy with lots of windows and great views. Dressers, wardrobes, and built-in closets provide plenty of storage and places to put your things. Every bedroom has its own private bathroom with shower and two sinks. Don’t settle for a bed in a closet that is labeled a bedroom!

TO TV OR NOT TO TV, OR DO THE GAME ROOM?

Yes there is a TV, and only one, and it’s a good one -in a private room, upstairs and away from all the activity. Perfect for an evening movie, or watching that 'can't miss' ballgame. Some guests have even been known to read a book in this cozy “away room”.

Rather get loud and rowdy, but don’t want to disturb others? Try the game room on the ground floor with its ping pong, foosball, and pool tables. A second refrigerator is perfect for keeping selected beverages handy.

NO POWER, WHAT DO WE DO?

Power outages happen in the Bahamas, especially in the summer when it’s hot and humid with no breeze and electrical demand is at its peak. There is no flushing of toilets, no showers, no relief from the heat (Ceiling fans need power too!), and food spoils. Power outages usually don’t last long, but YOU DON’T KNOW, and you have NO CONTROL! Who wants to lose a single vacation minute with these worries? Power outages are a non-event for guests of Calypso. The professionally maintained generator starts/stops automatically and provides all the power needed, even for AC.

WATER FROM ROOFS? BIRDS, PLEASE STAY AWAY!

While rain water collected from roofs and stored in cisterns is normal for most island houses, all Calypso water comes from a well and is purified by a reverse osmosis system with a 7,000 gallon reservoir. NO water is collected from the roof, so guests enjoy the cleanest water possible. The RO unit is professionally and scrupulously maintained, and completely automated.

AN OCEANFRONT HOUSE WITH A BOAT SLIP?

Guests are assured of a convenient and protected place to keep their boat at an assigned slip in Nigh Creek, between the house and town, a very short distance (.4 mile) away. Additional slips are available. (Oceanfront rental houses with docks/boat slips are very rare on Elbow Cay, and finding an available spot at the public docks can be a real challenge.)

PLEASE DON’T TAKE ME OFF THE GRID!

Some folks are happy to disappear from family, friends, and work while on vacation. That’s fine, but others may want to stay connected. (And there is always that “off/on” switch.) Calypso gives you the choice with a very reliable broadband internet connection and in-house wireless network. FREE! So don’t be embarrassed - surf the internet, immerse yourself in emails, and Skype those calls if YOU want. At a lower level of communications sophistication, Calypso also has a telephone and VHF radio for local calls.

HOW ABOUT A POOL???

Well, Calypso has a fantastic natural pool right outside the back door... called the Atlantic Ocean. But not everyone is comfortable in waves and open water, and/or children need to be watched more closely, so a new deck and fresh water pool are being added by the end of 2016.

WHO’S IN CHARGE?

Calypso has very active owners that check email regularly, respond quickly, and are always ready to assist. Do not underestimate the value of this level of attention! No one else has a more vested interest in your visit being trouble free and enjoyable. While the owners personally respond to all VRBO inquiries and have the final say on reservations/rates, guests will eventually be directed to Elbow Cay Properties to confirm reservations, collect information on your party, and coordinate your arrival with the caretaker. This rental agency is very experienced, very professional, and is an important on-island contact. Once you have made a reservation, they become your primary contact until you are actually in the Bahamas and meet with the caretaker. His responsibility is to keep the house in good order and ready for your arrival, to assist in getting to/from the ferry and the house, familiarize you with the house, and to help you with any concerns that need direct assistance. Of course, the owner is always glad to remotely assist.

NEED MORE INFORMATION

Visit the Calypso website for more information:

Extensive photos

About Elbow Cay and Hope Town

About Calypso

Getting There

Getting Around

Things to Do

LIVE Beach Web Cam and Weather

Links/Contacts

VRBO blocks a direct link, but enter www(dot)calypsobahamas(dot)com and you'll get there!

RATES RATES RATES

PEAK MONTHS/WEEKS (March to August, Thanksgiving week, Xmas week, New Years Week)

$9,000/week for full occupancy (6 bedrooms and/or 12 people maximum)

OFF SEASON (September-February, except Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving weeks)

$6,500/week for full occupancy (6 bedrooms and/or 12 people maximum)

$3,500/week - 3 BRs and/or 6 people. Each additional BR and/or 2 people is $1000

For an additional fee, a few extra children can be accomodated on air mattresses.

The mandatory 7.5% Bahamian Value Added Tax is not included in the above rates

Keywords: oceanfront, rental house, hopetown, elbow cay, bahamas, beach front, hope town, ocean front, home, abaco

More Details

Owner
Bill and Lynn Hand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Bill and Lynn Hand

Bill and Lynn live in New Bern, NC. He is 3rd generation dentist and she is an owner/agent with Keller Williams Realty. Their partner, Tom, lives in Greenville, NC and Charleston, SC and is a real estate developer/attorney.

We enjoy boating and travel, and have watched our children grow up visiting Elbow Cay. We are very hands-on owners, visiting the house several times a year and keeping close tabs on the property.

Bill and Lynn Hand purchased this house in 1999

Why Bill and Lynn Hand chose Bahamas

We honeymooned on Elbow Cay in 1982, fell in love with the island, and returned regularly until purchasing an older 'character' home in 1999 with current partner. Months later the house was destroyed by Floyd. With such a great location, we spent years designing and building a new house to complement the site while caputuring some of our favorite features of the original house. Calypso is the proud result.

What draws us to Elbow Cay is the peace and quiet, friendly people, natural beauty, and safety. There are no cruise ships, resorts, compounds, or mega-hotels. One can walk anywhere on the island at any time of the day or night and feel completely safe. We love walking in town and not dodging cars and motorcycles (Motor vehicles are prohibited from Hope Town except for commercial deliveries.) Golf carts, especially quiet ELECTRIC ones, are such a pleasant and non-intrusive way of getting around the rest of the island. And people are so friendly - everyone waves when passing!

Naturally, since this is an island, boating is a major part of your activies, and the surrounding waters are just phenominal. Even an inexperienced boater, or someone unfamiliar with the area, can travel most anywhere safely and in protected waters.

Most of the locals on the island depend upon second home owners and visitors for their livelihood, so they are unusually willing to provide advice or render assitance. Surliness typical of some of the more heavily visited parts of the Bahamas just doesn't exist on Elbow Cay.

Our families are well traveled, and we could spend our vacations most anywhere. The fact that we have never tired of Elbow Cay and are always eager to return is the greatest endorsement we can give.

Without you, our renters, we would be unable to enjoy this island paradise, so we have every incentive to make YOUR experience a positive one.

What makes this house unique

We designed and built Calypso to be the ideal beach house - one we personally enjoy on a regular basis- and with many features/amenities that are especially desirable in a vacation home.

The mid-island location provides excellent access to town and amenities on the southern half of the island. The beach is clean pink sand and great for sunning or swimming. The boat slip is a 2-3 minute cart ride away on peaceful Nigh Creek. The house itself is capacious with no crowding, and stunning ocean views. Details that insure your comfort and enjoyment are numerous. Abundant decks and a fantastic pool nestled in the shade of palm trees allow one to savor the sun and breezes. .

Guestbook comments from the owner

THANKS FOR THE INQUIRY ON OUR SATISFACTION WITH THE RENTAL OF “CALYPSO”.. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE HAD A GREAT VACATION WHEN ALL OF US SAID I AM NOT READY TO GO HOME, AND WE NEED TO DO THIS AGAIN. THE HOUSE WAS EVERYTHING WE COULD HAVE WISHED FOR. IT WAS VERY CLEAN AND VERY COMFORTABLE. WE LOVED THE LAYOUT OF THE HOUSE. PLENTY OF ROOM AND MANY PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND SOLITUDE WHEN YOU WANT IT. THE LOCATION WAS GREAT ON THE ISLAND. ALSO ALL OF THE VENDORS THAT WERE SUGGESTED, BOAT, GOLF CART WERE VERY ACCOMMODATING. HAVING OWNED BEACH FRONT PROPERTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE HOUSE WAS IN SUPRISING GOOD SHAPE. ONLY PROBLEMS AT ALL WERE SOME WINDOWS WERE HARD TO OPEN OR WOULDN’T STAY OPEN, PLEASE CONVEY MY THANKS TO BILL HAND AND TOM TAFT FOR SHARING THEIR HOME WITH US.
Jan 2015
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Amenities

Hope Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Top Floor North - toilet , shower , Double sinks, vaulted ceiling, ocean view.
    Middle Floor North, Oceanside - toilet , shower , Double sinks, ocean view.
    Top Floor South - toilet , shower , Double sinks, vaulted ceiling, ocean view.
    Middle Floor South, Oceanside - toilet , shower , Double sinks, ocean view.
    Middle Floor North, Land Side - toilet , shower , Double sinks, view of yard.
    Middle Floor South, Land Side - toilet , shower , Double sinks, yard view.
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Private, ocean breezes, surrounded by tropical vegetation.
  • All bathrooms have adjoining bedrooms and feature Toto toilets, double sinks, tile floors/trim, showers, and generous counters/shelving for personal items. Two bath towels per person, a washcloth, and starter soaps and toilet paper are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Top Floor North - 1 king , Vaulted ceiling, large windows on 3 of 4 walls.
    Top Floor South - 1 king , Vaulted ceiling, large windows on 3 of 4 walls.
    Middle Floor North, Oceanside - 1 king , Great ocean and beach views.
    Middle Floor South, Oceanside - 1 king , Great ocean and beach views.
    Middle floor, Land side - 2 twin/ single , Great views of palms and tropical vegetation in yard.
    Middle floor, land side - 2 twin/ single , Great views of palms and tropical vegetation in yard.
  • very bedrooms has its own bathroom. There are 4 king bedrooms and 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds in each. The twin bedrooms are popular with younger or single guests, but ALL rooms are spacious and have great views. No one gets an undesirable room. A few additional guests, typically children, can easily be accommodated on air mattresses. Please, prior permission is needed for extra guests to arrange for the mattresses and linens. Additional charges may apply. Baby Cribs are available by prior arrangement.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Power outages happen in the Bahamas, especially in the summer when it’s hot and humid with no breeze, and electrical demand is at its peak. Oh, and ceiling fans don’t work without power either. Power outages usually don’t last long, but YOU DON’ KNOW, and you have NO CONTROL! This is a non-event for guests of Calypso. The professionally maintained generator starts/stops automatically and provides all the power needed, even for AC. While rain water collected from roofs and stored in cisterns is normal for most houses, all Calypso water comes from a well and is purified by a reverse osmosis system with a 7,000 gallon reservoir. NO water is collected from the roof, so guests enjoy the cleanest water possible. The RO unit is professionally and scrupulously maintained, and completely automated. Calypso has an assigned slip at a nearby private dock on Nigh Creek that is well protected - check the map for a place marker. Additional slips at the dock can be arranged in advance.

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5

Just as we expected

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Calypso. We are returning in December for another week. Need I say more?

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No transportation available. Long walk to boat slip especially with supplies

  • 3 of 5

The house was wonderful but a golf cart should be included or at least made available for the tenantsThe golf cart rental situation on the island is impossible. We tried to rent one as soon as we secured the house but none were available. We were even willing to pay double! Based on the location of the house and boat slip, we were virtually isolated unless we walked and it was not a short distance to town and very dark at night. No taxis. Very difficult especially with children

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take feedback very seriously, and have made many improvements as a result of suggestions or ideas from renters, but this review deserves a blunt response. Carts were available when this reservation was made in late February. Obtaining a cart on short notice is not always possible, especially in June. Our rental agency on the island manages approximately a hundred rental houses and none come with a cart. Keeping a rental house in good condition on an island takes a lot of time and effort, and is why there are boat and cart rental companies to meet those specific needs. Elbow Cay is a narrow five mile long island and having everything within easy walking distance is simply not possible. Calypso and its central location offers an exceptional level of accessibility. It is wrong to single out Calypso as being deficient in location or amenities and incredibly audacious to forcibly enter the house's locked storage area, steal the owner's old and finicky personal golf cart, cause significant damage, and then publicly complain in an undeserved poor review.
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5

Calypso is our favourite home away from home. We are always tickled by the experience.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home on an awesome beach on a delightful island. What's not to love! Can't wait to return. Thank you

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect house of group. I had my two daughters' families including 6 teenage boys. They loved the playroom and of course the beach. The TV reception was not good. WIFI was good. I would have liked to know that we would need a lot of additonial supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, etc. before we arrived so we could have purchased them in Marsh Harbor. I would rent this again.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! Feedback from guests is always welcome, and helps us address any concerns. I am sorry you had difficulty with the TV reception. The caretaker would have been glad to assist had he known you were having problems, and I am always reachable via email. My wife and I were just there as part of our pre-rental season inspection, and the satellite system/TV were functioning perfectly as we watched the Carolina Panthers demolish the Arizona Cardinals. Guests are provided with starter supplies of paper towels, toilet paper, and soap. There are 4 grocery stores on the island, one right around the corner from the house, from which to purchase additional supplies. (This is much easier than bringing basic supplies across by boat or ferry from Marsh Harbour.) We will update the House Guide, sent to renters just prior to their arrival, to be more clear about what to expect. Again, thank you for your comments!
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5

Great Beach House vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Calypso was just wonderful and it worked out perfectly for the occasion (50th anniversary celebration). The house is really well thought out. The design is simple, comfortable and maximizes all the best attributes of the location. Kudos to the decorator. We loved all the little touches in the house and the furniture (both inside and out) was exactly what it should be. Everything screams beach vacation house and that’s exactly what we were looking for! The owners clearly thought through all aspects of an Abaco trip and every piece of guidance they provided was spot on. The washer and dryer were key as was the ice maker. Everyone having there own bathroom was also a big plus. Things were perfect! Both Town and the boat slip were a quick convenient golf cart ride away and it was GREAT to have On Da Beach (Bar/restaurant) just a short walk down the beach. The house is perfectly set up and I have every hope of returning. Thanks to the owners for all the work and preparation they obviously have put in over the years to make a renter’s experience special. What must be all their cherished experiences at Calypso over the years clearly came through in our stay. We’ll always have fond memories of our visit to Calypso. Everyone in our group, from children to grandparents just flat out loved the house!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Best Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding in every way! Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay Calypso with an experience made even more special by the owners' hospitality. The beautiful home is well well planned and well appointed with everything we needed for a perfect vacation. From the beautiful ocean view and sandy beach to the spacious kitchen open living area, we could not ask for more. The setting was private and quiet, except for the soothing sounds of the waves. The access to a nearby boat slip made easy the daily adventures on the water. Elbow Cay is special - and Calypso made it perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Marsh Harbour (MHH)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
On Da Beach
Nearest Ferry
0.6 Miles
Albury Ferry
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Treasure Cay
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Hope Town Harbour Lodge
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
At your feet
Nearest Point of Interest
Calypso Boat Slip
Car: not necessary

Snorkel off the beach, SCUBA diving arranged through on-island dive shop. Rent kayaks, surfboards, bicycles, and boats locally. Golf at Treasure Cay or Bakers Bay - a 40 minute boat ride away. Sail boat day charters. Conching and crawfish with local guides. Many choices for offshore fishing or bonefishing.

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

VRBO now forces property owners to offer on-line booking, of which VRBO is the sole beneficiary through the additional fees they charge the renter and the property owner. The internet is rife with complaints from people that have to deal with this faceless entity with foreign representatives when trying to resolve the simplest of issues. The original purpose of VRBO was to facilitate the relationship and communications between the property owner and the renter. So do not book through VRBO. Communicate with the owner directly, and take advantage of flexibility and reduced rates which VRBO cannot offer.

CASH RATES, excluding 7.5% tax, if paid by US check or wire transfer directly to house LLC soon after your reservation is made. PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER DIRECTLY.

March – August, Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, and New Years week
-- $9,900/week* (up to 12 people, 7 night minimum)

September – February(Except for holiday weeks noted above)
-- $7,000/week* for all 6 bedrooms (up to 12 people)
-- $5,800/week* for 5 bedrooms (up to 10 people)
-- $4,600/week* for 4 bedrooms (up to 8 people)
-- $3,500/week* for 3 bedrooms (up to 6 people)

With advanced approval, two children may be accommodated at an additional charge on hotel quality folding beds.

Some pets are allowed, but must be approved first. An additional security deposit may be required.

Rentals are typically Saturday through Saturday during the peak season and holiday weeks.

Credit card payments and spread payments (deposit now and balance later) can be arranged for an additional 7.5% fee(to compensate for international bank fees).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund