|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This beautifully restored and appointed 19th century cottage is perched high on a hillside with spectacular views of the caribbean from every room. During the recent restoration, the original historic architecture was lovingly preserved while accommodating the needs of modern luxury living, including state-of-the-art fixtures and electronics.
Elisa’s cottage consists of an ocean-view master bedroom with queen bed and luxurious en-suite bath. The living/dining area, furnished with contemporary design pieces, also offer ocean views. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel bosch appliances and a counter seating four people. The outdoor decks and patio offer a table with seating for four, chaise lounges and more spectacular caribbean views, facing west to capture the sunset over the ocean. Elisa’s shares an ocean view pool (steps from the cottage) with one other house.
Amenities at elisa’s cottage include flat screen tv, air conditioning, ceiling fan, wireless internet and cordless telephone.
Elisa’s cottage is part of the squires estate collection of beautifully restored 19th century homes on the hill above governors harbour, furnished with antiques from around the world. The décor and level of finish will delight the most discriminating world traveller. Our manager will greet you upon arrival and be available to assist you as needed. She can arrange for daily housekeeping, a private chef, or a car rental (extra charges apply), and provide advice about island activities. Other staff at squires estate include a full-time gardener and housekeepers. Laundry and ironing services are provided on the premises at no charge. Elisa’s cottage can be combined with other historic homes and cottages in the squires estate collection for larger groups.
The town of governors harbour, a three-minute walk down the hill, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbour. 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. Governors harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with atms, a bakery, gift shops, and a medical clinic. Friday night fish fry in governors 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.
Walking over the hill in the other direction takes you to French leave beach, the finest beach on the island and one of the great beaches of the Caribbean. By foot, it’s about 10 minutes to french leave, a mile-long crescent of pink sand which is literally deserted most of the time. Most visitors to eleuthera rent a car, because the island is rural and spread out, and a car is the only practical way to get around. By car, elisa’s cottage is just a minute from French leave beach.
FREE FLIGHT: A stay of four nights or longer entitles you to one free round-trip ticket from Nassau to Eleuthera or flight credits from the U.S. Some restrictions apply. THIS PROMOTION IS RUN BY THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND IS NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE. Please contact us for details.
The cottage was perfect for us and such a comfortable place to come home to after trekking around the beaches- the most beautiful I have ever seen.
I almost don't want anyone to know about Eluethera as it is still so unspoiled. It definitely is an exercise in human restraint to keep it that way.
Annie was lovely as were the rest of the staff at Squires.
We chose to rent a house in Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, specifically because we did NOT want the full-service resort experience. To that end, Elisa's Cottage was exactly what we were looking for.
Staying there, we had the chance to integrate into the local community while enjoying lovely beach house-style accommodations. The cottage is perfect for a couple, with lots of light, modern decor and a nice pool and patio area with a view of the sea in the distance - great sunsets! The other nice thing is the location: you can walk 5 minutes into town for groceries, the liquor store or Da Perk, the local coffee shop which is our favorite spot for sandwiches (get it to go and hit the road, find a secluded beach, and enjoy a picnic lunch!).
That said, if you're a first-time Eleuthera traveler, you need to know what to expect. "Island time" is the opposite extreme from the states, which is exactly why we love to visit. Everything is laid-back - you are not going to get in and out of a restaurant in 30 minutes, even if there are barely any other customers. Pretty much everything is closed on Sunday. There might be lack of closet space, a loose screw or lightbulb out in your rental house. I'm not sure about the TV channel selection or reception, because why would you watch TV here? You need to be ok little imperfections, and realize how lucky you are to spend your time in this beautiful place with these amazing, friendly people who are more than happy to share their island paradise with you.
Highly recommend - and we will be back as often as good fortune allows!
Yet again, we had a great time staying with the Squires Estates properties. Peaceful, well appointed, elegant yet easy living. Annie is lovely and was very helpful. She is a great resource if needed. Please note, the very point of staying at Squires ( and renting villas or cottages) are the self service, independent non pestering service. This is not a hotel crawling with staff. It's like renting a house. There was a storm in March and the power went out for the Governors Harbour part of the island. It never really was stable again the rest of the trip. We found this charming and just added to our ability to unplug and get away from it all on vacation. We returned again in Nov 2014 and look forward to future trips and seeing Annie!
The biggest complain we have is about the manager of the property Annie. The day we called to book the house she was unpolite we are were calling Saturday morning while she was up to someting else. She had an attitude. The whole stay her bitch style behaviour was way from what is expected from people working in tourism. Each time I was speaking over the phone with her I could hear Annie screaming things like what the hell do we want now. Last day she turned the wifi off to get rid of us as fast as possible (although our flight was at 12.30 anyway), we called to turn it on, she did not.
We didn't like the stay, didn't felt welcome at all and dont recommend Esquire Estates if you dont want to spoil holiday time with attitude as mentioned above.
There were also problems like:
- the pool hasn't been cleaned for a while so after some time you can find lots of leaves and bugs in water
- pool lamps out of order, what they telling about it is they do not know where is the switch, so you cannot use it
- tv not working, there were only 3 channels including 2 in spanish, staff were supposed to do someting with it, never did
- the water pressure in bath tub is so weak it takes over an hour to fill the tub
- air conditioning not efficient at all