Welcome, to the only stand alone single bedroom cottage on the Great Exuma island listed with Home Away and VRBO. It has one Bedroom with en-suite bathroom, sleeps two. All habitable rooms have a view of the sea. The bed configuration is one single Queen size bed.
1 With the fall in international oil prices, there is a chance that competition within air traffic may cause air travel prices to fall. We give you some ideas below for you to check out.
2 ECONOMIC FLIGHTS FROM the UK: Try Virgin Atlantic out of Manchester to Orlando (MCO). Then Bahamas Air to Nassau (NAS) but you have to over night in Nassau. Suggest Orange Hill Hotel. Then Bahamas Air or Sky Bahamas to George Town (GGT) or American Airlines MCO/MIA/GGT. Less than $1000 round trip for travel only.
Another lower price option: Air Canada on Sundays and some times Thursdays, C$231 Toronto Pearson YYZ to George Town GGT direct for round trip. Note, you have to request the Tango fare. LHR/YYZ C$380 round trip with British Airways and Sky Bahamas NAS to GGT $ 185. Prices fluctuate.
From Miami take the AA Eagle to GGT. Norwegian is offering flights London to New York GBP 149 from July 2014. - maybe that is only one way??
3 We have access to a private deserted island with a sand beach, within a cute bay and excellent snorkeling on the South Western end, only a mile from the cottage. Aerial picture included with our photographs. Ask Sharon for details, no landing charges. The only regular inhabitant is the Osprey who have young every year. You can ferry yourself to the island in our 15'0' Boston Whaler, paddle the kayaks across or walk at low tide. A Haitian sail boat was washed up on the northern beach.
4 Holiday Rent Payment ( this is the on line collecting company for HomeAway) : It is there for your use if you wish.
Toward the end of 2017 HomeAway started to charge between 5 - 12% on the rental cost for a "Service Fee", this in effect is a charge to the Visitor for a secure collection of their money and payment to us. We have noted that on occasions your remittance does not arrive in our Bank until after your arrival. Sorry, but admittance can not be allowed until payment is received. If you are in doubt - ask.
5 When you have made payment, email us to this effect. When we acknowledge we will adjusted the availability calendar and you are "booked".
OUR DEFAULT RATES ARE IN US$ please be mindful as some times the web site show the rental in GBP.
US$ rates are 120/ night 750/week or 2750/month plus $100 for change over fee and $250 Security and please add sufficient to cover Bank Charges. There are special rates for Heritage Week Festival, Regatta Week, Christmas and New Year. Please see the Rates page or ask Sharon
There will be no gritty sand in the house as we have a smooth rock bathing area with access ladder and freshwater shower as you exit the sea.
Great news: Sharon has purchased some Brand new Liker Kayaks. A sit on fisherman sport kayak and two paddle boards, yes made in China, with all sorts of bells and whistles. They have been obtained with the bone fishermen in mind. These will be complete with trolly to launch and retrieve them each night. A charge will be made for the use of these top of the line machines at $30/day.
Quiet location away from the noise of Town, airport race tracks and the like.
Internet: is installed in the Beach House and is operated by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company. this installation was made in 2012. However, it is provided at the behest of the server. We are on an island in the Atlantic Ocean and although we have the facility, paid all the fees etc. sometimes it may be temporarily, beyond our control, inoperative. Under these circumstances we request your cooperation.
Bone fishing: the accommodation is opposite 2 x 8 miles of, the best in the world, Bone-fishing flats...so we are told. It's a Bone-fisherman's delight. All facilities for DIY fishing but bring your own gear. Be advised that a Sport Fishing licence is required and can be obtained at the Administrator's Office during working hours.
The Beach House: we have separate accommodation for 4 adults, located on the same site. It can also be viewed from homeaway using ID 380206. It may be that this unit, on some peak occasions, has occupants at the same time as your booking at the Boat House. Please ask Sharon before you book for more detail.
Bone Fishermen: DIY Bone-fishing is practiced here, though professional Guides are available, we will be pleased to introduce you to reliable people. Bone-fishing is a sport/pass-time enjoyed right on our doorstep. Fishermen who have stayed with us claim that at our location Bone-fishing here is the best of its kind in the world. They get up early, Kayak out to the shallow banks no more than 50 yards (meters) from our dock. As with most fishermen they put them back into the water after a catch and photograph but it has been known for one or two to be brought home for lunch. Very tasty too I'm told.
Rod Hamilton the DIY bonefisherman of some acclaim who has a book on sale at Amazon has also been kind enough to recommend our residences to his fishing colleagues and has stayed with us on several occasions.
Sharon's Island: Only a mile away, you can sail, kayak, walk or swim to it. Once there you will be exposed to an uninhabited island save for the Osprey nesting on the south east corner. Next is the sandy cove, a cute little protected bay. Then on the south west side there are colourful fish to be seen while snorkeling, better than "Thunderball Cave" so we are told. The north side is shallow water usually used by the bonefishermen.
Kayaks and Sunfish: We have a sunfish sailing dinghy, A tandem Kayak a Sport fisherman Kayak and 3 Paddle boards that you can rent at $30/day. They can be used to better explore the water ways and land routes of the island. A scooter can be rented in town. $40/day
Sailing Sunfish: Sailing on the clear blue warm waters of the Bahamas is exhilarating and yet relaxing for those coming from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is good to be competitive with neighbours and their Sunfish. We now have six Sunfish owners on our strip and are in the process of forming a Sailing Club. We even offer to learners free instruction to sail.
Boston Whaler: We can arrange for you to have the use of a boat with outboard motor on the south side of the island by our visitors only. Please ask Sharon on arrival for details. The cost to use is $250/day, minimum 2 consecutive days, deposit $200 for any number of 24 hour days. However we can offer a discounted price of $175/day for 7 consecutive days.
Transportation: We have the use of a car, which we loan to our visitors who stay with us, on a "you bend it you mend it" basis. There are two, they are old but with TLC they serve their purpose and the cost to use is $60/day for the Hyundai Swift or $70/day for the Toyota Surf with roof rack and tow bar. In the event you elect to hire a vehicle from the Airport we will arrange to meet you in town on your first day.
Precautions: Visitors must be mindful that anywhere in the tropics there will be nasty insects around. On Exuma the most prolific are the mosquito and the 'no-see-ums'. Both of these can give you, nice fresh meat, a nasty bite, that is all BUT there is no need for this to happen if you take precautions.
First, they usually come out an hour before and after sunrise and sunset. Then, they cannot withstand a strong breeze and all the windows and external doors have fly screens. During the day, especially with children in the family in and out all the time these insects will get inside the house. You will be well advised to obtain a fly spray available at most grocers in order to spray the interior of the house before you retire. Not much is needed just a quick squirt in each corner of the room should be sufficient. Let us know if you are inconvenienced more than this.
Finally, when you arrive at the Immigration counter at the airport: Say to the Officer, you are staying with 'Sharon Wright', most of them know me, at 007 Sea Breeze Drive Bahama Sound 11 West.
One other note: After clearing Customs the Taxi Drivers will greet you at the door. Say to them you are staying with Sharon. They will tell you where we are waiting for you.