|Minimum Stay||5 - 14 nights|
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Want the “wow!” factor?
Impress your friends, family or just yourselves by renting this amazing historic house on the Bayside of Harbour Island in a gem of a position in Dunmore Town.
Strawberry House has it all – location, history, elegance, views, sunsets and 21st century technology.
This newly renovated and totally refurbished 3 bed, 3 bath house has been lavished with upscale finishing touches that make it the hottest rental property in the town.
It was available for rental for the first time in March 2011.
Today Harbour Island is regarded as one of the gems not only of the Bahamas, but also of the whole Caribbean region. Its fabulous three mile pink coral beach is rightly seen as the biggest tourist magnet as well as the friendly locals and its fantastic array of stylish restaurants and boutique hotels.
Strawberry House is on the favoured Bayside and within two minutes walk to the best restaurants on the island – The Landing and The Rock House – just a five minute cart ride to famous pink beach
If you know Harbour Island, then you know all about the quaint “New England” architecture that takes on a distinct Caribbean and Colonial style that manifests itself in the heart of Dunmore Town.
Strawberry House not only defines this style but also has become one of the most photographed and painted houses with its iconic octagonal weather-vane tower and its delicious strawberry colored exterior.
Reputedly built around 1840, the House is one of the few limestone houses on the island and was originally built for the renowned local Albury family – at one time was the local hardware store.
Outdoor entertainment area with bar, gas grill, and covered kitchen area, Swimming pool with beautiful landscaping and shaded areas and Several outdoor terraces to either relax or watch the world go by.
Last year the house changed owners and has been extensively, but sympathetically renovated to make the three bedroom, three bath accommodation suitable for 21st century living. As Its new British owners’ winter residence they have lavishly equipped Strawberry House with a custom designed full kitchen incorporating upscale appliances, beautiful silver gray travertine bathrooms and an amazing outside entertaining area which includes a covered outdoor kitchen and rose color granite countertops. Yet they have retained the feel of a historic Bahamian house.
Inspired by cool gray driftwood tones the house has a light airy feel with the whole of the ground floor magnificently tiled in silver travertine tiles and the walls beautifully faux finished to create a truly inspiring overall impression.
A cathedral style pecky cypress ceiling has been beautifully pickled and enables two Fanimation twin fans to steal the limelight. The whole ceiling is surrounded by a beautiful 12 inch coving which conceals lighting that adds a beautiful luster in the evening. The walls are faux finished by a local painter in cream and beige tones to contrast the original dark stained abaco pine floorboards.
Re-furnished with upscale furniture from Drexel Heritage and Restoration Hardware.
The kitchen has been designed for practicality and entertaining. Two long Corian countertops are framed with a superb double bowl granite sink. A custom fit French Door Fridge Freezer, a beverage cooler for wine, together with Kitchen Aid Dishwasher, Cooker, Warming Drawer and Microwave make up the essentials of the kitchen.
Whilst the old master bedroom was large (by Bahamian Cottage standards) – the master bath was tiny and featured a tiny shower room and washbasin. By radically redesigning the available space the new owners have created a truly beautiful master suite that includes twin closets, twin bowl vanity unit, a separate shower and a luxurious slipper tub. The whole bathroom has full height silver travertine tiles accented by complementary mosaic and dado tiles. Kohler faucets and a unique floor mounted mixer faucet for the tub. A shutter wall in distressed maple divides the bathroom from the bedroom affording as much or as little privacy as required.
The master bedroom is dominated by a Queen bed from Heavenly at Westin® and has two mirrored nightstands. Either the remote controlled air conditioning unit or the stylish Fanimation ceiling fan achieves a comfortable temperature. The décor is the same as the upstairs living area with a blend of cream, beiges and grays. French doors lead to a private terrace for early morning coffee or breakfast.
A motorized drop down lift conceals the 32” Flatscreen TV to enable a great garden view.
2nd Master Suite
The bedroom has another Queen bed from Heavenly at Westin® with antique ivory nightstands and matching headboards. A mirrored armoire provides ample storage space together with a tall cupboard. Like the main master, air conditioning is remote controlled and a Fanimation® fan offers an alternative. The bedroom is decorated in light blue to complement the view through to the pool by way of full-length plantation shutters to the bath.
A 26inch flatscreen TV is fixed to the wall.
The adjoining bathroom has a delightful vanity unity with marble countertop and a tub and integrated shower. Plantation shutters in the bathroom offer privacy from the pool. Once again full height silver travertine tiling is used in the bath with matching flooring
In order to offer flexible accommodation the second guest bedroom has twin beds in a stunning weathered oak with matching nighstand and dresser.
Again a 26inch Flatscreen TV, a Mitsubishi a/c unit and a Fanimation fan complete the bedroom.
Adjacent to the bedroom is a charming “Jack and Jill” shower room with a vanity unit that matches the bedroom furniture. As ever silver travertine is used throughout and weathered oak plantation shutters offer privacy.
Keywords: Recently renovated
All en suite bathrooms
Private Heated (Extra Charge) Pool
Outdoor Bar & Kitchen
Furnished by Restoration Hardware
Heavenly Beds by Westin
Large outdoor dining areas
Security system & Safes
Cable TV in all rooms
Back Up Generator
Andrew and Pauline have been married for over thirty years and originate from England. We have two sons and a gorgeous granddaughter born in March of this year.
In 2006 we were fortunate to take early retirement and discovered Harbour Island. Since then we have spent much of our winter on the island and spend the summer in the south of France.
We enjoy skiing, boating, a bit of fishing and drinking Provence rose interspersed with the odd gin and tonic.
Andrew Jackson purchased this house in 2010
This is not a vacation rental in the ordinary sense of the meaning as we spend a good few months at the property. As such we have furnished the property as a home rather than as merely an income generator.
Therefore Strawberry House has been a labour of love, lavishing neat touches and upscale fittings and fixtures to ensure a luxurious living experience.
Convenience to the best restaurants on the island.
A private pool in an oasis of calm close to the center of the village.
Great for outdoor dining and socialising.
Easy accessibility for all that Harbour Island offers with a short stroll to the world famous pink beach.
Just wanted to let you know how much we loved Strawberry House. Everything about it is perfect from the lovely decorating to every small detail. The fabulous weather held for us & continues to- we are staying 5 extra days on the island!
We would be very interested in renting again next year for additional weeks
…….We are very appreciative of the opportunity to stay in your amazing house
Our group of four adults and two tweens were a perfect fit for this lovely home. The bay side location is a block from the water taxis and all the restaurants and shops in Dunmore Town. While folks have their preferences for one side or the other, I like the bay side as it is less blustery at night on the verandas etc. We used golf carts to zip around (mostly to the grocery and out at evenings to resorts and restaurants and the ocean side) but much of the island is walkable. Each morning we walked to the opposite side of the island (5 minutes--a minute by golf cart) and did 4 mile beach walks -- heaven! We runned speed boats most days too. So much to do and the water is always beckoning. Andrew's home offers many areas for enjoyment indoor and out. Nice views, comfortable nooks, private and lush. The kids were in the pool everyday. The adults enjoyed cocktails on the mid-level and topside perches. Nice breezes made for perfect nights. We cooked in for breakfast and several dinners which is a money saver as the restaurants are pricey. The kitchen has much of what you need--not gourmet but better than most rentals for sure and a water cooler. The beds were extremely comfortable and the bedroom AC units made for a good night's rest. Daily light cleaning service and on-island house manager were appreciated. Truly a great experience and beautiful home and a big contributor to how much we loved Harbour Island. We will rent this same place when we return (which I hope is soon!)
What a truly wonderful and unforgettable stay at a Strawberry House. From the moment we stepped into this beautifully renovated and charmingly decorated heritage home on Harbour Island, we felt as if we were in a very special place indeed. Spacious and luxurious, the rooms are appointed with all the mod cons you might need, while retaining all the best aspects of Bahamian style. The air conditioning is state of the art, which in August was a must! and made the house a lovely cool retreat from the heat of the day. There was always a perfect spot on one of the many verandas for reading or book or relaxing. And the pool was a real plus. We loved our time here, and it added a whole level to our stay on Harbour Island, which is a gem in itself! We felt very taken care of by the property staff, and everything was always immaculate.
A bonus was some of the best nights sleep, the beds are amazing, so good in fact - I'm recreating it at home! This is a great location on the island as you get to watch the sunsets, if you want to see the sunrise, you just get up early and take a 3 minute golf cart ride to Pink Sand beach, perfect! Some of our favourite places to eat are within easy walking distance, plus of course you have a great kitchen for eating in. I've been coming Harbour Island for a few years now, and this is by far the most stellar accommodation yet. This is truly a home and not just a vacation property. Highest recommendation.
We rented this fabulous house for 5 nights. It was extremely well -equipped with all the comforts you'd expect in a 5-star accommodation. Within walking distance to the best of everything on Harbour Island.
We have visited Harbour Island for many years and have stayed on boats, in houses, and at resorts.... Strawberry house trumps them all. The grocery selection on the island is vastly improved and the amenities at the house are outstanding - no reason to go out to dinner every night like you must when staying at a resort. And at Harbour island prices, that will save you a lot. We enjoyed the state of the art washer and dryer (it allowed us to pack half as many clothes - no overweight bags!). It's not necessary to stay on the water on this island. Half the fun is renting a golf cart for your stay and riding (or walking) to the beach and cruising around the island searching for its hidden gems. Harbour Island needs to be experienced - it's not the kind of place where you park yourself at a resort and never leave the property. We also rented a boat a few times from Duke at the Government dock (about 100 paces from the house) and ran to Man Island for lunch and hit all the snorkeling spots around the island - Duke will tell you where to go. The pool was nice too - that is a must if renting a house on this island. I give Strawberry House my highest recommendation.
Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Strawberry House. Your property easily surpassed our expectations, which were lofty based on the images we saw on the listing.
Over the years, we have visited many of the Bahamas out islands (including Harbour Island) but Strawberry House added a new dimension to our experiences. So many thoughtful, modern amenities, so many authentic features, so many cozy little nooks to read a book.
When we turned the corner on Murray street, we would look at Strawberry House with pride and think, “Wow, that’s our house!” (For a few days anyway…)
Like many who visit Harbour Island, we had planned a number of dinners out. We only did it once because of the love affair we developed with the second floor veranda. The hit of the week! A perfect space to share with good friends, or family, at the end of another perfect day.
I also want to mention the wonderful job Jenny did during our stay. Every day we dutifully made our beds as carefully as we could, and she came in and re-made them to perfection!!
Steve, Linda, Peter, Lucy, Chuck and Sally.
My wife and I have been going to Harbour Island for years and each time we rent a different house. That is a tradition we have abandoned since finding Strawberry House. For my 40th birthday this year we decided that we would return to Strawberry house, and found it even better than we remembered. The location just can't be beat. The proximity to the best restaurants, bars, the government dock, and now to the fresh conch salad stand can not be overstated. If you have children (we have 2) the pool is a huge plus, and the upstairs living room design works perfectly. The kitchen is more than adequate for preparing family meals, and the air conditioners cool the rooms quickly. If you are looking for a beautifully renovated, historic house in the center of all the action, then you have found it in Strawberry House.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 3 2017
14 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Feb 18 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,093|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.