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Makia & Charlotte Gibson

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Stay for 6 nights, get the 7th night FREE!* Island cottage opposite the ocean.

36 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

New Providence Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8! 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Cottage w/ Sea Views. 3 Minute Walk To The Beach

Birdsong Specials:

*Stay with us for 6 nights and get the 7th night FREE in 2016. Sorry, not available during the Christmas period.

Birdsong was built in 2009. A modern cottage with just over 1,500 sq.Ft of living space and an additional 500 sq.ft of verandah outdoor living. Situated on a beautifully landscaped property, framed by native trees and flowers - the property attracts local birds of all kinds, hence the name birdsong!

You will enjoy our private 3 bed/2 bath home in a quiet and secluded Bahamian community (4th bed is a sofa bed in the lounge). The local beach is a short 3 minute walk away, and our second community beach is less than 5 minutes away by car. A short 15 minute drive will get you to the world famous Cabbage Beach and Atlantis Resort and Casino. Take the Birdsong snorkels, beach chairs and umbrellas with you.

Enjoy a quick sandwich or a gourmet home cooked meal prepared in our fully equipped and modern kitchen which includes a stainless steel gas range and gas oven, large stainless steel fridge/freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal and other kitchen must haves!

Our outdoor eating area gets you in a festive Bahamian spirit as it is nestled in the gardens under massive coconut fronds! It's an especially great location to savor your favorite cocktails! Grill your catch of the day or a great steak from the nearby supermarket (less than 1 mile away) on our kettle charcoal grill!

Our master bedroom with ensuite bath has a king bed and features a walk-in closet. Our second bedroom has a queen bed, and our third bedroom has 2 single beds. Rooms 2 and 3 have easy access to a second full bathroom. Our home also boasts a convenient laundry closet with a washer/dryer for your convenience. However, in authentic bahamian style - we also have a clothes line available as no drying source is more efficient than the sun…and we have plenty of sun at birdsong in historic Nassau, Bahamas!

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Makia & Charlotte Gibson (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Makia & Charlotte Gibson

We are a blended family of a native Bahamian boy and a roaming New Zealander girl. Having met more than 13 years ago - we have been married over 10 years and have made a home at Birdsong for our 2 sons. Zealous travelers, we wanted to create a home that was just what a transient family would need to be super comfortable - so we know that you will be comfortable too in our beautiful Bahamian home!

Makia & Charlotte Gibson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Makia & Charlotte Gibson chose New Providence

After a long search, we decided on this property because of its proximity to the beach! Also, we were captivated by its quiet and secluded location - yet it is very accessible!

What makes this cottage unique

The gardens are lush - and when all the flowers are in full bloom, the views and colors are resplendent! Not to mention, the fruit trees: coconuts, sea grapes, young mango and avocado trees (not yet blooming).

Reviews

4.8
based on 36 traveler reviews

Stay for 6 nights, get the 7th night FREE!* Island cottage opposite the ocean.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 36 reviews
5

Beautiful in person as in the marketing photos.

  • 5 of 5

After arriving at Lyndin pindlin air port three hours late on Silver Airways, and retrieving one of our lost baggage. We went to pick up our car reserved online with thrifty... The drive to Bird Song was very easy, no problems. We arrive about 9pm and was greated by Karen and her beautiful grandson. My kids started to play with him immediately as Karen went over the rules and some suggestions to make our stay a great one.

Getting around from Bird Song was so very easy as the main road runs through the City's main attractions. Atlantis is about 10 min away and a 2$ tole to cross the bridge to Paridise island. During our week stay, we used the book available at the house to plan our daily trips. The kids enjoyed the beaches as we visited many... The best being on Paridise Island.. ( directions in the book) . We brought most of our meets and breakfast food in a cooler from the States. (No problems with customs just Extra bakage charge, but worth the cost). Lights in the island goes and comes, we we're unfortunately there for two in 7 days. Not home for one. The house.... Very beautiful, clean, roomy and practical. The Internet and cable and phone worked great, with a day down down time of Wifi and phone... Both fixed ASAP by Karan. For the price and location Birdsong is a great choice for a family on a budget or not. Five stars for sure... Minus.05 for the one day without phone and wifi.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review Birdsong and the location. We wish we had some control over the power and wifi! We are delighted you had a lovely stay, thanks for choosing us!
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5

Comfortable, Cheery, and Clean!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment of first contact, the Gibsons were great! Helpful, attentive, and kind, they quickly gained my trust and confidence. Although we never personally met, they strike me as good people. The caretaker, Karen, is also tops! She was very sweet and extremely helpful upon arrival. Also, the driver they suggest using - Joe W. - is highly recommended. He was reliable, always on time, and charged a very fair rate; to say nothing of his kind personality and helpful information.

The home itself is wonderful! The gardens that surround it are beautiful, making for a great space to lounge, grill, etc. The high hedges offer privacy and the neighborhood is relatively quiet. The interior of the home is well maintained, sporting an excellent kitchen with all the amenities (great kitchenware!) that made cooking fun and clean up easy! The bedrooms are quite comfortable. The common space spacious. The bathrooms fine. The house has A/C units throughout that quickly cooled the house down even on the hottest of days (99 F). And best of all, the house is remarkably clean. We had not a single compliant about the house itself. My brothers and I felt very much at home in the house.

The beaches. The descriptions on the profile page highlight a quick 3-min walk to a nearby beach (SW of the house - turning right on main road), which was a big plus for us. Unfortunately, upon arrival, it was repeatedly recommended that we not spend time at said because it was "off the beaten path." The tone implied it was unsafe. Instead, it was suggested that we head to another beach 15-mins away by foot (NE of the house - turning left on the main road). The beach further away was great - clean, quiet, great neighborhood, a nice walk but, again, 15-mins away. The closer beach we did visit once. We never felt unsafe. However, it was not as clean (trash, broken glass) and a lot more crowded.

The Palm Cay is a gated community down the road (25-min walk). Average food but a very beautiful space. I'd recommend it as a nice lunch out. We also spent a day at comfort suites (paradise island) to get access to Atlantis. After the fact, we discovered that we could have walked onto the beach (25°05'01.8"N 77°18'56.9"W) for free. If you pack a cooler, in theory, you could have a taxi drop you off early and pick you up late. While the room gave us access to the resort, if you're looking to save a few hundred dollars, this is an option.

Overall, a pleasant spot for R&R. I'd stay there again

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a detailed response. We are really happy to share our home with guests who get to enjoy what we think is the best of both worlds - a warm and comfortable home away from home in one of the world's best destinations! We think a vacation at Birdsong is the authentic Bahamas! We will be sure to pass on your commendations to Joe and Karen and look forward to welcoming you back to Birdsong again soon! Our best, Makia and Charlotte
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5

Accommodations worked great for our family of six!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Nassau for a destination wedding. We had never used a VRBO home in the past and thought with six adults that this would be a good time to try it out. We selected the Bird Song house and we were very happy with our accommodations. The size worked perfectly and we particularly enjoyed the gardens spending much of our time out there. While it was not on the beach, it was only a short walk. I have to comment that Karan who helped us with check-in and out was wonderful. She went above and beyond! Thanks for a great place to enjoy our time in the Bahamas.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed the garden and that Karan was able to help out. We hope to see you again in the future!
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5

Home away from home in the Bahamas!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Birdsong in June 2016. What a nice, comfy house! I stayed with my sister and my three children and we had plenty of room.

The beach near the house was nice. It was not busy and we went to the house beach about three times during our stay. The water was warmer at the house beach than anywhere else we swam. There is snorkel equipment at the house, and we did bring along a beach blanket of our own which we were glad to have. My sister picked up one at Kohl's for $15. Have more room in your suitcase for souvenirs by leaving your beach towels at home, as the house has plenty for everyone. It may be more comfortable to have water shoes at the beach. I was fine without them but my kids were glad they had them.

The grocery store was close by and we had rented a car to have the convenience of driving ourselves around. Adding up all the taxi rides we would need, to go to the house from the airport, downtown, to Paradise Island, and back to the airport, it wasn't much more to have a car.

The yard is so beautiful, it was nice to sit outside in the evening and enjoy the birds while we grilled. A very quiet neighborhood and the backyard is private.

We didn't need bug spray at all which was a nice surprise.

If you have small bars of soap, like hotel bars, bring them along for the showers.

Thanks to the Gibson's for opening up their house, they were accommodating hosts and replied back to questions very quickly.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Danelle for your review and sharing so many details! Your information will be very helpful for others deciding on renting verses a taxi service. We are delighted you enjoy your stay and we look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, Makia & Charlotte
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5

We were very pleased with our choice here

  • 5 of 5

The place was great. Everything in the photos are spot on. We liked the beach around the corner and down the block. Nice quiet without tons of people. We had 5 people and there was plenty of room. We did not get a chance to use the bbq only because we were out a lot. Neighborhood was quiet and the people were friendly. When we come back to the Bahamas and we will, this where we will stay.

PS if you want to tour the island, ask Makia about Joe Wemyss. Best tour I have been on.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Harry for the review! We will pass on your feedback to Joe. See you on your next holiday, glad you had a lovely stay.
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5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a beautiful house! Great place to get away from all of the busy and tourist of town. The garden and landscaping was immaculate. The house was immaculate and everything was great. We walked to the beach, it was literally across the street& all the taxi drivers knew Stokes Mansion. Karan, the property manager was great and helpful. The only downfall was the price of the groceries.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback! We hope you see you next year for another week in warmth!
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Map

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Lyden Pindling International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Montagu Garden Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Bahamas Ferries
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Ocean Club Estates on Paradise Island
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Billfish Grill at Palm Cay
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Yamacraw Hill Beach
Car: recommended

Birdsong is located in tranquil Eastern New Providence. Eastern New Providence is known for its well established and family oriented residential communities. Birdsong is located on a quiet street surrounded by established family homes. In less than 5 minutes by car, guests can reach Super Value, the oldest and most popular grocery store chain in The Bahamas. Also located within 5 minutes are fast-food restaurants (Wendy's, Dominos Pizza, Marco's Pizza to name a few) and authentic Bahamian fast-food options too - most notably Bamboo Shack. A very well stocked liquor store only 5 minutes away by car, combined with 2 community beaches, one 5 minutes by foot and the other 3 minutes by car - make our community a convenient option for those looking to get away.

For more excitement and to mingle with throngs of vacationers, the vibrant and historic Downtown Nassau is easily accessible by car. The Straw Market which is located downtown is a fun way to barter for souvenirs. There are also any number of other shopping options available downtown to suit every budget.

The world famous Atlantis Resort and Casino is a must visit as well as a swim at Cabbage Beach - one of the most beautiful and pristine in the world. Both attractions are located on Paradise Island which is a short ride away.

New Providence Island is just 21 miles long by 7 miles wide (at its widest point). Therfefore the whole Island is our community! Nothing is far away - however knowing the best time of day to travel on the roads is critical.

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Rates & Availability

Nassau & Paradise Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Last Minute Deal!
Jul 24 2016 - Jul 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$159
$477
 
 
Last Minute Deal
Aug 2 2016 - Aug 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$159
$477
 
 
My peak season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$228
$1,600
$5,440
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee p/w $100
Refundable damage deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Half of your rental fee is due within 5 working days of booking to confirm your reservation.
The rental balance and security deposit is due 30 days prior to arrival.
See our rental terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

New Providence Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master ensuite bathroom is convenient and relaxing.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The Master bedroom is spacious and boasts a king sized bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , The second bedroom enjoys brisk breezes!
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Sleep young children or single friends! Pack n' play too.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We look forward to sharing our inside knowledge of The Bahamas with you! You can expect to get ideas about doing things off the beaten track, taking a different route and seeing another part of island life following a confirmed booking. In addition, we have a reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy taxi driver available for airport pick-up and other trips throughout your stay. Just a reminder; the living room couch doubles as a a double sofa bed! We look forward to your visit!

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