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Restored Historic Beach Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 7

This beautifully restored and modernized estate home of the late Sir Roland Symonette, first Premier of the Bahamas, retains its original elegance while enjoying modern comforts and conveniences. Hearts Ease, as Sir Roland named it, sits on a hill above a beautiful pink-sand beach. Hearts Ease enjoys spectacular 50-mile, 180-degree views of the beach and ocean below. It’s a short 100-yard walk down the hill to the beach.

At the entrance of the villa, you are greeted by three sets of French doors that open into a vast Great Room looking out over the ocean. The 16 foot ceilings, lovingly restored paneled walls, fireplace, and antique chandeliers combine with the views to make a stunning first impression. To the right is the Master Bedroom with private deck, large en suite bath and queen-size canopy bed, a spacious and delightful room.

To the left of the Great Room is the kitchen, fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and sliding glass doors to the patio. In addition to the Master Suite, Hearts Ease has two guest bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Each guest bedroom has access to a private outdoor sitting area, closet, and queen bed. Hearts Ease has a powder room convenient to the Great Room, and a large and fully equipped laundry room with washer and dryer.

The extensive outdoor living space includes a large screened porch, a beautiful low-walled patio of the same size, and a rooftop deck, all with spectacular ocean views. A gas grill is available for outdoor cooking. After a day on the beach, enjoy our private outdoor shower. Heart Ease is beautifully landscaped with tropical flowers, palm trees, and fruit and nut trees.

Hearts Ease is just 50 yards from a large and lovely pool shared with several other homes. Just past it is our pink sand beach. A short walk down the beach takes you to Sky Beach Club's excellent restaurant and bar, which has poolside service all day long. Other nearby fine dining includes Cocodimama, five minutes by car, and Tippys, 10 minutes away. The picturesque town of Governors Harbour, less then three miles away, has 19th century homes and churches, grocery stores, banks with ATMs, gift shops, liquor stores, dive shop, bakery, restaurants, and a restored historic library.

Hearts Ease is fully equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Amenities include air conditioning throughout, WIFI, landline phone, satellite TV, DVD player with video library, stereo system with CD player, video games, library of books, board games, children’s toys, beach chairs, beach umbrella, beach towels, and snorkel gear. For babies we have a crib and high chair.

Come relax and find peace at Hearts Ease, just as Sir Roland would have wished for you.

More Details

Property Manager
Pam Fontes and Matt Simon EVR
Speaks: english, french
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house was perfectly appointed both inside and out; it’s extremely clean, well maintained, and sitting in the perfect location. While not directly on the beach, it's maybe a couple hundred feet from the surf and trust me when I say you can easily hear the ever calming, sleep inducing, vacation relaxation mode song of the crashing Atlantic waves. The house provided everything we needed as a young family of 2 adults and 2 young boys, ages 4 and 2.

The house is situated up on a hill, so every beach front room, and most of them are, have awesome views of the sapphire gin colored ocean. The rooftop deck has ~4 deck chairs (lounge and rocking) to enjoy sunset cocktails and the screened-in porch is a must for dinner when the bugs are out at dusk and eating at home. There’s also a sweet hammock directly outside the master bedroom on the deck overlooking the ocean that my wife enjoyed at night.

The pool is only about 25 yards from the house and is in direct sunlight for the majority of the day and there’s no one ever there.

The Wi-Fi is strong enough to play Netflix movies for the kids if you run your device in the master bedroom, which was surprising considering the remoteness of the island. There’s also a large Bose sound station with a jack for your phone to play music. If you stream music like I do and want to use it over Wi-Fi then I strongly recommend moving the unit closer to the master bedroom but still out in the main family room on the floor where the signal is strongest – you don’t want your device to easily drop from the house internet and start sucking up your international data plan by accident (which it will do if you use your device in the kitchen and beyond it to the left of the house).

The house is also located in close proximity to downtown Governor’s Harbour and the airport – maybe 5 minutes in either direction and you’re at one or the other. This makes it really convenient for groceries, drinks, restaurants, etc.

Finally, Matt Simon and his team were incredibly helpful with all of the details that helped make this our favorite trip to date and he provided reputable people for: rental car, personal chef at the house, and baby sitter for adult date night.

We’d happily recommend the house Heart’s Ease, Matt and his team, and Eleuthera as an incredible beach destination for those looking to get away from it all on some truly jaw dropping beaches.
Jan 2016
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Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Tumbled Marble in master bath, Modern Bath with Victorian touch.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • 3 Queen beds, 1 Other bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is not allowed inside the home, Home has an oversized living/dining area for entertaining, 16' high tray ceilings and table service for 12.


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Restored Historic Beach Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.964286 based on 31 reviews

Simply Beautiful and Beyond Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We can't say enough about this island, the people and the home. Matt and Tara were so responsive when we booked and provided us with great information ahead of our trip. Heart's Ease was incredible. The views from the house and the roof deck are amazing as the sea changes colors throughout the day and the stars dance at night. We explored the entire island going as far south as Lighthouse Beach (amazing) and north to Spanish Wells for a boat tour of sandbars, sea turtles, swimming pigs and sting rays. There is so much to see and do. The best part was coming home to this luxurious home with it's high-end finishes and wonderful space for relaxing, cooking fresh fish and lobster. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anoka, MN

Best of the Best in Eleuthera!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Heart’s Ease tops our list for beauty, comfort and location! We rented Heart’s Ease with our family, 4 adults and 2 children (4 and 6) and it couldn't have been more perfect for our 7-day stay. It was impeccably clean, spacious and well equipped, with a convenient location just north of Governor’s Harbour. Brenda, the caretaker, could not have been more accommodating and helpful. (Don’t miss Brenda and Billy’s BBQ on Friday or Saturday in James Cistern.) Renting a car is a must! We were out and about every day discovering the beautiful beaches, meeting wonderful people and finding good places to eat. We did two excursions during our weeks stay. We loved sailing with Captain Bob Knaus, Eleuthera Sailing Adventures, from Bottom Harbor Beach to Man Island. We also had a wonderful adventure with Bahamas Ocean Safaris and Captain James Dunham, snorkeling with sea turtles and manatees, exploring hidden beaches and Sand Dollar Island. We would stay at Heart’s Ease again in a heartbeat, and recommend it to anyone we know!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent rental!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Beautiful location and amazing house! Everything was as advertised. Enjoyed being next door to the Sky Beach Club restaurant/bar. Would definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection in paradise

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as advertised

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House for a group of 6

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Hearts Ease. The layout of the home is perfect for 6 people. The home was in immaculate condition. All amenities were useable and in good condition.

The dining room was perfect for hosting dinner parties. We have been to the island a number of times now so we have made friends whom we had over for dinner. The nearby Sky beach Club and restaurant Pascals has great food and we spent many days and evenings over there. A quick walk down the path is all that's required.

Eleuthera Vacation rentals staff in particular Tara Davis were very responsive to questions and great to deal with.

The screened I porch is perfect for keeping away from the no see ums.

Our favorite beach was on the Caribbean side Coco Di Mama beach. You need to rent a car to travel to this beach but well worth it.

I would be happy to answer anyone's questions regarding the Island. I fell like it's may second home at this point.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Midlands

Beautiful, testefully furnished property

  • 5 of 5

We visited off season and this place was just up our street. Private yet walking distance down a beach path to a beach club for a drink and bite to eat, all mod cons, beautifully and tastefully decorated, lots of towels, beach towels provided etc and perfectly clean, well presented and well maintained.

Often, when we visit places we have a bad habit of saying to ourselves "if these was ours we would not have don't this and would have done that"...not at this place.

Location was perfect for us too - out of town but only 10 mins by car, a couple of minutes walk to the beautifully empty beach. It was private but with a few houses around so you didn't feel completely on your own / exposed.

DO get out and about though - There's lots to see in Eleuthera. Hire a small and capable 4x4 to get around as some of the beach "roads" are seriously "off road". There is a great book about the beaches - that you can get for the Kindle or iPhone kindle app. Take a Sat Nav as the book gives beach and road co-ordinates.

Brenda and Billy who are the property managers are simply lovely. They don't bother you at all but are there if you need them.

Be aware that Eleuthera prices are high and many want cash rather than card but everything has to be brought in to the island so that is to be expected.

We don't often recommend but this one we definitely do!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hearts Ease is located on the Atlantic side of the island, at Hut Pointe Beach, Wykee Estates, 3 miles north of Governors Harbour and 4 miles south of Governors Harbour Airport.

Other Activities: Spelunking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Rates are for up to 6 guests.
    Additional guests in excess of 6 are $50/night each.