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Pam Fontes and Matt Simon EVR

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french

Restored Historic Beach Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views

21 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Bahamas Estate Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 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 an expansive Great Room looking out upon 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 in all bedrooms and the kitchen, 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 towels, and snorkel gear. For babies we have a pack and play crib, high chair, and an all-terrain stroller.

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

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pam Fontes and Matt Simon EVR (Property Manager)
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Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

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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Restored Historic Beach Villa with Pool and Spectacular Views
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Family Escape

  • 5 of 5

My family of four just spent an amazing week at Hearts Ease. This is one of the most beautiful homes on the island. It is luxuriously decorated, yet still feels warm and comfortable. The house was impeccably clean! The kitchen was equipped with everything you need to prepare a nice meal. The sun was strong, and after a few hours my family was able to come up to the house from the beach (which we felt was the best on the island), and sit inside the screened in porch and eat, play games, or read a book and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean. The screened in porch was also a huge bonus at night when the mosquitos and no see-ums are out. There were plenty of towels and linens for the cooler nights. It was also a pleasant surprise that the house provided laundry and dishwasher detergent, just a little added bonus for a mom who didn't want to have to worry about such things on her vacation. There were plenty of movies for kids to watch at night, and board games as well. We rented a jeep and explored most of the island. Highly recommend visiting Queens Bath, and the Glass Bridge. My family loved walking over to Sky Beach club and eating at Pascals, great burgers and fantastic kid friendly menu. Our favorite though, was 1648, where we had 3 unbelievable dinners on the deck watching the sun set over the Caribbean Ocean. We had the wonderful privilege to meet Billy and Brenda Stubbs, the property caretakers. They were lovely and very, very helpful. We rented through Eleuthera Vacation Rentals and worked with Matt and Tara who made the process extremely easy. I highly recommend this house, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! We will definetely go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievably beautiful vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent almost two weeks at the house and had a truly fantastic vacation. The island is tranquil, the beaches are amazing - with the remark that we felt that the beach at the house is the best of the island, temperature of air and water are perfect. And we stayed in a generous, clean, well maintained, perfectly located house. We did not miss a single feature / item. Neither in the kitchen, nor the sports equipment. We can recommend this place without any hesitation whatsoever. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Wonderful Week!

  • 5 of 5

We had the good fortune to spend a week at this wonderful property. The property was in immaculate condition, the onsite caretakers (Brenda and Billy) were friendly and helpful, and the home was beautifully designed for a carefree week away with family. Additionally, Tara from Eleuthera Vacation Rentals was extremely helpful when we experienced some flight delays during our trip in to the island. We rented a car to get around, but there's a wonderful surfside restaurant 200 yards up the beach where we ate a couple of times. We also went into town and bought some fish to cook at the house for two nights. Finally, highly recommend the 1648 Restaurant - fabulous food. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a nicer, more relaxing trip. Highly recommend...

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Perfect family getaway on stunning Eleuthera

  • 5 of 5

We had the BEST family vacation on Eleuthera! We couldn't be more pleased with our stay at Heart's Ease. First of all, Eleuthera Vacation Rentals was extremely responsive from the moment of our first interaction. Their communication was clear and smooth. They checked in to ensure that our stay was going well. Billy & Brenda were helpful & greeted us on arrival. The house was perfect! We had two adult couples and two small children. The house fit us all, and it suited our needs with the magnificent kitchen. The large great room was great for the kids. The screened in porch was great for protecting us from mosquitoes in the evening. We loved all the options for decks to look out & enjoy the natural beauty that Eleuthera has to offer. We loved watching the sunrise in the mornings. The pool is shared between several houses, but we were the only ones using during our stay. It was clean too (thanks to Jeremy!). The house is very close to Sky Beach Club where we were able to grab dinner & drinks a couple times during our stay. The beach just a short walk from the house was clean & had beautiful sand. We loved exploring the island. Everyone was friendly. We particularly loved visiting French Leave Beach. We took a day trip to Harbour Island. We can't wait to go back to visit again & explore Eleuthera more. We loved every aspect of our trip & our stay at Heart's Ease. The house had everything you could think of!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Family Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Heart's Ease. Our party of 4 adults and 2 children all had plenty of space to unwind with the gentle sound of the Atlantic Ocean ! The house had everything we needed to make it feel like home. We loved enjoying a drink at the Sky Beach Club where Sammy was always welcoming us with a Pina Colada!

Matthew was very attentive to our needs and always got back to us right away with any questions we had. We can't wait to book our next trip to Eleuthera!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Amazing beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Heart's Ease. The house is gorgeous and the location is perfect! We are a family with four kids ages 8-18 and everyone loved it. We had a great tour with Fishbone Tours, scuba diving with Valentine's Dive Resort on Harbour Island, and even went cliff jumping at the Ocean Hole.

The management made everything super easy and smooth. We hope to get back again soon! Thanks for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Map

Car: recommended

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

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Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Apr 24 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Winter
Jan 4 2017 - Feb 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Apr 23 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.5%

Rates are for up to 6 guests. Add $50/night for each guest in excess of six.
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Security deposit: $1000

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Amenities

Bahamas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Oversized shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Twin SInks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Tumbled Marble in master bath, Modern Bath with Victorian touch.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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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