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Newly constructed cottage in quiet Hartswell

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

Open and airy two bedroom, one bath cottage

Bella Baracca construction was completed in July 2015. It is located in Hartswell, on the east end of Great Exuma.

Easily accessible, Great Exuma has daily flights from most major airlines into Georgetown (GGT). Once on Exuma, Hartswell is a quiet 18 mile drive across the island.

Bella Baracca is a very spacious 720 square feet with expansive views of the Caribbean sea from the front porch. The open design, with two bedrooms separated by the bathroom and open rafters, gives the feel of a much larger space.

After renting other peoples homes around the Caribbean, we developed the perfect property in our minds and set out to build it in the tropics. Perfect to us is quite simple and comes down to two things, cleanliness and functionality. All characteristics of this property were developed with these two qualities in mind.

When you enter the front door, you have the living room to the left and the kitchen to the right. The bathroom is straight ahead with bedroom on either side.

The kitchen with dinette is designed to be very easy to use right away. All of the counters and shelves are restaurant grade, stainless steel and there is not a door or drawer anywhere. This design eliminates the familiar feeling of not knowing where anything is during your stay. It will also be visibly clean.

While a small bathroom doesn't generally have many features to get excited about, we designed one in that we always enjoy. We have built in an oversized, glass door, tiled shower with two shower heads. The ceiling is open to the rafters, providing a large, open feeling. The bathroom will be stocked with fresh, bleach white towels before you arrive.

Both bedrooms are set up exactly the same with a full size bed, night stands, wardrobe and entertainment stand. There is a ceiling fan in both bedrooms to assist with air circulation. Like the bathroom, the linens are bleach white and will be freshly changed before you arrive.

The living room is a comfortable space with a couple futons for additional guests.

More Details

Kevin & Danielle Huitema
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 25, 2016

About Kevin & Danielle Huitema

Hi! We are Kevin and Danielle. We live and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the US.

Kevin & Danielle Huitema purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Kevin & Danielle Huitema chose Exuma

We have been traveling the Caribbean since our honeymoon in 2006. The more we traveled, the more we refined our definition of 'perfect get away'. Some places are gorgeous, but too difficult to get to. Others are easy to get to, but too developed for our tastes. Then we came across the Bahamas, easy to get to, yet not too developed. From there the decision was easy.


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(1 traveler reviews)

Newly constructed cottage in quiet Hartswell
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Chris and Rena

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 7 days in Hartswell at this cottage. Feb.8th thru Feb.15th,2017. It was exactly what we wanted!! Extremely private and secluded. Short drive to anywhere on the island. Stunning beaches within minutes from the cottage. It was very nice to have a car ready. Loved every moment there and on the island, the locals are extremely friendly and very helpful, the food was to die for !! Best vacation ever !!!!! Thank you Kevin and Danielle :)

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Georgetown, Exuma (airport code: GGT)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Tropic Breeze
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Sandals Resort
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Tropic Breeze
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Big Bay
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Hartswell Cottage Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Hartswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is a comfortable space at 66' square feet and the oversize shower occupies about 24'! The shower is also plumbed with a shower head at both ends for the times when there may be more than one occupant.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Both bedrooms are furnished with a full size bed (IKEA Malm), two night stands (IKEA Brusali), a wardrobe (IKEA Pax) and TV stand (IKEA Hemnes)...sorry, no TV's. There are two large windows and a ceiling fan with lights. Both rooms are painted in bright, Bahamian colors.
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
You will be minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches and world class snorkeling imaginable. The water is comfortable year round, 70's in the winter months and 80's in the summer. After the sun goes down, the sky gets dark before becoming filled with stars that few of us get the opportunity to see anymore. Whether it be sitting on the front porch or laying on a beach, don't miss this chance. The people of Exuma are perhaps the greatest amenity. Our interactions have been as tourists, clients and, more recently, friends.

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