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Matthew Simon EVR

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Magnificent 10-Bedroom Beachfront Compound w/ Private Pool on French Leave Beach

23 Reviews
Sleeps25
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms10
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Eleuthera Estate Rental Photos and Description

10 Bedrooms, 11 Bathrooms, Sleeps 27

Lush Life is the best house on the best beach in the best town on Eleuthera. It is the most popular vacation rental on the island, a property with an ideal layout for multiple families, reunions, and small weddings.

This luxurious beachfront compound is located directly on the pristine, pink-sand French Leave Beach, which has been ranked among the top 20 beaches of the world. There are just a few other houses on this mile-long beach. It is usually deserted. Lush Life was the setting for the 2010 Tyler Perry/Janet Jackson film, ''Why Did I Get Married Too'', which was shot on location in the house and on its beach, pool, and grounds. Lush Life has a total of four structures with 9 bedrooms (10 bedrooms with optional Gardener's Cottage), 10 baths, 4 kitchens, beautifully landscaped grounds, and a large heated pool. Maid service three days a week is included, as is a nearby caretaker. Other staff including a selection of cooks and chefs, are available upon request.

The proximity of the compound to the water, accentuated by multiple seating areas on and almost on the beach, as well as a new, large “Sky Box” built over a dune, offer unparalleled opportunities to drink in the beauty of one of the most stunning beaches in the World.

Situated in the prestigious Banks Road, where Governors Harbour’s great estates are located, Lush Life is less than a mile from Tippy's famous beachfront restaurant and bar, the Banks Road Deli, Da Perk, the new “1648” restaurant, and the 360-year-old town of Governor’s Harbour.

The houses at Lush Life were exquisitely designed, and built to the most exacting modern standards of workmanship. They feature Brazilian hardwood floors, cypress cedar ceilings, custom tile, electronic mini-split air-conditioning systems, and decor by one of the Bahamas' premier interior designers. The home is continuously upgraded and maintained to the highest standards that an out island setting allows.

Lush Life is rented to just one group at a time. The compound consists of the following structures:

The Main House: This magnificent Bahamian Colonial mansion has 4 king bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and sleeps 8. The large great room, hall, formal dining room, and expansive veranda look directly out upon French Leave Beach, one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. The extraordinary kitchen would satisfy any master chef, and is designed to handle the largest dinner parties. It is equipped with two large refrigerators, giant freezer, gas range, and more.

The Guest Cottage: This 2-bedroom cottage overlooks the pool and has ocean views. It has a full kitchen and three baths, and is connected to the Bunk Room and Studio Apartment.

The Bunk Room: This structure, connected to the Guest Cottage on one side and the Studio Apartment on the other, consists of a large bedroom and private bathroom. The bedroom is furnished with 3 bunk beds and 3 trundle beds, sleeping up to 9 children.

The Studio Apartment: This cozy cottage with views across the pool at the beach and ocean, is linked to the Bunk Room. It has a large living/bedroom area with a four-poster bed, a kitchen, and a private bathroom.

The Pool Cabana: This bright one-bedroom house is on the beach and beside the pool. It has a king bedroom, a large living room, and a full kitchen and bath.

The Gardener's Cottage: The optional Gardener’s Cottage is a full size-studio with a king bed, full bath and kitchen. The caretaker of Lush Life normally resides in the Gardener’s Cottage, which is located near the entrance from the street, separated from the rest of the property. If you need the additional space for your party, the caretaker can relocate during your stay and make the Gardener’s Cottage available. An additional charge will apply.

Lush Life comes with everything you need to enjoy your stay on Eleuthera including flat-screen satellite TVs with DVD players, high-speed internet with WIFI, desktop computer, free VOIP telephone line, books, and games. Outdoor amenities include a heated pool, gas grill, kayak, surfboards, and an outdoor ping pong table. Lush Life comes with housekeeping 3 times a week. A cook and other staff are available for an additional charge. There is a generator on premises. The home is continuously upgraded and maintained to the highest standards an out island setting allows.

LOCATION INFORMATION

Lush Life is located directly on French Leave Beach, an idyllic, mile-long, pink-sand beach with only half a dozen houses on its entire length. The surf is very mild, protected by a large reef system that parallels the shore. The water is among the clearest in the world. Just offshore from Lush Life is an excellent reef for snorkeling, inhabited by many colorful reef fishes.

The town of Governors Harbour, a mile away, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreigners. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing, is not to be missed.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Matthew Simon EVR (Property Manager)
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 23 traveler reviews

Magnificent 10-Bedroom Beachfront Compound w/ Private Pool on French Leave Beach
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

The magnificent compound made for a perfect family vacation. The attentive staff made us feel like we had our own private resort. From raking the beach every morning, to putting out fresh towels at the pool to arranging private chefs, and fishing trips - all like the best concierge at any 5 star resort. We so enjoyed being together in this pristine spot and being pampered. Thank you for sharing your exquisite home!

Terri K.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Exceeded every expectation!!!

  • 5 of 5

I opened the front door and said out loud, “This exceeds all of my expectations”. The panoramic view is spectacular. The bedrooms in the main house are gorgeous, each with a balcony. The additional Guest Apartment accommodations are equally impressive. The staff is attentive and ready and willing to help you with everything from booking a turtle/starfish excursion to fishing boat, jet skiis, to a live band at the house, …even to creating the best beach bonfire I’ve ever attended. Oh, and let me not forget the professional family photo session we booked. My entire family of 16 came together for a week of beautiful memories, including morning coffee up in the new elevated gazebo (aka Bahamian skybox). The pristine sugar-like beach is more breathtaking than described. The “your wish is my command” property manager is the most attentive I’ve ever met. We loved every minute of it! A huge thank you to the private owners for creating this very private resort and sharing it with us lucky renters.

Bernadette…Long Island, New York

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Resort style private home on a pink sand beach!

  • 5 of 5

Lush Life for the second time in a row provided us with a magnificent setting for our family vacation. Incredible pink sand beach that you can call your own, private, crystal clear ocean. Pristine, well appointed home in which all guests enjoy beautifully decorated cottages and a main house. The care takers attention to details for their guests will make anyone's vacation a dream. Looking forward to come back. This is a picture perfect, extremely well maintained property in an spectacular Bahama beach !!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

One word... Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Lush Life is truly a 1st class experience. You feel like you are at a Four Seasons. The house is everything and more that the photos depict. Staff is exceptional and has uncanny ability to show up when you need or want something.

We had a group of 13 family members down and felt like the place had been customized for our stay. Everyone had very large bedrooms and baths. Plenty of quite places to "kick back" after a day on beach, boats or snorkeling.

Beach and water off is insanely beautiful. Great 2.2 mile walk to end and back of French Leave and very private. Maybe passed 6 people all week on walks. Plenty of beach toys to play with and places to party if you want to.

While on Eleuthera, we went fishing with Paul Petty, great captain, caught a bunch of grouper, snapper and trigger fish. Missed some Mahi Mahi but caught a barracuda. Caretaker Skip Miller's family is awesome and one of his son's took some of our crew out deeper snorkeling and fishing where they had a blast.

Terrific and fun restaurant Tippy's is about a 1.5 miles walk around other side of beach. Food is great (seafood étouffée will blow your mind) and fun bar. Governors Harbor has a few good restaurants close by in addition to Tippy's. Buccaneer House has some of the best conch fitters I've ever eaten and 1849 had great grouper and burgers. But in all honesty, didn't really want to leave the house and compound to go out much. It's pretty damn special.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Most amazing place... Paradise found

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 16 (8 couples) from Montreal celebrating my husband's 60th - From arrival to departure we were treated like royalty...All the rooms are beautiful and have separate bathrooms, the house' layout is perfect for large groups and we were all able to be seated at the dining room table together to dine on Pascal Burrows awesome meals...Skip, Jackie and T-Pa were amazing, always there if you need something and going above and beyond for us. The beach is beautiful and the sand is really pink - great for walks. Would definitely go back if the occasion arises. Thank you to Matthew Simon and Tara Davis for making it super easy to book and for all the information and help...

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Atlanta Georgia
5

Better than expected

  • 5 of 5

We rented Lush Life for our wedding. It was the perfect place to host the wedding and was large enough to house most of the guests all at one location. We wanted the entire wedding party to be at the same place to avoid any logistical issues. The property is perfect for this because it has several buildings allowing the wedding party to be separate but comfortable on the wedding day. Yes the property is pricey but when you factor in your wedding venue , reception and lodging for a large group , it actually turns out to be a very good deal.

The entire property is amazing. The mane house seems to get all of the attention but its really the property as a whole that make it such a great place to vacation. The studio , bunk room, two bedroom and the pool house are all fantastic. Each is truly nice enough to rent on its own. The pool is just right . big enough to be fun but doesn't dominate the property. The outside area is great. The grill actually works very well. Obviously the highlight is the beach and yes it is almost always empty. I think we may have had 6-7 other people on the beach during the entire week we were there. The staff is perfect. So polite, so professional , so accommodating. We felt so comfortable with the staff that we invited them to the wedding. By the way, if you are getting married here or anywhere on the island, I strongly recommend Mish and her husband.

Our trip did not go without it's issues. There was some miscommunication between part of my group and the house management. The owners were coming the following Sunday and some remodeling was started at the end of our stay. At the time it was big deal and I wish it had not occurred but even with that taking place I still call this my favorite place and I hope I can return someday. I will definitely be back on the Island , hopefully this summer. I will also stop by to say hello to Skip who is in every way a great property manager and from what I can tell an all around good person.

I could go on and on about our trip and you can read all of the reviews here but the truth is that you just won't really get it unless you go see. It was far better than anticipated. I just wish we had taken more pictures of more of the property.

This trip is still being talked about as " the best trip ever" and that comes from the widest range of people you could imagine. From my crazy as hell 30ish buddies to millionaire moms in there 60s . We all had such an incredible time.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Governors Harbour
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tippy's
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tippy's
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
French Leave Beach
Car: recommended

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Other Activities: Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Kayaking

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Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Summer
Jun 4 2016 - Aug 13 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$19,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
Aug 14 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$16,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
$11,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Fall
Oct 22 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$13,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$18,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$13,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$25,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
$18,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$20,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
$17,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Summer
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
$19,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$16,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$13,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Fall
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
$15,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$20,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$16,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$25,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.5%

RATES ARE FOR UP TO 12 GUESTS; add $500/week for each additional guest. Babies under 2 are free.

NOTE: We have set the rates this way to make the property affordable for smaller groups who use less water and electricity, and create less wear and tear.

Rates include housekeeping three times a week.
Dates Available: Year-rou

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Amenities

Eleuthera Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Full 4 - toilet , shower
    Full 5 - toilet , shower
    Full 6 - toilet , shower
    Full 7 - toilet , shower
    Full 8 - toilet , shower
    Full 9 - toilet , shower
    Full 10 - toilet
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king
    Bedroom 8 - 6 twin/ single , 3 child bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 king
    Bedroom 10 - 1 king , ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY FOR THIS OPTIONAL GARDENERS COTTAGE
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Beachfront location. Heated pool. Equipment includes kayak, surfboards, books and games. Housekeeping three days a week is included.

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