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Elegant country house 1 min. walk to beach, 8 mins. to town. Awesome sea views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

1000 sq ft 1 bed 1bath, full kitchen, dining/living, large covered deck.

Halcyon guest cottage is centrally located, on a hill with spectacular views of Elizabeth Harbour. It is half-mile from Georgetown, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, shops, straw market, boat rentals, water taxi dock. There is a beach at the foot of the hill, a minute away, and others nearby.

While it is near everything, the unit is completely private, in the detached guest wing of Halcyon, the owner's home. It comprises 1000 square feet of airy indoor/outdoor living space, fully equipped and furnished. It has its own parking area, entrance and its own private 300 sq ft covered porch where you can enjoy meals, the views and colorful surrounding garden.

Although fully air conditioned, the unit is cooled by breezes from the ocean and may be comfortable without using air conditioning. Provided are a queen-size bed, flat screen cable TV, internet, towels, beach towels, bed linens, kitchen linens, all pots, pans, dishes, eating and cooking implements, barbecue, washer and dryer.

Newly constructed in 2015 with open concept floor plan and comfortable tropical interiors, this is a perfect, secluded place to retreat after busy days in the boat, on the beach, sightseeing and water sports. Kick back with a cold Kalik, the local beer, or cook a barbecue dinner and eat on the porch. Let the gentle breezes soothe your spirit in beautiful surroundings. Your own home never felt this good!

There are chairs in the garden if all you want to do is relax in the shade with a book. There is an open upper deck if you want to laze in the sun. Without being in any way intrusive, your hostess is next door and readily available to help, explain things or tell you the history of the islands.

More Details

Rosemary Minns
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2017

About Rosemary Minns

I was born in George Town into an old Bahamian family which has been connected with Exuma for over 200 years. I've travelled all over the world and lived in Nassau, London, and Monterey, CA, returning to design and build my dream home on our family estate in 2009. I love Bahamian history, so if you're interested, I'd be delighted to tell you about it over afternoon tea or a cool drink on my porch.

Rosemary Minns purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Rosemary Minns chose Exuma

After checking out several of my favorite Bahamian islands, I decided there was no place more beautiful than Exuma, and no site more delightful or convenient than the one I already owned. Planning, building and designing interiors of houses has been my lifelong hobby and I put everything I know about homes into this one, which totally pleases me. This 215 acre property has been handed down through my father for generations, and Halcyon sits on a prime location with spectacular views of the harbor, nearby Stocking Island, and acres of green bush. Exuma is 300 miles SE from Miami, 150 miles from the Bahamas capital, Nassau; it is still undeveloped, underpopulated, and is surrounded by clear, aquamarine waters. There are breathtaking beaches just waiting for your footprints in the sand! Rent a boat and you can find reefs full of fish for snorkeling; go bonefishing, or picnic on your own little Cay. Kayaking, kite boarding, sailing, eco tours, bird watching, exploring the Exuma Cays, visiting those crazy Exuma swimming pigs - there are so many fun things for you to do. And those velvety dark Exuma nights when the sky is so crammed with bright stars? You look up and realize you're only a pinprick in eternity. There's almost no ambient light to get in the way.

While it feels remote, Exuma is regularly served by major airlines from the US, Canada and Nassau, and frequent ships bring fresh produce and materials from the States and Nassau, so most things are easily available. The pace is slow and relaxing; it might take a day to wind yourself down but that's what you came for, right? At the end of your stay you won't want to leave.

What makes this cottage unique

Half mile from George Town, half mile to local restaurants and an easy stroll to the beach. Swim to several coral heads offshore for interesting snorkeling.

This unit is fresh and new, built in 2015, and is completely self-contained in the guest wing, detached from the main house and surrounded by tropical landscaping, has its own parking area, private entrance, private porch and garden. There's a great feeling of peace, space and solitude - all with hilltop breezes and amazing views.

If you enjoy elegant living but like to be within walking distance of everything, this location is perfect for you.


George Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Walk in shower with single basin and toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed in large airy room, with two large windows. Built-in wardrobes. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Constructed and furnished in 2015.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Elegant country house 1 min. walk to beach, 8 mins. to town. Awesome sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
marshfield,mo usa

Stay at Halcyon

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed it all. The gardens are wonderful and the view is breathtaking! If you are a clean freak don't worry. Spotless! We had everything there that we could possibly want or need. The kitchen was fully stocked, as we do like to cook and it was easy to do with everything there. Rosemary is a wonderful host and such a joy. We enjoyed our conversations with her so much. She is a native so she is very knowledgeable about the island, so listen to her. She is not imposing, but is there for good talks or just to attend to your needs. We went snorkeling at the beach, and it was amazing!! I felt like a child discovering things for the first time. As you can tell our time in Exuma was beyond words. If you are considering Halcyon for your stay here look no further. You have found it!!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, and your very kind remarks about me personally. You were among my favorite guests, a delight to spend time with. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your vacation in Exuma and hope I'll see you here again before too long. Thanks again for coming, for choosing Halcyon Garden Cottage, and me as a new friend. Rosemary.
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Beautiful cottage in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

I honestly don't think I've could have picked a better vacation home to stay in while in Exuma! The cottage sits on a beautiful hill with an incredible view of Rosemary's garden and the harbor. The pictures really don't do these views any justice, you really just have to go and see for yourself! The house is spotless and spacious enough for a couple. It has everything you need from kitchen utensils to beach chairs! There is even a washer/dryer room outside which came in handy. Nobody wants to bring a suitcase home full of dirty clothes. We thought staying in Georgetown was a perfect central location to everything. The cottage is very close to the fish fry (maybe a minute drive) We ate at Shirley's 4-5 times being that it was so close and convenient. Plus delicious food! I would suggest renting a car while visiting the island unless you want to stay in the immediate area of the cottage but you would be very limited on what you can see. There is a beautiful beach at the bottom of the hill with crystal clear water and good snorkeling! There are grocery stores within a 5 minute drive of the cottage. I would suggest bringing any snacks/food you like with you because food on the island is EXPENSIVE! We tried to at least make our own breakfasts at the house. Rosemary will help you with whatever you need and gives great advice on things to see and do. Don't feel funny to go over and knock on her door to say hello. She likes visitors! We spent a couple of hours with her one night and had a lovely time chatting about our lives! She also has a lovely cat named Pookie who is super friendly! We felt like we've come home with a new friend! We are already talking about visiting next year and would definitely stay at Halcyon again! No questions asked. You will not find beaches and water anywhere like in Exuma!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! Just wanted to confirm that you do indeed have a new friend in Exuma (and Pookie the cat too) and we're hoping to see you again really soon!
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Beautiful stay at Halcyon

  • 5 of 5

We chose to spend our honeymoon at Halcyon & Exuma and we couldn't have picked a better place. The garden cottage is just perfect, plenty of space, light, clean and the views are amazing. We loved spending time relaxing on the outdoor porch, it's nicely sheltered and a great spot to watch the changing blues of the sea with views across to Stocking island. The gardens are beautiful, full of tropical flowers, colours and a great place to spot the tiny hummingbirds! There is a small beach just at the bottom of the hill which we had to ourselves each time we went. Rosemary was a wonderful host, she gave us a little tour of the island and helped us get our heavy shopping on our first day, very friendly and welcoming and we knew she would always be there to help us if we needed. We even had fresh baked cake which went down really well! Exuma is such a beautiful and friendly island, the sea is so clear and blue it barely seems real! We had some great local food during our stay, we would recommend a visit to the fish fry just a few minutes down the road. The house is just outside George town itself so very peaceful but was walking distance- although we seemed to be the only people walking anywhere- we kept getting offered lifts from passing traffic (as I said, very friendly people!). Make a visit to stocking island, we had a great afternoon there, chat n chill was fun. We enjoyed the wildlife, it was amazing seeing turtles swimming around! We also made a visit to the famous swimming pigs which was great trip and was great to see the cays.

Overall our trip was amazing, it was the perfect place to relax, the cottage had everything we could of needed, Rosemary is lovely and I would highly recommend a stay at Halcyon to anyone, we really hope that we can come back soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a full review of your stay at Halcyon Garden Cottage and Exuma. I hope you'll be back again soon!
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Views for days and the hostess with the mostest!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about the Garden Cottage at Halcyon. Rosemary is the best hostess you could ask for and the pride she has in her home, her island, and her guests radiate through her smiling face. The cottage is simply perfect for a couple. The location to Georgetown is ideal and just a five minute walk. The beach across the street is gorgeous at low tide and you'll be the only one there. She's already thought about everything you will need (beach towels, chairs, bug spray, etc). Worried about privacy? Don't be. You likely won't ever see her or the other guests, however, I WOULD recommend sipping on some tea and chatting with her. She has a lot to say and it will stick with you for a lifetime. Did I mention the view from the porch? Unreal.

I stayed in the sky cottage on my last trip and had just as wonderful an experience. I miss the Exumas and Rosemary already but know I will back in short time.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your superb accolade, both for Halcyon Garden Cottage and myself. I'm looking forward to your next visit, and hope it will be soon!
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Magnificent <3

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Halcyon guest cottage was absolutely wonderful. I wish I was able to give more stars because 5 isn't enough. We arrived to a stunning home, breathtaking view, and warm greeting from Rosemary.

The cottage was exactly as we expected from browsing the photos and reading the description. It was very clean and fully stocked with everything we needed for the whole trip, felt like home. She even left us some Kalik's, Bahamian beer, and Rum & Coke in the fridge. The cottage is in a great location and it's very close to the beach and to town. I would still recommend getting a rental car so that you can explore the island with ease.

The only thing better than the cottage was Rosemary, she is phenomenal and was 'over the top' accommodating. Rosemary took us on a great tour around the island, while telling us about all the hot spots and a bit of the history as well. We even went into the bush, things got a little bumpy, and she showed us many beautiful beaches. One of which was a secluded gem and it happen to be one of her favorites. After the extensive tour Rosemary invited us up for drinks and snacks on her porch where the conversation continued into the night. We parted ways with lots of information about the island, which included many activities to be done and plenty of spots to visit. We also left with some bread and honey from her very own bees!

Overall this was a fantastic trip and we'll definitely be back again. If you're reading this review, then don't waste another moment and book this cottage before it's gone. You won't regret anything about your stay at Halcyon in Exuma or having Rosemary as your host. Thank you so much Rosemary!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: R.B. and M. What a fantastic review! It's been nearly 5 months since you stayed here, yet your impressions of the place seem as fresh as yesterday. Exuma has clearly taken a grip of your heart, as it does with many people. Do come again soon! You were the most delightful of guests and I would love to see you again. Rosemary.
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Awesome Apartment and Amenities

  • 5 of 5

Halcyon Garden Apartment is awesome indeed. Rosemary, the owner, lives right next door and did everything she could to make our stay pleasant. Suggestions for beaches, restaurants, or activities? Questions about Great Exuma or Bahamian history? Needing to borrow an obscure kitchen tool? Rosemary helped!

Of course, there was very little that we needed to borrow from Rosemary, because the kitchen is well-stocked. The large windows, fans, and air conditioner kept us as cool as we wanted despite a few extremely hot and muggy days. We did laundry in the adjacent laundry room, and when it was time for a picnic we grabbed coolers, towels, beach chairs, a straw bag, and a vibrant beach umbrella from our own closet.

The unit, in my opinion, is ideally located. The view from the porch is indescribably lovely. We took in Stocking Island, Elizabeth Harbor, and Rosemary’s colorful garden in one glance. Butterflies and hummingbirds flitted or zipped past, and we saw gulls, terns, an osprey, and a pelican at a slightly greater distance. Watching a rainbow-edged squall advance on our porch was magical.

We walked (in order of increasing distance) down a short hill to a beach that has a small reef just offshore, to Georgetown for shopping (Sandpiper has lots of local art) and restaurants (Peace and Plenty has a reasonably-priced Thursday-night BBQ featuring local music), to the Georgetown Government Dock to take the water taxi to Stocking Island (including Chat ‘n Chill), to the Fish Fry (a collection of small restaurant/bar shacks), and to the calm and sparsely populated Jolly Hall Beach. In the spirit of full disclosure I must add that all but the pleasant walk down the hill are along the Queen’s Highway, the main island road that has no shoulder in some spots. Remember to walk on the right!

I would recommend renting a car so that you can visit, as we did, Little Exuma (including Tropic Breeze Restaurant and Tropic of Cancer Beach) and Rolleville (eating at Big D’s Conch Grill and swimming/wading at Coco Plum Beach). We also stopped at Bahamian Heritage sites such as the Rolle Town tombs and the statues of Pompey in Steventon. If there is no breeze, be sure to take some DEET for that sightseeing. We rented a little car from Berlie’s for $63.00 a day ($60.00 if you pay in cash) and it was fine. We went very, very slowly on the Tropic of Cancer and Coco Plum Beach access roads…they were rugged. Remember to drive on the left!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give such a thoughtful review. I know others will appreciate this too, as you give such pertinent information and recommendations for visiting Exuma.
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Club Peace & Plenty Exuma Island
Exuma Market
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Exuma International (GGT)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Peace & Plenty
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
water taxi
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Sandals Resort
Nearest Motorway
280 Metres
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fish Fry native restaurants
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Elizabeth Harbour
Car: recommended

On a hill with spectacular views of the harbour, Halcyon is an elegant country house on a private estate but within walking distance of almost everything. It is off the main highway and a short walk to the town, the local food shacks, and one minute walk to the nearest beach. It is centrally located on the island and equal distance from the outlying beaches, towns and restaurants. Car rental is suggested for personal sightseeing and exploring isolated beaches, but is not necessary for daily living if you like to walk.


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60+ days prior to arrival full refund less $50.00 - Between 15 & 59 days prior get 50% refund. - Less than 14 days no refund,

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