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Unicorn Cay - Oceanfront Luxury Estate -Banks RD

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, 7,000 sq ft. on 12 acres with 450 feet of beach

Welcome to Unicorn Cay on the Island of Eleuthera, "A place so magical surely unicorns could live here."

This luxurious beachfront estate sits on 12 acres with 450 feet of pink sand beach. Unicorn Cay was built by a famous English writer and explorer, Rosita Forbes. It is based on the style of a French Chateaux complete with a central courtyard and an entryway flanked by turrets.

The home was recently beautifully restored retaining the original Abaco pine floors, wood work, and native stone. The central courtyard has a covered patio overlooking the pool. The pool is heated during the winter months. Each of the four bedrooms have private entrances from the courtyard. The master also has access from the library. The large gourmet kitchen is equipped with a double Sub-Zero refrigerator, electric stove top and range, coffee nook, gathering island, and all the small appliances and utensils that you can think of. The home also offers a formal dining room, large great room with hand crafted walnut bar, laundry room, library, and media room. The numerous surrounding verandas and covered patios provide quaint areas for morning coffee or afternoon socializing.

The Unicorn Cay pink sandy beach spans 450 feet. Reefs are close by for easy snorkeling. You could walk for miles in either direction looking for beach treasures or just enjoying the incredible views. This beach is one of the most beautiful on the island. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and snorkel gear are all provided for your enjoyment.

Services: Housekeeping will be provided prior to arrival, after you leave, and once mid-week. (A minimum of 7 nights is needed for the mid-week cleaning.) Additional cleaning services can be arranged. A private chef can be provided upon request. A special event coordinator is available for destination wedding or group event planning. A golf cart is provided for use within the property. In addition, a back up generator and cistern will provide utilities when electricity and water go off on the island. (This is a common experience on the island.)

Rates: The base rate of $3500 (7 nights) includes rental of the main house and master suite. The main house consists of the kitchen, dining room, great room, library/media, laundry room, verandas and courtyard pool area. Included also is access to Unicorn Cay beach and the use of a golf cart within the property. Each additional guest is $70, therefore, the master and all 3 additional bedrooms (6 guest) the rate is $6440 for the week. (7 nights).

For inquiries about longer term rentals, contact Jane.

We hope to see you soon at Unicorn Cay!

More Details

Scott and Jane Snyder
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Scott and Jane Snyder

Scott and Jane Snyder are managers of this property.

Why Scott and Jane Snyder chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

This property has been used as a single family residence and is now available to Homeaway travelers for the first time.

The owner has decided to share this wonderful estate with guests that appreciate the uniqueness of Eleuthera and all its natural beauty. Unicorn Cay is centrally located enabling guests to explore the entire island and its world class beaches. Easy access to both the Caribbean side and the Atlantic side - you choose.

What makes this estate unique

History. Beauty. Serenity. Charm. Privacy. Beaches. Luxury.


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Each bedroom has a luxury bath attached. One half bath in Great room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Housekeeper will have the house ready upon arrival and midweek for stays of 7 days or longer. Additional services can be arranged for a fee. A chef can also be arranged.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Elegant and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Scott and Jane were excellent hosts . They explained about the house and took us on a brief

tour of the island - to find the best beaches , restaurants and ways to get around. The house was an eclectic mix of tastefully decorated items from around the world, yet comfortable and inviting. All the bedrooms and baths were spacious and luxurious, the kitchen is a cooks delight with lots of room to work and every tool imaginable. We enjoyed the heated pool and it was a pleasure to relax and enjoy meals and games poolside. Staying here was the best part of our vacation (as well as the beautiful weather, lovely beaches, and good restaurants). Highly recommend .

Grace and Gary

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Great home with a real island feel

  • 5 of 5

Love the home.... the pool was great going home to after doing the beaches.... seven year old says best vaca ever! the beach down the hill and golf carts were great,,,, Coco di Mama was our favorite but ten bay and french leave were close second.... great central location on island were perfect......Would recommend staying here and will be back next time on Eluethera! Reviews of Eluethera folks say you'll love the island or not.... My whole family Loves It and the island! The house was something special with all the cool stuff in it. Not your normal villa..... Owners were great and were very accommodating...... You won't be disappointed....

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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What an amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

I am not really a "reviewer". I typically stay in places and if I like it, I go back, if not, I just won't book again. However, I wanted to take the time to give feedback on Unicorn Cay. I had been to a lot of places in the Bahamas, but never Eleuthera. I was looking for an amazing home for my guests and me, and we hit the jackpot with this home. The owners met us at the property, and were SUPER nice and accommodating. They made sure we knew all of the "local" spots and the things to do on the island. Then we settled in the home. The place is gorgeous, spacious, and very luxurious. I loved the U Shaped floor plan. The 1800 square foot den was a gathering place, and then everyone could retreat to their rooms/suites for privacy when needed. All of the bedrooms were very roomy and I never felt cramped. The home is stocked with anything and everything you would need to live comfortably. The beach is right across the street and it is a short walk/or golf cart ride, depending on your preference. The grounds were beautifully maintained. It is a smaller island and because of that the power will flicker every once in a while, and sometimes the internet connection wasn't the best. But that is a reflection of the local utilities versus the home. This was one of the more relaxing and enjoyable vacations I have had and I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to book on Eleuthera. I will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unicorn Cay was absolutely amazing. Better than I expected.

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the most amazing trip my family has ever taken. Eleuthera was beautiful in every way and Unicorn Cay was perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Amazing property with terrific beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a magical time at Unicorn Cay. The property has an amazing history (read A Unicorn in the Bahamas by Rosita Forbes) and the pictures don't do the house or beach justice. As the house came into view, we couldn't believe our eyes and the interior is unbelievable. This would be a great place for families with older children or groups of friends (we are already planning a return trip). The beach was a short golf cart trip away and the views were incredible. The pool was a nice place to hang out when the winds were high or in the evening. We saw maybe 10 people in 5 days on the beach. My husband went fishing, I had a massage therapist come out, and we had a chef come out our first night after a long day of travel. The owners are on property and were wonderful resources with local info, etc. Words cannot do this place justice and we were so thankful to Scott and Jane for sharing it with us!! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is amazing! Acres and acres of tropical paradise!

  • 5 of 5

As we reflect on our stay at Unciorn Cay, all our family can say is, when can we go back? It was beautiful and peaceful and the house had everything one could need. Our family has rented many homes over the years and this was by far the most unique. The history of the home and location make Unicorn Cay a truly special place. We have 3 girls under the age of 11 and they were thrilled with the beautiful pool and amazing beach.

We were a little worried about the rooms that weren't connected to the main part of the home (they are connected through the courtyard) and that turned out to be a major positive. People can wake up and move about the house without waking others up. The separate quarters was a huge benefit.

Also, we can't say enough about the owners Scott and Jane. They were so friendly and helpful and even spent a couple hours giving us a tour of the island showing us their favorite restaurants and beaches. This was our first time to Unicorn Cay, but not our last!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tippy's Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
1648 Restaurant and Bar
Car: necessary

Tippy's, a popular restaurant and bar, is just a half mile away and can be reached by walking on the beach. Some of the other upscale restaurants within easy driving distance include 1648 at the French Leave, The Bistro at Sky Beach Club, or you can hire a private chef and dine in at the estate. The town of Governor's Harbour, just a few miles away has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, banks, ATMs, gift shops, , and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governer's Harbour is a street/beach party that brings together tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing. Traveling about 60 miles north on Queen's Highway takes you to the 10 minute boat ferry to the well-known Harbour Island. It is frequently visited by celebrities and is known for its great restaurants and A+ rated beaches. One of the best things about Eleuthera is exploring the vast beaches and visiting with people from all over the world. Come and enjoy! You will be back!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

The base rate of $4500 includes rental of the entire main house and master suite. The main house consists of the kitchen, dining room, great room, library/media, laundry room, verandas and courtyard pool area. Included also is access to Unicorn Cay beach and the use of a golf cart within the property. Each additional en-suite bedroom can be rented for $125 per night. Example: Master and one additional bedroom $5375 for a week (7 nights), master and two bedrooms $6250, master and all 3 additional bedrooms the rate is discounted to $6500 for the week. (7 nights). For inquiries about longer term rentals, contact Jane.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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