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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 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 23 reviews

Amazing property, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible stay at Unicorn Cay! We were three couples visiting for my wife's 40th birthday and could not have picked a more perfect spot! The house is spacious and extremely well equipped with everything you need. The kitchen was a dream and we cooked most meals at the house. The golf cart ride to the beautiful beach is a snap and the pool/courtyard was perfect for morning coffee and afternoon swims! I can't wait to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cincinnati Ohio


  • 5 of 5

One of the coolest places we have ever been. Everything was perfect. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning beach, impeccable Villa, lovely setting and friendly Bahamians

  • 5 of 5

Jane and Scott have gone to extraordinary trouble to ensure an experience unlike any other you will have. They are well known and respected on this slender 110 mile island community. In short, do yourself and six island loving friends a huge favor and book soon. It is as strangely perfect as a vacation stay can be, hence it is the Unicorn.

We were at the Unicorn Cay about 18 months prior and had such a memorable and wonderful time that we came back. It was even better than the first time which is hard to imagine. The house and grounds are an historical and cultural masterpiece restored to near perfect condition. The kitchen made us all feel like master chefs as it is roomy and well appointed with top shelf appliances, accouterments and cutlery. The meals we prepared were unusually good and the fish was purchased off the docks the morning it was harvested. Words cannot begin to describe how much better it was than if the fish had been purchased from a store or a restaurant. The local establishments were fun, inviting and liaddd with options from a burger and fries to hogfish and corn. But as I mentioned the fish was so fresh and the kitchen so user-friendly that we rarely ate out. If you are the kind of person who would appreciate a clean beach of pink sand, good snorkeling, a gorgeous pool and an uncommonly well-maintained and decorated villa. The unicorn might be the perfect vacation experience for you and three other couples. It was for us, twice.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Madison, WI

Wonderful for couples and groups

  • 5 of 5

Jane and Scott were wonderful hosts and the house is beyond beautiful. Stocked with everything we needed for beach fun, cooking group meals, and hanging out around the pool, the layout also allowed for privacy. We hope to be back sooner rather than later. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Indianapolis, IN

Incredible experience!

  • 5 of 5

We have come to the Bahamas multiple times over the past 10 years and this is the most amazing accommodation we have ever seen. The location is very convenient but they house is spectacular!

Very detailed and complete. Appointments to the decor are beautiful and the grounds are wonderful as well. Beach is spectacular. Kids had a great time and is definitely a favorite! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

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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