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Chris Dowd

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Lovely Newly Built Cottage on Semi-Private South End

17 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Central Abaco Cottage Rental Photos and Description

This is only the third year of availability as a rental for this newly built Bahamian-style cottage with all the amenities for a totally laid back vacation on the South End of Great Guana Cay. The house has stunning Atlantic and Sea of Abaco views. There is a screened-in porch surrounding the main living area. The beach is an easy walk and it is very beautiful. The two bedrooms also each have their own

private bathroom. There is also an outdoor shower.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris Dowd (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Chris Dowd

We have been visiting the Abacos for almost 20 years now. We just love the perfect weather, the slow pace and the beautiful ocean environment. We talked about buying a place for almost a decade, then we finally decided the time was right and bought our property in 2004, hoping to build a cottage before we retired. As it turned out, we just couldn't wait that long. Chris started going back and forth to build the place in 2006. He worked on it every winter, staying in the unfinished shell, until we finished it in 2010. We named it after our granddaughter, Willoughby (pictured).

When we are looking for friends and entertainment we head into the settlement, but we built our cottage with entertaining in mind, and it is a fantastic gathering spot. When we retire we plan to split our time between southern Maine and Great Guana Cay. In the meantime, we continue to make more awesome memories with family and friends during our frquent trips to Guana!

Chris Dowd purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Chris Dowd chose Bahamas

We have rented at least a dozen places in Abaco since we discovered the place, so by the time we decided to built, we knew exactly what we wanted. We didn't want to be in Marsh Harbor due to the traffic and the crowds. We also knew that we wanted someplace quieter than Elbow Cay. Tilloo and Lubbers are pretty, but we needed a place with good ferry service and a pretty settlement with the basic amenities such as grocery, hardware and liquor stores, a few friendly bars and restaurants, good dockage, a great beach and places to rent a boat. We especially enjoy snorkeling, and Guana has one of the longest and most colorful barrier reefs in the Bahamas, just off shore from miles of quiet sandy beaches where you will seldom if ever see another person.

Our home has a nice open and spaceous floor plan. Since we're on top of the hill, we have beautiful views and a wonderful breeze. Each bedroom is a full suite with its own private full bathroom. We especially enjoy cooking and entertaining, so our kitchen was built with both in mind with plenty of countertops, modern appliances and a dining table that can seat eight people comforably.

What makes this cottage unique

The south end of Guana Cay is a very special place. It's like a little slice of the old Bahamas, located far off the beaten path about two miles south of the settlement.

On the north end of the island, cars are whizzing by just outside your windows. In the settlement itself, the sounds and smells of bars and restaurants are hard to escape. The south end of the island on the other hand, is a different world. There are no cars or paved roads, only golf carts, so it's very quiet. You can hear the birds and the crashing surf. Little Bee is on the highest point on the south end with commanding 300 degree views of the Sea of Abaco, the big Atlantic and Scotland Cay. There is a nearly constant ten knot trade wind that blows through the house. Climb into one of the Brazilian hammocks on the porch and you will be transported to another time. Walk to one of two beautiful beaches nearby in a few minutes, or just down the hill to our dock on the Sea of Abaco.

We have stayed in too many small, cramped, cottages over the years, so when it came time to build our own, we took pains to make the place as spacious as possible. The soaring 20 foot ceilings in the great room give the kitchen, dining and living rooms a tremendous open feeling. Wide decks and screened porches go all the way around the house for entertaining, sunbathing and dining. We live on the porches almost as much as we do the living room and kitchen. Even the bedrooms have high ceilings and four big windows, so the cool breeze and the sound of the crashing surf is there to lull you to sleep every night.

Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

Lovely Newly Built Cottage on Semi-Private South End
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Canada
5

Just about perfect

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage in an amazing location. The cottage has an excellent design with its two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, beautiful great room/kitchen/dining and relaxation area, and wonderful wrap around deck, which has beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, and Scotland Cay. The nearby beach is beautiful, nearly empty of people most of the time, and offers great swimming, and snorkeling on a reef teeming with life. The property owner and property caretaker were both excellent to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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denver, co
5

great place

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage. Very quiet, comfortable and excellent condition. Would stay again and highly recommend for a small family.

The owner is easy to work with and prepares you well in advance about the Cay. A cart is a must. A short ride to the beach, a little further to the settlement..

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, OH
5

Great House & Great Beach on Great Guana Cay

  • 5 of 5

Our family just spent a wonderful, relaxing week on Great Guana Cay at this VRBO Rental "Little Bee." The house was perfect – just the right size and had everything we needed (we were a family of 4, which included 2 teenagers). The all-around screened porch was great, the views fantastic, and I have to say the hammocks were a huge hit!! And the privacy and distance to the beach (and town) were just right . Speaking of the beach – WOW!! I have to say that was the most incredible beach I’ve ever been to. The color of the water and softness of the sand were fabulous, and so peaceful. We also enjoyed listening to the marine report every morning at 8:15 am (after we enjoyed watching the sunrise.)

It was nice to meet Sally (caretaker) and know that she was there if we needed her – she was great. Everyone on the island was nice – we utilized Donna’s cart rental and Dive Guana (and Knowles the cab drive on Marsh Harbour – so kind!). Boating around the islands was lots of fun and being out there in that turquoise water was a dream come true. I sure hope we can get back some day.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, OH
5

Great House & Great Beach on Great Guana Cay

  • 5 of 5

Our family just spent a wonderful, relaxing week on Great Guana Cay at this VRBO Rental "Little Bee." The house was perfect – just the right size and had everything we needed (we were a family of 4, which included 2 teenagers). The all-around screened porch was great, the views fantastic, and I have to say the hammocks were a huge hit!! And the privacy and distance to the beach (and town) were just right . Speaking of the beach – WOW!! I have to say that was the most incredible beach I’ve ever been to. The color of the water and softness of the sand were fabulous, and so peaceful. We also enjoyed listening to the marine report every morning at 8:15 am (after we enjoyed watching the sunrise.)

It was nice to meet Sally (caretaker) and know that she was there if we needed her – she was great. Everyone on the island was nice – we utilized Donna’s cart rental and Dive Guana (and Knowles the cab drive on Marsh Harbour – so kind!). Boating around the islands was lots of fun and being out there in that turquoise water was a dream come true. I sure hope we can get back some day.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, SC, USA
5

Awesome Stay in Little Bee!!

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Abaco and Guana for our second annual trip, but this was our first time staying in Little Bee and it did not disappoint.

The house is located on the south end of the island in Orchid Bay, and it is very secluded and quiet (which we love). In fact, you only have to take a very short golf cart ride to a beautiful private beach that's essentially yours and only yours for the entire stay. We only saw one other couple on this area of the beach during our week at Little Bee (and the beach stretches for a few miles).

The house itself has an amazing view of the Sea of Abaco on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. We spent each morning and early evening relaxing on the large wrap around, screened-in deck enjoying sunrises and sunsets. The house is great for two couples or a family of four, as it has two fairly large bedrooms with separate baths. The kitchen and den are open with high ceilings, and you can open the deck doors and windows to enjoy a nice ocean breeze through the house. We also enjoyed the outdoor shower after a long day under the sun. The shower is enclosed and the water pressure is perfect.

During our stay, we rented a boat and snorkeling gear for three days from Dive Guana (thanks Maria) and explored the other cays and quiet beaches. We used the boat to visit some beautiful beaches and restaurants, including Baker's Bay, Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay, Firefly Bar & Grill on Elbow, and Lubber's Landing. Also, Scotland Cay has one of the most beautiful lagoons, so you should definitely rent a boat and check out that area. Another great spot to snorkel is the private beach across from the house, as I mentioned above. This part of the beach (which extends up to Nippers) has an amazing reef full of beautiful fish, and we even saw a large stingray who let us get right next to him for a close look.

For food, in addition to the restaurants mentioned above, we spent time at Nippers, Grabbers, and Sunsetters (Orchid Bay) and were fortunate enough to eat a few meals at our favorite restaurant on the island - Island Flavors (located in the marina). The fried grouper and conch are amazing! We also purchased a few pounds of fresh tuna from Henry Sands to cook at the house, which was delicious!

Overall, everything about the trip and house was fantastic and we can't wait to return! Chris, thanks very much for everything and we look forward to staying at your place again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

fantastic little bee from k&t

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Little Bee cottage was amazing, and went beyond our expectation. It was comfortable and allowed the perfect atmosphere to 'chill' and take in the Atlantic Ocean and Abaco Sea. The snorkelling was amazing and only a short walk away. The people of Guana were welcoming and friendly and the grocery store had a good selection. The sun warmed our heart, the sea soothed our soul, and the rum lubricated our joints. A huge thank you to the owners of little bee for providing the opportunity and location for a fantastic vacation, we will be back, cheers k&t

  • Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Marsh Harbor
Nearest Ski
1000 Miles
Mount Sunapee

Dive Guana, located in the settlement, has a full range of boats for rent. They also conduct snorkel and scuba diving tours. One of the most popular destination beach bars in the Bahamas, Nippers, is located on Guana Cay. Every Sunday is the pig roast, which attracts boaters from all over the region for good food and a great time. Little Bee cottage is about two miles from the settlement, so a golf cart is recommended. We walk to town for exercise every day, but wouldn't want to do that with groceries or suitcases. Banks and medical clinics are located in Marsh Harbour which is a 30 minute ferry ride from Guana Cay.

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Rates & Availability

Central Abaco Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 2 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$260
$1,650
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - May 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

No reservation is confirmed until your deposit is received and acknowledged. A rental agreement will be sent when deposit is received, to be signed and returned with your payment balance. We do have a cancellation policy that is included in the agreement. We would be happy to send you a copy with your inquiry.

$250 down payment to hold your dates. Balance due 60 days prior to occupancy. Posted rates do not include 7.5% Bahamas tax.

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Amenities

Central Abaco Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Each bedroom suite has a full private bathroom. There is also a great outdoor shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
There is a nice outdoor shower in addition to the two indoor showers. The kitchen has a coffee maker, toaster, blender, a small food processor, dishwasher and a full supply of dishes, pots and pans, etc. There is a backup generator in the event of a power outage. The washer & dryer are available for guests staying 2 weeks or longer.

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