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Lovely Newly Built Cottage on Semi-Private South End

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

This is only the fourth 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.


Owner
Chris Dowd
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

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 Abaco

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.

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.

Amenities

Great Guana Cay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • 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:
  • 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.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

Amazingggggg!!!

  • 5 of 5

I have all good things to say, cannot say too much otherwise the home won't be available , hahaha.. thank you for keeping it affordable so people like me can still vacation on Guana!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very laid back place!

  • 5 of 5

World class snorkeling, perfect weather, quiet and private, 24 hour breeze and the house is spacious and comfortable with a killer view. We have made our reservations for next year already!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland, Ohio
5

Jc

  • 5 of 5

Robin said it all. Wonderful place. We also fished off the small dock and caught a few Grunts , fun. Went to the municipal beach up north, beautiful!! Very calm waters and we were the only ones there-on a Saturday! Even hummingbirds swarming the feeder, more fun watching those little guys.

Thanks Chris for all the good advice .

Loved everything except coming back to Cleveland weather.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful views with excellent living accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 lovely days at Little Bee, located on the South Side of Great Guana. Communications with the owners were good throughout the planning and visit. We spent the first night at the Conch Inn in Marsh Harbour. We did this because it's a long day and we wanted to visit Maxwells to stock up on groceries and the stock up on beverages from the Liquor store. It was nice not having to rush around.

A golf cart we reserved ahead of time was waiting for us at GG dock as well as Jackie to help with our luggage and guide us to Little Bee.

Looking back on all the cottages/beach houses we stayed at in the Bahamas Little Bee is number one. The cottage sits just above the trees with fabulous views of the ocean and the Sea of Abaco. A good part of the deck is screened in. This is huge as flies and no-seeums can be an annoyance when the winds have calmed. But we pretty much had a constant breeze throughout our stay so all the doors stayed open. The open layout of the cottage made it feel spacious. ALL the furniture was super comfortable! You can sit in or out and the views will make you smile.

I was a bit concerned about not being directly on the beach but given the atmosphere of the cottage and view and the close proximity to the beaches it didn't matter what so ever. This place is a winner! We loved driving around on the little roads and two tracks as well as exploring by foot. The restaurants in the settlement are all very good albeit a bit expensive. Our favorite is at Orchid Bay Marina. Our last night we spent watching a gorgeous sunset and enjoying a lovely dinner.

I do wish there was recycling on the island. The plastic that washes ashore (probably from the states) is a sign that we really need to do better.

So go, rent, relax and enjoy! Thanks Chris and Karen for sharing your piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Robin. Thanks for your nice review! Karen and I are looking forward to getting back down for the rest of the winter. It was great to have you, and we hope you will come back again next year. Warm Regards, Chris and Karen
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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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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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