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Beautifully decorated home!!! Tippy's Cottage by the Sea 3 BR 2 ba Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

BRAND NEW!!! "Tippy's Cottage by the Sea" 3 BR 2 ba Sleeps 8

This beautifully decorated cottage is just 141 steps from the beach. Located on quiet Russell Island, just over the bridge from Spanish Wells, this unique, family friendly cottage is just waiting for memories to be made. It's elevation enjoys constant Caribbean breezes and amazing views. Watch cruise ships as they pass by this piece of paradise as you sit on either the covered porch, the balcony for two, or the open sun deck. Only 141 steps takes you to the beach at Russell Island where children old and young jump from the famous Russell Island Bridge into the warm turquoise waters below.

The master on the main floor is a retreat in itself. With its queen size four poster bed, barn doors to the family room, antique wooden door with glass door knobs from New Orleans, to the master bath with antique slipper foot tub, equipped with handheld and overhead shower and chandelier!!! Wake to the beautiful view of the Caribbean waters right from your bedrooms French doors!!!

The kitchen on the main level is equipped with a farmhouse sink, induction range, convection oven, microwave, full size refrigerator a much more!!! There is also a large gas grill for outdoor grilling.

The upstairs provides 2 bedrooms. One with a queen size bed, and the other with two twin beds that can be configured as a king at your request. Both bedrooms open onto a balcony with breathtaking views of the water. Both bedrooms have separate ductless air conditioning for your comfort.

Relax after a day of fishing, snorkeling, biking or many more of the relaxing activities enjoyed on this secret piece of the Caribbean in the comfort of either of the two living areas. Enjoy a family movie in the main area or sneak away for a quiet reading spot upstairs!

There is also an additional separate living area upstairs with amazing views of the water as well. The upper level has a daybed, that opens to provide two twin beds. There is a separate efficiency kitchen upstairs with full size refrigerator, microwave, induction cooktop, sink and coffee maker. There is also a full bath on the upper level with tub and shower as well. Ceiling fans in all rooms along with gentle breezes give this cottage a true Island vibe! This is a perfect setup up for two families!!!

Make this your special place to remember and return to again and again!!!

NOTE: A cleaning fee is charged at the following rate:

1-5 people is $100

6-8 people is $150

Cleaning fee is not included in reservation, but payable to caretaker upon arrival.

Check-in is 4:00pm

Check out is 10:00am

Thank you!

More Details

Gail Merliss
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018


Spanish Wells House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Please remove sandy shoes or sandals before entering home.
  • Children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Boat and golf cart rentals available. Fishing and snorkeling trips available.


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Beautifully decorated home!!! Tippy's Cottage by the Sea 3 BR 2 ba Sleeps 8
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Cutest House on Russell Island

  • 5 of 5

Loved Loved Loved Tippys cottage ! This house was perfect for Our Spring Break 2018. The house is decorated so cute and has so much personality. Loved Russell Island and all of the restaurants and the laid back style that everyone has. We will definately be back and will stay her again. Thanks so Much to Audrey and Gail! The pumpkin Loaf and Pineapple upside down cake was to Die For ! Your hospitality was greatly appreciated.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just as it is pictured, the décor and the view. It was just the 2 of us on our honeymoon. Gail provided a wealth of island information before we arrived. I was concerned as we arrived on Super Bowl Sunday, were we going to be able to watch the game and be able to get food and bevy's. Gail arranged for the Pinder's Market to open for us to grab a few essentials and our golf cart sat their waiting, along with Audrey. Audrey made us yummy pumpkin bread and gave us a tour of the house. And yes the house is equipped with wifi and cable, but we equally enjoyed the game with a crowd at Budha's

We went fishing and caught lobsters with Tyman's (Tyson and April 2 days), I love to cook -the kitchen is well equipped, it was perfectly set up. The grill tank was out, Audrey quickly remedied that. Our stay was flawless. The house is in a great location, perfect scenery! When we landed we immediately knew we would be back and after a weeks stay it is definite! The people are so friendly and truly love this unique gem of an island! Thank You Gail for sharing your home and all the special touches included. Jacquelyn and Adam Raynor

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jacquelyn, I am so happy that you had such a great time on your visit to Spanish Wells and again, congrats!!! We fell so blessed to have wonderful people like you and Adam to share our home and make life long memories. We look forward to your return!!! Rob and Gail
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Better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

Great experience overall. House was beautifully decorated and equipped with everything we needed. We were a family of 6 with 4 adult children. The space upstairs was great for the kids to have their own space while we had a beautiful master on main floor. Making the decision to be away for Christmas was scarey for me, but so happy when I saw the Christmas tree and Christmas lights upon arrival. Great proximity to beach as well. Would highly recommend and book again when returning to Spanish Wells! Thanks Gail for all your help in planning our trip!!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Holly, We are happy to hear that you liked the Christmas decorations! We were at the house earlier in December and I agree that it would feel odd not to have decorations at Christmas. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again! Rob and Gail
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Lovely home in a lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 adults thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tippy's Cottage By The Sea! Gail was extremely responsive and communicative throughout the planning process and provided a wealth of information and contacts to make our first stay in Spanish Wells stress-free. Audrey, the caretaker, was also very kind and forthcoming with information related to Spanish Wells. Any time we had a question or needed assistance, Gail or Audrey made themselves available almost immediately. On arrival, the house was clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated for the holiday season. We so appreciated the decorations, the homemade pumpkin bread courtesy of Audrey, and the purified drinking water available on arrival. The house was exactly as advertised and well equipped. We especially enjoyed using the propane gas grill to cook dinners at home between trips to the local restaurants. The many ceiling fans and individual air conditioning units in the bedrooms kept the house comfortable at all times. Overall, we were extremely satisfied with the rental and would highly recommend it for anyone considering a trip to Spanish Wells or Russell Island.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, Thank you for you lovely review! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay on Russell Island. I am glad that you found everything you needed. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again! Rob and Gail
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The perfect vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This home is absolutely breathtaking... and those views... WOW! My husband and I loved everything about the house, Russell Island and Spanish Wells. It is very clean and tidy and we loved the large front porch! The next door neighbor even surprised us with fresh lobster salad, along with a bottle of champagne that Gail left for us since she knew it was our honeymoon!! Thank you Gail! :) The beach near the house is so close and the water is crystal clear. My husband and I walked for hours in the water and came across starfish, sand dollars, little ray's and small fish. The beach is so quiet and peaceful too. The island has the most friendly people living there and everyone waves as they walk or drive by. We loved eating breakfast at Salt N Peppa, along with dinners at The Sandbar Bar & Grill and Wreckers. The food and drinks are very reasonably priced and did not disappoint. We rented a golfcart the entire week and I'm very glad that we did because there is a lot to see! We will definitely be back sooner than later and can't wait for our next stay! Thanks again Gail for opening your beautiful home to us!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie, Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life by sharing our home for your honeymoon!!! We want our cottage to be a place for many happy memories. I appreciate your kind review. We agree that Spanish Wells is a unique island, full of friendly people. The waves as you pass by others is a reminder of simpler times. We feel like we have stepped back a bit in time and definitely a slower pace that we are used to when we get to Spanish Wells. It is a hard place to leave once we get there and settle in!!! Congratulations and blessings to you both! We hope to see you both again in the future!! Kindly, Rob and Gail
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Great cottage on beautfiul island

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at Gail's cottage. To start, Gail was extremely communicative and helpful in the run up to our stay, getting in touch about our travel logistics and arrival on the island, and even moving our stay dates (the house was open) when our initial plans were affected by the hurricane season.

The cabin itself is very comfortable and well-equipped, and is a wonderful place to call "home" for a few days; after a long day at the beach or exploring the islands, it's perfect for unwinding. Sitting on the porch enjoying the star-filled night sky is a great way to end any day. Gail's neighbor, Audrey, who also is the caretaker, was very kind (like all who we met on Spanish Well's) and was happy to offer suggestions or answer any questions we had.

The house is just five minute's walk to a secluded section of beach, and from there very close to a number of other great locations to throw down a towel. We enjoyed using the provided kayaks and even paddled over to the islands just off-shore, where the were some seat turtles and manatees lazing in the shallow waters.

Overall a wonderful stay and highly recommended to anyone thinking of a trip to Spanish Wells.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liam, I am so happy that everything worked out for your trip, especially in light of the changes due to the hurricane! I am glad that you found everything you needed at the cottage. Spanish Wells is truly a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Thank you for sharing our home and for such kind review. Rob and Gail
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Spanish Wells Dock
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Cleaning fee for 1-5 is $100.00 Over 5 people $150.00 Cleaning fee is payable to caretaker upon arrival.
There is $100.00 allowance electricity usage per week.
Any amount over $100 will be charged at checkout.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.