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Michael Hornby

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

KettleStone Luxury Villa - Unique Private Oceanfront with Seaside Pool & Dock

34 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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Overview

North Andros Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 8 with beautiful Ocean Views!

A Unique Luxury Bahamas Villa

KettleStone is a spectacular ocean-front Villa on the beautifully serene "family island" of Andros in The Bahamas. Nestled in the coastal canopy only minutes from amenities, it is the epitome of a secluded holiday home.

KettleStone is comprised of a central living area, CedarTop, which contains the open concept living and dining areas, central kitchen, and a radial stone staircase leads to a loft bedroom suite with bath, named Morgan's Loft after the infamous Captain Morgan, whose stories are an intrinsic part of this island's lore. CedarTop is complimented by two additional bedroom suites, CayView and Sunrise, each offering an amazing panoramic view of the ocean and large ensuite baths complete with double door shower.

KettleStone is equipped with all modern amenities, and has a fresh water swimming pool, waterfall and jetted spa in addition to steps going straight into the ocean lagoon or onto the newly constructed dock. Enjoy the warm soothing firelight from our outdoor fire-on-glass fireplace or mix your favorite beverage at the outdoor kitchen and bar.

Grill-masters can enjoy the palapa covered grill station complete with its own lighting system.

There are plenty of activities on the island, and on the property to satisfy everyone in a family or friends group. In addition to relaxing and soaking the sun, there is scuba diving, fishing (bone-fishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing), birding, blue hole explorations, snorkeling, swimming, and shopping. Comprised of one acre of mature landscaped grounds, KettleStone is the ideal place to unwind.

Begin your day with breath-taking sunrises from the terraces, or the private dock palapa!

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • smoking allowed
Michael Hornby (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michael Hornby

KettleStone was conceived, built and is owned by Michael Hornby ... formally of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. Michael first discovered Andros Island in 1988 on a diving vacation and in 1997, in pursuit of his passion for scuba diving and a simpler lifestyle took the plunge literally and moved to the Bahamas.

Michael currently lives on Andros Island and manages a local all-inclusive resort as well as owning and managing KettleStone.

No stranger to the hospitality industry, in addition to being a Technical and Recreational Diving Instructor, Michael enjoys Blue Hole cave diving, deep wall diving and is a private pilot and boat captain.

After 19 years of living on Andros, the love for the simplicity of the environment and the friendliness of local inhabitants continues to grow.

Michael envisioned building a warm and welcoming luxury home that showcased the natural island beauty, and with a strict attention to detail it had to offer barefoot elegance that could be shared with others.

With this vision in mind, Michael built KettleStone without compromise.

Michael Hornby purchased this villa in 2004

Why Michael Hornby chose Bahamas

Situated on one acre … KettleStone land was chosen from years of local island research and a great stroke of opportunity which involved being offered the ideal virgin land from which to commence construction.

Saving as much natural flora as possible was paramount, so carefully the land was hand cleared to preserve mature natural growth.

Minutes from amenities, an international airport only a mere one hour flight from Florida and 5 minutes from a port of entry marina ... the location was ideal. A barrier island chain, shallow lagoon and sufficient elevation to provide a panoramic view and offer cooling breezes ... KettleStone had found its beginning.

What makes this villa unique

KettleStone was built with attention to detail.

Named for the 'Kettle' formations at waters edge and expansive use of hand crafted local 'Stone' ... hand cut limestone ocean-side terraces and poolside patios enable you to take an ocean swim/snorkel to be followed by a dip in the freshwater pool or jetted spa and sun-bathe to the sound of the cascading waterfall.

High vaulted open cedar ceilings and an open concept design gives KettleStone a sense of spaciousness and participation with nature.

Panoramic views from each suite and the centrally located kitchen enable you to appreciate were you are at all times.

Fully landscaped grounds, sheltered breezeways and back patio enable you to enjoy nature front and back.

The spectacular sunrises have to be seen to be believed.

Welcome to KettleStone!

Reviews

5
based on 34 traveler reviews

KettleStone Luxury Villa - Unique Private Oceanfront with Seaside Pool & Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews
5

Best Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

My family has traveled throughout the Caribbean many times and have yet to stay at a home as great as Kettlestone. Mike was always available to answer any questions before we arrived and throughout our stay. The home has absolutely everything you need and more. Would definitely recommend this home to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andres for sharing your KettleStone experience and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay here on Andros. It was a pleasure meeting your wonderful family and I look forward to your return. It is great to know that your opinion of KettleStone as an experienced traveler is so positive. Love the boat btw. Mike
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5

Amazing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This property was beyond our expectations. The staff and Mike the owner were there for us anytime we needed them! The home was absolutely gorgeous that it brought tears to my eyes every day! I loved everything about our stay! The food we ordered was there when we arrived and they worked with us on the food we didn't eat! Mike was always available for questions about fishing and boating, transportation even before we even got there! The pool was perfect! The chef was phenomenal! The view was incredible and we would go back again in a heart beat! Love love loved it all! Thank for a trip of a lifetime and for making our stay so enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you and your family Kaivan and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay at KettleStone. Thank you for your kind review and for sharing your experience with others. The greatest compliment is knowing that KettleStone helped make some enjoyable family vacation memories and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Mike
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5

Hidden Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

We have been traveling the caribbean, South and Central America for over twenty years and have stayed in many spectacular places as well as high end all inclusive resorts, with that being said, Kettlestone Villa has raised our expectations to the next level.

From inquiry to pre-planning for food, flight and transportation, our thanks go out to Mike for making this happen. Upon arrival my wife, daughter, her fiancé and I were in awe of the beautiful post card panoramic ocean view we were seeing through the large open front doors of the villa. We were taken on a tour of the villa, by Eursela, the villa representative who was wonderful. The villa exceeded all of our expectations and then some.

Eursela arrived every morning to see if we needed anything and to refresh our linens, make our beds and tidy up. From day one of booking our vacation, if and when we had any questions Mike responded immediately, either via email or phone. He was so unbelievable in his attention to detail in planning our stay, from ordering our perishable groceries, booking our charter flight and arranging our airport transfers. He also gave us suggestions on what food and alcohol we could bring with us, due to my food allergies. Mike also informed us that if we wanted we could use his auto in getting around the island. We actually became a little skeptical and thought that this was too good to be true, and that we were being scammed. This could be no further than the truth, this was paradise found. The house was something we thought only the rich and famous could afford. The bar was fully stocked with every liquor, wine, beer etc. that you could imagine. The gourmet kitchen was to die for, it was truly amazing, it had every utensil, pots, pans, dish ware, wine glasses etc. There is a freshwater pool, fire pit, top of the line gas barbecue grill, outside kitchen, large teak table on the patio with several lounge chairs. There were steps leading down to the pier and into the ocean, where we snorkeled, swam and kayaked. The second day we were sitting at the end of the pier and a boat with 4 men stopped by and started chatting with us, you see Mike knows everyone on this island, the people are very friendly, it turns out that these men were from the Navy and were out fishing, we offered them a beer and they offered us some fish.

We invited them into the villa for some drinks and they offered to scale and fillet the fish for us, absolutely incredible. See next page.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure meeting you and your family Peter and I am glad that you found that KettleStone was indeed all you expected or hoped for. The out island friendliness of the people is indeed genuine and appreciated. This is one of the many reasons we chose Andros as home and it is a joy to share the experience with others. Looking forward to your return. Mike
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5

Absolute Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our family & friends (4 adults/3 college students) enjoyed a fabulous wk at Kettlestone & did not want to leave! It truly exceeded our expectations as a luxurious tropical location to escape the chaos of everyday life & experience relaxation & solitude. Not only was it a magnificient property, but everyone at Kettlestone was incredibly kind & a pleasure to know. Michael was the perfect host going above & beyond to assist w/everything from arranging charter flights & fishing trip to pre-stocking groceries. He provides the ultimate in hospitality w/a dream vacation home stocked w/everything you could possibly want or need. He let us borrow his Expedition to explore the island & was gracious to provide suggestions, directions & answers to all our Andros questions. Somerset Beach was a fun adventure as well as Androsia Batik Factory & taking the plunge into Captain Bill’s Blue Hole. We chose to utilize cook services each evening & were so happy we did. Don is a fantastic cook who created the most delicious meals each night! We loved dining inside & out on the villa’s beautiful tables. Kishalee & Eursela, the housekeepers, were sweet & made our stay so relaxing. The cleanliness of the villa was consistently excellent during our entire stay. Jonas, the groundskeeper, was nice to cut coconuts off the beautiful trees for us to drink fresh coconut water & eat yummy coconut meat. The pictures online do not do justice to the beauty of this villa w/its gorgeous high vaulted cedar ceilings, hand cut stone terraces and patios, panoramic views from each suite, amazing kitchen & baths along w/the open concept design. Outside, we fell in love w/the beautiful stone private ocean access and dock w/palapa. Star gazing in the evenings & watching the sunrise in the mornings made the dock one of our favorite spots. Listening to the natural kettle drums was a special treat. Relaxation goals were successfully exceeded floating in the pool while looking out over the clear turquoise water of the lagoon & by lying in hammocks while palm leaves gently swayed in the breeze overhead. It was great to snorkel & kayak as much as we wanted & discover the incredible sea life in the lagoon & under the dock. The curious Barracuda was a fun daily visitor as well as beautiful starfish & sting rays. We cannot say enough about how much we love Kettlestone & highly recommend it. Many thanks to Michael & his team. We cannot wait to return to Paradise very soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tommy for your kind words and for sharing your experience at KettleStone. It was my pleasure to assist you in any way I could and I am glad that you got to explore many of the natural beauties Andros has to offer. KettleStone is hard to explain to people with pictures and written descriptions and I am grateful you took the time to so eloquently describe your personal experience for others. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Mike
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5

Great Property in a very quite and private location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Mike's place. He basically arranged everything from our charter flight from Ft Lauderdale, bought all our groceries, arranged two fishing trips, dinner reservations, private cook for two nights and car rental. Beautiful home with pool, hot tub and private access to beach/bay. two 2 person kayaks for our use. I have been to lots of islands and this by far was our best experience. If you like nightlife this is not the place you want to go, but if you like fishing, the beach and exploring islands this is great!!!

Thanks Mike for a great trip,

C Nash

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review. Andros is a great island for nature lovers to explore and enjoy and I am happy that you got to experience this island I call home. It was my pleasure to assist you in your vacation planning and it is nice to know it appreciated. Thanks for choosing KettleStone as your vacation home and I look forward to seeing you again in the not to distant future. Mike
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Fantastic property with great views, and beds.

  • 5 of 5

Stunning view, fantastic pool, access to the ocean was fabulous. I really enjoyed the common areas, and the beds were very comfortable. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lawrence and we look forward to your return visit next year! Mike
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Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Andros International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Hanks Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Fresh Creek
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Hanks Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Somerset Beach
Car: recommended

The KettleStone Villa offers panoramic views and direct entry onto a sand bottom lagoon enhanced by a necklace of cays framing the Bahamas famed turquoise waters. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, wading and swimming right off the seaside terrace, or fish off our newly constructed dock. Miles of secluded beaches are very near the property.

Take one or more of our kayaks to the sugar sand beach on nearby Goat Cay minutes from the villa and enjoy a picnic while there, or snorkel the Andros Barrier Reef corals.

If you enjoy scuba diving or reef snorkeling, there is a professional dive center at a local resort only 3 miles from the villa. More experienced divers can enjoy the famous wall of the Tongue of the Ocean or even diving in one of our numerous Blue Holes.

Enjoy spending moonlit nights under the dock's authentic thatch palapa or engaging in intimate conversation seated in one of the several ocean-side terraces...the choice is yours to make.

Andros is abundant with miles of secluded public beaches minutes from the villa ideal for beach-combing, shelling and flats fishing. Fresh Creek is just around the corner from the villa and you can explore the creek and surrounding waters in a small skiff rented from Hank's place 5 blocks away from KettleStone.

Whether you choose organized eco-tours, bird-watching, guided bone fishing, reef or deep sea fishing there are qualified guides we can arrange for you. If an unstructured vacation is more to your liking ... simply explore the island and local settlements at your own pace. Travel is easy and the island is very friendly.

Be sure to visit the local Batik factory and outlet store to check out the hand dyed patterns that make Androsia the unofficial fabric of the Bahamas.

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Rates & Availability

North Andros Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas/New Year's 2016
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Standard occupancy is six(6) persons. Maximum occupancy is eight(8) persons (by agreement only) subject to a $50/guest/day surcharge. CayView & SunRise will easily accommodate an additional single bed each.
Morgans Loft is not suitable for young children, the elderly or infirm as access is via a radial stone staircase.
A/C energy surcharge of $15/day per A/C unit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

North Andros Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • CedarTop Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Quality Fixtures/Granite Vanity
    SunView Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
    CayView Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
    Pool House - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Pool-side bath and changing facility with outdoor shower
    Morgan's Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
  • European style ensuite bathroom, finished in marble, granite and brushed nickel with a double glass rain shower and dual vanity.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • CayView Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
    SunRise Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
    Morgan's Loft Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
  • Each bedroom is complimented with European style fixtures, marble flooring and granite vanities finished in brushed nickel. Large overhead rain showers and glass shower doors add to the contemporary design and provide a true sense of luxury and comfort. Professionally designed lighting and high vaulted ceilings with natural sun-lighting provided by crowning cupolas are just some of the features that are incorporated in each bedroom. Bedroom sizes and octagonal layout easily accommodate an additional bed to maximize sleeping options. CayView and SunRise bedroom suites have granite kitchenettes with deep stainless sinks, coffee makers and mini fridges.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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