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Private Two Bedroom Beachfront Estate 100 Yards from a Deserted Pink Sand Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths

Rocks Retreat is a private beachfront estate of with 335 feet ocean frontage on 12 acres. It consists of 2 cottages, 100 yards from the beach, connected by a patio and tile walkway.

The Main Cottage is a 24 x 24 two story cottage with a broad wrap around veranda. The entire upstairs is one enormous bedroom with two queen beds and two single beds. It has a wonderful ocean views from its many windows and two lovely balconies. The downstairs of the Main Cottage is a large great room with a kitchen, dining room, and living area, and a small bathroom with a tile shower. The kitchen area is small but adequate. There is also an outdoor shower.

For larger groups which need a second bedroom, the Guest Cottage is a spacious king bedroom suite with a sitting area and an en suite double sink bathroom with a tub and separate tile shower. The Guest Cottage is available for an additional charge of $50/night, which also pays for two more guests. If you don't need it, it will be locked off and NOT rented to anyone else. Rocks Retreat is always rented to just one group at a time.

The Main Villa’s spacious bedroom with two queen and two single beds has wonderful views from both balconies and cool breezes being on the second floor. The disadvantage of the Main Villa is that the bathroom is downstairs and not very large. If you prefer a large en suite bathroom (or if you are a party of more than two), you can add the Guest Cottage for $50/night.

Rocks Retreat is set back 100 yards from the ocean and the spectacular Culmer's Rocks that separates the north from the south beach. We have access to both spectacular beaches, which are typically deserted. The private grounds are mowed and spacious with palmettos and palm trees. You have 12 acres all to yourself!

Amenities include WIFI, air conditioning, and two outdoor showers.

Rocks Retreat is located on the prestigious Banks Road of Governors Harbour. Famous Tippy's restaurant is just a mile away. The town of Governors Harbour is a 5 minute drive. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. It has a nice little collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking a picturesque harbor. You can buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman at the town dock. Friday night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour is a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street. You won’t want to miss it.

Eleuthera is most famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. It has a population of just 8000, and everyone knows everyone. It’s famous for being very safe. I pick up every hitch-hiker I pass on the island, for example, and I never take my keys out of my car. The snorkeling and diving on the island are world class. There are many reefs which you can snorkel or dive right from the beach. The fishing is also excellent, because the island is so undeveloped and thinly populated. Bonefishing is very big, as is deep sea fishing and reef fishing. You can fish on your own or hire a guide. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks (included at Buttonwood for free), paddle boards, jet skis, bikes (included at Buttonwood for free), and scooters. You can have a charter captain take you out for fishing, snorkeling, or diving excursions. You can go horseback riding on the beach and on trails. There are several popular spots for cliff jumping, including some tame enough for children. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, dozens of beaches, each one unique, some historic churches and 19th century home’s, and little villages to explore. There are local tour guides who can show you around. The island is truly magical.

More Details

Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2017

About Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow

Tuck Mallery's parents in 1968 rented a house on Eleuthera and fell in love with the island. They bought a house on Banks Road South of North Palmetto Point. After a few years of getting to know the island, they found Culmer' Rocks which is an outcropping of coral in a horseshoe shape. They bought it and 22 acres, 735 feet in 1972 and build a large retirement home known as On-the Rocks which was sold in about 1990. Tuck very carefully surveyed a line that retained the top of Culmer's Rocks and provided both access to the south and the north beaches, keeping 335 feet overlooking Culmer's Rocks and built a smaller vacation home for our personal use. It is blocked out most of the time for the owners but is for rent when not used by us. There are three owners, all from Central Wisconsin, the Mallerys, the Seramurs, and the Noels.

Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow purchased this house in 1995

Why Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow chose Eleuthera

Rocks and 12 acres is for casual living in a wonderful island setting with privacy. The houses are simple, but the patio and grounds are special. We built a vacation home, not a long term retirement place with emphasis on the outdoors. The grounds, beach and view from atop Culmer's Rocks is breathtaking. It is the way Eleuthera ought to be.


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Cottage Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , The Main Cottage also has an outdoor shower.
    Optional Guest Cottage Bath - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is available even if cottage is not used.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Cottage - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Optional Guest Cottage - 1 king , Available for an extra charge of $50/night
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


4.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Private Two Bedroom Beachfront Estate 100 Yards from a Deserted Pink Sand Beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

We loved Rocks Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Rocks Retreat was a dream location for us, perched above the warm Atlantic Ocean over two spectacular beaches. The house is simple, comfortable, and has everything needed to cook at home. We'll come back any time!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

What a Great Place to stay in Central Eleuthera!

Prior to our trip the owner (Tuck) contacted us, and gave us some great local information. The House and Cottage is island style and very clean. The grounds are well kept. When we arrived we were met by the housekeeper, Marsha. She is also a wonderful person, and full of local knowledge. If you go to this property ask her about the sights and local spots to go to as well.

This location is in my opinion, one of the best central spots in Eleuthera. Everyone we met was very, very friendly.

There is a reef close enough to get in some great snorkeling right behind the property. Both house and cottage have a nice outdoor shower which is great to refresh yourself after a swim, or dive out back.

There is no TV, so take this into consideration and ENJOY the atmosphere here. I loved that we actually spent good quality time together without all the electronic distractions. And you will too.

The house is stocked with board games. You can bring some of your choice as well. This property has a feel that's right at home. It is nice to constantly hear the ocean and feel the sea breezes .

Rent a car and do some exploring. This island is not to be forgotten. Remember to keep the gas tank as full as you can as gas is hard to find after dark.

Bring your Snorkeling gear, and Fly Rod for the adventure seekers.

My family stocked up on the groceries from the Rock Sound Store, (50 min south) and packed lunches for our daily excursions, and we ate out for dinners. There are several close by restaurants and all are easy to find.

This property will make memories you will have forever.

Five Stars all the way.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and comfortable home away from home.

  • 4 of 5

We have never been to the island during November and were blessed with beautiful weather through out our 2 week stay. It rained only a time or two during the night and then on our day of departure. The Atlantic side was quite breezy and choppy so swimming and snorkeling was best on the Caribbean side. We visited Ten Bay beach a couple of times and it was a welcomed respite from wind and waves. Loved having the windows open and ceiling fans running and not needing AC. Good thing about the wind is it keeps the bugs at bay. The cottage was comfortable and the kitchen well outfitted for cooking in, appreciated by us as we enjoying cooking. Our requirements for a suitable home while on the island are sunrises, long beach walks and privacy. Rock’s Retreat did not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Rocks Retreat is a beautiful secluded paradise on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Main house offers balconies that overlook the Atlanitc. A natural reef/rock break creates a calm cove off to the left of the beach front where my kids snorkeled, swam and explored each day. This beach frontages is the best of both worlds with a calm cove that is Carribean like, as well as the energetic waves of the Atlantic. You can walk the beach in both directions for quite a ways. This Island has so much to offer, many beaches to explore.

Rocks Retreat has a wonderful care taker, house keeper and gardener that went out of their way to make our stay very comfortable and to make us feel very welcome on the island. Besides this properties beach our other favorites where lighthouse beach(Atlantic and Carrinean sides) which is visually stunning and well worth the treck in which requires an SUV that needs to be walked in the 3 miles off road. Rainbow Beach was great for a tranquil day, nice and shallow and good beginner snorkel spot for kids. DePerk was our favorite coffee and Breakfast spot. We drove to Rock Sound for a good selection of grocery. We can't wait to get back again! Love this property!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was fantastic! Prior to arrival Tuck (owner) was very helpful and accommodating. Upon arrival Marsha greeted us with a welcoming smile and showed us around the property. The house(s) were very clean and the location speaks for itself. We had no reason to contact Marsha while we were there, however she made herself available via cell should the need arise. Great time!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
governor's harbor airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Unicorn Cay Beach
Car: recommended

a short drive from Governor's Harbor along Banks Road on the Atlantic side of Eleuthera. The famous French Leave Beach stretches along Banks Road. We are about 2 miles north of North Palmetto Point.


Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

The base rates are for the first two guests, and for the Main Cottage only. Add $50/night to include the Guest Cottage, too, which pays for up to two more guests. To add additional guests to the Main Cottage, Add $35/night for each additional guest ($45/night during the Christmas holidays). Babies/toddlers under 4 are free.
Security Deposit: $500

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