|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Welcome to Sweet Corn House, a new and elegant three-bedroom, four-bath Colonial home on the hill above Governors Harbour. Sweet Corn is graced by shady, wrap-around verandas overlooking landscaped tropical gardens and a private swimming pool.
The first floor of Sweet Corn features a large and sunny open-plan living area ideal for entertaining. The great room has lounge seating for five+ and dining room seating for six. The island kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, is open to the great room and features additional bar-chair seating. There is an adjacent powder room and laundry room.
The first floor of Sweet Corn has two separate bedroom suites with full baths, one with a queen bed and one with a king bed. The king bedroom suite has a kitchenette and can be accessed from the great room or directly from the garden via a separate keyed entrance.
The second floor of Sweet Corn is devoted entirely to the master bedroom suite. This spacious suite features a luxurious modern bathroom, two private balconies, and a private sun deck with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Sweet Corn has air conditioning throughout the house, cable TV, DVD player, wifi internet, land line telephone, travel crib, and an outdoor gas grill.
Sweet Corn is one of five homes on the estate formerly owned by Sir Harold Christie, and on which his gracious Bahamian Colonial mansion still stands. Sweet Corn can be rented along with other homes on the estate to accommodate larger groups. Daily housekeeping, private chef, and other services are always available on the estate for an additional charge.
The town of Governors Harbour, a three-minute walk down the hill, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fisherman at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.
Walking down the hill in the other direction takes you to French Leave Beach, the finest beach on the island and one of the great beaches of the Caribbean. By foot, it’s about 8 minutes to French Leave, a mile-long crescent of pink sand which is literally deserted most of the time. Most visitors to Eleuthera rent a car, because the island is rural and spread out, and a car is the only practical way to get around. By car, Sweet Corn House is just a minute from French Leave Beach.
Such a great location close to restaurants and the beach. Tippy's restaurant for lunch or dinner and Bacchus fine food for breakfast and cappuccinos! Governors Harbour maintains the great out island feel but with wonderful restaurants and cafes to make it so fabulous!
My extended family rented Sweet Corn House and Yellow House for 2 weeks over the holiday. We had 17 people total, ranging from 18 months to 85 years old, with parents, grown children, and teenagers in between. Three couples and the baby stayed in Sweet Corn; two couples and 5 teenagers/early twenty something kids stayed in Yellow House. The houses are fabulous--well laid out with comfortable spaces to hang out, both inside and out; spacious bedrooms with nice bedding, comfortable mattresses, ensuite baths and individual air conditioning units; a well stocked kitchen; and inviting decor. It's a short walk back and forth between the two properties--both have pools. Governor's Estates is ideally located at the top of the hill--to the west down the hill is an exquisite 3 mile long beach on the Atlantic coast, to the east down the hill is the small town of Governor's Harbour with a cafe/bar, a coffee shop, 2 small grocery stories, a bank, a gas station, and a couple of gift shops. Kathy and Bob are gracious hosts. They welcomed us with dinner and wine the first night, let us harvest greens from their garden, and provided insider tips on where to eat, shop, and hang out on the island. Matt, the rental agent, made the rental arrangements and travel planning effortless. We met wonderful people, enjoyed a snorkeling trip off Harbour Island, cliff jumped (even my 80 year old mother) off the rocks at Cupid's Cay, drove south to Lighthouse Beach and the blue hole, walked the Leon Levy nature preserve (just down the street), partied at the Friday night fish fry, queued up to make sure we were able to get freshly baked break and newly harvested produce from the Island Farm (a must), dined at Tippy's, Bacchus Fine Foods, and 1648; and frequented the Buccaneer Club for breakfast, lunch and dinner multiple times. It was the perfect blend--all the comforts of home in a beautiful natural paradise. Couldn't have imagined anything better.
We had the most wonderful time. I stayed here with my mom, cousin and friend from college. It is spacious and had plenty of room for all four of us, could have fit two more comfortably! Kathy, who owns the house, is the ultimate host. She had a lasagna, a bottle of wine and beer ready for us on our arrival. She answered all of our questions. She has a house phone and a cell phone available for use. The house is well stocked with books, puzzles and wonderful linens and kitchen supplies. The location is ideal, easy walk to the most beautiful beach and down to the small town. The locals are incredibly friendly. It was an absolutely phenomenal stay and I can't wait to go back. We will always stay in one of Kathy's houses.
Sweet Corn house was my first visit to the Bahamas and could not have been improved. The house lives up the to photos shown but there are lots of extras that made the stay special. The owner was really welcoming and provided support by telephone whenever needed. They even provided a mobile phone to use incase of any issues when travelling around the island which was a great thing to do when you consider that some of the beaches are quite remote. The beach nearby is walkable as well as drivable and we never saw a single person on it in the week we went. We visited at the end of July and were a bit concerned about the possible rainy weather but should never have worried. It was sunny every day and it did rain on a few occasions but passed quickly and was a break from the heat and seemed to clear the air. The pool area was great and looked after every day by a lovely local person who also did the garden. The island is very safe and the local people very lovely. Highlights were the numerous beaches with the most amazing colour sea within easy reach of the house, and the snorkelling. The process was simple from booking on the website to direct contact with arrival instructions from the owner via email. I would highly recommend the property and it met all expectations.
We had a great stay at the Sweetcorn house, and would recommend renting it without reservation. Pictures and the listing of amenities accurately represent existing conditions. It is clean, bright, comfortable, spacious, modern, nicely decorated, and the location is great. We were able to walk to the beach and everything in Town--- a couple restaurants, gift shops, the Library, supermarkets, Friday night Fish Fry. The house is located at the top of a long hill; so walking up and down takes a little getting used to; but it is nice not to have to drive everywhere. There is an open kitchen/dining/living area, two bedrooms on the ground level, and the master bedroom is located on the upper level.
This being our first time to Eluthera, we found that staying in Governor's Harbor was perfect. Centrally located, Governor's Harbor has the most amenities and understated "quaintness" that the other towns on the island lack.
I never met Bob, but Kathy, the Owner, was great! She is especially knowledgeable about the island and town, and the function of house utilities. She had lasagna, a bottle of wine, and a couple beers ready for us upon arrival---- a super nice gesture considering by the time our flight arrived most of the stores in town were closed for the night/evening. The lasagna was delicious.
1) if you love to cook, bring a knife sharpener or your own set of knives. As with most rental properties, the knives are very dull. Otherwise, the kitchen is very well equipped. The only item we found to be missing was a cheese grater.
2) All bathrooms have large walk-in showers, but the showers do not have benches, making it difficult to shave. This is my only minor irritation with the house, which was fixed by putting a plastic chair in the shower.
3) The house is good for traveling with children-- our 12 year old loved the bedroom by the pool and having her own private bathroom. We traveled with our 9 month old baby--- who had a great time taking baths in the kitchen sink! Be aware that there are no soaking tubs if you have small children who are accustomed to baths. There were 2 pack-n-plays; one with an actual mattress, that made for a comfortable bed for the baby. There was also a high chair that worked nicely.
3) Purchase this book, and the map to go with it: The Beach Book; Eleuthera Bahamas Edition, by Bret Sigillo and Gunnar Ek. With this book we were able to go to 8 different beaches over our 10 night stay.
always enjoy staying here. I have been coming to Gov Harbour for years now. would love to eventually find my own lttle patch of ground in the areas. Got to experience the clinic system this time due to a medical occurance with one in our party. Very interesting. People are very friendly and it was perfect for our family of 4. My dad is slighty disabled so the one level of sweet corn was perfect. I appreciate Kathy Coleman the owner being so flexible.
Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkeling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore. We hope you will enjoy Sweet Corn House, and experience all our island has to offer.