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Francine

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

2 Spectacular, Private, Romantic, Ocean Front Beach Houses, Bone Fishing

40 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Special Offer! ONE EXTRA NIGHT FREE IN PARADISE May 26 - August 31

Bahamas Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Villas, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Price is per villa, we have 2 Villas, steps from each other, both directly on the beach. Each villa accommodates 2 guests, has 1 king bed, full size kitchen, living area and bathroom, excellent for 2 couples travelling together.

If you are seeking the ultimate luxury vacation with privacy and romance than look no further, Andros Island is the closest island to Nassau and a short 13 minute flight to the San Andros Airport. We are also one of the only island vacation properties on town water which means you have clean, drinking water with excellent pressure as we have installed a double filtered, pressure tank for your convenience.

Experience your island sanctuary with breathtaking views of the crystal blue ocean and your own private beach house located directly on the beach, (2 villas steps away from each other, 2 guests per unit) beautifully decorated with gorgeous Caribbean furniture, a luxurious king size bed featuring high quality linens, and plush bath towels. With no neighbours in site, yet only steps away from Nicholl's Town, imagine upon your arrival that you are greeted with drinks on ice, smooth island music and some delicious Bahamian dishes prepared especially for you. Sink into complete bliss with an on site professional massage, a cool cocktail with your loved one while sitting in your own private screened in deck or relaxing on a hammock under the majestic Casarinas....your choice.

You can enjoy TV, a stereo system and free wifi that will get you in the vacation mood while keeping you connected.

Your vacation sanctuary offers complete privacy, beautiful white sand beaches, and crystal clear water surrounding the property as it is on a point, creating the most incredible panoramic views, sun rises and ultimate relaxation. The properties are located on 'Nicholl's Town Point' which is on the North East side of Andros Island. The beach heading both north and south of the property are virtually void of any buildings or people however, within walking distance (2 minutes) you will find the local tikki huts serving native dishes, drinks, and small grocery stores. We believe our point holds one of the most incredible views in the Caribbean where the ocean surrounds you on both the north and east side of the property creating a stunning panoramic view. Andros Island is the perfect holiday to bring your flip flops, sunscreen, and a great book. It is also a great place for self made activity such as going for a run on a cool crisp morning and listening to the roosters crow, meandering around the village by foot or bicycle, taking a long walk on the beach and jumping in the ocean to cool off, snorkling along one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, fish all day -deep sea or bone fish and catch dinner for the night.

LIVING AREA SET UP:

Each unit is a self contained, clean, open concept design with lots of light. Each unit has its own private bathroom, fully stocked open concept kitchen and living area.

ACTIVITIES:

Andros Island is full of activities to do both in and out of the water. Whether it's fishing for trophy-size fish, exploring ancient ruins, bird-watching, hunting for buried treasure, meandering through quaint coastal towns and villages, shopping for batik fabrics or simply soaking up the tropical sunshine,Andros Island has something for everyone.

BICYCLES:

Bicycles are available for rent. Tour the areas surrounding Nicholl’s Town. We have maps and suggested itineraries. Or bike a few miles south to an inland blue hole for a fresh water swim.

FISHING:

Book a 1/2 or full day. Andros offers world class Bonefishing, reef fishing, deep sea fishing—you can do it all! You can hire a guide for a day or just cast a line off the point right on your own private beach. Andros is known as the 'Bonefish Capital of the World'.

MASSAGE:

Book an on site massage: a massage therapist will come to you, enjoy a massage on the beach or under a shady tree with a relaxing breeze

DIVING & SNORKLING:

Andros Island has world renowned diving and fantastic reefs for snorkelling. You can dive during the day, night dives, shark dives, and one-on-one Speciality Dives any time. All of this on the Andros Barrier Reef - the 3rd largest reef system in the world! A day trip by boat can be arranged for a fee plus there is plenty of great snorkelling along the shore.

WILD BOAR HUNTING

Andros has an abundance of wild boar. You can hire a guide to take you hunting for a day through the mangrove swamps! This can be a dangerous trek so please do so at your own risk. This certainly is not for the faint of heart, wild boars are vicious animals and have been known to massacre multiple, pit bull dogs in one trip. Or, on a more mellow approach, you can purchase a side of boar from the hunters and cook it over a nice flame on the BBQ (we prefer this method). If you ask nicely, you might even get to keep a few tusks from their recent catch.

BIRDING

There are over 200 species of birds that inhabit the Bahamas--and Andros, with its vast undeveloped land, is home to many of them.

HAMMOCKING

One of our favourite activities and can soon be one of yours….

MILES OF UNTOUCHED BEACHES

Anytime is a good time to stroll along the beach. It's perfectly safe, day or night.

COLLECTING SHELLS

Being an undeveloped island, imagine the interesting finds on a leisurely walk down a mile or two of virgin beach, you can find the most beautiful shells, sea urchins, dried coral in multiple colors, and whatever the last storm blew onto shore….

RED BAYS

Basket Weaving A remote village settled by Seminole Indians and Blacks in 1821. The basket-weaving crafts practiced here are detailed and highly advanced.

Red Bays is a very different community on Andros, originally settled by the Seminole Indians from Florida. When the US was putting Indians in reservations, a group decided not to accept that 'good deal', and hopped in their little boats, high-tailing it to Andros Island. The people live in a pretty 'rough' style, and it's fascinating to see.

Andros Blue Holes Below the surface of Andros Island is a complex maze of underwater caves called blue holes. Experienced recreational divers can enter from either the ocean or island entrances and retrace the steps of the famous Jacques Cousteau.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Francine (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Francine

Welcome to our beach house, owned and operated by Francine Goulet & Rob Birch. We reside in Huntsville Ontario with our 5 year old daughter. We love to travel and we had a dream to one day live in the Caribbean on the beach. Well...we don't live there yet but we truly love to visit often. We hope that our guests will love Andros Island as much as we do. Over the years we have had the opportunity to stay in many of the finest hotels, villas and condos and so we wanted to offer our guests a truly memorable vacation in a beautiful surrounding. It is a pleasure to have you visit one of our favorite “escapes” where we have shared many of our fondest memories.

Francine purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Francine chose Bahamas

We chose Andros Island to have a true Island Getaway experience. Something like a Robinson Crusoe movie with secluded beaches, hot sun and soft breezes. Andros Island is also very quick and easy to get to from most areas across North America. We wanted somewhere within a 3 hour flight so we can visit on a regular basis. We also didn't want the hustle and bustle of many busy resort communities. One of the things we really love is the small village we live in, there are tikki hut restaurants and beach side bars to enjoy the music, food and dance of the island.

What makes this cottage unique

Andros is the closest island to Nassau which means that to get there, it is an easy, quick 13 minute flight. Francine will assist to coordinate all travel details getting to the island. In addition, our property is one of the few rental properties with fresh, town, double filtered water. Our water is totally drinkable with a good amount of pressure unlike many island properties where they run on wells and cisterns with limited supply and pressure. Also, we are located in Nicholl's Town within a 2 minute walk of eating and drinking establishments.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My wife and I just returned from a week in Francine and Rob’s Beach House in Nichols Town, North Andros. If you want a peaceful and very private honeymoon, this place is for you. Only twice did we have a local fisherman cast his line from our beach; otherwise it was gloriously private and quiet, even though it is less than 200 yards from town and the local waterfront restaurants. The cottage is an open bedroom, living room and kitchen with large bath (including nice washer and dryer). Everything is first class. The cottage is located about 50 feet from the water, allowing you to lie in bed in the morning and watch the beautiful blue surf roll in. One evening we had Leslie the caretaker prepare dinner of fresh grouper and lobster….wonderful! And every evening we had Stacy provide us massage on the screened porch while the rolling waves put us to sleep. The beach is a beautiful pink-tan color and the water that irresistible Bahamian blue. There is a breaker reef about 1000 feet offshore, and numerous small reefs for snorkeling just a few feet from your beach. If the waves get too high to snorkel while you are there, drive three miles to Conch Sound and snorkel or dive the blue hole, or snorkel for large starfish. This large bay seems calm all the time. Remember that this is on the “out islands” of the Bahamas. There is no one to rake up the seaweed or pick up the plastic that comes in with the tides. That being said, the beaches are still perfect for a beachcomber. If you are in the mood for a week on a beautiful, almost-private lovely swimming beach near the friendliest little town in the Bahamas, then the Beach House is for you.





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Reviews

4.8
based on 40 traveler reviews

2 Spectacular, Private, Romantic, Ocean Front Beach Houses, Bone Fishing
average rating of 4.85 based on 41 reviews
5

A Wonderful Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I returned to North Andros for a 12 day stay in beach house 2 and once again we had a wonderful time. The property is lovely and on a quiet beach that you pretty much have to yourself the whole time. Zona the property manager was again wonderful and very helpful in arranging things and looking after us and helping us enjoy our vacation even more. I can't recommend this place enough, we will definitely be returning. If you want a place to relax where the only big decisions you need to make are whether to walk on the beach go bone fishing or go snorkeling then this is the place for you.

Paul Thomson

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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  • 4 of 5

We have visited many of the outer bahama islands. We had a nice time at beach house two. This island is just what the reviews say, totally unplugged, there is no town , no shops and only one restaurant open Thurs-Sunday for dinner. We did get to bonefish, there are really no flats available for DIY fishing on this part of the island, but we hired Zona to take us out on his boat, and he was a great guide! We rented a car for the week, we drove to Fresh Creek in search of some wadable flats, it takes a little over hour and not for the faint of heart, the roads are really , really bad. Kayaking was not an option as the property is ocean front and the waters are too rough. Our flight off the island was cancelled by Western Air, but Zona was able to get us a private charter flight off the island. The property is very nice and Zona was terrific, if you just want to hang on the beach, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great and enjoyable stay at Beach Houses

  • 5 of 5

We had really great time during our stay last week (Dec '15). We stayed in the Beach House with the high ceiling and really liked the beach, the view from the porch and beautiful strolls by the sea. Zona was really there for us all the way - waited for us at the airport, gave us instructions and advice, and finally fed us great dinners.

We will definitely try to come back ...

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

A wonderful relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

The property is ideally situated right on the beach with wonderful views of the Caribbean sea. There is lots to do here, everything from snorkelling, kayaking, bone fishing and sea shell collecting to just walking the beach or staring at the moon and stars at night. Nicholl's Town is quaint and the people are so friendly. Fresh Creek is worth a visit as are the numerous blue holes on the Island. My wife and I had a wonderful two weeks in beach house 2 and we couldn't recommend it enough. Zona the property manager was amazing, he looked after our every need and made our stay very enjoyable. If you are looking for somewhere to completely unwind, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The best is yet to come...

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Beach House with the high ceiling, but we had the entire property to ourselves. The first day we arrived we locked ourselves out of the house. The door knob on the inside door is one of those types that will open from the inside, but remain locked on the outside. Zona came back over and let us in much to our embarrassment, he however remained ever so kind. We almost did it a second time and then decided to tape a note so we would not accidentally lock it. The first 2 days we were there the water was very calm, still and relaxing. This is an ever changing landscape. It was remarkable how much it changed from the time we arrived to the time we left. The sea and air did get rough for the rest of our stay. The beach sand moved and eroded off the left and deposited down to the right. As well, you can have quite a bit of sea grass at times in the surf. Being only 40 some miles from Nassau, there is a lot of pollution either from Nassau or boats that are out traveling between. This is good if you like to collect sea glass, because there is a ton of it for you to collect, but sad to see all the rubbish that people just discard in the ocean. We were the first outsiders to get married in Nicholls Town. We had a lovely beach wedding that Francine helped us with by connecting us with Laurie who planned and prepared a fantastic wedding for us. We had Zona prepare a couple of meals for us as well, we went to the Andros Beach resort for dinner a few times and one of the tiki huts. All the food we had was great. This is a very different lifestyle where you can totally disconnect and relax. However, you will need to get creative with food and cooking and not be snobby about substitutions as Francine warns you about ahead of time. One thing that we missed though was half and half creamer. We rented the bikes and were a bit too ambitious in attempting a ride to Morgans Bluff (apx. 6 miles of heat and head winds). We made it there, but poor Zona had to rescue us and bring us back. Morgans Bluff is beautiful and worth the trip, but take a car/ride there so you are not too exhausted to enjoy it. We also made the trip to Red Bay’s and Androsia. That was a long day of rough driving. The roads are VERY poor, so plan accordingly. Finally, Zona took us out on a boat ride which was fantastic. He has a beautiful boat. I would highly recommend this property, Francine, Zona, Bernadette, Laurie and all the wonderful local people. Thanks for making our stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location, but Be Prepared!

  • 4 of 5

We just spent a week on Andros in Beach House #2. Our 30th trip to the Bahamas, but our first to Andros. The beach house is in an amazing location, on a point surrounded by calm ocean bays and bath tub warm crystal clear waters. The beach house was smaller than we are used to, but had little porches so close to the water that you could leave your doors open at night to hear the light surf and have your coffee looking at the sunrise over the ocean. The owner provides a lot of information prior to your arrival, but some of it is of great importance for a stress free trip.

Be PREPARED to have your flights to and from Andros cancelled and to charter a Cash and Carry Flight!

Be PREPARED to take and spend lots of cash...AtM is unreliable. Most stores,etc take cash only, or the Credit Card networks don't work. Unlike most of the VRBO rentals we have done, much of the equipment at the beach house is Cash and Carry...bikes, kayaks, BBQ grill, etc. We biked to the bank in 94 degree heat because we wanted additional cash for tours with Zona that are $200 up and other activities like rental car, etc. The ATM was down, they won't give cash advances on credit cards, and they won't accept a wire transfer unless you have an account with them. The owner will help you out with a pay pal invoice and Zona will pick up the cash for about a 15% fee. Avoid the hassle and embarrassment...bring cash!

Be PREPARED to cook for yourself...particularly breakfast and lunch. This is an untouristy island. They are not set up for our eating times or habits. The Tiki huts are open sometimes, but usually not until late in the afternoon. The staff at the Andros Island Resort are great and will try to get and cook whatever you want. The fisherman sometimes go out and have fish and lobster. None went out the week we were there due to rough water.

Be PREPARED to be isolated and entertain yourselves!...the island is quiet and the people are lovely and helpful, but if you need nightlife...go to Nassau!

Be PREPARED to have a great laid back stay in a place that has some of the best beaches and waters in the world with warm welcoming and proud people.

Our thanks to Francine, her family, and her staff for creating this beautiful space for us to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review which validates everything we tell our guests on VRBO, Homeaway, our personal Fiddlehead properties website and detailed documents sent prior to booking. Our island is very quiet, non-commercialized and does not appeal to some people. Unlike other properties, ours being only a few feet from the ocean causes the lifespan of bikes and kayaks to quickly diminish due to corrosion etc . our small fee of $5/day for a bike helps support the continuous replacement cost and this information is also provided prior to booking along with details about available rental cars, cash only and limited restaurants. We are sorry to hear that the weather did not cooperate during your stay and that the fishermen were unable to catch you fresh lobster and fish. The beauty of our beach houses is that they cater to guests looking for self catering accommodations that are private, quiet and directly located on an isolated beautiful beach. Best Wishes for your future vacation rentals and thank you for being our guests. Francine
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Approximately a 20 minute drive
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Located just north of us in Morgan's Bluff
Car: not necessary

blue hole exploring, cave exploring, visit Red Bays Indian settlement (basket weaving, sponge farms), crab festival, regatta festival, junkanoo competition, art festivals

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Rates & Availability

Andros Cottage Rental Rates

Special Offer! ONE EXTRA NIGHT FREE IN PARADISE

Special Offer From:
Dates May 26, 2016 to Aug 31, 2016

Enjoy 1 extra night free when you book a 7 night stay.

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 19 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
Holidays
Dec 11 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,600
 
 
Winter
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
March Break
Mar 5 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,600
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning / Service Fee $150

All rates are based on double occupancy, per beach house. Each beach house accommodating a maximum of 2 guests in each
Summer $1000 - $1100.00
Fall: From $1100.00 - $1200.00
Winter: $1200.00 - $1300.00
Spring: From $1300.00 - $1400.00
Christmas & March Break: $1400.00 - $1500.00

NO TAX OR CLEANING FEES
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Prices are subject to change without notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bahamas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 420 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Beach House 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Beach House 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Beach house bathroom also includes a full size washer and dryer. Ultra plush bath linens are included in both units.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Beach House 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Beach House 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Each self contained villa accommodates up to 2 guests maximum. Both units include a luxury ultra plush king size bed with high thread count linens and many soft pillows.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Starter Hand soaps, toilet paper, paper towel and laundry soaps are provided. Additional product is at the renters expense. Private chef, massage therapist, bottled water, Daily maid service, can be provided at additional cost.

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