Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Beachfront Estate w/ Pool & 12 Private Acres on Prestigious Banks Rd

Bedrooms 4
Space sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 baths

Waterford House is a 12-acre estate with 600 feet of private pink-sand beachfront. It is located on the prestigious Banks Road, 2 miles from Governors Harbour. Waterford enjoys complete privacy and a deserted beach, but is just a five-minute walk from famous Tippy's beachfront restaurant.

Both the living room and the kitchen breakfast area are equipped with televisions (both have satellite TV and Apple TV).

Waterford features ocean views from all major rooms. The entrance opens into the sunlit dining room, with sliding glass doors to the beach and pool on the opposite wall. To the right is the main living area, furnished with a large comfortable sectional to relax on while enjoying the ocean view. To the left is the fully equipped kitchen, a generously proportioned room with an island in the middle, a second dining area, and glass doors leading to deck. The main house has three bedrooms, two with king beds and private outdoor spaces, and a third with a queen bed. The optional separate guest cottage (extra charge applies) has the fourth bedroom with a king bed. The main house has two baths and the guest cottage has the third bath.

From Governors Harbour’s famous Banks Road, the driveway to Waterford House takes you through a pair of wrought-iron gates with white walls, then through the gardens to the main house. Waterford is surrounded by extensive gardens. The front entry has a port-cochere, providing a covered space for parking as you go in and out of the house.

The main entrance to the one-story home is enclosed by glass walls. The front door slides open to the sun-lit dining room, softly decorated in white, taking you all the way through to another set of glass doors with views of the beach and access to the swimming pool. The main entrance is all in white wood with tile floors.

To the right is the main living area, decorated in soft pastel colors and furnished with a large comfortable sectional sofa to relax upon while enjoying the view. The main room has a support area, with a small bar and a refrigerator, and a laundry with washer and dryer. There are two bedrooms off the main room, a king-size bedroom with private access to the pool, and a queen size bedroom with en-suite bath. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Toward the left side of the house is the fully equipped kitchen, a generously proportioned room with an island in the middle. It features a second dining area with glass doors leading outside to the pool. Further to the left is the master bedroom suite with king bed, en-suite bath, and a private deck with expansive views of the beach and pool.

Outside, white symmetrical stairs take you up to the roof deck with breathtaking views of the beach, and in the opposite direction, the sunset. The wooden deck surrounding the pool(not heated) takes you to the rest of the garden and on through to the cabana and beach.

The yellow guest cottage sits right on the beach bordered by pink sand and turquoise blue water. It features a king-size bed, a small kitchenette, and a full bathroom. If you don't require use of the guest cottage, it will be locked off and left empty. It will not be rented to anyone else.

Amenities at Waterford include air-conditioning in every room, WIFI, beach chairs and umbrella, gas grill, two children's bikes, TV with DVD player, and CD player. The living room TV has Apple TV. Housekeeping once during a one week stay is included in the rent. There is also a caretaker who lives on the edge of the estate. If you want privacy, you will never see him. If you want his help, he can be available.

The town of Governors Harbour, five minutes away by car, 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.

Upscale beachfront restaurants in the area include Tippy’s famous beachfront restaurant/bar (international and fusion) just a short walk down the beach, The Beach House (tapas), the Bistro at Sky Beach Club (International cuisine with Bahamian influences), Cocodimama (traditional Italian cuisine), and The Rainbow Inn (famous for its steaks). The above all have live music one or more nights a week, so there is live entertainment somewhere nearby almost every night. The Governors Harbour area also has numerous little takeouts and restaurants offering local cuisine, including The Buccaneer (salads, burgers, wraps), Mate and Jenny’s (pizza and Bahamian) and the Sunset Inn (local cuisine).

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 our Waterford House, and experience all our island has to offer.

More Details

Property Manager
Matthew Simon EVR
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Located in optional guest cottage. Extra charge applies.
  • Waterford House has a crib and linens for it.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The two bikes are children's bikes. Crib available. We have beach chairs and a beach umbrella. Housekeeping once during a one-week stay is included in the rent.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Beachfront Estate w/ Pool & 12 Private Acres on Prestigious Banks Rd
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

Great location and a very lovely house well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

Being long time home owners on the island who recently sold their house we were looking for a new place to hang our hats.

Waterford fit the bill quite nicely. A lovely house with a great location.

Steps from the beach waterford was everything we expected and more.

Recently remodeled the house is in very good condition.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Everyone Loved Waterford House

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa and very well maintained. Kitchen is fully stocked, which is great as some don't even have salt and pepper.

Special thanks to Carol the caretaker who was very helpful indeed. For instance, on our arrival walk-though with her, she noticed the pool lights were not working. Next morning (Sunday) she was back with an electrician to fix.

No other issues as the villa is in very good working order.

Thanks also to Matt and Tara, the agents for all their friendly help and attention.

House is well situated, in walking distance to Tippy's, Leon Preserve and the deli, and of course the beach is fantastic and virtually deserted all the time.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Beautiful relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 adults stayed at Waterford over Christmas 2015. The house was perfect -- beautiful, spacious, well-stocked, clean. Carol, the local agent, was wonderful. She checked in with us regularly and was always just a phone call away if there were any issues (we had a slight issue with the TV, which she got someone out immediately to fix). The pool was a really nice thing to have. The beach was beautiful and very clean in front of the house. This house is very well cared for and was perfect for our family. The management folks at Eleuthera Vacation rentals were wonderful, responsive and easy to work with. I'd definitely rent with them again. We hope to return to Waterford House one day! Eleuthera is really beautiful and relaxing -- a perfect place to decompress.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Novi, MI, USA

Perfect Beach Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our 3 twenty-something children and our son’s girlfriend recently returned home from an incredible week at Waterford House. The laidback lifestyle on Eleuthera and beauty and location of Waterford house were exactly what we all needed. The highlight was absolutely the beach in our own backyard. Our first photo shared on Instagram simply said, "Pinch me!" The house is ideally situated for beach lovers. We’d set up camp right at the base of the path from the house and almost never saw another soul. The turquoise water was calm and crystal clear and the sand was the softest we’ve ever felt. We even had a dolphin swim with us one afternoon!

Renting through VRBO and Matt and Tara was a seamless experience. Emails were answered almost immediately and payment was simple and secure. They provided helpful recommendations for car rental, fishing charters, grocery stores and restaurants. The owner, Amanda, provided speedy responses to any inquiries. Carol, her assistant, was INCREDIBLY helpful. Upon arrival, she gave us a tour of the property and provided her cell phone number for anything we might need. The urgency of her response to any concern, whether great or small, early in the morning or late in the evening was truly extraordinary. There was no “island time” in Carol’s vocabulary.

We never know if a rental will have all we need and more often than not it doesn’t. Even though we were flying to Eleuthera with only carry on luggage we needn’t have worried. Waterford House was fully stocked with any cooking, baking or serving item we could want. All paper goods, soap, dish and laundry detergent were provided. There were ample, cushy bath and beach towels. When we found the house didn’t have as many beach chairs as we expected, Carol delivered 3 more brand new chairs and an additional beach umbrella. Unexpected amenities included a mobile phone, a filtered water dispenser and a mid-week house cleaning.

Finding groceries can be hard but the Banks Road Deli was a lifesaver. I'd walk there to buy lunchmeat, cheese and freshly baked bread. Tippy’s, just what you hope for in a beach bar, is walking distance from the house. We also really enjoyed our meals at 1648 and at The Dunmore on Harbour Island. We capped off the week at the Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour, where we all enjoyed the barbecued chicken, the rum drinks and local beer, dancing in the streets and running into the many now familiar, friendly faces of both residents and tourists.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Waterford House 06/12/15 - 06/20/15. We vetted the property well before deciding on it to house our family of 4 (with 5 & 7 year old kids). Little did we know that it would EXCEED our expectations in every way. First of all, Matt and Tara with Eleuthera Vacation Rentals were absolutely wonderful to deal with and very helpful in pointing us in the right direction with regards to concierge (Tia Stubbs - the BEST!!!!), baby sitter and cook (Natasha Sanders - don't consider any one else!!), and rental car agents (Kean Stubbs AND Stanton Cooper). They also went above and beyond in helping us make the final decision to stay at Waterford based upon our needs. The owner, Amanda, met us there and spent about an hour getting us acquainted with the property. She is lovely!! She had rum punch made and left in the refrigerator when we got there. We rented the main house and beach cottage (both were perfect). Our kids feel in love with the caretakers, Jason and Jay Jay. They could not have been more gracious and accomodating. If you stay here take the time to get to know them. One thing I would like to point out is that short of groceries/drinks the house has EVERYTHING you need for your stay including numerous puzzles, kids games/art supplies, CD's, extensive DVD collection, Apple TV, Direct TV, great Wi-Fi, two flat screen TV's, every kitchen utensil and cookware any cook could possibly want, beach towels, laundry/dishwasher detergent (brand new Samsung full size washer and dryer make laundry a breeze), first aid kit, coolers, pool toys, snorkeling gear, etc. If you want the complete package, stay at Waterford. The views are breathtaking, easy walk to virtually private beach, wonderful pool, short walk to Tippy's, Banks Road Deli, and Beach House Restaurant. Very short drive to Governor's Harbour downtown/grocery/liquor stores. This location is the best on the island in our opinion. Hope this review helps other travelers. You WILL NOT be disappointed staying at this wonderful house! PS - if you are in town on a Sunday, worship at 11:00 at Wesley Methodist Church (located in Governor's Harbour/Cupid's Cay, just above the Friday Night Fish Fry location - those folks there will restore your faith in humanity). Enjoy all Eleuthera has to offer, especially the people!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 1

Wonderfully Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Waterford house with our 3 boys (ages 3 , 5, & 12) for 1 week at the end of May. It was the most relaxing vacation we have had in years! The home was beautiful, well-maintained, very private, and the perfect size for our family. The location could not have been better and the homeowner, Amanda, was extremely nice to work with and provided a great deal of information regarding activities on the island. Also, Matt and Tara at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals made booking everything a breeze. They quickly responded to every question I had in the months prior to our trip. This is the second time we have booked a house in Eleuthera with them and I have been very impressed with their customer service. Thank you all for a wonderful vacation. We will be coming back and hope to stay at Waterford House.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Governors Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Waterford Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

RATES ARE FOR UP TO 6 GUESTS AND DO NOT INCLUDE THE GUEST COTTAGE. To include guest cottage, add $900/week. If you do not need the guest cottage, it will be left empty. It will not be rented to anyone else.
Extra guest charge to $450/week.
NOTE: We set the rates this way to make the house affordable for smaller groups who use less utilities, which are expensive on the island, and cause less wear and tear.
Sec. Deposit: $1000

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message Send a Message

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties