Waterfront, 2-5 Bdrms, 4 Sunset Decks, Lg Walled Garden, Dock
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Dunmore Town house description
- 180° Sunset Harbour Views
- 2-5 Bedrooms (plus sitting room/ office) / 2-5 Bathrooms available in total (16 People max.). Choose the number of rooms you need and only pay for those from two to five bedrooms
- Only rented to one group at a time
- Daily maid service included in rental price (except Sundays and holidays)
- Dinner Cook included in rental price (except Sundays and holidays; guests provide menu and food). No need to arrange a cook on a daily basis; our cook is at your service.
- Large and private, fully walled/ fenced garden with hammock, BBQ, colorful and fragrant flora. Garden is lit for romantic night time feel.
- Private Dock - for dinghy or rented Boston Whaler
- Automatic back-up generator
- Impressive Water Views from 3 of the Bedrooms, living room, upstairs sitting room & the kitchen!
- Bedrooms may be configured for 5 couples - 4 w/ Kings, 1 w/ Queen; Or for 3 families - with 2 rooms (w/ 4 beds per room) for kids and 3 rooms for parents (2 w/Kings & 1 w/ Queen)
- BEACH MEMBERSHIP with 6 chairs and 3 umbrellas all set up and waiting for you right between the two most popular resorts on the island (FREE to Blue Dolphin guests; additional chairs and umbrellas may be rented for a nominal daily fee)
- POOL MEMBERSHIP at Valentines Resort and Marina located just a few short blocks from the Blue Dolphin
- WEDDING Venue - Great location for an intimate wedding (see photo; to see more wedding photos, use link to Blue Dolphin website then click on Photo Gallery within Harbour Is. heading)
You'll know you're 'not in Kansas anymore' in this charming waterfront Cape Cod style home on beautiful and historic Bay Street. The serenity and beauty of the Blue Dolphin and it's property make it a perennial favorite for photo shoots of catalogs (including Island Company 2007) and magazine/ newspaper articles from Vogue April 1999 to the Wall Street Journal April 23-24, 2011 D10.
The home is ideal for large family gatherings or for couples who want the flexibility of a large house when family or friends are visiting and a cozy cottage when they are alone. The main house on the ground floor sleeps six and includes two bedrooms and two full baths. It may be rented by itself or guests may choose to add up to three additional bedrooms and bathrooms in incremental prices as needed. THE BLUE DOLPHIN WILL ONLY BE RENTED TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME.
The fabulous 180 degree harbour view climaxes each evening with colorful and varying sunsets which may be enjoyed from any one of four porches (front patio; side bedroom covered porch, upstairs sun deck and private master bedroom balcony).
The Blue Dolphin has its own dock right out in front for your dinghy or rented Boston Whaler. The house also has a large and lovely lighted backyard garden filled with beautiful hibiscus, fragrant jasmine, colorful alamanda flowers, a rustic, but very functional barbeque pit and hammock.
Harbour Island was rated #1 in the region of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda by Travel & Leisure in 2005 'Best Of' issue, August 2005. The BEACH has been rated one of the 10 best in the World by Condé Nast magazine and was #1 on the Travel Channel's '10 Best Beaches in the Caribbean' 2003 episode. The water on the harbour and at the beach is crystal clear azure, so inviting.
The Blue Dolphin is conveniently located only blocks from shops, restaurants and a short walk or even shorter golf cart ride (preferred mode of island travel) to the famous three mile pink sand beach.
Enjoy 'the best of both worlds' spending your days at the beach and your mornings and evenings on the scenic and tranquil harbour.
Finally, the Blue Dolphin is one of very few houses on the island that include daily maid and dinner cook (except Sundays and holidays), so you're really on vacation!
- 2400 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Limited Accessibility
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16
- King size beds (2) Two master bedrooms each with a king size bed; one is located in the main section (ground floor) of the house. It has a harbour view and en-suite full bath. The upstairs master bedroom has a harbour view, private balcony overlooking the harbour, en-suite full bath with double sinks, a separate but adjoining office/ sitting room with harbour view, a daybed/ trundle and kitchenette. Upstairs office/sitting room opens onto the sundeck., Queen size Beds (1) Adjacent (separate entrance) side bedroom (ground floor) has a queen size bed and 3/4 bath (sink, toilet and shower) and it's own covered porch overlooking the harbour., Twin or Single Beds (6) Upstairs garden-facing bedroom has four twin beds (two may be made up as a king) and en-suite full bath with double sinks. Room adjoins sundeck.
Daybed & roll out trundle bed in sitting room/office that adjoins Upstairs Master bedroom., Bunk Beds (1) Garden-facing bedroom in the main section (ground floor) of th...moreless
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
The Blue Dolphin kitchen is fully equipped including a dinner cook! Other amenities include: refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave oven, water cooler, full size washer and dryer....moreless
- Dishes & Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Towels Provided
- Automatic back-up generator, Ten minute walk or two minute golf cart ride to the Beach, Daily maid service included in rental price, Three of the bedrooms have waterfront views, Another unique feature of the Blue Dolphin is that it may be rented in segments with main house (2 bedrooms/ 2 baths) as a minimum for savings, 10% discount for off season and 10% discount for long-term (monthly) rental, Additional Blue Dolphin amenities include a fully fenced yard, hairdryer in every bathroom, outdoor shower and a clothes line....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
The house has cable for TV, but no TV (by choice). If you absolutely can't live without TV; owners suggest guests purchase 'PCTV' at an electronics store and use it to hook up to the Blue Dolphin cable via guest's personal laptop computer....moreless
- CD Player
- Free Long Distance:
Pool & Spa
Deck / Patio:
Four porches on front of house, all overlook harbour. Two are on the ground floor (one covered). Sundeck upstairs overlooks Harbour as does private master bedroom balcony. Covered dining porch to rear of house on the ground floor overlooks large landscaped/lighted tropical garden....moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Away From It All
Location & View
180 degree Fabulous Harbour 'Sunset' view (each evening is unique). Enjoy watching harbour activity including yachts, fishermen, kite surfers, herons, etc. The Blue Dolphin has it's own dock for your dinghy or rented Boston Whaler....moreless
- Car Not Necessary
- Surf Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Basketball Court
- Pier Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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Best Harbour Island Stay
Best Harbour Island Stay
This house is amazing and has to be one of the best places to stay on Harbour Island. It suited my party perfectly, as we had 5 adult couples travelling for a wedding, and the Blue Dolphin offers 5 separate bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a huge gathering area on the main patio, many smaller decks, and adequate indoor space. We loved that the house was centrally located and we could easily walk to the main dock, restaurants and stores, the beach and the pool. The Blue Dolphin was home to many happy memories for us. It would also work for families with children as there are a few rooms with either bunk beds or a trundle bed.
- Guest Stephanie (Canada)
- Date of stay 07/10/13
- Review Submitted 07/20/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
Harbour Island House
Harbour Island House
Loved the island, loved the house. The location is perfect as it is right in the village on the bay, has it's own dock, walk to shopping, 3 minute golf cart ride to the beautiful pink sand beach (THAT BEACH! What a beach!) and they've arranged for umbrellas and lounge chairs to be available at the beach. They employee a cook for evening meals and she was not only a great cook but fun to talk to. She is flexible and can make just about anything: grouper, conch stew, crab and rice, chicken, pork chops. All was delicious and our kids are still commenting on how much better Princess cooks than their mother or their father. The daily helper that cleaned was patient when we were in her way and left lovely flowers from the garden everywhere. I’m a garden dabbler so loved the fresh flowers and wandering your garden throughout the day. We enjoyed hanging out in the front and watching the traffic go by in the evenings and tossing the football in the backyard in the mornings. And seriously, this really is a friendly island - everyone had a wave for us and all were kind and helpful. We reserved the main house which includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is air conditioned. And you can expand your party and stay in the upstairs or in a separate side suite. Very flexible. I highly recommend this property.
- Guest LARA (Boulder, Colorado)
- Date of stay 06/12/12
- Review Submitted 07/10/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
Wedding we dreamed of on Harbour Island!
Wedding we dreamed of on Harbour Island!
Thank you so much to everyone for allowing us to share the Blue Dolphin for our wedding! The landscaping is such a beautiful back drop!! This is such a wonderful and convenient house to have the ceremony. The girls got ready in the beautiful room upstairs and we used the stairs outside as our walkway. The terrace is so pretty with vines and flowers wrapping it as a gift. This will definately be our anniversary location!!! Highly recommended house on the island for all occasions! Thanks again!!
- Guest Richmond family (Tennessee)
- Date of stay 05/30/12
- Review Submitted 06/13/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
Fabulous Time at the Blue Dolphin
Fabulous Time at the Blue Dolphin
I wanted to send you a note to thank you for sharing your wonderful home, the Blue Dolphin, with us. We had an absolutely perfect stay. The house was wonderfully appointed and carefully thought out to make our stay comfortable and easy. The layout gave each family the luxury of some autonomy while sharing a house - something that's difficult to find. I didn't realize what a luxury having the dock would be but it ended up being a highlight with the kids waking around 7 each morning and taking their poles and heading out to fish. My husband even managed to land a bonefish on a Spongebob kid pole - something that became common knowledge among the fishing folks on the island by sunset :) Princess was wonderful and I will be craving her conch chowder until we return. All in all - a fabulous visit to Briland. We will be back to the Blue Dolphin next year, let the countdown begin!
- Guest Keira H. (-)
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 02/26/12
FANTASTIC HOUSE & LOCATION!!
FANTASTIC HOUSE & LOCATION!!
I just wanted you to know our stay at the Blue Dolphin was fantastic!!! Your home is so comfortable and we enjoyed everything about it! Herman took the boys out fishing one day, so they were thrilled with their day and catching some fish. My step son (who is 10 years old) was so excited and it made his week. I have to say that I was impressed with the help of Eva and Betsy! They were a joy to be around and couldn't have been more polite and helpful. We've stayed in a lot of places down there and don't always get such a pleasant person working in the house. They were delightful to have around every day! The house is in such a great location, we became the "wedding" central for everyone. Each person who popped in loved the house and was especially drawn to the lovely porch and yard out back. What a dream it is to sit back there! And in the morning, we sat out front eating breakfast. Which then prompted everyone to stop by as they drove by! It was great and couldn't have been more perfect! We are already talking about going down next year! By the way, one of my friends took that photo of your house and thought you'd enjoy it. It turned out quite lovely! Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us, we are so appreciative and blessed. Hoping to get back next year!
- Guest Jilly (Locust Valley, New York USA)
- Date of stay 04/24/11
- Review Submitted 05/12/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
Blue Dolphin suited our family's needs perfectly. We were three generations (12 people) and we enjoyed the accommodations, beautiful enclosed garden, meals together on the terrace, the social membership at Coral Sands where we ate lunches, swam in the pool and went to the beach. We have stayed at different locations on Harbour Island but enjoy the bayside location with it's colorful houses and culture and beautiful sunsets.
- Guest Gramellie (New England)
- Date of stay 03/20/10
- Review Submitted 03/30/10
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Blue Dolphin House Survives Family of 13
Blue Dolphin House Survives Family of 13
We just returned from an idyllic week at your home in Briland. The Blue Dolphin house suited us perfectly; everyone had their own space and so appreciated the privacy allotted with each room. The patio, yard, and gardens were a wonderful additional "room" for our 1 and 3 year olds to run off steam. Besides loving being in your house together, our favorite activities were the Beach Club at Coral Sands and boating. My brother in law rented a perfect boat from Devon at Lil Shan's. It could accommodate all of us, and was used multiple times daily by various smaller groups for snorkeling trips to Devil's Backbone, and shell diving on a sandbar in the harbour. Some of us also rented bikes and explored the island that way. Our niece's wedding was spectacularly beautiful at Pink Sands. Everyone we encountered was delightfully friendly and helpful, Eva and Betsy (the cook & maid) have been great. Pigly Wigly and the Arthur’s Bakery were early morning destinations daily. So,thank you for allowing our gangly group to stay at Blue Dolphin. If we can ever pull off another family trip, we will certainly be in touch to rent from you again. My husband and I would love to return and hope to do so in the next year or so. I hope this will be a good season for you. We will certainly spread the word to friends about Harbour Island and Blue Dolphin house.
- Guest MK's Gigi (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
- Date of stay 01/25/10
- Review Submitted 03/25/10
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
We had such a great time at the Blue Dolphin. Your place is beautiful, the upstairs is exceptional, and I can't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to be there. Betsy and Eva were a blessing. Made lots of new friends on the island and good times were had by all!
- Guest Amy Sergent (Sarasota, Florida)
- Date of stay 08/04/08
- Review Submitted 08/04/08
I spent the second of two idyllic weeks - in February this year - at the Blue Dolphin on Harbour Island, Bahamas, and I've already signed up for a third in 2009! For those looking for a low key tropical beach vacation with a sense of community, this is definitely the spot; if you're expecting Miami Beach, look elsewhere! There are a few small, elegant hotels but no high-rise condos. Instead, there are beautiful, colorful, manicured homes, facing the bay or the ocean, and the Blue Dolphin - on the bay, 5 minutes by golf cart to the pink beach - is among the loveliest. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath house is well-appointed and staffed - a cook and a housekeeper - and is immaculate, roomy and charming. And what a joy it is to sit at sunset with a cocktail on one of the four porches, two down, two up - taking in the awesome view! Or in the flowering garden in the morning with a cup of coffee. One of the unique aspects of this island is that visitors and locals co-exist in divine harmony; I've rarely met such a friendly, welcoming - "Morning, Morning" - local population. En route to the expansive but never-crowded beach, one passes a cafe, a liquor store, a grocery store, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, several small clothing shops, an art gallery, a church and a cemetery, not to mention the occasional rooster, keeping close watch on a hen and chicks in the backyard of one of the year-round residents! In other words, you are a participant in the life of a real village. There's a yacht basin, several fine restaurants and a night club or two, Gusty's being the most famous. Some friends reported seeing Cameron Diaz and Uma Thurman there in December! A social membership in the Coral Sands Resort - with free use of the beach amenitites, pool and tennis courts - comes with the house. All in all, I simply cannot imagine a more perfect spot for a stress-free, relaxing getaway. It's paradise!
- Guest Bill Hays (-)
- Date of stay 03/31/08
- Review Submitted 03/31/08
Guest comment entered by owner
"We all had a really good time while we were there and thought that the improvements to the house were great. I loved all of the extra balconies and (while I haven’t seen tons of other homes) really think the back yard must be special. I doubt there are many locations that offer as much in terms of the overall package - gorgeous beaches; low key, friendly people; ease of getting around and the access to an occasional lovely meal out. And with kids having the beach right next to a pool while still being able to get to your own house with enclosed outdoor space (fully fenced yard), nothing beats it. It is a special place." Best, JBH
- Guest The Harrell Family
- Date of stay 05/22/07
- Review Submitted 05/22/07
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Additional information about rental rates
$500/night rate is for the main house only (2Br, 2Ba) <1 wk
Rates are $3000 - $5000/wk for up to 10 guests (add'l guests up to max. of 16 at $100/per./wk per add'l guest); rate depends upon number of rooms being used.
Less than 1 wk rental rate is 1/6 weekly rate per night (6 nights is the same price as 7); 2 night minimum.
10% discount for low season
10% discount for 4 week rental or longer
1/2 Rental fee plus $500 Refundable security/damage deposit to reserve house. Remaining 1/2 Rental fee is due 90 days prior to arrival.
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- Nearest Airport: North Eleuthera (ELH) at 3 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Bahamas Fast Ferry at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Pink Sand Beach - entire eastside of island at 0.45 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Various at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Water Ski from Valentines at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Cotton Bay, Rock Sound, Eleuthera-not recommended at 90 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Various at 0.1 Miles
Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: Here is a family picture of the Pratts at their vacation home the 'Blue Dolphin' on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Jamie and Kathy are the parents and the 'boys' are Jason (& his wife Aleksandrina),Ryan and Dylan. Jamie (James) is a distinguished full Professor at the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN. Kathy is a former CPA, homemaker and community volunteer.
Why the Owner Chose Dunmore Town:
Jamie has been going to Harbour Island since 1961 when his Grandfather 'discovered' it and began spending every winter there. Jamie travelled down with his family at Christmas time most every year; they would stay in various rental houses - usually on the Coral Sands property. He made friends with many local Bahamian boys - he is still friends with them 50 years later. His grandfather called 'Colonel Pratt' supported the islanders by assisting them in the purchase of fishing boats, etc. Colonel Pratt held a Christmas party each year for the island children and gave them each a schilling (English currency at the time) and lots of candy; Jamie and the other grandchildren helped with the party and enjoyed it as much as the islanders. Kathy began going to the island when she started dating Jamie in college and fell in love with it (and him) right away! They married and moved to Seattle, Washington. It was a long trip to Harbour, but they visited as often as possible. When they eventually moved back to the midwest, they decided to 'take the plunge' and invest in the island - they have not been sorry! The 'boys' have been going since birth (some of them in-utero). They all love it and hope you will too!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The benefits of staying at the Blue Dolphin include Jamie's special love of gardening which shows in the beautiful and fragrant gardens that surround the house and Kathy's attention to detail within the house itself. Check the vrbo site for all the amenities - a long list. Jamie and Kathy tried to take the best ideas from the many rental homes they have stayed in over the years and incorporate them into their own property while adding a few things they wished they'd had at some of those homes. Kathy remembers hanging clothes on the line when owners either did not have or would not let the renters use the dryer - not at the Blue Dolphin; a full size washer and dryer are available. For those guests who really do like the fresh air scent of clothes dried on the line, there is a clothes line available as well. WiFi is available for guests who want to stay in touch while lounging on the front patio or back by the fire-pit, etc. Kathy and Jamie have always preferred the harbour - sunset side of the island, but they know that the world-famous pink sand beach on the sunrise side is a major attibute of the island as well. So, they have arranged a beach membership to provide 6 beach lounge chairs and 3 shade umbrellas all set up and wiating on a daily basis right between the two most popular resorts on the beach for no extra charge for Blue Dolphin guests. Additional chairs and umbrellas may be utilized for a nominal daily charge. What are you waiting for!
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Blue Dolphin - with dock, 180 degree Harbour, Sunset view.
View of backyard of Blue Dolphin. Complete with beautiful and fragrant flora.
Main floor Master Bedroom - King size bed, Harbour View, ensuite full bath
Kitchen - incl. refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer & dryer
Rustic BBQ is grouper ready
Blue Dolphin sundeck at sunset . . . you gotta be there!
Upstrs mastr Bdrm: priv. balcony, Full BA w/ dbl sinks, walk-in closet, Fab View
Three mile Famous Pink Sand BEACH. Chairs and umbrellas are ready and waiting.
Island guides can take you fishing, snorkeling or on a deserted island picnic
Setting up for the wedding in the garden of the Blue Dolphin. June, 2012
Wedding party on the Blue Dolphin Dock. June, 2012
This sunset view from the house includes the Blue Dolphin Dock
Living Rm complete with board games, WIFI, view of Harbour/Sunset & Garden
Garden Bdrm - bunk beds and twins that may be made up as a king. Adj. full bath
Relax in the garden hammock among colorful Hibiscus & fragrant Jasmine. Barbecue
Side Bedrm; Queen bed; 3/4 bath (shower, sink, toilet); water VIEW; priv. porch.
Stairway to Sundeck, Upstairs Master Bedroom & Upstairs Garden Bedroom
Sitting Rm/ office with daybed & trundle; Kitchenette - mini fridge, coffee mkr
Upstrs garden Bdrm - 4 twins or 2 may be made up as king. Walk-in closet, Lg BA
Valentines' pool - Blue Dolphin Guests may use this large and lovely pool FREE!
Fine dining . . . Lobster at the Rock House. Just one of MANY options.
Here comes the Bride (down the stairs of the Blue Dolphin)
Another Beautiful Sunset at the Blue Dolphin - all that's missing is YOU!
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