Bennett House,True Oceanfront Paradise [#167839] | View Property
Green Turtle Cay
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)
$285/$2000 or $357/$2500
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Best family vacation EVER!!!
Best family vacation EVER!!!
By far, our trip to Green Turtle Cay was absolutely the best vacation we have ever taken. To begin our trip we flew Airgate Aviation out of New Smryna Beach, Florida and to quote my 12 year old " I don't ever want to take a big plane again". It was great and we were treated like VIP's. Once arriving in Treasure Cay we were unloaded and on the ferry to Green Turtle in less than 45 minutes. The caretaker for Bennett House, Austin, met us at Benson Dock with our Golf Cart. Immediately our adventure began with the kids getting to see a huge tub full of baby sea turtles that were going to be released later that day. The house was more than we could have expected. Everything you need is available to make your stay like home.Austin took us for a quick tour of New Plymouth and showed us all the necessary stops. While we were gone, our kids ages 20, 14 and 12, had already gotten out their snorkeling gear and headed to the water. The snorkeling behind the house was amazing. During the week we saw many different species including a barracuda and eel. We rented a boat from Donnie's Boat rentals and he was more than accommodating. He also took us to Hope Town for a day trip which included many stops along the way and lunch. It was a beautiful day!! We used the kitchen at the house for most meals but we did eat out on the island at Green Turtle Club and Harvey's. We used our boat and took day trips to No Name Cay,Lincoln's Cove and Treasure Cay. At No Name we played with the pigs and swam in a deserted area where the water was a blue as anyone could possibly imagine. At Lincoln's Cove we swam with Sting Rays and Nurse Sharks. Everywhere we went we met the most interesting and friendly people. Austin took us out and spent an afternoon chasing sea turtles. He knows the best spots!! I can't even begin to cover everything we did and all the memories we made. Wanda.....your home is amazing and we thank you so much for sharing with us. Also a shout out to Austin, he is a huge help and a great friend that we hope to see again. I am an educator and my youngest child wanted us to research how I could get a job in the Abaco's. We will definitely be back!!! My suggestion for anyone traveling to GTC is to pack very little clothing and lots of food, sun screen and bug spray. We even packed frozen meat in a cooler which kept our food cost way down. You do not need many clothes....I promise we wore bathing suits and cover ups most all week.
- Guest amy s.
- Date of stay 07/21/13
- Review Submitted 09/02/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your delightful review and thank you for choosing the Bennett House. I am so happy you had a great time and were able to do and see so many things.
It's really hard to try to find something to write that hasn't already been said. "Slice of Heaven"??.....ABSOLUTELY!!! For anyone looking for peace and relaxation, this is it. There are many fine features of the house but my favorite was the screened porch. We began each day with coffee on the porch, listening to the surf, then went out for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. After evenings out dancing to the music of the Gully Roosters, we returned to the porch for a nightcap and to enjoy the peaceful sound of the surf before bed. Another great thing about the house is the mid island location. It is close to town and equally close to the scenic points and beaches on the north end of the island. There is great snorkeling on the beach in front of the house. The home is lovely and well stocked. The beds are very comfortable. The linens are new and are nice quality. Bath and beach towels are large and plush. The owners have not overlooked anything. In addition to the lovely rocking chairs on the deck and the wonderful hammock on the beach, there are folding beach chairs, canopies for beach shade, fishing poles, floats, coolers, everything you need for a great day at the beach. Although we met many wonderful people on the island, I could not end this review without mentioning the caretaker, Austin and the homeowner, Wanda. We arrived in a terrible thunderstorm and could not get our cart. The caretaker, Austin loaded us and our luggage into his truck and got us safely to the house and out of the storm, then made sure that someone would bring our cart to us. He checked on us during the week to make sure that we had everything we needed and also made some great recommendations on restaurants, specials, fresh conch, etc. He even brought us some lovely starfish to take home with us as a souvenir. He really was a pleasure to meet. Wanda, the owner was great! In addition to reserving our cart for us, she provided us with so much helpful info that made our stay a perfect one (too much to list). THANK YOU WANDA FOR ALL YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND TIPS . Your moneysaving ideas for bringing food were invaluable. Your recommendations on the trips with Lincoln and Brendal were great. We booked trips with both of them and had a blast on each trip. THE BIGGEST THANKYOU GOES FOR SHARING YOUR LOVELY HOME WITH US ..... IT WAS THE BEST VACATION WE HAVE EVER HAD!!! GREEN TURTLE CAY IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE WITH VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE!!
- Guest Cynthia (Huffman, TX)
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 06/26/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you Cynthia for your wonderful review! Being your first trip I am so glad you loved it and had a wonderful vacation. I hope it was everything I told you it would be (sounds like it was). Please remember us in your next trip back to Green Turtle!
The Bennett house was an absolute slice of Heaven for our honeymoon. The house was perfectly and beautifully maintained, and provided us with exactly what we were looking for; privacy right on the water! From the first views of the water as we walked around the deck, to hearing the constant crash of the ocean on the beach from every room in the house, we could not have been more pleased. The pictures on the site are beautiful, but cannot do the view justice......you just have to stand on the deck to truly appreciate it! Within just a few hours of being there, we were able to totally relax and get into to island mode. My wife says it is the first time in our 6 years together she has seen me totally relaxed! Wanda could not have been more helpful with travel advice, and even booked our golf cart for us before our arrival. Austin was also a great help while we were there; picking us up from the ferry, giving us a tour of town, recommending local restaurants and hangouts, and bringing us beautiful fresh conch shells. He also took us out for a boat tour of the neighboring cays. I would highly recommend Green Turtle and The Bennett House to anyone looking for a laid back, non "touristy", Jimmy Buffett style island experience! Must do's: Pineapples (say hi to Yvonne!), Sun Downer's, Green Turtle Club Wednesday nights for the music of the Gully Roosters, Kevin and the Gully Roosters anywhere, Miss Emily's for Goombay smash, Harvey's Restaurant, Lowe's and Sid's grocery, David's liquor store, and Seaside Carts!
- Guest Josh (Arlington, TX, USA)
- Date of stay 03/14/13
- Review Submitted 04/24/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you so much Josh. So glad it was so wonderful for you. Hope you come back for your anniversaries!
Perfect in every way!
Perfect in every way!
It would stand to reason that if you really loved an experience you would write a review. Not true in my experience...mainly because I am a major procrastinator ... My first stay at Bennett House was perfect...4 weeks spent in that most fantastic location....directly overlooking the Long Bay beach / Atlantic Ocean and a prime viewing spot for the sunrise show every morning ~ cup of coffee in hand, of course. The house has a secluded feeling to it due to the natural foliage that surrounds it although there are many homes nearby and town is just a few minutes by cart. This area of the island is centrally located to town and the Green Turtle Club for any nightlife you might desire. The Lizard Bar is only a minute or two away by cart and provides a great happy hour, good food and a refreshing pool. It's an easy walk to either Gillam Bay beach for it's fantastic shelling opportunities or Bita Bay beach for the snorkeling, noodling and swimming. The house is well built, meticulously maintained, comfortable and invites you to just chill on the AMAZING porch, or snooze on the comfy couches, maybe take some downtime in the oceanfront hammock or sit with your feet dangling off the deck watching the regulars on their daily beach routine. Now what more could I possibly want? Answer: more time spent at Bennett House. After my 28 days of island living spent at Bennett House in 2010 I have since returned for two subsequent years for Christmas/New Years and Junkanoo (an island tradition not to be missed) and could not give a higher recommendation than having spent my last two birthdays in this wonderful home...birthday dinners on the deck out by the beach....oh if only life could be so grand everyday! Many heartfelt thanks to Wanda and Billy for opening up their island home. It's an experience...treat yourself...you won't regret it.
- Guest Island State of Mind (Central Florida)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 02/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you Denise.We are so glad you love Green Turtle Cay and the Bennett House as much as we do.
Our stay at the Bennett house on Green Turtle Cay was everything that we had expected and more. The house is in a very convenient location to both the beaches and to the town of New Plymouth. The caretaker Austin met us at the dock and took great care during the week to be sure that we had everything we needed for our week on the island. The house was very clean and we enjoyed sunrises every morning from the deck on the back of the house. The house was well equipped with beach towels, dishes, pots and pans, a BBQ grill and everything that a family would need for their stay. We would recommend the McIntosh Bakery for breakfast and delicious baked goods - try the key lime bars! The pace on the island is very quiet, so if you are looking for a place to totally relax and unwind, Green Turtle Cay is for you!
- Guest 5 Friends (Denver, CO)
- Date of stay 04/14/12
- Review Submitted 04/24/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for choosing the Bennett House and the wonderful comments. We appreciate you!
Exceptional all the way
Exceptional all the way
We just returned from a 5 night stay and can't wait to go back. Everything was great, and exceeded our expectations. The home is well equipped, very clean, and tastefully decorated. Austin Lowe is a class act, who greeted us and gave insightful island history and directions, then left us on our own which we greatly appreciated. We really liked the water quality from the rain cistern, as our previous visits to Abaco required store bought. GTC is a great place and the residents are wonderful people. The weather was windy, but still nice, then got real nice during the week. Thank you so much for allowing us to rent your beautiful home. We will definitely be back.
- Guest Tom (Greensburg, PA, USA)
- Date of stay 12/03/11
- Review Submitted 12/10/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you so much Tom for staying at the Bennett House and I am so glad you liked Green Turtle.
your home was really lovely. it made us feel at home. very comfortable and clean. we appreciated austin. he was very helpful and there for our every need. we appreciate your sharing your home with us. we picked the wrong time to come. lots of wind and rain. should have checked the weather reports before planning our trip. thank god we did have one good beach day. had fun on the golf cart, even though we were wet a good bit of the time. the restaurant, in town,named harvey,s was very good.
- Guest patricia (Not Specified)
- Date of stay 10/27/11
- Review Submitted 11/01/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for staying at the Bennett House!I am so sorry the weather didn't cooperate but I hope you still had a good time.
I got remarried last summer and chose Green Turtle Cay for our honeymoon. There are lots of beautiful properties to rent on the island, but I can't imagine any place that was more perfect for us than Wanda's beautiful Bennett House. It is right on the beach, and it feels very secluded and private. The location is also perfect for exploring the island with a golf cart. Nothing is very far. Going into town was always fun with its markets and delicious restaurants. Ask for directions to the beach with sand glass or to see the baby pigs! The house has everything you could want and more. It is spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and has a wonderful screened-in porch overlooking the turquoise waters where we spent countless hours reading, eating breakfast or just watching the sun set. We had one day of rain, and we curled up on the sofa, reading and napping, which was very relaxing. Snorkeling in front of the house was great - lots of coral and brightly colored fish to discover. We rented a boat for most of the week and visited some uninhabited islands as well as nearby Guana Cay. Thank you, Wanda, for a perfect honeymoon that we will never forget!! Ellin and Dave
- Guest Ellin (Acton, MA)
- Date of stay 08/08/11
- Review Submitted 02/21/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you Ellin and Dave for the beautiful review and we are so glad you had a wonderful honeymoon.Hope you return! Wanda and Billy
We found paradise!
We found paradise!
My sister and I have been in search of the perfect tropical paradise, one with a quiet, comfortable house, spectacular ocean view and beautiful beaches, and we definitely found what we were looking for at the Bennet House on Green Turtle Cay. The house is spotlessly clean and well kept with all the modern conveniences, plus it is beautifully decorated with the owner's spectacular handiwork, which gives it a very cozy, personal touch of home. When we arrived, the caretaker, Austin met us at the dock and led us to the Bennet House for the tour. He also checked in on us regularly throughout the week to make sure we had everything we needed and gave us tips on all the amazing things we should see while we were there. Everyone on the island was so friendly and helpful it made us feel very safe and relaxed. We began each morning with coffee on the screened porch as we watched the sun rise. In the afternoon we’d explore the island, snorkel, collect sea shells and sip cocktails while basking in the sun on the beautiful, white sandy beach. At night we would struggle to stay awake until 10:00 p.m. but there’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of the ocean waves after a day of sunshine so we lost the battle every single night. The only regret we had was leaving the lap top at home because we discovered we had no cell phone service on the island. We felt a little isolated at first but once we were able to buy a calling card, we were able to make regular calls to home. When we come back next time, which we are already planning for next year, we will remember the laptop! Absolutely our new very favorite place !
- Guest Karen&Laura (Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A.)
- Date of stay 02/19/11
- Review Submitted 04/27/11
A perfect 23rd anniversary!
A perfect 23rd anniversary!
My husband and I chose Green Turtle Cay and the Bennett House to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. What a perfect week! We have travelled the Caribbean extensively and have found a new favorite. The house is wonderfully comfortable, perfectly situated, and on an incredible beach. The people of the island are warm and friendly and there is an amazing variety of good restaurants to choose from. Our typical day started with an hour walk on the beach, with the beach to ourselves. After either a great breakfast in town or a leisurely cup of coffee and slice of homemade coconut bread from one of the groceries, we'd settle in alternating beach books with snorkeling with a quick trip into town for lunch or dinner. We aren't big excursion/activities people, but there are a number of must do's on the island - we could list them here but the better thing to do is ask and follow the advice of the Bennetts and Austin, the caretaker. Everything that was suggested was wonderful and beyond our expectations! We can't wait to go back - we're plotting now for our next trip!
- Guest Lisa & Gary (New Milford, CT)
- Date of stay 05/22/10
- Review Submitted 06/08/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway
Owner response: Thank you Lisa and Garyfor staying at our home. So glad you had a great trip and we hope you get to go back soon!
A Simple Life
A Simple Life
This was our second trip to Green Turtle and the Bennett House and when we made our reservation we were smarter than last year-we reserved a second week in the fall-made it a little easier to leave at the end of the week. Since it was our second trip, we didn't need any time to wind down-after the ten minute ferry ride we were in island mode. Our golf cart was ready for us at the end of the dock, Austin (the caretaker) was waiting for us and we were "home" in minutes. The house was just as we left it! We briefly caught up on the local gossip with Austin, unloaded the few groceries we brought, fixed a pina colada and stuck our toes in the sand and surf! Then it was off to town to Harvey's for lunch (cracked conch-oh my!) and some provisions. We had a little rain at the beginning and end of our trip but, like my husband said, he'd rather be in the rain at Bennett House than our home in Jacksonville-much better vibe and views! Even the rain didn't drive us undoors-the screened porch did come in handy, however. We spent our time much like last year, up before dawn walking the beach, touring in our golf cart, playing with Oreo the three legged dog and taking her for golf cart rides, walking around town and enjoying the company of tourists and locals, and having conversation with each other (novel idea!). The books we brought, however, are still unread-we can read at home! When you come, drink in all that is wonderful about this quaint and unique place. Wanda and Billy did it right when they built Bennett House-it just feels like home. See you in a few months.
- Guest The Mulligans (Jacksonville, FL)
- Date of stay 04/19/10
- Review Submitted 06/12/10
Owner response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We love it there and are so glad you do too! Thank you for staying again at the Bennett House and it will be ready for you in November!
The Mulligans, Jacksonville, FL5-3-09 to 5-10-09Unlike many rentals, our stay at Bennett House was like visiting friends-a cozy home, comfortably furnished, absolutely fully equipped and clean, clean, clean. The flight to and from the Bahamas (Craig Air out of St. Augustine) was painless, and the 25 minute cab ride to Treasure Cay ferry dock was easy. Our total travel time was less than 3 ½ hours (flight, cab, ferry, golf cart ride) and we were at Bennett House enjoying our first island cocktail by 1:00 PM. After several days of winding down from the rat race and enjoying the tranquility of the ocean, we ventured out in our golf cart to explore the island and found we could not have picked a better place to stay. The house is centrally located on an ideal and private spot, making it feel like it was ours. Austin, the caretaker, met us at the dock upon arrival, helped us secure a golf cart for the week and checked in on us daily. Green Turtle is paradise and we plan to visit “our house” again later this year.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/16/09
- Review Submitted 06/16/09
Owner response: Thank you for the wonderful comments on our home and Green Turtle Cay. We love it there and we hope you visit again soon.
We have been to the Abacos several times staying at Marsh Harbor, Elbow Cay and sailing many of the islands. But this trip we choose Green Turtle and the Bennett House. We could not have made a better choice. Everyone on the island was so friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful and for such a small island (only 3 miles) quite varied. But staying at the Bennett House was our best choice. The house was perfectly located in the middle of the island, on the beach with amazing views. Walk out the door and you are right on top of one of the best snorkeling reefs on the island. The house is stocked with anything you could possibly need. We opened the windows and enjoyed the wonderful sounds and breezes from the ocean. Everyone agreed this was the best vacation ever. Our only disappointment . . .it was over too soon. Next time (and there will be one very soon) we will plan to stay in "Paradise" a little longer.
- Guest Robin Davis (Concord, NC)
- Date of stay 04/22/09
- Review Submitted 04/22/09
This was our first time to Green Turtle Cay and we couldn't have picked a better house to stay. The house is very well appointed and has an awsome view and access to a beautiful beach and swimming/snorkeling and we will definitely be back in the future.
- Guest Greg 2 (-)
- Date of stay 04/04/09
- Review Submitted 04/04/09
Our family has visited Green Turtle for the last two years and stayed at the Bennett House both times. The house and location is the best! The house will accomodate six people very comfortably. The view from the screened porch is breathtaking! We all love to snorkel off the reef right out the back door. Walk a few feet down the beach and there is a great swimming area. Very secluded, perfect place to get away and relax!
- Guest D. Duncan (Oldsmar, FL)
- Date of stay 08/18/08
- Review Submitted 08/18/08