Moonrise a Tropical Private Romantic Sea to Sea Nature Retreat
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Lubbers Quarters Cay cottage description
Escape to waterfront tropical bliss in environmental harmony at this peaceful, private cottage sea to sea estate property. A refreshingly green and elegantly modern rustic escape beckons nature lovers, spiritual seekers, romantic adventurers, sensual souls, creative and romantic spirits. Breathtaking views of crystal clear water to Tahiti Beach with a special private beach on six sea to sea acres of north Lubbers Cay. This ideal, clandestine getaway provides a perfect sanctuary bordered by the brilliant Sea of Abaco bathed by the rising sun and moon. Finding Moonrise is your private 'Slice of Paradise' Easy access to Cracker P's, Tahiti Beach, Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, area reefs and more. Sustainable solar energy provides a silent and reliable power source for your classically styled pioneer wooden cottage. Amusement by curly tail lizards, abundant resident sea life right under the dock and tropical birds flutter into your meditations. Easy access by boat, safe, private and laid back living
Comfortably Tropically Green: 'The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man'. ~Author Unknown
Unplug and Indulge in the peaceful water and soft sand of your own beach. Marvel at the infinity of a star-washed sky. From our guests:'Nothing compared to Moonrise and its seclusion. You can literally walk around naked! The lot is gorgeous with tropical trees and flowers and plants. It is very private, a great place for relaxation, solitude, romance . . . you name it! We are so glad we chose Moonrise.' 'Moonrise For Romance was just what we needed.....and actually went way beyond our expectations'
'Our experience here was simply awesome! After researching several options, we landed at Moonrise. Thank you universe . . . thank you Marlee. How often can you find a place so far from home that is so comfortable that you are immediately at home? Wow, Wow, Wow. We felt like imperial guests at some one's home - not your typical rental house -- empty, barren, cold, this is paradise!
Personal Freedom Undisturbed Privacy: Our spirits have been nurtured completely. So peaceful, only the sounds of nature. This has not only been a life-changing experience, but one we will cherish in our hearts forever' The view every morning was spectacular!
You will love the sleeping accommodations! The entire cottage and grounds are absolutely charming and romantic! The bathroom is a unique separate building -- very clean, very close, flush toilet . . . no problem. You will absolutely love the garden shower that is outside among the plants.'
Landscaping is very natural and beautiful attracting many wild birds. This is an adventure best suited to those who appreciate ecology and a simply elegant new age pioneer lifestyle experience. Solar electricity with abundant energy, charging laptops, cameras, etc, no problem. Time to leave the electronics in a bag and embrace the real culture of a wild island experience gently tamed by the conscious hands of the artist owner.
Open Style Living: The cottage was designed to open to the daily sunshine and breezes with very large screened windows. There is no air conditioning and for the months of August and September the cottage is not generally available for rent. The exception is if you are happy to have your cooling provided by fans and water immersion (my personal favorite). This is a very, very comfortable lifestyle for those wishing to decompress and become self aware and conscious of the cycle of life in harmony with nature. If you like 'glamping' this will exceed your expectations and become an unforgettable experience in the bosom of nature.
Nurture your spirit, commune with nature, reconnect with inner peace and the beauty that unfolds into your daily view.
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Low Allergen Environment
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Awake to the sound of waves breaking on the shore from open concept bedroom on lower floor with a king bed and king size view. Very open lifestyle, perfect for naturists. Built to view the water right from your bed with no curtains needed! WOW! Great Room Futon converts to full bed for couple. Kiddies welcome to sleep on air mattress or even set up a tent with their air mattress. A tent on the beach extends the accommodations. Ask me for more details....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- This is a return to the extremely organic, green, simple and Eco sensitive way of living in harmony with the beauty and nature of the best of historic Abaco. The woods and beach is pristine with orchids, hardwoods, blossoming trees, migratory and resident birds as well as sea life. This experience will enchant you and your young family and is rapidly disappearing as an option in our overdeveloped resort world. Stillness and expansiveness will greet your journey to Moonrise and keep the memories of playfulness with freedom and safety alive for a long time. This is a solar operated 12Volt and low voltage lifestyle. Summer guests please note there is NO air conditioning however you have the use of 3 fixed and 3 mobile fans for those occasional hot, still, summer nights!...moreless
- CD Player
- Books For Adults
- Games For Kids
- Audio Tape Player
- Music Library
- Books For Kids
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Water Parks
- Nude Beach
- Not Necessary
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Bird Watching
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Ocean View:
- Near The Ocean:
- Private Island
sports and adventure activities
- Fly Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Outdoor Shower
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
- Mobile Phone
- Local Maps
- Linens Provided
- Sofa Bed
- Alarm Clock
- Thermos Bottle
- Wireless Internet
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Local Activities Guide
- Towels Provided
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Lobster Pot
- 4 Ring Stove
- Child's Swing
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
- Beach Chairs
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Small Cooler
- Porch / Veranda
- Boat Dock
- Beach Towels
- Outdoor Grill
- Walkway To Water
- Large Cooler
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This property is truly paradise. It was exactly the special place we were looking for. Safe, clean, well maintained and very peaceful. The welcome sign to us when we arrived was a special touch. Marlee the owner provided us with great information of the area. Thank you for sharing paradise with us. In closing I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property.
- Guest Pam / Stephen (Vancouver, Canada )
- Date of stay 03/21/08
- Review Submitted 05/29/08
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: I am so pleased to offer sanctuary to guests who appreciate the opportunity to rejuvenate within the heart of nature in the tropics. Thank you for being my special guests. Keep coming back, it gets better each visit! Warmly, Marlee
Moonrise Cottage was truly Magical!
Moonrise Cottage was truly Magical!
I live in the Bahamas and have traveled far and wide, but there is something indescribably wonderful and magical about Moonrise.. when we pulled up to the dock of this sweet cottage perched on a lush green hill overlooking the bright blue ocean, our smiles began. we ascended up the sand dollar shaped stepping stones, past the grassy, fairy tale hillocks and the lovely screened in bedroom, with it's decoration of translucent ancient sea bottles, shells and driftwood and made our way up to the balcony for a breathtaking view of the ocean and Elbow Cay. Here we could not help thinking “wow.. what a precious find!” The kitchen and living room was open and airy, with endless views. As we sat on the balcony to enjoy our sunset cocktails, we were joined by a flurry of delicate, little yellow feathered birds that came to sip on some fruit jelly we set out on the railing.. they sat amongst us without fear.. and added extra magic to the scenery.. During the day it was so easy to zip to Hope Town on our little boat to enjoy the candy cane striped lighthouse and the quaint town. Our evenings at Moonrise were spent barbequing on the balcony as the sun went down, and then sitting by the bonfire for some good tunes, off key singing and lots of laughter.. we explored the shorelines for sea treasures in the mornings and jumped off the dock for a cool off in the afternoons. At night we slept like babies in the ocean air… there was never a dull moment.. thank you Moonrise for bringing us such unforgettable memories! We will be back!
- Guest a M.
- Date of stay 11/08/12
- Review Submitted 11/14/12
Owner response: I had no doubt that those who travel extensively and sample other places will feel the charm of Moonrise as it was designed to allow my guests to find freedom and peace in an uncluttered and natural environment. I'm so happy to share the experience with conscious, nature loving and eco conscious people. Come back again!
After our week long vacation, it is so hard to describe Moonrise, it is a combination of the simple times, time for yourself, time to watch finch birds taking times to drink and eat, watch the curly tails here and there, take time to watch a hermit crab, basically time to do the things that we forgot existed, the life that goes around and we don't notice, this cottage has the ability to heal your soul and clear you mind, the night sky and the sound of the waves it is refreshing and therapeutic. You routine becomes yourself, nature and your new method of transportation - your boat, I brought a Garmin marine GPS that was an excellent companion, cay hopping is the most amazing experience in life, learning the story of the Abacos is fascinating, talking to the locals and their legitimate interest to enlighten you is amazing, this experience reminds me of a movie called "The Trumman Show" but the difference is that this is real, Hope town one of the close cays is like that, but you are living it., Guana Cay, Man-O War are other cays we visited, their distinct character and story will leave you amazed. I travel extensively for work and leisure, and have seen most of the caribbean islands, but The Abacos cays are a secret paradise that only a few know, then you add Moonrise to the mix and you will get an unforgettable experience. This has been the first time in my life that when I saw the coast of Florida my heart was broken, the other half was left in The Abacos, Marlee will make sure you enjoy your journey, go and experience this amazing adventure for yourself.
- Guest Edgar T. (null)
- Date of stay 07/08/12
- Review Submitted 07/16/12
Owner response: It is a privilege to hostess grateful guests who are the perfect match for the experience of Moonrise. I loved having your questions and sharing your expertise. Thanks to you Moonrise now has more energy efficient LED lighting than ever. I am twice blessed to have you as your compliments tell me you experienced healing in nature. Come back soon! Marlee
Our Great Escape!!!!
Our Great Escape!!!!
Cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful these islands and their waters are!!!!! Moonrise is amazing!!!! Slip back into simplier times at this property.....enjoy and be a part of nature! The cottage is well built, has all the necessary comforts. The bedroom downstairs was amazing, bed was comfy, trade winds kept us cool at night and the sound of the ocean waves lulled us to sleep! We loved the garden shower........Marlee has taken great care to make sure that every experience at the cottage is simply enjoyable! Make sure to listen to the morning radio show on the radio upstairs in the cottage, they provide great information and weather. Enjoy the birds and the curly tails!!!! There is even a resident family of hermit crabs!!!! It is so peaceful and private!!! A short walk through the forest takes you to the other side of the island to your own private beach and it is breath taking!!!!! Totally private and such an adventure in itself.....we walked for hours just looking at starfish, sting rays and sea turtles!!!! The water is the most beautiful we have seen and we are well travelled in the Caribbean. Cracker P's is a must and almost next door to this property. Food is amazing, atmosphere so friendly and accomodating......tell Patrick and Linda, we sent you! Thanks to an amazing boat rental from Seahorse rentals, we explored every day!!!! All in all this was one of our top vacations!!! We will be back!!! Tip to those that like to fish......take your fishing gear with you. More comfortable to fish with gear you are familiar with. We got most of our information from the locals about where to fish, where to explore in the boat, where the daily happenings were.......this vacation is a week must!!! Actually you need more time than that to explore and see everything.....but that just means you can plan another trip to "Moonrise"......right?????
- Guest Debi S. (Oak Vale, Mississippi)
- Date of stay 03/18/12
- Review Submitted 05/09/12
Owner response: I love having seasoned travelers and you two were one of the best. Next time remember with a small application fee and the process ahead of time, you are welcome to bring your beloved pet with you. I adore all nature and dogs have a vacation at the acres of playground at Moonrise. Come back soon! Warmly Marlee
Islands in the Stream
Islands in the Stream
Thank you for our memorable "Islands in the Stream" experience. I reach for words to fully describe our trip to Moonrise, and they don't seem adequate. Beautiful, tranquil, private, romantic, sensous, soothing, stunning.... Part birdhouse, part beach combers cottage, complete with our own beach. Wonderful. Quietly spectacular. Perfect. Our paradise quietly felt like home - must feed the birds and make sure "Lizzy" isn't in the sink again - the ease of cooking in the well equipped kitchen ---and yet we weren't home, we were in our own piece of paradise. The birds went through 2 jars of grape jelly, cups of sugar water, and applesauce in our week. Yet always the point man would perch almost atop me to be sure I knew dishes needed refilling! I was more than happy to oblige. THANK YOU for this time. the Winchesters, Lebanon, PA, USA
- Guest Shuey B. (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
- Date of stay 02/12/12
- Review Submitted 03/16/12
Owner response: Sometimes I meet guests who are a perfect fit for what Moonrise has in store for them. John and Sue are two very sensitive and gentle souls who merged with the natural rhythm of Island life conecting their soul to the sunshine, sand and salt air. Big thank you for your gratuity which helps to further our local charitable causes. Marlee
Eco Friendly Paradise Found
Eco Friendly Paradise Found
Nestled among the palms and natural foliage of Lubbers Quarter's Cay lies the true island paradise that is Moonrise. Located on a tract of land that traverses the island from sea to sea, Moonrise is a nature and seclusion lovers dream. Accessible only by boat, we arrived at the private dock and were greeted in the all solar cottage by a personal welcome package as well as a refrigerator stocked with our favorite local beer! The place was neat and clean as a pin and Marlee, the sweetheart of an owner, had already met us ahead of time and given us all the information we would need for food, fun, and adventure for the week. Lubber's is a small island of private homes and one really cool bar called Cracker P's. Also a short boat ride away is the Abaco Inn, a great place for a nice dinner. Hope Town is about 15 min. away for all your grocery and shopping needs as well. But the best by far is Pete's Pub & Gallery in Little Harbor. Ask Marlee how to get to it. Several things that will make your stay more pleasurable. Bring your own GPS with charts of the area and know how to use it. Even if your rental boat says it has a GPS, trust me, you'll be glad you brought your own. Bring a hand held VHF radio. All cab companies, restaurants, and most businesses use VHF as much as phone. And most important, don't skimp on the boat. You want a 17-22' deep V with good Hp. That will get you where you want to go when want to go without a lot of banging when the chop picks up. I would recommend Moonrise to anyone who really wants to get away from it all and live the true out island lifestyle. For the record, my wife and I spent our honeymoon here and have visited many times and shall many more!
- Guest Jenks H. (null)
- Date of stay 05/18/08
- Review Submitted 11/30/11
If you've ever dreamed of living in peaceful solitude on a beautiful tropical island, Moonrise is the place to do it. Wake up in the morning to the birdsong of its permanent residents and the chatter of geckos, take a stroll at sundown along your own beach and go to sleep at night in the glow of the moon and the stars. It doesn't get any better than this. I wish I were there right now. Thanks Marlee.
- Guest Mary and Jeff R.
- Date of stay 01/24/11
- Review Submitted 11/18/11
Return to Paradise-Robinson Caruso Adventure Style
Return to Paradise-Robinson Caruso Adventure Style
The weather was divine in May and the screened sleeping room allowed the breezes to flow upon us as we fitfully slept each night (not even the fan was needed)! This property is beautiful and allows one to experience a serenity of the deepest level. Take the unkempt path to the beach and feel like you're discovering a spot where no one else has ever been! Lay on the dock at night and gaze up at the stars-what a stellar experience! The upstairs house is roomier than it seems in the photos, the porch and hammocks are wonderful. We cooked on the grill and used the gas stove-there are plenty of provisions and spices for use. The bathroom facilities are quite modern enough, and going outside to use them is part of the experience-just perfect! Lubber's Landing is just down the way is an a friendly, low key, little bar and restaraunt with lovely hosts and a beachy area with lounges and a sofa on the dock. You can catch some food, drink and music at Cracker P's too-both very close by. SeaHorse boat rentals allowed us to get an 18' Albury which was efficient with gas and was all that was needed to cruise around all the little cays, from Treasure Cay down to LIttle Harbour. Plenty to see on your own-grab a magazine and ask the locals; walk around each island and/or rent a golf cart (esp on Hope Town), snorkel at the reefs, oh, and be sure to get the Guide to Cruising the Abacos-essential for avoiding rocks, reefs and sandbars while boating, plus it provides places to go, things to do, where to get groceries, etc. We did not want to see many people, have a tour guide, be on a populated beach or stay in a concrete structure-MOONRISE fit our desires and will always have a place in our hearts (really, it's that kind of experience!). Marlee is a wonderful person to deal with-rest assured, this person and this place will meet and exceed your expectations!
- Guest Debi P. (Jupiter, Florida)
- Date of stay 05/22/11
- Review Submitted 06/23/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: It is with joy that I connect with guests who prefer the authenticity of life in a natural sanctuary who can appreciate the value of simple and comfortable lifestyle on an island.
sssshhh! It's a secret!
sssshhh! It's a secret!
Don't go this property! Because if you do you will experience true paradise. Then, you'll tell all your friends about it and they'll want to come. Next thing you know, everyone will want to experience the same bliss that is found here and it will be hard to book. So, please...don't come. But if you can't resist the lure of the most private beach blanketed with powdery white sand and crystal clear water or the lush, winding path leading to it, or the heavenly garden shower the softens your hair with rainwater, or the Robinson Crusoe style of living off the grid, or the sway of a hammock, or hangin with the locals....the birds and curlytails, or, island/bar hopping than come to this paradise by all means. BUT! Don't tell anyone else...ssshhh; it's a secret!
- Guest Virginia A (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
- Date of stay 04/11/04
- Review Submitted 05/10/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: The secret is treasured by people just like you who only share it with other earth stewards. Thanks for your care and appreciation of God's gift to us!
I came to Moonrise in February as a guest to my sister's wedding held there. Part of me never left again. Moonrise worked it's magic on us all. Since we had too many people sleeping in the cottage, I pitched a screen tent and slept on the private beach every night. I have never known such peace and beauty. I dream of returning and spending time there with my husband soon. Moonrise is an unforgettable experience. If you are lucky enough to meet Marlee, your stay is complete. I'll never forget this lovely, charming and hilarious woman and look back fondly on the times spent in her company. If you love the extraordinary vacation spot, this is it.
- Guest Kim's sister (Tequesta, FL)
- Date of stay 02/07/09
- Review Submitted 01/07/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
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- Nearest Airport: Marsh Harbour International at 6 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Hope Town or ferry can be chartered to your dock at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: on property private beach lose your clothing at 250 Metres
Year Purchased: 1981
About the owner: I am a naturalist and artist and keep moving into a vision of earth harmony and connection to earth stewards. I grew up on a farm in North Western Canada and moved to the east before I began to travel south for vacations and got hooked on tropical weather. I began the construction of Moonrise with my husband and young family however the marriage failed in the second year and I was afforded the opportunity to live as a single mom, single resident on a tropical island. I considered myself the queen of the island until others began to arrive and settle the island. I grew into the experience of building and living in a new age lifestyle and learning a respect for nature, discarding much of the unnecessary baggage in my life and focusing on finding inner peace. Moonrise is a triumph over obstacles for a humble farm girl who was determined to prove the skeptics wrong when they declared that I could not do this on my own. I had more time than money so in my free time, I would boat to the outer shores and I began to collect sea glass found on the beaches. This passion evolved into a jewelery art enterprise after I learned silversmith skills so I could set local antique sea glass into fine jewelery. Now I am focusing on developing a style of oil painting in additional to my one of a kind sea glass designs. You can find me on face book if you are interested.
Why the Owner Chose Lubbers Quarters Cay:
We settled here as a young family of four from Eastern Canada to find a better life with clean air, water and a dream to live an organic lifestyle in nature with bigger dreams than a bank account. The property captured my heart as it was out of the village noise and had good protection from ocean swells and major tropical storms nestled behind Elbow Cay yet only a few minutes from the finer restaurants and services of Hope Town or White Sound. The best part was the unpopulated and undeveloped beach that is shallow so it was perfect for toddlers. The view over Tahiti Beach to catch the spray of breaking waves and capture the prevailing winds enchanted me. Although my children have left home there is still a playful energy and a sense of wonder at the crabs, birds, fish under the dock and open spaces to explore. As I have witnessed the development of the islands, I realized my intuitive choice and desire to buy a large piece of island waterfront was one of the better choices I made in life.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Solar energy gives the house electricity without interruption and without noisy and offensive exhaust generators. This is a learning and celebration opportunity to live a green life with renewable energy. The cottage is on a 6 acre sea to sea estate parcel so there is plenty of space to roam and find peace from the noise of commerce. The dock has deep enough water to safely keep your boat with a mooring to secure it away from the dock in foul weather. Safe and away from intrusions lending a honeymoon experience to daily activities.
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Approaching Moonrise on the south eastern waterfront!
A romantic bedroom with no curtains affords a tropical sunrise awakening.
Feathered Friends gather daily at the jelly bowl
Private beach away from all crowds...clothing unnecessary
Roam freely on this private beach
Lounging at Beach
Wild orchids in the tropical hammock in summertime
Open Design Cottage
The path to the outhouse (flush toilet of course)
Moonlight on still water....an enchanting deck view
Easy to fall asleep in the moondeck hammock reading your favorite books
Open concept living welcomes nature lovers
Cozy, equipped kitchen with gas stove and refrigerator
Morning coffee on the deck with woodpecker
Waterfront swim and snorkel
Calming Private Beach
Comforting Deck View Overlooking Tahiti Beach
Outdoor garden shower
Moon deck or sun deck lounging
Entertained by the curiosity of a curly tail lizard
A glowing full moon viewed from the deck of the cottage
Small bedroom deck with sea view
An open and restful kitchen view
1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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