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Experience Real Eleuthera: Live in a Native Settlement on the Sea.

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Last updated: 12/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

I restored the bones of a cottage built in 1828 in the quiet and picturesque village of Tarpum Bay.It is an escape from a busy life in Northern Michigan. The Culmer House is just perfect for what I wanted: it's in a quiet fishing village with friendly neighbors and a beautiful view of the ocean. The cottage is just steps from the beach, up on a little hill where we catch the cool breezes and escape the sand flies. Grocery and small local restaurants are very close.

The cottage is perfect for people who'd like to relax and read, paint, fish, swim, snorkel the beautiful reefs, and explore uncrowded beaches. Eleuthera Island has more beautiful public beaches than you will ever manage to visit in one stay! . Spend your Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays celebrating the Bahamian way in Eleuthera! Or enjoy a peaceful, safe vacation any time.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Comfortable double bed, entry to deck, great ocean view...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Large bedroom with door to upper deck. TV. Great sea views...moreless

  • Large bedroom has queen size Bed ,small has double bed. Comfortable queen sized inflatable bed is also available...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Steps away from beach and fishing, small grocery, and restaurants.The dock where fresh fish arrives almost daily is a block away. We have provided a notebook of suggestions of activities, maps and restaurants....moreless


  • Books:

    We have an extensive library of all kinds of books. There is also a good library in Governor's Harbor....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    Lots of card, word, board games on site....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable with many channels to choose from...moreless


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    A block up a short hill gets you to Culmer Cottage. The view of the Caribbean is spectacular. Since the cottage is not directly on the beach, you are free of sand fleas!...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    You have a 180 degree view of the Caribbean. We face south. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Table overlooks sea. All tableware and dishes provided....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Cooled by sea breezes and ceiling fans. Also has two moveable floor fans....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Hang your clothes on enclosed patio. Fresh air makes your clothes smell so good!...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Fine linens, duvet and throws....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Open concept floor plan. Couch, love seat, easy chair. Tables and tv are in the living room area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Public parking in front of house, also down the hill by the sea....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of off street parking available...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels provided ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Located in the adjacent storage shed, for use by renters only...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    See Miss Barbie at Barbie's Take Away or ask Brenda Culmer to fix a dinner. Either are wonderful cooks.Tabl...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Auto drip and French Press with coffee bean grinder available....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    includes coffee maker, toaster and lobster pot...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything is provided including placemats....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Above and part of refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee pot provided. Large array of cooking pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    part of stove...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Beautiful unobstructed panoramic views of the ocean. Entry from both bedrooms....moreless

  • Boat:

    Can be arranged....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Upper deck accessible from both bedrooms Great panoramic views...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Provides a sunny side porch out of the wind on cool days, and a place to hang bathing suits and laundry....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Front lawn with flowering plants and lime tree. Sea side is a rocky hill leading to the beach....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Lovely lower patio to enjoy morning coffee or evening drinks. Outdoor furniture provided....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkeling gear provided, though you may prefer to use your own. Beach chairs are there for your use....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
high season
Nov 22 - Apr 23, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$900 $3,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Taxes Not included


Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Spring break, Easter rates are $200/night for less than one week stay.

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 50% due when reservation is confirmed; remainder due one week prior to occupancy.

Make out check or money order to: Lynn Larson Send to: Lynn Larson, 2735 Forest Lodge Dr., Traverse City, MI 49685


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Last updated: 12/16/2014
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6 Miles
Nearest Airport
rock sound, Eleuthera
32 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Governor's Harbor: Fast Ferry
Tarpum Bay
Nearest Restaurant
Barbies (across the street)

Car: Necessary

We provide maps and suggestions for restaurants, sports and car rentals.

Like to read and play games? We have plenty of both for guests to enjoy.

The world's best bone fishing is outside our door. Bring your own equipment. Take a day trip north to visit the island communities of Spanish Wells or Harbor Island. Surfers will love the waves at Surfer's Beach, north of James Cistern. Drive south and visit the unique Island School or beautiful Bannerman Lighthouse Beach.

There is a marvelous organic produce farm which also sells delicious breads (bread is available Tu/Fri only) about 10 mi north of Tarpum Bay. The whole island has much to offer and Tarpum Bay is well located to experience it all!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: I am a retired educator, and have traveled the world. I selected Eleuthera as my winter home. I enjoy being part of a local Bahamian community, and contributing to this island and its friendly people whenever and however I can.

Why the Owner Chose Tarpum Bay:
I live in Northern Michigan--beautiful in summer, but cold and snowy in the winter. I wanted a place to escape that is warm, and safe, with friendly people, beautiful scenery, sunshine, and clear water. Eleuthera is an amazing island--110 miles long and an average of 2 miles wide with beautiful uncrowded public beaches everywhere. I enjoyed restoring this old ruin in the middle of a settlement. Tarpum Bay is quiet-- and not 'touristy. It is well located for travel to all parts of the island.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Culmer Cottage is perfect for people who want to live an easy life. The cottage has little upkeep, and has decks for sunshine and cool ocean breezes. The ocean view is spectacular and because it is not directly on the beach, there are NO sand fleas! The beach and public fishing dock are a half-block away, and the little grocery and take-away restaurants are just out the back door. My Bahamian neighbors are friendly, helpful, and welcoming to visitors. Churches are close by, and there are readily available rental cars and mopeds. Tarpum Bay is just 6 miles from the airport and the slightly larger community of Rock Sound, and the island capital, bustling Governors Harbour, is 20 miles to the north.

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Speaks: english

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  • sea side

    sea side

  • living/dining area.

    living/dining area.

  • kitchen, window to the sea

    kitchen, window to the sea

  • pink bedroom with queen bed

    pink bedroom with queen bed

  • view from double bed room

    view from double bed room

  • view from upstairs balcony

    view from upstairs balcony

  • tarpum bay beach

    tarpum bay beach

  • Tarpum Bay fish dock

    Tarpum Bay fish dock

  • pick out your own lobster for dinner

    pick out your own lobster for dinner

  • take home a conch shell

    take home a conch shell

  • one of Eleuthera's beautiful pink sand beaches

    one of Eleuthera's beautiful pink sand beaches

  • street side

    street side

  • kitchen and dining table

    kitchen and dining table

  • large pink  bedroom with queen bed

    large pink bedroom with queen bed

  • blue bedroom with double bed

    blue bedroom with double bed

  • one  of two bathrooms

    one of two bathrooms

  • sculpture on cottage wall by artist McMillan Hughes

    sculpture on cottage wall by artist McMillan Hughes

  • view from Culmer Cottage

    view from Culmer Cottage

  • try deep sea fishing

    try deep sea fishing

  • sample conch salad or conch fritters at the conch stop

    sample conch salad or conch fritters at the conch stop

  • twlight in Tarpum Bay

    twlight in Tarpum Bay

  • another of the island's many beautiful and deserted beaches.

    another of the island's many beautiful and deserted beaches.

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