Panoramic Ocean Beach Home, Dock, Convenient to Hope Town
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Hopetown villa description
As witnessed by the photos and comprehensive video, this unique home is only a 5 minute walk south of the historical settlement of Hope Town. Its Atlantic Ocean setting overlooking the pink sand beach offers an opportunity to play in the surf, or snorkel/scuba dive the nearby reef. The property extends from the beach back to the protected creek leading a short distance to and from Hope Town Harbour where the famous candy striped lighthouse overlooks the settlement. Wynne Rae's private dock makes it easy to slip away to the exciting tourist locations on the boat-friendly Sea of Abaco.
The entire wall space across the front of the house is glass with awning windows opening to allow the constant Southeast Tradewinds to flow through the bedrooms and living areas. A wrap around deck, overlooking the ocean beach, extends along the entire front semi-circular perimeter for viewing sunrises in the morning, sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night while being mesmerized by the sound of waves lapping against the beach below.
THE INVITING CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS FROM A BOAT
Of course, renting a boat is the real key for exploring the various inhabited and uninhabited islands and beaches from Little Harbour, 20 miles to the south, and the Treasure Cay resort area with its famous beach and golf course, 20 miles to the north. In between is the boat building island settlement of Man-O-War and the fast growing island of Guana Cay, both worthy of a visit. Also located along this stretch of off-shore islands, are the Fowl Cay and Sandy Cay protected areas for spectacular coral reef diving. Marsh Harbour, the main hub on the 100 mile long island of Abaco, is a short four mile boat ride across the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Abaco.
GETTING HERE IS QUICK AND EASY
After your one hour flight to Marsh Harbour (MHH) from West Palm Beach (PBI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), or Miami (MIA), you will take a short taxi ride to Marsh Harbour for provisioning opportunities and continue on to catch the regularly scheduled 20 minute ferry boat ride to Hope Town. Your first sight, as you approach your island destination, will be the awe-inspiring red and white candy striped lighthouse signaling the entrance to the cozy harbour. The impressive and colorful settlement maintains the original charm of its historical past. At the ferry boat landing, you will be greeted by our agents and delivered to the Wynne Rae excited and ready to relax, unwind and enjoy the serenity of our little island paradise. LET’S GET STARTED!!
AUTOMATIC, SELF STARTING STANDBY GENERATOR
A 20 KW generator will automatically kick in should the regular power unexpectedly shut down. Thus electric appliances, lights and fans will continue to function including the all important water pump for an uninterrupted water supply insuring that there will never be cold showers or lack of water for ice cube making or toilet flushing.
The Wynne Rae is looked after and managed by a local Hope Town agency. They arrange for pick up and delivery at the ferry landed. They clean, do laundry and replenish the normal expendable items and make sure the the home is prepared for your arrival. They are available to answer your questions and help to make your stay as perfect as you had expected. You can arrange for a wireless internet connection and there is a phone for local calls. By popular demand from our many renters, we have no TV, only a stereo system. Our guest book is full of comments which state how happy they are that without the distraction of TV, we have actually made it easier for families to communicate, play games together, read, and generally enjoy their association with each other and, in turn, the serenity of the island. And by the way, we do not have AC either. We simply feel we do not need it. The winds blow right through the house assisted by 5 ceiling fans in the living area and one each in the 3 bdrms.
Keywords: villa, beach house, vacation home
- 2000 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Kids love this setting. There is a lower level on the way to the beach where the hermit crabs hang out and all of the beach findings are displayed. We call one of the areas the 'Beach Graveyard'. Lots of kid things to do on the property from playing with the hermit crabs to having seagrape throwing contests. And then there is the dock and small time fishing in the Creek behind....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- (1) The master bedroom has a king size bed with ample space for lounging. The entire wall facing the ocean is windows with awning windows allowing the ocean breezes to flow through. The first guest bedroom with a queen size bed also faces the ocean and has ample space for lounging and a dressing table. The third bedroom has twin beds and ample space for a dressing table. A second bathroom is adjacent to the two guest bedrooms...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
The kitchen is open and overlooks the dining and living area with views of the Atlantic Ocean out front. The kitchen has a large counter top area and overhead cupboards with ample space for food preparation....moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- The unique feature of the Wynne Rae property is its convenient location to Hope Town and the picturesque harbor with the candy striped lighthouse always in the background. Our own private dock is located on Nigh Creek, an extension off the main harbor which creates easy access to the Sea of Abaco, but more importantly, a safe and protected space for your rental boat. The house is situated high on the dune surrounded by lush vegetation and towering coconut palm trees. It is quiet and private yet within easy walking distance to the settlement via the main road below or the beach out front. And, you can drive your rented golf cart right up the concrete ramp to the back deck entry to the house where the ocean breeze is ever present....moreless
- CD Player
- Music Library
Deck / Patio:
(2) The front deck wraps around the entire length of the house, approx. 75 ft. and provides an unobstructive view of the beach and coral reefs down below. The morning sunrises are unbelievable. The back deck faces the west and is great for end of the day sunset viewing....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
The panoramic views up and down the beach are unbelievable. There is easy access to the beach below where playing in the surf or snorkeling over the nearby reefs is an unforgetable experience. ...moreless
- Water Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- There are ample Google sources (Hope Town - Elbow Cay - Abaco) to search for a comprehensive review of 'Places to Visit and Things to Do'. But to name a few: Walk (5 mins.), bike, ride a golf cart to the picturesque Loyalist settlement for eating along the waterfront, shopping at the small gift shops and convenience stores, visiting the very interesting local museum, or just photographing the colorful historical homes and landscapes. The only remaining hand-lit lighthouse in the region is a favorite photo subject as well as a destination across the harbour for an exhilarating 360 degree view and even further photo opportunities. The southern part of the five mile long Elbow Cay barrier island offers more waterfront eating establishments, a full service marina, a local surfing beach and the lovely Tahiti Beach where the shallow waters on the protected Sea of Abaco are perfect for small children and another great backdrop for exotic picture taking....moreless
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The photos do not do justice to Wynne Rae! The home is gorgeous! Our family of six spent a long weekend and absolutely loved it. The view has to be one of the best on the island! No need for a/c, as the ocean breeze is all you need. There are 2 refrigerators/freezers, so you have no shortage of cold-storage. Perfect sitting area overlooking the ocean! Home is well-maintained and well-managed. Rented golf carts and boat locally, and had a ball. We would HIGHLY recommend the Wynne Rae to any-and-everyone looking for a great home on a great island in a great location.
- Guest Dolph/Robin (Charleston SC)
- Date of stay 05/25/11
- Review Submitted 05/02/12
Amazing View from Back Deck
Amazing View from Back Deck
MY FAMILY RECENTLY STAYED HERE FOR TWO WEEKS AND WE REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES. THE VIEW FROM THE BACK DECK IS AMAZING AND LOCATION IS GREAT!
- Guest JOHN (BOCA RATON)
- Date of stay 06/13/11
- Review Submitted 06/28/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
We had a wonderful time- the setting was stunning and the cottage lovely. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! The beach was so quiet and lovely. We saw many stingrays swimming along in the water from the deck! Amazing!
- Guest Radogirl (London Ontario)
- Date of stay 11/10/10
- Review Submitted 11/23/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, tourists without a car.
We had an absolutely amazing two weeks here. Swimming and snorkling with sharks, rays and turtles; cruising around the islands in a hire boat, fishing and relaxing to the sound of the sea and a beautiful view. Highly recommended.
- Guest Kevin (Derbyshire, UK)
- Date of stay 08/09/10
- Review Submitted 10/03/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
It was wonderful!Guest comment entered by manager
It was wonderful!
Our stay in your beautiful island home last week was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your home with us. Starting with a nice glass of wine from you, the week just got better and better. With all those open windows, and the sights and sounds of the ocean so close, we felt as though we were living outdoors all week. And we appreciated the private, away-from-it-all feeling that the setting provided. All the arrangements with the realty staff were easy and helpful. We thought Hope Town was a delightful and friendly town. For us, it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so lucky for us it was at your wonderful house. Thank you, thank you!
- Guest Deb and Kip van den Honert
- Date of stay 05/15/10
- Review Submitted 05/23/10
Looking back we believe this was our 13th yr. hereGuest comment entered by manager
Looking back we believe this was our 13th yr. here
"We've come to think of this special place as a second home - feeling more at ease here than anywhere else we've been. We love the view, the excellent layout and the house supplies. Each year we've looked forward to going through the house to see what new things have been added. We liked the painted wicker and the new saying, I WASN'T BORN NEAR THE SEA, BUT I GOT HERE AS SOON AS I COULD. We've continued to be very grateful to the Sheldons who've allowed us to make this magical place a part of our memories."
- Guest Sam and Maggie Thurber
- Date of stay 03/02/07
- Review Submitted 03/07/10
Where does one start?Guest comment entered by manager
Where does one start?
"Upon our arrival, we loaded our luggage, fishing gear, and Scuba and snorkel gear to the top of a little hill with the most magnificent view I’ve ever seen. If we never stepped foot out of the house, we would have been happy campers. However, we had fantastic weather and accomplished what we set out to do. Fishing, skim boarding, cycling, boating, walking, eating, drinking and loving Hope Town! Thank you so much for the wonderful home and all of the amenities! We will be back!"
- Guest Cris and David Clothier
- Date of stay 03/23/07
- Review Submitted 03/07/10
$3,010-$2,709/week $9,753-$10,836/month 10% Bahamian Government Lodging Tax The month of September is not available as agents and local businesses close. October 1 through mid November is considered the low season, $2709 per week. Mid November through August is considered the high season, $3010 per week
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About: #1 ABOUT THE OWNERS We have enjoyed coming to Hope Town since we were first married and still in college many years ago. Just prior to that, we learned that a deceased great aunt had come into possession of this property in some Florida land dealings just after the crash of 1929. She was a widowed rural Minnesota school teacher and lost her minimal cash investment in Florida but gained title to this spectacular property somehow through one of the other investors. Thinking the property of no value, she never told any other family members about it and never visited the Bahamas to see for herself. Finally, after her death, the property eventually came into our names in the 1960’s. WE DONE REACHED!! After visiting the property and camping on the “beach out front” in those early days, we realized what a grand circumstance and special opportunity we had as a result of this unexpected inheritance. More visits were forthcoming, contacts made and eventual work permits granted to teach students working for a large company, Owens Illinois (locally known as Bahama Agricultural Industries Limited or BAIL), growing sugar cane for the first time on the main island of Abaco. The operation only lasted 3 years and we had no choice but to return to the U.S. to pursue our careers.
#2 WE WERE ENLIGHTENED!! That 3 year Bahama experience, with our then young daughters, was one of the best of our lives and we haven’t been the same since. We were eventually drawn to overseas living once again with the idea of “someday“ continuing to pursue our dream of having a vacation home on Elbow Cay. After 4 years of teaching at the Taipei American School in Taiwan where our daughters graduated from high school, we continued our overseas adventure by teaching at the American School of Dubai, UAE for the next 20 years. FINALLY A PLACE TO SHARE!! A few years ago, we as a family commenced building and upgrading the property. It took about 3 summers to complete the ramp to the top of the dune for golf cart access. It took another three summers to build the actual house. We had professional help but went to great pains to situate the house just right to maximize the prevailing breezes and make sure that it was as hurricane proof and open to the ocean view as possible. It all was worthwhile!! And thanks to Great Aunt WYNNE, we and countless other guests and renters have been able to enjoy the fruits of our labors. We gave the middle name of Wynne to one of our daughters and the name of Rae to the other. Hence the unique name for our Bahama vacation home, the WYNNE RAE.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
#3 WE ARE BACK!! We are currently retired and living in Florida but spend the month of July at the Wynne Rae with our kids and grandkids. We return in the fall when the rental season is a bit slack to continue to enjoy the Wynne Rae, Hope Town and all of Elbow Cay as well as unparalleled sailing with our own trimaran sailboat, TRI-ING TIMES, on the Sea of Abaco. AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
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A close up from the deck of our beach 40 ft. below. It doesn't get much better.
The reef from the deck to the southeast. Look at those coral heads & clear water
Panoramic view continues. Note vaulted ceiling & 180 degree view and open space.
Expansive, open kitchen and dining area. Note skylight & multiple ceiling fans.
First guest bdrm. facing the ocean. Queen size bed. Note lounging area.
Golf cart path from the top of the dune down to the dock and the road to town.
The owner's trimaran sailboat with 30' of space on the other side of the dock.
From the top of the lighthouse built in the 1864 showing the protected harbor.
The same view from the deck with the settlement at the end of the beach.
Living area facing the ocean. Imagine a sunrise over morning coffee!
Large master bdrm. Note breeze blowing curtains & full wall view of ocean!
A second fridge & washer/dryer located behind blue curtain.
Second guest bdrm. with twin beds. Ample space. Note tile floors throughout.
Golf cart ramp up to the Wynne Rae overlooking the ocean. The cool breeze awaits
The famous candy striped lighthouse overlooking the picturesque settlement.
The steps from the beach to the lower level outdoor hot shower! Note foliage.
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