Touch of Class a Beachfront Home in the Warm Calm Caribbean
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Governor's Harbour villa description
Welcome to 'Touch Of Class' in beautiful Little Bay, Eleuthera. Located on the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. This breathtaking contemporary master piece has just completed construction in March, 2006. We invite you to indulge yourself in our nearly 900 square foot villa with 1100 square feet teak wood deck. The entire deck wraps around the villa with stainless steel posts, teak hand rails and stainless steel wires to optimize your unforgettable view.
Great News!! We just got an awesome Clear Blue Hawaiian kayak!! Probably the only one on the island!
The interior of Touch Of Class has one of a kind craftsmanship with 14 foot high vaulted cypress ceilings, eight foot glass doors all with water views, customized mood lighting complete with dimmer switches for you to create an ambiance of your very own. We believe at Touch Of Class that comfort is key while vacationing. This is why we provide central AC.
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Pets Considered
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Huge wrap around wooden deck.
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
local services and businesses
- Beach View
- Ocean View
- Water View
sports and adventure activities
- Fly Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Freshwater Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Covered Parking
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Local Activities Guide
- Toilet Paper
- Sofa Bed
- Iron & Board
- Mobile Phone
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Laundry Soap
- Local Maps
- Paper Towels
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Housekeeper Optional
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Coffee Grinder
- Ice Maker
ReviewsWrite a review
Property was beautiful when built. But, now needs lots of TLC! There was urine in the downstairs mattress that saturated through the sheets! The couple we vacationed with woke up in the middle of the night wet!!! My husband and I had to take the mattress from the bedroom upstairs to the second bedroom downstairs because the air conditioning never worked all week. It was over 90 degrees upstairs! Thank goodness we all took our own snorkeling gear because what is left at the house is just a bin of tired scraps. This home has a beautiful view. Just know the home is not as it appears on the website. The owner did end up refunding us half our money
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 11/22/13
- Review Submitted 12/20/13
Mice aren't Classy!
Mice aren't Classy!
My husband and I just returned from 6 nights at a Touch of Class. Despite a gorgeous setting, lovely interior, and quite a bit of privacy, there were several serious flaws which negatively impacted our stay. Although the house appeared clean when we arrived, my husband was startled by a mouse leaping from the garbage can. Upon further examination, we found mouse droppings in great quantity in both the kitchen and bedroom (in drawers, on top of bedroom bureau) and I even discovered some in my suitcase which I'd left on the floor. We immediately called the housekeeper, who was suitably horrified. She responded a few hours later with mouse traps and poison. We trapped 4 of the little rascals & had to dispose of 3 of them ourselves which was rather disgusting. The second disappointment was the difference between the photos of the exterior and the reality. We rented the top floor only, which has a lovely deck overlooking the Caribbean. Sadly, it was strewn with mostly broken furniture and what wasn't broken was seriously worn. Seat cushions had holes in them, the only comfortable chaise had a stained and torn pad, wooden chairs were missing slats, and 1 wooden chaise was missing a wheel, so it listed to one side. Not only was it unusable, but also an eyesore. An additional eyesore was the "tiki hut". It looked as if it had been destroyed in a storm and was unusable and unattractive. Because the beach is small and somewhat inconveniently located - you have to walk over an expanse of dangerously uneven dead coral which makes it tricky to access, we decided to use the stairs leading right into the water which is a short walk from the downstairs porch. The stairs ONCE had a railing which would have made it easy to enter the water, but the railing was gone and 1 of the 2 supporting posts was unstable. A couple of the stairs were intact; the others were slippery and one had been broken in half. Getting into the water became a tricky negotiation. The property description included snorkeling gear which we found filthy, sandy and moldy. Although we loved Eleuthera, we were very disenchanted with A Touch of Class. Some much needed repairs and new furniture would make a huge difference. The website portrayed a gorgeous property which is now tired. The photos promised so much that the rental price seemed fair, but what we found left us feeling cheated. It could be such a gem! I would not recommend staying here unless repairs are made and outdoor furniture is replaced.
- Guest Jan H. (Ashland, Mass)
- Date of stay 02/16/13
- Review Submitted 02/25/13
Owner response: So sorry the mice had such an impact on you. That is the first time in 6 years we have had these visitors. The must have got in the house when the previous guest were leaving as this is the first feedback we have had on this issue. TOC is very much in the woods so to speak so nature is in abundance. The photos on the website are true to the property. The "mostly broken furniture" is one chair and one chaise. I intend on repairing them the next time I am there. There are six other chairs to use and 4 other chaise. New seat pads are on the way from Miami. Beach hut was damaged in a recent storm and will be repaired. The dead coral is infact is cap rock which runs 100 miles North south and is the natural topography of the island. Thank you for the heads up on the stairs to the water. It was also damaged by the storm and will be repaired shortly. Eleuthera is not for everybody. Touch of class is remotely located and in a natural environment. Maybe "four seasons" would suit better for your next trip.
Touch of Class-Eleutheran paradise
Touch of Class-Eleutheran paradise
We were so pleased with our stay at Touch of Class. This was our 2nd trip to Eleuthera and given the magic of the first, we had pretty high expectations and this house certainly helped deliver. We took our 6 year old son and it was a perfect getaway for the 3 of us (there may be more rooms in downstairs portion but we only needed the upstairs). Bed was really comfortable and the compact bathroom and kitchen still felt luxurious. Since we knew the island well and the house was very well prepared we had no need to contact the person that takes care of the house, but feel like if we had needed anything it would not have been a problem. The kayak was wonderful (being an avid kayaker, I feel it was closer to my canoeing experiences, but it doesn't matter in the placid Caribbean). At first the neighborhood dogs felt overwhelming, but they grew on us and were great for helping us finish off leftovers. My son ended up naming them and they will be missed as much as the house and Eleuthera. We have snorkeled all around Eleuthera, both Atlantic and Caribbean, and some of the best was right out our back door. Splendid experience, thank you Stuart.
- Guest Tyler H. (Chandler, Arizona)
- Date of stay 06/07/12
- Review Submitted 06/20/12
This was our second trip to the island - trust me when I tell you we have researched EVERY vacation rental on the island and I honestly think Touch of Class is a great as it gets. It was so comfortable and the view of its own, almost completely private, cove from both the deck and patio is one of the best Caribbean views on the island. We snorkeled and swam right in front of the house and saw sting rays, tons of fish and a nurse shark swim right up to the house from the deck. The house is modern, yet comfy and the fact that it's not overly decorated makes it feel like it's your own and doesn't distract from the views. We slept GREAT every night in the king sized bed - enjoyed the beautiful shower and all the amenities you could need are provided. Snorkel gear was plentiful and in almost new condition - the carrying cases for the gear was super appreciated as well. We cooked a lot and even grilled at the house and the millions of stars at night were breathtaking from the wrap around deck. We were at the house for an entire week and had not one single problem or set-back. Just like our last visit we went as far north and south as we could from glass window bridge and the Queen's baths to Lighthouse Beach. We returned to Tippy's, Sunset Inn, Mate & Jenny's, many of our favorite beaches, and this time we got to go to the Rock Sound homecoming festival, but it was a wonderful feeling to return "home" to Touch of Class each day. If you get a chance go visit Rose at Northside Inn & Restaurant - she's an absolute delight and her homemade food is wonderful! We can't wait to return to Eleuthera & to Touch of Class! Stuart has done an incredible job with the home! It's truly an Eleuthera gem!
- Guest Brooklyn H. (Austin, TX)
- Date of stay 04/05/12
- Review Submitted 04/16/12
Owner response: Thank you! I have put a huge effort into making "Touch Of Class" additionally comfortable this year. I have also installed new roll away screens and additional outdoor speakers along with numerous other small details that "make the difference". Although it has not been marketed yet, the villa is now a 3 bedroom 2 bath if needed. The villa will still be rented as a 1/1 with the option of a 3/2. The new downstairs is Fantastic with a 5'0" x 10'0" walk in shower alongside other things. Thanks again, Stuart.
A beautiful place
A beautiful place
Location is GREAT. This patch of water is shallow enough to sit in with your beer, and has great snorkeling a short distance out. Drinking coffee from the porch each morning, we watched a 5 foot sting ray make his rounds right by the steps to the water. Many others that were smaller came by too. The Lemon Shark made his apprearance, again, right by the steps. Bone fish schools torpedoed in to grab their meal. Pretty mesmerizing. Easy to grab the gear and jump in for a close look. Large baracuda, lobster, and colorful fish and coral. The sunsets are in view from the porch (at least in January)- this didn't show in pictures, so we were wondering. We missed it once while on an adventure and made sure not to miss another one. There's nothing like a cocktail on that porch at Sunset. Take the kayak around the bend to the right and make your way to Ten Bay Beach (about 40 minute paddle). Drive to it in 5 minutes. Great snorkeling along the way- blue blue blue water. Ten Bay Beach is lovely- the Sand Dollars are EVERYWHERE! It rivals any Caribbean side beach we traveled to short of Light House Beach- which is worth the drive for sure. Otherwise, just hanging in the hood was the way to go. Surfer's beach was great too, but the Atlantic in January is kind of fierce. Club Med Beach would be another short venture that's beautiful if the Atlantic is cooperating. Bugs weren't too bad. Put the Deet on before it starts and it will be a non-issue - dawn and dusk. We gave the house a 4 for a few reasons: The fridge conked out and after 4 days, we were still eating out of the cooler. Ice is not cheap. Stuart was very receptive and available. It's just that nothing is immediate on Eleuthera. Natasha's number that was in our packet was disconnected and her new number was not in an obvious place. The snorkel gear is missing parts. They need new straps and clips on some of the fins and snorkels. I had to rig a snorkel to the mask with string to keep it in place. The screens were not on the sliding doors except for one side door. No fresh air or listening to the water at night (we love to do that). You need the screens because of the bugs at dawn. I suspect Irene may have damaged them back in August- they look like they used to be there. We would stay here again. We would recommend it to others.
- Guest Sara J. (Salida, CO)
- Date of stay 01/28/12
- Review Submitted 02/07/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Very relaxing, but buggy!
Very relaxing, but buggy!
This is a wonderful place for complete relaxation, and the view is lovely. I would absolutely go again, except for the bugs! Even with the screened windows shut, the bugs still found their way in as the screens are not tight enough against all the windows. If the owner fixes this one problem, it would indeed be paradise.
- Guest EleutheraHappy (Canada)
- Date of stay 06/09/07
- Review Submitted 09/15/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
As Advertised in Every Respect
As Advertised in Every Respect
We were at Touch of Class in early August 2009. The home was exactly as advertised and we had a very pleasant week. Although we enjoyed exploring Eleuthera, we were always happy to make the turn onto the little road leading to TOC and get into the water there at the house. Don't go to Eleuthera expecting everything close by and all the decisions already made for you; this is a destination that requires a hearty spirit and at least some taste for adventure, as things are quite spread out and signage and maps are both in short supply on the island. The location is great for exploring - in between Palmetto Point and Tarpum Bay - and the house makes a great launching point for daily adventures. That being said, you could have a perfectly wonderful week if you never chose to leave Little Bay and Touch of Class except to pick up supplies. The kitchen is great, the satellite TV and radio were nice, central air was awesome in the heat of summer, and the outdoor grill was a nice touch. There are plenty of Eleuthera notes in a binder and lots of guest comments and suggestions, but you'll still want to do thorough research before you arrive. The locals are all very friendly and helpful, though they are sometimes challenged when you ask for directions... after all, they know where everything is already. If you can find a good map before you go - or an Eleuthera guide book to bring along - that would be very helpful. A note on vehicle rentals: Adjust your expectations and do what you can to make sure you get a good set of wheels. Anything off the beaten path - and EVERYTHING is off the beaten path - warrants an SUV. The two we had (one broke down) were a decade old, well-worn, and a little scary. That seems to be the norm. Check to make sure the spare tire is good and all the jack parts are in the vehicle. This is a really fun place to vacation and Touch of Class is a great place to stay. The house is quality built and appointed - not like a cheap beach house, but more like someone's home away from home. Comfort and quality abound. While we wouldn't recommend Eleuthera to people who require a lot of entertainment or shopping, Touch of Class is a tremendous place for anyone looking to experience the Out Islands with most of the comforts of home. If you want to see stars like you've never seen them just steps away from the spectacular Caribbean waters - and have some self-reliance and a spirit of adventure - Touch of Class is a great place to stay.
- Guest Tim K. (Charlotte, NC, USA)
- Date of stay 07/30/09
- Review Submitted 08/14/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers.
What a vacation!!
What a vacation!!
We stayed at this property July 11-18, 2009. My husband keeps saying it was the BEST vacation we ever took! I could immediately feel the stress draining from my body as I sat on the huge deck overlooking the Caribbean! Everything was just as stated on the site. We would go out and explore the island and come back and feel at home! Property is well maintained. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a get-away. The island doesn't have much night life if that is what you are looking for (which we were not!). Captain Jack's and the Sunset Inn were great places for dinner. Lots of beaches to explore. Owners/manager very helpful. There are binders filled with linformation about the area at the property.
- Guest ~CC (Upstate New York, USA)
- Date of stay 07/11/09
- Review Submitted 07/28/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
My Husband and I stayed at this place for 5 days. Fully equiped with everything you need as if you were back home except with an amazing beach. The view of the water is breathtaking, we too the kayak out to the little island there in the photo. Every morning we sat out and watch the views of the ocean, snorkeled and even did some fishing. Very secluded place, I would definately stay here again, Stuart was great setting us up with everything. Highly recommend this place to anyone
- Guest rtheidler (Orange, CA)
- Date of stay 09/01/07
- Review Submitted 02/20/08
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers.
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3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
2-4 Guests 1 week
1 bed 1 bath upper portion of the villa with use of both decks and all amenities. $1400.00 per week for 2 guests.
Up to 2 additional guests can be accommodated for $100.00 per week per person.
6-8 Guests 1 week
3 beds 2 baths whole villa includes entire property and all amenities. $2300.00 per week for 6 guests.
Up to 2 additional guests, $100.00 per week per person.
A 50% deposit of the total amount due is required to reserve Touch of Class. The remaining total balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
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Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Touch of Class was designed and constructed by the renowned Stuart Hinde with the assistance of his two sons and the enthusiastic locals of Eleuthera. Mr. Hinde, the owner of British Boys & Associates Inc., was the lead carpenter and active cast member on HGTV's Color Splash Miami. Collaborating with David Bromstad for two years he brought David's visions to tangible reality with each successive episode of the popular show. Additionally, the famous Miami and Miami Beach nightlife flows through many clubs and restaurants constructed and developed by him. Mr. Hinde's wealth of design experience and concern for client comfort are showcased in every detail of Touch of Class.
- Primary: (305) 710-9211, (305) 255-0663 (Florida, USA)
- Fax: +1 786 293-2946
Snorkel, fish, sunbathe or party in the tiki hut all from the comfort of home.
1st floor bedroom 1: Wake up to an ocean view in the comfort of a king size bed.
Featuring an outdoor shower located on the patio for a quick rinse off.
The 1st floor features 2 bedrooms seamlessly integrated with a spacious bathroom
The first floor also features a bedroom with 2 twin beds for singles or the kids
Just down the sun-decks steps at Touch of Class enveloped in the sunsets rays.
The second floor full kitchen is outfitted with premium appliances.
2nd floor bedroom looking out through floor to ceiling glass doors onto the sea.
Dine in style on the second floor sundeck encompassed by the ocean view.
Tiki hut just off the beach has hammocks for a true relaxing experience.
The island is dotted with small caves, great for diving or exploring.
Pull your boat up to Touch of Class or go for a swim in the crystal blue water.
1st floor sundeck: Perfect place to lounge with your loved one and a cold drink.
The view from the 1st floor shower : A 10' shower with an enormous 1 way mirror.
Just steps from the sundeck to the grill, beach, tiki hut or to take a dip.
Enjoy an acrylic clear kayak, leaving nothing unseen as you journey on the water
Media room with DVD Player, Surround Sound (indoor & outdoor), Satellite & HD TV
Second floor bathroom, true contemporary style.
The only thing separating you from the lapping waves is the weathered railing.
Starfish surrounded by a vibrant school of fish off the steps of Touch of Class.
The sun sets on the horizon just off Touch of Class.
3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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