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CaresAway Ocean-Front Home--luxury family living

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, outside hot shower

Beautiful home on spectacular pink-sand beach. Over 3000 square feet under roof, including 850 square feet of shaded porches overlooking the ocean. Breathtaking views. Inside, three bedrooms surround open-plan living area. Two queen bedrooms with ocean views on two sides. Third bedroom opens onto sun deck overlooking beautiful garden area. Fantastic great room provides 400 square feet of living space with views to ocean on three sides. Two seating areas, one facing ocean and other oriented toward entertainment center—all under vaulted cypress ceiling and wooden ceiling fans. Plush sofas, rattan occasional chairs, and double chair with ottoman provide comfortable spots for reading, listening to music, watching a movie, or just gazing out at the ocean. Spacious dining room, kitchen completely equipped for family living, and full laundry room.

Two screened porches provide protected outside living. And best of all, a spacious deck sits atop dune with commanding views of the beach and ocean.

Great Beach and Water: The pink sand beaches and clear waters of Eleuthera are world famous, and the beach at CaresAway is among the best on the island. The broad, gently sloping beach is a great play area for even young children. Nearby reefs provide walk-in snorkeling and diving opportunities. Hard packed sand is perfect for long walks.

If you would like to look at Google Earth to see the environs of the house, these are the coordinates: 25* 15' 34.77N by 76* 17' 59.50W. You will notice that the sandy beach in front of the house goes out quite a distance into the water for wonderful wading and swimming. This lovely beach is almost encircled by coral reefs, some so shallow that even small children can don a mask and see some lovely little fishies.

Casual Elegance: The house is beautifully decorated inside and out. We particularly enjoy:

• Outdoor dining set and lots of comfy porch furniture

• Unique wooden ceiling fans in every room

• Overstuffed upholstered great room furniture

* Island-style wooden blinds

• Large entertainment center with TV, DVD/CD, blue too the speaker for your own devices, lots of movie classics, games, and good books

* Shaded sea-grape grove overlooking ocean includes large deck, with steps down to the beach

Governors Harbour: The historic Bahamian settlement of Governor’s Harbour is a short drive from the house. As its name implies, the harbor is the focal point of the town. Freight and passenger docks occupy the end of Cupid’s Key, a 19th century library with internet room sits on the tree-lined street that hugs the harbor wall, and Victorian houses overlook the sea. Small shops and restaurants provide most anything you may need and a chance to enjoy conch salad, fresh grouper, peas-and-rice—or just a hamburger. Night life centers around Tippy’s or 1648 seaside bars and restaurants. Consult our Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera book and explore multiple beautiful beaches within minutes of our house. Or make a day trip to Harbour Island, stopping at the The Cove for breakfast before renting a golf cart to explore the lovely village of 'Briland.' Or head south to Lighthouse beach, near where Nassau cruise ships drop off passengers for a few hours at the beach--but you can spend all the time you want!

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Sallie Bryant
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Sallie Bryant

About the Owners and our Builders

We are Mike and Sallie. We decided we wanted to have a place in Eleuthera about seven years ago. We were determined to find a house where someone had already worked out the kinks and we could just move in and enjoy the beauty of Eleuthera. However, after about a year of looking, we gave up that quest and began to consider buying property and building—at least Mike did (Sallie was a harder sell!). We are retired business execs more at home with a briefcase in Manhattan than with a hammer in Eleuthera, a rather different island. Then while we were living in Oxford, England, our Eleuthera realtor called and said he had a beautiful property on a to-die-for beach. Mike flew back and checked things out in a grand total of five hours before being forced to get back on a plane to Miami to avoid a big hurricane that had rather suddenly changed course and was heading straight for Eleuthera. So much for due diligence.

We proceeded to get a local architect, John McCarty, to design a house based on Mike’s preliminary drawings of what we thought we wanted. John not only contributed to the final design but also gave us our first lesson in Bahamas-time. That Manhattan connection made us slow learners, but many months later we had plans that we could use to interview builders and an only slightly better notion of the island time thing.

Several builders talked with us about building the house. It was fun getting to meet them, and we learned a bit about building on the Bahamian “out islands.” Jason Thompson, Teddy Petty, and Mark Kemp all gave us time and ideas, and we really liked them all. However, in the end we chose Whels Construction. Whels is the brainchild of Wallace Sineus and his brothers Elain and Leslie. They are all really fine craftsmen—and great company.

Sallie Bryant purchased this house in 2007

Why Sallie Bryant chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

'Why this property?' The almost deserted beach, the crystal clear water, the colorful and abundant corals and tropical fish, the lush vegetation. Close enough but not too close to Governor's Harbour. Close enough but not too close to the U.S. and good flights. Enough services (groceries, restaurants, etc.) but no too much bustle. Friendly locals and expats, but not too many. In other words, location location location. AND a great house!

What makes this house unique

Beach time is family time for us. We built and furnished the house so that we have everything our family needs for a relaxed, comfortable, and fun get-away. With the perfect beach and water right at our back door, there is no place we'd rather be. We very much hope that our guests feel the same way!


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Shower - outdoor shower , hot water, secluded
  • Master bath has large glass-block walk-in shower and double sinks. A second full bath serves the other two bedrooms and features a tub-shower combination behind glass doors. The powder room is centrally located off the foyer, near the great room. Secluded outdoor hot-water shower feels great when you come up from the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Oceanside queen room with shaded porch
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Oceanside queen room with shaded porch
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 'Dorm' room with private deck
  • Two queen bedrooms face the ocean, each with its own screened, tiled private porch. The third bedroom faces large garden area—very leafy and green—and has its own sun deck. It sleeps four in a bunk and trundle arrangement. You will especially enjoy the unique beds and giant armoire made by a local craftsman. Quilted cotton comforters and 400-count sheets provide luxurious comfort.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Completely equipped kitchen and laundry room, wooden ceiling fans in every room and on porches, wooden blinds in bedrooms, utility sink, outside hot shower, porcelain tile floors, mosaic tile counter tops, cypress ceiling and woodwork, all linens, dishware and tableware for eight. Extremely well-maintained. Outside, enjoy dune deck, garden sun deck, beach hut with chaises, snorkel gear, children's beach toys, 3 kayaks, and paddle board! Wonderful caretaker, Israel Johnson, meets you at the airport, shows you to the house, and is on call while you are on the island.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Just go there.

  • 5 of 5

Stop your search and just book it. We've been there twice with our small children. Bring your family... Your kids will eat their vegetables. Your baby will sleep through the night. You and your husband will achieve zen enlightenment through sand and shell meditations. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but it will be wonderful. The beach is perfect. The house is perfect. The owners are great.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah yes. Lovely people who relish life’s simple pleasures. What a joy!
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing property! We are already plotting our return. The 3 bedroom house was perfect for our 2 families as all 4 kids had their own bed in the bunk room. The deck overlooking the beach was great for beach gazing during the day and star gazing at night. The kids were mesmerized by the snorkeling right on our beach and we came home with several conch shells that they discovered in the water. Governor's Harbor was a nice central location to serve as a home base as we explored both ends of the island. 1 hour to the ferry to Spanish Wells. 1.5 hours to Lighthouse beach which is a must see if you travel to Eleuthera. It deserves mention that there is a fun little beach bar that is a short walk across the rocks on the beach, but it's hours are at the whim of the owner. We hope to make it back while this beautiful island remains unspoiled by tourism.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bow, Washington


  • 5 of 5

We loved CaresAway!! The location, the house, the beach and the ocean. The layout of the house is perfect and the kitchen well supplied. We traveled to many beaches and always came back saying "Our beach is the best"!! The location close to Governor's Harbor is great for groceries, restaurants, and fantastic people. We were so impressed by how friendly and kind everyone was!! We plan to return and we highly recommend CaresAway!!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonder place to bring your kids

  • 5 of 5

The house is well organized, and very kid friendly. There are so many places to relax and cozy up with a book. We loved every minute of our stay. The owners were responsive and made sure all of our needs were met. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home on a beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for families who love the beach. We stayed at Cares' Away (for the second time) with our three children for three weeks. The house is well-appointed with beautiful views and a gorgeous beach. It is also conveniently located to access grocery stores, restaurants, etc within a short driving distance on the island. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Princeton, NJ

Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

I realized now that I never reviewed Caresaway after our return last year and it definitely deserves one! We were on our Spring Break and it was our first excursion to Eleuthera. The house and it's location was the perfect introduction to this very unique and beautiful Bahama family island. The location of Caresaway is really ideal. It sits above a pristine pink sand beach with steps down to a rustic cabana. You can walk the beach in either direction for miles or simply swim and snorkel right in front of the house. I found the reefs in front of the house to be fun and some of the best I visited. You are also close enough to town that a trip there takes very little time. The house itself is beautiful, private, and laid out with an eye toward the view (incredible!) and ample inviting spaces. The house had everything you could want in the kitchen, bathrooms, common areas and bedrooms. We awoke to sunrises out the bedroom windows and fell asleep to the sounds of the waves. The owners and the caretaker were very helpful and made the logistics of the trip a breeze. We hope to return soon to Caresaway and would encourage anyone who wants a perfect spot to relax on a perfect beach to do so here!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Governors Harbour
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queens Highway/Knowles Drive
Car: recommended

Three miles south of the Governors Harbour airport, the house sits on a beautiful pink sand beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Walk through canopy of sea grapes to stairs that descend to pristine, deserted beach. Rent a car and explore beach after beautiful beach, try bone fishing, join the locals at the Friday night fish fry, go underground at Hatchet Bay cave, take a day trip to Harbour Island or Cape Eleuthera. Or just enjoy the spectacular swimming, snorkeling, and beach combing right at CaresAway.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

All rates are for six or fewer guests. Additional guest: $250/week. No more than eight guests.
Guests responsible for international bank transfer fees assessed by sending and receiving banks.
Half of total rental fee is due upon booking; remaining half plus refundable loss/damage deposit is due 60 days before occupancy. Refundable loss/damage deposit is $500.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.