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Swim, snorkel, and sea kayak steps from the home.

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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Belle Mer Cottage is located on the most beautiful beach on Great Exuma Island. It sits along 2 miles of white sandy beach with views of the protected barrier islands and sailboats gliding into Elizabeth Harbour in Georgetown. Belle Mer is the perfect home to host a romantic retreat or a special family reunion.

Enjoy the gracious open living space with views of the turquoise crystal clear water from every room. The main house with 2500 square feet of living space has large tile floors in all the rooms. It has three master bedrooms with en-suite marble tile double sink bathrooms and each bedroom has flat screen TV's. There is a fourth suite over the garage with two trundle beds, sleeping an additional 4 people. The home has comfortable soft seating and colorful local art.

The two ground floor master bedrooms, with cove wood ceilings and recessed lighting with dimmers, have king size beds with Tempur-Pedic mattress toppers and large sliding doors with screens that open onto the veranda with breathtaking views of the beach. Each bathroom has a large shower and separate toilet room. The upstairs master bedroom is tastefully decorated with a king size bed and child size daybed. It has a large marble tile bathroom with a tub/shower. The fourth bedroom is above the detached double garage, steps from the front door. It has its own bathroom with shower, 2 twin size trundle beds for sleeping up to 4, a flat screen TV and VCR. It is the perfect getaway for kids or a couple of adults who are young-at heart! The house has ceiling fans in every room and central air-conditioning when the island breezes are not cool enough. Please note that although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we permit up to eight adults and two children. The additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage).

The large modern kitchen features new slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with two full size refrigerator/freezers, wine cooler, microwave, dishwasher and new glass cooktop/oven. It is fully equipped for you to prepare and enjoy a snack or a gourmet dinner. A full size washer and dryer are within easy reach off the kitchen. The great room features soaring 20 foot ceilings and a large double paddle fan. The entertainment console has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. For old fashion fun we have plenty of board games, puzzles, playing cards, and books to read. Bring additional Wii games or Blu-Ray/DVDs to have even more fun in the evening. The large round wood dining table seats 8 or sit on the bar stools around the kitchen island to enjoy your home cooked meals. We can also refer you to a local Bahamian chef who will prepare a great Bahamian meal right in Belle Mer's kitchen. Although we have never experienced crime on the island, there is a safe provided for peace of mind.

Belle Mer features an outstanding outdoor living space with 700 square feet of wrap around veranda next to the beach. An outdoor gas grill and large dining table are great for entertaining. It is the perfect place to watch the billions of stars in the evening sky, listen to the lapping waves on the beach and watch the moon's rising reflection on Belle Mer (beautiful sea).

This beautiful vacation homes offers all the amenities needed for a truly memorable experience. If not relaxing or strolling on the white sandy beach Belle Mer is also equipped with snorkel gear, 2 double sit-on-top sea kayaks, 2 sets of golf clubs, rafts for floating, and children's water toys. All of these are complimentary during your stay. After enjoying the ocean we even have an outside shower next to the veranda. Also consider renting a Boston Whaler in Georgetown to explore Elizabeth harbor, hire a Bonefish guide, take a water taxi to Stocking Island or charter a boat and captain to visit other surrounding Cays. The home is cleaned to spotless before arrival. Guests staying 10 nights or longer receive a complimentary mid-stay cleaning.

The new Sandals Resort (formerly Four Seasons), Greg Norman golf course and Marina can be reached in approximately 20 minutes by taxi or car. A number of grocery stores in Georgetown about 10 minutes away stock all the items you will need for your vacation, but also try the wonderful local restaurants. Our welcome sheet has our favorite restaurants, guides and places to visit for a fun filled vacation. Enjoy!!!

Keywords: House, on the beach

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    We have 2 booster chairs, sand toys, and 2 pack-n-play cribs with sheets. This is a fabulous home for children of all ages!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 1 child bed

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  • Bedroom 4: 4 twin/ single

    two twin trundle beds--sleeps four total (great for kids!)...moreless

  • There are also two pack-n-play cribs available for use in any of the rooms. Although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we allow a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children. There is not sufficient space for 10 adults, as four children could be comfortable in the room over the garage but four adults would likely find it too crowded. Additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage). ...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

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  • We have an outdoor shower coming up from the beach.

Other Amenities

  • A safe is provided for peace-of-mind in securing valuables, and we always recommend keeping the home's doors locked. The island is very peaceful, and we want to do our part to continue to prevent crime. Stays 10 nights or longer include a complimentary mid-stay cleaning. The owners conduct meticulous maintenance on Belle Mer Cottage twice annually. For example, new in 2016 are slab granite countertops in the kitchen, a glass-top stove/oven, and fresh linens....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    The great room has a Blu-ray, and each bedroom has a DVD player....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library:

    iPod docking station...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    The great room has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of streaming from your internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime). Each bedroom also has its own flat screen television. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Two sets of golf clubs, snorkel gear for the whole family, inflatable floats, and sand toys are all included. ...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Wii with basic games....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Basic games available....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Miscellaneous DVDs available, including kids' movies....moreless

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    The home is located on two miles of white sandy beach with excellent snorkeling (sea turtles, lobster, tropical fish, etc.) and gentle waves....moreless

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There is seating for eight around the dining room table. Children may enjoy sitting at the adjacent bar-height counter....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    See renter information sheet provided at the time of booking....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    New glass-top stove/oven....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    2 large refrigerators with freezers. Beverage/wine cooler...moreless

  • Stove:

    New glass-top stove/oven....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The two master bedrooms on the main floor have French doors that open onto the veranda with gorgeous ocean views....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Great veranda with dining table....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two double sit-on-top sea kayaks are included free-of-charge....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday Weeks 2016/2017
Dec 17 - Jan 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,600
Holiday Weeks 2017/2018
Dec 16 - Jan 7, 2018
7 night min stay

$5,600
Holiday Weeks 2018/2019
Dec 15 - Jan 6, 2019
7 night min stay

$5,600
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$4,900

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $225
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

We require 1/2 of the rental rate at the time of booking. The other 1/2 of the rental rate + $500 damage deposit is due 90 days prior. Our preferred method of payment is echeck through the VRBO system. If you are unable to pay by echeck, we can discuss alternative payment options. All quoted rates and payments are in United States dollars. We have a minimum stay of 7 nights. We allow a maximum of 10 guests per renting group. Specifically, we allow up to 8 adults and 2 children, as there is not enough private accommodation for 10 adults.


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Location

3 Miles
Nearest Airport
Georgetown (GGT)

We provide a welcome packet upon booking with insider tips for the home and island.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: The Applebys and Monsons have been best of friends for over 35 years in Vail, Colorado. Our children, who are now adults, grew up together. We now have a great home on the most beautiful beach in the world - a place to enjoy family get togethers completely different from the Rocky Mountains.

Why Exuma, Bahamas:
The first time we came to Exuma was in 1995 to invest in a resort with a golf course, marina, hotel, and homesites. The developer went belly-up, however, another developer came in and built the Four Seasons Resort and Greg Norman golf course on this property. We fell in love with the Island and its people. So in 2000 we were able to purchase our lot on Tar Bay, which is the longest sandy beach in Exuma some 2 miles of white sand and aqua crystal clear water. The beach is protected from the Exuma Sound and the Atlantic Ocean by barrier reefs and barrier Cays. We hired a Nassau architectural firm and drew up three different plans over a 4 year period. Finally, we came up with the perfect plan and built our beautiful beach house taking two years of construction. Building on the island was very arduous and time consuming since everything must be shipped via a container boat from Miami. We also had to deal with customs agents and island natives as builders. All in all it was worth it since we love 'Belle Mer Cottage.' Many of our international neighbors on Exuma consider our home the most beautiful on Tar Bay.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The beach house has two identical master suites for the two owners. We also have a third master suite upstairs and an overflow bedroom above the garage. Each suite has a flat screen TV and king bed with wonderful bedding. The great room has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. The kitchen is all stainless steel appliances with dishwasher, double refrigerators/freezers, beverage center, oven range, microwave and all small appliances (e.g., coffee maker). We love to cook and grill at the house since we have what we consider the best view on the island. Our veranda has large comfortable soft seating with the beautiful white sand and lapping aqua water within 40 feet from the steps. The outside shower is a real treat after spending time in the ocean. Belle Mer Cottage is only 3 miles from Georgetown International Airport, 4 miles from GeorgeTown with great local restaurants and island bars, and 5 miles from the Sandals Resort with a golf course and casino. Belle Mer is paradise on the friendliest Island in the Bahamas. Come join us and leave your worries at home. Welcome to Great Exuma! Your Hosts, The Applebys and Monsons


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Photos

  • Swim, snorkel, and sea kayak steps from the home.

    Swim, snorkel, and sea kayak steps from the home.

  • The view of the ocean from the veranda is breathtaking.

    The view of the ocean from the veranda is breathtaking.

  • The veranda offers shaded nooks to enjoy the refreshing ocean breezes.

    The veranda offers shaded nooks to enjoy the refreshing ocean breezes.

  • The home is nestled in mature tropical landscaping.

    The home is nestled in mature tropical landscaping.

  • The kitchen overlooks the great room with views to the ocean.

    The kitchen overlooks the great room with views to the ocean.

  • The cozy living area includes a 58 inch smart HD television and Blu-ray.

    The cozy living area includes a 58 inch smart HD television and Blu-ray.

  • Master bedroom #1 is located off the dining area  with doors to the veranda.

    Master bedroom #1 is located off the dining area with doors to the veranda.

  • Master bedroom #3 is upstairs in a loft enclosed by the window pictured here.

    Master bedroom #3 is upstairs in a loft enclosed by the window pictured here.

  • Bedroom #4 is located above the garage, a bright suite with beds for four.

    Bedroom #4 is located above the garage, a bright suite with beds for four.

  • Bedroom #4 has two twin trundle beds, sleeping a total of four.

    Bedroom #4 has two twin trundle beds, sleeping a total of four.

  • From the Queen's Highway, the garage is on the left, the home is on the right.

    From the Queen's Highway, the garage is on the left, the home is on the right.

  • The home includes use of two double sea kayaks.  Visit coral heads or islands!

    The home includes use of two double sea kayaks. Visit coral heads or islands!

  • The pristine beach has talcum powder sand and gentle waves.

    The pristine beach has talcum powder sand and gentle waves.

  • The outdoor shower and sun deck extend from the veranda.

    The outdoor shower and sun deck extend from the veranda.

  • The dining area on the veranda is surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

    The dining area on the veranda is surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

  • The kitchen has new oven/stove and granite countertops.

    The kitchen has new oven/stove and granite countertops.

  • The dining area adjoins the living area, both bordered by large windows.

    The dining area adjoins the living area, both bordered by large windows.

  • The great room has soaring 20' ceilings.

    The great room has soaring 20' ceilings.

  • Master bedroom #2 is located off the living area  with doors to the veranda.

    Master bedroom #2 is located off the living area with doors to the veranda.

  • Master bedroom #3 has views to the ocean through the interior loft window.

    Master bedroom #3 has views to the ocean through the interior loft window.

  • Bedroom #4 is accessed from the front porch via our private outside stairs.

    Bedroom #4 is accessed from the front porch via our private outside stairs.

  • Bedroom #4, like all the bedrooms, has an en suite bathroom and flat screen tv.

    Bedroom #4, like all the bedrooms, has an en suite bathroom and flat screen tv.

  • The home's entrance off the Queen's Highway blooms with bougainvillea.

    The home's entrance off the Queen's Highway blooms with bougainvillea.

  • The garage is full of beach toys to be enjoyed.

    The garage is full of beach toys to be enjoyed.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, August 26, 2016

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Belle Mer Cottage - Affordable Luxury on Tar Bay

Exuma, Bahamas #226992

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