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" Folly "135-Year-Old Victorian Plantation House on the Sea

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

A large, restored, Victorian plantation house with separate guest house on same property. "Folly" sits on an acre of trees and flowers overlooking the sea in Governors Harbour.

Main House:

High ceilings, Nassau tile floors, and fireplace complement the four bedrooms, three baths, and huge kitchen, dining room, and wraparound sea view veranda of the main house. A double living room opens onto a large private terrace. Filled with lovely antique furniture and accessories,air conditioned bed rooms and ceiling fans through-out. Maid service provided.

Guest House:

A detached, two-bedroom guest house with wonderful living room, dining area, bath, kitchen, and large sun deck is available separately or with main house.

The houses are surrounded by a stone wall and are a short walk from the beach and the town center. Several good restaurants and a movie theater are nearby.

Children welcome. No Smokers please.

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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2016


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

" Folly "135-Year-Old Victorian Plantation House on the Sea
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Our most recent stay at Folly

  • 5 of 5

We are long-time fans of Eleuthera and have visited the island often since our first stay over 30 years ago. Little has changed over the years and that's part of why we like it so much. This is a warm, relaxing and very special place, a terrific contrast with our bustling life in the U.S.

We've now toured pretty much every inch of this interesting island but prefer the centrality and conveniences of Governor's Harbour. There's just enough to do in this picturesque little town and we enjoy having all the conveniences within walking distance. It's also a great home base for daytrips either north or south.

Folly has lately become our very favorite place to stay. It's right in the in the middle everything Governor's Harbour has to offer, but still feels very peaceful. We particularly look forward to sitting on the front porch in the evening and taking in the view across the harbor to Cupid's Cay.

Although one of the oldest homes in town, the house has been well maintained and has absolutely everything you need. Everywhere there are signs that the owners care and are thinking about all the little details -- the kitchen and bathrooms have all been updated, the linens are fresh and plentiful, and there are extras of everything you could possibly need. Each room is beautifully decorated with a terrific mix of antiques and newer things. There's lots of character without sacrificing anything.

The house is also big enough for a large group. Either inside or out, there's plenty of opportunity to be sociable with others or get away by yourself.

We would highly recommend Folly to anyone planning a visit to the island. We're already planning our own return trip soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

There's so much information one can glean on line about your holiday rental. One can tick the boxes: beautiful verandah, gorgeous garden; hibiscus and bougainvillea, marvellous sunset harbour view, proximity to both turquoise waters and also town amenities, etc etc... But all this is just half the story.

The truth is that Folly will strike you as a home that has a history of being loved. If you're the kind of person who feel mores comfortable in a cold, impersonal modern appartment, go somewhere else! A purpose built holiday home with cookie cutter crocks and disposable furniture this is definitely not. Here, antique furniture is beautiful old mahoghany, exquisite burl veneer, there are splendid dark wood mirrors and the tableware will seat twelve in original and irreplaceable English china. It reminded me so much of the cherished homes of my older relatives in the UK. and I can honestly say that I enjoyed my time in the house (especially the verandah) as much as my time on the impossibly beautiful beaches of Eleuthera.

I will certainly recommend Folly to my friends & relatives, warning light sleeping early-to-bed-early-to-risers to bring earplugs for Friday night Fish Fry! French Leave beach (only about a mile away) is a must for families because the reefs are so close to the shore that children can snorkle to their heart's delight and remain at a safe distance from their watchful parents, but every beach here is gorgeous. I would definitely recommend renting a car and exploring. Handy blue signs indicate beach access roads and each is unique in terms of character and wildlife. Sure there is the odd plastic bottle or flotsam & jetsam, I would rather see this in paradise than sit on an immaculate crowded beach in a resort any day of the week.

Lastly, have an early lunch at the Harbour Inn; walking distance from Folly and the best value in town!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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20th Wedding Anniversary at The Folly!

  • 5 of 5

We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and we wanted to mark it with a trip to the Caribbean. I was searching for something special, a place my husband and I could go with our three children and a few close friends. The idea of going to an 'all-inclusive' resort didn't appeal to us. We wanted a house that we could all stay in and cook meals together, a place that felt like home. We found it in The Folly.

I really can't say enough good things about the house and garden. The Folly is a beautiful and lovingly maintained Victorian home, and it shows. The bedrooms were charming and more than comfortable, with quality linens and air conditioning with screened windows. There was plenty of room for our party of eight and no one felt crowded or lacking in privacy. The kitchen was clean and well stocked with everything we have at home, including beautiful china dishes. Our son had his 12th birthday during the holiday and I was even able to bake him a cake with icing! The dining room seats twelve and has beautiful heritage furniture and even cloth napkins.

The house is situated within walking distance to shops, and the cay where one could buy fresh caught fish in the afternoon, such as red snapper, grouper and lobster from the local fisherman. Simply delicious.

We're still blissful from the amazing time we spent on Eleuthera. We saw three huge eagle rays at night just across the road from the house in the shallows around the docking posts! They circled for about two hours under the light of the streetlamp. It was absolutely magical. The wildlife in general on Eleuthera was amazing, both in the water and out. Hummingbirds, butterflies, cute little lizards; plus lots of great snorkeling close to shore, suitable for our kids.

The Folly's veranda sunsets, the garden, the people of Governor's Harbour, the different beaches a short drive away; it was all perfect.

We give The Folly our top rating and can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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HOT and Humid

  • 1 of 5

We stayed there in July and there is NO Air conditioning (the owner never mentioned this)! Nothing to do around here either. Roosters squak all times of the night. I would never recommend this place. We left early and asked for our money back, the owner said no way.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2006
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Air conditioning is in all the bedrooms and ceiling fans throughout the house.July is a very hot month in the Bahamas,but there are lots of activities to do including the Pineapple festival,Sailing regattas and fishing tournaments up and down the island. Strange this review took 5 years to be submitted.Too many good reviews to be taken too seriously.
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Great house - island experience not so great

  • 4 of 5

The house was a perfect place for our family to stay at while on the island. The rooms are spacious, well lit, lots of windows, beautiful views. All amenities necessary (except washer/dryer) we were able to cook and grill and feel quite at home. The owner was very quick to reply to any concerns or requests we had (make sure you ask for beach chairs and umbrellas ahead of time). Things to be aware of: the beach is across a main road from this house and is heavily polluted with broken glass and trash - not a great place to swim unless the tide is out. The market nearby was very convenient, but don't expect to find local island food, much of it is processed canned food from America and not a lot of fresh local fruit or vegetables, all meats are sold frozen. We were there in June and only one restaurant was open for business close to the house. If you want to enjoy the other beaches, you MUST rent a car as nothing else is close buy. Cupid's Cay is desolate as is GH so we didn't have any interaction with locals or tourists (except for the fish fry which was loads of fun). We walked to one beach which was over a mile away, while it was breathtaking, there is no shade, food or snack or water - so you have to pack up before you go to any beach - which is why you really need a car. We were wary of renting a car bc you are renting from a local guy not a rental company and while they have insurance you must make sure your own car insurance covers you internationally. We didn't bring car seats for the kids bc we thought everything was within "walking distance" - we learned that everything is not! Great house, great owners, great island and friendly islanders but you really need a car and don't expect tropical local food (except for conch salad - yummy!) you will find chicken fingers, burgers and other american foods that we were hoping to get away from!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City KS USA

Well equipped comfortable home!

  • 4 of 5

We spent our spring break in Eleuthera last March. We selected the property off line just like many others have done. It was our first experience doing such a trip. We were not disappointed. The Folly home was perfect for our family. My wife and I had our two daughters and their boyfriends with us. The home was large enough for us to spread out, but quaint enough that we could enjoy each others company as well. The kitchen was so well stocked we were able to have a formal dinner with lobster that we purchased from a local fisherman. The location was perfect as well. Close to grocery shopping, several place to eat within walking distance and easy access to everything. We rented a car and we were glad we did, we drove to serveral different beaches the week we were there. Our favorite beach was the old club med area. We shared it with only a handful of people on the days we were there. I could go on and on, but will try to sum it up this way.

We would go back, we would recommend it to a friend. It was clean and well maintained, only issues was 24 hours with out electricity on the island and 24 hours without water on the island. Nothing that Folly could have done about either, just part of being on the island. We chose to look at it as an adventure instead of a negative.

Great local deli up the hill, with friendly service and enjoyed chatting with owner. Had starbucks coffee!

Everyone was friendly, we felt safe on the island. Our caretaker was available if needed and the owner of Folly was the best to deal with. Being rookies we had many questions and she was a wonderful resource. We hope to come stay at Folly again sometime soon. Best vacation we have ever been on! David and Debbie

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Bahamas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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