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Fully-Updated Cottage w/ Private Garden, Spectacular Bay Views

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Situated in the heart of Dunmore Town on a hill one block above the bay, Afterthought Cottage is a true gem that has been totally rebuilt using the finest of materials, fixtures and appliances and tastefully furnished by a proud and loving family to provide all modern comforts and conveniences without sacrificing its 19th century Bahamian charm. The house is bright and spacious with 8' ceilings on the first floor and cathedral ceilings on the second. The centrally air conditioned cottage sleeps eight, with a first floor king-size master bedroom and en-suite bath with built-in, user-coded safe and flat screen TV, spacious living room with large flat screen TV and DVD player, Sonos sound system, dining room seating eight, butler's pantry with sink, second dishwasher and wine/beverage cooler, office equipped with local Bahamian phone, Vonage phone for complimentary calls to the U.S. and Canada, Wi-Fi, computer printer/copier/scanner/fax machine and an all-new kitchen with island seating and stainless steel appliances. Off the kitchen is a covered outdoor veranda 40' long by 11' wide running the width of the house and boasting a wicker swing, outdoor living room with seating for eight and an outdoor dining area for eight. The veranda overlooks a terrace with gas barbecue, outdoor hot/cold shower and beautiful 14' plunge pool abutting a private, well-landscaped garden. Two kayaks are available for those sports enthusiasts. No need to worry about losing electricity, as Afterthought has its own full-house generator. All four bedrooms and the veranda have ceiling fans.

On the second floor there are three large bedrooms: one with a king bed, one with a queen and one with 2 twins. The second floor bathroom suite includes two individual lavatory/washrooms and a separate shower room. A new washer/dryer is conveniently closeted off the hallway. There is a spacious, newly-furnished 32' X 6' deck off the second floor and it provides easy access to the large 14' X 9' roof deck with its spectacular views of the bay and beautiful Harbour Island sunsets.

Our joyous, helpful house manager arrives mid-morning (except Sundays and Bahamian holidays) to provide housekeeping services, and our gardener maintains the grounds, gardens and pool. Experience the charm of Dunmore Town with a short walk to the ocean and what many believe to be the most beautiful, pink sand beach in the world.

Keywords: Bay property, in-town location, private garden with beautiful plunge pool, roof deck with scenic sunset views

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

Why The Owner chose Dunmore Town

Our family has been visiting Harbour Island for the past 60 years. Our children have vacationed on Briland virtually every year of their lives. We want our renters to enjoy this beautiful, charming island and 'Home of Friendly People' as much as we have. There is no beach like the beautiful 3-mile long, pink sand beach that is talcum powder-soft, never hot to the feet, and whose onshore waves are filtered by the line of off-shore reefs. Enjoy walking on the firm, flat, wide stretch of sand, body surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, bone or bottom fishing on the bay, and deep-sea fishing offshore.

What makes this cottage unique

Afterthought Cottage boasts charm without sacrificing spaciousness and fully updated conveniences. The house has full living and dining rooms both inside the house as well as outside on the veranda. The living and dining rooms, kitchen, veranda and second floor and roof decks all have stereo speakers driven by a high-end Denon receiver with I-pod docking station. Renters will not suffer the inconvenience of occasional power outages as the generator powers the entire house. The reverse osmosis water purification delivers pure water to designated faucets and the icemaker. All sink, shower and tub water is softened. Afterthought offers a lovely pool in a tranquil, private garden for cooling off and the use of two kayaks for sports enthusiasts. The easily-accessible roof deck is a perfect setting for evening cocktails while enjoying the spectacular Briland sunsets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yet again another fantastic stay here at Afterthought. We all call it our home away from home. Having stayed here many times I had a new appreciation for your location. With teenagers it's so nice for them to roll out of bed and just walk to the Deli or Arthur's for breakfast and more importantly - it's conveniently located smack in the middle of Gusty's and Daddy D's. We survived Spring Break!!! Such a special place - thank you for sharing. We hope to be back very soon.
Mar 2017
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Dunmore Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private outdoor shower with hot & cold water Water supply to house filtered to 5 microns RO system delivers pure drinking water to kitchen sink, pantry sink and kitchen refrigerator (both in-door water & ice) Full house automatic generator


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Fully-Updated Cottage w/ Private Garden, Spectacular Bay Views
average rating of 4.714286 based on 29 reviews

Nice home, nice owners but ........

  • 3 of 5

when we arrived ( around lunch time) there was nobody there to open the door which when you travel with 2 children and an infant you can imagine what that is like. We had to wait for a couple of hours to gain access. Then once inside , AC was shut off and then we found out that AC was not working properly in the lower part of the home leaving us with boiling temps of 84 degrees. Owners were apologetic and acknowledged the mistake in their scheduling. They immediately attempted to resolve the AC issue which was working by evening thank god. Then we found out that internet was not working. After countless hours on the phone , it took 4 days to get that to work which put a serious damper on our ability to function. This all created a lot of stress for the family which then later dissipated. Owners were concerned however never offered to make good on the inconveniences caused even though we asked. My recommendation to the owners would be to 1/ Leave AC on all the time even on higher temp if cost saving is of concern 2/ Make sure that internet etc.. works prior to guests arriving and 3/ understand that when people come on vacation and pay top dollar they don't really want to be involved in solving the owner's problems meaning they should have appropriate staff in place to take care of these things. Lastly, you will need to purchase bottled water as the RO system installed is old and water tastes horrible. I would also recommend that certain items such as the BBQ be updated as the one there is all rusted out. Great location, home has a nice feeling, Other than the above problems we loved our vacation

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences that our renter experienced. Originally the family was scheduled to arrive on a Saturday. When they changed to Friday I neglected to amend my house manager's calendar. Unfortunately she was off island and it took longer to open the house for them. Harbour Island has been experiencing some difficulties with internet services. Once we realized that it was a system problem we were in touch with Cable Bahamas. When service was restored we had a technician come to the house to correct the connection to the modem. Air conditioning is key to maintaining not only the comfort but the integrity of the house. It is always left on but not as cool as when a visitor is in residence. When turned down to the appropriate setting the downstairs system failed. It was corrected by the evening. The RO system does produce pure water and the filters which are effective for 1 to 3 years were replaced in February. Some guests choose to buy bottled water, some don't. New front plates for the BBQ have been ordered and will be replaced. Again we apologize for the problems that our renters experienced.
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outstanding. this home is the warmest and most inviting rental home anywhere. recommend it highly.

  • 5 of 5

the home is well-appointed and well-equipped. it has everything you need to secure a home base on a spectacular island retreat. Francine, the housekeeper, is a gem and helps to create the proper tone. It is hard to it justice....just go there. you won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, SC

Best stay at Harbour Island yet

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to Harbour Island, having previously stayed on yacht, hotels, a different cottage, and now, Afterthought. This was the top! The description of this lovely place is spot on! The location is absolutely primo. All the amenities make for the perfect stay! The pool makes for a wonderful addition. The housekeeper Is punctual (daily!) and attentive, and was in and out before you knew it. My motto is that when you discover things that excel is quality, value, predictability, and stand out above the rest, you try to re-discover them frequently. We are already planning a return trip to Afterthought!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darien ct USA

Island interlude

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many beautiful rentals but not one compares to this gem. Beyond charming, all the necessary amenities ( including generator), fantastic porch, wonderful beach decor. Perfect for all ages! Close to shops and a walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Close to fancy dining if you wish but so comfortable to eat in , especially on the porch overlooking pool. We absolutely will rent this property again. Loved everything about it!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut USA

Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

Through the years we have visited many Caribbean islands but had never had the pleasure of spending time in the Bahamas - Harbour Island and Afterthought cottage were honestly the most enjoyable vacation we have had in a long time. The house is not only absolutely charming but surprisingly spacious with every modern amenity you could want. We loved being in town with its many great shops and good restaurants - that is the special appeal to Harbour Island. We were able to travel around the island and viewed its pink beaches and very accessible coral reefs in a golf cart but again the appeal of this house is its location in town with every Bahamian greeting us with a smile and a wave. Aside from the appeal of the beautifully decorated rooms, the expansive back porch was perfect for relaxing with a book or casual dinners overlooking the pool and fountain. We would recommend this venue to anyone - families or couples seeking a restful getaway. We can't wait to return to Harbour Island and Afterthought!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an incredibly special home and island! We loved our stay there. You are a block from the Harbour island dock, grocery store, delicious bakery with the best bread in town and many other shops and restaurants. You are near town but have a very quiet and private feel- a 10 minute walk to the most beautiful beach with the whitest sand and clear blue water- 5 minute golf car ride. You also can go horseback riding on the beach- pretty cool.

The house is so tastefully decorated with an well equipped kitchen, dining room, front porch, outside shower, pool and a beautiful long back deck with comfortable seating for all and a large round dining table for outside eating. The bedrooms are spacious with very comfortable mattresses.

We had such a fun time with great food cooked at home or eating at one of the many island restaurants - (try their fried conch as it is delicious) walks on the beach, boat ride to see the turtles and the days sped by. I will go back again to Afterthought and the beautiful island.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3.5 Miles
North Eleuthera Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Main Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Afterthought Cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Government Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Coral Sands Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Pink Sands Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Valentine's Resort and Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Fisherman's Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
The Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Rock House
Nearest Point of Interest
Harbour Lounge
Nearest Point of Interest
Harbour Island Club & Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Sister Banks
Nearest Point of Interest
The Pigly Wigly
Nearest Point of Interest
Princess Street Gallery

Convenient location with easy access to everything Briland has to offer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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