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Abaco, Bahamas, ocean beach setting, Dock, Convenient to Hope Town, Tropical

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

***A stunning VIDEO can be viewed by scrolling with the right arrow to the very last photo position. The video highlights our home and some of the amazing sights of Hope Town and the rest of the island.***

This unique home is a 5 minute walk south of the historical settlement of Hope Town. Its Atlantic Ocean setting overlooking the pink sand beach offers an opportunity to play in the surf, or snorkel/scuba dive the nearby reef. The property extends from the beach back to the protected creek leading a short distance to and from Hope Town Harbour where the famous candy striped lighthouse overlooks the settlement. Wynne Rae's private dock makes it easy to slip away to the exciting tourist locations on the boat-friendly Sea of Abaco.

The entire wall space across the front of the house is glass allowing an uninterrupted view of the ocean out front. There is a recently installed AC system for the warm summer months. Alternatively, awning windows open to allow the constant Southeast Tradewinds to flow through the bedrooms and living areas. A wrap around deck, overlooking the ocean beach, extends along the entire front semi-circular perimeter for viewing sunrises in the morning, sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night while being mesmerized by the sound of waves lapping against the beach below.

The inviting crystal clear waters from a boat: Of course, renting a boat is the real key for exploring the various inhabited and uninhabited islands and beaches from Little Harbour, 20 miles to the south, and the Treasure Cay resort area with its famous beach and golf course, 20 miles to the north. In between is the boat building island settlement of Man-O-War and the fast growing island of Guana Cay, both worthy of a visit. Also located along this stretch of off-shore islands, are the Fowl Cay and Sandy Cay protected areas for spectacular coral reef diving. Marsh Harbour, the main hub on the 100 mile long island of Abaco, is a short four mile boat ride across the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Abaco.

Getting here is quick and easy: After your one hour flight to Marsh Harbour (MHH) from West Palm Beach (PBI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), or Miami (MIA), you will take a short taxi ride to Marsh Harbour for provisioning opportunities and continue on to catch the regularly scheduled 20 minute ferry boat ride to Hope Town. Your first sight, as you approach your island destination, will be the awe-inspiring red and white candy striped lighthouse signaling the entrance to the cozy harbour. The impressive and colorful settlement maintains the original charm of its historical past. At the ferry boat landing, you will be greeted by our agents and delivered to the Wynne Rae excited and ready to relax, unwind and enjoy the serenity of our little island paradise. As can be witnessed by viewing the photos and the comprehensive video above, this unique home has everything a vacationer could want for a relaxing, fun filled beach experience. LET’S GET STARTED!!

A 20 KW, self starting, standby generator will automatically kick in should the regular power unexpectedly shut down. Thus electric appliances, lights and fans, and AC will continue to function including the all important water pump for an uninterrupted water supply insuring that there will never be cold showers or lack of water for ice cube making or toilet flushing.

More Details

Jim Sheldon
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Jim Sheldon


We have enjoyed coming to Hope Town since we were first married and still in college many years ago. Just prior to that, we learned that a deceased great aunt had come into possession of this property in some Florida land dealings just after the crash of 1929. She was a widowed rural Minnesota school teacher and lost her minimal cash investment in Florida but gained title to this spectacular property somehow through one of the other investors. Thinking the property of no value, she never told any other family members about it and never visited the Bahamas to see for herself. Finally, after her death, the property eventually came into our names in the 1960’s.


After visiting the property and camping on the “beach out front” in those early days, we realized what a grand circumstance and special opportunity we had as a result of this unexpected inheritance. More visits were forthcoming, contacts made and eventual work permits granted to teach students working for a large company, Owens Illinois (locally known as Bahama Agricultural Industries Limited or BAIL), growing sugar cane for the first time on the main island of Abaco. The operation only lasted 3 years and we had no choice but to return to the U.S. to pursue our careers.

Why Jim Sheldon chose Hope Town


That 3 year Bahama experience, with our then young daughters, was one of the best of our lives and we haven’t been the same since. We were eventually drawn to overseas living once again with the idea of “someday“ continuing to pursue our dream of having a vacation home on Elbow Cay. After 4 years of teaching at the Taipei American School in Taiwan where our daughters graduated from high school, we continued our overseas adventure by teaching at the American School of Dubai, UAE for the next 20 years.


A few years ago, we as a family commenced building and upgrading the property. It took about 3 summers to complete the ramp to the top of the dune for golf cart access. It took another three summers to build the actual house. We had professional help but went to great pains to situate the house just right to maximize the prevailing breezes and make sure that it was as hurricane proof and open to the ocean view as possible. It all was worthwhile!! And thanks to Great Aunt WYNNE, we and countless other guests and renters have been able to enjoy the fruits of our labors. We gave the middle name of Wynne to one of our daughters and the name of Rae to the other. Hence the unique name for our Bahama vacation home, the WYNNE RAE.

What makes this villa unique


We are currently retired and living in Florida but spend the month of July at the Wynne Rae with our kids and grandkids. We return in the fall when the rental season is a bit slack to continue to enjoy the Wynne Rae, Hope Town and all of Elbow Cay as well as unparalleled sailing with our own trimaran sailboat, TRI-ING TIMES, on the Sea of Abaco.


Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the fifth time we have stayed in the Wynne Rae. That in itself is a testimony to how we feel about this property!

The views, the lay out of the house, location near town, the updated appliances , everything for a perfect vacation….also, the location of the dock just down the hill a hundred yards away!

Great memories! We will return!
Apr 2016
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Hope Town Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • 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
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The master bath has a one piece molded tub/shower combination as well as a bidet. The guest bath is located between the other two bedrooms and has a one piece molded extra large walk-in shower. Also in this bathroom is a urinal which is unique for a vacation home and much appreciated by the cleaning staff.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Picture windows with a view of the ocean extend across the entire bedroom wall in both bedrooms 1 and 2. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet with a large area for lounging. See photo showing white curtains blowing in the breeze. Ample lounging area in bedrooms 2 and 3.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Wynne Rae is looked after and managed by a local Hope Town agency. They arrange for pick up and delivery at the ferry landed. They clean, do laundry and replenish the normal expendable items and make sure the the home is prepared for your arrival. They are available to answer your questions and help to make your stay as perfect as you had expected. There is a free wireless internet connection as well as a phone for local calls and a VHF for marine updates. Satellite TV is available for keeping connected to the outside world. The Southeast Trade Winds blow right through the house assisted by 5 ceiling fans in the living area and one each bedroom. Additionally, a full house AC system can be utilized.


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Abaco, Bahamas, ocean beach setting, Dock, Convenient to Hope Town, Tropical
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Best vacation we've had in years. Perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (two couples) stayed at Wynne Rae for two weeks at the end of January. In Hopetown, there are a couple of different areas with rentals, including "the settlement," the in-the-village-proper area that's on the harbor, and areas further away at the ends of the longish island. Wynne Rae is a good compromise, located about five minutes' walk from town, but not far away like some rentals, where you might need to rent a golf cart. We rented bikes so we could zip into town, and also ride out to the resorts like Firefly (an incredible spot for lunch!). (We also loved Harbour's Edge and On Da Beach.) The house is directly above the beach with a view of pristine pinkish sand in both directions. Stairs lead down from the deck to the outside shower, which I loved, and the beach itself. There are reefs right out in front that we could snorkel out to, and a group of flat rocks a couple of feet into the water that were a home to some small fish. We rarely saw more than a couple of people on the beach on any one day. It's a very long beach that provides a nice long walk. We loved sitting up on the deck, just watching the water and the sky. Swimming in the clear azure water was a dream. The house itself it well set up. Everything you need to cook meals, washer and dryer, attractive and comfortable furnishings. For two couples the set up is perfect--we each had a bedroom and bathroom on opposite sides of the house. When we had questions, the owner and the island managers were very responsive. All four of us plan to return! We highly, highly recommend Wynne Rae!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston SC


  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do justice to Wynne Rae! The home is gorgeous! Our family of six spent a long weekend and absolutely loved it. The view has to be one of the best on the island! No need for a/c, as the ocean breeze is all you need. There are 2 refrigerators/freezers, so you have no shortage of cold-storage. Perfect sitting area overlooking the ocean! Home is well-maintained and well-managed. Rented golf carts and boat locally, and had a ball. We would HIGHLY recommend the Wynne Rae to any-and-everyone looking for a great home on a great island in a great location.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing View from Back Deck

  • 5 of 5



  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London Ontario


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time- the setting was stunning and the cottage lovely. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! The beach was so quiet and lovely. We saw many stingrays swimming along in the water from the deck! Amazing!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2010
  • Stayed: November 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Derbyshire, UK


  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely amazing two weeks here. Swimming and snorkling with sharks, rays and turtles; cruising around the islands in a hire boat, fishing and relaxing to the sound of the sea and a beautiful view. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hope Town Lighthouse
Tahiti Beach
On the Beach Bar and Grill
Hope Town Harbour Lodge Restaurant

There are ample Google sources (Hope Town - Elbow Cay - Abaco) to search for a comprehensive review of 'Places to Visit and Things to Do'. But to name a few: Walk (5 mins.), bike, ride a golf cart to the picturesque Loyalist settlement for eating along the waterfront, shopping at the small gift shops and convenience stores, visiting the very interesting local museum, or just photographing the colorful historical homes and landscapes. The only remaining hand-lit lighthouse in the region is a favorite photo subject as well as a destination across the harbour for an exhilarating 360 degree view and even further photo opportunities. The southern part of the five mile long Elbow Cay barrier island offers more waterfront eating establishments, a full service marina, a local surfing beach and the lovely Tahiti Beach where the shallow waters on the protected Sea of Abaco are perfect for small children and another great backdrop for exotic picture taking.

Other Activities: Golf car excursions throughout the 5 mile long island. Arrange deep sea fishing or diving trips.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250

Fewer than 7 nights, quotes can be provided upon request.
Closed Sept 1 - Sept 29 for general maintenance and a break for caretakers.
All rates subject to change. The VAT tax is included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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