Abaco, Bahamas, Ocean Beach Setting, Dock, Convenient to Hope Town, Tropical(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6
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 above and the comprehensive video on vrbo property #346511, 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.
ABOUT THE OWNERS
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.
WE 'DONE REACHED'!!
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.
WE WERE ENLIGHTENED!!
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.
FINALLY A PLACE TO SHARE!!
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.
WE ARE BACK!!
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.
AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
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Member since: 2010
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Kids love this setting. There is a lower level on the way to the beach where the hermit crabs hang out and all of the beach findings are displayed. We call one of the areas the 'Beach Graveyard'. Lots of kid things to do on the property from playing with the hermit crabs to having seagrape throwing contests. And then there is the dock and small time fishing in the Creek behind....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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....moreless
- 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. By popular demand from our many renters, we have no TV, only a Sonos music system. Our guest book is full of comments which state how happy they are that without the distraction of TV, we have actually made it easier for families to communicate, play games together, read, and generally enjoy their association with each other and, in turn, the serenity of the island. 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....moreless
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
The panoramic views up and down the beach are unbelievable. There is easy access to the beach below where playing in the surf or snorkeling over the nearby reefs is an unforgetable experience. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Bottled Water
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
The kitchen is open and overlooks the dining and living area with views of the Atlantic Ocean out front. The kitchen has a large counter top area and overhead cupboards with ample space for food preparation....moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Boat Dock
Deck / Patio:
(2) The front deck wraps around the entire length of the house, approx. 75 ft. and provides an unobstructive view of the beach and coral reefs down below. The morning sunrises are unbelievable. The back deck faces the west and is great for end of the day sunset viewing....moreless
- Fish Cleaning Table
- Outdoor Grill
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Walkway To Water
- Wood Deck
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay
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:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
A close look at the beach 40' below from the deck. It doesn't get much better!
The reef from the deck looking to the southeast. Great snorkeling and breesze!
Living area facing the ocean. Imagine a sunrise over morning coffee!
Expansive, open kitchen and dining area. Note skylight and ceiling fans.
Master bdrm. Note breeze blowing curtains & full wall view of ocean!
First guest bdrm. facing the ocean. Note tile throughout home.
Golf cart path from the top of the dune down to the dock
The owner's trimaran sailboat with 30' of space on the other side of the dock.
The famous candy striped lighthouse overlooking the picturesque settlement
Typical historical Loyalist style homes with pedestrian only pathways
Owners with Wynne Rae in the background
Sunset from the back deck. We've had a great day!
The same beach looking to the northeast. Note the closeness of the settlement.
The beach at pink sand level. Note the absence of footprints.
Panoramic view continues. Note vaulted ceiling & 180 degree view!
A second fridge & washer/dryer located behind blue curtain
Large master bdrm. w/bath & walk-in closet. King size bed.
Second guest bdrm. with twin beds. Ample space.
Golf cart ramp up to the Wynne Rae overlooking the ocean.
The owner's trimaran heading out of the harbor for a day of sailing
From the top of the lighthouse built in the 1864 showing the protected harbor
The steps from the beach to the lower level outdoor hot shower!
Morning sunrise from the front deck. Good morning sun!
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Thursday, January 12, 2017
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