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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4+

Orchid Cottage is a bright and lovely Bahamian style cottage on a quaint cottage road (Old Banks Road) steps from the Atlantic Ocean beach. It is surrounded by swaying palm trees, beautiful foliage, and tropical flowers. Walk 2 minutes from your front deck and a magnificent ocean view unfolds. Upon entering the cottage the loft staircase and high ceiling will draw your eyes upwards. The open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen areas allow for your entire group to interact during cooking, eating, and family activities. The new turquoise and pineapple accents, along with the white pullout sofa bring a coastal feel to the cottage. The kitchen is equipped with everything you will need to prepare your meals and it also offers the convenience of a washing machine. The cathedral ceiling gives the cottage an airy feeling. Enjoy the flat screen Smart TV with access to your Netflix account or watch Youtube. Bring your iPod/iPad/MacBook and connect it to the new stereo system. The cottage has two air conditioned bedrooms, each with a king size bed. The second bedroom can be converted into two twin beds, if needed. The entire cottage is equipped with ceiling fans along with the 2 A/C units in the bedrooms. Beautiful linens, bath towels, and beach towels have been carefully chosen to make your stay comfortable. Between the two bedrooms is a newly remodelled three piece bathroom. The walk-in shower has sea glass, shells, and pebbles from the Atlantic Ocean embedded into the floor. The matching sink and vanity continues the theme with embedded shells and sea glass. Again, tropical colours abound. Enjoy spending time on the front deck, while cooking on the charcoal grill or just relaxing in the new outdoor sectional. The outside shower makes showering after a day at the beach convenient and adventurous.

If you require more space, our octagonal shaped log house with two bedrooms and a loft is also available. It has an open concept design with soaring ceilings and is located a short distance from Orchid Cottage. Each property offering nice privacy, with large palm trees and foliage between the two. This would allow your entire group extended space and privacy. Enjoy a day at the beach, while our staff prepares your dinner. Just ask our property managers to make your reservations for a homemade Bahamian meal. Our staff will shop, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. Imagine coming home to an amazing Bahamian meal!

A short walk along our path will take you to one of the most amazing white sand beaches in the world. Your first sighting of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean will take your breath away. This incredible beach can be travelled for miles. Spend your day sun tanning, shelling, exploring the reef, snorkelling, watching the dolphins, boogie boarding, or building sand castles.

Just a short walk (10 minutes) up the road or beach takes you to Sky Beach Club/Pascal's Restaurant. Here you can enjoy the pool, hot tub, and swim-up bar FREE of charge. Ask Sammy to make you one of his famous Bahamian drinks. Enjoy Pascal's amazing food and visit with people around the world. Special daily events, such as the Sunday BBQ and pool party, and Tuesday night bonfire, take place at Sky Beach for the public's enjoyment. Head back to the quiet atmosphere of Orchid Cottage by walking along beautiful Old Banks Road or enjoy the scenery along Banana Beach.

The town of Governor's Harbour is 5 minutes away by car and has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbour. Buy fresh fish and lobster every afternoon from fishermen at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governor's Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor's Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.

Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkelling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, and bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore.

This is Orchid Cottage! Come share a piece of our paradise!

More Details

Property Manager
Julianna Simon Parker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

Why Julianna Simon Parker chose Eleuthera

We chose Orchid Cottage and Shangri-La on the Island of Eleuthera, because this is the most beautiful location in the world! It is private, has an amazing beach that runs for miles, and amazing restaurants. This Bahamian out island has so much to offer.


Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , NEW-walk in shower and vanity with sea glass and shells!
  • Orchid Cottage has a newly renovated washroom. The large walk-in shower has sea glass, shells, and pebbles embedded into the floor. The matching vanity adds a truly Bahamian feel! The cottage is equipped with new bath towels and beach towels for your convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Orchid Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New linens in tropical colours adorn the king size bed.
    Orchid Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Bedroom can be arranged as 2 twin beds or 1 king.
    Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out Queen Sofa Available in Living Area.
  • The bright bedrooms are painted in white with a tropical yellow ceiling. Each bedroom has new linens and pillows. The second bedroom has brand new mattresses that can be arranged as a king or two twins. Both bedrooms are air conditioned for your comfort.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our property managers will be meet you at the airport and guide you to Orchid Cottage. You will be provided with a tour of the property and our property managers will answer any questions that you have during your stay. A remote control for the Banana Beach Estates entry gate will be provided to you for your stay. This will allow you easy access to the Queen's Highway for your day trips on this beautiful out island. We have a fantastic husband and wife team who will take great care of the grounds and preparation of the cottage for you. Their attention to details of the grounds and the interior, will make your stay enjoyable. If you would like a homemade meal, please make reservations. Our staff can cook a variety of meals for you and your family at a very reasonable price. They will do the shopping, prepare the meal, and provide clean up. Our guests love this truly Bahamian experience!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

Perfect Eleuthera cottage!

  • 5 of 5

A quick note about this review - it is based on expectations according to the property listing and information provided by the owner. I am not comparing to other properties or my version of the 'ideal' vacation home. I have to start with the rental process, which was simple and pleasant as always when working through Eleuthera Vacation Rentals. Matt, Juliana, and Tara are the best and represent a fantastic collection of properties. They are professional, friendly, responsive, and so helpful. We had the pleasure of meeting Matt on this trip and he is such a great guy! The whole team is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to planning our trip with them every year. The owner of Orchid Cottage, Shawna, was also great to work with. She provided lots of useful information about the cottage before we left and kept in contact during our trip. I had a few questions after settling into the cottage and Shawna responded immediately. Shawna also made one of the best suggestions ever during this trip - to arrange through the caretakers, Barry and Lachadra, to have an authentic Bahamian dinner prepared just for us (so delicious and a highlight for sure!). Speaking of Barry and Lachadra, they are super nice people. Lachadra welcomed us to the cottage with a big smile and hugs in that special Eleuthera way! They made sure we had everything we needed.

The cottage was just the right size for my wife, teen daughter and me. It is not new, but was clean and fresh, and has that special something that only comes from age...lots of character. My wife is an interior designer, so aesthetics come into play when we are choosing a place to stay. Orchid Cottage is bright and cheery with comfortable furnishings and tasteful decorations. The bedrooms have air conditioners, which we used a few times at night, but otherwise the cottage catches a steady breeze during the day with windows open (we also had perfect weather during our stay, so that helped, I'm sure). The loft area is a storage space and not really usable by guests, but my daughter still wanted to hang out up there! I only mention that because I don't think it is obvious from the pictures or description. The beautiful beach is so close and it was nice not to have to pack up and drive every time we wanted our toes in the sand. Oh yeah, almost forgot...great front porch. Loved listening to the palm trees in the breeze. Orchid Cottage was just what we hoped it would be - already planning our next visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a repeat traveller to Eleuthera, we truly appreciate your positive comments about Orchid Cottage. We agree that we have an amazing group of people at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals who manage our bookings and the best staff of Bahamians who strive to make our guests' stay the most enjoyable. One of the reasons that we purchased Orchid Cottage was because of its character. The cottage is comfortable and its character comes from being a Bahamian style of home with a open rafters. Over the years we have added new coastal furnishings, bright Caribbean decor, and a tropical shower with Bahamian beach finds embedded in the floor. We're so pleased that your wife, an interior designer, appreciated our choices. Let your daughter know that we have some plans that will make her hang out spot in the loft even better. Stay tuned! Banana Beach is our favourite beach on the island. Being such a quiet spot, we almost feel that it belongs to just us. We hope to welcome you back next year. We'd love to have you stay in Orchid Cottage again.
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Super Accomodations, Super Location!

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from a beautiful month at The Orchid Cottage. There is indescribable charm about this cottage, and it starts with the comfortable lounger on the front porch where we spent many mornings watching the beautiful garden and hearing the ocean roar.

It is equally beautiful inside, understated elegance and clean. We were especially very grateful for super comfortable beds and really high quality linens.

We cooked a lot and had everything we needed in the kitchen to make meals. The shower was large and had good water pressure. We loved the pebble shower floor that added to the flavor of the house.

We didn't take advantage of the pool at the Sky Beach Club, but it's great to know that it is there. Access to the beach is up a small hill and there are stairs down to the gorgeous Atlantic side. For a better stretch of the beach though, walk to the right until you find the flat area with lots of room to spread out. The water and the beach... there are no words to describe the beauty. And often times you are there solo. It is spirit renewing! Note: the stairs down to the beach are very rustic and require some muscle to go up and down, especially if you are traveling with elderly folks or carrying a lot of beach gear.

We felt extremely safe in this location! It is peaceful and private and feels like home.

What makes this cottage even more awesome is the attentiveness of the property managers. Mr and Mrs Cadet are simply the most efficient, reliable and caring people you can hope for. We rented our car through them, which we highly recommend! They were proactive and helped us with everything from navigating beaches to quickly replacing a malfunctioning coffee maker.

We loved being close to "downtown" Governor's Harbor and walking around. We made a lot of new friends. We enjoyed the places where locals go: Pammy's, The Blue Room, Governor's Harbor Bakery. You will be in the center of Eleuthera so exploring both the north and south side is easy. Don't miss Lighhouse Beach. It is worth the ride and Mr Cadet will tell you an easier way to get to it.

Shawna (the owner) and Matt from the management company were gracious beyond words. Matt patiently guided us through rentals on the island and Shawna was thoughtful, accommodating and kind.

This was our first trip to the Bahamas and feel lucky to have found this gem of a house. We are plotting a return! Thank you, Matt, for your tremendous insight and the Cadet family for everything!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A fiend of mine and I enjoyed Orchid Cottage for 10 days. It is a well appointed welcoming home. It has plenty of open space, comfortable beds, great bathroom, nice linens, and a very comforting homey feel. This was our first time on the island and I believe we hit the jackpot when we chose to rent this cottage. One day we would explore the South, then the next day the north. Very easy day trips which would be more difficult if you did not stay near Governors Harbor. The island is very easy to navigate and understand. It is impossible to get lost so it is very very easy to explore and feel comfortable. We would two-track all day and find beautiful beaches. One of my favorite finds was Banks Road Deli! Find it early in your vacation you will visit there often. Chocolate croissants, baguettes, cheeses, sandwiches, etc. We enjoyed lunch at the Front Porch, Rainbow Inn, and The Bucaneer Club. We cooked often at home and the kitchen was well equipped. Sky Beach Club was always fun, meeting Sammy the bartender is a treat.

When I first enquirer about the cottage Julianna's response was quick and informative. We later chatted on the phone. The property owner Shauna is very kind. If we return to Eleuthera we would absolutely stay here again. Thanks Shauna and Julianna❤️

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so happy that you enjoyed the cottage and island as much as we do. Even though we've been travelling to Eleuthera for years, exploring the island is still one of our favourite things to do. The beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and quaint settlements make day trips so much fun. When we started looking for our island getaway, we knew that Governor's Harbour was the perfect location and that Orchid Cottage was the colourful Bahamian cottage that we always wanted. We look forward to your return to Orchid Cottage and thank you for expressing such an enthusiastic review of our property.
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What an experience!

  • 5 of 5

Bahamas has the best beaches on the earth and we had a private one. It's a dream come true. Thank you Shawna, Chad and Matt. Best island trip ever!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Orchid Cottage for your short stay on Eleuthera. Your enthusiasm for the beach, the Christmas celebrations, and the special events taking place on the island, made it fun for us too. We look forward to your next visit!
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Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay at Orchid Cottage and every year is better then the year before. The owners have upgrade the bathroom, new king sized bed, Smart TV and new docking station for you music devices.. Everything you need for your stay is included. Shawna and her family are so attentive to your needs and Brian, the property manager is always a phone call away.

We tried 2 new restaurants this trip, 1648 Bar & Grill for Mother's Day which was fantastic and such a beautiful evening view and the Deck for hamburgers, fries and a beer. Mark, the owner is a "hoot" and kept us laughing the whole time. This is our new lunch time haunt with the best views of the Atlantic. And as always we made friends with a family who also came from Virginia at the Fish Fry in GHB which is our home as well.

We plan to return in 2016 to Orchid Cottage as there are still many places on the island we wish to explore. We continue to recommend the Cottage to all our friends and family.

Ric and Julie

Chesapeake, Virginia

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Orchid Cottage for another trip! We are so glad that you enjoyed the new upgrades. We will continue to improve the cottage and make it the best stay for our vacationers. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed dinner at French Leave's new restaurant. The restaurant has great food and the view of the harbour is magnificent. We look forward to welcoming you back for your vacation in 2016!
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So pretty and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The place is very quiet, in a nice garden with palm trees and flowers.

The cottage is clean, pretty, cozy and very well equipped. We felt very good due to the important open space area. The beds are comfortable. There is maybe a lack of storage in the bedrooms, if both rooms were occupied. It was not our case.

Brian, the manager of the place, was very kind and particularly efficient.

There is no view on the sea but on windy evenings, we have appreciated to be protected by the small dune in front of the cottage.

It takes only a few minutes to get to the beach, by a small path. Banana beach is nice, secluded, with a beautiful clear and turquoise water.

There is a good choice of pleasant and good restaurants in the vicinity of the cottage.

People on Eleuthera are friendly and welcoming. The island’s beaches are simply splendid whichever you choose. Don’t miss : Club Med, French Leave, Ten Bay, Poponi, etc. and of course Lighthouse beach (our favorite, it is magnificent both side, Caribbean and Atlantic). It will take you about 1h45 to get there from Orchid cottage but it really worth the trip. We have also loved Harbour Island.

We highly recommend Orchid cottage and if once we go back to Eleuthera, we will not hesitate to rent it again.

Tiziana & Pierre from Switzerland

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Orchid Cottage. We are lucky to have such a quiet spot that is so close to Banana Beach. The meadow that surrounds the property is remarkable and makes this spot so peaceful and private. It's nice to hear that you did some sightseeing and took advantage of the beautiful beaches on the island. Each beach has its own unique characteristics and it is always so surprising to find out that you will have miles of white beach and turquoise water to yourself. We hope that you will be able to return to Eleuthera and enjoy Orchid Cottage very soon.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sky Beach Club, 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bo Hengy in Governor's Harbour in Cupid's Cay
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pascal's, 10 minute walk along beach/road
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Banana Beach, a short walk along the tropical path

A stay at Orchid Cottage can be as relaxing or as fun-filled as you choose. You can walk or jog along the cottage road and stop at Sky Beach Club for a swim, hot tub, evening dinner, or enjoy a cocktail at the swim up bar. Bring your computer and you can use their WiFi while you sit on one of the loungers. Listen to music on the new iPod/MacBook/iPad docking stereo or watch tv on the new flat screen and enjoy the use of your Netflix account. A day at Banana Beach could include sunning, boogie boarding, shelling, taking long walks, exploring, sand castle building, swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling along the reef, or enjoying a good book in one of our beach chairs. If you decide to take a short drive into Governor's Harbour you can spend some time sightseeing. This historical town offers colourful century homes, the Bo Hengy ferry, beautiful churches, and yachts moored in Cupid's Cay. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the wonderful restaurants that Governor's Harbour has to offer such as: French Leave, Tippy's, the Buccaneer Club, Sky Beach Club, or Bacchus Fine Foods. Watch the action in town while sitting on the outdoor deck at Da Perk Cafe as the local fishermen come to shore with their catch of grouper and lobster. On Friday nights, you must attend the fish fry at Cupid's Cay for local cuisine, rum bubbas, conch salad, and dancing in the street. If you need some more music and late night dancing, follow the crowd to Ronnie's Hideaway and dance late into the night. The kids can experience activities at the Haynes Library and take part in swimming and sailing lessons in the harbour. Your teenager can rent a surfboard from Skip and catch a wave on the Atlantic side of the island. Take your family on an adventure and travel the side roads to uncover sunken ships, deserted beaches, bat caves, cotton fields, abandoned silos, and the old naval base with goats. Governor's Harbour has so much to offer! If you need some more adventure, follow the Queen's Highway to the various settlements along the island to visit their beaches, restaurants, and festivals. Once you've been to Eleuthera, you know you'll have to come back!


Rates & Availability

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Base Rate 2017
Apr 23 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for 4 guests. For each additional guest, add $200/wk.
Rates are in US dollars.
Accepts major credit cards.
Security deposit: $500

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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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