'Calypso' - Oceanfront, Prime Location, 6 BR/6 Bath-Sleeps 12, Pool, Boat Slip(16 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 6 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)
Calypso was designed and built from scratch to be a vacation home, and is optimized for larger groups. It is not a personal residence that is rented out. Everything about Calypso contributes to one goal: providing guests with the best and most fun vacation accommodations on Elbow Cay.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
At Calypso, if you were any closer to the ocean, your feet would be wet! With fabulous views, one of the prettiest sandy beaches on the island, great swimming/snorkeling, and a prime central location close to town, Calypso is one of the most desirable rental houses on the island.
RUBBING ELBOWS NOT ALLOWED!
Calypso was designed from scratch for multiple families or large groups, with plenty of room to spread out and an open floor plan. No guest ever feels crowded with the large decks, generous common areas, and widely separated bedrooms. Partiers and sleepers can co-exist, and parents can rest easy knowing their children are safe and having fun without being underfoot. Whether you prefer quiet or a circus, there are many choices of how and where to spend your time – without even leaving the house!
FORMAL AND STUFFY - NOT!
Calypso is kick-off-your shoes casual and invites you to relax and have fun. Comfort rules. With a warm island motif, whimsical art that makes you smile, and comfortable furnishings, all your worries will soon be forgotten. A little sand on your feet – no problem - Calypso can handle it!
LET THE SUN SHINE AND THE BREEZES BLOW WHEREVER YOU CHOOSE TO GO!
Sunny or shady, breezy or calm, everyone can find a place to call their own. Sun worshippers love the steamer chairs on the ocean deck, which runs the entire width of the house. Also on the ocean side is a large shaded gazebo for those of fairer skin. A spacious landside screened porch and deck are perfect for enjoying fresh air when the breeze is a bit strong off the ocean, offering pleasant views of the yard’s palm trees and tropical vegetation. And those of a culinary persuasion need not feel left out as the kitchen area features awning style windows that open onto the porch. Whether flipping a burger on the deck’s gas grill, enjoying the vivid sunset sky in a porch rocker, or preparing an island feast in the well equipped kitchen, you will enjoy innumerable amenities that insure your stay is fun and memorable.
NO MORE “WHO GETS THE NICE BEDROOM?” DILEMMAS !
All 6 bedrooms are nice, spacious, and airy with lots of windows and great views. Dressers, wardrobes, and built-in closets provide plenty of storage and places to put your things. Every bedroom has its own private bathroom with shower and two sinks. Don’t settle for a bed in a closet that is labeled a bedroom!
TO TV OR NOT TO TV, OR DO THE GAME ROOM?
Yes there is a TV, and only one, and it’s a good one -in a private room, upstairs and away from all the activity. Perfect for an evening movie, or watching that 'can't miss' ballgame. Some guests have even been known to read a book in this cozy “away room”.
Rather get loud and rowdy, but don’t want to disturb others? Try the game room on the ground floor with its ping pong, foosball, and pool tables. A second refrigerator is perfect for keeping selected beverages handy.
NO POWER, WHAT DO WE DO?
Power outages happen in the Bahamas, especially in the summer when it’s hot and humid with no breeze and electrical demand is at its peak. There is no flushing of toilets, no showers, no relief from the heat (Ceiling fans need power too!), and food spoils. Power outages usually don’t last long, but YOU DON’T KNOW, and you have NO CONTROL! Who wants to lose a single vacation minute with these worries? Power outages are a non-event for guests of Calypso. The professionally maintained generator starts/stops automatically and provides all the power needed, even for AC.
WATER FROM ROOFS? BIRDS, PLEASE STAY AWAY!
While rain water collected from roofs and stored in cisterns is normal for most island houses, all Calypso water comes from a well and is purified by a reverse osmosis system with a 7,000 gallon reservoir. NO water is collected from the roof, so guests enjoy the cleanest water possible. The RO unit is professionally and scrupulously maintained, and completely automated.
AN OCEANFRONT HOUSE WITH A BOAT SLIP?
Guests are assured of a convenient and protected place to keep their boat at an assigned slip in Nigh Creek, between the house and town, a very short distance (.4 mile) away. Additional slips are available. (Oceanfront rental houses with docks/boat slips are very rare on Elbow Cay, and finding an available spot at the public docks can be a real challenge.)
PLEASE DON’T TAKE ME OFF THE GRID!
Some folks are happy to disappear from family, friends, and work while on vacation. That’s fine, but others may want to stay connected. (And there is always that “off/on” switch.) Calypso gives you the choice with a very reliable broadband internet connection and in-house wireless network. FREE! So don’t be embarrassed - surf the internet, immerse yourself in emails, and Skype those calls if YOU want. At a lower level of communications sophistication, Calypso also has a telephone and VHF radio for local calls.
HOW ABOUT A POOL???
Well, Calypso has a fantastic natural pool right outside the back door... called the Atlantic Ocean. But not everyone is comfortable in waves and open water, and/or children need to be watched more closely, so a new deck and fresh water pool are being added by the end of 2016.
WHO’S IN CHARGE?
Calypso has very active owners that check email regularly, respond quickly, and are always ready to assist. Do not underestimate the value of this level of attention! No one else has a more vested interest in your visit being trouble free and enjoyable. While the owners personally respond to all VRBO inquiries and have the final say on reservations/rates, guests will eventually be directed to Elbow Cay Properties to confirm reservations, collect information on your party, and coordinate your arrival with the caretaker. This rental agency is very experienced, very professional, and is an important on-island contact. Once you have made a reservation, they become your primary contact until you are actually in the Bahamas and meet with the caretaker. His responsibility is to keep the house in good order and ready for your arrival, to assist in getting to/from the ferry and the house, familiarize you with the house, and to help you with any concerns that need direct assistance. Of course, the owner is always glad to remotely assist.
NEED MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Calypso website for more information:
About Elbow Cay and Hope Town
Things to Do
LIVE Beach Web Cam and Weather
VRBO blocks a direct link, but enter www(dot)calypsobahamas(dot)com and you'll get there!
RATES RATES RATES
PEAK MONTHS/WEEKS (March to August, Thanksgiving week, Xmas week, New Years Week)
$9,000/week for full occupancy (6 bedrooms and/or 12 people maximum)
OFF SEASON (September-February, except Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving weeks)
$6,500/week for full occupancy (6 bedrooms and/or 12 people maximum)
$3,500/week - 3 BRs and/or 6 people. Each additional BR and/or 2 people is $1000
For an additional fee, a few extra children can be accomodated on air mattresses.
The mandatory 7.5% Bahamian Value Added Tax is not included in the above rates
Keywords: oceanfront, rental house, hopetown, elbow cay, bahamas, beach front, hope town, ocean front, home, abaco
Member since: 2011
- 5000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 14
- Children Welcome
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14
- very bedrooms has its own bathroom. There are 4 king bedrooms and 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds in each. The twin bedrooms are popular with younger or single guests, but ALL rooms are spacious and have great views. No one gets an undesirable room. A few additional guests, typically children, can easily be accommodated on air mattresses. Please, prior permission is needed for extra guests to arrange for the mattresses and linens. Additional charges may apply. Baby Cribs are available by prior arrangement....moreless
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms
- Power outages happen in the Bahamas, especially in the summer when it’s hot and humid with no breeze, and electrical demand is at its peak. Oh, and ceiling fans don’t work without power either. Power outages usually don’t last long, but YOU DON’ KNOW, and you have NO CONTROL! This is a non-event for guests of Calypso. The professionally maintained generator starts/stops automatically and provides all the power needed, even for AC. While rain water collected from roofs and stored in cisterns is normal for most houses, all Calypso water comes from a well and is purified by a reverse osmosis system with a 7,000 gallon reservoir. NO water is collected from the roof, so guests enjoy the cleanest water possible. The RO unit is professionally and scrupulously maintained, and completely automated. Calypso has an assigned slip at a nearby private dock on Nigh Creek that is well protected - check the map for a place marker. Additional slips at the dock can be arranged in advance....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
The game room offers a ping pong table, pool table, foosball table, and a beverage refrigerator. The tables are wonderful entertainment for evening or rainy/windy days, but are NOT commercial grade....moreless
Bring your own and plug your device into the house sound system. The Bose speakers and the acoustics in the great room are incredible, with additional speaker in the game room and on the screened porch....moreless
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Game Console:
While Calypso has a library of many VHS tapes and DVDs, guests usually bring movies from home or download them via the house broadband internet connection. There is an excellent selection of VHS tapes for younger children....moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
Ocean breezes and open windows are the best, and all bedrooms and living areas have ceiling fans, but AC is essential in the heat of the summer, so Calypso offers whole house air conditioning. (Don't forget to close the windows!)...moreless
The broadband internet connection is free and requires no special log ons or passwords. Many houses say they have internet, but you must pay for the service and the connection can be quite unreliable....moreless
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking:
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Mobile Phone:
- Towels Provided
With most travelers packing lightly these days, running out of clean clothers halfway through a vacation is not unusual. Calypso offers 2 washers and 2 dryers for guest use, conveniently located on the main living floor....moreless
- Wireless Internet:
Catering can be arranged through the care taker, but there are several take-away kitchens on the island that provide excellent fare, and it's fun to take a cart ride to pick up the food. Our current favorite, Mackay's Take Away, and features one of the best cooks on the island....moreless
- Coffee Maker
Because the owners and their travel companions enjoy cooking, you will find most every essential pot, pan, utensil, and gadget. Our favorite utensil for pounding fresh conch- an empty Kalik beer bottle....moreless
- Ice Maker
The kitchen is right in the middle of the main part of the house with fabulous views and breezes, and is very well equipped for those that choose to cook. A commercial quality ice maker assures a full ice bin....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The ocean deck runs the full width of the house, with steamer chairs, a shaded gazebo, hammock, and dining table. The landside deck has a grill and dining table, and is a great respite on the occasional day when the ocean breeze is a bit strong....moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 4 - Aug 11, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 7.5%
SIMPLIFIED RATES, excluding 7.5% tax, if paid by US check or wire transfer soon after your reservation is made:
March – August, Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, and New Years week
-- $9,900/week* (up to 12 people, 7 night minimum)
September – February(Except for holiday weeks noted above)
-- $7,000/week* for all 6 bedrooms (up to 12 people)
-- $5,800/week* for 5 bedrooms (up to 10 people)
-- $4,600/week* for 4 bedrooms (up to 8 people)
-- $3,500/week* for 3 bedrooms (up to 6 people)
With advanced approval, a few extra guests (preferably children) may be accommodated at an additional charge on hotel quality folding beds.
Some pets are allowed, but must be approved first. An additional security deposit may be required.
Rentals are typically Saturday through Saturday during the peak season and holiday weeks.
Credit card payments and spread payments (deposit now and balance later) can be arranged for an additional 7.5% fee(to compensate for Bahamian bank fees).
Owner's cancellation policy:
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Car: Not Necessary
Snorkel off the beach, SCUBA diving arranged through on-island dive shop. Rent kayaks, surfboards, bicycles, and boats locally. Golf at Treasure Cay or Bakers Bay - a 40 minute boat ride away. Sail boat day charters. Conching and crawfish with local guides. Many choices for offshore fishing or bonefishing.
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: We live in New Bern and Greenville in eastern NC, and are a university professor, attorney, dentist, and realtor. We enjoy boating and travel, and have watched our children grow up visiting Elbow Cay. We are very hands-on owners, visiting the house several times a year and keeping close tabs on the property at other times.
Why the Owner Chose Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas:
We honeymooned on Elbow Cay 30 years ago, fell in love with the island, and returned regularly until purchasing a older 'character' home in 1999 with our good friends and current partners. Months later the house was destroyed by Floyd. With such a great location, we spent years designing and building a new house to complement the site while caputuring some of our favorite features of the original house. Calypso is the proud result. What draws us to Elbow Cay is the peace and quiet, friendly people, natural beauty, and safety. There are no cruise ships, resorts, compounds, or mega-hotels. One can walk anywhere on the island at any time of the day or night and feel completely safe. In all our years, we have never locked a door while there. We love walking in town and not dodging cars and motorcycles (Motor vehicles are prohibited from Hope Town except for commercial deliveries.) Golf carts, especially quiet ELECTRIC ones, are such a pleasant and non-intrusive way of getting around the rest of the island. And people are so friendly - everyone waves when passing! Naturally, since this is an island, boating is a major part of your activies, and the surrounding waters are just phenominal. Even an inexperienced boater, or someone unfamiliar with the area, can travel most anywhere safely and in protected waters. Most of the locals on the island depend upon second home owners and visitors for their livelihood, so they are unusually willing to provide advice or render assitance. Surliness typical of some of the more heavily visited parts of the Bahamas just doesn't exist on Elbow Cay. Our families are well traveled, and we could spend our vacations most anywhere. The fact that we have never tired of Elbow Cay and are always eager to return is the greatest endorsement we can give. Without you, our renters, we would be unable to enjoy this island paradise, so we have every incentive to make YOUR experience a positive one.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Rather than repeat what you can read elsewhere, here are few of the things we ALWAYS do. We pick up a few cold ones on the way to the ferry from the airport and as soon as the ferry leaves the dock, toast our arrival, for now we KNOW beyond all doubt we will shortly be in Hopetown. We deliver our bags to the house and head straight to the Harbour's Edge for anything conch - whether it be fritters, chowder, burgers, fingers, salad, whatever. You can't beat the food and the view of the harbour and that stunning lighthouse. With at beverage in hand, we head south in the cart to tour the island, with maybe a visit to Firefly, the Abaco Inn, or Sea Spray to freshen up our beverages or enjoy a snack of something locally caught and prepared. We cruise to neighboring islands for meals at Cracker P's on Lubbers Quarters, Pete's Pub in Little Harbour, Nippers on Guana Cay, or Hibiscus on Man O War, where a boatyard and canvas shop stop are mandatory. We walk into town a LOT, whether for a cup of excellent java at the HT Coffee Shop, fresh bread and pies at Vernon's, shopping at one of the many small gift stores, or just to enjoy the cooing of the doves and picturesqe houses. We snorkel at Sandy Cay, one of the areas prettiest and well protected reefs, and walk the beach at Pelican Cay. The thundering surf crashing onto the oceanside coral can give one a new perspective on the perils of being shipwrecked on a reef, and the tideline is edged with colorful tiny shells that are miniature treasures. We visit the famous red and white striped light house, one of a very few in the WORLD that are still hand wound and burn kerosene. The view or the island from the top is spectacular, and sure to drive a camera buff into a frenzy of picture taking. We visit the Wyannie Malone museum to renew our respect for the town founders and the history of this truly unique place. Lastly, we enjoy our house. Everything else is a bonus!
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Dune-top location, fabulous ocean views, and a beautiful swimming beach.
The property is deep and lush with tropical vegitation. Very quiet and private.
A great beach for swimming, snorkeling, or just hanging out.
Does this picture talk to you? Saying "you should be here?"...
Room to spread out with an open floor plan - and check out the views.
The screened porch and grill deck are unique and uncommon landside features.
Atmosphere lighting is superb, with many unique lights on dimmers.
Great views, vaulted ceilings, and lots of room in the upstairs bedrooms.
One of two king bed rooms on the main floor, ocean side, with great views.
All bathrooms have a shower and two sinks, and character.
Calypso is very close to Hope Town. This shows the town and harbour entrance.
View from the beach at dusk.
On the landside - entry steps, grill deck, screened porch, cart parking.
Shaded gazebo for lunch, a hammock for naps, and outdoor shower for ocean sand.
When the waves are big, the new pool is a great way to make sure the kids sleep.
The grill is well lit and convenient, with its own sitting area.
Cooks are never lonely with a kitchen bar and awing windows to the porch.
This upstairs quiet room is great for daytime reading or an evening movie/game.
With pool, ping pong, and foosball tables, rowdy and loud are OK here.
One of two upstairs king bedrooms- both are spacious with fabulous views.
Two bedrooms feature twin beds, with ample room and storage. Nice views too.
Downstairs bedrooms offer generous and convenient storage.
Excellent snorkel reefs and coral heads are just off the beach from Calypso.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017
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