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Private Beachfront Estate with 2 Pools, Home Theater, on Pink Sand Beach!

Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas
  • House
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms6
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

6 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 16

Under new ownership (April 2014) and extensively remodeled and expanded in May-July 2014, Kataluma features many improvements and updates including an additional bedroom suite and a new beachfront infinity pool. Set on a powdery pink-sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, Kataluma is a grand 6-bedroom, 6½-bath beachfront estate on Double Bay. This new and secluded 5000 sf home has two levels of living space. The upper floor features a vast open-plan great room with 20 feet of sliding glass doors for stunning beach and ocean views. At night, this room becomes a home theater with surround-sound, CD/DVD player, and 10’ movie screen with film library. The lower floor of Kataluma features a second family room, a recreation room with 8-foot slate pool table and flat-screen satellite TV.

Outside, luxuriate in our new oceanfront heated infinity pool, or in our backyard pool on the west side of the house. Lounge in our shady beachside tiki hut. Explore our offshore islands and reefs with our kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and snorkel gear, or explore the land on our beach bikes. Kataluma has excellent snorkeling on the beautiful coral reefs right off the beach in front of the house. Grill and enjoy your day's catch on a variety of oceanfront and poolside patios and decks.

The upper level of Kataluma has four bedroom suites (2 king and 2 queen beds). Each has its own name and design theme (Hibiscus, Gecko, Lotus, Frangipani) hand-carved on the wooden transom over the door. The doors are recessed into hallways to give private entry off the main living areas. Each bedroom has its own private bath, each with a unique design and style.

The lower level of Kataluma features a new downstairs master suite with a king bed and private bathroom. The second downstairs bedroom is a bunk room that sleeps up to 8 and has a dedicated bathroom. It is furnished with a full-on-full bunk bed and two standard-width bunk bed sets.

The lower level of Kataluma also features a second living room with a 42” flat screen TV with satellite service, and a game room with professional slate pool table with pub table, pub stools and spectator chairs for pool playing enthusiasts.

Kataluma’s gourmet kitchen will satisfy the most demanding chef. A 15-foot center island gives plenty of space for preparing your in-home meals. Or have our cook do it for you!

The stainless steel Bosch appliances include a glass cook top with downward draft ventilation, wall oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher to facilitate the needs of guests, chefs and staff.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the accoutrements needed to prepare your culinary delights including Wusthof knives, Boos board, blender, toaster, coffee grinder, coffee-maker, rice maker, crock pot, and a selection of spices and seasonings. Just outside the kitchen area is a large built-in Jenn-Aire gas cooking grill for your barbecue and grilling selections.

If you wish to dine outside, there is a convenient deck situated just outside the kitchen’s sliding glass doors, so that you can enjoy views of the west swimming pool, garden area, the sprawling coconut forest and spectacular sunsets. Adjacent to the ocean side pool, there is seating for 12 at our outdoor mahogany dining table.

Housekeeping is provided two times a week at Kataluma, Monday and Thursday. If you would like more frequent housekeeping, it can be arranged. A cook can be arranged upon request.

Some of Kataluma's Amenities:

• Two Swimming Pools

• Oceanfront Tiki Hut

• Gas Grill

• Three 2-person and Two one-person kayaks

• 3 Stand-up paddle boards

• 6 Beach bikes

• Snorkel gear (2-3 adult sets – you may want to bring your own for proper fit)

• Beach umbrellas

• Beach chairs/ chaises

• Central air conditioning

• WIFI

• CD/DVD Player with I-pod docking station

• Surround Sound System

• 10’ Movie Projection Screen

• DVD Player with Movie Library

• Satellite TV

• Landline telephone (please purchase calling card to make long-distance calls)

• Upstairs laundry with washer

Property Manager

Matthew Simon

Member Since 2002
Response time:
within one hour
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
        • 3 King beds, 2 Queen beds, 4 Twin beds, 2 Full beds

        Bathrooms

        • 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath

            Location Type

              • Beach View
              • Beachfront

                General

                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Washing Machine

                    Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Toaster

                        Dining

                          • Child's Highchair

                            Entertainment

                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Pool Table
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                              • Video Library

                                Outside

                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Kayak / Canoe
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                  • Tennis

                                    Pool / Spa

                                      • Private Pool

                                        Attractions

                                          • cinemas
                                          • arboretum
                                          • botanical garden
                                          • caves
                                          • churches
                                          • bay/sound
                                          • library
                                          • marina
                                          • pond
                                          • reefs
                                          • restaurants

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • beachcombing
                                              • bird watching
                                              • eco tourism
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • photography
                                              • scenic drives
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • snorkeling
                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                      • spelunking
                                                      • surf fishing
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • wind-surfing

                                                        Notes

                                                          • Housekeeping is provided twice a week, Monday and Thursday. A cook can be arranged upon request. Other outdoor amenities not mentioned above: • Oceanfront Tiki Hut • Hammock, Swing, Benches �� Snorkel gear (2-3 adult sets – you may want to bring your own for proper fit) • Rafts • Beach umbrellas • Boogie boards

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            48 Reviews

                                                            Wonderful4.8/5

                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Great house. Accurate review.

                                                            Cameron B.,

                                                            Rating Details:

                                                            The property manager was very helpful.

                                                            The vacation rental was spotless.

                                                            I was very happy with the location.

                                                            I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

                                                            Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

                                                            Reviewer Comments:

                                                            Kataluma is a fine property. We occupied the entire place for two weeks using all of the bedrooms as there was 12 guests. 1. Location: Very private. You don't see any neighbors unless you walk the beach. There are houses on both sides, but plenty of separation. Steps from the beach. You will need a car for this house - Contact Roderick Pindler, he was terrific - we got three cars from him. 2. Overall property condition: Grounds and pools were great, very clean. Prop description says it was "remodeled and expanded in May-July 2014". However, the house feels about 10-15 years old. I think this is due to the location on the ocean, the sea is just tough on homes. A lot of rust here and there. I would say the house is a 3.5 star out of five in luxury. I would describe it as "comfortable". 3. Bedrooms. No one complained about the beds, all very comfortable. AC worked in all but one bedroom, but it wasn't needed in that room. Note on this, you can't leave your windows open to hear and feel the sea breeze at night or you will be destroyed by no-see-ums and will have to RAID the entire house, they can go through the screens. This would have been good to know. Plan on using AC in any climate. The downstairs bunk is great for kids, but very poorly ventilated and stuffy, no AC in this area but has a large fan we used. The bunk furniture is very cheap and we were concerned the kids would break it but it held up. 4. Pool table. Kind of cheap, 3 out of 5 stars but still fun. 5. Internet / phone. The wifi works okay, but internet not strong enough to stream music on Apple/Pandora, too weak to consistently login to Quickbooks online. Kids couldn't use Netflix on devices - this was probably a good thing, they spent most of the time outside. The phone lines, thus internet was down about 4 days, I here this is common. 6. Kitchen. Very large. Plenty of cookware. Not close to "gourmet" as described, 3 stars out of 5. Electric cooktop took some gettin

                                                            Great place. Here's an accurate review.

                                                            Cameron B.,

                                                            Kataluma is a fine property. We occupied the entire place for two weeks using all of the bedrooms as there was 12 guests.

                                                            1. Location: Very private. You don't see any neighbors unless you walk the beach. There are houses on both sides, but plenty of separation. Steps from the beach. You will need a car for this house - Contact Roderick Pindler, he was terrific - we got three cars from him.

                                                            2. Overall property condition: Grounds and pools were great, very clean. Prop description says it was "remodeled and expanded in May-July 2014". However, the house feels about 10-15 years old. I think this is due to the location on the ocean, the sea is just tough on homes. A lot of rust here and there. I would say the house is a 3.5 star out of five in luxury. I would describe it as "comfortable".

                                                            3. Bedrooms. No one complained about the beds, all very comfortable. AC worked in all but one bedroom, but it wasn't needed in that room. Note on this, you can't leave your windows open to hear and feel the sea breeze at night or you will be destroyed by no-see-ums and will have to RAID the entire house, they can go through the screens. This would have been good to know. Plan on using AC in any climate. The downstairs bunk is great for kids, but very poorly ventilated and stuffy, no AC in this area but has a large fan we used. The bunk furniture is very cheap and we were concerned the kids would break it but it held up.

                                                            4. Pool table. Kind of cheap, 3 out of 5 stars but still fun.

                                                            5. Internet / phone. The wifi works okay, but internet not strong enough to stream music on Apple/Pandora, too weak to consistently login to Quickbooks online. Kids couldn't use Netflix on devices - this was probably a good thing, they spent most of the time outside. The phone lines, thus internet was down about 4 days, I here this is common.

                                                            6. Kitchen. Very large. Plenty of cookware. Not close to "gourmet" as described, 3 stars out of 5. Electric cooktop took some getting used to.

                                                            7. Power outages. We lost power for about 2 hours on about 4 occasions, usually during cooking meals which forced us to go out to eat a bit more - eating out averaged about $50 a person for us. These outages require the pool heater (yes, you will need it heated) needed to be reset . Pool guy Martin was awesome.

                                                            8. Cleaners. Miss Violet and assistant came twice a week. They were great.

                                                            9. Prop manager. Anne was great. Very responsive via text.

                                                            Overall, a great stay. Good house.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks for these comments. The owner is already addressing the rusty items. Yes, the ocean is tough on a house, but it just requires one to stay ahead of it.

                                                            The owner has also recently purchased a load of new kitchenware. The kitchen is well stocked and very functional.

                                                            The house has central AC plus mini-split units in various rooms, so really two AC systems. The downstairs bunk room has AC. Perhaps the reported problem had to do with the power outages, but the bunk room does indeed have working AC.

                                                            A few clarifications:

                                                            Noseeums are sometimes a problem on this island, but definitely not most of the time. Usually, you should be able to leave the windows open for the breeze without being bothered by noseeums.

                                                            The WIFI tends to slow down on the island during the evenings, when everyone on the island is trying to stream videos. During the day, speeds are typically quite good. This guest reported two WIFI outages, both of which were quickly fixed by the property manager. We question the report of 4 days without WIFI. WIFI on the island works 95% of the time.

                                                            Beautiful Kataluma House!

                                                            Ray C.,

                                                            Rating Details:

                                                            The property manager was very helpful.

                                                            The vacation rental was spotless.

                                                            I was very happy with the location.

                                                            I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

                                                            Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

                                                            Reviewer Comments:

                                                            Our varied extended family group of 15, including 8 adults and 7 children, ages 22 mos to 16 years, had a FANTASTIC, weeklong stay at beautiful Kataluma House. Special "hits" were the heated infinity pool and surrounding deck area (WHAT AN OCEAN VIEW!), the down-the-steps beachfront which offered great snorkeling, kayaking or simply just walking, and the large dining and living room areas. Bedroom- and bathroom-wise, Kataluma House suited our group's varied needs in fine fashion! In addition, the on-island support staff, including Anne, Martin, etc, were all most helpful and great to work with. Likewise, our local cook on two evenings, Shelly Johnson, cooked massive and delicious Bahamian dinners ... well worth her charges! All-in-all, a simply fantastic family vacation on the island of Eleuthera, including Double Bay and nearby, leeward-side Ten Bay!

                                                            Stop looking now-this is where you should stay!

                                                            Our family of 9 (including 3 kids) stayed at Kataluma house for 10 fabulous days. The house really does have everything you could need. The kitchen is well stocked, there were plenty of beach towels and beach toys, and there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and do their own thing. The landscaping is beautiful. The house is very clean. The movie screen was a big hit.

                                                            The only snag we ran into was two of the bedrooms had broken AC units. The house has the main AC that works quite well, but the bedrooms have their own units. Those bedrooms were equipped with large fans that certainly helped, but it did get warm at night in those rooms.

                                                            The beach has the softest sand I have ever experienced and we almost always had the entire beach to ourselves. It was quite windy while we were there so we weren't able to snorkel or spend a lot of time in the water, but the upside is that the bugs were nonexistent! The other plus with this home is that when it got windy oceanside, you can use the other pool which is out of the wind and quite beautiful. We also used the windy days to go and check out beaches on the Caribbean side of the island.

                                                            The location worked out really well for us. Kataluma is just 10-15 minutes from Governor's Harbour. We were also close to several beaches we enjoyed (French Leave and Ten Bay) as well as some great restaurants (Tippy's, 1648, Buccaneer Club, and Da Perk). The property management company (specifically Matthew and Tara) were invaluable-they helped us every step of the way with the planning and had great suggestions and information about grocery stores, rental cars, excursions, restaurants, etc. If I am lucky enough to make it back to Eleuthera, I would not even consider staying anywhere else. I highly recommend this home.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for the wonderful review! We really appreciate it. We apologize for the AC issue. We have fixed it. It is not typically so windy. Hopefully on your next visit you can enjoy calmer weather.

                                                            Like a private resort!

                                                            Lisa R.

                                                            We planned this trip for almost a year, and this property did not disappoint. The location is beautiful! The home is spacious, comfortable, well decorated, and every need of the guests was considered. Everyone we encountered was amazingly kind and helpful. This vacation felt like we had our own private resort or our own private island. Although we did venture out on a couple of the days to see other sights on the island, we easily could have spent every minute just enjoying this property. We all loved watching the tiny crabs that crawl around this property. I highly recommend this property! It very comfortably would sleep 10 adults in the 5 large bedrooms. The remaining room is a bunk bed room and great for kids. We had 3 in there and they were great. You could fit up to 8 in there, but it would be like a camp bunk situation. Use all the information you receive from these owners regarding grocery shopping, you will need all these tips, and don't forget to get up early and go get the cinnamon rolls (sticky buns) at the farm before they run out!

                                                            Perfect retreat location

                                                            Stephen S.

                                                            We held a retreat for nine executives and Kataluma was the perfect setting. The house was beautiful, well appointed, and situated in a picturesque Caribbean backdrop. There was plenty of space for us to meet as a large group but at the same time, had places where we could breakout and visit in smaller groups. The location is right on the beach which allowed for contemplative walks on a virtually private beach. Because it's very private, we were able to really focus on our agenda, but could easily drive into town to blow off some steam and have some fun. We left the retreat having achieved our objective and feeling completely refreshed.

                                                            A big plus for the group was the many activities that we could engage in and never get bored - kayaking, snorkeling, swimming in the pool, fishing, and jogging to name a few.

                                                            Location

                                                            Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas

                                                            Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Rates are for the first 10 guests, add $400 for each additional guest in excess of 10. Babies/toddlers under age 4 are free. Note: We set the rates this way to make the house affordable to smaller groups which use less utilities and create less wear and tear.

                                                            $850avg/night
                                                            48 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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