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KettleStone Luxury Villa - Unique Private Oceanfront with Seaside Pool & Dock

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 8 with beautiful Ocean Views!

A Unique Luxury Bahamas Villa

KettleStone is a spectacular ocean-front Villa on the beautifully serene "family island" of Andros in The Bahamas. Nestled in the coastal canopy only minutes from amenities, it is the epitome of a secluded holiday home.

KettleStone is comprised of a central living area, CedarTop, which contains the open concept living and dining areas, central kitchen, and a radial stone staircase leads to a loft bedroom suite with bath, named Morgan's Loft after the infamous Captain Morgan, whose stories are an intrinsic part of this island's lore. CedarTop is complimented by two additional bedroom suites, CayView and Sunrise, each offering an amazing panoramic view of the ocean and large ensuite baths complete with double door shower.

KettleStone is equipped with all modern amenities, and has a fresh water swimming pool, waterfall and jetted spa in addition to steps going straight into the ocean lagoon or onto the newly constructed dock. Enjoy the warm soothing firelight from our outdoor fire-on-glass fireplace or mix your favorite beverage at the outdoor kitchen and bar.

Grill-masters can enjoy the palapa covered grill station complete with its own lighting system.

There are plenty of activities on the island, and on the property to satisfy everyone in a family or friends group. In addition to relaxing and soaking the sun, there is scuba diving, fishing (bone-fishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing), birding, blue hole explorations, snorkeling, swimming, and shopping. Comprised of one acre of mature landscaped grounds, KettleStone is the ideal place to unwind.

Begin your day with breath-taking sunrises from the terraces, or the private dock palapa!

More Details

Owner
Michael Hornby
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Michael Hornby

KettleStone was conceived, built and is owned by Michael Hornby ... formally of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. Michael first discovered Andros Island in 1988 on a diving vacation and in 1997, in pursuit of his passion for scuba diving and a simpler lifestyle took the plunge literally and moved to the Bahamas.

Michael currently lives on Andros Island and manages a local all-inclusive resort as well as owning and managing KettleStone.

No stranger to the hospitality industry, in addition to being a Technical and Recreational Diving Instructor, Michael enjoys Blue Hole cave diving, deep wall diving and is a private pilot and boat captain.

After 21 years of living on Andros, the love for the simplicity of the environment and the friendliness of local inhabitants continues to grow.

Michael envisioned building a warm and welcoming luxury home that showcased the natural island beauty, and with a strict attention to detail it had to offer barefoot elegance that could be shared with others.

With this vision in mind, Michael built KettleStone without compromise.

Michael Hornby purchased this villa in 2004

Why Michael Hornby chose Andros Town

Situated on one acre … KettleStone land was chosen from years of local island research and a great stroke of opportunity which involved being offered the ideal virgin land from which to commence construction.

Saving as much natural flora as possible was paramount, so carefully the land was hand cleared to preserve mature natural growth.

Minutes from amenities, an international airport only a mere one hour flight from Florida and 5 minutes from a port of entry marina ... the location was ideal. A barrier island chain, shallow lagoon and sufficient elevation to provide a panoramic view and offer cooling breezes ... KettleStone had found its beginning.

What makes this villa unique

KettleStone was built with attention to detail.

Named for the 'Kettle' formations at waters edge and expansive use of hand crafted local 'Stone' ... hand cut limestone ocean-side terraces and poolside patios enable you to take an ocean swim/snorkel to be followed by a dip in the freshwater pool or jetted spa and sun-bathe to the sound of the cascading waterfall.

High vaulted open cedar ceilings and an open concept design gives KettleStone a sense of spaciousness and participation with nature.

Panoramic views from each suite and the centrally located kitchen enable you to appreciate were you are at all times.

Fully landscaped grounds, sheltered breezeways and back patio enable you to enjoy nature front and back.

The spectacular sunrises have to be seen to be believed.

Welcome to KettleStone!

Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Andros International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Hanks Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Fresh Creek
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Hanks Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Somerset Beach
Car: recommended

The KettleStone Villa offers panoramic views and direct entry onto a sand bottom lagoon enhanced by a necklace of cays framing the Bahamas famed turquoise waters. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, wading and swimming right off the seaside terrace, or fish off our newly constructed dock. Miles of secluded beaches are very near the property.

Take one or more of our kayaks to the sugar sand beach on nearby Goat Cay minutes from the villa and enjoy a picnic while there, or snorkel the Andros Barrier Reef corals.

If you enjoy scuba diving or reef snorkeling, there is a professional dive center at a local resort only 3 miles from the villa. More experienced divers can enjoy the famous wall of the Tongue of the Ocean or even diving in one of our numerous Blue Holes.

Enjoy spending moonlit nights under the dock's authentic thatch palapa or engaging in intimate conversation seated in one of the several ocean-side terraces...the choice is yours to make.

Andros is abundant with miles of secluded public beaches minutes from the villa ideal for beach-combing, shelling and flats fishing. Fresh Creek is just around the corner from the villa and you can explore the creek and surrounding waters in a small skiff rented from Hank's place 5 blocks away from KettleStone.

Whether you choose organized eco-tours, bird-watching, guided bone fishing, reef or deep sea fishing there are qualified guides we can arrange for you. If an unstructured vacation is more to your liking ... simply explore the island and local settlements at your own pace. Travel is easy and the island is very friendly.

Be sure to visit the local Batik factory and outlet store to check out the hand dyed patterns that make Androsia the unofficial fabric of the Bahamas.

Amenities

Andros Town Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • CedarTop Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Quality Fixtures/Granite Vanity
    SunView Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
    CayView Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
    Pool House - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Pool-side bath and changing facility with outdoor shower
    Morgan's Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower , Ensuite/European Rain Shower/Granite Double Vanity
  • European style ensuite bathroom, finished in marble, granite and brushed nickel with a double glass rain shower and dual vanity.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • CayView Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
    SunRise Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
    Morgan's Loft Ensuite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Additional single bed/day bed.
  • Each bedroom is complimented with European style fixtures, marble flooring and granite vanities finished in brushed nickel. Large overhead rain showers and glass shower doors add to the contemporary design and provide a true sense of luxury and comfort. Professionally designed lighting and high vaulted ceilings with natural sun-lighting provided by crowning cupolas are just some of the features that are incorporated in each bedroom. Bedroom sizes and octagonal layout easily accommodate an additional bed to maximize sleeping options. CayView and SunRise bedroom suites have granite kitchenettes with deep stainless sinks, coffee makers and mini fridges.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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5

Kettlestone is our consistently five-star vacation

  • 5 of 5

Kettlestone is our consistently five-star vacation. Everything about it is superb, from the incredible beauty of the property to our gracious host, Mike Hornby. We love the privacy of Kettlestone; it is amazing to have such a beautiful resort all to ourselves. Our guest room, Sunrise, was huge, incredibly comfortable, and spotlessly clean everyday (Thank you, Michelle)! Our days were a glorious mixture of scuba diving, reading, backgammon, sunning, and napping. We took "full" advantage of the indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, grill, bar, and Mike's new pizza oven, and, amazingly gained only a couple of pounds! Now that we are home, we miss our nightly dips in the hot tub and the background rhythm of the ocean and the kettles. Thanks, Mike and Page, for another wonderful vacation; we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Your Own Private Resort - with a five star Consierge

  • 5 of 5

That is the only way to describe this place. I was very skeptical at first because I have traveled in the Caribbean, and it is very hit or miss unless you want to spend a small fortune. 99 times out of 100 the places are half as good as the pictures, and you end up settling for mediocrity in your accommodations for the beauty of your surroundings. THIS IS NOT THE CASE HERE! Mike and his staff have created an exceptional experience for anyone who stays in Kettlestone. The property and accommodations are at least as nice as any five star resort in the Caribbean, but the difference is always in the details and mike and his staff did not disappoint. His cook, Keshalee, cooked for us all but one night (we grilled steaks) and all of her meals were excellent. His housekeeper, Michellette, went out of her way to make out stay more comfortable, and Mike made sure he covered all the rest of the details to make this trip one my family and I will remember a very long time. There were 9 of us total, four adults and 5 teenagers and we ALL had a great time.

I recommend letting Mike arrange your fishing and or snorkeling. We did a snorkel for conch and Lobster with Moxie Charters and it was excellent. We caught over 30 conch and at least as many lobster.

I could write paragraphs on how nice the house, bathrooms, pool, dock, outdoor grill with wood burning pizza oven, and kitchen are, but I won't. I will simply say the pictures are great and they don't do justice to this place.

Like most nice places the difference is in the details and Mike and his staff have got them all covered. I counted 6 different types of whisks in his fully equipped gourmet kitchen. I generally only need one, but seriously Mike? Other details worth mentioning: motion-sensing lights on the steps leading to the dock, stainless steel nails in the dock decking, Andersen windows and doors, wifi enabled portable stereo and in room 4 cup coffee maker in each of the two villa suites.

I hesitate to compliment this place too much for fear of not being able to book it again, but it was fantastic. WE CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Unreal entertainers paradise! Great pool, outdoor & indoor kitchens, staff, and host!

  • 5 of 5

Mike has truly created the nicest private home away on Andros island! He has thought through every detail and lives on the property to handle anything you might dream up. This home is perfect for families or multiple couples looking for a remote paradise. Situated at the end of a private drive, we felt confident leaving our gear outside and as we've gotten to know many of the locals over many years of visiting Andros, we felt comfortable leaving our doors unlocked as well.

This home is even more beautiful than the pictures suggest, and unbelievable coral snorkeling, reef diving, and deep sea fishing are available starting right at the dock! From capturing lobster, conch, and fish for dinner to hanging out at the pool or entertaining others you may meet on the island; this is the spot!

Andros is very remote and uninhabited compared to the other Bahamian islands. It also has such an awesome and unique culture that includes great food and hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation at Kettlestone. The home was beyond our expectations...beautiful and comfortable in every way. The layout of the house is perfect for 3 couples...private suites with a great central gathering area for meals and relaxing. Gorgeous views, fabulous pool, even a car to use for exploring the Island! Having a daily housekeeper was such a treat! We traveled by boat, so that was a fun part of the adventure and allowed us to bring provisions and go fishing and diving anytime. We would recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in a luxurious home in a quiet beautiful Bahamas setting!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslie...you and your family were fantastic. I love your boat. Thank you for choosing KettleStone as your land based home away from home and so very happy that it was relaxing and enjoyable for you. We can't wait for your return visit. Michael
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Jackson, MS
5

Fantastic vacation. Beautiful property and views. Great staff.

  • 5 of 5

We recently finished our first trip to the Bahamas and KettleStone, and we cannot brag enough on the location. The home is very well built, and the layout is great for both privacy as well as social events. The pool area and view from the back of the house is simply amazing. Pictures cannot do it justice. We would highly recommend the chef prepared meals as every meal was 5 star quality. Mike and all of his staff go above and beyond to make your stay as easy as possible. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Robbie for taking the time to share your experiences at KettleStone...it is really appreciated and you and your fiance and friends were amazing. We were glad we could be a part in your proposal. Congratulations!!! Andros is a special place to us and we always enjoy seeing others experience the island's warm and comfortable charms. We can't wait until you return next visit. Michael
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Dublin, Ohio
5

Wow - An amazing place to sit back, relax and immerse yourself in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to KettleStone, but unlikely our last. The property is amazing and our family loved it. Given that we had not planned to do many adventures, but rather just sit back and relax, I was a little worried my 12 and 13 year old sons would get bored. Instead, we all enjoyed the pool and hot tub, snorkeled by the dock, did some shelling, and of course sat back and enjoyed the views (which are outstanding!). We also played Jenga, poker, scrabble, and backgammon (all games that were provided). There was also an adventure with the kayaks (let's just say dad is not very steady).

During the snorkeling (using the gear Mike had available for us, nice!) we got to see all kinds of fish, including a visit from the Barracuda. Sitting on the dock for a couple of hours, we watched dolphins go by, a family of large Cero, and a stingray. Not to mention the Navy Destroyer performing maneuvers a few miles out.

Mike is an outstanding host and the villa is amply supplied for your stay including towels, board games, a Bluetooth speaker, a FULLY stocked kitchen, snorkel gear, a Smart TV with DirecTv as well as Netflix and YouTube available, etc. We did not turn on the TV for the first 3 days and barely had it on over the week, which was terrific. During our seven day stay we did not encounter one thing that we wished we had brought and was not available.

Mike and his staff were wonderful and we enjoyed talking with Michette and Kishalee daily about potential activities, etc. We utilized Kishalee for four nights of dinners and when we go back, it will likely be every day. The meals were wonderful and you have to try the ribs and baked mac and cheese! I would also recommend taking advantage of the pre-shopping for groceries. It is an island with some limitations on what you may find in short order, but with some advance planning, you can get what you need. It is also very nice to show up and have everything stocked and ready to go, which let us be in the pool within 30 minutes of arrival.

We would truly recommend this place to anyone and have already talked with several friends who saw pictures before we went and wanted an update after the trip. My simple response, is it was even better in person.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to meet you and your family Jess and we all thank you for the kind words. It is always nice to hear that KettleStone is well received and that you found the villa better in person than imagined. We strive to make our guests vacation as seamless as possible and always appreciate it when guests take time from their busy schedules to share their experience with others. Thank you and we really look forward to your next visit...Michael
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Standard occupancy is six(6) persons. Maximum occupancy is eight (8) persons (by agreement only) subject to a $50/adult/day or $25/child/day surcharge. Child is under age 15 (no additional charge for infants under 2) CayView & SunRise will easily accommodate an additional single bed each.
Morgans Loft is not suitable for young children, the elderly or infirm as access is via a radial stone staircase.
A/C energy surcharge of $15/day per A/C unit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.