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Skyward Beach House has a perfect location in the settlement of Hope Town - it stands forty yards back from the dune on a safe sandy, usually deserted oceanfront beach, with direct beach access. Apart from our one-bedroom beach cabin, which can be rented in conjunction with the main house (see vrbo 140939) it''s the only property on a rarely used sandy lane leading fron the village to the beach, totally private and secluded, on it's own open, shrub-planted yard, which is surrounded on all sides by a palm grove and other trees. The beach cabin will not generally be rented separately during a rental of the main house. No other property within the settlement is so peaceful and private yet convenient to everything. The backdrop to living here is the sound of the ocean at all times, and some wonderful birdlife.
The house, wood-sided and with a Bermuda roof, is informal, colourful, light, bright; a major feature of all the rooms are the artist's watercolour paintings of Hope Town scenes of all kinds. It's very much a family 'home', not glitzy, fussy or modern, but a comfortable, comprehensively equipped beach home where up to six people can relax. with seating for more, both inside and out. Suitable for children but not for toddlers because of the spiral stairs and open spaces on the mezzanine and the upper deck. The internal access is a wide, easy wooden spiral staircase with good handrail, from the ground to the top mezzanine floor.
You enter the house on the north side via steps to a small front porch and the entrance hall. The floors throughout the house are of wood. The spiral stairs go up from here. On this first floor are two bedrooms and one full bathroom.
Bedroom 1 has a queen-size bed, plus a king-size sofa bed, built-in clothes closet with hanging rail and shelves, dressing table with big mirror, sink, bedside tables and lamps, ceiling fan, tower fan, wall-mounted air conditioning unit. There are windows on two sides, south and west. It also has a small deck facing west onto a private back yard.planted with shrubs, where there are Adirondack chairs and a hammock.
Bedroom 2 has a queen-size bed, built in clothes closet with hanging rail and shelves, chest of drawers, sink, bedside tables and lamps, full length wall mounted mirror, ceiling fan, tower fan, wall-mounted air conditioning unit. It has it's own small deck facing north, beside the front porch and facing the path to the beach. There are windows on three sides facing north, east and south.
The full bathroom has a shower, sink, toilet, and linen closet. Accessed from the rear of this bathroom there is a spacious open-air outdoor shower.
In the entrance hall are a standard lamp, wicker chest, hooks for coats and jackets.
The spiral stairs lead from the entrance hall up to the second floor, cathedral-ceilinged living area. This room is light-filled with wonderful views. It comprises kitchen, dining and sitting areas - the entire footprint of the house - with windows on all four sides, decks on two sides, uninterrupted ocean views. With this arrangement you can always find a breeze from one direction or another.
The kitchen area extends the full width of the western end of the room. It has a long tiled work counter with breakfast bar and four captain's chairs the other side of the counter; the stove is inset into this work counter. There is a large sink with work surface each side facing windows across the full width of this west wall, storage cupboards under all, wall shelving unit, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and most of the small electrical kitchen appliances to be found in any family home. Large fridge/freezer. Plenty of pots and pans, dinner and glassware, cutlery. More than enough for entertaining. The telephone for free local calls, others with a card) is in the kitchen area. There is a fixed VHFl unit in the kitchen.
The dining area has a table to seat six/eight people; the table is of wood, glass-topped with an inset, handmade seaglass design. There are eight dining chairs.
The living area at the eastern end of the room has two comfortable three-seater sofas, two armchairs (one reclining); a glass-topped coffee table, side tables, computer/work corner, lamps, bookcases with many books, TV and DVD player. Large, almost full width sliding doors give onto an east, ocean-facing deck, with patio table, chairs, sun umbrella; perfect for breakfast, or cocktails.
There is a half-bathroom off the kitchen area consisting of a vanity unit with large mirror over, and a toilet.
On the south side, sliding glass doors open onto a long wide deck, furnished with Adirondack chairs and low table, also a big, high, square table with eight or nine high wooden swivel bar stools. perfect for outdoor eating, or entertaining. This deck continues towards the ocean and a large, lower, more sheltered deck, where there are two sunloungers, a couple of wicker chairs and a coffee table. This deck in turn has a flight of stairs which access the sand path to the beach.
From the long, south side deck a flight of stairs leads up to a small, private south-facing deck with wide benches on three sides, perfect for sunbathing; from here there is a wide, sturdy fixed wooden ladder with handgrips leading up
to the top deck/widow's walk, also with built-in bench seating, and a glorious, 360' view of the ocean and beach, the settlement, the harbour, the lighthouse, and beyond. Great for sunsets, sunrises, stargazing.
From the living area, the spiral stairs rise to the small mezzanine loft area which overlooks the living room. Here there is a queen size futon, chest of drawers, hatstand with clothes hangers, small computer table, bookshelves, and a window facing south. It's a good place for a teenager to sleep; not suitable for sleeping young children as the sides are too open for safety. It's also a wonderful place for any adult/s to sleep who love to also watch the moonlight and/or the sweep of the lighthouse beam throughout the night.
Outside, the yard is sand with trees and shrubs, the sandy path runs past it directly to the beach access just steps from the house. There is the outside shower, a covered washing line, and the five rainwater cisterns which are sunk into the ground. On the west side is the small, private picket-fenced yard with hammock and Adirondack chairs, good place to hide and read.
Although the property is only one minute walk from the village main street, once you're there you're entirely secluded from the outside world; it's so light, quiet, green, with every window a joy to look out of. Safe space outside for children to play, run, explore, and far enough from any other property that they're not going to bother anyone else.
All in all, if you love the thought of an older style, light, airy, relaxing, family beach home of character with all the amenities you need, on an unspoiled, peaceful island, quiet yet close to everything, you'd have to look hard to find one better than Skyward Beach House.
We stayed for 8 nights in April and had a wonderful stay. The beach is just over the dune, a 30 second walk and it feels like you have your own private beach with the most amazing sea to just frolic in. Would not hesitate to book again. Air con units in the downstairs bedrooms to keep you cool, fans upstairs. It really is a place where you can get away from it all and no need for a golf cart as you can walk into Hopetown in minutes. We hired a boat for a week and docked it at the public docks a few minutes walk away which was perfect for exploring and island hopping. Would love to come back some day!
Our family of four spent eight days at Skyward Beach House in March, 2015. It was a wonderful experience! It is a very special place, and the owner is terrific. We have two teenage sons, one 14 and the other 18, and my husband's brother joined us for half our time. The house offered plenty of room, incredible beach views and access and the ever present sound of the pounding waves!! We really couldn't have asked for a better place. We came to Hopetown for five years in a row about a decade ago. Our stay at Skyward Beach House offered us the perfect place from which to get to know Hopetown again. We can't imagine ever staying elsewhere if we are able to make it back to Hopetown in the future. Enjoy!
We are a family of 5 and we really enjoyed our time in this house. For us it was perfect. It is set back from the beach by a little pathway but you can see the ocean from the main level. We all loved the 'widows walk' at the top, an amazing view of the beach, ocean on one side and the light house on the other. Star gazing was cool too. The house is unique and my boys had to take turns sleeping in the loft room, they thought that was neat. The sounds of the waves at night were great. We liked that it was 'in town' so you didn't need a cart but also felt secluded as well. It was very convenient for us. The boys loved the beach and waves and spent a lot of time making sand castles and body surfing. It has spiral stairs and a loft so it may be hard with little kids but our kids are older. We had a relaxing week with beautiful weather every day:)
Elbow Cay is one of the Abaco Out Islands of the Bahamas, with much history; five miles long by a max. of a quarter of a mile wide. Population around 500, mostly Bahamian, some Haitian. Hope Town is the only settlement on the island - a prettyvillage of painted wooden cottages and houses set around a beautiful harbour with it's famous red and white candy-striped lighthouse, the last manned, non-automated lighthouse, at the harbour entrance. To the north is a sandy track, ocean and bayside beaches and private homes. To the south is a paved road to White Sound and Tahiti Beach, various residential developments, an inn, and two small resorts. Beautiful empty sand beaches to explore, golf carts and bicycles to rent. Great swimming and snorkelling from the deserted town beaches; a few small resorts for dining and drinking; one or two bar/restaurants at the harbour's edge. The charm of Hope Town lies in its old-time simplicity, quiet, relaxing unspoiled village atmosphere, perfect empty beaches, swimming, snorkelling and boating close at hand, enough restaurants, bars, entertainment, and small stores, but not too many or too much Very low key, romantic. A small treasure, if what you love is all or any of the above.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
50% on booking, payable by US cheque or a bank draft, to a mailing address in Florida. Remaining 50% payable one month before arrival