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A charming, classic Bahamian coral stone home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

The Convent is a classic Bahamian coral stone home, constructed in 1834, and restored by interior designer Tom Scheer with recent updates by Margaret Naeve, antique dealer and designer from Houston, Texas. The Convent once served as a home to the nuns teaching at the Catholic school. It's conveniently located in the heart of Dunmore town, one block from the bay, steps from the Rock House and the Landing, and a short walk from Harbor Island's famous three mile pink sands beach.

Accommodations include four bedrooms (three above, and one at ground level), each with an en suite bath. The master bedroom, with king size bed, has a beautiful white-washed peck cypress cathedral ceiling, and access to the spacious wrap-around porch. Two guest rooms are located on either side of the master bedroom. One is fitted with a queen-size bed, and the second with twin beds. Both rooms have views to the garden, and open to the porch. A study alcove with writing desk is located adjacent to the upstairs bedrooms.

The balcony/porch overlooks the garden and pool. Two daybeds make this a perfect place for outdoor lounging.

A fourth bedroom is located on the ground floor, situated off the garden and courtyard. This bedroom has its own private entrance.

The entry to the home leads to open living and dining areas. Ideal for family enjoyment, the living space is furnished with comfortable seating by Janus et Cie, blended with a mixture of French and Swedish antiques.

The kitchen features peck cypress cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Open upper shelves showcase the beautiful old blue and white Cuban tiles.

The outdoor space is as inviting as the interior of this lovely home - accentuated by one of the largest pools on the island. A large covered porch with a dining table and spacious couches is adjacent to the pool and garden.

The convent has air conditioning, television, and internet access. The attentive housekeeper can arrange anything needed to make your Harbor Island stay enjoyable.

More Details

Property Manager
Vivien Naeve
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

What makes this house unique

After several vacation trips to Harbor island, I set my heart on finding my own house on the island. By good fortune, the Covent became available, and I fell in love with it at first sight. You will too!


Dunmore Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom; powder room located on ground floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beamed pecky cypress ceiling; master opens to wide porch
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second upstairs bedroom also opens to porch
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ground floor with private entrance
  • King sized bed in Master bedroom, queen beds in one upstairs bedroom and in the downstairs bedroom, twin beds in the remaining upstairs bedroom.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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A charming, classic Bahamian coral stone home
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

This is our third year in a row at Convent and we fully expect next year will be four.

  • 5 of 5

Harbour Island is a special place on its own merits – but the combination of location, space, décor, outdoor space/pool, staff and extremely gracious owner (Vivien) at Convent conspire to deliver an exceptional island experience.

HI is about being outside (particularly the stunning beach) - but after spending long hours at the beach – we loved coming back to relax by the pool (sometimes it gets windy on the beach), grill and host friends in the extensive outdoor seating areas.

To assist with your stay, Vivien has assembled a dedicated team of on island personnel (Clenide, Smith and Rocky). The ad mentions housekeeping included – that understates things a bit. Clenide (as pleasant as can be) is at the house for 4-5 hrs a day:

• All bathrooms/bedrooms tended daily

• All floors swept/mopped daily

• Fresh towels daily - linens as necessary/requested (the sheets are ironed!)

• Personal laundry items washed per request (she ironed our t-shirts!)

I mentioned we like to grill a few nights and Smith always ensures the outdoor area is fully cleaned and ready to go. If you need charcoal/lighter fluid - just let Smith know.

We had a great stay at Convent – and look forward to returning next year!

Thanks again Vivien!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

First time to H.I and such a wonderful introduction. The house is well located for all amenities, beautifully designed and the Owner couldn't have been more helpful. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The island and the house was relaxing. Great staff

  • 4 of 5

The house was old and charming. The neighborhood was very friendly. Everyone involved with the property were super attentive, but gave us our space.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The perfect Bahamian home, tons of charm and beautifully appointed.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Ga.

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The Convent was in the most perfect place on the island. It is about 4 blocks from the Gov't Dock when you arrive ( we got a golf cart ride to it because of the luggage) and a few blocks from 2 great coffee shops and the center of the island ( for groceries, hardware store, etc..). The house is beautifully decorated and private. The owner and the housekeeper/caretakers were attentive and wonderful. I traveled with 4 other friends ( 5 in total) and we each felt like we had alot of private space but also enjoyed the large living room, big back porch for coffee and the large pool. We will definitely return! P.S. Ross Rentals,for a large golf cart,was great and we used Jeff Fox for some amazing snorkeling trips. The golf cart was wonderful for getting to all the beach restaurants at night, so highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pacific Grove CA

Beautiful, elegant, comfortable, perfectly restored ancient house. Great pool, huge yard.

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect visit!!! The ancient house is so welcoming. The owner is lovely and gracious. Her staff are outstanding!

The wonderful old house has been restored perfectly. It's historical character is highlighted in the outstanding work and materials. The interior design is beautiful and understated, with spaces that are large and comfortable. The linens are soft and luxurious. The house has central air conditioning which is amazing and unusual in very old houses in the Bahamas. The house is located between the beach in the harbor, at the edge of Dunmore town... It is near everything but quiet and peaceful.

Our party of eight people found plenty of spaces to be together and plenty of spaces for privacy. The kitchen is beautiful and functional with nice appliances… The ice machine is a real bonus! We prepared some amazing meals and enjoyed the ability to barbecue outside. The outdoor living space is great for evenings. The pool is fantastic! It remains very warm, heated only by the sun.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Straw Market
Car: not necessary

The Convent is a classic Bahamian coral stone house, built in 1834. It's located one block from the bay, steps away from the Rock House and the Landing. Harbor Island's famous three mile pink sand beach is a short walk away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $1,000

Manager'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.