|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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As a 26 year homeowner on nearby Elbow Cay, I always had a special feeling about Man O War Cay and wished I could become a 'MOW boy'. After selling my Elbow Cay home in 2009, I decided, despite advancing age, that I wanted to buy a cottage in the village, on MOW. We found one for sale called 'Low Overhead' and it had recently been renovated down to the studs. We figured it had been named 'Low Overhead' to emphasize that it would be inexpensive to maintain. It's pale yellow siding, blue metal roof, and white picket fence captivated us. When we arrived to see it we were very surprised to find that the ceiling height was 6'2' hence the real 'Low Overhead'. We bought it anyway and re-named it 'Lost and Found' and started renovations again with our caretaker Glenn Albury doing the work. We took out the second floor, put in beams to stiffen the cottage, and added a tongue and groove ceiling thus creating a wide open cathedral ceiling. We enlarged a storage room and made it into the master bedroom, a laundry room, and a bathroom with a large tiled shower (shower together and save water). We bought all new furniture, mattresses, bedding, linens and flat screen TVs for both bedrooms and the living room. We tiled all rooms and added a new central air conditioning unit. We have cable TV with the sports channels and internet service. The kitchen is very well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave oven, coffee maker and a new refrigerator. All this was new in 2013. The house has its own standby generator which runs everything when occasionally there is a power outage. Our golf cart is included and you may use our dock for your rental boat.
ALL ABOUT MOW
A clean and industrious island, we don't even let the garbage spend the night. Historically the boat building capital of the Bahamas and boat building and boat maintenance still play an important role. The harbourfront street is very interesting with marine businesses and workshops open to the street. The local people are religious, hard working, straight forward, and friendly. The whole atmosphere reminds one of life 50 years ago. After a day or two of exploring, you'll be wishing you lived here. Naturally the biggest attractions are the beaches and the clearest water you will ever see. These beaches run almost the whole length of the island and with their white sand are drop dead gorgeous. Once out of the village, the roads are sand as you wind your way past beautiful estates always with a view of the water. This is the Queen's Highway, barely wide enough for 2 golf carts to pass. Mid island you come to the 'Low Spot' where the island is about 15' wide. There is a beautiful beach on the calm side (Sea of Abaco) and the locals have built a gazebo there so that you can get out of the sun or have a picnic. It is highly recommended that you rent a boat and explore the Sea of Abaco which is protected and very interesting.
STORES AND SHOPS
There are 2 grocery stores. MOW Grocery on the upper street is the largest and has a complete stock of groceries and sundries. In addition the store usually has some baked snacks made by the local ladies. Albury's Grocery on the harbor is smaller but very complete and may just be the neatest store you ever see with not a can or bottle out of place. Shop at Joe's Studio for hats, T shirts, clothing, Books (many Bahamian), household furnishings and gifts. The Seaside Boutique sells Androsia fabric and clothes made from it. A must see is the Sailshop on the harbor at the edge of the village. The friendly ladies who work in this breeze swept building must have the best work environment in the world. Their canvas luggage, bags, and purses with the MOW logo are fabulous and guaranteed for life.
RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
MOW is a dry island and spirits cannot be purchased here. You can, however, purchase them in Marsh Harbour or on other islands and bring them here. You can bring them to the restaurants and they'll ice down your wine or provide mixers. The DOCK AND DINE restaurant is on the dock at Man O War Marina. Fresh fish, conch, and crawfish (lobster) is available and wonderful along with different meats. The same is available and also very good at the ISLANDER restaurant. Local ladies advertise take away lunches and dinners they cook at home with signs on the telephone poles- delicious! Last but not least is Miss Lola, a MOW institution who bakes wonderful Bahamian bread and cinnamon buns. She goes around selling from her golf cart. Try to resist her- I can't.
TWO OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO ON MOW
1. Take your rental boat in the late afternoon or evening, with drinks and snacks of course, and slowly cruise the whole harbor and even the rest of the island.
2. After dinner have ice cream at the snack shop (milk shakes, malts, banana splits, and sundaes and very good ice cream). Interesting because many local families come down with kids in tow and its fun to listen and talk.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
Explore the Sea of Abaco in your rental boat. It is about 10 to 15' deep with very few dangers. The clarity of the water will quickly help you pick out shallow areas. From MOW you can head north or south. Heading north there are many small islands at the edge of the ocean. The last one before Scotland Cay has a natural hot tub. Anchor off the beach at low to mid tide and you will find the pool at the rocks at the edge of the ocean. At high tide seawater comes into the sand bottom pool and as the tide lowers is captured and heated by the sun. What a wonderful place!!! Next north is Scotland Cay, a private island. At the north end is a lagoon which looks like the South Seas. Wonderful to anchor and swim. Just trim your motor and glide over the shallow bar. Next is Guana Cay with an interesting village and several restaurants. Guana is home to Nipper's, a very popular oceanfront bar and restaurant with 2 swimming pools. Their Sunday brunch featuring wild boar is well attended. Near the north end is Baker's Bay a new resort for the rich and famous and you. It has a golf course and marina. Feel free to tie up and have lunch or a drink at their dockside Tiki Hut. Go around the north end of the island and you will experience the most beautiful beach in the world. Stay between the beach and the reef. On a calm day you can venture to Green Turtle Cay, a most interesting island. Explore the village and then motor around to White Sound and have lunch at the G.T. Club or the Bluff house. There is much to see here and I've just skimmed the surface. A reef runs the whole Oceanside of these islands for those who like to snorkel or dive. One can also visit Treasure Cay with its fabulous beach and marina with restaurant and swimming pool. Going south from MOW, the next island is Elbow Cay and its village of Hope Town, famous for its red and white striped lighthouse. Interesting village with restaurants, shops, art galleries, etc. Take your boat right up to your table at the Harbour's Edge restaurant and do the same at Capn Jacks. About 1 mile south of Hope Town is Firefly Resort. Beautiful open air dining. Try their lobster fritters. Down in White Sound is the Abaco Inn with swimming pool on the ocean and good food. Also in White Sound is Sea Spray Resort also with pool and good food. South end of island is Tahiti Beach a great spot for a swim. Further south is Lubbers Quarters Cay with 2 popular restaurants. Continuing south is Tilloo Cay banks, a shallow area for swimming. Next are the Pelican Cays. Anchor off and you'll think you are in the South Seas. To the west is Sandy Cay, a national underwater park, with an extensive reef in the Sea of Abaco. Further south past Lynyard Cay (nice beaches) is Little Harbour, the southern end of the Sea of Abaco. Home of the Johnson family- artists and famous for sculptures. Proceeded by his father Randy, Pete carries on the family tradition. Have lunch at his wreck of a bar and grill and visit the gallery. These are just the highlights of the Sea of Abaco. There is much more to see and do. A word about the local hotels. You are welcome to visit and feel free to use their pools. They just hope you will buy a drink or have a meal. In my opinion there is no other place like this.
From first contact / booking the property / to departure at the dock, everything as described, very helpful staff,
all the features of a nice kept home, good location, restaurants close by with a nice menu selection, grocery
store behind the home. Would highly recommend the location and property for a tranquil, scenic getaway.
Loved the island.
...the perfect island home to experience Man O War. This house is beautifully appointed to enjoy your stay. Clean as a whistle! Fully stocked kitchen and a super little golf cart to see the island. The caretaker met us at the ferry and within 2 minutes we were at Lost & Found. She was fabulous and a shared a wealth of island history, not to mention being a genuinely nice person. Because we chose to spend our 12 days during MOW's 'low' season, we were able to get to know so many welcoming people. If you are looking for masses of people, bars, traffic jams, casinos, Home Depot's, malls or high rises you may want to check into the main land! We rented a 20' Albury Brothers center console from Conch Pearl Boat Rentals, super accommodating owners and did I mention a beautiful boat built locally on MOW? Thanks to the detailed information from the owners of Lost & Found we were able to comfortably explore the islands in the chain of nearby islands. Highly recommend the Dock & Dine restaurant...they have amazing chefs that won't disappoint AND they offer a nice selection of beer & wine. MOW grocery is located behind the house, sooo convenient. I could go on and on, but I guess really all I need to say is we are planning our next visit to Lost & Found and MOW.
My cousin docked his sailboat at MOW for the winter so twin cousins and their hubbies went to visit for a week and stayed in this lovely VRBO - Lost and Found. The home is conveniently located near the marina, and is behind the well-stocked local grocery store. It is also within walking distance to two near-by restaurants and shops which were fun to peruse. The golf cart that comes with the rental was used to get to nearby beautiful beaches on both sides of the island. The kitchen is well-equipped, the beds very comfortable, the A/C units keep the house nice and cool, there were plenty of linens…..even a BBQ pit on the patio. The caretakers met us at the dock to greet us and help with our luggage, and it was nice to know there was someone nearby should we have needed to call for assistance.
We highly recommend you try Hibiscus Café early in your trip as you will want to go back! We were lucky and caught snapper two days which the chef/owner of Hibiscus Café, Neil Albury, cooked for us several ways: coconut fried, grilled, blackened and piccata style. Delish! Dock & Dine at the marina is another option for dining out. Just remember everything on MOW is closed on Sunday so plan ahead for meals at home if you stay on the island. Day trips to other islands are easily arranged through Albury Ferry. Just ask at the grocery store, and if you are nice they will even dial the number for you!
My wife and I stayed at Lost and Found for 2 weeks in June of 2015. We loved the house and the Caretakers were very nice. The house was very clean, everything worked, and it was in an ideal location. It was centrally located, so we rarely needed to use the included golf cart. The electricity, cable TV, and the WIFI were very reliable during our stay. We played the Diamond Scrabble every night. We rented a boat from Waterways for our vacation and the property's dock was convenient for our many off-island adventures
My husband and I stayed at this sweet little house for almost 2 weeks in May of 2015. It is a beautiful house that has been recently updated and was so comfortable and relaxing. The location is ideal ~ directly behind the Man O' War grocery store, and an easy walk to anything and everything in town. Having the golf cart included was a great bonus, and we traveled to each end of the island. The community here is very family-oriented and the fact that MOW is a dry island helps it stay wonderfully clean. Unlike other places in The Bahamas, there was nearly no trash anywhere on the beaches or alongside the roads. The house is perfectly comfortable, with the full kitchen stocked with all the dishes and cooking pans and utensils, and with air conditioning. The internet service was fast and reliable, and the cable TV service was excellent. We did not use the second bedroom or bath, but the bed in the master bedroom was really comfy, and the furniture was comfy as well. The caretakers are friendly and helpful, and took care to ask on our last day about any ideas we had for anything that could be improved. We honestly could not think of anything at all! This place is a gem. And this quiet island community is so safe that we could leave the house unlocked, leave the key in the golf cart, and leave our stuff on the beach while we snorkeled with no concern about theft. What a wonderful place! We look forward to coming back, and would definitely book at Lost and Found again!
This was one of many times visiting Man O War. We came by boat many years ago and enjoyed it so much we keep coming back. This is the third time we have stayed for 2 weeks and this time we chose to stay in town. Lost and Found is a lovely cottage with everything you need or could want. The sports channels made it possible for us to watch our state rival football game plus lots more. We took our Roku from home and watched movies easily, too. The cottage is very comfortable with awesome beds (great for old bones), and a very nice sitting arrangement in the living area. The kitchen is well equipped and has lovely beach china to fit the theme of the home. The grocery store is directly behind the house making it easy to get groceries anytime. We rented a boat and had a great time visiting the other islands. There are a few games there, too. We played Parcheesee and I creamed my husband 6_3!
We were sad to leave but know we will be back. MOW is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. I will miss my new friends there, too.
The island is best enjoyed by those who love the sea, love boating, and prefer a quiet locale that seems like 50 years ago. Very safe and clean. When arriving at the ferry dock our golf cart (Lost & Found on the sides) will be waiting for you and our caretakers also if they are available at that moment. To get to the cottage turn left out of the parking lot and go about .2 miles and turn right just past the entrance to Man O War Marina. This is Uncle Tweedy's Lane and our house is the first on the left. The lane is narrow and we prefer to just go around the block and arrive from above where the turn is easier.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
No pets are allowed
Cancellations for one week's rental with 30 days notice- deposit will be refunded
For every additional week rented, add 14 days to the above for deposit refunding
Cancellations less than 30 days before arrival will result in loss of deposit.
Four people maximum
Check in 3:00PM and Check out 10:00AM (or check with Charmaine)
3 people will be charged as 4 people
A month is considered to be 28 days
OWNER'S CANCELLATION POLICY listed below is incorrect (see above for policy)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.