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Restored Loyalist cottage, cathedral ceiling, generator ,air cond,golf cart incl

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

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 30' 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---- MOW Grocery on the upper street has a complete stock of groceries and sundries. In addition the store usually has some baked snacks made by the local ladies. 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 Sail Shop 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 HIBISCUS 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. Sadly Miss Lola's health no longer allows her to bake but other local ladies do bake and you should try their Bahamian bread and pies.

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.

More Details

Owner
Dick Rothenberg
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We're delighted that you enjoyed "Lost & Found" and hope you will consider a return trip. I'm guessing from your review that you did not rent a boat. Perhaps next time you will as that's when you will discover the best that Abaco has to offer.
Jan 2017
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Amenities

Hope Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Restored Loyalist cottage, cathedral ceiling, generator ,air cond,golf cart incl
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews
5

Amazing find on MOW!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is absolutely gorgeous. In addition, it is well stocked and very well taken care of. The beach is just a short drive away. The layout of the house is wonderful, with the bedrooms on opposite sides of the living room and kitchen. Each room has a little privacy. The grocery store is right next door, so you don't have to go far for food, and the locals are amazing! I would highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed our cottage. Man O War is a unique island and a short ride on our golf cart takes you anywhere.
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay as usual! Great cottage on an amazing island!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything you would need ..

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a great location to access your boat, take a short ride to many beaches, and has all the necessary comforts. Nights are quiet and the people very friendly.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Stay in Man O War

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully remodeled house on a tranquil Island in the Bahamas. Convenient to all activities and the grocery store is right behind the house. There was not 1 thing that we could complain about with the property or the vacation. Everything was exactly as described and the photos are spot on. We traveled with another couple and the manner in which the house is laid out worked perfectly for the later sleepers and early risers. We loved it so much, we hope to travel back in the near future!!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Back to Man-O-War Cay

  • 4 of 5

After visiting the Abaco area over 20 years ago on a sailboat we returned in February to find it just as endearing as back then. Our visit was enhanced by our stay at "Lost and Found", a 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage in the centre of town and within a few steps of the grocery store and the harbour-front.

The only 2 improvements we would suggest are:

- a couple of lounging chairs to compliment the upright chairs

- maybe sometime, a upper deck for an improved view including the water front

Friendly helpful cottage managers. Even the local cat was friendly. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lost and Found Treasure

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed for a week in this cute, comfortable cottage. The 2 bedrooms, 2 baths were perfect for us as we could each have our own space. Having cable with WIFI was great and the 3 TV's made us feel like we were at home during the evenings when there was not much else to do. The golf cart is a real plus as we could travel easily and discover the quaintness of this small key. We enjoyed the Dock and Dine restaurant for lunch and dinner. There are no breakfast places and only one more restaurant which is a downside to such a small Island. It was relaxing and an easy vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Marsh Harbour
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Hope Town
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Albury's Ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Treasure Cay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Dock and Dine
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Man O War oceanside
Car: not necessary

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 1/4 mile 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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

No pets are allowed
Cancellations for one week's rental with 30 days notice before arrival- 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)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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