About the property
- House1400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House - great for long term stays
Your worries will disappear as you drive into the yard and catch your first glimpse of the turquoise waters directly in front of MeltAway Cottage (a non-smoking property). We are located just 8 minutes by car east of George Town in Masters Harbour, Bahama Sound 11 West.
The house is situated directly on the water’s edge across from an expansive sandbar (bonefish flats). Our two-story house has a spacious open floor plan that includes a 200 sq.ft. screened porch as well as a partially shaded patio area. From either vantage point you can greet the day peacefully with your morning coffee/tea and kick back and relax at day’s end while enjoying a beverage, grilling a steak and marveling at the spectacular sunsets as you recount the day’s adventures.
MeltAway Cottage is a fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2-bath home with an additional loft space that can be used for sleeping or storage. We just installed new hurricane proof/low-e windows throughout the house (April 2018). There is no air-conditioning in the loft space but there is a wall fan. The linens/pillows are new and or are constantly replaced. Bedrooms have newly installed ceiling fans as well as air conditioning. The twin beds upstairs have new “Leesa” mattresses (April 2018). Closets have plenty of hangers and storage space for your personal effects. We just put a new air conditioning system in the main living area (kitchen/living room). This system also helps to cool down the open loft area. The kitchen has stainless appliances (large French door fridge/freezer, microwave, stove/oven) with a complete set of cookware and small appliances (coffee maker, kettle, waffle maker, toaster, blender, mini-chopper). The dining area can seat up to twelve people (8 comfortably at the table when extended and 4 on bar stools at the islands). There is also a Weber BBQ in the screened porch with utensils for your grilling needs. We also just installed new ceiling fans in the screened porch for those days when we don't get a breeze.
We have recently connected to city water and have a fresh water cistern available as back-up.
The partially shaded patio in front of the house has lounge chairs and a hammock. There are three kayaks available for your use (1 single and 1 tandem Hobie kayak and an Ocean kayak that is specifically suited for young adults. Life jackets for adults are also available – 1 XL and 2 ML. We also added a new inflatable stand-up paddle board (SUP) for your enjoyment.
We have telephone (up and down), internet and cable (CBS4, FOX, NBC, ABC plus 2 Bahamian Stations). The internet is not as high-speed as you are used to at home but it is just fine for checking emails and Skyping family and friends. We also have Apple TV and a hard drive with a wide selection of movies for all ages that you are welcome to use. There is an IPOD dock available so please bring your music from home. We tend to listen to internet radio through the TV. We also have several games for the family (Yahtzee, monopoly and scrabble). Guests have started leaving books so we also have a small library.
You will find everything you need for your stay in and around George Town - grocery stores, a fantastic butcher shop (Prime Island Meats), restaurants/bars, liquor stores, bank machines (Scotia Bank/Royal Bank), gas station and you can purchase local souvenirs at the straw market and other small stores in town.
Exuma offers an abundance of sun, sand and sea as well as incredibly friendly people. Stretch out on a lounge chair and catch some rays or take a dip in the ocean in front of the house to start your day. Depending on the tide you can walk or kayak to the sandbar across from the house. There is also decent snorkeling along the shoreline so bring your gear. After our visit from Hurricane Matthew there's no telling what treasures you will find in the channel!
There are many spectacular beaches on both Great and Little Exuma that are accessible by car (a rental car is a must on the island). We have beach chairs, parasail beach blankets with tent pegs and beach towels that you can pack in the car as well as a few beach toys for your stay.
Being on or close to the water is what probably drew you to Exuma. Hop in the kayaks and paddle the shoreline or venture across to the nearby islands at high tide. The sand flats to the west are excellent for bone fishing. You can also arrange to have a guide with a boat pick you up right at the house. Renting a boat in George Town (Minns) also allows access to all the beaches of Elizabeth Harbor and Stocking Island. Sightseeing, adventure tours (swim with the pigs, visit the iguanas, snorkel in underwater caves at Thunderball Grotto) and SCUBA diving trips can be also arranged in town.
If you enjoy daily walks/running you can lace up your sneakers and safely walk/run the many roads in the neighbourhood or with the proper footwear explore the rocky shoreline. Folks are friendly so introduce yourself along the way.
If golf is your passion call and book a tee time and head north approximately 16 miles to Sandals Emerald Bay Resort and The Emerald Reef Golf Course (designed by Greg Norman).
A detailed PDF document will be provided to you that will give you tips on what to bring, detailed directions to various beaches and contact phone numbers to assist you in booking excursions. We will also be happy to answer your questions if you want to email or call us
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Sandy Teiman
After living and working in the Canadian Arctic (Iqaluit, Nunavut) for over 34 years we decided that our retirement would lead us to a vacation property in the Bahamas. We moved from Nunavut and have retired to a lakefront home outside of Northbrook, Ontario. We love living by the water no matter where we are.
Sandy Teiman purchased this House in 2015
Why Sandy Teiman chose Exuma
After viewing several properties on both sides of the island we decided that the south side of the island suited our life style. We love to be on the water with our kayaks so a property with a boat well was what we chose. We are located close to several of the most amazing, almost deserted beaches one will ever find so we have the best of both worlds. The area is safe and a fabulous setting for couples, family vacations and obviously it's a retiree’s paradise.
What makes this House unique
MeltAway cottage offers tranquility, tropical breezes, beautiful vistas from a large screened porch, spectacular sunsets, star gazing with no light pollution, rustling palm trees and water lapping in the boat well with the tides right beside the house. Swimming is safe and you can literally walk to the sandbar (bonefish flats) off the porch steps at low tide. We just put in a small sand filled lagoon to make water access even easier for young children.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Star gazing, gentle breezes, warm waters, cozy home, amazing views and so much more.
We have just returned home from a 2 week stay at MeltAway and it did not disappoint. Nestled into a beautiful private location right on the magnificent Exuma waters. No greater feeling then, getting up in the morning and within a few steps you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee while watching the many different types of fish and our morning visits from Mr. Turtle; to kayaking to the different islands and sandbar in front of the house where you can take long walks during low tide; to snorkeling just in front of the house during high tide; to our afternoons of swimming and relaxing on the Aquaglide while laughing at our Caribbean Heron catching fish; and we were even blessed with visits from baby nurse & lemon sharks that are so amusing to watch go around in little circles; then heading into the evenings enjoying the BBQ and cold drinks in the very much thought out screened in porch where you can relax after a day of fun in the sun and watch the most beautiful sunsets; and when it’s finally time to call it a day open all the windows and enjoy the breeze while listening to the waves and looking up at the breathtaking stars. Sandy & David have thought of everything, and I mean everything, their home lacks nothing. Island people are the kindest you'll ever meet, always smiling and we enjoyed many outings during our stay but nothing beat coming back to relax at MeltAway. We had everything we needed right there and enjoyed all that Sandy & David have worked so hard to achieve. They have created a home away from home where people can make their own memories. MeltAway is exactly as described. The owners are honest, thoughtful, kind hearted people who return your messages within no time. Our 2018 vacation is one we will never forget as are the memories of our cherished new friends that we meet along the way. Thank you for sharing your piece of heaven with us, we are forever grateful. Island time! something we are hoping to achieve a little more of now that we are home. It was indeed the perfect getaway. MeltAway IS total Bliss. Ann & Ernie, NB, Canada
Great property, perfectly located
Such a great place. I love this island so much and the meltaway was just perfect for us. Everything was just as described, very clean and well equipped with everything you may need. Sandy and David made it very easy to get in and get out only wish I could of stayed longer. Thanks again will definitely be renting this place again.
Thank you so much for the lovely review of MeltAway. David and I were very pleased to hear that you had a great time on the island and enjoyed the house as much as we do.
We look forward to hearing from you again in the future. All the best!
Sandy & David
Aptly named, Meltaway Cottage is a place to relax and unwind! Yes, there is always something to do if you want to, but the cottage is located in a very peaceful location on the island, with its own little beach and plenty of amenities such as kayaks and beach chairs, etc, but mornings and evenings on the sweet screened porch and reconnecting with yourselves instead of humanity is optimum! That reference is to the internet, which is not always available..it’s just the way the island rolls...relax and unwind...you are in paradise!
The cottage is fully equipped with lots of cooking paraphernalia and a great grill. It’s obvious that Sandy and David have equipped their cottage with convenient thoughtfulness, including bug sprays and the requisite baby oil which actually provided all of the protection you need if the sand flies are out. About those pesky little buggers...they come out early in the morning and at dusk, but as long as there is a breeze, you won’t be bothered very much. Also, they have micro screened the porch and that prevents them from getting it as well!
Bonefishing right out of the beach here is easy, but if you want to catch anything, call a guide! We use A guide who puts his boats in just 2 houses away. We have been with him for 3 years and love his easy style and pleasant manner. Plus...he puts you on the fish!
The beds are very comfortable, plenty of towels and more than anything...a place to truly relax and enjoy the beauty of this little island! Thank you Sandy and David, we just love your little piece of Paradise!
Kathy, thank you for your wonderful review of MeltAway. David and I are pleased that you found the house to be comfortable and well equipped. Our suitcases are always packed full with resupply items when coming to the island :)
We spend a great deal of time in the screened porch reading, relaxing and watching the amazing sunsets. Having a bone fishing guide a couple of lots down makes it easy for guests to escape for the day. He is always busy! Other guides will come and pull up to the front of the house if he is booked. We can't take all the credit for the sunscreens and bug sprays :) Our guests leave all manner of items for use in the house by the next guests. The collection seems to be growing.
You obviously love Exuma and the people as much as we do! I'm sure our paths will cross again.
All the best
Sandy & David
Couldn't have been any better.. responsive owner and caretaker...comfy beds and couches great screened in porch.. very well equipped kitchen..right on the water!
Thank you so much for the lovely review Lauren! We're happy that you found the house to be well equipped and comfortable. We look forward to hearing from you in the future.
All the best,
Sandy & David
Maison parfaite!!! Vacances de rêve !
We were 3 weeks in this house.
It was our third stay at Exuma and it was the most beautiful house we had. The house is clean, very well equipped (interior and exterior) and very well maintained. Lawrence is always available to help us or organize an excursion. He goes regularly to see if everything is ok! Sandy and David are very available to answer our questions despite our low level in English. The only complaint is that the house is not available at next christmas;)
Nous avons passé 3 semaines dans cette maison. C’était notre troisieme sejour à exuma et probablement la plus belle maison que nous ayons eu. la maison est propre, tres bien equipée (interieur et exterieur) et tres bien entretenue . Lawrence est toujours disponible pour nous rendre service ou organiser une excursion. Il passe régulièrement pour voir si tout est ok! Sandy et David sont très disponibles pour répondre à nos questions malgré notre faible niveau en anglais.
Le seul reproche est que la maison n’est pas disponible à noël prochain ;)
Thomas, thank you for the wonderful review. David and I were thrilled to know that you and your family had a wonderful vacation at MeltAway Cottage. We will certainly let you know should there be any cancellations for next Christmas :)
All the best
Sandy & David
Really liked the beach chairs ,kayaks etc.Nice to be able to swim right out front and good to have screened in porch.Very well equipped.
We are pleased that you found MeltAway Cottage well equipped and enjoyed your stay on the island. We look forward to hearing from you again sometime in the future. All the best and thank you for the kind words about our home away from home.
Sandy & David
MeltAway Cottage is located just 8 minutes drive east of George Town in Masters Harbour, Bahama Sound 11 West. The house is situated directly on the water’s edge across from an expansive sandbar (bonefish flats). There are many spectacular beaches on both Great and Little Exuma that are accessible by car. We have beach chairs, parasail beach blankets with tent pegs, beach towels available as well as a few beach toys for your stay. Here are the names of some of our favourite beaches and the proximity to our home. Take a drive and explore all of them while you are visiting Exuma. Tropic of Cancer Beach on Little Exuma - 20 minute drive Jolly Hall Beach – Great Exuma - 8 minute drive Three Sisters Beach – Great Exuma - 20 minute drive Jimmy Hill Beach – Great Exuma - 15 minute drive Coco Plum Beach – Great Exuma - 35 minute drive
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Absolutely No Smoking is allowed on the property! Check-in - 3:00 PM (can be earlier if there is no guest change over - check with Property Manager upon arrival) Check-out - 10:00 AM (can be later if there is no one coming in the same day - please check with our Property Manager a couple of days before check-out)