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MeltAway Cottage: Water Front with Spectacular Views - Rest, Relax and Enjoy!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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. There is no air-conditioning in the loft but there is a fan. The linens/pillows are new and or are constantly replaced. Bedrooms have newly installed ceiling fans as well as air conditioning. 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 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 and an UE Boom Bluetooth portable speaker 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 starting.

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.

More Details

Sandy Teiman
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 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 George Town

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.


George Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning- Please do not adjust the settings, do not leave them on when leaving the house for long periods nor with the windows open.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 (Downstairs) - 1 king , Air conditioner & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 (Downstairs) - 1 queen , Air conditioner & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 (Upstairs) - 2 twin/ single , Air conditioner & fan, beds can be put together for a king
    Bedroom 4 (Loft Area Upstairs) - 1 double , Open loft area, laundry, ceiling fan, and double bed
  • Bedroom 3 can be converted into a king size bed if needed. The open loft area is not really suitable for adults to sleep. There is a double bed but we wouldn't want your stay to be uncomfortable, especially in the summer months. After Hurricane Matthew we had to purchase a new laundry pair and we installed it upstairs in the loft area.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(23 traveler reviews)

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MeltAway Cottage: Water Front with Spectacular Views - Rest, Relax and Enjoy!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Meltaway cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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  • 5 of 5

MeltAway Cottage was absolutely adorable. My family and I loved it, Sandy was great to work with and was always extremely responsive. The home has everything that you could possibly need to make your stay enjoyable. My kids loved snorkeling behind the house and paddling around in the kayaks. Thanks for a very memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Corey and family; David and I would like to thank you for the wonderful review of MeltAway Cottage. We are happy that you found the house well equipped and that your children had a good time on and in the water in front of the house. We would certainly love to have you back! All the best Sandy & David
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Pinch me!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 8 days on this glorious island at Meltaway & we now moved this vacation to our number 1 spot! The waters..Oh my. The things to see and do! The outdoor setting at Meltaway was like a dream. Sitting out having coffee overlooking the Crystal clear waters or looking up at the stars at night listening to the waves lap the rocks while enjoying a Pina! We would put our snorkel gear on every morning high tide & evening high tide & walk right down into the waters. There is a moray eel we found just beyond the steps as you enter surrounded by lots of other fish. Make your way East & continue along the edge & you feel like you are in an aquarium! Even Saw lobsters hiding. At low tide We took the kayak out to the sand bar directly in front of the house & found some shells. We shopped at the markets for groceries & meat & cooked out on the grill provided everyday but 2. Visited the Tropic of Cancer Beach which is like being in a magazine! Took the 1/2 day water excursion & saw a blow hole, huge starfish, lookout point (small hike) Piggy Island (the best!) & snorkeled over 2 blue holes where we saw sting ray & many colorful fish but just swimming over a blue hole itself was jaw dropping. Spent time at the straw market to purchase trinkets & met the sweetest women. I even purchased a Bahamas sign & did not realize that they were wrapping it but we had already left thinking we had all of our items. The next day we drove around the straw Market to look at the docks & we heard these women telling us to come over. They said they had been looking for us all day the day before & recognized our vehicle & my blonde hair & said we had forgotten our sign!! Such great great people on the island. Sandy and David were wonderful & she answered every question any day via email. Lawrence the rental manager is always available & what a wonderful man! We had talked to people on our water Excursion who were staying at the Sandals Resort & were asking them if they had gone snorkeling off their property or visited several of the beautiful beaches & was sad to hear they just stayed on the property. What an experience they missed! The screened in porch was amazing to sit on also & just look out at the beautiful water. The a/c was great in the rental! The only negative we can say is that the no-see-um bugs were horrible so use the bug sprays provided asap! Don't wait like we did! We only scratched the surface on things to do. Thank you for this experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thank you for the wonderful review of MeltAway Cottage and Exuma. We appreciate hearing that the island is on the top of your list of places to visit. It looks like you took advantage of all Exuma has to offer. We certainly agree with you that folks who don’t get out to explore the island miss out on some wonderful experiences. As for the no-see-ums, we find that baby oil helps a “bit” to deter them. It was a pleasure working with you to make your vacation memorable. We look forward to hearing from you in the future. All the best Sandy & David
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed july23rd-August 6th 2017. This house is perfect . Great Location . Very private . This house is very well stocked. Outdoor space is amazing and what a privilege to have kayaks at our disposal. It's a big +++. Would definitely stay again at this beautiful house . Thank you very much Sandy and David for sharing your home with us. We are going to recommend your house with pleasure to all of our friends of Quebec

Cette maison est parfaite et très bien situé pour parcourir l'île. La maison est très bien équipée et il ne manque de rien. L'aménagement extérieur est parfait et quelle belle vue ! Quel plaisir d'avoir des Kayaks à notre disposition, c'est un gros +++.

Je vous recommande fortement cette maison nous y retournerions avec plaisir.

Merci beaucoup Sandy et David de partager votre maison avec nous . Nous en parlerons fortement à nos connaissances du Québec.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour Christine; Many thanks for the wonderful review on MeltAway. We have been out of cell range for a few days so it was lovely to see this. We were thrilled that you had a wonderful time. It was a pleasure to work with you to make your holiday special. Thank you for recommending our home to your friends. The recommendation means a lot. Kindest regards Sandy & David
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to Meltaway Cottage, It felt like coming home, Meltaway is the perfect holiday home, It has everything you need and you feel like you are at your own home, We love it, Can't wait to get back again !!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Roland, thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you back as repeat guests. It is nice to know that you feel at home when you stay at MeltAway. David and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. All the best Sandy & David
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Indian Trail

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The roads are hard to maneuver on the island, so it's never a fun drive to go "To and Fro" but the house is breathtaking, the view is exceptional, the house was fully stocked with whatever you needed, and everything works in the home. The house is in a great spot to explore North and South on the island. We loved the sandbar and snorkeling around the house. The house is exactly as described in the pictures. A baby Lemon Shark came to visit one day and we got to swim around with it right behind the house! My only issue would be the outdoor cameras, I assume they are for protection from vandalism and aimed in accordance for monitoring, we picked the house for extreme seclusion and privacy, I hope we did have that privacy. We look forward to visiting again and maybe bring some friends!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time at MeltAway Cottage and certainly hope that we will hear from you in the future. All the best Sandy & David
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Prime Island Deli and Meats and Grocery
Sandpiper Boutique
Tropical Accents Gift Shop
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
George Town International Airport - 25 min. drive
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fanny's Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Emerald Reef at Sandals
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cheaters Restaurant/Bar
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Jolly Hall Beach
Car: necessary

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 – Greta Exuma - 15 minute drive

Coco Plum Beach – Great Exuma - 35 minute drive


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $482.12
Guest Departure Cleaning Fee $192.85

Absolutely No Smoking is allowed on the property!
Longer term rentals can also be discussed with owner.
Check-in - 3:00 PM (can be earlier if there is no guest change over - check with Property Manager upon arrival)
Check-out - 11:00 AM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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