Beach front, 4 bedroom all ensuite, pool and dock!
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
- Minimum stay is 5 nights. Stays including Christmas Eve/Day have a 10 night minimum.
- Kayaks and paddle-boards have to be pulled up beyond the high water mark as they can drift off.
Beautiful & serene
We (a family of 5, kids ages 21, 18 and 14) visited over the Christmas holiday and absolutely loved the house and the island. The pictures on the listing are an accurate representation of what to expect. We found the house to generally be in good condition. We had problems with the kitchen sink and drinking water pump, and the house manager came right away (like within 10 minutes!) and fixed both within the hour. I will confirm that the house manager's primary language is Spanish, and while he isn't confident with his English, communication with him was never a problem. He is incredibly nice, diligent and welcoming.
The views and privacy at the house were amazing. It's a quiet spot with not a lot going on around you. We spent countless hours just enjoying the sun by the pool, playing games on the outdoor tables, and listening to music while we cooked dinner on the grill.
We rented a boat, however, we had problems with it to start and didn't get a chance to use it. While other visitors have said renting a boat was essential, I don't think I would do it in advance again; rather wait until we arrive to see what the weather will be like. The kayaks and paddleboards were in good condition and we used them almost every day. And renting a car is essential - we used New Berlie's Car Rental and had a great experience.
We liked the location of the house, as we favored the beaches on LIttle Exuma over some on the north end of the island. We did a fair amount of self-guided fly fishing and would have enjoyed more time to explore more areas.
A recommendation to the owner: add more wall hooks in the bathrooms and bedrooms. Hooks for bath towels were available, but it would be nice to have extra hooks for robes, jackets, etc. The master bedroom didn't have a closet, which didn't bother us, but it may be an inconvenience for others, so adding some hooks along the wall for guests to hang dresses or shirts on hangers would be nice.
Overall, I'd recommend this house and we'd visit again.
We loved this beautiful home- it was clean and ready for us where we arrived. The boat is a must. We took it out everyday and spent our afternoons by the pool. Martin was helpful and was available when we needed anything. The island is beautiful, and the house is just far enough out of town so that it is a quiet and relaxing place to stay. The kitchen is great for cooking as well. The island is beautiful, and the residents are friendly and welcoming. If you go to the harbor during the day, there is usually fisherman with fresh fish that can be brought home for dinner.
A few things that could have been improved: The outdoor shower needs hooks to hang towels and put soaps, but we really enjoyed using it despite that. The beds were a little uncomfortable, but some mattress pads could easily fix that. Lastly, the beach is shared with the home next door. This was not a problem for us, but something that was not mentioned in the home description.
Surf house stinky house
The house is new and clean but for the first 4 nights it smelt like sewage. Martin finally did something to get it to stop smelling so bad. The communication is not good because Martin doesn’t speak much English but he is very kind and will get things accomplished through text as it translates for him. As stated by someone else’s review the beds are very hard and uncomfortable. This house is about 25 minutes from GT and is in a somewhat remote location. The pictures of the kayaks are not what goes with the surf house. It actually has one Kayak and the seat is rotten and falling apart and stained one of my swimsuit due to the black threads falling apart on it. The paddle board was worn out as well. We actually had friends stay at another property owned by the same family and got to use the kayaks they were not using. We rented the boat and used Captain Ryan for a tour and fishing. My boys caught a lot of fish and we had fish tacos. That was the highlight of their trip. The boat did start to sink while my family was far out in it on the 2nd day, due to some pump. We and our friends were all dipping water out to keep it from sinking. We called and then sent the owners a video. They did fix it and we continued using the boat. Over all the island is so beautiful it makes up for all the crazy on vacation. Just expect anything! We personally own vacation property ourselves in FL so I guess I have expectations that maybe different than others. It would be helpful to have someone to communicate with that you can understand you and you them if issues arise. Also, don’t put pictures of kayaks and paddle board in with photos of your property if it doesn’t actually go with the property because it’s a false representation of what is actually part of the package and property. We would not rent this house again just because of the experiences we had but it is a clean and new house and maybe your experience would be different than what ours.
Dear Eric and Angel, I am so sorry to hear that you had all of these issues. We are a new rental property trying to tweak everything. I am so sorry you had this experience. We have fixed all of the above issues and are thankful that you brought them to our attention. Thank you again for your honest review, its the only way we an get better!!
The house exceeded our expectations. Very clean and well apportioned for larger groups. Martin was responsive to all or our needs. Great access to the protected cove. Having access to the boat is a must and your are 10-15 minutes from beautiful beaches, sandbars and mangroves. Swimming pool is warm and refreshing after a day on the water..
Five Stars for the House. 1 Star for communication.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful place. Def rent the boat. There were a lot and I mean A LOT of flies and not sure why. Maybe it’s the time of year. The beds weren’t that comfortable but whatever. House is very clean. It’s not really a swimable beach where this house is located but there are hundreds of places to take the boat to. There are paddle boards and kayaks and we often made our way to the sand bar. Breathtaking views. My biggest and only real compliant is the lack of communication from the owner, Caroline. It takes her DAYS to get back to you and sometimes not at all. We had no idea how to get to the house up until the day before we got there and found out because we called “Martin” who does maintenance around the house. (side note Martin was amazing and always answers texts.) It made for a very nervous arrival because we simply didn’t have answers to questions we had asked days before. It was frustrating. Martin is incredible and made sure everything was taken of. He was awesome.
Thank you so much for your review, its very important for me to know what can be done better. I am so sorry that there were miss-haps with the communication I really don't like that you felt nervous about arriving. I will make sure that this doesn't happen again. I am glad you enjoyed the house though and were able to enjoy your vacation!
About Surf House
Home grown Bahamain I have lived in the Exumas for the past 12 years, I love the nature, the beauty and the simple life.
Surf House purchased this House in 2018
Why Surf House chose Hartswell
This property is Exuma, its beautiful yet simple, cozy yet your backyard is Moriah Harbour. Life just slows down here and you can enjoy your family and friends and feel the love.
What makes this House unique
We have a private beach perfect launch site for Kite Surfing if the weather permits, a small dock for a boat for exploring to your hearts desire. The house has everything you need so you don't even have to leave.