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Exuma Vacation Cottage on the hilltop with water front access, dock & kayaks.

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage with living room, full kitchen, 2 bedrooms,1 bath & screened front porch

Exuma Vacation Cottage: located away from the congestion and noise, of George Town. The cottage has two bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 1 double bed, the other bedroom with 1 queen bed. Equipped kitchen, living room and screened front porch.Located directly across from Moriah Harbour Cay, which has been designated a Bahamian National Park. Moriah Harbour Cay has miles of the most beautiful, pristine (and almost always deserted) beaches in the world. Between the Cay and your cottage are some of the best bonefishing flats in the Bahamas.

Next to Moriah Harbour Cay is Man O’ War Cay, which also has miles of beautiful, deserted beaches, with great shelling, snorkeling, and swimming. All of these activities are a short kayak ride away (your own two person sit-on-top kayak is included with your cottage rental). You can kayak through awesome mangrove channels, fish for yellow tail snapper,and bone fish or just relax and enjoy views that very few others can see and appreciate. At the end of the day, relax on your screened porch overlooking the ocean and Moriah Harbour Cay, or have a swim in our 35 foot solar heated fresh-water pool, and plan your next day’s activities.

Your onsite host, Valerie, has resided in Exuma since 1964. She can direct you to and assist you in: finding the best bone fish guide; getting a fishing licence, finding the 'right' restaurant and finding island entertainment that you will enjoy; renting a car or boat; exploring the island from Little Exuma to Barraterre; finding secluded beaches; going snorkeling, diving and deep-sea fishing; shopping for the essentials and gifts for the folks at home. She can advise you about all aspects of your vacation experience - travel to and from Exuma, what to bring, what to expect, and how to make the most of your visit to this special place.

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, villa

More Details

Valerie R. Noyes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Valerie R. Noyes

Born in England but I have lived on Great Exuma since 1964.

I live in a cottage on the property. I am available if you have questions or need something fixing. I also have 3 friendly animal/shelter dogs. You may play with my dogs as much as you wish.


Valerie R. Noyes purchased this cottage in 1997


Hartswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No smoking inside the cottage
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • hand basin, toilet, shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen size Bed (1) one queen bed only in first bedroom, Double size Bed (1) one double bed only in second bedroom
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cooking Utensils, Laundry Facilities, Charcoal BBQ, Screened-in Porch, two person Kayak provided with cottage. Life jackets available. Freshwater heated Pool. 3 friendly dogs. If you miss your dogs you can share mine. Sorry, no children under 12 years of age.


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Exuma Vacation Cottage on the hilltop with water front access, dock & kayaks.
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Most beautiful water in the world

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a laid back, relaxing, fun filled vacation this is the place. The water and beaches are stunning, and Valerie's kayaks can get you to places few ever see. We have been coming to Exuma for over 30 years and this is absolutely the best deal on the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2007
  • Stayed: January 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Serene and Beautiful.... Valerie the homeowner is EXCEPTIONAL!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here 06/28 for 8 days. The cottages are perfect! No frills, but Very clean and had every amenity you could need on this beautiful island. gas stove, refrigerator, fan, TV, a dock with kayaks. access to a washer. The AC was incredible! We have been all over the Bahamas and the Caribbean and have never had ac work as well as here. It really makes the stay enjoyable. My wife and I would go out in the morning and not return until sunset (sunburnt), we would leave the ac off or up and the minute you enter and turn it on the rooms are quickly cooled. I know this is a lot to say over something that many people could careless about, but it made sleeping so nice.

The pool is much larger than the pictures show it as, and we had it to ourselves every night but one and the other couple were very nice. At night incredible views of the milky way, laying on the loungers around the pool, starring straight up. We brought steaks with us and bbq'd on the grill, saving us some bux and enjoying some of the best meals. Although, the island does have some really good places to eat (February Point and Lattitudes)! Valerie is a great host she will make sure you have what you need, or she will point you in the right direction

I know this has nothing to do with the cottages, but I need to warn you: We rented a 17 foot boat at Minns, It was bare bones at best. In order to get in and on the boat to snorkel, it had a 2 step ladder with no railing. It made it very difficult to get in and out, holding on to the hot motor and throwing yourself onboard. No lighter for charging a phone or music player.. bummer.

The location of the cottages is perfect, it's just enough away from Georgetown, but far enough west for close access to some of the best beaches in the world. We took a 3 mile trip to Little Exuma (4 times) to our favorite beach (Forbes Hill). I almost feel guilty putting it out here, don't want others to be there when we are. We saw 6 people on one day and the rest were just us. This is the most amazing secluded , yet easy to get to, beach I have ever been on, and I have been to many many islands!!!

The cottages are no frills, but super clean, well kept, the grounds are beautiful, We will be back, thank you Valerie!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul & Tamar, It was a pleasure having you visit. Hope to see you again soon. Regards, Valei4e
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Perfect Exuma Expierence. Great spot, great hostess. Everthing you need is there. I will book again

  • 5 of 5

What a treasure, immaculate. 30 yrs going to Exuma, never felt so peaceful. Incredible views. Near Tropic of Cancer. Valerie is the perfect hostess, there when you need her. Pool is a great addition. I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We are just finishing a 9-day stay at Valerie's cottage, and we would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a quiet retreat. The cottage was perfect for the three of us (2 adults and one teenager) with comfortable beds, a wonderful porch, and a good kitchen for cooking meals.

We arrived late on a Sunday, and Valerie was kind enough to point out that the grocery stores would be closed. She asked us for a list and got us enough supplies so we could make breakfast the next morning. This kind of thoughtfulness was a hallmark of her treatment of us throughout the week.

Since there were three of us, Valerie let us borrow an extra one-person kayak so that we could explore Moriah Cay, which we strongly recommend doing. When we were playing in the pool, Valerie got out extra inner tubes, and she allowed us to use the laundry machine on her porch. She was accommodating, responsive, and gracious.

We took full advantage of the pool for quiet time when we did not feel like venturing very far or the beaches were windy. The luxury of having a pool almost all to yourself was delightful, and the fact that it was heated was heaven.

You do need a car to get to George Town for supplies or to explore. Our favorite places to eat were Tropic Breeze (great lobster poppers) and Shirley's. We took a day to go up to Barraterre, and we found a little place called the Fisherman's Inn (ask where it is because it has no noticeable sign). It was the best fish we had all week, and the cheapest meal by far. If you are cooking at the cottage, be sure to check out the meat market. Shirley let us know about their rotisserie chickens, and the steaks we got there were delicious.

All in all, our stay was lovely, and the cottage was just the quiet retreat to rest, relax, and enjoy one another's company. Thank you, Valerie!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 2 weeks at the Cottages in Hartswell and had a wonderful, laid back holiday. The location was perfect for a quiet getaway and Valerie was extremely helpful with our stay. The beaches are magnificent, having use of kayaks was an added bonus and the locals were very friendly. You definitely need a car for getting around and if you are looking to do some bonefishing, you will have a variety of opportunities right outside your door. We frequented several eateries and Santana's was by far the best food! Right next door is Mom's bakery with wonderful breads, tasty pastries and rum cake to die for! If you are looking for a laid back vacation, we highly recommend the Cottages at Hartswell.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing week in Exuma!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at Exuma Vacation Cottage with Valerie and it was amazing! We had fabulous weather, a wonderful host and lots of discoveries! The cottage is rustic, very clean and has all the basics one would need for an amazing week at the cottage by the ocean. The pool is refreshing after a long day in the sun. No need to fight for a chair there! If you are looking for a low key vacation where you can have the ocean to yourself, this is the place to go.

Valerie is very friendly, always willing to help, give you tips as to where to go and it was nice to know we could talk to her any time. She takes very good care of her guests. She'll ensure that you have everything you need.

The kayak was in top shape and it is so nice to be able to get up and go for a cruise on Moriah Harbour. You’ll see plenty of marine life; turtles, star fish, lemon sharks, the occasional nurse shark, sting rays and bonefish! Pack a lunch and go find your own private beach...

We rented a boat for a day and spent the day in Elizabeth Harbour, caught lots of fish for dinner and had lunch at the Chat 'n Chill. We also booked a day with Bob at Coastline Adventure and it was an amazing day on the water. We snorkeled in Thunderball cave, saw the swimming pigs and swam with nurse sharks.

We had an amazing week. It was relaxing and too short. We will be back at Valerie's when we return to Exuma, for sure.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
george town international GGT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
In The Ferry
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Bahamas Ferries, George Town
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cheaters Restaurant. Wonderful cracked conch.
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Fort beach, Little Exuma and Moriah Harbour Cay
Car: necessary

Located in a quiet isolated area overlooking Moriah Harbour Cay with beautiful beaches only a 10 minute paddle away by kayak, or 5 minutes in your rental car. Fish the flats with good bone fish guides. Try your hand at catching snapper and blue runner jacks. Protected water for fishing and kayaking. It is only 400 feet down to the rocky shoreline and dock ,where the kayaks are kept. Paddle out in the kayak and explore. Look for turtles, starfish and many other sea creatures, or relax and do nothing by our 35ft solar heated fresh water pool. Enjoy a cool drink and listen to the birds sing.

Explore many beautiful beaches all over the Island. Eat in small local restaurants or take your own picnic with you onto the beach. Rent a self drive boat or take a charter. Be as busy or as lazy as you wish. It's your vacation.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional charge for 3rd person in cottage
No children under 12 years of age.

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.