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Elegant country house 1 min. walk to beach, 8 mins. to town. Awesome sea views

Bedrooms 1
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

1000 sq ft 1 bed 1bath, full kitchen, dining/living, large covered deck.

Halcyon guest cottage is centrally located, on a hill with spectacular views of Elizabeth Harbour. It is half-mile from Georgetown, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, shops, straw market, boat rentals, water taxi dock. There is a beach at the foot of the hill, a minute away, and others nearby.

While it is near everything, the unit is completely private, in the detached guest wing of Halcyon, the owner's home. It comprises 1000 square feet of airy indoor/outdoor living space, fully equipped and furnished. It has its own parking area, entrance and its own private 300 sq ft covered porch where you can enjoy meals, the views and colorful surrounding garden.

Although fully air conditioned, the unit is cooled by breezes from the ocean and may be comfortable without using air conditioning. Provided are a queen-size bed, flat screen cable TV, internet, towels, beach towels, bed linens, kitchen linens, all pots, pans, dishes, eating and cooking implements, barbecue, washer and dryer.

Newly constructed in 2015 with open concept floor plan and comfortable tropical interiors, this is a perfect, secluded place to retreat after busy days in the boat, on the beach, sightseeing and water sports. Kick back with a cold Kalik, the local beer, or cook a barbecue dinner and eat on the porch. Let the gentle breezes soothe your spirit in beautiful surroundings. Your own home never felt this good!

There are chairs in the garden if all you want to do is relax in the shade with a book. There is an open upper deck if you want to laze in the sun. Without being in any way intrusive, your hostess is next door and readily available to help, explain things or tell you the history of the islands.

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Rosemary Minns
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2017

About Rosemary Minns

I was born in George Town into an old Bahamian family which has been connected with Exuma for over 200 years. I've travelled all over the world and lived in Nassau, London, and Monterey, CA, returning to design and build my dream home on our family estate in 2009. I love Bahamian history, so if you're interested, I'd be delighted to tell you about it over afternoon tea or a cool drink on my porch.

Rosemary Minns purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Rosemary Minns chose Exuma

After checking out several of my favorite Bahamian islands, I decided there was no place more beautiful than Exuma, and no site more delightful or convenient than the one I already owned. Planning, building and designing interiors of houses has been my lifelong hobby and I put everything I know about homes into this one, which totally pleases me. This 215 acre property has been handed down through my father for generations, and Halcyon sits on a prime location with spectacular views of the harbor, nearby Stocking Island, and acres of green bush. Exuma is 300 miles SE from Miami, 150 miles from the Bahamas capital, Nassau; it is still undeveloped, underpopulated, and is surrounded by clear, aquamarine waters. There are breathtaking beaches just waiting for your footprints in the sand! Rent a boat and you can find reefs full of fish for snorkeling; go bonefishing, or picnic on your own little Cay. Kayaking, kite boarding, sailing, eco tours, bird watching, exploring the Exuma Cays, visiting those crazy Exuma swimming pigs - there are so many fun things for you to do. And those velvety dark Exuma nights when the sky is so crammed with bright stars? You look up and realize you're only a pinprick in eternity. There's almost no ambient light to get in the way.

While it feels remote, Exuma is regularly served by major airlines from the US, Canada and Nassau, and frequent ships bring fresh produce and materials from the States and Nassau, so most things are easily available. The pace is slow and relaxing; it might take a day to wind yourself down but that's what you came for, right? At the end of your stay you won't want to leave.

What makes this cottage unique

Half mile from George Town, half mile to local restaurants and an easy stroll to the beach. Swim to several coral heads offshore for interesting snorkeling.

This unit is fresh and new, built in 2015, and is completely self-contained in the guest wing, detached from the main house and surrounded by tropical landscaping, has its own parking area, private entrance, private porch and garden. There's a great feeling of peace, space and solitude - all with hilltop breezes and amazing views.

If you enjoy elegant living but like to be within walking distance of everything, this location is perfect for you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in George Town, Bahamas

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Walk in shower with single basin and toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Queen bed in large airy room, with two large windows. Built-in wardrobes. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Constructed and furnished in 2015.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Elegant country house 1 min. walk to beach, 8 mins. to town. Awesome sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Epic trip! Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, this Halcyon garden home was perfect in every way!! Super clean, great location, lovely decor & packed with extra amenities.


Absolutely perfect! Conveniently located close to the airport, Georgetown & the water taxi. Very close to Jolly Hall beach (one of the best). We loved this Central spot on the island perfect for traveling north one day & south the next to explore.

You have a perfect perch on a small hill for an astonishing ocean view from your patio and out the windows. So stunning!

The small beach at the bottom of the hill (easy walking distance with a somewhat steep hill) provided a stunning snorkeling spot. Look for the orange buoys. Those represent epic snorkeling.

You're very close to several restaurants including my favorite, Splash. The food there was really good (kinda reasonably priced considering) but it's the awesome vibe that makes this place so great. Swings at the bar, pool tables and a beach front location.

Halcyon amenities abound...

In the kitchen: A blender, can opener, dishes for indoor and outdoor dining, sharp knives, mixing bowls, even some Tupperware we used for transporting our picnic lunch (cooler provided!)

Extras: Two sets of beach towels, lots of bath towels and wash cloths. Two folding chairs for the beach and an umbrella for use. There is also a large straw bag for transporting your beach gear. Perfect!

Lots of candles (for the occasional and short lived power outage that is part of Exuma island life) & even some special bug repelling lanterns for enjoying time on the deck.

An outdoor shower and a clothesline too for hanging your towels to dry.

Use of a full size washer and dryer with detergent provided. Yes!

A little library of books to read, two decks of playing cards, and cable tv provide late night entertainment.

Island tips:

The bugs are only bad at sunrise and sunset so either avoid the outdoors at those times or use bug spray (there's even some provided!). Otherwise you'll be fine.

If it's too windy one day, take the water taxi to nearby Stocking Island for gentler breezes.

Best beaches: Coco Plum, Tropic of Cancer, Jolly Hall and Powder Sand (Stocking Island).

Rosemary is a wonderful hostess but gave us total privacy until the last day when we knocked on her door to enjoy her wonderful company. So happy we did as she's a huge part of the charm at this ideal home away from home.

You'll be SO glad to book this home for your vacation. We found it to be absolutely perfect!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spotless, comfortable, great views, and Rosemary.

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? I am convinced we picked the best place for 1-2 people to stay in Exuma. It was impeccably clean, very comfortable, and the view is breathtaking. As other reviewers have said, Rosemary is THE best. She is so kind and welcoming. She will give you a short tour of the island and recommend places. One thing we look for on warm weather vacations is a covered porch with comfortable furniture. With a great view, we want to spend time outside looking at it. So we look for furniture we can sink into rather than a hard chair. Rosemary's furniture fit the bill. Furthermore, the couch inside was comfortable and the bed was comfortable--no achy back like I sometimes get on vacation. The kitchen was well-equipped. Rosemary had cold beverages and ice cubes made, which were refreshing after a long day of travel. The view and Rosemary's amazing gardens were even better in person. The beach that is within walking distance is very nice, and we were the only ones using it when we were there. We rented a car for three days, so we could get groceries and explore other beaches. There are many things you can do without a car. Boat tours and car rentals will pick up and drop off at the cottage making it very convenient. We walked to the fish fry and if you're willing to walk a little further, there are some resorts with decent food, too. We also walked into town and took the water taxi to Stocking Island where we had the pig roast at Chat n' Chill. Overall, it was one of our most relaxing vacations ever! Thank you Rosemary for your wonderful hospitality and for the careful thought you put into your amazing cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Paula, for your warm, gracious review. I very much enjoyed having you stay here and hope you will be back very soon. Rosemary.
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Adorable apartment

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable and homey apartment with a great view of the harbour, beautiful garden and easy location to get to George Town. Lots of space for a couple with a well equipped kitchen (Le Creuset bakeware!!!). Very clean. Laundry facilities available, great for longer stays. You can walk across the road to a small beach and swim in that incredible turquoise water, then rinse off under an outdoor shower found outside your door - so convenient. There is air conditioning, but it was so nice to just keep the windows open and let the breeze flow through.

Lots of restaurants across the island to chose from, just ask Rosemary and she can provide you with the best local fare (make sure you check out Chef Ty at Blu in George Town!). Groceries at Exuma Markets, wine and beer at Marshall's are a walkable distance. There is yoga at Lumina Point across the harbour on Stocking Island Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Dive Exuma is the outfitter for SCUBA divers, but the snorkelling is very good for non-divers. You can rent a small runabout boat from Minns Watersports.

I would recommend this to a couple looking for a nice quiet getaway to a small island, and are adventurous to explore the gems of the island on their own.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, not just of Halcyon Garden Cottage, but also suggesting other places and things for guests to check out. I know readers will find this very useful!
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A little slice of heaven...

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful single bedroom apartment. New, very clean, well equipped and conveniently located just minutes from town. The view is gorgeous and the space was very roomy and quiet. Lovely large balcony overlooking the garden and Elizabeth Harbor...perfect place to have breakfast and coffee in the morning. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your endorsement! You're welcome here again, anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed it all. The gardens are wonderful and the view is breathtaking! If you are a clean freak don't worry. Spotless! We had everything there that we could possibly want or need. The kitchen was fully stocked, as we do like to cook and it was easy to do with everything there. Rosemary is a wonderful host and such a joy. We enjoyed our conversations with her so much. She is a native so she is very knowledgeable about the island, so listen to her. She is not imposing, but is there for good talks or just to attend to your needs. We went snorkeling at the beach, and it was amazing!! I felt like a child discovering things for the first time. As you can tell our time in Exuma was beyond words. If you are considering Halcyon for your stay here look no further. You have found it!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, and your very kind remarks about me personally. You were among my favorite guests, a delight to spend time with. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your vacation in Exuma and hope I'll see you here again before too long. Thanks again for coming, for choosing Halcyon Garden Cottage, and me as a new friend. Rosemary.
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Beautiful cottage in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

I honestly don't think I've could have picked a better vacation home to stay in while in Exuma! The cottage sits on a beautiful hill with an incredible view of Rosemary's garden and the harbor. The pictures really don't do these views any justice, you really just have to go and see for yourself! The house is spotless and spacious enough for a couple. It has everything you need from kitchen utensils to beach chairs! There is even a washer/dryer room outside which came in handy. Nobody wants to bring a suitcase home full of dirty clothes. We thought staying in Georgetown was a perfect central location to everything. The cottage is very close to the fish fry (maybe a minute drive) We ate at Shirley's 4-5 times being that it was so close and convenient. Plus delicious food! I would suggest renting a car while visiting the island unless you want to stay in the immediate area of the cottage but you would be very limited on what you can see. There is a beautiful beach at the bottom of the hill with crystal clear water and good snorkeling! There are grocery stores within a 5 minute drive of the cottage. I would suggest bringing any snacks/food you like with you because food on the island is EXPENSIVE! We tried to at least make our own breakfasts at the house. Rosemary will help you with whatever you need and gives great advice on things to see and do. Don't feel funny to go over and knock on her door to say hello. She likes visitors! We spent a couple of hours with her one night and had a lovely time chatting about our lives! She also has a lovely cat named Pookie who is super friendly! We felt like we've come home with a new friend! We are already talking about visiting next year and would definitely stay at Halcyon again! No questions asked. You will not find beaches and water anywhere like in Exuma!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! Just wanted to confirm that you do indeed have a new friend in Exuma (and Pookie the cat too) and we're hoping to see you again really soon!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Exuma International (GGT)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Peace & Plenty
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
water taxi
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Sandals Resort
Nearest Motorway
280 Metres
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fish Fry native restaurants
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Elizabeth Harbour
Car: recommended

On a hill with spectacular views of the harbour, Halcyon is an elegant country house on a private estate but within walking distance of almost everything. It is off the main highway and a short walk to the town, the local food shacks, and one minute walk to the nearest beach. It is centrally located on the island and equal distance from the outlying beaches, towns and restaurants. Car rental is suggested for personal sightseeing and exploring isolated beaches, but is not necessary for daily living if you like to walk.


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5 night minimum stay

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60+ days prior to arrival full refund less $50.00 - Between 15 & 59 days prior get 50% refund. - Less than 14 days no refund,

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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