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Charming Cottage Overlooking Hopetown Harbour With Boat Dock

Bedrooms 2
Space 74 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Bahamian Style Cottage

Carissa Cottage is located on Up-Along street midway between the Post Office and the Hopetown Lodge. Built to resemble the original Loyalist cottages in the area, Carissa Cottage is only 20 years old. The Bahamian builders made sure that all of the original charms befitting the 1800 saltbox colonial style cottages were included in the plans. The cottage's focal point is the magnificent screened porch complete with it's Adirondack table and chairs, overlooking both the Hope Town Harbour and its famous lighthouse and views of the Atlantic Ocean. Begin your day with morning coffee on the porch watching the harbour and settlement come to life. In the evening you can enjoy a sunset dinner on the porch as the activity in the harbour settles down for the day. Nights are magical with lights twinkling from the settlement and the harbour and the light from the historic Hope Town lighthouse.

The beach, complete with coral reefs for snorkeling, is across the street and down a flight of steps. If a boat is in your vacation plans, the private dock is just below the cottage. Stroll through the settlement for convenient shopping, dining and nighttime entertainment. For a special occasion, stroll 2 minutes to the Hope Town Lodge to enjoy some of the finest dining on the island.

If cooking is your hearts desire, you will find the kitchen very well equipped for almost any of your needs along with a gas bbq located on the side yard for your grilling needs. The master bedroom has a king size bed with private bath; the downstairs bedroom has 2 twin beds (which can be put together for another king bed) with an adjoining bathroom.

Check out the link to our web site and read the testimonials from previous guests.

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Sabine Probst
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, german, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2017

About Sabine Probst

Reinhold and I are originally from Bavaria in Germany but live since 25 years in Florida. Growing up in a cold climate we are both naturally drawn to nice beaches and tropical climates.

We enjoy boating and Watersports. The beaches in Hope Town are spectacular and the water is crystal clear.

Sabine Probst purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sabine Probst chose Hope Town

We started coming to the Abacos and Hope Town in 2008, where we've rented a boat with friends to explore all the islands. As soon as we entered the beautiful harbor in Hopetown we knew that we found our most favorite place. In 2009 we bought a Trawler that we keep in Marsh Harbor, since then we come back to Hopetown with our boat about 5-6 times a year and usually moor out in the harbor.

We knew at some point that we would love to own property in Hope Town.

When we saw that the Carissa cottage was up for sale in March 2014 we made an offer immediately, not only because it's the best location in town but it also has a dock big enough for our boat. We LOVE Carissa Cottage and everyone who comes says it's the best place to stay in Hope Town.

What makes this cottage unique

Our screened porch overlooks the harbour where we can watch the sun set each night and watch the come alive just as the darkness sets into the harbour. There just isn't anything better than this!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed Carissa Cottage. It truly made our vacation. We stayed for about two weeks. When planning the trip, we wondered if that might be too long, given the size of the town and island. But we had so much fun, we could have stayed another two weeks!

This was our first VRBO experience and everything was perfect (thank you, Nancy!). The house was exactly as described in the listing and as shown in the pictures. The two local managers (sisters) met us at our boat when we arrived and were super nice and helpful (everything went so smoothly we never needed them again).

We rented a 23' Albury Brothers from Island Marine for the entire time we were there. We flew to Marsh Harbor, a cab took us to the grocery and liquor stores, and then drove us to the harbor where someone from Island Marine was waiting for us in the boat we'd rented. A 15 minute boat ride and we were at the Cottage's dock. "Getting there" was a breeze.

Abaco is really a special place. Our daily routine -- listen to The Cruiser's Network on Channel 68 at 8:15 to get the weather and day's events, grab coffee at the GREAT coffee shop a few blocks away, and then jump on the boat for a day of adventure. We snorkeled, spearfished, fished, beachcombed, but mostly chased our 5 year old daughter around beautiful beaches we had all to ourselves. And, we didn't get in a car for two weeks!!

There are plenty of local restaurants that serve simple, fresh, and reasonably-priced fare. You can boat or walk to all of the best places. At night, they'll pick you up and drop you off at the Cottage.

I could go on and on. We're already planing our next trip to the Abaco and we'll definitely be staying at Carissa Cottage!

Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • City Centre
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Ensuite to 1st Floor Bedroom with access to Patio
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • First Floor Bedroom - 2 single bed , can be converted to king size
    Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
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Charming Cottage Overlooking Hopetown Harbour With Boat Dock
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Beautiful cottage, included everything we could need!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has visited the Abacos since 1960, we've never stayed in a better place!

  • Review Submitted: 31/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super nice.

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained ,clean, well furnished. Enjoyed the videos ,kitchen, cooler and screened porch. Really appreciated the golf cart help with luggage upon arrival. Lovely for two couples. Gorgeous charming area and house. Tiny bit of room for response from host RE questions about where to wash beach towels or change them out and satellite TV not working. both beds could use a foam filler (available at Bed Bath and Beyond) to bridge between twin beds to make a king. Oven works well...burners not so much. Confusion RE check out book said 10, housekeeping showed up at 845? I did miss an em about it ,but was going by the book.

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delray Beach, Florida

Carissa Cottage, Hope Town

  • 5 of 5

The house in Hope Town over looking the Harbour was fantastic. It was clean and perfect in every way. It was convenient to have our boat right in front of the cottage and it was easy to walk to the beach and around Hope Town. The only issue I had was that the owners turned off the power and water to the dock. I understand that water is a limited resource only provided by rain and electric is expensive. But I would have conserved as much as possible. Although it wasn't a necessity, I would have preferred to have my boat on the charger at night. And not being able to use the water at the dock for a quick spray of the boat after offshore fishing was ridiculous. But I managed with my own on board water supply. If you are there to hardcore fish as we are, this is not the house you want. No filet station and I don't believe you can dump carcasses in the Harbour anyways. But if you want a fantastic little cottage with a great view, beach on the other side in a convienent location in Hope Town, this is the place!

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of our best vacations.

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived we found the house spotless. It's location is one of the finest on the Island.The house had It's own dock and we had rented a boat for the week. When we arrived back each night after island hopping, we enjoyed a bottle of wine on the porch with a gorgeous view of the sunset and lighthouse. We are looking forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 04/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Carissa's Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to Hope Town and so thankful we stayed in Carissa's cottage! It was the perfect location, clean, adorable, and well stocked. This was our family's first trip to the Bahamas and Elbow Cay had come highly recommended. We went with VRBO because we have 2 teenagers and needed more space, so Carissa's cottage was perfect. The porched over looking the harbor was fabulous. Watching the settlement come to life in the morning as the sun was rising was a highlight. Having the beach across the little road behind the house was amazing too! We loved being able to walk to the stores and around town to see the happenings. Everyone was so friendly and it was very safe. The beds were comfortable, there were plenty of beach and bath towels, beach chairs, well stocked kitchen, and paper products. In the evenings we enjoyed walking on the beach, cooking dinner, watching dvd's (old schools for the kids:) and playing cards on the porch. During the day, we rented a boat which was conveniently parked at Carissa's dock in front of the house.

We rented our boat from Cats Paw, across the harbor next to the light house. They were great and very reasonable. They picked us up from the house and drove us over to give instructions and recommendations then off we went! We are inexperienced boaters, but felt very safe and had a ball! We had lunch a Nipper's on Guana(a must!), Cracker P's on Lubbers, and Firfly on Elbow. We enjoyed snorkeling, shelling, and exploring other Islands. Tahiti beach was beautiful!

Our favorite view was from the Hope Town Lighthouse and behind St.James Church which loops around right near the beach behind Carissa's cottage. We had lots of fun having drinks On Da Beach and wish we had more time to enjoy dinner another night time! One must experience Vernon's key lime pie...chocolate was delicious too. Conch shells are easily found right across the way at Jonny's Cay.

We would highly recommend Carissa's Cottage. It could not have been a better experience. Thank you for all of your help Sabine, Maria, and Patty!!

  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay! Best house on the island. Great view of the Hope Town Lighthouse. The cottage is charming and perfectly decorated. The owner and caretakers were absolutely wonderful. I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Marsh Harbour
Nearest Barpub
Hopetown Lodge
Nearest Ferry
Marsh Harbour Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Hope Town Atlantic Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in the Hope Town

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$58.86
Tax Rate 7.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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