About the property
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Beautiful 1BR + loft Round house on very private beautiful beach
Casuarina Bay is an exceptionally beautiful, secluded hideaway on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas. Just two lovely properties share this very private protected bay on the Atlantic, skirted by miles of pink sand beaches.
Easily accessible, Casuarina Bay is just one hour by air from Fort Lauderdale, and only seven miles from Governors Harbour airport. It is located 1.5 miles northeast of the quaint village of Governors Harbour, one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas.
The house has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, amidst a picturesque grove of coconut palms, colorful hibiscus, fragrant frangipani flowers, sea grape, passion fruit, papaya and Casuarina trees.
Ocean-lovers will find some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming in the world. Underwater visibility is up to 100 feet, with water temperatures ranging between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
More information and many more photos are available on our website. The link is located at the bottom of this page.
The adventurous traveler can explore nearby islands and virgin coral reefs, swim with dolphins or exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing. Other sports available on the island include tennis, and surfing.
This beachfront vacation cottage is built of cedar in an open hexagonal design, with a high ceiling and a sleeping loft, ideal for children. Eight arching windows provide magnificent views, and open onto a wrap-around deck with ocean views. There's a split level A/C unit. On the beach we have a thatched cabana with comfortable lounge chairs.
Perfect for a honeymooning couple or a small family, this rustic Round House is charmingly and comfortably furnished, and has been described as 'the hidden treasure of Eleuthera'.
This is the perfect place for the adventurous traveler and for those who enjoy taking in the exquisite beauty of this magical island.
This 110 mile long island offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The quaint island of Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, a cinema, hotel, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals.
Spend days walking or lazing on secluded pinks and beaches or exploring the coast with our ocean kayaks.
Snorkel for hours right in front of the house on the pristine coral reefs. Catch your own lobster and feast on them while watching the full moon rise out of the ocean. Awake to the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the coconut trees.
Taja McKinney Zisler
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- May 25, 2018
About Taja McKinney Zisler
The McKinney family has lived in The Bahamas for generations. When she was seventeen, Doon was teaching school in a remote village in Botswana. She fell in love with the idea of living in a round house. When she returned to The Bahamas she decided to move from Nassau to the remote and untouched island of Eleuthera and build her own round house on a 14 acre sea to sea estate running the entire width of the island.
Why Taja McKinney Zisler chose Governor's Harbour, The Bahamas
Everyone was a bit skeptical of this young woman clearing the land by herself and building a house with no electricity, running water, car or a telephone. Camping out every night on the site helped her develop an intense connection with the land and gave her the opportunity to build a house that was perfect for the location. She decided to build 11 foot arches on all five sides of the house to allow the ocean breeze to sweep into the house. She nestled the house among coconut trees and Casuarina trees where you can hear the sound of the wind in the trees and the waves on the beach. She surrounded the house with a garden full of beautiful hibiscus, oleander, seagrape, coconuts and other native flowers and trees. It was a challenge for a woman with limited carpentry skills to clear the land and almost single-handedly build a house- having never built so much as a box. Doon persevered and used creativity to overcome many of the obstacles she encountered. While still working on the building of the house Doon married and had 2 daughters (Casuarina and Taja)- Taja was born right in the Round house before the midwife even found her way out to Casuarina Bay.
What makes this House unique
The location of the Round House is second to none. You enjoy ocean breezes throughout the house and the private thatched cabana offers stunning views to the beautiful beach.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
I would love to go back!
I loved our stay at the Round House. We took our two teenagers (14 and 16), some snorkeling gear, fishing rods and books. The opportunity to share a one room (with loft) round house was exactly what we needed to secure quality family time. The beach in front of our house was stunning and extremely quiet. A short walk to the south is access to French Leave Beach, one of the most beautiful in the world. We ran or walked it every day. Twin Coves to the north provided interesting tide pools and snorkeling opportunities. Governor's Harbour is only a 15 minute walk or a couple of minutes by car. Bikes would be a nice addition to the property for this purpose. Decent food, groceries and coffee in the Harbour. Really enjoyed the Globe Princess movie theater. Super special to stay in a house that was built by the lady next door. Doon is a gem and we enjoyed learning about her family history and life on the property. The Round House was a great place to stay for a more authentic experience in the Bahamas. Outdoor shower was also a personal favorite.
Fun family getaway!
We LOVE the round house! We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 12, 14, 17) and have stayed here two years in a row. There's plenty of room and Doon and Taja go out of their way to make sure we have what we need. We love hearing the waves crash while we sleep with the beach only about 20 steps away. We hardly ever saw another car pass by the house or person on the beach. We love to walk to French Leave or Twin Coves. Two beautiful beaches just a short walk away with barely any people! The rental car was perfect for exploring the island and going out to dinner.
If you're the kind of person who likes resorts, pools, waitstaff and pristine conditions this is not the place for you. But if you enjoy fresh coconut in your backyard, a beach to yourself, and an overall feeling of peace, then the round house is your place.
Beach Cabin Lacking Privacy
Summary... If Eleuthera is your destination, avoid the Round House at the listed rates. It’s certainly not the worst place you will stay, but the property write-up and reviews are disconnected from reality. WERE the description accurate concerning the total lack of privacy and rustic condition of the property, AND the rate half the current rate (including the rental car), then my review would be 4 stars. But at the current rate and with another, larger house mere steps away, the Round House can only muster a two-star review.
The Round House is a medium-sized beach cabin on the Atlantic side of Eleuthera. While it is unique, it is not luxurious or elegant in any way. It is rustic, right down to the old fixtures, low water pressure and scratched furniture. It reminded me of older ski cabins I've rented in the Adirondacks - minus the beach.
If, however, you are seeking even the slightest privacy and/or seclusion, the Round House is a terrible choice. A very large, neighboring house is only 20 feet away. Anyone on the second-floor deck or looking out the north facing bedroom window of this house can look DIRECTLY INSIDE the Round House - including an unobstructed view of your bed through a semicircular window. This window has no covering. So, while you and you partner are on the bed, you are putting on a show for any neighbor interested in watching.
There is also no privacy inside of the Round House. The sole interior door only closes off the kitchen from one side of the bathroom (thankfully), but there is no door closing off the bathroom from the other side of the house. This means there is NO TOILET DOOR. That’s right, folks, when on the toilet, there is no door (think summer camp). Same with the shower. While this may be manageable for a close couple, it would be awful for families.
The beachfront cabana (75 feet away and across the road) is a great spot to sit, read, snooze, imbibe or do almost anything else as the ocean waves roll in. Regrettably, it is only a few feet from the public road and clearly visible to anyone driving or walking by, which happened many times every day. So, if you are thinking about being “romantic” in your beachfront cabana, think again. In many previous reviews, the cabana has been described as private. What they mean is that the cabana is for your “private use”. It is definitely not private in the sense of being secluded or out-of-sight.
Were it allowed, I would have attached photo evidence of everything.
We are devastated to receive a review that is anything less than excellent for our property and deeply regret that these guests did not love the property as much as they expected- we regret that they did not look at all the photos of the house prior to booking it. We will continue to make improvements and upgrades and we encourage potential guests to read the 45+ excellent reviews of the Round House. The Round House is not for everyone, it is rustic and unique and has an open floor plan which was clearly not a good fit for these guests. Most guests find it very charming and secluded and never see another person during their stay. Please consider staying elsewhere if you looking for a cookie cutter condo experience or if you are panicked about the possibility of anyone seeing you (even though there is no one around- save for the 2-3 car per DAY that may drive by on the single track sandy beach road). The cabana has trees and shrubs on 3 sides and opens to the beach and ocean to the east. A new row of shrubs was planted this year and will grow in to make the area completely blocked off to the west in a few months. If someone was walking along the beach they would be able to see into the cabana. We get perhaps 2 people per week walking the beach.
There are 11 foot arches on all sides of the house to see the ocean and let in the breezes but all the sliding doors have curtains for privacy. To say that the house is not private is very misleading indeed- perhaps the curtains weren't utilized? Please note that they are not black out curtains. The house does have a very open design however and you can lie in the bed and look out towards the sea and garden but you won't see any people. You can see the bed from the living room and the living room from the dining area etc. We have a 14 acre estate and there are no other buildings visible except for a house next door, lived in (90% of the time) by the owner, a single woman who keeps to herself. No one next door is spying into the Round House bedroom from some upstairs window- to think otherwise could be seen as paranoia. The toilet area of the Round House bathroom is around a corner and behind a wall. You can only see the toilet if you are inside the bathroom. There is not a separate door enclosing just the toilet area. For photos and videos please visit our website and facebook pages and please feel free to contact me for any clarifications that will help you decide if the house is right for you or not. Thank you.
Cozy beach cottage- the perfect getaway!
We lived our stay in the round house! We stayed for 6 days with our three young children. The loft area was perfect for them to sleep and play. Literally steps from a steps from a secluded private beach and a short walk to the pink sands of French Leave beach. Outdoor shower was great for cleaning off after the beach. Property owner Doon was kind and helpful, checking in periodically and making sure we had everything we needed. It was truly the most memorable family vacation !
This is a perfect place to escape your everyday hectic lives. The breathtaking scenery and the nature that surrounds you by the beach, leaves you at peace. As newlyweds on our honeymoon, my husband and I enjoyed everyday minute of our stay. The food is also amazing! Shout out to Abdul @ 1648 for the great hospitality! We would definitely come back!
Taja was a very gracious host. Unfortunately the house is in need of some maintenance.
House keeping issues. A/C needs maintenance ..doesnt work well (I had to clean the filters) floor fan doesn't work and needs to be cleaned. The grill isn't really.
The TV didn't work ....most significantly the wifi worked only 10% of the time.
It's an older building and while I understand 3rd world issues....the rates were high 1st world. And maintenance should not be a 3rd world issue. It's a matter of attention to detail.
All in all... I left before my rental was up.
Again....Taja is very nice and accommodating and this review is intended to encourage upgrading the house.
Thank you for your review and for your constructive critique. We have addressed all of your concerns and made significant upgrades. We now have a completely new Internet system- no longer using Ethernet connection but rather have a new mobile Internet system. There is a new mobile phone in the house that can be used to make free local or calls to the US and can also be used for data. This phone also works as a hotspot for guests to connect any devices they wish. This phone can be taken anywhere on Eleuthera to provide connectivity anywhere on the island, at the beach or in the cabana. We have made the following improvements- new high efficiency ceiling fans throughout the house, maintenance schedule increased for cleaning A/C. We are planning an upgrade to the BBQ as well as the TV. Just purchased new items for the kitchen, linens etc. Thank you again for your feedback.
Eleuthera- a 110 mile long island, offers many fascinating places and deserted beaches to explore. The island Harbour Island is 1.5 hours away; Nassau and Paradise Island are 20 minutes by plane. The village of Governors Harbour offers a variety of restaurants, bars, food, liquor, gift shops, library with internet, a cinema, post office, clinic, dive shop, and car and bicycle rentals. We have 2 sit- on-top ocean kayaks at the house for you to you explore the coast and even snorkel from. The adventurous traveler can enjoy nearby islands and virgin coral reefs teeming with exotic tropical fish, or charter boats for world-class bone or deep-sea fishing. Other sports available on the island include golf, tennis and surfing.
Other Activities: excellent swimming, snorkeling and kayaking right off the beach in front of the house
Additional pricing information
$100 charge for each guests in excess of 2 guests. Children 6 and under are free. $75 one time pet fee. Cleaning fee $100. Security deposit: $300 Car rental available at $495 per week.