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Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow

Member since: 2002
Speaks English

Beautifully relaxing Beach Front Cottage, Prime Banks Road Location

26 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Bahamas - Pebbles

Beach Front One Bedroom, 2 bathrooms Cottage. Stunning Views

'Pebbles' is the guest cottage on a 7 acre estate, enjoying total privacy. Wonderful views looking north up the coast of Eleuthera and out to sea. The beach is miles long and offers all sorts of different places to swim.

Amenities:: One bedroom with King size bed and a/c, two bathrooms, one with a washing machine. Pull out queen size sofa bed in Living/dining area, with VCR and CD player. A/C throughout. High speed WIFI Internet. Pebbles had new doors and windows installed in March of 2016. Beach umbrellas are also included.

Cleaning service once during a one-week stay, or more by special request. babysitting and private cook can also be arranged.

The kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and all necessary cooking utensils. A telephone for incoming and local calls.

Maid service is included once mid week during a week long stay. (Not included for shorter stays.)

All rooms have magnificent ocean views!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Speaks English

About Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow

My family have been involved on Eleuthera since the late 1930's. I love this island and it's friendly people!

Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Matthew Simon and Kristin Tornow chose Bahamas

If you are looking for a chance to relax, away from the madding crowd...listen to the waves, walk along a virtually deserted pink sand beach, going on for miles...dine under a canopy of stars...then this is what you will find at 'Pebbles'!

What makes this cottage unique

Excellently well decorated and fully equipped! Right on the beach...with stunning views! Everyday is slightly different, depending on the ocean!

Reviews

4.7
based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

Beautifully relaxing Beach Front Cottage, Prime Banks Road Location
average rating of 4.6538463 based on 26 reviews
5

Ten Days in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The description and information in all the documentation about Pebbles was right on. The pictures were accurate reflections. When we walked through the door we felt we were already at home. The setting is much more and much better than we expected. Pictures in brochures were unable to capture the intense beauty.

We had the pleasure of interacting with the owner, the property manager, and the booking agent. Whatever they say, they mean. They all bent over backward to made sure everything was in ship-shape shape. One morning the coffee pot died. We were able to get a few cups and called the property manager. Five minutes later the owner showed up at the door with a replacement from her own house. We call that exceptional caring service.

The property, the cottage, and everything around it was in immaculate condition. It is difficult on islands to win the battle against the salt elements, but these folks immediately jump on anything that goes wrong.

Yes, we recommend this place. It is probably the best location on the island. The beach is private, clean, romantic, alluring. Most of the time we had it completely to ourselves. This is only one beach of many. The protruding reef right in front of the cottage acted as a breakwater from the Atlantic swells. The easterlies kept the mosquito and biting bugs at bay.

Governors Harbour became our home for 10 days. Everyone in town were genuinely helpful. They throw a mean Friday night party with music that makes the stiffest of people come alive with the rhythm of Caribbean. Town is very convenient and offered about all we needed. We wanted for nothing. A lot of good local restaurants with help all going out of their way to please. We picked up anyone walking and all of them were grateful and appreciative. We found it hard to wave at locals before they waved at us. Even when on the main island road going through various settlements the locals were quick with smiles and friendliness. The island is clean. Kept that way by islanders who take pride in their country.

We could not rate which restaurant was the best. They all have their charm and personalities. Same for the beaches. All-in-all we found the food at all the restaurants we visited to be delicious. For two of us, it is difficult to have a glass of wine and a meal for less than $70 and that includes tax and tip. We found portions to be generous and many times an evening meal became tomorrow's lunch.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private, romantic, comfortable, relaxing get-away

  • 5 of 5

A great accidental find. Property fits Internet description perfectly. Beach better than expected. Owners were lavish in their welcoming and ensuring everything met or exceeded our expectations. Property Manager efficient, quick to respond, personable. Booking agent thorough and responsive. All were anxious to make sure we had all we needed and were comfortable (one morning our coffee maker died. We called the property manager and five minutes later the owner showed up with a replacement from their house).

The attentive service by everyone never quits.

We could add nothing new to the pages and pages of accolades and praises written in the guest log. Pebbles is midway up the island and accessible to anything without a long drive. Locals treated us more as guests than tourists. Smiles were genuine. All very willing to stop whatever they were doing to give directions or "Eleuthera according to the locals."

Almost perfect weather while there. Were pummeled for five minutes by a passing squall while sitting chest deep in water. Spent the moments watching how rain makes the water mushroom up when it hits water.

All the beaches have their own personality. We found a few that worked for us. Never crowded and always private. Others on the beach often found their places and stayed put allowing us to be ourselves or find ourselves without intrusion. Blood pressure must have dropped twenty points or so.

Roads are narrow and daunting at first. Left side driving. Luckily, no round-abouts! Not a single light on the entire 120 mile stretch of the island. Some back roads to beaches look like overgrown driveways. With the thick jungle constantly encroaching on the roads and grass growing tall between tire marks, you wonder how two cars could possibly pass if they met. But it all works out.

Putting a vehicle in your travel budget is a must.

A person can feel quite at risk and vulnerable in a foreign country. Not here. We gave anyone a ride and they all appreciated the lift. They thank by holding both hands and saying "God bless you." At the Friday night Fish Fry tourists, land owners and locals alike meet and mix in this convivial environment. The music will grab you.

A final word about Pebbles and the entire support staff from owner to booking agent... you can trust whatever they say and whatever you read.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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GREAT GETAWAY! GREAT VALUE!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for five days and nights at Pebbles. It was a joy! Right on the water! Great walks. Great swimming. Charming host and hostess very knowledgeable about the area. Sent us down to the Island School--a must see. Lots of privacy, clean and very comfortable. We heartily recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always heartwarming to read that guests have really enjoyed their stay and taken advantage of the wonders that are right outside the door! Since their stay in November, we have completely redone all doors and windows, and taken care of several other maintenance issues...which with a house right on the beach, is a constant unending challenge!
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A rental cottage in tune with Eleuthera itselff

  • 5 of 5

I had a chance to stay at Pebbles cottage, and later in the main house during my first visit to Eleuthera. Eleuthera is indeed one of the most low-key vacation paradises I have ever been to, and the setting of this estate is all you could ever dream of - right on the beach with nothing else in sight for miles. Yet it is only a few minutes drive from Governor's Harbour. The cottage is simple and homey but with all the amenities, very in tune with the overall ambiance on the island. The management is most attentive.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pebbles ROCKS! (Sorry -bad pun!)

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 5th anniversary, and booked Pebbles for the weekend. What a great property and location! I highly recommend it for a quiet, romantic weekend. We had a brief chat with some neighbours down the way, but otherwise had the beach to ourselves. The accommodations were great, other than a damaged kitchen door perpetrated by the prior tenants (see previous review). Grab yourself some cocktails and get down there!

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Definitely needs upgrading

  • 1 of 5

Multiple failures some accidental, some chronic.

- The cabinet doors fall out of hinges upon the first touch.

- Internet worked for 1 out of 7 days, so consider that the likelihood of you finding it working 14% chance.

- Water supply was disrupted after pump failure, took a day to get it fixed.

- Kitchen door had no stopper, being on the windy side, the wind blew it open and broke the door along the vertical.

The part that broke hit the water supply line causing a rupture and the subsequent pressure loss caused the water pump to fail.

The water itself comes from a well and has a strong sulfur scent, not sure if the filter is failing, or if it is simply unavoidable.

On the plus side

- The people looking after the building did the best they could to address issues in a timely fashion.

- Knowing the island I used Sky Beach (10min car drive) for internet access. The resort at Sky Beach manages to always have good internet connection, seems they know what it takes to get it done on the island.

- The location is stunning, the Atlantic beach, a natural pool nearby, wonderful grounds around the building, .... that saved the trip.

- The kitchen was no beauty but fully functional and well equipped with cooking utensils, so that worked well.

Hope the owner upgrades, the location certainly would justify doing just that.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It saddened me to read this review because it is simply exaggerated. The kitchen door was damaged beyond repair when the small children of this couple were allowed to open it, at night, in the middle of what the father himself admitted was a big storm, with very high winds, and ripped out of their hands...this is how the problem started...we then offered them the main house, which was unoccupied at the time, until we were able to get the door secured and the water situation sorted out. It was very expensive but non of their security deposit was withheld, even though they had caused the door to be broken, and consequently the pump to fail.We accepted that it was an accident, albeit an expensive one for us to fix! Everything was done as quickly as possible to restore water and secure the door until we were able to get a replacement sent from Nassau. As for the lack of Internet, that was beyond our control and affecting many parts of the island while 'upgrading' work was going on. We certainly were not the only ones having problems! Hopefully this is now a thing of the past and we will all have better Internet connections. There was ONE cabinet door which is in need of repair, but not one that needs to be opened at all...and this is being done in the next week few weeks, now that the materials have arrived. Many people enjoy our cottage and come back again and again...and we take the maintenance very seriously, but cannot be held responsible for damage that renters themselves may cause, and then get annoyed when it disrupts their vacation! Eleuthera is an island, with few shops....so not everything can be mended and replaced in a day...it is part of the islands charm not to have shopping malls and huge stores, but it makes for some serious challenges when dealign with repairs!
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Location

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Governor's Harbour (GHB)
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Governor's Harbour
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Car: recommended

Eleuthera is one of the larger islands of the Bahamas. It has some of the most beautiful secluded beaches to be found anywhere in the world. There are more places for quiet picnics, snorkeling, beachcombing and dining by the ocean in one of the excellent restaurants.

Pebbles is on an 11 acres private estate called On the Rocks, which is located between Governor's Harbour and North Palmetto Point on the Atlantic side of the island. The best beaches are on the Atlantic side and the cooler summer breezes too!

No high rise buildings, large hotels or casinos! No crowds or traffic jams!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Governor's Harbor, Eleuthera

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
4 Jun 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
4 night minimum stay
£980
for 4 nights
From
£245
£1,202
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£603
for 4 nights
From
£151
£942
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
£603
for 4 nights
From
£151
£942
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
19 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£754
for 4 nights
From
£188
£976
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
18 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,730
for 7 nights
£1,730
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
4 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
£904
for 4 nights
From
£226
£1,127
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
11 Feb 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,055
for 4 nights
From
£264
£1,353
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Spring
23 Apr 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£904
for 4 nights
From
£226
£1,127
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
10 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
£980
for 4 nights
From
£245
£1,202
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£603
for 4 nights
From
£151
£942
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£754
for 4 nights
From
£188
£976
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
18 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£754
for 4 nights
From
£188
£1,074
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
17 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,730
for 7 nights
£1,730
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38

Rates are for the first 2 guests. Additional guests at Pebbles pay $200/week. Babies under 2 are free.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on the Bahamas on the Caribbean

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The main bathroom has 2 sinks and 2 shower units. There is an outside shower for rinsing off when you come from the beach. The second full bathroom, just off the living area also has a tub and shower, sink and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The bedroom faces the ocean, and has an adjoining 'his & hers' bathroom. There is a second bathroom, and a queen size pull out sofa bed in the living room, suitable for 2 people. There is a/c in the bedroom and also in the living/ding/kitchen area.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
The telephone is for incoming and local calls only, wifi us also available. Pebbles is a lovely, well appointed beach cottage with some of the most amazing views up the coast. The beach is directly outside with miles of cool pink sand and few people in sight. The Main House faces away, and allows Pebbles to have privacy and no interference in any way. It is completely independent in every way, it has it's own access to the beach. Dining under billions of stars clearly visible in the night sky as there is no light pollution to cloud the view! Very romantic nights! Maid service is included once mid week during a weeklong stay. (Not included for shorter stays.)

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