Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Historic, beachfront villa, the secret hideaway where Prince Charles and Lady Diana spent their honeymoon. Perfect for families or groups of friends wanting peace and seclusion. Empty beaches, pink and white sand, turquoise waters, once visited never forgotten. A pretty, airy, open-plan beach house with glass sliding doors opening wide onto sun porches, sea breezes and spectacular ocean views. It's rare to spot another person's footprints on the beach below. Privacy and peace guaranteed. But enough to do to keep the kids occupied, warm shallow waters to splash around in, a Clubhouse with pool and tennis courts 5 minutes walk away, colourful local settlements to explore, catch of the day to barbecue, snorkelling on the offshore reef to view fantastically coloured fish, rent a fishing boat for the day, use the windsurfer, kayaks or bicycles that come with the house, eat a leisurely meal at one of the fun local restaurants. Or just hang out with a good book under a palm tree............
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rock Sound or Governor's Harbour 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Simple, pretty furnishings throughout. The two twin bedded rooms can convert into kingsize double bedded rooms, so 4 couples can rent together, or 2 families with children. 4 hours maid service a day included. Cook, babysitter available if required. An excellent local yoga instructor can provide classes in the house.
Spa treatments - massage, facials and other pampering treats can come to the house or you can visit the salon.
|Further details outdoors|
Steps directly down to the Atlantic beach outside your door. The calm shallow waters of the Caribbean, perfect for children, are a short walk away on the other side of Windermere Island. Watch for humming birds feeding in the garden, ospreys diving for fish on the beach, turtles popping up to inspect you as you kayak or windsurf. A prime location for bone fishing.
The Out Islands region
The island of Eleuthera, 30 minutes flight from Nassau, is one of the outlying “family islands” of the Bahamas, famed for its unspoilt, uncrowded beaches with pink sand and clear turquoise waters. The island is 200 miles long and narrow, with the dark blue waters of the Atlantic on one side and the shallow turquoise seas of the Caribbean on the other. The pace of life is leisurely, guaranteed to be an antidote to the stresses of modern day living. Year round sea breezes cool the island.
Eleuthera is a prime location for the sport of bone fishing and the exceptionally clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving on the nearby reefs. The adjacent Harbour Island, popular with film and rock stars, is famed for its pretty colonial-style buildings – well worth a day’s visit. Places to visit on Eleuthera include the spectacular Glass Window Bridge, the Hatchet Bay Caves, the Rock Sound Ocean Hole, and Preacher’s Cave. The brightly painted houses of the local settlements echo the colours of the island.
Windermere is a small 3 mile long island joined to Eleuthera by a bridge and is for the exclusive use of the owners and renters of its small number of villas. It has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean a short walk away on the other side. For many years it's been the favoured destination of those seeking peace and privacy, the British Royal Family amongst them. It's rare to see another person's footprints on the breathtaking beaches.
The Clubhouse - membership included in the rental - provides a swimming pool and tennis courts all year round and a bar and restaurant in high season. All other amenities - restaurants, supermarkets etc - can be found on Eleuthera, 20 - 30 minutes drive away.
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14 Sep 2014
"A step back into 1960"
If you want to step back into time, this is the place. Home in dated to 1960. But, the beach is perfect. It f you want to be alone, this is it, we only saw 2 people on it in a week. There were roach… More
Provender House was built in the 1970s. The photos in the ad are recent and accurate. U.S., Canadian, and European cell phones work fine at this location, but you must have your phone activated for international roaming, which this guest did not have. The internet, which is via DSL from the phone company, is normally quite reliable by island standards (in a typical week, it goes down a couple of times for half an hour). There were island-wide internet problems during the week of the guest's stay, apparently due to bad weather just before her visit. Yes, as is widely known, and as I always remind my guests, most restaurants on the island close during September. I am very surprised this guest seemed to have such trouble finding someone to take her fishing. Eleuthera is well known as a fishing destination and I have never heard of a fishing guide refusing to take someone fishing in September or any other month. There are many guides on the island, and they are always eager to work for visitors.
18 May 2013
A shorter but more descriptive address than 'Provender, Windermere Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas" is 'Paradise'. For anyone who wants peace and calm in beautiful isolation--and who doesn't?--this is it. A matchless two-mile beach, ocean 20 yards from the house, trees and colourful shrubs all round, neighbours a longish walk away and a second beach for swimming on the sound between Windermere Island and Eleuthera proper. All on a private and gated island at weekly prices that in most resorts would buy you a crowded and only moderately swish hotel.
The house is a model of intelligent design from the 1970s, recently modernised and comfortably furnished without bling or pointless luxury. The core of this bright, inside-outside house is a 40-foot drawing room with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side. The ocean-side and the land-side each open onto generous wood decks on which you can follow the sun or shade through the day. Four separate bedrooms with their own bathrooms, angle out, two at either end. Each bedroom has an ocean view. The plan allows for mingling and privacy.
Be clear. Windermere island is not a resort, though there is a clubhouse with an ample pool, tennis courts and a good restaurant five or so minutes walk away on the central spine of this narrow island. At Provender you have to make your own fun, your own socialising, your own life. There is no marina, no disco and no casino. The nearest shops are a 45-minute drive away. For anyone who gets the point, that is part of the charm. You and those with you are, in a sense, rather pampered castaways. If you want the essentials--sun, ocean and seclusion in a house rather than a beach hut or a shepherd's cave--Provender has all of them. The house, deservedly, is not given away, pricewise. But a fortnight in Paradise will be worth a year of self-punishment at the gym or self-analysis at the therapist.
18 May 2013
A wonderful airey family house so close to the beach that you fall asleep to the sound of the waves,locals so friendly as is the daily help we had a great holiday and came home recharged!!… More
10 Apr 2013
"What an Amazing place."
Provender was a dream stay for us. It was very relaxing and beautiful location.The house keeper was most helpful and all the locals were very friendly.The good thing about provender is that it can eas… More
3 Apr 2013
"Fantastic - location, weather and people!"
We went with a small party of close friends to this beautiful villa and island. As it was a once in a life-time trip we decided it would be the perfect location for our wedding.We had a truly memorabl… More
1 Apr 2013
"Perfect calm and relaxation in an incredible setting, we all loved it."
We were after a real 'getaway from it all' holiday and Provender was exactly what we wanted, with the most spectacular setting and on a stunning beach that stretched for miles where we rarel… More
1 Apr 2013
"Jewel In The Crown"
Most amazing place, fantastic location, accommodation first class, this was our sixth visit and just as good as the first! Like coming home. People friendly, nearby restaurant excellent, climate won… More
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