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Romantic 1800s Cottage w/Infinity Pool, Antiques, Free Flights Included in Eleuthera

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vacation rental description

This elegant cottage, Toad Hall, dates from the early 1800s. It has been lovingly restored and furnished with musically-themed antiques from around world. Walk out your front door to enjoy a stunning hillside infinity-edge pool with spectacular views of the harbor and the Caribbean.

Downstairs, Toad Hall features a spacious living room with elegent contemporary and antique furnishings, including a grand piano. The dining area has seating for six at an antique mahogany table. The fully equpped peninsula kitchen features state-of-the-art stainless steel Smeg appliances, including a built-in 100 cm gas cooktop, electric oven, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher .

The large first-floor porch is a serene and pleasant spot to relax, surrounded by manicured gardens and with direct access to the pool deck.

Upstairs, Toad Hall has an enormous king bedroom suite with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors, furnished with exquisite antiques. The roof deck off the bedroom offers extensive ocean and sunset views. The master suite features a unique giant shower/tub that is a favorite of our guests. Simply dubbed Tub, this modern minimalist room pool features a cube-shaped basin complemented by sleek, chrome-finish fixtures. The tub measures 100 by 100 by 60 cm, and comes with a sliding, adjustable hand-held spray that takes you from bath to shower with ease.

Toad Hall is surrounded by a lush garden which is home to many fruit trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, aloe and coconut palms. The infinity pool serves both Toad Hall and Mrs. Russel’s House. The pool deck is dramatic, with its views of the harbour, and adds to the delight of the well-manicured grounds.

Amenities include flat-screen cable TV, air conditioning, wireless internet, hi-fi stereo, and off-street parking.

Toad Hall is part of the Squires Estate collection of beautifully restored 19th century homes on the hill above Governors Harbour. The homes and cottages at Squires Estate were decorated and furnished with antiques by a reknowned Italian architect. The décor and level of finish will delight the most discriminating world traveler. Our manager will greet you upon arrival and be available to assist you as needed. She can arrange for daily housekeeping, a private chef, or a car rental (extra charges apply), and provide advice about island activities. Other staff at Squires Estate include a fulltime gardener and housekeepers. Laundry and ironing services are provided on the premises. Toad Hall House can be combined with other historic homes and cottages in the Squires Estate collection for larger groups.

The town of Governors Harbour, a one-minute walk down the hill, has a charming collection of 19th century homes and churches overlooking its historic harbor.

Buy fresh fish and lobster from fisherman at the town dock, or visit the recently restored Haynes Library, which dates from 1897, for the weekly coffee hour for foreign residents and tourists. Governors Harbour has grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, two banks with ATMs, a bakery, gift shops, a dive shop, and a medical clinic. Friday Night Fish Fry in Governors Harbour, a street/beach party that brings together all the tourists and locals with food, drink, and dancing in the street, is not to be missed.

Walking over the hill in the other direction takes you to French Leave Beach, the finest beach on the island and one of the great beaches of the Caribbean. By foot, it’s 10 minutes to French Leave, a mile-long crescent of pink sand which is literally deserted most of the time. Most visitors to Eleuthera rent a car, because the island is rural and spread out, and a car is the only practical way to get around. By car, Toad Hall is just a minute from Frech Leave Beach.

A stay of four nights or longer entitles you to two free round-trip tickets from Nassau to Eleuthera or flight credits from the U.S. Some restrictions apply.

Eleuthera is famous for its 100 miles of spectacular, deserted beaches. The island, home to just 8000 residents, is completely safe any time of the day or night. Enjoy the rare experience of picking up hitch-hikers and leaving your keys in the car wherever you go. The snorkeling, diving, and fishing on the island are world class. Boating, surfing, and other water sports are also popular. You can rent power boats, sailboats, sea kayaks, bikes. You can have a charter captain take you out for excursions of various types. There is excellent sightseeing as well. Eleuthera has vast caves, cliffs, a bottomless ocean hole, many unique beaches, historic churches and 19th century homes, and small villages to explore. We hope you will enjoy Toad Hall, and experience all our island has to offer.

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Last modified on 11-4-2009 at 9:10 PM.

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villa rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • villa
    • floor area 1844 sq. ft.
  • Location Type
    • near the ocean
    • village
  • Theme
    • romantic
  • General
    • washing machine
    • parking off street
    • alarm clock
    • hair dryer
    • shampoo
    • clothes dryer
    • air conditioning
    • linens provided
    • parking
    • wireless internet
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • activities guide
    • ceiling fans
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • toilet paper
  • Kitchen
    • 4 ring stove
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • oven
    • microwave
    • blender
    • ice maker
    • cooking utensils
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
  • Dining
    • dining room
  • Pool / Spa
    • in ground pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom 1 half Bath
    • bathroom 1: toilet
    • bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 2
    • bedroom 1: 1 king
  • Entertainment
    • satellite / cable
    • television
    • radio
    • stereo
    • piano
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
    • balcony
    • wood deck
    • porch / veranda
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • unscreened porch / veranda
  • Suitability
    • children welcome
    • pets considered
  • Notes
    • The washer and dryer are not in the house, but are on the premies of the estate. Laundry and ironing services are provided on the estate at no charge.

activities and attractions in Eleuthera Caribbean

  • Attractions
    • restaurants
    • arboretum
    • bay/sound
    • botanical garden
    • caves
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • duty free shops
    • library
    • marina
    • reefs
  • Leisure Activities
    • sight seeing
    • beachcombing
    • paddle boating
    • scenic drives
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • fly fishing
    • hiking
    • sound/bay fishing
    • spelunking
    • surf fishing
    • tennis
    • cycling
    • wind-surfing
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • fishing
    • water skiing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • pier fishing
    • deepsea fishing
    • snorkeling

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vacation rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Early Summer
May 3 2014 - Jul 2 2014
3 nights
Jul 3 2014 - Aug 16 2014
3 nights
Aug 17 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 nights
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
3 nights
Jan 4 2015 - Feb 6 2015
3 nights
Feb 7 2015 - May 1 2015
3 nights
Early Summer
May 2 2015 - Jul 2 2015
3 nights
Late Summer
Jul 3 2015 - Aug 14 2015
3 nights
Aug 15 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 16.0%

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traveler reviews for this eleuthera villa rental

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Review submitted: February 12, 2013   Date of arrival: February 1, 2012

We recently spent 2 weeks in Toad Hall on Squires Estate, it was just what we needed, peaceful and in beautiful surroundings, the properties have been tastefully & interestingly restored. Everything we needed we were sorry to leave and will definitely return.

This review was posted by the guest on Trip Advisor on Feb 27, 2012.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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"Amazing restored homes in perfect location"

Review submitted: February 12, 2013   Date of arrival: July 1, 2012

We stayed in Toads Hall for 8 nights. The house is beautiful and perfectly restored. The tuba sink in the downstairs half bath is a real conversation piece! The kitchen is functional and more than adequate for cooking meals with a good supply of pots and pans. The upstairs loft bedroom, balcony, and bath are comfortable and charming, with a view of the infinity pool and Governor's Harbor. The grounds are covered with flowers and meticulously maintained. However, slightly more information would have been helpful. I discovered the pool bathroom by accident after several days. When renting other vacation homes we are used to a "house book" with insider tips and recommendations but there is nothing like that here. The wifi is fast and functional so you can easily do your own research. Also I never found a grill so options are limited if you catch fish. In sum the house is gorgeous and we would absolutely stay there again but you need to be pretty self sufficient. Eleuthera's not for everyone!

This review was posted by the guest on Trip Advisor on Aug 5, 2012.

Helpful votes: 2 / 4



Review submitted: December 14, 2012   Date of arrival: November 30, 2012

Being that Eleuthera was the first outer island of the Bahamas we selected to visit we were not sure what to expect.

That said everything exceded our expectations;
the simple laid back beauty of the island,
the comfort of Toad Hall and its amenitites
and the friendliness and helpfullness of the property manager Annie and her staff.

This was the first trip we have taken of many in a long time that neither my wife or I wanted to leave at the end.

If you want a relaxing, quite time Toad Hall on Eleuthera is a perfect choice for a couple. Be sure to pick up some fresh stone crab and lobster from the local fisherman and cook it - you will not be disappointed.

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


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This vacation rental has been listed since 10/30/2009.