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Fran's Fancy, Hope Town, Beachfront w/ dock in Bahamas

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  • bedrooms 3
  • baths 2
  • sleeps 6
  • pool no
  • hot tub no
  • pets allowed no
  • type Cottage
  • community North End
  • rates (USD) $ 2,550 - $ 3,550 / week

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Elbow Cay and the Abacos

The Abacos are 180 miles east of Miami and consist of
100-mile-long Great Abaco Island and a string of
small islands about 5 miles off its shore. Elbow Cay,
with its settlement of Hope Town, is in the middle of
this string of islands. The protected area between
Great Abaco Island and the barrier islands is called
the Sea of Abaco and is consistently listed as one of
the best cruising areas in the whole world.

The first inhabitants arrived in the 1700's and the
Wyannie Malone Museum in Hope Town is very informative
about the early development of the town. Today's
islanders are descendants of British Loyalists who
fled the United States after England lost the
Revolutionary War. Their accents still ring of
England and are pleasant to listen to.

Elbow Cay itself is a four-mile-long island with
Hope Town near its northern end. It has a picturesque
protected harbor and at the entrance stands the
candy-striped lighthouse which is a much photographed
Out Island landmark. The village, located between a
beautiful beach and the harbor, has perhaps 400
permanent residents and is reminiscent of a New
England fishing village set in the tropics. Its main
street, the Queen's Highway, is 8' wide and no cars
are allowed in the village. There are two town docks
for your use and two marinas where gas can be
purchased. There are two grocery stores (one with its
own dock), 2 liquor stores, a bank, a hardware store,
and several gift shops and artist studios. In town,
the meeting place is the Harbour's Edge Restaurant
and Bar. They have their own dock and you can pull
your boat up next to your table. They serve lunch
and dinner outside under their awning as well as
inside. On Saturday nights they have a calypso band
and everybody turns out for dancing. There is also
Captain Jacks in their new building on the waterfront
also serving lunch and dinner. Wednesday & Friday
nights they have live music and dancing. The Hope Town
Harbour Lodge is a wonderful spot for lunch with its
beachside, outdoor patio under the palms. Have a swim
in their fresh water pool when you stop by for a
drink or lunch. They also serve dinner in their
handsome dining room overlooking the harbor and have
live music and dancing some nights.


Down the island at White Sound is the Abaco Inn. This
delightful small hotel at the ocean's edge serves
lunch and dinner in a wonderful atmosphere. Feel
free to stop by for a drink, lunch, or dinner and
to use their dock or their pool. Call them on the
VHF for dinner reservations. You can go there by
your own boat or they will pick you up by van from
the main public dock in Hope Town. Also in White
Sound is the Sea Spray Resort with their own dock
and serving lunch & dinner. We recommend their
Grouper Royale. You can dine outside under the palms
and swim in their pool. They will pick you up in Hope
Town. Both the Hope Town Harbour Lodge and Club Soleil
serve very nice Sunday brunches.

You will love fresh baked Bahamian bread as well as
key lime pie and other good stuff. Vernon Malone at
Vernon's Grocery in town presides over Vernon's Upper
Crust Bakery. Everything he makes is wonderful and
you will be entertained by his signs. Fresh fish &
crawfish can be purchased at the fish market across
the street from Capt. Jacks.

There is a clinic in town staffed by a resident nurse.
Doctors are in Marsh Harbour and the local people
are extremely helpful in the event of an emergency.
Our caretakers, Willard Bethel and daughter Amanda, own the Harbour
View Grocery in town. I can generally comment that all
the people of Abaco are very nice and you will feel
welcome everywhere.

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About the House

Our house is in the Hope Town Point area which
encompasses the northern end of Elbow Cay. We are
about 1 mile from the settlement, right on the water,
on the Sea of Abaco side and all of the homes in this
area are owned by foreigners such as ourselves.

The walk from the settlement on a sand road is most
pleasant, always with a view of the sea and past
lovely homes and estates. About 250 yards before
you get to our property you will pass the Hope Town
Point Community dock in a protected lagoon.

Our private drive winds through the woods and
flowering bushes to the house, which is situated
right at the edge of the sea. Surrounding the house
are plantings of bougainvillea, oleander, hibiscus
and other flowering bushes along with various
hardwood trees and palms. The dense vegetation
affords perfect privacy and there is a magnificent
view from the front of the house, which faces the
sea. The house sits on a 12' high rock bluff and
our vista takes in the Hope Town Lighthouse, Parrot
Cays, Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War Cay, Johnnie's Cay,
and the ocean reefs. A path carved out of the stone
leads to our own L-shaped dock where you may leave
your rented boat (most people rent a boat). At the
end of the dock is our gazebo which allows
you to get out of the sun. There is seating and a
rope hammock. What a wonderful place to spend an
afternoon with a good book. The steps carved into the
bluff also take you down to our own small beach and
into the water. The whole sea bottom in front of our
house is clear white sand and varies from 1 1/2' to
4' deep out 150 feet from the water's edge. This is
one of the things about our property that we enjoy
the most - wonderful swimming right in front of the
house. You can wade all the way to the end of the
island (about 1/4 mile) all over a sand bottom - a
great way to meet the neighbors in the late afternoon.

Our high bluff plus the elevation of the house gives
us wonderful breezes, which blow right through. The
house is central air-conditioned, but all windows open
and are screened and we have tropical fans in the
bedrooms, living room, and on the porch.

From the drive you enter the side of our 40' long
covered porch. On the porch is a table and chairs for
outside dining, a sitting area, and chaise lounges.
The house is melon color with white trim. You will
love the 180-degree view of multi-hued blues and
greens of the clearest water you will ever see. The
sunsets are unbelievable. You will discover that
our dock at night, is a wonderful place to be. You
have the feeling that you are sitting in the middle
of the ocean and there is always a delightful breeze.

The house itself has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large
living and dining area, and a kitchen. All rooms have
cathedral ceilings for an open, airy feeling.

The walls and wood ceiling are all "pickled" cypress
with a light tan finish. The living/dining area,
overlooking the sea, has a wall of glass windows and
doors. The furniture is rattan and the whole house
is beautifully decorated a la Fran. Almost the entire
house has white ceramic tile flooring. The round
rattan dining table seats six and overlooks the water
through two glass walls. The entertainment center
includes a stereo/radio/cassette player, C.D. player, playing cards,
games, and a large selection of books. There are many
interesting books about the Bahamas including two
informative guidebooks for yachtsmen, which will help
you, plan your days. There are also books about flora,
shells, fish, and stars. The large selection of tapes
range from Mozart, to Big Band, to Calypso and the
oldies. We also have an 18-inch satellite dish and TV
with 15 movie channels, music, and many other channels. There is a
DVD player. In the kitchen is a VHF radio and a telephone. The VHF
serves as a local

telephone system. You can use it to make dinner
reservations, for the ferry, or to entertain yourself
by listening to all of the conversations. The kitchen
is very well equipped for almost any of your needs and
includes a blender, a microwave, coffee maker, a
toaster and a dishwasher. There is a charcoal grill for
your enjoyment (please leave hot coals in grill for at
least 24 hours before throwing them into the garbage
pail). We have 24-hour city electricity, as well as an
auxiliary generator in case of a power failure. Two
bedrooms have queen-size beds and one bedroom has two
singles.

Both baths have stall showers. The water is collected
off the roof in a cistern under the house and we ask
that you be as careful as possible about wasting water.
Towels, linens, and blankets are supplied, but beach
towels are not. Please bring your own. A lovely ocean
beach is only a three-minute walk from our property
across the island.

activities and attractions in Bahamas Caribbean

By now if you are not already familiar with the
Abacos, you have an idea that this is not Miami or
Nassau. The Abacos are for those whose nighttime
activities require no more than nice restaurants and
an occasional Calypso band with dancing. Evenings
are spent reading, playing games, listening to music,
or watching TV. The Sea of Abaco is a protected body
of water with miles and miles of calm sandy beaches
and several quaint villages for you to explore. There
are many places for you to cross the islands or take
your boat to get to deserted ocean beaches.
Snorkeling and skin diving can be done in shallow or
deep water and the choices are numerous. For the
true diving enthusiast, the reefs are magnificent
with wrecks, two underwater marine parks, and miles
and miles of reefs to explore on the ocean side of
the islands. Combine this with the clearest water in
the world and that spells beautiful diving. Fishing
is great and includes. wahoo, grouper, snapper,
marlin, tuna, sailfish1 bonefish, and dolphin. Other
species can be found just a short distance offshore.
There are excellent local guides and charters
available at reasonable prices. Tanks can be rented
and filled at Froggie's in Town.

SOME PLACES TO VISIT:

ELBOW CAY
Hope Town, as previously described, has roads to
explore around the whole island. Tahiti Beach, on
the south end of the island; looks like the South
Seas. There are lovely ocean beaches almost the
whole northern end of the island and ocean reefs
for diving. Winer Malone is the last boat builder
in Hope Town. His shed near Vernon's Store is
interesting to visit and his Abaco dinghies are
works of art.

MAN-O-WAR CAY
The boat building capital of the Out Islands.
Beautiful village, beaches, nice walks, several
restaurants and snack bars for lunch with ice cream,
milk shakes and sandwiches, sail loft for great
ditty bags, hats, etc., locally owned by the Alburys,
and several other gift and craft shops. Ocean reefs
for diving, including the wreck of the U.S.S.
Adirondak with its cannon still on the sea floor.
Wonderful walks to both ends of the island. There
is a marina for gas and oil.

MARSH HARBOUR
Capitol of the area (approx. 3500 people) with banks,
supermarkets, restaurants, marinas, hardware stores,
sporting goods (including diving and fishing
equipment). Not as picturesque as Elbow Cay and other
settlements and does not have an ocean beach. You
can rent a car or motorbike here for further
exploration of Great Abaco. There are also several
doctors and dentists. Wally's Restaurant is superb
for lunch with a fine boutique and its own dock.
Mangoes Restaurant, with its own boutique right next
door, is also very good. Boat Harbour Marina is
great for boat watching, drinks or lunch at their
outdoor bar and restaurant, and for a dip in their
pool. The same can be done at the Conch Inn. There
is good duty free shopping at Little Switzerland and
John Bull.

GUANA CAY
Guana Harbour Club for lunch, drinks, a swim in the
pool, and some of the nicest beaches in the Bahamas
(both sides of the island). There is also Nipper's
Restaurant on the beach serving lunch & dinner with
a nice atmosphere. Here is a little known tip. Enter
the lagoon between Scotland Cay and Guana by
drifting over the shallow bar of the southernmost
opening. Its fabulous inside and you can enter the
ocean on a nice day by watching out for the reefs.
Once outside there are numerous reefs off the south
end of Guana but be careful getting to them. The
diving is fantastic here. The key is a calm day, which
enables you to see. Also, the very northern end of
the island on the ocean side has one of the finest
beaches you will ever see. The water is deep almost
to the beach and to the reefs where the diving is great.

LITTLE HARBOUR
Home of the late Randolph Johnson, a famous sculptor,
his talented family, and resident artists. Visit
their studio (during visiting hours - see "Yachtsman's
Guide) and you can see how he used the lost wax
method of casting. His pieces have been sold
throughout the world. Visiting Little Harbour for
the spot alone would be worthwhile. Be sure to read
his most interesting book about his family moving
to the Bahamas (in our book collection). Pete now has
a new restaurant/ bar called Pete's Pub. It is great
for lunch and Pete is a real character.

PELICAN CAYS AND SEA PARK
Beautiful area with extensive reefs and beaches in
the protected Sea of Abaco. You could explore this
area for weeks. See the "Yachtsman's Guide" or
"Guide to the Abacos" in the house for many other
places to visit.

TRANSPORTATION AND CUSTOMS

Gulfstream (Continental) and Bahamas Air service Marsh Harbour from
West Palm Beach.
American Air Lines and Gulf Stream(Continental), service Marsh
Harbour from Miami. Island Express services Marsh Harbour
from Ft. Lauderdale. Vintage Props and Jets serves from
Jacksonville, Daytona, and Melbourne. All have 800 numbers
and different types of off price fares. Schedules
and airlines may change from time to time so it is
good to check.

You must have a valid passport. Bahamas customs allows
you to bring food for your personal consumption
(no fresh fruit or vegetables). You can bring a cooler
(great to have on your boat) with some meats and
other goods to avoid the higher cost of groceries,
but if you don't want to bother, the supermarkets
in Marsh Harbour and the local stores are well stocked. A
taxi will take you from the airport to the ferry whose schedule
may coincide with your flight. A ferry can be
chartered at any time for $90.00. At no extra
charge the taxi will stop and let you do your
shopping. Ask the driver to call and tell the
ferry that you will be coming. The ferry will
take you the three miles to the Hope Town public
dock (near the post office) where our caretaker,
Willard Bethel, will meet you and take you to the
house. As an alternative, the ferry can drop you off
at Island Marine where you can get your boat and then
go directly to the house. Remember when you arrive
on Saturday that stores in Hope Town will be closed
on Sunday. You can get gas on Sunday from 9 a.m. to
12 noon.

GOLF CARTS

We have a golf cart that is available for rent at an
additional charge for $200 a week. This is less than
is charged by the rental agency in town. The cart is
used to get to town only and is not allowed in town
unless you are handicapped and go through the
necessary procedures. There are lights for night use.

WHAT TO BRING

Beach towels, suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses,
snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, any food, cooler,
long sleeved shirts for sun protection, and
flashlight. You will probably bring too many clothes.
Days are in bathing suits and dining out is casual
(no jackets for men). Bring a portable radio if you
want one for the beach.

BOAT RENTAL

We have an arrangement with Island Marine that
provides boats for our guests at reduced rates.
There are other places to rent boats but Island
Marine does the best job. They are less than a mile
from the house. The workhorse of the Abacos is the
Boston Whaler. The 17 footer can take you anywhere
and normally rents for $625/week. Your special rate
will be $575/week. They also have 20 foot Man-O-War
built boats, which are really nice, and your special
rate is $825/week. The special price for the 23' Man O War is $1050.
The boats are fully equipped and
can be reserved by calling them. Ask us for the number.
Tell them you are staying at Fran's Fancy.

vacation rental rates

$2550 - 2 people(2007)
$3000- 3/4 people(2007)
$3550 - 5/6 people(2007)

If we are not at home when you call, please leave a
message and we will normally call you back within a
day. E-mails may not be answered for a few days if we are out
of town.

We rent from Saturday to Saturday and the minimum
rental is one week. Usually our guests leave Marsh
Harbour on a morning plane and check out time is
10:00 A.M. This leaves us time to clean the house
for arriving guests with a check in time at 2:00 PM
If you arrive earlier you can change clothes and
start to explore the island. Sorry, we do not allow pets.

To confirm a reservation (maximum of 6 people) a deposit for each
of $1000 per week you stay is required. The

balance is due 5 weeks before you arrive. Mail is very
slow to the Bahamas and this gives us time to
notify our caretaker of your arrival so he can
meet you and take you to the house.

In regard to cancellations, your deposit less $50
will be refunded if we are notified no less than
120 days prior to the time reserved. If less than
120 days notice is given, the refund will depend
on whether another renter can be obtained, which
we are usually able to do. If you reserve two
weeks, then the cancellation period is increased
by 30 days.

When you tell us you are taking a time period, we
will hold the house for you for five (5) days for
your deposit to arrive. We will then send you a
letter confirming your deposit. When we receive
your final payment we will send you additional
information familiarizing you with the house,
travel plans, maps, and how people can call you,
etc.

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