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Stylish and Lavishly Appointed Beach House at Club Med / French Leave Beach

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Property Details

Updated: Jul 13, 2016
6 Bedrooms, 5 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 14

Welcome to Alfred House, a new, luxurious, and secluded beachfront estate on the north end of world-famous French Leave Beach (formerly Club Med Beach). There are no houses between this house and the mile-long beach of pink sand where a Club Med once stood, the most sought-after beach location on Eleuthera. The ocean is turquoise, shallow, and historically safe, having served Club Med well for many years. Children love this shallow beach. Enjoy thousands of feet of deserted beachfront, extensive ocean views from every major room, and the sound and smell of the ocean from everywhere.

The town of Governors Harbour, the main town on the island, is just a mile away, with restaurants and stores. French Leave Harbour Village and Sky Beach Club, two resorts with excellent restaurants and oceanfront pools with poolside service, are just a mile away.

Alfred House is a newly constructed, 4000-square-foot, 5-bedroom Colonial style home plus one-bedroom guest cottage (800 square foot), located just 50 feet from the beach. The house was designed and decorated to reflect the laid back feeling of the cabanas at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda. Both the upstairs and downstairs of Alfred House have a wall of glass french windows, so as you move through the house, you see the sea at every turn. The house is furnished with distressed Indian teak antiques and custom pieces made of teak, mango, & cherry woods, and black and white photographs of movie icons.

Downstairs, Alfred House features a vast great room that looks out through a wall of glass french doors at the beach and ocean. The open-plan kitchen faces the ocean, and features custom wooden white shelving with Mexican shell encrusted stone countertops. Appliances are stainless steel. The kitchen island is capped with a ten-foot teak counter with matching teak bar stools.

There are Honduran hardwood floors, cypress cedar ceilings, marble and slate tile, and mini-split air conditioning units. The upstairs features a huge media room overlooking the sea, along with four bedrooms, with a fifth bedroom downstairs. Four of the bedrooms have huge ocean views. The fifth has a hill/sunset view. Three large bedrooms have king beds; the two smaller bedrooms have two twin beds in each. The three king suites have ensuite bathrooms. There is a powder/shower room downstairs. The media room upstairs is huge, another gathering spot, and faces the ocean and shows turquoise water through several french doors.

The upstairs sun deck, with its grand row of honduran mahogany shutters, runs the length of the house (60 ft), with miles of beach and ocean views. It is furnished with comfortable white lounge chairs. Beneath it is a covered terrace, a shady spot for enjoying the sea breeze and the sound of the ocean. The floor of the terrace contains a lovely mosaic of a conch made by a local island artist. Seating for drinks or coffee is available on the ground terrace, where you can see and hear the ocean.

Alfred's guest cottage, called Med Point, is perched right on the edge of the ocean with a huge 1100-square-foot teak wrap-around deck. It is 800 square feet, and has it's own kitchen, in a large great room. The cottage is available for an additional charge (see Rates for details). If you don't require use of the guest cottage, it will be left empty. We will not rent it to anyone else.

Amenities at Alfred House include full AC, a large flat-screen TV with DVD in the media room, high-speed internet with WIFI. The house does not have cable or satellite TV.

Alfred House is surrounded by over 20 acres of secluded wild nature, full of casuarina trees, coconut palms, giant cacti, sea grape and lettuce, even though we are only a mile or so from town. (See the aerial view). Explore French Leave Beach, and see the ruins of the old Club Med, which was swept away by a hurricane. The grounds and gardens of Alfred House have palms, palmettos, cacti, hibiscus, and oleander. We have a beautiful copper coloured coral garden off the Med Point deck, on which geckos sun themselves, and which has a natural blowhole that spouts water 30 feet on windy days. There is excellent snorkeling right off our property.

WALK 20 MINUTES INTO TOWN, through Club Med Beach, and buy lobster or grouper, freshly caught every day around 2 pm. The local fishermen will clean the fish for you, and provide only lobster tails, if you wish. A CHEF CAN BE ARRANGED FOR NIGHTLY SERVICE. Daily maid service is available for additional charge.

There is a fantastic sandy jogging/walking path, shady in places, in both directions along the beach. The wooden upstairs deck and terrace below are suitably wide for yoga. There is a wide outdoor stairway, so that children can run out into the garden. The outdoor shower faces the ocean and the palm filled garden. The back garden has a vegetable patch, which is available for guest use.

A 20 minute walk across the island from Alfred House will take you to the beautiful 1648 Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy dinner and drinks on the large oceanfront deck. The famous bar/restaurant Tippy's is just two miles away, and you can drive through Club Med beachfront to reach it. A 20 minute walk (or 5 minute drive) in the other direction takes you to Sky Beach Bistro, another great beachfront restaurant and pool bar.

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Your home is beautiful and we loved everything about Eleuthera and our stay at Alfred House. It was the perfect spot to relax and a wonderful place to come home to after our many adventures in and around the island. Your welcome letter and tips were so helpful. My children said Eleuthera is one of their very favorite places we've ever visited (and we travel quite a bit). We all hope we can return one day soon! Many thanks again!
Apr 2014
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13 Reviews

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5

Paradise found on Eleuthera!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have rented homes on Eleuthera on quite a few occasions and Alfred House is without a doubt our favorite. The property has it all; views, privacy, easy access to outstanding beaches and the house is exceptional on all fronts. Matthew and his team at Eleuthera Vacation Rentals provide a seamless, enjoyable experience when booking your stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Slidell, La
4

Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

We recently stay at the Alfred House. The house & beaches were beautiful. The Alfred House is very nicely decorated throughout. The house was clean upon our arrival. I was pleasantly surprised to find the kitchen drawers absent of crumbs & grime which unfortunately in other rentals we come across this quite often. Unfortunately rentals are not always kept clean. I was also thrilled we had no incidents with roaches during our stay as that is always a concern of mine---sorry I detest roaches & don't want to have to deal with that during a vacation. The house did have a few maintenance issues to address (door out to BBQ didn't work, front door knob came loose, 2 toilets ran & so the only way to flush was to keep the lid off the entire time and flush that way, roof leak). Christine, the caretaker, was very nice and checked in on us a few times to make sure we were fine. She also sells some nice treats & delivered a dinner she cooked for us one night. The house had beach chairs and umbrellas along with some beach toys and accessories for young ones which was nice to have on the beach since there is no shade to speak of. We used both the beach right out front which was great but we preferred the beach to the right which was a lot calmer and had a cool little reef area to check out. BTW while we were snorkeling one day my husband and I came across a Caribbean reef shark-that was pretty cool.

Couple of Suggestions for Owners:

-leave pen and paper for the guests as we had nothing to make notes or lists with

-perhaps have a few more games and movies (that work) for the guests as there is no cable/satellite service & many of the movies where scratched beyond being able to watch

-provide a working house phone as the one there never worked for us - not sure what the issue was but we couldn't use while it was charging & it always seemed to need to be charged

-leave a list of tips inside the home of when places are closed, when places may start to run out of items etc. The Welcome letter definitely had some good info but it could use a few more good tips

A few recommendations for Guests:

- definitely bring bug spray & be ready with it around 5 pm as the bugs really come out then and they were bad

- bring some games/puzzles etc if you can fit into your luggage (see above)

- Make a trip to the grocery in Rock Sound (The Market). It really was the only one stop shop place that had any real type of selections and the prices were a tad better

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5

Superlative property!

  • 5 of 5

It is without hesitation that I highly recommend this property. We are frequent visitors to Eleuthera and love the GH area; much of the island can be quite remote. Alfred House is close to GH yet very private. No detail was overlooked in the construction of the house, and the kitchen is fully equipped. The bathrooms are spacious and finished to high standards. One of the members of our group commented on the lack of a sound system - we brought our own Bose so it wasn't an issue but is something to make note of should you stay at AH.

The home is well-maintained and the grounds are lovely.

We also rented the cottage on the property and enjoyed the added privacy and the cozy feel of the beach house.

The mosquitoes prevented us from eating outside in the evenings, however this is typical of the islands.

The access road is very rough, but again, typical for the area.

There is a new resort that has opened in GH, French Leave resort, which has an excellent restaurant "1648". It is a nice addition to Tippy's which has long been the stand alone for dining in the area.

We wore beach shoes and walked to Tippy's along the incredible French Leave beach - spectacular!

A walk in the opposite direction brings you to Twin Coves beaches which offer calmer waters and better swimming options than the beach directly in front of the house.

Alfred House is truly a beautiful property, thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The beach in front of the property is protected by a barrier reef and is usually not rough. If it is, the deserted north end of French Leave Beach is just 50 yards away, and that is one of the best protected beaches on the island.
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5

The best in beach properties!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Alfred House and we have already made our 2016 reservation! If you want elegant, private, beachfront living, Alfred House is where you want to be. The listing is very accurate, but the actual beauty and peacefulness of the setting far exceeds the description. The view of the Atlantic is magnificent from both floors of the house. The beaches "at your front door" are the best on the island.

The caretakers do a wonderful job of maintaining the property and they are available to take care of any need you have at a moment's notice. We had a problem with an air conditioner and it was repaired within 2 hours.

We love the atmosphere of the location. You feel like you are on a deserted island, but all the amenities and restaurants in Governor's Harbor are just minutes away. We especially enjoyed dining at the 1648 restaurant in the new French Leave Resort.

We would recommend Alfred House to anyone who wants a first-class beach experience in Eleuthera.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Amazing location!!

  • 4 of 5

This house is adjacent to a very beautiful beach called French Leave which is one of the Top 10 beaches in Eleuthera. It’s a beach that’s approximately a mile and a half long, beautiful pink sand and great for walking and you’ll barely see people there. The house itself is a nice house nicely, though sparingly furnished.

On the negative side the house does not have its own water supply and water has to be brought in by a truck and put in the tank so there is very little water pressure and if you want to take a shower it comes in little dribbles so don’t expect a good hot shower. Additionally, there is no hard lined phone service here nor Internet so both phone and Internet have to be through cell service which can be difficult. The house is in a remote location which we love because we enjoy the privacy and yet it is only around a five minute drive to a town where you can buy most of your groceries so we found the location to be delightful. Additionally being on the Atlantic Coast of Eleuthera it is often very windy so make sure to bring a windbreaker as even during the days the winds blow quite briskly.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm the rental agent for this property, not the owner. I handle 100 other rentals on the island as well. Water pressure on the island in general is not what we are used to in the U.S., but the water pressure in this house is certainly adequate, typical for the island, and no other clients of mine have complained about it. The comment about the wind is also misleading. The best beaches on this island, the spectacular pink sand beaches for which it is famous, are on the Atlantic side. This side is actually prized for its pleasant ocean breeze. No one wears a windbreaker on the beach. We wear bathing suits. The exception would be the two or three times a year when temps drop for a few days due to weather events. But normally, you won't see anyone wearing a windbreaker on the beach : )
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5

amazing vacation home--ritz- carlton quality

  • 5 of 5

amazing vacation home at amazing location-- secluded and private-- perfect vacation home to get away and enjoy solitude -- Christine and the rest of the support staff were beyond expectations-- we enjoyed dinners prepared by Christine and dining out at the near by Beach House and Tippy's-- In short Alfred House has our highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Club Med Solo, Secluded Atlantic Beach Front, suitable as a Work Retreat or Family Reunion Place.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Governors Harbour at 6 Miles Nearest Barpub : 1648 Bar and Grill at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 1648 Bar and Grill at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Club Med Beach at 10 Metres Car: necessary

Alfred House is set on a point between 2 beautiful beaches: Club Med Beach, which is shallow and safe and superb for snorkelling, and boogie boarding, and Casuarina Beach, which is equally long and beautiful. The town of Governors Harbour, less than a mile away, is an easy and pleasant walk along the beach, and up a small hill. Snorkel and swim off our wide pink sand beach, then shower in our garden. 1000 feet up the beach is Twin Cove Beach which has the finest snorkeling in Governors Harbour. Our beaches are shallow, and historically safe, protected by a large reef system. The water is among the clearest in the world. Walk a mile to 1648 Bar and Grill, for a sunset dinner and live music. Sky Beach Bar is about 2 miles away along the beach. On Casuarina Beach, turtles nest at night, because it is so gloriously unspoiled. There is a SUPERB SANDY JOGGING/WALKING PATH extending north and south, along our beach, which is at times shrouded in foliage, and at times open to vistas of the ocean, on the old Banks Road, which is far more secluded and rustic than Banks Road on the south. One of the loveliest drives on the whole island, is the drive north, from Alfred House, to Knowles Drive, along the water, on the Old Banks Road. There is a youtube video on this. You will brush palm trees and sea grape, and see rare birds and hear the crickets sing. This is Club Med Solo. Set up your iPod and do yoga on the deck as the sun rises over the Atlantic.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Fall
Apr 10 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $93 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$8,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $93 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$11,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $93 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$9,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer/Fall
Apr 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $93 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$8,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest
 
December
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $93 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$11,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$9,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for the first 6 guests. For each additional up to 10 guests add $650 per guest. For more than 10, add $1500 for the guest cottage, which brings the total of guests to 12. For more than 12, add $650 per additional guest to a maximum of 14.

Note: We set the rates this way to make the house more affordable for small groups who use less utilities and create less wear and tear.

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Amenities

From the Owner

So close to the ocean, that there is instant accessibility for quick swims several times a day.

Property Type

  • estate

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 5000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet, shower
  • All bathrooms large, with either slate or marble.

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • 4 Master bedrooms very large, with ocean views. 1 children's room with twin beds with ocean view. Hardwood floors.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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