Couple Engaged at Lighthouse Beach, 2017
Just wanted to let you know that we made it here safely and everything has been absolutely amazing. Columbus met us at the airport and made sure that we got to the house with everything set up. Your house has been incredible, just as I remembered it. Jessica and I have been enjoying having Winding Bay practically all to ourselves. We spent all of today at Lighthouse Beach and plan to explore Governor's Harbour tomorrow. We ran into Tessa today at kinky's, while having a long conversation with Henry Allen. She was very friendly and did a great job at the house today, we are looking forward to having her make us dinner on Thursday night before we have to head back to the States.
Anyways I just wanted to touch base with you and thank you again for your hospitality and invitation to have us as your guest this week. We have loved our time here already, and appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
All our best,
Eric & Jessica
4 Couples now in love with Eleuthera and POV!
Marty and his team have done a great job with this property. Everything from the landscaping which strategically blocks the sun but not the view, the 2 porches so you can always have a cool shady place to rest, to the 3 outside showers, and enough stuff to make everyone happy at the gorgeous beach. Winding Bay is perfect! Beautiful soft sand, clear and calm water, and lots to explore. We met most of his team and have nothing but good things to say. They took great care to exceed all our wants. This is very close to Paradise.
Two weeks of glorious weather, azure water, bright white clouds hovering above the horizon and green palms shimmering in the breeze. The ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. This trip marks our (Paddy & Richard’s) 9th stay in this precious piece of paradise. We teamed up with our best friends Sky and Rob for a variety of island adventures, including a half-day deep-sea fishing trip with Captain Irwin Gibson out of Davis Harbor, and a day trip to Harbor Island. The weather for our deep-sea fishing was calm and sunny and the 4-hour boat ride was very pleasant, but we were disappointed that we didn’t manage to hook any Mahi Mahi. We did catch 3 barracuda; the captain asked for one and we gave the other two to Columbus. On the Harbor Island jaunt we rented a 6-person golf cart and enjoyed a few hours exploring the streets and then had a delightful ocean view lunch at the marina near the Haunted House. On the way back we stopped at the Queen’s Bath where we enjoyed the natural pools above the surging Atlantic. But most of all, we enjoyed near daily swimming and spearfishing. On our most productive day we caught one Spanish lobster and two spiny lobsters providing several meals worth of seafood for the ravenous crew. Rob was by far the most prolific provider, outgunning Richard by at least 4:1 over the course of our two weeks. Clearly, Richard needs to up his game!
This has been an amazing two weeks. The days just flew by. Everything has been perfect. This has been our (Rob’s and mine) 5th visit to Eleuthera and POV. Love it. Love it. Love it. One of this year’s best discoveries was the Queen’s Baths just south of the Glass Window Bridge. We bought the Eleuthera Beach Map. 135 beaches! There’s still so much to discover and explore. Can’t wait to come back! Sky & Rob.
Thank you so much - this was our second stay at Point O' Vue for three couples that like to travel together. After a day we all said that it felt like home.
The house is very comfortable. The kitchen is outfitted with everything we needed.
Tessa was great and it's always fun to talk to Columbus.
For your future guests that like to fly fish - fishing is a short walk from the house.
It was a magical stay and we will be back.
Dear Erbaugh Family,
We share with you a deep love for Eleuthera, and have stayed in just about every house on Winding Bay. There is something different about the pink house in the palm trees that keeps us coming back. The rooms are light-filled, spacious, and the living room always seems to have a perfect cross breeze. We use each outdoor terrace at different times of day; my favorite is climbing up to the sun deck at night to check out the stars.
Ordinarily at home we need to keep the kids occupied every minute of the day. But with the beach right there, Allison and I could finally catch up while the kids played for hours in the soft sand and gentle waves. That's the great thing about Winding Bay. It's generally protected. And occasionally, when the wind is out of the north, you can take the car around to the other side of the bay and avoid the wind almost entirely.
There are many reasons why we keep coming back, but mostly it's because the island gives us the time and space to relax with no agenda. It's not at all touristy, and there's no script, but just the opportunity to make the vacation our own.
Thank you guys for this opportunity. And thank you to Columbus and Tessa for taking care of us. We will definitely be back soon!
My apologies for not writing earlier. We moved straight back into work chaos and moving apartments. We totally loved it and are sincerely hoping we’ll manage to come back. The house, the bay, the island…all surpassed our expectations. Tessa was fantastic and the kids got along great.
Dear Marty and Lynnie;
This was our first stay at Point O’Vue, hopefully not the last. This was part trip – studying the recent geologic history of Eleuthera – and part vacation; relaxing, snorkeling, exploring. We are an interesting mix: a family of 4; Mike, Mona + Allie (13), Matt (15), a family friend of 15 years (Colvin, who happens to be as old as our friendship – a young man of 15 years),+ new graduate student, Tara, interested in climate change and its effects on coastal environments.
Point O’ Vue was our home, our basic camp, a study site,(we investigated the subsurface geology of Winding Bay’s dune ridges) and our idyllic setting for almost two weeks.
We thank you for being our hosts and making your home “home away from home” ours for a short while. Tessa, Colombus and Papa feel like part of our extended family.
Many thanks. If you ever pass through Southwest Florida, we would love to meet you.
Thanks again for a week of sun, sand, relaxation, water and peace. Point O’ Vue is a haven and we are grateful for the opportunities to explore Eleuthera in such luxury.
The point of a vacation is to get away from the cares of daily life and Point O’ Vue provides that very welcome escape. We enjoyed snorkeling in Half Sound, dining on lobster and conch and exploring the beaches and waters of Winding Bay.
Now tanned and toastier, relaxed and rested, we brace ourselves for a colder and more crowded city of Toronto. But we carry with us fine memories of our favorite friendly locale and are comforted that we can look forward to a return visit in 2015.
Thanks for creating this slice of paradise.
Hi Lynnie and Marty;
We are here again- how lucky! – with different friends this time. We have been bone fishing, kayaking, walking the beaches and bird watching. The black witch moths have entertained us in the evenings, bopping around hoping to get a sip of our wine. We’ve been to Cape Eleuthera with your neighbor Joan and to Savannah Sound with her also, have enjoyed Mojitos with mint from Island Farm and spent hours marveling at the warmth and colors of the Bahamian January.
Also scheming on how we can stay longer next time, always scheming.
Thank you for maintaining such an Oasis.
We treasure our time here.
Birds we saw: Pied-billed Grebe (Tarpum Bay) Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Ospreys, Merlins, Semi-palmated Plovers, Wilson’s Plovers, Black Bellied Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Royal Terns, White-crowned Pidgeon, Morning Doves, Common Ground Doves, Smooth Billed Anis, Bahamas Wood Stars, Belted Kingfishers, Bahama Swallow, Northern Mocking Birds, Yellow-throated Vireo (back patio for hours), Yellow-throated Warbler, Palm Warblers, Bananaquit, Black-faced Grassquits.
We have arrived back safely and have had time to unpack. This could be 5 pages long, but I will shorten it in order to say thank you for everything. The place is stunningly beautiful, and the people were fantastic. Did I see pics of red-heads? Our red-headed children had the times of their lives. From Columbus meeting us, to Tessa and Elaine helping us with food, to your gardener who helped us with coconut water, everyone made our experience comfortable, and our 25th anniversary one that we will never forget. Even the band at Tippy’s was kind enough to give us a shout out.
We feel like we have left a group of new friends on Eleuthera. I’m sure you have a thousand photos of your place, but I can’t help sending my favorite landscape of the week. So add the attached sunrise to your collection. (We did not brave the road to Lighthouse, but Ten Bay was one of a kind.)
Thanks again for donating your beautiful island home to the Rock Hall of Fame(so we could bid and win it!). Julie and I had a terrific time. We explored so much of the island and took in as much of the local flavor as we could. We’re only back a week now and we’re already trying to figure out another time to visit but this time with our kids too! The island is so beautiful, peaceful and friendly.
We own a couple of cabins/camp on 40 acres in the woods on a trout stream in N. MI. so we are well aware of the joy and challenges of having “your own place” to vacation. It makes it so much easier having quality people you can count on to watch over it while you’re away and it’s not occupied. Columbus and Tessa were great (as were Elaine, Cindy and Richard).
Hoping to enjoy Eleuthera and Point o’ Vue again in the future,
We returned on Saturday from yet another wonderful and relaxing visit to Eleuthera. This was our 4th time down and we just feel at home on the island and at POV. Tessa was wonderful and keeps the house ship shape and tidy. Columbus was his usual jovial self and stopped by a couple of times for a nice chat. Had a nice day on the water out at Schooner Cays and a few lazy afternoons on the beach in front of the house. As usual, the Bahamian fish mocked me all week long but I still managed to catch a few in Half Sound and in Winding Bay. All in all, a great vacation and my kids have been constantly asking when we’ll be going back. Hopefully next year……
Hi there, Happy New Year, just wanted to check in and say we had an amazing week at your pink island escape! Really loved the entire property and all of our adventures. Thanks for all the tips on food, places, and all. Everyone we met was terrific, went to Beach House at Gov Harbour and played on beach there and the real joy was Lighthouse Beach day. Met Kingsley from On the Rocks to see sunset, who told us about the old Venta Club; my daughter, boyfriend and I wandered down there and took some pics. Then we met Gabriel, the Italian guardian and he gave us a tour of the property. We were all barefoot! Ate at Sammys one night, loved the bay and beyond, hope to return some day. We left a souvenir DVD of Toy Story 3 by accident. so more for your collection.
Here is my poem I left in your guest book:
I was dreaming of a great
necklaced in Caribbean pine,
baby palms, hibiscus jewels,
As I wander along her turquoise
bay, toes sink into powdered
Sun drenched tradewinds
of coconut and tidal salts
tease the edge of my senses
hypnotic sea songs lazily rock me
out to coral lemon horizons
dozing into heavenly bodies
winking across a New Years sky
Second time was just as charming!
This was our second time at Point o’Vue in as many years and this time the only difference was the addition of another guest to make 3 of us. There are so many good things it is difficult to list them all. This time we took notes from the book “The Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera” and visited many of the beaches other than the one in front of the house. A morning drive down to Lighthouse Beach was pretty cool. It takes plenty of work to get there, but it is worth it. We went to so many other beaches that I forget the names, but Lighthouse was by far the best. This time we bought more fish at the dock and got lucky to get 2 15-pound lobster tails that were $1 a pound! Unbelievable. We also ate locally and never had a bad meal. Do Governor’s Harbour and Ocean Hole. We only ran into a couple of people who were tourists, this is a quiet island with tons of charm. Columbus, the house manager, is a great value to the property and the island with several tips and stories about Eleuthera. He knows everything and everyone and it’s a total value for the stay.
We had a wonderful time at Point ‘O Vue in May. The house is very well thought out, well maintained and clean. Its clearly a well loved home, has a very comfortable feel. You can open the patio doors on both sides and have the breeze go right through the house. We never needed to turn on the air. We took our three year old daughter, and this was the perfect beach location. There was a breeze to keep us cool, but the water was still and shallow. We saw starfish and rays just wading into the water. Found some great shells on the next bay over. Never turned the TV on once. The garden is beautiful and gives a great transition from the house to the beach. There are three porches. We had breakfast and lunch overlooking the ocean, dinner on the front porch in the gardens, and watched the stars come out from the upstairs deck. The master suite is on the ground floor, but we chose the stay in the upstairs bedroom so we were on the same floor as our daughter. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon, and had Cola the housekeeper prepare dinner for us. She was able to get some groceries to see us through the weekend. She was a great asset. We found our way around quickly, and the closest store ‘Burts for the Best’ had most of what we needed. We froze some meat and had no problems traveling from NY city with it in checked luggage. We rented a car from Colombus and most mornings we explored some nearby beaches – Ten Bay, South Palmetto. We found a guide book at the house and used it to explore some out of the way beaches. Highly recommended, the whole experience was easy. Great communication with the owners and a good system in place to make it easy for guests.
My friends and I were thrilled to spend the weekend at Point O Vue. We realized that a weekend was too short a time to enjoy all that the house had to offer. We enjoyed swims on the beach, stargazing on the enormous decks, cooking meals as a group, and reading, puzzling, and lounging in the relaxing house. We will definitely be back!
We just returned from a week at beautiful Winding Bay. This was our second visit to POV and it didn’t disappoint. The home suits our family perfectly, with lots of sunny and shady lounging areas to read and relax, whether at the beach or up at the house. Cola and Columbus were very responsive to our needs. Cola happily beaded our girls’ hair, and Columbus responded quickly to any technical questions we had about the home. Because of POV’s central location, we did a number of day-trips to other beaches in the area. Lighthouse Beach is our favorite, however we discovered a great stretch of beach at Jack’s Bay with some great snorkelling (several sea turtles and lobster around the coral heads). On the recommendation of Marty and Lynn in the POV write-up, we visited Rosie at Nort-side restaurant, only 15 minutes from the house near Rock Sound. Very rustic, but the cracked conch was great and we had the beautiful view all to ourselves. The northside beach is gorgeous and with few other visitors. We also travelled to Tippy’s, outside of Governor’s Harbor. Great food and atmosphere. We’ll be booking again for next year, and plan on renting a small boat from Columbus to explore the reefs within Winding Bay. Great trip, again. Thanks Marty and Lynn.
Thank you for an enjoyable vacation, Marty and Lynnie. This house was perfect for our family – the boys had so much fun making friends with native children. Columbus was excellent and extremely helpful. Our most enjoyable days were spend lounging around the property and visiting Harbour Island – what a spectacular beach with the clearest waters ever! We hope to return again one day.
Wow! What a paradise. We enjoy all the adventures of the island. We saw it all, our favorite was Ten bay beach and Tippy’s has amazing food and the views were breathtaking. We saw a turtle this morning, a sting ray and a shark! The kayaks are a bonus. Love Columbus, Tessa and the young man who cleaned the beach and yard. Your home is lovely! The weather was terrific! May our travels bring us back to the Bahamas!
It’s always a sad day when one has to leave Eleuthera and head back to the daily grind of work, school, etc. This was our second trip to POV and we enjoyed it just as much as the first one. We can’t wait for our next trip back here as it’s so nice to spend time as a family. Things of interest this time around: 1) Lighthouse Beach – worth the drive – amazing water and great place for a picnic 2) – Club Med Beach – our favorite place to swim and chill out 3) Nortside Restaurant – Great food and even better scenery, kids loved Teddy the dog 4) Tarpum Bay at sunset – jumping off the pier 5) Conch salad from the “salad master” in Tarpm bay – best I’ve ever had!
Thank you Marty and Lynnie – your house is wonderful and gives a chance to recharge and get off the grid!