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Our family of 5 (parents plus 22 yr old, 19 yr old and 15 yr old kids) had an incredible time. Point O'Vue has everything you need and more! The house itself, the beach, the games, the kitchen, the large bedrooms, all gave us time to just be together and enjoy each others' company. The few power outages and wifi interruptions gave us time to play many games. Loved having the kayaks and SUPs. Definitely check out the entire bay and past the point on the south either by walking or on the water. First few days not a soul was seen on any part of the bay, then towards our last few days we met some other families renting neighboring houses. All were repeat vacationers to Winding Bay! Tessa was an incredible part of our stay as she came frequently to clean and we enjoyed having her presence around us. She was available to answer any questions and make suggestions for anything you'd need if she can't provide it. She put me in touch with Davette, a local Tarpum Bay baker, who made us the most delicious pineapple upside down cake. Mel's Snack Shack in James Cistern sold us their last coconut cream pie at the end of the day
We went out to dinner half the time, loved Tippy's ambience and food, Frigates was cool (good food!) with that outdoor space but when we were there on a random weekday night after a day of rain only two other indoor tables were taken. Fishbone in Savannah Sound was a funky place to eat. Friday Night Fish Fry by Cupid Cay was a great experience. We arrived around 6pm, swam in the water there while food was being cooked and grabbed a picnic table. The crowd kept growing so we were glad we had gotten a table across the street right away. Every night and everywhere we went there were flies swarming the food so either eat inside in June or deal with it. We drove to Queen's Bath (definitely go and wear sturdy water shoes) and Glass Window Bridge (climbed to the top of the cliff but stayed away from the edge!), stopping at Daddy Joe's for lunch. Across the street is Gaulding Cay Beach which was beautiful and like most beaches, empty. Definitely visit the Island Made Gift Shop for souvenirs. We picked up produce at Island Farms which had a small but adequate selection of everything you'd need to make a good meal. Halls market in Rock Sound is the place to shop! It was Sunday and we knew we had to get to a market early before they closed. Halls is advertised as being open on Sundays till 10am, but it wasn't. Mr. Hall himself was out back and opened up the store for us, even gave us some homemade pineapple upside down cake and blueberry muffins. If you see him, tell him his Sunday customers from New Jersey send their best. Mr. Henry Allen, proprietor of Kinky's gas station, is a treasure, a trusting, hard-working gentleman. We loved meeting him. Our last dinner was at 1648, at the French Leave Resort, a stunningly beautiful setting. One night we ate at Neeks in Tarpum Bay and were the only people there. Food was good, kids say the best wings they had on the island and a really delicious milkshake. We chartered a boat and left from Gene's Bay Dock up in North Eleuthera. Swimming with and feeding the sea turtles was incredible! We saw a pod of small dolphins up close and they entertained us with their flips and spins. We visited with some incredible, orange starfish! Our captain took us wherever we wanted to go, so we went to a huge sandbar and the swings out in the middle of the Atlantic. The skies opened with rain and a stingray circled us so it was more exciting than expected! Our captain also called ahead and made reservations for us at Sand Bar on Russell Island/Spanish Wells. This was probably my favorite place because we hopped off the boat and through the water to reach it, had really good drinks and food.
Note: Winding Bay, where the house is located, is indescribable. However, there is an enormous amount of litter on the beach that had washed up. It was just sad. But clearly, it won't keep us away.
Gale Rome: Hi Darby--- I will echo Alan’s sentiments. We had a very relaxing and marvelous time and praise your family for having the vision to construct such a beautiful home -----so perfect for the setting. You must have had very gifted architects both for the house and the landscaping. We were concerned about the car and getting around the island, but it proved to not be a concern. The Ford worked out perfectly for the 6 of us. Sometimes one of us rode in the way back on a cushion; sometimes I sat on Alan’s lap. It was just fine. I know the other 2 couples enjoyed themselves as well. We would love to come back and may check out your openings for next year. Our kids and 3 grandkids would LOVE Point O View. If you have a mailing list, please keep us on it. And please let your family know how much we appreciated the vision to create such a gorgeous home.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.)
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,
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
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.
Thank you Marty and Lynnie – your house is wonderful and gives a chance to recharge and get off the grid!
We did our usual exploring and day trips including Harbour Island but were always happiest at Point O’ Vue. We refueled and re-centered and return to the States a bonded and joyful family, as it should be.
Bless you and your family!
**Our daughter got engaged on your beach!
Thank you for creating Point O’ Vue. It is truly heaven on earth. We had an amazing time here. Ventured to Lighthouse Beach (Gods’ home), Club Med Beach, Harbour Island, and Glass Window Bridge (amazing!) Mary is a sweetheart and makes Point o’ Vue the place to be. We made some great memories here and we hope to be back soon. I will remember this vacation for the rest of my life. This truly is paradise; there is no other place on earth like it. I can’t wait to bring my family here.