PLEASE NOTE: 7 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY. WEEKLY RATES ARE FOR TWO PEOPLE. EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON IS $20 PER NIGHT. OWNER APPROVAL REQUIRED PRIOR TO ADDING MORE GUESTS AFTER INITIAL BOOKING AGREEMENT.
Sixty feet beyond the large covered veranda is the clear turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea. You are ON THE BEACH. Shade is provided for comfort on both the deck, overlooking the gardens, and on the seaside verandah. All rooms have sea views. Bedrooms have 8 foot sliding glass doors overlooking the bay. The Great Room has 12 foot sliding glass doors. The home, with its own circular driveway, is 1000 feet down a private driveway to Balara Bay. The island's largest settlement, Governor's Harbour, is two miles away offering varied restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, post office, banks, historic library, service stations, beverage stores, churches, and gift shops.
The Mockingbird,new in 2010, is state of the art construction by the island's leading builder, and energy efficient for your comfort and enjoyment. Massive amounts of insulation provided in ceiling and walls. With concrete construction and the heavily insulated ceiling and walls allow windows to be open even in hot weather, and allow seabreeze and sea sounds inside the home, maximizing the island experience. The home is not typical island cement block construction.
Why the Owner Chose Governor's Harbour: Balara Bay is beautiful, private, serene, and secluded. The Mockingbird is 1000 feet from the Queen's Highway on a stretch of white sand beach that looks out on Levy Island. The property is surrounded by extensive tropical foliage, and the property itself has many varied tropical trees including coconut palms and palmetto palms. The gardens are filled with bouganvilla, exora, hibiscus and numerous island flowers.
The Unique Benefits of this House: The Mockingbird is on a white sand beach. The Caribbean is 60-100 feet in front of the home. The view is unobstructed. The property is level and easy to walk. We are a four minute drive to the island's largest settlement, Governor's Harbour, with its many facilities and amenities. The Mockingbird is easily accessible as there are many remote properties on the island that are not easily accessible. Just minutes away from stores, restaurants and entertainment. Yet the property offers privacy, quiet and a sense of seclusion.
We rented this house because our family wanted privacy & to escape the crowds... and that's exactly what we got! As past reviewers have stated, the House is on the Caribbean side and is usually a very calm Bay. We did have a day or 2 of waves but it was a nice change! The House is stocked y'all, like really really stocked (we were surprised that the House even had Flashlights, dish soap, matches, & beach hats!) and nicely labeled & organized. The Owner is a breeze to work with and was extremely helpful when our arriving flight (Silver Airways) was cancelled and we were delayed a day. The Mockingbird is a great house with beautiful gardens, a definite must stay! Renter tips: Don't leave your beach shoes or coverups on the front porch to dry unattended!! The very cute but very stealth potcakes that seem to live a few houses down were stealing of our stuff pretty regularly, hahaha. Luckily we were always able to go track our items down in the little pasture the dogs liked to hang out in, but you've been warned! :) Also, bring your own hair dryer, the ones in the house are very old & 1 only blows cold air. ;)
This is the most well stocked home we have ever stayed in. They have beach chairs, umbrellas, hard-sided rolling cooler, Tupperware, tinfoil, dish soap, hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex, just about everything you could possibly need. The yard is beautifully landscaped, lots of flowers and coconut trees! It's a quick drive to Governor's Harbour and centrally located. The kayaks, paddle boards and paddles are all in great working shape and good quality. Before we arrived, my biggest concern was the beach and water, I couldn't really tell from the online photos what we were getting into. The water is gorgeous. We had a calm bay (glass) for most of our trip and some waves towards the end of trip, nothing too concerning. We kayaked and paddle boarded out to the island several times. At low tide, it felt like you could have walked all the way to the Levy island. We found lots of starfish at the island and even had a pod of dolphins swim with us while we paddle boarded! There were lots of rays, sharks, barracuda and houndfish in front of the home during our stay. I even saw an octopus! We shark fished from the dock every night. We needed waters shoes for getting in and out of the water. The sand is more of a brown color and there are lots of shells on the beach (conchs too) . Once you are in the water, it is a nice sandy bottom. We would actually go for walks in the water as it was easier (and more fun) than walking on the beach. If you are debating between the two homes on the property, in my opinion, this is the one to rent. The dock/concrete platform in front of the home made our trip! We enjoyed our stay immensely and wouldn't hesitate to return!
My husband and I stayed at Mockingbird for 3 weeks, which sounds extensive but wasn't long enough. The pictures of the house and the view are accurate and the cove is very beautiful. The waters are calm and it's shallow enough to stand for a long ways out, but it is still swimmable. Marian provides an assortment of water toys, which we have had to rent on other trips so it is a bonus to have them available with the house. The kayaks and paddle boards were great to use in the cove. If you are looking for boogie-boarding you can go for a 5 minute drive across the highway to a beach with good waves. The house is well cared for, clean and well stocked. There are books and movies, and the internet was good while we were there. There was no cable but there was an apple box. Marian was in the property next door and was available for any issues or questions but gave us all the privacy we wanted in this location. It is a very private location which was what we were looking for. There was some ocean grass on the beach while we were there but Marian had a path cleared for us to get easily to the water and we didn't find it affected our enjoyment of the property and the beach. It is in a central location on the island, 5 minutes from Governor's with restaurants and grocery stores. It's a trade-off to travel in less developed areas if you don't like to cook on holidays but don't want to go to a restaurant every day -there is a food truck called 'Sweet & Savory in Governor's that has very good food if you wanted to grab and go back to the house. Tippys is good for a night out when they have live music. Be aware the roads can be in bad shape with potholes, and the speed bumps are tall so beware. We'd recommend renting a small SUV instead of a car if you want to venture to some of the secluded beaches on the island. The noseeums were bad while we were there, if you don't want a very itchy vacation it's best to keep spray with Deet on hand and be diligent. We had trouble finding fresh fish, there was none in the grocery stores and whenever we went to the docks there were no fishermen selling. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Eluethera in the Mockingbird property and would highly recommend for those who prefer privacy and your own property instead of going to a resort.
We really enjoyed staying in this house with a beautiful view. The place is very calm and perfect to travel with a small kid. The beach in front of the house is small but safe, with a lot of shells. The house is very clean and very well kept. We loved also to discover the amazing skies every nigth and the amazing beaches not far from the house, every day. We would like to return!
Property is very well maintained! So very comfortable. Perfect location for enjoying the entire island. Marian is wonderful to work with. Her entire support team could not have been more welcoming. The perfect place to leave all day to day issues behind. You only have to decide how many cups of coffee to have and what bathing suit to wear for the day. Excellent!!!!
The close proximity to the turquoise water and beautiful garden was fantastic! Our teenage daughters loved laying out on the cement dock which had a permanent umbrella for me (mom) to use since I burn easily-perfect! You are right on top of the water! The layout of the house is incredible- you see the beautiful water from every room! (Except bathrooms- beautiful garden view). The house was comfortable and homey! We all loved staying at the Mockingbird! It's location can't be beat either! So close to grocery stores and great restaurants. It's on the Caribbean side in the middle of the island, so sightseeing north and south is equidistant. Awesome and easy driveway to get to the house. Only thing is there is a house next door that shares the beach, kayaks and paddle boards, but not a big deal to us having to share. The gardens separate the houses for privacy. Would highly recommend staying at the Mockingbird!
My husband and I spent 9 days at Mockingbird on our first trip to Eleuthera to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Mockingbird exceeded our expectations in every way. The owners have covered every detail to make sure their guests are well prepared and comfortable. The home sits on a lovely shell-covered, secluded beach. We did not see any other people for 4 days until a small group checked into the sister home, Hummingbird. We only saw them on one day for the rest of our trip. The landscaping and gardens make both homes seem very private. We used the concrete dock in front of the house for sunbathing and snorkeled right off the beach. We saw star fish, sand dollars, some interesting sea life north of the house towards an old pier and trees. The Caribbean Ocean was stunning. For most of the days of our stay it was as calm and clear as a swimming pool! The house was less that 5 minutes to Governor's Harbour where there are many wonderful restaurants and beaches. We were able to get groceries and water at Burrows and gas at Eleuthera supply in Governor's Harbour. The beautiful new restaurant 1648 is less than 5 minutes away. Pascal's was another lovely beachfront restaurant about 5 minutes north. The house was spotlessly clean and well organized. There was an ample supply of bath towels, beach towels, kitchen essentials, beach equipment, chairs, umbrella's, the Beach Book for exploring other beaches, local information, etc....we did not find that there was one thing we needed that wasn't provided. Marian was prompt and explicit in booking the home and instructions in sending the deposit, etc. She emailed a multi-page set of details about the house and the area. We would highly recommend this home without hesitation. It is exactly as described and even offers more than we were expecting. We hope to return to Eleuthera soon and would choose this location and home again!
Myself, wife and son arrived at the house tired and ready for a quiet vacation; that's what we got. It took us about one hour before we hit the beach and ocean. There wasn't anything to do on arrival other than unpack and hit the water. The house is stocked with more than on would ever need for a while except for main meals. A quick five minute ride to Governor's Harbor will take care of that. There are two main stores less than 5 miles away and another north at James Cistern. The house is as described and very comfortable with all the comforts of home including wireless and satellite TV. Cudo's to Marian the owner its a beautiful home and we are so appreciative of her willingness to rent it to visitors. The entire two weeks was so peaceful and relaxing almost made us not want to leave. You have complete privacy, even if someone is at the sister house next door. The beach is about three giant hops away from the rear porch and the water about the same once you are on the beach. No need to bring anything, repeat anything, with you except your clothing. This place has it all from kitchen supplies, bathroom needs, sunning, towels, paddle boards you name it save time and expense if you don't find it in the house or storage closets believe me you don't need it. Bring some citronella oil with you to use in the wee mornings and dusk as some pesky little guys like to bite unsuspecting folks. The oil will keep them at bay. So in the end a great place to stay off the beaten trail with all the comforts of home. If you travel off season you'll have to do more grilling and cooking at the house as the restaurants are closed too but if you can go to the front porch for a meal I promise you it will be worth it... Have a good time; thanks Marian we enjoyed our time there and hope to repeat it soon....PS. you will need a rental car while here....the owner can recommend one for you.
My husband and I returned a week ago from our 3rd visit to Eleuthera, first visit to the Mockingbird, but DEFINITELY not our last visit to this house if possible. (I am not an over user of caps so take this into consideration.) The house has EVERYTHING possible and all in excellent condition. Being in my mid-40s, we have rented various houses (beach, mountains, US/Int'l) and this out-paced all of them with the quality and quantity of kitchen utensils, equipment, pots/pans, and any other item you could think possible. Had I known, I would have waited before grocery shopping as there were several items available to us at the house already which I purchased. The location is PERFECT. We arrived at the ELH since we flew in via AA on FF miles. 1 hour to the house. Stop at the Sands Bar across from the airport. Great prices on cases of Diet Coke and super friendly staff (especially Brachelle and Paul). Found the house with some directions from Paul. Remember, there are no house numbers so directions can be based on distance and landmarks. Ran (literally) into Gov Harbor several times and visited The Bakery. Less than 2 miles one-way to the fish fry! I could have saved myself paying the bag weight overage since the beach towels (all linens really) were high quality and PLENTY of them. The owners have gone above and beyond to make this house a home, not a rental home, but someplace nice. We always say if the rental is at least as nice/comfortable as what we have at home (which is a high bar to clear) that is had success and The Mockingbird earns the gold medal. Only used the one bathroom with the shower. Everything is new and in great condition especially with the salt air. Lots of tile so it is easy to sweep and keep clean. This was the earliest visit for us (May) as past visits have been late June and late Aug; the temps were perfect. We had a good bit of rain but that is out of anyone's control. More reading inside vs. on the dock. FYI, WI-FI but cannot use NetFlix outside US (something about distribution rights). The walk from the house to the beach is 65 ft if not less. Used the dock for sunbathing with umbrella and it was heaven. PLENTY of shaded porch area too which was necessity for Hubby. We are already working on a plan for our return visit. Lots of lizards to watch from the porch and frogs at night. Thank you Gil and Marian for sharing your slice of heaven. We hope you will allow us to rent again soon. Dawn & Thom, Raleigh
We just spent the most wonderful three weeks at the Mockingbird on Balara Bay. It is by far the most comfortable, beautiful, clean, well organized and well stocked vacation home we have ever stayed in. It has a great layout and is very spacious. There is a wonderful large veranda in the back of the house with an incredible view of the bay and Levy Island. Marian could not have been more accommodating at meeting our needs. We felt fortunate that she chooses to share her home away from home with others. Balara Bay is one of the most beautiful and calm bays on the island and the Mockingbird is only about 100 feet from the water, if that. The kitchen is equipped with all the kitchen utensils one could ask for and then some. Having a washer on the premises was very convenient. Mockingbird is set far enough off of the highway that there is absolutely no highway noise to be heard at the house. It has a great central location near Governor’s Harbour for exploring the rest of the island. Picnic and beach items were also included for our trips away from the house. We had great fun using the kayaks and there were plenty of kayaks for everyone to use at the same time. The water in the bay was very warm and great for snorkeling and swimming. There is even an outdoor shower to use when you get out of the water. The grounds around the house are beautiful with a big variety of local plants and herbs.
Mockingbird sits on Balara Bay just north of Governor's Harbour. My wife and I were planning for a place to stay on the Caribbean side of the island during our second week on the island after a week on the Atlantic side. The host at our Atlantic rental recommended Hummingbird, a rental home on the same property as Mockingbird. 'Unfortunately' it was already taken. The owners said we could stay in their 'home', Mockingbird, if we wanted. I think we were very fortunate. Mockingbird is a very well built home. It doesn't feel like a rental. The quality is visible in the construction and quality of materials. The tile work is precise, the finish of the walls smooth and square. We really liked the bathrooms with a shower/tub in one and a large shower in the other - great shower head. We ate out a couple times but mostly I cooked. The house has lots of pots, pans and other cooking equipment. You can see in the pictures that the house sits right on the water. You can sit on the deck or lounge on the beach and you're only steps from the water to cool off. Being the Caribbean side, the water is shallow for quite a way out. You can see the light green color change to dark blue maybe a thousand feet from shore. Depending on the tide, the shallow water may be 2-5 feet deep near shore. The owners provided kayaks. I tried one and had a great time but I recommend not going when the breeze is up - that makes for a lot of work. In short, this is a very nicely built and equipped house that is very comfortable to be in. We'd love to come back.
My wife and I went for our 25th anniversary and we really enjoyed the house and the beach. The home is very comfortable and new. The view that we enjoyed each day was perfect. The owners are very kind and helpful. I've never been so relaxed in all my life. The home and beach is actually better than it looks on the photos. I would definitey recommend this property. We brought our own food and never went out to eat once.The only problem we had all week was at night while watching TV, we saw mice on two different evenings and in the morning you would fing evidence of mice.They got on the counter and ate into some of our food which kinda freaked my wife out and made it hard for her to relax at bedtime.
The house is well equipped. They even had portable coolers, DVDs, books and so many other things to make our stay wonderful. We loved having movie night. The location is phenomenal. The flats at Balara Bay are beautiful and calm. My husband went shark fishing a couple of evenings, and had a great time (of course he released them). We saw plenty of sting ray and we had a great time looking for shells. There is a wonderful outdoor shower, and the patio was perfect for watching the kids play in the water while I sat in the shade. The house and location is more beautiful than the pictures. We had a wonderful time in this new house. The bathrooms are very nice, and the whole house was very comfortable and nice. The house is close enough to Governors Harbor to shop for groceries and eat at restaurants. It is very conveniently located to everything. This was one of the most relaxing vacations that we have taken. I can not say enough how beautiful the beach is at this house. Absolutely breathtaking!