‘The Blue House’ a spacious beach front home with magnificent views.

San Salvador, San Salvador


“The Blue House” is the ultimate vacation home located on the beautiful island of San Salvador, Bahamas. Just steps from the beach and centrally located on an island that is packed with history, adventure and fun! The Blue House is spacious and comfortable. Its large open living room with vaulted ceiling and three sliding glass doors which opens to its huge deck overlooking the beach and its clear turquoise waters provides the most spectacular views and sunsets. The deck has a large picnic table and a gas barbecue to enjoy many meals outdoors. Two hammocks and many lounge chairs are also awaiting you to while away the hours. The master bedroom overlooks the ocean with sliding glass doors opening to the deck. Off the Master bedroom there is a full bathroom and a second bedroom . On the second floor there are two more bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open loft. The kitchen is very spacious and bright and has most of things we have at home. As you step into this house you will know what paradise means!



San Salvador Access Information: San Sal, as it is called by locals and regular visitors, has an airport with a large runaway to support landing and taking off of large jet planes. To get to Nassau ( from a US departure point), US Airways has good deals usually, also Jet Blue and Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United, Delta and Continental sometimes have good offers. From the Northeast of the US , you can find flights as low as $200 plus tax round trip. Bahamas Air has one daily flight leaving Nassau at 11:00 am to San Sal and on Saturdays also at 2:45pm (seasonal , please inquire with Bahamas air) Round trip ticket about $220for adults , children up to 12 pay half) It is a 50 minutes flight.

Spirit Air also has a direct flight from Ft. Lauderdale to San Sal on Saturdays only.

Getting around San Sal: San Sal has several historic sites being the first landfall of Christopher Columbus' fleet. It also has the last of the manually kerosene operated Lighthouses of the Bahamas, a truly special and nostalgic piece of history brought by the British. The views from the top of the lighthouse are not to be missed. There are also caves, ruins from old plantations and cays on the northern tip where the San Salvador Iguanas live, these species are native to the area and can only be found here. Bird life is also abundant with San Sal having many salt water lakes. San Sal is served by Queens Highway which runs its entire circumference, about 60 miles. For that reason, to explore sites like the lighthouse and others, a car or a scooter is recommended (both can be easily rented) or you can take an island tour with one of the tour guides.


Internet access: Available at the house, although service can sometimes be down - and when it is down in the house, it is down in the whole island...it can happen for a couple of hours or for a day!


Amenities

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports And Adventure Activities

  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Wind-surfing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing

Leisure Activities

  • Walking
  • Eco Tourism
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives

Car

  • Necessary

Local Services And Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Attractions

  • Bay/sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Pond
  • Coin Laundry
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Catering Options

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

General

  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room

Kitchen

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

Entertainment

  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Games
  • Games For Kids

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Deck / Patio

Suitability

  • Pets Considered
  • Children Welcome
  • Smoking Allowed

Theme

  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure

Dining

  • Dining Area

Suitability Chkbox

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property SuperType

  • House

Houses Rules

  • 07:00 PM
  • 07:00 PM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 10

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Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

22 Reviews

    Peace and Solitude

    5/5 Stayed Jan 18, 2020
    Submitted Feb 28, 2020

    Wonderful! As always with vacations, they never last long enough. We found everyone pleasant, helpful, and just charming. Will love to go back again.

    Island stay....

    3/5 Stayed Dec 27, 2019
    Submitted Jan 3, 2020

    Location on the beach with snorkeling just off was fantastic. The house was comfortable, nice fresh, clean linens and towels - gorgeous deck and great family sitting room. The 5 bedrooms and bathrooms were as described. Other areas were unfinished and outside was a mess around the sides of the house. The island itself is very quiet- Limited outside activities other than Club Med. Grocery Shopping is a little store with basic supplies only - we took in a freezer of food And loved going to Club Med to play and eat! We could not participate in any boating activities other than at Club Med as everything was booked by them. We had a storm the first day and then the sand flies came out! It would have been good to have been forewarned- research sand flies/ no-see-ums!!

    Heaven on Earth

    5/5 Stayed Jun 29, 2019
    Submitted Jul 20, 2019

    Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing stay. Our family arrived and were met at the airport by Garnell who was lovely and ever so accommodating throughout our entire stay. The house was just as the pictures showed and the beach right outside the back door was incredible - not a sole in sight - the entire beach all to ourselves. There are some really beautiful reefs just off shore to explore. We purchased day passes at club Med and had great fun sailing drinking and trying to eat as much as possible to make up for the cost - worth it though. There is not a lot to do on the island - a couple of places to eat - down home, Columbus tavern and Paradis. Not a bad idea to preorder at least an hour prior - food if prepared to order and can take a while — all good though. Highly recommend the house and the island.

    Good house, great time

    5/5 Stayed Jun 9, 2019
    Submitted Jun 26, 2019

    Had a good time at the house, it's located a short drive north of the airport and right on the beach. AC was cold, wifi worked great, and having a grill to cook on was an added bonus.

    very nice

    4/5 Stayed Apr 24, 2019
    Submitted May 10, 2019

    Very large place. great location. Huge back deck for grilling and hanging out. ok snorkeling right there. I would go back.

    Stunnig view, spacious house and amazing people

    5/5 Stayed Dec 27, 2018
    Submitted Jan 9, 2019

    This house sits in front of a beautiful beach and pristine coral reefs. The house is spacious with nice balcony and huge terrace. We made great friends among the locals.

    Great location and nice people

    5/5 Stayed Dec 26, 2017
    Submitted Jan 11, 2018

    Our family had a great time at the Blue House. The locals were amazing, the location superb. The house manager Garnell is a lovely lady, very helpful and attentive. The house is expansive and offers great views of the turquoise waters. The beach is literally yours. At about 50 feet from shore there are coral reefs with caverns, perfect for daily snorkeling. The sand flies come at dusk and are problematic, and spray doesn't work well...should have been warned prior and done some research on how to avoid. The food is expensive and difficult to get good quality and variety (paradise island in middle of nowhere).

    San Salvador is a hidden gem

    5/5 Stayed Nov 21, 2017
    Submitted Nov 27, 2017

    We enjoyed our trip to San Salvador and the Blue House was perfect for our stay. Garnell (property manager) is wonderful and she also helped us with cooking our Thanksgiving turkey (her mother cooked it for us). We enjoyed the beach! Shore dives from the back porch are lovely. Coral heads are right off the beach so bring your mask, snorkel and fins. Clean and comfortable with plenty of room and a beautiful view. Extra freezers for our fish (the wahoo bite was ON!!). The marina is about a mile south of this house and we had our boat docked there. Bring bug spray!! The mosquitos on San Sal are no joke! We used a Thermocell on the back porch at night to keep them away. Old Bahamian charm with Bahamian character. If you are flexible and enjoy a bit of adventure with your vacation then this island is for you.

    Blue House Not What We Hoped For

    1/5 Stayed Mar 19, 2017
    Submitted Mar 24, 2017

    Unfortunately, the Blue House has not recovered well from Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. The house was not at all what we were expecting and looks as though deterioration began well before the hurricane. In all fairness, Flavia should have let us know this. We stayed away from the house all day everyday mostly because there was nothing pleasant to go back to. Sliding glass doors would not lock, much less open and close. AC and TV did not work. No place to wash feet after walking the beach. No hammock as pictured. Long black hairs in bathroom and shower. Dirty toilets. Clogged bathroom sink the entire time. Garnell tried her best to fix things for us but she could only do so much. Flavia, the owner wasn't able to help from NY but she SEEMED nice in response to our complaints, telling us to go stay at Riding Rock Resort. To say the least and be polite, this house was not well maintained and cared for. The island people are the nicest you'll meet anywhere. The best place to eat is next to the Juice bar at Rosemary's. She makes the best conch around. And, David across the street makes a delicious conch salad! Rent a car and find all the sites on the map but beware, many are still in disarray from the hurricane and roads to Snow Bay and Pigeon Creek are either not accessible or we couldn't find. Same for Guanhini Beach Resort. The place to go at night is Riding Rock resort, but wait until May, June or July. They were closed while we were there. When you go say hi to Peaches. I would NOT recommend Club Med unless you must have a spa treatment. Day passes are 180.00 each and only include buffets and watered down drinks. The spa is run separately and the people who run it are wonderful. Despite the condition of the house, we managed to have a good time but left a day early because we couldn't bare staying another night in a place that made us cringe. I wish this site allowed me to post pictures.

    Reliably Excellent

    4/5 Stayed Mar 25, 2015
    Submitted Apr 8, 2015

    This was our second stay at The Blue House our family had another fabulous vacation. The house is spacious and offers incredible privacy. The residents of San Salvador will make you feel welcome right away.

    JUST AMAZING!!!

    5/5 Stayed Nov 17, 2014
    Submitted Mar 19, 2015

    Nous sommes resté 2 semaines en famille avec un bébé dans cette magnifique villa, la maison bleue est idéalement placée, à proximité des commerces, et au bord d'une magnifique plage de sable blanc. La maison est très spacieuse et magnifiquement décorée. Et que dire de cette immense terrasse, face à la magnifique mer des bahamas... Splendide!! Tout ce qui est annoncé sur le descriptif est bien réel. Nous sommes venu de France avec une correspondance par Londres et Nassau. L'endroit est idéal pour se reposer et se détendre . Les bahamiens sont formidables et ne manqueront pas de vous aider si besoin. Mention spéciale pour Miss Williams, qui s'occupe de la maison sur place, et qui à toujours été disponible et réactive quand on en avait besoin. L'aéroport est à 2min en voiture, le club med également, si vous souhaiter profiter de leur activités ou soirées dansante. Il y a une épicerie à 100M, et le centre ville est à 5min en voiture. Plusieurs restaurants sont à proximités de la maison. Pour la nourriture, on trouve de tout dans les commerces. Bref notre séjour dans cette maison à été merveilleux et nous ne manqueront pas d'y retourner dès que possible. Merci Flavia pour tous vos conseils avant notre départ et de nous faire profiter de cette magnifique maison. MICKAEL

    Turquoise Heaven

    5/5 Stayed May 19, 2011
    Submitted Jun 21, 2011

    The house has everything you need to enjoy time at the beach. The kitchen is well equipped. Several nice touches include a 5 gallon water dispenser, dishwasher, and washer and dryer. The house was clean with plenty of towels and nice big beach towels. The owner and manager were pleasant, honest and extra helpful. The big porch across the back is where we spent entire days, reading and alternately sunning and seeking shade. When you sit there you cannot see another house and I never saw anyone walk past. After a cocktail hour walk, the air condition comfort inside while cooking dinner and listening to your I-Pod and watching the sunset out the back is just perfect. The beach is beautiful, and the only people we ever saw were a few local families fishing early morning and at dusk. The swimming is great and we had fun snorkeling right out back of the house. We ate at Paradis several times, the whole snapper is done with flavor and perfect seasoning. Also try the conch chowder at the Riding Rock Inn, yum. There are not many places to eat and you might want to bring your favorite staples, rice, cereal, coffee, spices for cooking as the provisions at the store are limited. Fresh veggies and dairy must be purchased soon after the boat comes in (because when they are gone you have to wait until the next boat). The store owner teased us about how many yogurts we bought. We were able to get three heads of romaine lettuce, which is a real surprise in the out islands. Don't forget to check out the light house, go inside and see the marvel of the prisms that make up the light reflection. If you like solitude and turquoise water the Blue House is the place to be!

    Great time at thye Blue House San Salvador

    4/5 Stayed Aug 26, 2010
    Submitted Sep 13, 2010

    Three friends and I just returned from San Sal for our 20 year reunion. We all used to work on the island as teachers and as dive instructors way back. In many ways, little has changed. One great addition is the home we rented in VH Victoria Hill on the North Western side of the island where the sand is white, the ocean light blue and waves are generally calm. The Blue House is well appointed and situated on a powder white sand beach- with turquoise blue Bahamian ocean steps from the back porch- it was perfect for us. August was hot- and we knew it would be so AC in the living area and guest rooms were very important. The home was well supplied with pots and pans- laundry- stereo, Internet. The internet went out for a few days- rebooted and was fine- we had some minor trouble with the ac remotes- new batteries would probably resolve that, fresh linens, towels and the option to do laundry were great. The whole place met and exceeded our expectations. We know the island well- it is very remote and everything comes by supply boat once a week just as it has for 40- 50 years. Every single nut and bolt, can of soup, gallon of milk comes via mail boat. Once you understand that, you realize what a fine job the owner and manager do maintaining the house. The location, just North of town- in a small settlement, Victoria Hill is quiet yet close to the island's two hotels. Other homes we looked at are near beautiful beaches but are quite removed from any stores or restaurants. Don't come to San Sal looking for fine exotic cuisine and South Beach style nightlife- come to relax, melt the stress away, snorkel, fish, swim, walk the long uninhabited beachs, get to know some friendly locals. Talking about food, we did manage to eat our share of cracked conch, steamed conch, conch salad, fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried fish, peas and rice (thanks Peaches) and of course - grilled to 20 lb dolphin (dorado) fish we caught trolling off the wall. Good times- stick to the rum- it is good quality and cheap in comparison to beer which can cost $50+ a case. Thanks and we hope to be back some day.

    the Blue House, San Salvador, Bahamas

    4/5 Stayed Mar 14, 2010
    Submitted Mar 24, 2010

    the Blue House was fantastic! The beach and water access is unbelievable! The house was well stocked for all our needs for cooking, plenty of towels etc. Perhaps you can leave instructions for the A/C and its remotes, we were unsure how to use them- otherwise the house was great and we look forward to staying there again in the near future!!

    A great Hideway

    5/5 Stayed Dec 12, 2009
    Submitted Feb 2, 2010

    The Blue House is a great hideway. If you have been searching for the back of beyond and a peaceful time, you have found it. The house itself is very large and inviting with cathedrale ceilings in the living-room. It has all the amenities for those who wish to live on their own. The veranda at th back is hudge and gives a busy family a place outside - even if it rains. The beach is close, clean and private. It drops off quickly so you can swim immediately. Snokling and diving on this island are amazing and the fishing an experience not to be missed. The people on San Salvador are helpful and kind. We were able to rent a golf cart at the Riding Rock Resort and their bartender there, Peaches, was a mine of information. This is a palce suitable for those who like to make their own fun. Our whole family enjoyed it.

    Great Week at the Blue House

    4/5 Stayed Aug 15, 2009
    Submitted Sep 15, 2009

    Our family of 4 (including 2 demanding teenagers) spent a very relaxing week here in mid-August. The house is very spacious: the kids each had a room to themselves & there was another twin-bedded room that we didn't use. The kitchen is a good size with a full range of (dated) functioning appliances. The ac worked very well (leak in one room was waiting for a part from Nassau to be fixed), as did the TV, internet and PS2. Combined with all the other natural attractions, our kids thought they were in heaven! The location of the house is FANTASTIC: all you can see is beach and sea. The beach is 10 yards through the garden from the deck and then the sea is 20-30 yards away depending on the tide. The beach has a steep section (down to the waters edge) for about 3-4 feet that could be problematic for a toddler on their own, or for someone with physical disabilities. The sea was crystal clear except for the day after the one major thunderstorm we had. There are several thriving reefs within 50 yards of the shore and we saw countless tropical fish, large grouper and parrot fish, the turtle, octopus, cuttle fish, etc etc. You won't need to go anywhere else to snorkel: it is right here. We only had company once, when on the cloudy water day a family of 4 walked all the way along to us from Club Med. We hired a car for the week (Avis/Hertz it is NOT!) to explore the island, and in retrospect would have been better off getting it for a day and using the golf cart for the rest of the week. We were pleasantly surprised by the availability, quality and cost of provisions bought on the island. We were disappointed by the quality and selection of restaurant food (it's all just OK at best): if you want anything decent, be prepared to cook it yourself - there is a grill on the deck, so this is not a problem. What else? We never saw a mosquito; outside after sunset there were smaller black flying, biting insects but (a) we encountered far more of them when we went out to eat & (b) deet-based repellent (sold @ local supermarket) worked. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived. The attic space is in the process of being finished and tools and materials were visible from the landing: but nothing that a strategically placed hanging screen couldn't deal with. If it was mine, a fresh coat of exterior paint would be on my to do list, along with a 2nd hammock for someone else to use! We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    Your Own Back Yard

    5/5 Stayed Mar 2, 2009
    Submitted Mar 21, 2009

    The Blue House is a spacious, open and extremely comfortable home for your vacation. The views of the ocean are truly stunning. The back deck is great for sunning, cooking out, or sleeping in the hammock after some Pina Coladas. There are plenty of beach chairs for spending time ON the beach, but it's nice to have a covered area to be in once you have cooked yourself for the day. My best friends and I have rented a house somewhere in the Bahamas every year for the past 6 years and the Blue House is in now our top 2 of favorites. The beach in front of the house is lovely and there is good snorkeling. The caretaker Garnell is extremely accommodating and is there to help if you need anything or have questions. The house is large and offers privacy when you need it, with bedrooms and bathrooms both upstairs and down. The Golf Cart is great for grocery shopping but if you want to really explore San Salvador, renting a car or scooter for the day is the way to do it. San Salvador itself is a hidden gem, great for exploring, gorgeous coves and grottos.The people who live there are friendly and very kind. Taking a boat out to snorkel or scuba dive is great. We went to 2 reefs for 40 bucks and stayed out for about 3 hours. One place was actually a ship wreck and was really interesting and kind of creepy cool. We saw some great fish too. However, we went in March and the water was bit on the chilly side at 71 degrees and there was a lot of wind but according to the island folks, the wind was NOT a normal occurrence. Much of the island is in it's natural and pristine state, completely undeveloped. Pigeon Creek is lovely and Dixon Hill Lighthouse is also worth a visit. We only went out to eat once, to New Columbus Tavern, a short distance from Blue House and had some great cracked conch. Our new friend Capt Bruce got us fresh fish on several occasions and cooking in was our choice for eating while we were there. If you are looking for that Wizard of Oz type of vacation, where everything you need is in your own back yard, then the Blue House is what you are looking for.

    Dream House

    5/5 Stayed Jul 19, 2008
    Submitted Jul 31, 2008

    This is THE Place. No one else on the beach. Everyone extrememly friendly. Stores were closed on Sunday but owners opened up for us so we could get groceries when we got there. Just ask someone where they live and knock on their door. They are more than happy to open. The Paradis Cafe is the best food on the island. Beverly is a wonderful cook. The reef behind the house is the first time I have encountered sea turtles in 30 years of diving.It was a treat. You will love this house and island. It is worth the trip!

    Total Escape

    5/5 Stayed Jul 19, 2008
    Submitted Jul 31, 2008

    The house was beautiful and well furnished with lots of space, a great layout and incredible views. It's also located in a perfect spot. You are pretty close to town but far enough away that you are not dealing with much traffic, especially on the beaches. We spent nearly every day in the water snorkeling the reefs and met the resident sea turtle, huge school of dinner-plate sized blue tangs and cuttlefish. We really missed diving due to a broken shoulder, but will get our fill on the next trip down to San Sal. We enjoyed several traditional, home-style Bahamian meals with Beverly at Paradis. Her and her mom are incredible chefs! We also took one of our first couple of days and drove all the way around the island in our rental car from Granville (which Garnel set up for us in moments upon our arrival). The drive gave us the chance to see where we wanted to spend more time throughout the week, with a focus on the beaches and reefs. Grotto beach in Columbus Landings has a pavilion with picnic tables and is pretty much deserted all the time… ask the locals how to get there and they will be happy to help. The lighthouse is a must-see. Just go on in but make sure you sign the guest book and don’t wake up the lighthouse keeper. He sleeps during the day. There really are no U.S. style “convenience” stores on the island, so make sure you bring drinks/food if you go out exploring until you get used to the hours of operation. We packed a soft cooler and it worked out wonderfully. It was also handy for picnic lunchs at the beaches. Stores keep business hours but when we visited Jake Jones’ store on Sunday, the locals recommended we knock on the owner’s door. She was happy to open up and let us shop. The island does run based on the mailboat and fuel barge deliveries every week. If they are delayed for some reason, talk to Garnel and she’ll help you find what you need. Garnel stopped by almost every day to make sure we were outfitted with everything we needed, answer any of our questions and just be a huge help. Her help and oversight helped to make our vacation perfect. All in all, the Blue House was perfect for our escape from daily life and a comfortable, relaxing vacation home. Thanks for everything, Flavia! We’ll be back!

    Very Relaxing Week At The Blue House

    4/5 Stayed Jun 7, 2008
    Submitted Jun 26, 2008

    Our family of 3 was looking for a relaxing week at the end of the school year (June). The Blue House was exactly what we needed. Spacious house, right on the beach. We did not see even one other person on the beach the entire week. Great snorkeling right off the beach just steps from the door. Beautiful sunsets seen directly out the back windows. Owner was very helpful with info about the house and island. Local family who maintains the house were very friendly and helpful. Very friendly island. Not much to do on the island, which is exactly what we wanted. We saw the lighthouse and snorkled/had a picnic at a couple other beaches. Not many restaurants. Ate at Paradis, Tavern, Riding Rock and were happy cooking in and enjoying the view, watching a movie, etc. I recommend this house and island for a restful family getaway.

    Secluded Oasis

    5/5 Stayed Apr 22, 2008
    Submitted Jun 24, 2008

    If you are looking for a beautiful oasis secluded on a breathtaking beach, this place is for you. The house is very accommodating with plenty of space and a great deck with a beach side view. When we arrived we rented a scooter across from the airport which I highly recommend to get around the island. San Salvador has many beautiful private beaches with clear blue waters and white sand. For great Bahamian food we went to Paradise Café where Beverly took great care of us. San Salvador is still very undiscovered by lots of tourists, so you truly feel separated from all the hustle and bustle you left behind on the homeland. For nights you want some entertainment Club Med is only a mile from the blue house and offers all inclusive food and drinks. My boyfriend and I had a great experience here, we left with an overall feeling of peacefulness.

    Good place to relax

    5/5 Stayed Mar 1, 2008
    Submitted Mar 31, 2008

    This is a great place to get away. There is not a lot of night life, if that is what you are looking for. Everyone on this island is very friendly and helpful. There are a couple of nature tours, but this is not a good place for birding. The water and beaches are wonderful! This house is nicely furnished, and very comfortable. The local native places to catch dinner are close by, and they are very accomodating. Most people would rate this place as a 'good find.

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