SPECIAL: We charge NO FlipKey booking fee, no processing fee, no credit card usage fee. Note: the monthly discount rate is based on 30 nights of your stay, NOT 28 nights. DESCRIPTION OF HOUSE: Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house located 1 minute walk to beach. An extra wash-off-from-swimming outdoors shower is provided, and FlipKey classifies this as our 3rd bathroom -- but it's just a shower. Vacation house also has dining room + table that seats 8 persons, and a large kitchen with all normal kitchen amenities such as over-stove microwave oven, stove, refridge, blender, toaster, George Foreman Sandwich Grill, coffee maker, wine glasses, regular glasses, insulated glasses, kitchen utensils, 8-place Gibson Designs Soho stoneware set, 4-place (young) children colorful plastic dishes and eating ware. An assortment of spices are provided, however, you are welcome to bring some down with you if you have a certain spices you particularly like. For each week (or partial week) of your stay, one roll of TP per person, one roll of paper towels, and some dish soap is initially provided to get you started with your stay. Wifi and Internet service provided at no cost, including use of an IBM PC computer with direct connection to the router. Between the living room and dining room is a large 4-person breakfast bar with chairs. Living room has a couch, a large lounge chair, and several other chairs offering a wide view overlooking the Abaco Sea. A 10' x 12' deck just outside the dining room also overlooks the Abaco Sea, Lubbers Quarters (island), and in the far distance about 2-1/2 miles away, the main Abaco Island -- this deck faces west for catching the setting sun. There is also a back deck that has a small octagon-shaped table and chairs, and here is located the BBQ grill (charcoal -- available is available in the Hope Town grocery stores). A 4-person golf cart is provided at no charge for travel while staying at the Storrhaven house, subject to availability. Down at Tahiti Beach, we have a private boat slip that can be exclusively used for your rental boat during your stay -- no slip charge. Tahiti Beach is considered one of the 10 best beaches in all of the 700 islands of the Bahamas, so picturesque that weddings are sometimes held on this beach. The owner/caretaker stays just 300' from the house, far enough away to provide you privacy (shielded by trees and shrubs between the two houses), but close enough for you to call for any questions about your stay. He has 45 years experience in this part of Abaco, and is available 24/7 to help you. He can provide you with information about the area for such things as where to eat out, where to snorkel, where to find "private" beaches, where to fish, hazardous boating areas, where to get food supplies, church services (2+), boat rentals, bike rentals, kayak rentals, island hopping, etc. Two fishing rods/reels/lines are provided (bring your own hooks/leaders/lures), and a wide assortment of adult and children swim fins, masks, snorkels, and if renting a boat, life preservers (check for availability prior to your stay). The Storrhaven house is 7 minutes by boat from the quaint little town of Hope Town, its beautiful circular harbor, and its famous candy-striped lighthouse (details in next section). The town, harbor, and lighthouse of Hope Town are so picturesque that they are pictured on the back of the Bahamian $10 bill. There is a paved road going from the Storrhaven house to Hope Town. The house is in a private area (no businesses allowed), so it is very quiet, peaceful, and in an area where the surrounding home owners take pride in their flowers, trees, and gardens. To get to Tahiti Beach, it is a 10 second golf cart ride (60 second walk) down a paved road (almost no traffic on road). Most people opt to just walk to the beach. Nearest restaurant is about a 5 minute golf cart drive away, and a second restaurant 7 minutes away. Nearest grocery store is 10 minutes by golf cart, or 7 minutes by boat. Bahamian money exchange? No problem. Just use USA dollars. Same with USA (coin) change. Bahamian dollar is at par with the USA dollar, so there is no exchange rate complexity (where, unlike other foreign countries, you lose money when you buy foreign dollars, then lose money again when you have to convert them back into USA dollars -- you get "killed" twice, and what a hassle). So, if you buy a $3 item in the store, pay with a USA $20 bill, you might get back a $10 Bahamian bill, a $5 USA bill, and one $1 Bahamian and one $1 USA bill in change. Ask a store if they have any Bahamian 1 cent pieces -- they are a little smaller than the USA penny, and have a beautiful starfish on one side -- nice to give to kids (or keep yourself) as a souvenir. Their dimes are also neat -- scalloped on the edge. Upon your arrival to (and departure from) Hope Town, we provide a complimentary pickup service from Hope Town via a 8 passenger SUV. In addition, we will provide two round trips to Hope Town (or any place south of Hope Town on Elbow Cay) at no charge. Additional trips are available at a reasonable rate. Note that you have unlimited free use of the 4 person golf cart during your stay with us.
We charge NO FlipKey booking fee, no processing fee, no fee for use of your credit card. The breakage deposit is refunded in full 10 days after the end of your stay, sent to you directly by FlipKey, assuming no damage/breakage/loss.
Children under 2 years of age at time of booking are free, i.e., they are not included as a "guest" when calculating your rental rate.
Base rental rate is for 1-3 guests; additional guests staying with you for your total length of your stay are $10/guest/night for each person above the 3 initial guests. FlipKey provides this calculation automatically when you enter the number of guests staying at the Storrhaven house. We review FlipKey's invoice that they send us, and we (the owners of Storrhaven) will review FlipKey's invoice before it is sent to you and make the appropriate, i.e., lower cost, adjustment to that invoice to give you the best advantage of discounts available for multiple weeks and/or fractional weeks of your stay.
If you have guests who are coming after the start of your stay and/or are leaving before the end of your stay, the additional guest(s) rate(s) are: $10/guest/night. The additional guest charge can be settled by cash or check on the last day of your stay.
Our additional guest rate is one of the lowest in the Abaco region.
Discounts from the one week rate for multiple weeks of your stay: 2 weeks: $100/week discount for EACH of the two weeks; 3 weeks: $150/week discount for EACH of the three weeks; 4 or more weeks: $250/week discount for EACH week of your stay. After the first week, partial weeks are prorated at 1/7th of the weekly rate per additional day (see below example). Note: multiple week discounts are not displayed in FlipKey's pricing, so just submit your booking request, and before receiving your final booking payment information, that is, before you've submitted you credit card information for the booking, we will automatically discount the appropriate multiple week discount and inform you of the final discounted rate on the invoice we send you. The term "weeks" means 7 nights.
Examples of discounts: For example, if you book 3 guests for 2 weeks and 2 additional nights (16 nights), your rate would be: $1725 - $100/week discount = $1625 per week, then $1625 / 7 = $232 per extra night beyond the 2 weeks, so for 16 nights, the weekly discounted rate of $1625 x 2 weeks = $3250 + (2 nights x $232) = $3714 for 16 nights. To this example, if a 4th guest arrives and stays for 8 nights during the 16 night rental, that 4th guest rate would be $10/night x 8 nights = $80 for that 4th guest for their 8 nights stay with you -- $80 + $3714 = $3794 total.
Storrhaven house is located in the private Dorros Cove area of Elbow Cay. This area is the southern most tip of Elbow Cay, about 3 miles from Hope Town. Tahiti Beach (10 second golf cart away from Storrhaven house) is a crescent shaped beach located here, considered one of the 10 best beaches of all of the 700 islands of the Bahamas. The area is quiet, very residential (no businesses), and most houses are on one+ acres of land. There is a private dock located at the northern end of Tahiti Beach for mooring your rental boat with capacity of 32' length, 10' beam, and an approximate 8' draft. Hope Town is a quaint village (2 main roads and several short-connecting cross roads; size: about 500' x 2000'), and here you'll find small shops, 6+ restaurants (most on or over the harbor waters), grocery stores (2), marina (for boat gas), lighthouse (you can climb up the spiral 101 steps to the top and "pop" out the small door to the walkway around the top of the lighthouse; great view + fun to see the mechanisms of how the lighthouse works; free admission), diving expeditions (1/2 and 1 day SCUBA and snorkeling trips), private fishing guides, etc. Using a small rental boat, you can travel relatively safely in the mostly calm inner waterway called the Abaco Sea. This Sea is about 2-5 miles wide (varies depending on what part of Abaco Island's eastern shore you are on) and about 30 miles long, with lots of little keys (called Cays in the Bahamas -- but pronounced "key") to visit and explore. There are two Bahamanian National Preserves (underwater preserves) located within 15 minute travel (by boat) from Tahiti Beach where snorkeling/diving is great. Snorkeling is also good around the Mermaid Islands (about 2 minutes from Tahiti Beach) and some beautiful coral heads (in about 6'-8' of water) in the northern part of Tilloo Cay (about 5 minutes from Tahiti Beach). This latter area is great for the inexperienced snorkeler as it is in shallow water (6'-8'), about 20' from shore, in the almost always glass-calm western side of Tilloo Cay. Down at the southern part of Tilloo Cay (the key directly south of Elbow Cay) is Tangerina Beach, a 2700' long beautiful white sand beach, extremely calm 99% of the time, shallow sandy bottom (2' - 4' deep -- great for younger children), and is almost always deserted (no homes here). 1 minute south of this beach is an area we call "Stingray Bay", where you'll usually see several stingrays in the shallow waters, then 3 minutes south of Tangerina Beach/Stingray Bay are the Pelican Cays. In the Pelican Cays, there is a beautiful 4' high flat-on-top white sand peninsula that is about 280' x 350' in size, has nice moderate waves on two sides (quite safe), and great beach combing especially for little sponges and shells. Nice place to "lounge" in the water for several hours, and young kids (5-10 years old) have great fun in the waves at the confluence of these waves coming in from the north & south ends of the Pelican Cay. We personally often spend several hours there at the Pelicans and several hours at the Tangerina Beach area on our own trips with our children and grandchildren (5-9 years old) -- a real favorite of ours.There are several marinas in the Marsh Harbour and Hope Town area where all types of boat rentals are available (15', 17', 22', 25', etc), and most will deliver to either of Hope Town's 2 Public Docks for your pickup. Please call for additional boat information. Any other questions, please ask. Information point: there is a large shell throughout this area called a CONCH which is both beautiful and is one of the foods you can eat (my favorite) as either Conch Fritters, Conch Burger, Conch Salad, or Conch Platter. Virtually every restaurant in the region offers Conch "something" on their menu. If you haven't had it before, it tastes very mild, very pleasant, so try it. Great fried, in a fritter batter, or even raw in a salad. Final note on CONCH: it is pronounced "KON-K" -- same pronunciation as "I just got a conk in the head by a falling coconut" (the "CH" is pronounced as a "K" when you say it). Collecting live conch shells is not allowed, but there are frequently large numbers of conch shells (no live animals inside) on the beaches and in the shallow waters in the local area, and these are allowed to be taken back to the USA in checked luggage (not in carry-on luggage). Besides being illegal to take live conch shells, its a HUGE process to get the live conch out of the shell, and is VERY stinky to do, so just take the empty dead ones, please. We provide a 4-person golf cart free to our guests, but if you need greater capacity, there are three+ golf cart rental places on Elbow Cay. Use of two free bicycles are allowed. Daily/weekly additional bicycle rentals as well as Kayak rentals (daily/weekly, delivered for you free to Tahiti Beach) are available in Hope Town. We will pick you up in Hope Town either by boat or by an 8-passenger SUV (either at no charge) at the beginning of your trip, and deliver you back to Hope Town at the end of your trip. The SUV is also available for 2 additional round trips per week during your stay at no charge on a 24/7 basis, with a small charge if you wish to utilize more than 2 round trips. We provide a driver for the SUV for these trips as it is restricted to be driven by the SUV owner, and no tipping please. The 4-person electric golf cart is available for you to drive.