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Affordable Luxury on Tar Bay--Special Rate Through May--Inquire for Details

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beachfront House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths (Sleeps 10)

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Belle Mer Cottage is located on the most beautiful beach on Great Exuma Island. It sits along 2 miles of white sandy beach with views of the protected barrier islands and sailboats gliding into Elizabeth Harbour in Georgetown. Belle Mer is the perfect home to host a romantic retreat or a special family reunion.

Enjoy the gracious open living space with views of the turquoise crystal clear water from every room. The main house with 2500 square feet of living space has large tile floors in all the rooms. It has three master bedrooms with en-suite marble tile double sink bathrooms and each bedroom has flat screen TV's. There is a fourth suite over the garage with two trundle beds, sleeping an additional 4 people. The home has comfortable soft seating and colorful local art.

The two ground floor master bedrooms, with cove wood ceilings and recessed lighting with dimmers, have king size beds with Tempur-Pedic mattress toppers and large sliding doors with screens that open onto the veranda with breathtaking views of the beach. Each bathroom has a large shower and separate toilet room. The upstairs master bedroom is tastefully decorated with a king size bed and child size daybed. It has a large marble tile bathroom with a tub/shower. The fourth bedroom is above the detached double garage, steps from the front door. It has its own bathroom with shower, 2 twin size trundle beds for sleeping up to 4, a flat screen TV and VCR. It is the perfect getaway for kids or a couple of adults who are young-at heart! The house has ceiling fans in every room and central air-conditioning when the island breezes are not cool enough. Please note that although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we permit up to eight adults and two children. The additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage).

The large modern kitchen features new slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with two full size refrigerator/freezers, wine cooler, microwave, dishwasher and new glass cooktop/oven. It is fully equipped for you to prepare and enjoy a snack or a gourmet dinner. A full size washer and dryer are within easy reach off the kitchen. The great room features soaring 20 foot ceilings and a large double paddle fan. The entertainment console has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. For old fashion fun we have plenty of board games, puzzles, playing cards, and books to read. Bring additional Wii games or Blu-Ray/DVDs to have even more fun in the evening. The large round wood dining table seats 8 or sit on the bar stools around the kitchen island to enjoy your home cooked meals. We can also refer you to a local Bahamian chef who will prepare a great Bahamian meal right in Belle Mer's kitchen. Although we have never experienced crime on the island, there is a safe provided for peace of mind.

Belle Mer features an outstanding outdoor living space with 700 square feet of wrap around veranda next to the beach. An outdoor gas grill and large dining table are great for entertaining. It is the perfect place to watch the billions of stars in the evening sky, listen to the lapping waves on the beach and watch the moon's rising reflection on Belle Mer (beautiful sea).

This beautiful vacation homes offers all the amenities needed for a truly memorable experience. If not relaxing or strolling on the white sandy beach Belle Mer is also equipped with snorkel gear, 2 double sit-on-top sea kayaks, 2 sets of golf clubs, rafts for floating, and children's water toys. All of these are complimentary during your stay. After enjoying the ocean we even have an outside shower next to the veranda. Also consider renting a Boston Whaler in Georgetown to explore Elizabeth harbor, hire a Bonefish guide, take a water taxi to Stocking Island or charter a boat and captain to visit other surrounding Cays. The home is cleaned to spotless before arrival. Guests staying 10 nights or longer receive a complimentary mid-stay cleaning.

The new Sandals Resort (formerly Four Seasons), Greg Norman golf course and Marina can be reached in approximately 20 minutes by taxi or car. A number of grocery stores in Georgetown about 10 minutes away stock all the items you will need for your vacation, but also try the wonderful local restaurants. Our welcome sheet has our favorite restaurants, guides and places to visit for a fun filled vacation. Enjoy!!!

Keywords: House, on the beach

More Details

Property Manager
Samantha Monson
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Samantha Monson

The Applebys and Monsons have been best of friends for over 35 years in Vail, Colorado. Our children, who are now adults, grew up together. We now have a great home on the most beautiful beach in the world - a place to enjoy family get togethers completely different from the Rocky Mountains.

Samantha Monson purchased this house in 2008

Why Samantha Monson chose Exuma

The first time we came to Exuma was in 1995 to invest in a resort with a golf course, marina, hotel, and homesites. The developer went belly-up, however, another developer came in and built the Four Seasons Resort and Greg Norman golf course on this property. We fell in love with the Island and its people. So in 2000 we were able to purchase our lot on Tar Bay, which is the longest sandy beach in Exuma some 2 miles of white sand and aqua crystal clear water. The beach is protected from the Exuma Sound and the Atlantic Ocean by barrier reefs and barrier Cays.

We hired a Nassau architectural firm and drew up three different plans over a 4 year period. Finally, we came up with the perfect plan and built our beautiful beach house taking two years of construction. Building on the island was very arduous and time consuming since everything must be shipped via a container boat from Miami. We also had to deal with customs agents and island natives as builders. All in all it was worth it since we love 'Belle Mer Cottage.' Many of our international neighbors on Exuma consider our home the most beautiful on Tar Bay.

What makes this house unique

The beach house has two identical master suites for the two owners. We also have a third master suite upstairs and an overflow bedroom above the garage. Each suite has a flat screen TV and king bed with wonderful bedding. The great room has a 58 inch smart HD television capable of accessing your own internet-based accounts (e.g., Netflix and Amazon Prime), Blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, iPod docking station, and WiFi. The kitchen is all stainless steel appliances with dishwasher, double refrigerators/freezers, beverage center, oven range, microwave and all small appliances (e.g., coffee maker). We love to cook and grill at the house since we have what we consider the best view on the island.

Our veranda has large comfortable soft seating with the beautiful white sand and lapping aqua water within 40 feet from the steps. The outside shower is a real treat after spending time in the ocean.

Belle Mer Cottage is only 3 miles from Georgetown International Airport, 4 miles from GeorgeTown with great local restaurants and island bars, and 5 miles from the Sandals Resort with a golf course and casino.

Belle Mer is paradise on the friendliest Island in the Bahamas. Come join us and leave your worries at home. Welcome to Great Exuma!

Your Hosts,

The Applebys and Monsons

Guestbook comments from the manager

Happy New Year!! What a fabulous way to begin! Great friends,wonderful house- most amazing views. Totally turned off from "reality". Thanks for sharing this beautiful home with us! We loved the kitchen, porch and of course the Wii. Wonderful week in Paradise.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Exuma

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • We have an outdoor shower coming up from the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , two twin trundle beds--sleeps four total (great for kids!)
  • There are also two pack-n-play cribs available for use in any of the rooms. Although the home has bedding for more, we allow a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Specifically, we allow a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children. There is not sufficient space for 10 adults, as four children could be comfortable in the room over the garage but four adults would likely find it too crowded. Additional bedding simply provides more options to meet the sleeping configuration needs of the group (e.g., a couple staying in the upstairs master bedroom could have their child on the day bed in that room OR if that child was old enough, they could stay in the room above the garage).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A safe is provided for peace-of-mind in securing valuables, and we always recommend keeping the home's doors locked. The island is very peaceful, and we want to do our part to continue to prevent crime. Stays 10 nights or longer include a complimentary mid-stay cleaning. The owners conduct meticulous maintenance on Belle Mer Cottage twice annually. For example, new in 2016 are slab granite countertops in the kitchen, a glass-top stove/oven, and fresh linens.


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average rating of 4.94 based on 67 reviews

Awesome!! Sam is EXCELLENT with any questions!!

  • 5 of 5

Belle Mer is a perfect rental for families seeking together time in a beautiful Setting! It truly was perfect for bigger families as there are three master bedrooms as well as a bedroom over the garage! It truly is a perfect getaway house and our stay could’ve not gone any better! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is absolutely gorgeous. The views are breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

We come to the Bahamas every year and this was probably the nicest house that we have stayed in. There isn’t a bad view of the ocean (which is literally feet from the house). The house is perfectly located. It’s only a 10 minute drive to Georgetown and about 10 minutes from the airport. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, relaxing pre-Christmas trip!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing cottage. Kitchen was very well appointed, and had absolutely everything we needed for cooking, grilling and enjoying our time beach side. But the view!!!!! We loved the porches, wonderful lounge chairs and adorandeck chairs comfy and well thought out. The garage toys are the bomb!!! Kayaking to the islands a favorite activity, amazing reef halfway to islands, beautiful and one of the best we saw, and we saw many!! The boys speared a large lobster at the Island. Bedrooms, linens towels, all very nice!

Location is great for access to airport, Georgetown, restaurants, grocery and liquor!!

Don’t miss a sunset at Catch a Fire. It is closed until January and you need to bring your bug spray, but worth it!

We rented a boat from Minns 2 days, our adult kids loved it for snorkeling, fishing, and Island exploring. Easy and highly recommend. Took a charter spear fishing trip. Can not recommend the company, but came home with several meals of lobster and fish.

As were warned about construction of house next door, and we appreciated the owners heads up in it. It wasn’t too much of an issue, and our “private” beach was in deed very private! We always felt safe, and everyone, including the housekeeper was very friendly and happy! All of this made for a very merry pre-Christmas trip!!! Our family hopes to return to this wonderful vacation oasis!

The Burnikel Clan

  • Submitted: 24-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

Belle Mer Cottage was the perfect escape. If we could give it six stars, that's what we would rate it. The cottage is beautiful beyond the pictures shown. The cottage was extremely clean and bright, with incredible views as soon as you walk in the door. The owners really put some thought into the design and amenities. The location on Tar Bay is perfect. We have rented many oceanfront properties, and this is now our favorite. Samantha made the process of reserving very simple and was always available if needed. We also cannot say enough about Tina. She was wonderful to work with. She really helped make our 30th wedding anniversary a day that we will never forget! Thanks again to the Applebys and Monsons for sharing their beautiful cottage.

  • Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was just as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with wonderful evening Breeze. Kayaks were a great bonus. We experienced 10 hour power outage but home still stayed cool. Would I go back...... you bet I would!

  • Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best!

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 6 (3 older couples ) who have been vacationing in the Bahamian out islands for many years and I must say that Belle Mer is the nicest home that we have ever stayed in. The 3 bedrooms, each with large wonderful ensuite bathrooms and very comfortable king sized beds, were perfect retreats after lazy days of floating in the warm, clear waters just a few steps from the house. Also there are 4 separate air conditioning units (1 for the great room and 3 for the bedrooms ). Very nice to be able control the that degree. There are many features that separate Belle Mer from the other homes on Exuma, but the best for us had to be the covered porch facing the ocean. Because we had a nice brisk ocean breeze we were able to have lunch there every day and on occasion watch the sun come up with a cup of coffee in hand. We also spent many an hour with other beverages in hand just watching the horizon and thinking about not much.

We did not rent a car and used Luther Rolle as our driver for our several trips to the grocery store. He was very accommodating and this arrangement worked well for us. The folks at the Exuma Market told us that the fresh produce comes in on Tues. afternoon and that Wed. mornings are a good time to shop.

In all we had a great trip and are going back next year.

  • Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Georgetown (GGT)

We provide a welcome packet upon booking with insider tips for the home and island.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Exuma

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**Special Pricing**
Jan 8 2018 - May 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
Holiday Weeks 2018/2019
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$284.11
Refundable Damage Deposit C$631.35

We require 1/2 of the rental rate at the time of booking. The other 1/2 of the rental rate + $500 damage deposit is due 90 days prior. Our preferred method of payment is echeck through the VRBO system. If you are unable to pay by echeck, we can discuss alternative payment options. All quoted rates and payments are in United States dollars. We have a minimum stay of 7 nights. We allow a maximum of 10 guests per renting group. Specifically, we allow up to 8 adults and 2 children, as there is not enough private accommodation for 10 adults.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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