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Oceanfront Cottage- Private, Quiet and Quaint

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Man-O-War Cottage built in 1982 by a traditional craftsmen, this property has lovely ocean views, landscaped pathways and is situated on 3 acres of ocean front property. Located at the end of a 1/2 mile long white sandy beach this property features extensive pathways, lawns and gardens and is a short walk into town.

The owners can assist with sailing, diving, or fishing trips.

Man-O-War is a quiet and peaceful island, and the property is located approximately a ten minute walk from town. Golf cart rentals and boat rentals can be arranged.

Bahamas Oceanfront Vacation Cottage Near Beach & 60 Foot Deep Water Dock with electrical is protected in Harbor.

Keywords: Oceanfront on the small, quiet island of Man-O-War Cay, adjacent to a beautiful 1/2 mile long beach

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Matthew

We are sailors who built a house on the oceanfront

to enjoy the best of the Abacos.

Matthew purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Matthew chose Hope Town

This property is located close enough to the settlement of Man O War to be easy walking distance yet also private and peaceful, as described by so many of our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

Peacefulness, privacy, private access to beach and harbour dock, great sailing, body surfing, fishing, diving and swimming.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2, en suite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has a queen bed with en suite bathroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 makeshift couch beds on screened in porch, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Each porch has a couch which easily converts to a bed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
*Additional facilities for dining & entertainment, are available on request.* Accomodations for larger vessels up to 50' length, 6' draft on request. January 2017 Select Recipe is Spice Cajun Steak on the Breakfast Porch; (Photo in Album) (Per Serving) One Small Rib Eye Steak One Quarter Red Onion, diced One Ripe Tomato, diced Two Tablespoons Olive Oil Two Tablespoons Grey Poupon Mustard Fresh Ground Black Pepper Salt to preference Trim steak into small pieces Sautee in hot olive oil and smother with tomato, onion, pepper and salt to taste. When steak pieces are browned, cover and superheat, serve with cold white wine.


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Oceanfront Cottage- Private, Quiet and Quaint
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
Charleston, SC

Quiet, private, beautiful natural hideaway

  • 4 of 5

This is a perfect get away on a low key island in a beautiful natural setting. Nothing fancy but what a relief! Like living on a sailboat. You provide your own entertainment, meals and activities. Can be very romantic! Perfect for a couple, or two couples, if close friends. Basic amenities but the washer dryer were an added bonus. Can be totally alone if desired, but we were fortunate to have friends on the island with whom to share occasional meals and evenings. We were lucky to meet Matthew who also made the visit memorable with his obvious love and devotion to the island and his beautiful property. The last supper of fresh grouper was superb and will stay with us until the next visit to this special place. Thank you

  • Submitted: 20-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were wonderful to have here, and we thank them for their kind words and good times shared!
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Cozy peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

From the dock space on Eastern Harbour to the private walk thru the palms to the Atlantic beach we loved our stay. The house as billed is like a little wooden ship. Perfect for my wife and I and probably good for up to two couples at night we didn’t hear a mechanical sound, only distant surf and clattering palms and the clucking of the three chickens in the morning

  • Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like something out of a storybook...

  • 5 of 5

This house made our week amazing. Matthew and his caretakers have done a wonderful job creating an old Bahamian style house that looks like something right out of a storybook. Set in the middle of a lush jungle and just a very short walk to the beach made it perfect. And we had the whole beach to ourselves. The snorkeling at the beach was good too, and Matthew let us borrow fins for my parents.

The dock was very convenient for our boat rental, and there was even a line for keeping our boat off the dock. Caretakers picked us up in the pouring rain, and dropped us off as well. Couldn't have done without the screened in porch, and plenty of seating.

With all of this, the best thing about renting this house was the way that the owner, Matthew, took care of us every step of the way. He is truly caring, and will do everything in his power to make sure you are comfortable.

  • Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We make the best effort possible at providing for our guests. Man-O-War is synonymous with quality and we want our guests to feel welcomed, arrive to a clean and well kept cottage, and know that there is always someone to call on for assistance. Mr. Van Valkenburg goes over the top with his compliments, and chose not to dwell on those things out of our control, like the weather and the electricity, both erratic. For that we are grateful to him and all like minded adventurous guests!
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A magic place, tranquil, clean and well organized. The location, surrounding landscape are spectacul

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay. We arrived via the ferry directly to the dock in eastern harbor. We were greeted and helped with our bags. The cottage was well provisioned per our request and the surroundings landscape was beautiful foliage. Easy walking trails or golf cart path to wander on to settlement, a short hike or straight out for an ocean swim. It is our go-to place to relax and recharge .

  • Submitted: 25-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a very appropriate response from our guest.
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Almost There!

  • 5 of 5

I have been on Man O' War several times but have never stayed the night. It's a very quiet place. You can get away from all of the craziness going on around the world. I have 2 boys, 12 and 8, and when they ask what are we going to do on the island? I said nothing! You get one week of just total relaxation. You can swim in the ocean, you can snorkel or just chill on the beach. You can explore the island by foot or golf cart. there are no distractions, no traffic to deal with, no stress. It is a great place to forget about everything and just relax.

I had planned on staying in this cottage earlier this year but had some family issues and could not go. I thought for sure that I would lose some percentage of what I had paid. And I was fine with that. When i emailed Mathew to let him know the situation, he said no problem. Just pick another week. No extra charge, no rebooking fee, nothing. I was astonished as we had to cancel only a few days before the trip.

Needless to say, I have rebooked our trip. This boys are excited about going (again). I wanted to go ahead and write this review, even though I haven't stayed there yet, to just say thanks to Matthew for being so understanding and accommodating. I will update this review once we stay in the cottage and let everyone know what it is like.

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Where to begin? First of all the Bahamas are beautiful (my first time there) and pristine, with Mathew's beach being one of the best examples! The view from his cottage is unreal! Exqusite landscaping, lush and tropical leads to a breath taking beach with awesome snorkling! The sound of the surf gently puts you to sleep and relaxes you all day!! Then there is the Island itself, it is beautiful and friendly! Driving the golf cart along the narrow streets was just a blast! We ate at several great resturants and enjoyed the local favorites, cinnamon rolls and farm fresh eggs! But hands down the best part of the trip was Mathew himself! We rented a boat, (which we moored at his morage) and at his advice visited the most spectacular sights,. He told us the best of everything, where to snorkle where to have cocktails where to swim where to just hang ect...his knowledge of the whole Bahamas was priceless! Bonus, no mosquitos!!

  • Submitted: 29-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Hopetown harbour
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Treasure Cay
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

Offshore fishing, diving, snorkeling and sailing arranged on request.

Additional services are also available. Please inquire. Our caretakers who live very close to the cottage are available for all sorts of additional assistance as needed, including assistance with arrangements and in the boat.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Hope Town

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$74.93
Transfer Fee C$63.5
Caretakers Fee C$158.75
Cleaning Service Fee C$127

The property has two houses, for a total available capacity of 10 guests. There are two docks providing dockage for a vessel of up to 50' in length.

Transfer Fee: is a fee for guest, and their luggage to be transferred to the property, via the property caretakers.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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