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Bahamian Cottage located in Hope Town on Elbow Cay, AC with backup generator

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Great Cottage That Will Sleep 5 People Very Comfortably -4 night minimum

Our Cottage is located in the middle of beautiful Hope Town and is just steps away from the stunning beach which is fabulous for snorkeling, swimming or looking for sea glass or to the beautiful harbor that is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and boating. Being located in the middle of the village is wonderful as you are able to walk to shops and restaurants or you can relax at home on the porch or deck while cooking out on the grill in the backyard. Home is equipped with a generator with an automatic on/off switch, cable tv, DVD, wi fi internet and phone for local calls.

Cottage is extremely clean and very comfortable for up to 5 people. The master bedroom is located downstairs along with a full bath, a very well equipped kitchen, dining area and living area. Upstairs is an open area with 1 queen bed, 1 double and 1 single bed. It is also equipped with cards, games, puzzles and outdoor games for you to enjoy.

You will live like a local islander among the locals during your stay at Merlee's Place. One of Elbow Cay’ s most historic and beloved cottages. Featured in the 2017 Elbow Cay calendar. Learn about the history of the islands and the interesting history of Merlee’s Place from the friendly local neighbors.

More Details

Mary Ellen Lackey
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Mary Ellen Lackey

We are from South Carolina and we began vacationing on Elbow Cay 14 years ago and from the first time we stayed there we fell in love with the island. Our dream came true when we had the opportunity to purchase one of the bahamian cottages located right in town.

Mary Ellen Lackey purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mary Ellen Lackey chose Hope Town

The island is just beautiful and the people that live there are such warm and friendly people. There is so much to do; swim and snorkel in the gorgeous turquiose water, bike ride, walk on the beach, day trips to nearby islands and so many wonderful restaurants. Or you can just hang out on the porch or on the deck in the back yard.

What makes this cottage unique

generator with automatic on/off switch

Located in middle of town so you are able to walk everywhere

minimum stay is 4 nights - $250.00 per night.

7+ nights is $225.00 per night


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One full bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • master bedroom with a queen size downstairs upstairs - beds :one queen, one double and one single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
House has a great side porch with rocking chair and anirondack chairs plus a deck in the back yard with table/chairs and large table umbrella. Also, yard has a privacy fence and grill. House is equipped with a generator that automatically turns on as soon as electricity goes out . This happens frequently on island.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Bahamian Cottage located in Hope Town on Elbow Cay, AC with backup generator
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Exactly as promised

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed at Merlee's Place for 7 nights, and had a wonderful time. The photos are very representative of the house, and everything was as advertised. Our two kids are teenagers, and they loved sleeping in the upper floor 'loft' space; it was just enough separation from us but the house is small so we never felt disconnected. The house is very clean, and is stocked with beach items and kitchen items, if you choose to cook. It is right in the village, and you can just sit on the porch with a drink and chat with passersby. It is also very close (like a one minute walk) from one of the best beaches and snorkeling sites on the island, as well as about a 30 second walk to two grocery stores and Munchies, which sells ice cream and take out food/snacks. There is a/c in the bedrooms and the main room (kitchen/dining/living) and it was very comfortable. Beds were also very comfortable. There are very kind neighbors who shared produce from their garden with us, and delighted us with stories of past and present Hope Town. Electricity went out very briefly while we were there and the generator worked perfectly. The wifi was very good. I would return to Merlee's Place in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words about Merlee's Place! We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed our cottage, the beautiful island and our wonderful neighbors! We look forward to having you again! Mary Ellen & Kerry Lackey
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Hope Town Heaven

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Hope Town. The house is centrally located, clean and comes equipped with great neighbors. What could be improved?????? A new mattress in the master bedroom. I rolled into my husband all night and it made us both just a little crabby. Also we needed a phone that worked. We bothered people every time we needed to make reservations or check on plane info. Otherwise, everything in and out of the house was perfect.

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Hope Town! I am so sorry that the phone was not working. We had reported the issue to Bahamas Telecom several times before they were able to resolve the issue which was the telephone line coming into the house. The phone is now working! Concerning the mattress in the master bedroom, we purchased a new mattress a year and 1/2 ago. My husband has back trouble so it is very important to us to have a good mattress. We hope you will return to Hope Town. It is Heaven to us too! Take care. Mary Ellen & Kerry
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Cute, comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is small and sweet, well stocked with a generous outdoor deck, great for watching the world go by!

Loved the location- steps from stunning tropical beach where we watched the sun rise over turquoise water every morning! Walking distance to cute bars and grocery stores.

Lovely owners with helpful suggestions and fast responses.

Such a fun stay.

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad y'all enjoyed your stay at Merlee's Place. Hope you can come back soon! Take care. Mary Ellen & Kerry Lackey
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Exactly what we were looking for.

  • 5 of 5

Five days is not enough in this unique cottage. Went by way too fast!

  • Submitted: 1-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wanda! We are so glad you enjoyed your time in Hope Town!
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Eugene, OR, USA

Perfect- center of adorable town, cute, clean.

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED this house. It's decorated with love, unlike corporately owned rentals. It's clean and cute and functional. The family room is comfortable with chairs and sofa facing each other (and a big nice TV on one wall), so it's great for socializing or reading privately. We loved the location, right in the middle of peaceful, quaint, wonderful Hope Town. You can't find a lovelier destination in the Bahamas, in our opinion. Very friendly locals, lovely water and sand, charming homes, colors, flowers. Also, noteworthy, we didn't feel the need for a golf cart like most visitors, not at all. We just walked. Be aware that the island is short on water (very little rain), so no laundry facilities in the home. I'm not sure what folks do who stay longer, but we managed. There may be a laundromat a short walk away. The house slept 5 perfectly, with 3 children in the cute upstairs. It could sleep 4 or even 5 upstairs, too; (but be aware that the upstairs space is open and shared). The neighbors were super friendly and have lived on the island for many (9?) generations in that house!! We'd choose Merlee's again without looking at other options. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: 30-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan: Thank you so much for your kind words about Merlee's Place and the beautiful Hope Town. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will be back soon! Just to let you know, the washer and dryer are available to our renters that stay over a week. Also, if ever a need, the caretakers can give you access. Thanks again for taking the time to give us a review of Merlee's Place!
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convenient , cozy, and affordable

  • 5 of 5

It was fantastic ! I loved Merlee's place . I loved Hopetown . I'd go back in a heartbeat ! can't say enough..

  • Submitted: 3-Apr-2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deborah: Thank you so much for your review of Merlee's Place! We are so glad you loved our home and the Island. It truly is paradise! Take care. Mary Ellen & Kerry Lackey
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Car: not necessary

Hope Town is a small picturesque village built around a protected harbour on the island of Elbow Cay. Hope Town has modern marinas, boat rentals and most importantly a genuinely kind and friendly population.

The island is approximately 5 miles long and 1/4 mile wide. A magnificent barrier reef protects the long sandy beaches, making them perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. The climate is ideal year-round. Our house is located in the middle of the little quaint town with a path to the beach just outside our door. It is only steps to the beach and and the harbor. The harbor and it's famous lighthouse are absolutely beautiful.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Hope Town

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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

House is equipped with a generator that automatically starts up when electricity goes out. Loss of electricity happens frequently on the Island. Also, if interested in staying less than 7 nights, you can email me at to discuss.

4 night minimum is allowed - rate is $250.00 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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