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Bien Choisi Sea To Sea Home On Man O Cay

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths2
Space 278 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 14 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath, House That Sleeps 10, With Beaches And A Doc

Man O War is a small island in the Abaco region of the Bahamas. For those who wish to spend their holiday in complete relaxation, the quiet nature of Man-O-War Cay will be a delightful reprieve from the bustle of some of the other islands of the Bahamas. This island is about 2.5 miles long(4 km), but relatively narrow, often less than 100 metres between the harbor and beach side of the Island. A section of island called "The Narrows" by visitors and "The Low Place" by locals is exceptionally narrow, with a beach on both sides separated by a roadway built into the rock formation between them, less than 10 metres across. Bien Choisi is located just south of "The Narrows".

The island is famous for its boat-building history. William H. Albury was famous in the country for his tremendous boat building skills. He built his first schooner at the age of 14. Albury died in 1972, but the boat building on the Cay still lives on. The last big boat built by the William H. Albury Ship Yard and "Uncle Will", as he had come to be known, was the Esperanto. The Esperanto was later renamed The William H. Albury in his honor, and is currently being restored on the island.

At the northern end of the harbour road is Albury's Sail Shop, it occupies a building overlooking the water. The floor space is devoted to the manufacture and display of brightly colored canvas garments and accessories. They're made using 8-ounce cotton duck fabric, which once served as sailcloth for the community's boats. When synthetic sails came into vogue, four generations of Albury women put the cloth and their talents to use.

Man-O-War has it's own resident master of wood carving. You might even find him in his store and that would be Joe Albury who's been selling his handcrafted items for years all carved on local hardwood or an occasional piece of driftwood.

Joe's Studio is one of three shops where you can admire Bahamian Artistry, Sally's Seaside Boutique with clothes, accessories, and tableware all made from the handmade fabrics of the Bahamas and the Painted Fish located at the marina.

There are two restaurants the Dock and Dine and Hibiscus Cafe, there are no liquor stores on the island. It is best recommended that you buy your liquor in Marsh Harbor before you arrive in Man O War. The Hibiscus Cafe does welcome BYO but there may be a small corking fee. There is a nice selection of Ice Cream outside the building, open late afternoon until 9pm. The Dock n' Dine has just acquired a beer and wine license to be served to dine in customers, their corking fee is excessive, so I recommend you do not bring your own. Several residents prepare take out meals during the week. That schedule is available on request.

Golf-carts are rented by several companies (the narrow roads, often unpaved outside of the town centre, only permit the use of golf-carts or other small vehicles). The diving, snorkeling and water sports around the island are truly exceptional. In 1862 the USS Adirondack, wrecked on the reef just northeast of Man-O-War. One of their cannons from the wreck was salvaged and is mounted in front of Joe's Studio. Check in with Michael, owner of Dive Time, which has recently moved to it's new facility at Abaco Beach Resort, visit his website to make arrangements for dive trips.

Man O War is a 15 minute boat ride from Marsh Harbour, you can access the island by daily ferry service, or often arrangements can be made with the boat rental companies to pick you up in Marsh Harbour.

There is a supermarket in Marsh Harbor, Maxwells, where you can grocery shop before you travel to Man O War. Arrangements can be made to help you get picked up at Marsh Harbor Airport, stop for groceries and a stop at liquor before you make your way over to the island. Any groceries that you might need during your stay may be adequately supplemented by Man O War grocery store on the island.

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Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No refund for guests that have misrepresented number of people or age of primary renter stated in reservation, caretakers have right to deny access.
  • 100 % refund only if hurricane is eminent to hit Bahamas.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , outdoor shower , outdoor, accessible from the dock and Sea of Abaco
  • Main House 2 Ensuite bathrooms with access to outdoor shower 1 Half Bath Guest House Ensuite in Queen with access to outdoor shower One full bath for 2 twin rooms, outdoor shower Outdoor shower for rinsing off after water activities
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , room can fit a baby bed
  • Main House 2 Bedrooms with Queen Beds Guest House 1 Bedroom with a Queen Bed 2 Bedrooms; each with 2 twin/single beds
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Arrangements upon request can be made for: Golf Cart Rentals, Boat Rentals, Scuba/Dive Trips, Fishing Trips, Pre-arrival Groceries, Fish filets Crawfish (Bahamian Lobster) Conch Fritter Batter Conch Chowder Stone Crabs Homemade Bahamian Bread Pack in Play, High Chair, Transportation to and from Man O War, Catering, Additional Houskeeping

Reviews

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Bien Choisi Sea To Sea Home On Man O Cay
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews
Laughlintown, PA
5

Wonderful 2 weeks spent with family at Bien Choisi

  • 5 of 5

We love this property. It’s in a perfect location on the Sea of Abaco. The Managers of the property are very nice and helpful, arranging transportation to and from the island and the boat and golf cart rental etc. This is our second time here.

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for recognizing the hard work of the managers. Enjoyed the pictures. Happy New Year
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5

The most beautiful home, on the most amazing island....

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we made our plans to visit the Bahamas over New Years, we were excited and anticipated a relaxing vacation.. We could never even imagine the beauty and serenity that awaited us at Bien Choisi..

We arrived by boat to Man O War Cay, and Neil, the caretaker, met us at the marina. He helped us to navigate the hidden rocks that the locals know well.. Neil and his wife Sacha, are the kindest, most caring couple, who manage many houses on the island as well as Bien Choisi.. We had to force them to take money for helping us out over the five days we were there. That is why I am shocked by the one bad review listed. It is totally untrue, and should be removed..

An example of how wonderful Neil is.. The winds picked up on our third day, and I called Neil to help us move the boat to a safe area. Neil and his helper drove our boat to the marina, and procured a slip for us. The boat stayed in the marina for two days, and the marina did not charge us for the slip, all because Neil spoke to them for us.

Bien Choisi is the most beautiful home, with a picturesque view, that you can only dream of.. The home is so well equipped that you won't miss anything!

We loved our time so much, that we are looking at property on the island..

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for our family.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful trip and house

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to hear everything was perfect for your family reunion.
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Renters beware

  • 1 of 5

Although the home and property is beautiful the caretakers are modern day pirates. Many times in our 10 day stay we were approached for additional cash and threatened to be kicked out. We are a family of three senior citizens and a child under the age of two, no frat boy parties here. The caretakers waited till all food was unloaded, sun was setting and knew we were having boat problems before telling us to leave. If you're not Familiar with man-of-war there are no hotels, nowhere else to go besides a different island. After a phone call to the owner we resolved that issue only to be approached two additional times for more cash and then accused of taking A tote bag and not receiving a full refund. After the rocky start we did video how we left the premises in this video you can clearly see the bag we are being charged for hanging on the wall. Use caution before renting here

  • Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry your family vacation did not meet your expectations. Your payment to VRBO was an affirmation that you and your daughter, acting on your behalf, understood the rules of the property for your 10 day rental. If you and your family had adhered to those rules, I feel certain that you would have had the same wonderful and seamless experience as our previous renters. As a successful business man, I'm sure you understand there are always ramifications when there is a breach of contract. Our caretaker and myself had communicated with your daughter. My first, was to confirm the number of beds and the number of people allowed to stay on the property. My next, was a request for a day early arrival for 3 people. We agreed on a set amount she was to pay the caretaker for an expedited cleaning of the guest house as we had 10 guests leaving that same day. Listed are the events as they occurred: 1. Your daughter, arrived accompanied by two others as anticipated, she gave our property managers money for the expedited cleaning. 2. Your son arrived unexpectedly bringing 3 guests which meant expediting all the preparations needed to get the whole property ready. 3. Our caretakers have full autonomy when it comes to the property, after speaking with me, we agreed it was only fair that you should pay a full nights rent minus the amount already paid for the cleaning 4. I spoke to your son on the phone, he assured me that only 10 guests plus a infant would be staying on the property. 5. Sunday, my managers and several neighbors were in the water at the time of your arrival and watched as 6 more guests including you arrive. 6. Your son's behavior the prior day was so rude and dismissive the managers felt the need to bring the authorities with them to ask you vacate the property. 7. Your daughter on the phone told me that you had planned 13 guests the whole time. Had any of you mentioned it earlier, I would have willingly refunded your money for you to find a more suitable accommodation. The only reason you were allowed to stay is you were able to find another rental location for the overflow. I appreciate that you respected our home, it was left clean and you were quiet. I do not appreciate that you allowed your daughter in her review to publicly disparage our caretaker, and property managers, while you and your family took no responsibility for your deceptive representation, and discourteous conduct.
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Nassau, Bahamas
5

Heavenly...

  • 5 of 5

Bien Choisi: aptly named. Just got back from 4 nights here and wish it could have been much longer. If you love quiet, seclusion and natural beauty you will love Man-O-War Cay (not an island for those who need to be constantly entertained)..... and you will LOVE this house. Visually interesting and immaculately maintained, the property's design is beautifully thought out and just heavenly in it's location. Though there are houses on either side it is very private, we felt like the island was ours. A quick golf cart ride gets you into the village (also walkable) and a short walk in the other direction takes you across the Narrows, an amazing spot where the open Atlantic is on one side and the Sea of Abaco a stones throw away on the other. The last morning we were there, the waves were crashing up out of the ocean and over the Narrows to the other side. Awesome!

The house is incredibly well designed, simple luxury that feels so easy. The boat building skills that Man-O-War is famous for are evident in the woodwork in this house.

The fabulous kitchen is stocked with equipment for just about any possible cooking endeavor you could think of and it was an easy flow for the 7 of us to work around each other as we all foraged from our supplies for our own breakfasts. The living area is simply and comfortably furnished and you have dining tables in & outdoors. The railing along the full length of the patio is actually a bench that so cleverly adds extra room to the area. The 2 bedrooms in the main house have French doors that look straight down the sides of the patio to the sea. The upper guest house has a slightly larger queen bedroom with its own private deck (you can see the Atlantic from here) and 2 twin bedrooms with a bath in between (these 2 bedrooms also even have their own coffeemaker). While here we used only the outdoor showers that are located off each bedroom - what a delight! Sunsets with cocktails out at the end of the pier were fabulous and added to the charm of being there.

This house has a clean, elegant design where everything is thought out to a T. I can't say enough good things about it. You won't want for anything. Book your stay! You will not regret choosing this fabulous place....can't wait to get back!!

  • Submitted: 16-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susan, So happy to hear that you and your family had such a wonderful time celebrating your birthday. I'm glad that the house by the sound of it exceeded your expectations, a lot of thought, planning and love went into it. Thank you for acknowledging the people and your description of the island of Man O War, because all of it together is what makes Bien Choisi so special.
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5

This was way beyond our expectations. Absolutely beautiful and livable.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in January with 2 of our adult children and their families. 6 adults and 4 kids in all. There was community space and privacy for everyone. The owners have gone out of their way to make sure that guests have everything they need. They arranged for groceries, a boat, and golf carts. We enjoyed lovely sunrises from the beautiful beach our the front door and beautiful sunsets from the dock in the back. The kitchen is equipped with everything you can imagine and there were also games and toys for the kids. We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: 25-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Jane Switzer
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

What makes this house unique

The property was completely renovated in 2014. Bien Choisi was designed for entertaining. The owners are reflected in the tasteful, casual, comfortable and functional design. Enjoy sunrises on the Atlantic and sunsets sitting on the porch or at the end of the dock overlooking the Sea of Abaco. There is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and outdoor grill to prepare your meals to be enjoyed inside or outside. The Sea of Abaco is great for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. There are some nice snorkeling spots not a far swim from the beach. By boat, close to Man O War there are two good options for snorkeling; Mermaid Reef a great place for families. Fowl Cay Preserve, part of the third largest barrier reef system in the world is good for both snorkeling and diving. The reef is alive with an incredible array of marine life. You can't have a bad day on Man O War, if the wind is blowing hard on the Atlantic, you can spend you're day enjoying the Sea of Abaco.

Location

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Marsh Harbour
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Man O War
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Hibiscus Cafe
Nearest Beach
Waterfront
Car: not necessary

Bien Choisi, French for well chosen, is a beautiful home on charming Man-O-War Cay. Sea-to-Sea the house overlooks the Sea of Abaco on one side and the Atlantic on the other, with a lush tropical landscape in between. The main house and guesthouse are newly renovated, equipped with all modern conveniences. There are numerous porches and decks for relaxing.

The Sea of Abaco beach on the southwest side of the property is a perfect swimming beach for young children. There is also a dock for boats. The guesthouse sits atop a small hill overlooking the Atlantic and the coral reef in the distance. The beach running along the Atlantic side of the property is Man-O-War's very best, a long beach for swimming and walks. Bien Choisi is a uniquely located very private, beautifully furnished and accessorized property on the most desired cay in all of Abaco.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hope Town

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Annual
Sep 27 2017 - Apr 13 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$7,541
 
 
Nightly Rate
Apr 14 2018 - Apr 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$1,078
 
 
Annual
Apr 15 2018 - Apr 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$7,541
 
 
Nightly Rate
Apr 21 2018 - Apr 21 2018
14 night minimum stay
C$1,078
 
 
Annual
Apr 22 2018 - Sep 27 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$7,541
 
 
My Standard Rate
10 night minimum stay
C$6,787
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$628.4

If renting for more than 10 days, rate decreases to 771.43 a night.
A supplemental house cleaning is included with multiple week rentals.
If renting less then 7 days, there is an additional cleaning fee of 20.00 per day

Deposits will be returned after the caretakers have determined the following:
1. There is no physical damage to the exterior property, interior or exterior furnishings
2. Household and Kitchen contents are assessed for damage or missing items
3. Additional time was not needed to clean house

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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