The house has high ceilings and is charmingly decorated with Caribbean style furnishings and art. Perfect for a honeymooning couple or a small family, the Round House has a queen bed and a sleeping loft (with skylight) which is ideal for up to 3 children.
There is a private thatched beach cabana and freshwater outdoor shower. New kitchen with handcrafted coral countertops and backlit sea glass adds a truly Bahamian feel.
This rustic house is built on a 14-acre estate stretching across to the ocean on the other side of the island. The house is surrounded with lush plants and fragrant tropical flowers which you can enjoy from the new outdoor shower.
You will be able to hear the gentle waves on the beach just 20 yards away and awake to the whisper of the breeze rustling through the coconut trees. You can relax on the 360-degree deck, private beach or in the thatched cabana. There is BBQ area overlooking the water and outdoor dining areas on the deck, in the garden and on the beach.
The house has new split- level air conditioning and a fully equipped new kitchen including a dishwasher, stove, large fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blender etc. There is a selection of videos and DVDs which can be played on the TV (there is no Satelite TV). There is a phone, CD player and free wireless Internet.
We supply bath and beach towels and linens for your stay and there are laundry facilities you are welcome to use. We provide 4 sit-on top ocean kayaks, 2 stand up paddleboard and other fun beach toys.
Spend days walking or lazing on secluded pink sand beaches. Snorkel or kayak for hours right in front of the house or explore the island’s many beautiful and untouched beaches, cliffs, caves and quaint villages or simply enjoy a book in the hammock on cabana. Catch your own lobster and feast on them while watching the full moon rise out of the ocean.
The McKinney family has lived in The Bahamas for generations. At 17 Doon was teaching school in a remote village in Botswana. She fell in love with the idea of living in a Round House. When she returned to The Bahamas she decided to move from Nassau to the remote and untouched island of Eleuthera and build her own round house. Everyone was a bit skeptical of this young woman clearing the land by herself and building a house with no electricity, running water, car or a telephone.
Camping out every night on the site helped her develop an intense connection with the land and gave her the opportunity to build a house that was perfect for the location. She decided to build 11-foot arches on all five sides of the house to allow the ocean breeze to sweep into the house. She nestled the house among coconut trees and Casuarina trees where you can hear the sound of the wind in the trees and the waves on the beach. She surrounded the house with a garden full of beautiful hibiscus, oleander, seagrape, coconuts and, other native flowers and trees.
It was a challenge for a woman with limited carpentry skills to clear the land and almost single-handedly build a house- having never built so much as a box. Doon persevered and used creativity to overcome many of the obstacles she encountered. While still working on the building of the house Doon married and had 2 daughters (Casuarina and Taja)- the youngest was born right in the Round House before the midwife even found her way out to the house.
|Nearest Airport||Governor's Harbour (GHB)||7 miles|
|Nearest Bar||Buccaneer Club||0.75 miles|
|Nearest Beach||Casuarina Bay beach||100 feet|
|Nearest Market/Grocery Store||Governor's Harbour||1.5 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||1648 Bar and grill||1 miles|
|Nearest Route/Highway||Queen's Highway||0.3 miles|
Ideal location right on a beautiful very private beach 1.5 miles NE of Governors Harbour. Directly north (5 min walk) from French Leave beach and 5 mins walk south of Twin Coves beach.
Eleuthera’s a long, thin island – 110 miles long but, at its widest, only 2 miles across. It’s blessed with an abundance of spectacular beaches and perpetuatal summer – winter highs are in the mid 70’s, summer highs in the mid to upper 80’s.
Generally, Eleuthera is 3-4 degrees cooler than Florida, with constant sea breezes. Eleuthera is unusual in that it is relatively hilly, reaching an elevation of 100 feet, much more than most of the other Bahamian islands.
With a population of about 8,000, Eleuthera, unlike Nassau, does not have “big city” feel. Bahamians are known to be some of the warmest and most friendly anywhere. Governor’s Harbour, the capital, is located at the mid-point of the island and has small town charm and is a great jumping off point for exploring both north and south Eleuthera. The island is a nature lovers paradise.
Bedrooms: 1, Sleeps: 5
Bedroom 1: queen
Loft: 2 floor mattresses
Bathroom 1: toilet, walk-in shower
Just two lovely houses (the "Round House" and "Beachfront house") share a very private beach on the Atlantic, skirted by miles of stunning pink sand beaches. Our hand-crafted wooden houses afford spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from every room, amidst a picturesque grove of coconut palms, colorful hibiscus, fragrant frangipani flowers, sea grape and Casuarina trees.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$285 - $400||$1,950 - $2,750||-||5 Nights||-|
|Peak Spring 01-Feb-2021 - 31-Mar-2021||$400||$400||$2,750||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Price for: 2 Persons, Extra person price: $ 20 /Person /Night|
|High Season 01-Apr-2021 - 20-Aug-2021||$310||$310||$2,150||-||5 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Price for: 2 Persons, Extra person price: $ 15 /Person /Night|
|Cleaning fee||Required||$150||One time|
|Damage deposit||Required||$300||One time|
|Pet fee||Optional / Seasonal||$75||One time|
|Security Deposit||Required||$300||One time|
My husband and I were thrilled to find Round House for a much-needed getaway. Being in healthcare and having to deal with COVID the past year, we desperately wanted a retreat from human interaction. Round House fit the bill. Getting to the property is an experience itself. The sandy road, lined on both sides by dense vegetation, ensures that nobody drives down the road unless they have a reason to do so. This certainly plays a role in why the stunningly beautiful beaches are for all intents and purposes, completely deserted. We encountered perhaps only six people the entire time on our multiple miles-long beach walks over the course of a week. The exquisite beauty of the beaches and the water is simply too hard to accurately convey. Round House, itself, is sited on a beautiful property that spans from the Atlantic to the Caribbean. To say the house is quaint, is an understatement. It is obviously a labor of love by the incredible woman who built it herself. It is unique. It is inviting. It is comfortable. It is tasteful. It truly feels like a home rather than an income property. The front of the house has beautiful views of palm trees and other tropical plants as well as the ocean. The outdoor shower in the back of the house has amazing views of dense tropical vegetation. While the proximity to the owner's new home is fairly close, perhaps 50 feet away, the landscaping and design of the new home offer considerable privacy. And while the sand road does bisect the path to the beach, only a handful of cars a day cross in front of Round House.. There is a dedicated beach cabana with palm-frond roof covering two chaise lounge chairs for guests of Round House. We spent much of our time relaxing there getting caught up on our reading. There was always a nice breeze to keep us comfortable, and the ocean was just a few steps away if we needed to get wet. All-in-all, this was the perfect vacation for us. We've stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and not enjoyed our vacation as much the time we spent at Round House. It is something special. Our sincere appreciation to Doon for sharing her property with the world.
Stayed February, 2021
My husband and I love to travel - and never to the same place twice. The Round House at Casuarina Bay changed all that. We just returned from our 3rd visit in 4 years and hope to be retuning annually for many many years to come. We found it. Our total paradise. We know we will not find this experience for this price anywhere but here.
Casuarina Bay is magical. This is the place we go to "get off the grid", slow down, breathe, connect with nature's finest, reconnect with each ourselves and each other. The property is located down a private road on the most stunning beach (think Turks & Caicos but better bc you have the jungle background). You will most likely not see another soul (so no need for bathing suits). Choose to spend your days enjoying local beer (stock up when in "town"), frolicking and reading - or head out to explore and experience water adventures such as diving into a blue hole.
Doon, who is quite humble, is like a legend on the Island. A remarkable woman with a remarkable story and a fantastic host & guide. We are beyond grateful that she shares her slice of heaven with us visitors. If you want to experience the gem that Eleuthera is, renting @Casuarina Bay is a must.
Stayed October, 2020
Round House is pure heaven! The only thing better than the views and beach access is the constant calming sound of the waves and swaying of lush palm trees. The location is absolute bliss and the house is super cool, romantic but quirky and unique. We will definitely be back!
Stayed February, 2020
This place is just perfect! It’s very out of the ordinary which is exactly what we were looking for on our honeymoon. It was perfectly cleaned and had all the basics. Taja and her mother Doon were great hosts and always communicated well even when I was too busy to check my messages. The house is located up a small hill just off a beautiful beach and my now wife and I walked almost every morning and evening on it. We never came across anyone else on it so it really felt as if we had our own private beach to ourselves. In general our entire wedding and honeymoon went well. We enjoyed our stay and it was definitely an adventure. As other reviews have stated, this is not a luxury resort island. When you come, come prepared for an adventure. Don’t expect too much when you leave the sanctuary of your accommodations. This is an island where you will visit to enjoy nature as it truly is without the touristy feel of the larger islands.
Stayed January, 2020
What can I say, this was the most amazing trip!! We loved the round house - it's so unique and really made us feel like we were part of the island! The island breeze is incredible and we basically just left the doors and windows open the entire time. No need for A/C!! Doon was an amazing host (and just in general an amazing human, lol) and she gave us great advice on things to do, places to eat, etc. The beach was amazingly private. In fact, we didn't really see anyone there the entire week of our stay so you really felt like you had your own private tropical paradise. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not a luxury resort, so if that is the vacation you are seeking I would recommend checking out one of the resorts on the island. But, if you want a quiet, private space to relax and unwind without all the noise of a hotel / resort, this place cannot be beat ;) We loved our time there and are definitely planning a trip back! Thank you again Doon!
Stayed December, 2019