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View from the deck
View from Sky Cottage deck.
Looking northwest from your deck
Halcyon front gate. Turn in left and you're home!
Sky cottage left, with Halcyon house right
Private entrance to Sky cottage.
Ready for brunch
Relaxing with a cocktail
Spacious deck, perfect for sunbathing or drinks at sunset.
Your front door
Living area
Living area 2
Spacious, fully equipped  kitchen
King-size bedroom
Your en-suite bathroom
Halcyon, Rosemary's house, next door.
Sky cottage upper right, showing open deck and dining patio, as seen from the back garden
Garden viewed from Sky deck.
Your view from the deck
Looking in NW direction from your deck
Making a new friend
Kiteboarding in warm Exuma winds - exhilarating freedom!
Only two pairs of footprints on the sand.
Check out this sand bank.
Conch salad lunch spot
One of the gorgeous conch shells.
North side Stocking Island beach cove to explore
Good place for a picnic.
Out Island Regatta race, 3rd week of April
Wide open spaces, Exuma style.
Rent a couple of kayaks and explore the coast.
Typical reef.
The end of a blissful day in Exuma
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
George Town, Great Exuma, Out Islands, Bahamas

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nowickisw
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best vacation rental ever!”
Reviewed April 24, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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people found this review helpful

It’s been two weeks since we’ve returned from our wonderful stay on Exuma at Rosemary’s Halcyon Sky Cottage. My wife and I are not resort people, and we always opt for the vacation rentals or B&B’s when we travel. This is by far one of the best places we have ever stayed. Perfectly appointed and equipped with every amenity you could ever ask for on vacation. Even the design and construction of this house is perfect. It is spacious, yet cozy. The kitchen is well designed, clean and maintained. And of course waking up to the bright turquoise waters of Elizabeth Harbour is just majestic!

Initially we had some concern for the location of this house, being up on a hill and apparently a little distant from the beach. Well the walk to the beach is not a problem in any way, and the heart of quaint George Town is only 10 minutes further down the road. Truthfully, the main road is next to the beach and can be on the noisy side. We were happy to not be staying down there. A rental car is still a good idea if you want to explore past George Town.

You might notice everyone mentions the house owner, Rosemary, and everything everyone says is true about her! She does live in the house neighboring this cottage, and the patio is adjoining. She is almost always home, and is happy to answer any questions or offer any pointers on restaurants and activities on Exuma. Knock on her door and she welcomes you in to her home. It’s like having an expert concierge next door. But at the same time she has the ultimate respect for your privacy as her guest, and will be completely transparent if that’s your preference. But frankly, she really is an integral part of the experience of this rental, and if you choose to ignore her, you’re missing out. At the end of the week we were saying goodbye to a friend.

This was our first time on Exuma, and after a week of thoroughly exploring the island there really is no better place to stay on the island. When we plan our next trip to Exuma, we will not consider staying anywhere else.

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Liked best: Amazing views!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Apr 2016
Thank you for your enthusiastic review of Halcyon Sky Cottage - and for all your gracious remarks about myself. You were perfect guests and I am delighted to hear you will come again!
Rosemary.
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amannamed...
Athens, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best views...ever”
Reviewed March 3, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

At this point in my life, one of the most important parts in attending to my vacation needs is a “vacation” view while I am not out and about. I may never again stay in a place with such a magnificent view. From the deck we experience a nearly 180 degree view of the harbor, essentially seeing Stocking Island from end to end. On top of this, the elevated location provides near constant breezes, bringing the scents & coolness of the sea into our cottage. Even inside, the wall facing the sea has 5 windows. It is impossible not to have a sea view while on the property. One downside of this is that I did not read as much as I had hoped - the scenery was too good.

The property here consists of Rosemary’s home and the upstairs/downstairs cottage structure that is about 10 feet away. While here, another couple occupied the downstairs unit - we hardly saw, heard or noticed them. Despite the shared surroundings, privacy is provided. Rosemary is here - it is her property after all. However, you could not ask for a more wonderful host. This is almost like a Bed and Breakfast, but without the breakfast. During our week, we spent several hours on Rosemary’s adjacent deck chatting and enjoying the view. Other days we did not see her. Upon our arrival, she drove us into town to show us the restaurants, market, etc. She invited us over for drinks and snacks. It was welcoming, but not overbearing. She has been a part of this island for many years, and her family for many more. Though the island is large, there are only several thousand residents. Having Rosemary next door is as close as you can get to having a concierge when making a VRBO reservation. Just about everyone we spoke to on the island during our stay knew her and spoke warmly of her.

The cottage itself is fantastic, the perfect size for a couple. It is a cottage - not a condo. The touches throughout reflect this, as it is an extension of Rosemary’s home. She regularly has her friends from around the world stay here with her and would not give them any less quality than they would find in her home. The kitchen is fully equipped, the bathroom is quite nice, and did I mention the view?

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
4 Mar 2016
Thank you for taking the time to review Halcyon Sky Cottage! I hope you'll come and stay again soon. And thanks for a wonderful review!
Rosemary.
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Rcap1
Nassau, Bahamas
1 review
“Matrvellous as always!”
Reviewed January 3, 2016 for a stay in November 2015

I often stay at hiil-top Sky Cottage because l love the high ceilings with the breeze and sun flowing through and the view over the blooming garden to Elizabeth Harbour, where boats criss-cross the varying blues and greens of the Bahamian waters. Has all the mod-cons - fully equipped kichen, spacious bathroom, and bedroom and siiting/ dining area cooled by fans and air ionditioning when needed. Plus of course ample terrace to have tea while watching the ever-changing couds and sunset. Shops and restaurants of George Town, capital of the Exumas, just down the road, and beach at foot of the hill. Genial owner lives in nearby main house, ready with her advice.

Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Jan 2016
Thank you for your splendid review of Sky Cottage. It's always a pleasure to have you stay.
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pmi222
Carmel, California
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“AMAZING PLACED WITH FANTASTIC VIEWS!!!!”
Reviewed January 2, 2016 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Love to come back next year for longer relaxation and swim in the pristine waters near the cottage.
We fell in love with this place on the first day and did not want to leave. Well thought out , high quality furnishings, appointments and most accommodating. You will not have to bring anything.
What's best is the owner and how her treats his guests. Rosemary, she really goes above and beyond to make the place you stay feel like home. She like an old friend you have known for years but haven't caught up with for a while who just wants to make sure everything is right. The cottage is very close to town and we walked for our grocery's and to several beaches near and restaurants
Free wireless usage, spices and oil in the kitchen (along with full cooking gear), and a newly build place with that certainly a pleasure to cook and enjoy the wonderful views of Elizabeth harbor
We really feel like we lucked out with this place!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Jan 2016
Thank you for reviewing Sky Cottage! I'm glad it pleased you so much - and that you'll be returning next year. I'll look forward to seeing you again. Rosemary.
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Decluetri...
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exquisite accommodation close to town”
Reviewed November 24, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The accommodation was the perfect fit for a first time visitor. The owner, Rosemary, was very informative in advising us on where to go, what to do, and how to get there. The balcony has a breathtaking view of Elizabeth Harbour and Rosemary has manicured gardens surrounding the entire property. The price is very reasonable and has a great location with an easy walk to downtown. I highly recommend this unit to any type of traveler and I will definitely be back.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Jan 2016
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you found our location so handy and that you enjoyed the cottage and garden surroundings. See you next time! Rosemary.
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airieb1
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Words won't do it justice. Just book it.”
Reviewed November 23, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

I'm not even sure where to start with this review. I emailed back and forth with Rosemary, the owner, several times before I arrived. She instantly warmed my heart and I knew this would be an amazing solo experience. Besides the amazing person she is and the wonderful talks we had over the 3.5 weeks I stayed here, the house is just perfect. It had everything I needed and more. Be sure to get an idea of what she has before you pack because it can save you some room. The unit was spotless, decorated beautifully, and in the PERFECT location. I had reservations about staying too close to Georgetown as I wanted to be a bit isolated but now I regret ever thinking that. You don't need a car if you stay at this apartment. You can walk to the Fish Fry, the local hotels bar/restaurants, Georgetown, water taxi, etc very easily. I would, however, recommend renting a car for at least a day or two to see all the sights and beaches. It has a full kitchen with all the pots, pans, spices, etc that you need. It's like moving into someone's house. My favorite spot is of course, the porch. I spent many hours on that porch and on Rosemary's porch overlooking Elizabeth Harbour. It never gets old and she'll make you appreciate all of the reasons to sit on that porch. There is a beach right across the street from the house that is a perfect launching point for a kayak (from Out Island Explorers). It also has a great snorkeling reef just 100 yards off the sand. I can't say enough about my stay or my experience in Exuma. I left my heart there and I can't wait to get back very soon.

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Liked best: The porch and the owner
Liked least: Absolutely nothing.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
24 Nov 2015
Airie, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you for the fantastic review! I miss seeing you come and go, and sharing a chat in the early mornings on the porch with the cat. Please come back soon!
Rosemary
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Floria B
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed August 22, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Aug 2017
Thank you, Floria! I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay in Halcyon Sky Cottage. Come again soon.
Rosemary
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