As can be witnessed by viewing the photos and comprehensive video above, this unique home is only a 5 minute walk south of the historical settlement of Hope Town. Its Atlantic Ocean setting overlooking the pink sand beach offers an opportunity to play in the surf, or snorkel/scuba dive the nearby reef. The property extends from the beach back to the protected creek leading a short distance to and from Hope Town Harbour where the famous candy striped lighthouse overlooks the settlement. Wynne Rae's private dock makes it easy to slip away to the exciting tourist locations on the boat-friendly Sea of Abaco. The entire wall space across the front... of the house is glass with awning windows opening to allow the constant Southeast Tradewinds to flow through the bedrooms and living areas. A wrap around deck, overlooking the ocean beach, extends along the entire front semi-circular perimeter for viewing sunrises in the morning, sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night while being mesmerized by the sound of waves lapping against the beach below.
There are ample Google sources (Hope Town - Elbow Cay - Abaco) to search for a comprehensive review of 'Places to Visit and Things to Do'. But to name a few: Walk (5 mins.), bike, ride a golf cart to the picturesque Loyalist settlement for eating along the waterfront, shopping at the small gift shops and convenience stores, visiting the very interesting local museum, or just photographing the colorful historical homes and landscapes. The only remaining hand-lit lighthouse in the region is a favorite photo subject as well as a destination across the harbour for an exhilarating 360 degree view and even further photo opportunities. The southern part of the five mile long Elbow Cay barrier island offers more waterfront eating establishments, a full service marina, a local surfing beach and the lovely Tahiti Beach where the shallow waters on the protected Sea of Abaco are perfect for small children and another great backdrop for exotic picture taking.
Of course, renting a boat is the real key for exploring the various inhabited and uninhabited islands and beaches from Little Harbour, 20 miles to the south, and the Treasure Cay resort area with its famous beach and golf course, 20 miles to the north. In between is the boat building island settlement of Man-O-War and the fast growing island of Guana Cay, both worthy of a visit. Also located along this stretch of off-shore islands, are the Fowl Cay and Sandy Cay protected areas for spectacular coral reef diving. Marsh Harbour, the main hub on the 100 mile long island of Abaco, is a short four mile boat ride across the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Abaco.
The Wynne Rae is looked after and managed by a local Hope Town agency. They arrange for pick up and delivery at the ferry landed. They clean, do laundry and replenish the normal expendable items and make sure the the home is prepared for your arrival. They are available to answer your questions and help to make your stay as perfect as you had expected. You can arrange for a wireless internet connection and there is a phone for local calls. By popular demand from our many renters, we have no TV, only a stereo system. Our guest book is full of comments which state how happy they are that without the distraction of TV, we have actually made it easier for families to communicate, play games together, read, and generally enjoy their association with each other and, in turn, the serenity of the island. And by the way, we do not have AC either. We simply feel we do not need it. The winds blow right through the house assisted by 5 ceiling fans in the living area and one each in the bedrooms. A 20 KW generator will automatically kick in should the regular power unexpectedly shut down. Thus electric appliances, lights and fans will continue to function including the all important water pump for an uninterrupted water supply insuring that there will be no cold showers or lack of water for ice cube making or toilet flushing.
After your one hour flight to Marsh Harbour (MHH) from West Palm Beach (PBI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), or Miami (MIA), you will take a short taxi ride to Marsh Harbour for provisioning opportunities and continue on to catch the regularly scheduled 20 minute ferry boat ride to Hope Town. Your first sight, as you approach your island destination, will be the awe-inspiring red and white candy striped lighthouse signaling the entrance to the cozy harbour. The impressive and colorful settlement maintains the original charm of its historical past. At the ferry boat landing, you will be greeted by our agents and delivered to the Wynne Rae excited and ready to relax, unwind and enjoy the serenity of our little island paradise. LETâ€™S GET STARTED!!
Other Activities: Golf car excursions throughout the 5 mile long island. Deep sea fishing, reef fishing, bonefishing or special diving trips provided by local guides.Read more
Left on 08/13/2010 for a stay in August 2008 | Peggy, Ocean Lover
We have stayed at Jim and Barb's twice, and each time I go, I cannot believe how blue the water is! The breezes waft through the well-designed home, the waters are warm, and the natural shower rigged below the deck is an enchanting hidden feature of the home. Barbara and her daughter, Jill, are decorators extraordinaire! It reflects Jim and Barb's love of the water and their travel adventures. They keep things simple, as they're still Minnesotans at heart!
Left on 04/18/2010 for a stay in November 2009 | Lakes
This is one of the most relaxing and beautiful vacations that we have and we have lived and traveled around the world. The home is spacious and open with private areas as well. There is a large deck outside which allows you to take advantage of the fantastic views. We cooked most of our meals at home and found the kitchen to be more than adequate. It's like having your own private beach as the house is located on a dune with steps to the beach. We biked into town. After a few days we got to know many of the shopkeepers and locals. The local dive shop helped us to a great day of diving.
We love islands and have been to many. This is one of the best!!! We are anxious to return.
Left on 04/12/2010 for a stay in August 2008 | Peter & Delia Milner
We were staying with the owners of the property as friends rather than paying guests.
The location of the house directly on the beach, over-looking the blue sea and white sandy beaches was idealic. The house is decorated with sea colours and everything in it is associated with the sea. Very tastfully done. Wonderful!
To the front of the house is an inlet from the bay where you can go kayacking or boating or walk to the lighthouse or into the village. There are also restaurants, small shops and a hotel nearby. People go around in golf buggies. It is a very casual place, flip flops and shorts are the norm. So it is extremely relaxing.
At the back of the house are steps directly onto the beach which is usually deserted so you feel it is your own private beach. Lots of shells, sea glass can be found.
Not far away are wonderful places to snorkel. You can see the most amazing fish and coral.
Fresh lobsters and conch are the main items in the restaurants which are really relaxed and you can sit outside on decks after a hard day swimming, boating or snorkeling.
These are also amazing places to watch the sun set with a cool drink but the deck around the house is a beautiful place to sit and relax.In fact you can't help but relax on this holiday!
The thing we liked best was the total holiday atmosphere, no pressure and totally relaxing.
There wasn't really anything we disliked. The only thing we would say is the shops do not stock a lot of fresh items and things are quite expensive so it is a good idea to take your favorite food and drink items if you can.
Left on 04/12/2010 for a stay in August 2007 | Tod and Mary Ann Johnson
Going to the islands to relax and enjoy the beach scene at a resort has been a favorite vacation choice of ours for many years. However, spending a week or at Jim and Barbara Sheldon's, Hope Town house in Elbow Key, Abaco was the best, tropical vacation we hve experienced. The combination of spectacular, Atlantic Ocean view from the house, together, with essentiall, private beach scene from the front deck; natural, tropicail palm trees anf plants on the property; and Hope Town, harbor on the entrance side of the property makes this a unique place to vacation.
The "Winnie Rey" house owned by the Sheldons was not only comfortable, but built, with Ocean View and seclusion, privacy in mind. My wife Mary Ann and I enjoyed the sunrise over the Atlantic in the mornings; beach walks and exploring during the days; and Hope Town and Sea of Abaco sunsets during later in the day.
A combination of tropical island atmosphere and local, Hope Town and harbor, atmosphere, which is within walking distance is unmatched. Friendly natives, interesting shopping, access to the "Water Taxi" in Hope Town for a 20 min. ride to Marsh Harbor and easy access to boating, diving or fishing on the Atlantic side or Sea of Abaco side of Elboy Key is hard to beat! Day trips to Treasure Key, Turtle Key and Little Harbor (or numerous other islands) make the Elbow Key location a big plus.
We highly recommend a couple or family to take advantage of the Sheldon's, tropical "Get Away" on Elboy Key, Abaco for relaxation, ocean beach time, diving, swimming, boating or island exploring. This property and the "Winnie Rey" house combinas the best of tropical atmosphere, with location to make an enjoyable vacation spot.
I loved the simple pleasures of Wynne Rae and Hopetown.
Left on 04/01/2010 for a stay in January 2008 | soco10
Approaching Hopetown on the ferry and getting my first glimpse of the island put a big smile on my face. The water was gorgeous, the town picturesque and my arrival was hazzle free. The smile got even broader as we were taken by golf cart to Jim and Barbara Sheldon's lovely home, the Wynne Rae. The house was in a beautiful location. It was more than comfortable and convenient. The living room and bedrooms have a great view of the ocean. You descend the stairs and you're on the beach in seconds. On the other side you walk down to the road that leads to Hopetown and the harbour. The viewing of the spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the deck were favored activities for me. Everything we chose to do was so-o-o-o relaxing. Hopetown is easy to explore by walking or renting a golf cart. Some of the inland beaches were so shallow that one could see a variety of creatures by just wading. The locals were friendly and have a unique history that I found very interesting.(Don't miss the lighthouse and try the conchburgers.) There are many other more active things to do, but I think I would return to the Wynne Rae and do the same simple things again. It was such a refreshing unpressured week in such a great location. I loved it.
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