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Moonrise Cottage

Moonrise Sign on Dock

We first learned of Moonrise Cottage doing an internet search for Bahamian rental houses. The web site described Moonrise as a tranquil, secluded, natural, quiet retreat in tune with nature on a small island in the Sea of Abaco. We found the house to be everything in its web description and more. While Moonrise doesn't offer deluxe luxury accomodations, it is very comfortable, quaint, quiet, and private.

The house reminded me of the Walt Disney movie “Swiss Family Robinson”. The best way to truly describe Moonrise Cottage is with the following pictures.

View of Moonrise from water

Here we are approaching Moonrise Cottage on the northeastern side of Lubbers Quarters Cay  (click here for a map of Lubbers Quarters Cay) .  The cottage consists of two buildings, the main house on the right and the bedroom, or "snore-box" on the left. Both were up on stilts and were set back a bit from the water and nestled in the trees.  The house had a natural colored exterior making the house blend in with the surroundings instead of contrasting with it. The private dock is straight ahead.

 

Our boat on Moonrise dock Moonrise doorbell

Here we've tied our rental boat up to the private dock.

It's just a short walk up to the house.
Don't forget to ring the "door bell".

Moonrise main cottage
View from Moonrise porch

Here's a full view of the main house.  The
"snore box" is just off the photo to the left.

From anywhere in the house or on the porch you could look out over the Sea of Abaco towards Elbow Cay.  We'd eat our breakfasts outside on the white table.

Master bedroom in snorebox

^ The master bedroom in the "snorebox".

2nd bedroom

<-- The second bedroom on the groundfloor below the main house.

 

shower area

Here's the outdoor shower, located under the porch.  All around you are plants,
driftwood and seashells.  The flush toilet is located in another room.

 

Interior of main house

Above is a 180 deg panorama as you step into the main house which is basically one room, with a kitchen/eating area to the left and a living area to the right.  The stove and refrigerator are both gas operated.  The electrical system is battery operated and re-charged during the day by solar panels.
Click on the photo for an enlarged view (92k)

 

Behind the house is a 5 minute path thru the woods which leads to your own private beach on the other side of the island.  We didn't spend much time here.  We were usually out boating everyday.  We came here several evenings for the beautiful sunsets off to the west.

The Moonrise beach

 

A Bananaquit stops by for breakfast

The Bananaquits and Woodpecker were always present, looking for a free handout.   We put out sugar, grape jelly, and or pancake syrup for them every morning.   When we came back from boating at the end of the day,  the plate always looked like it had been licked clean ! I hope somebody else is feeding them everyday, now that I'm not there !

We also had other visitors like the 6 inch long Bahamian Curly-Tailed Lizard shown below.

Bananaquit on the deck railing
Bahamian Curly Tailed Lizard
West Indian Woodpecker

 

Sunrise from house
Sunset from beach

Here's a sample of the sunrises we were treated to every morning.   This shot was taken from the beginning of the dock.

Here's a sample of the sunsets we were treated to every evening.   This shot was taken from the beach behind the house.

 

 

 

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