Heaven on earth
Where to start and what to say, the house is located on an absolutely amazing beach, great for swimming, snorkeling and shore fishing, we caught bone fish and trigger fish. (Buy frozen raw squid from the store, best bait around). We saw no more than 4 sets of people all week on our beach that extended for miles south and north, you won't see many Sunrises like you will here The house is exactly as described, it's an oasis for the soul, with every amenity you could need or want. It does have a small fridge but we were 2 couples and if you use common sense you won't have a problem Or issues at all, The beds were comfortable, clean and with 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms each couple was guaranteed privacy. All in all I cannot say enough nice things about Veselka House and the owner Kingsley, I would stay at this house again without question!!
I am very glad we chose Veselka, as a person whose been to the island a handful of times this house is tops and you'll regret not staying here.
Ps. Watch for plain ole Bob the dog, he will pop by for a snack and ear rub, then be off without any bother.
Stunning house and location
This is an enchanting house in a stunning location. The listing description is accurate but the reality surpasses the description since one has to actually see the turquoise blue of the sea and the panoramic view of the long, palm-studded coastline to believe it. The house is beautifully sited and designed. It is perched on a dune above the beach, and the coast unfurls for miles. In fact, each window frames a gorgeous view. One can lie in bed at night and look up at the stars and the tops of the palms; in the kitchen, one can cook and do dishes while gazing at the beach and the sea. The house has an open, airy, sunny feeling, but at the same time affords as much privacy as one needs. My husband and I were travelling with three teenagers: my daughter and her boyfriend, commandeered the top deck, while the rest of us spent many happy hours in the hammocks on the lower deck. With two bathrooms and three bedrooms, the the house felt spacious for all five of us. We cooked many delicious meals in the comfortable kitchen area, and served them on the wonderful, long, sturdy, welcoming dining room table that anchors the living room area. We were coming from Manhattan (New York City) and were seeking to reconnect with nature, but in a setting that was not too isolated or too rustic, and Veselka provided the perfect balance: there are homes nearby, but not too many, and Veselka's owners have lovingly preserved the beautiful, tall palm trees that were there before the home was built. Looking out at the palms out back one feels a million miles away from civilization, while the few, elegant, neighboring houses provide the discrete reassurance one needs when travelleing with children. The owners, Kingsley and Marta, were AMAZINGLY responsive the few times we called with minor questions. They were eager to help and did all possible to make sure that we would have a wonderful time. Eleuthera is beautiful, with beaches such as I have never seen or imagined, although we have travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America. Veselka is located in a great area of the island, a short drive from the somewhat upscale but well priced vegetable stand called Island Farm. Two absolutely stunning, picture-perfect beaches are also minutes away by car: the Club Med Beach, and Tippy's Beach. The beach immediately in front of Veselka has a grandeur that is all its own. All in all: absolutely fabulous! (and affordable too)
Great House great location what a view what a great beach, will stay again,
We stayed for 10 days, 4 of us, mother in law wife myself and our 31/2 year old daughter, we flew in to rock sound rented a car for $60 a day, got to the house sunday night super bowl night settled in quickly, the house has 3 good sized bedrooms 2 bathrooms and nice closets. nice kitchen great lounge great dining table as the view is stunning, There is a large deck around the house, the bad.... hard to get up and down to the beach, no tv no internet but we kind of liked that, i got internet from a neighboring house so we had email and news, the beach has rock pools great snorkeling and 100 feet to the south no rocks but just a perfect pink sand beach.all in all clean newish great view stunning beach cool no air con needed sea breeze washing machine was
A Lovely, Secluded Location
My husband and I were joined by another couple, long-time friends from college, for a lovely week at Veselka House in early March, 2011. We had never visited the Bahamas before, and were pleasantly surprised by Eleuthera: its beaches are gorgeous and deserted, its people charming and polite, its seascapes unbelievable! If you prefer a laid-back, quiet location with fantastic views, and are willing to enjoy a house with its own unique personality, Veselka House is a great choice. It is clean, fully-appointed, with a modern kitchen, two baths, and even a washing machine. Its ambiance is rural and remote. A rental car is a necessity and a 4-wheel drive would be advisable to get to some of the more distant beaches. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I have already recommended Veselka House to my friends.
Home Away from Home
The owner, Kinsley, was very helpful with all of our questions. Considering how 'off the beaten path' the location is, his directions were easy to follow. He even suggesting a place to rent a car,
His description of the house did not do it justice, WOW! Perfectly located away from noise, cars, etc., and yet close enough to pop in to the local grocery store for any last minute supplies. The house is enormous, well layed out, and stocked with every amenity anyone could ask for. Everything was clean and neat, plenty of linen and towels. Whether you're enjoying breakfast out on the wrap around porch watching the sun rise, or having cocktails on the upper deck watching the sun set, it's a marvelous, relaxing oasis. One of the best features for us was the grill which we used for some lovely bluefish and lobster caught that day! Right at the bottom of the porch there's a short path that leads down to a beach with honest to goodness 'pink' sand. A short distance out in the beautiful crystal clear waters it's shallow enough for snorkeling which we did everyday. We have traveled extensively throughout the Bahamas and have never felt so at ease. We loved it so much, we've already booked for next year!
Veselka visit April 2010
We stayed at Veselka beach house during April 2010. We loved it. The views are breathtaking and the beach must me amongst the best in the Caribbean.
The house has a lovely cottage feel to it. More of a home than a hotel,
well appointed and comfortable.
We snorkelled on the reef just a few feet off shore virtually everyday, found a bat cave about a mile away, and a bakery that sold the world's best chicken patties.
The owner provided excellent mosquito nets for the bedrooms.
In the evenings we took to sitting out on the upper deck in the last off the sea breeze.
We are already planning our return stay!
If privacy is your priority...
Stay here! My husband and I rented Veselka for a week in January and we had an incredible stay. Eleuthera is a wonderful island with friendly people and just enough comforts.
The house was clean, spacious and in a very special spot. There are other houses around, but no one was staying in them when we were there and had the entire area to ourselves. The beach in front of Veselka has lots of coral and very soft sand.
The house wifi allowed us to research the island's beaches and find diving vendors. Veselka's owner checked in with us via email when we were experiencing some cooler than normal temperatures to ensure we had enough blankets.
We dove with the team at Cape Eleuthera (http://www.capeeleuthera.com/). Their equipment was top notch and their staff was friendly and experienced.
Veselka is a special house which exudes an aura of relaxation. Come here to reconnect, recharge and explore.
We were looking for a place in Eleuthera , right at the beach, with good snorkling possibillities, with excellent see view from the house, with a natural surrounding (please no lawn!!!), quiet and unpretentious. We found it !
Thanks to a wifi in the house we could communicate with the outside world and the owner was therefore always easily reachable.
Whether we would recommend it our friends? To the part of our friend who look for a club med ambiente consitsing of a luxurious setting with a huge lawn, certainly not. For the part of my friends who look more for a great private location in a natural enviroment, certainly yes.
A slice of Paradise
This was our second visit to Veselka. We stayed there two years ago and were able to visit again this February. There is nowhere else in Eleuthera that I would wish to stay. The house is situated on a beautiful beach with a wrap-around deck; you can watch the sunrise on the ocean side, and the sunset on, what we call, the jungle side. While sitting on the beach you may meet a friendly neighbour from time to time, but the majority of the time the beach is empty. This past visit, the weather was cooler and the water choppier, so we were unable to snorkel. However two years ago, in warmer weather, we were able to snorkel right in front of the house. Beautiful!
The house is comfortably equipped. There is an open kitchen, living room, and dining room area with three bedrooms, two of which have their own bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped and meals are made with ease. It is definitely smaller than the multimillion dollar houses which share the beach, but the rental price is also smaller. The pictures posted are a perfect representation of the house.
If you like to walk, there are two beautiful walks along the beach and road. A car rental is a necessity. With a car there are unlimited deserted beaches to find and explore. Just pack up the beach chairs and beach towels that come with the house, and away you go. Don’t expect a lot of road signs, there are a couple of well marked beaches, but many are simply found by an adventurous spirit. There are also great restaurants which range from charming and quaint to upscale. If you are looking for great nightlife, keep looking; Eleuthera is a place to unwind and relax it is not a party Mecca.
Finally, Kingsley is a helpful and attentive owner. All our questions were answered and he even checked to see if all was well during our stay via email (if you bring your computer or mobile device, the house is equipped with wireless internet).
we had one of the best Bahamas vacations that we have ever had. beautiful view of the ocean from the deck, miles of beach to walk on, with almost no other people around, the sound of waves to listen to while falling asleep and upon arising, beautiful weather. Clean and well furnished facilities. recommend renting a car for at least part of the stay as it is definitely not within walking distance of shops or restaurants. we got a good deal/discount when we rented for several days, and left the car at the airport when we were leaving. lots of interesting and beautiful places to explore with a rental car. the Veselka Handbook was very helpful and interesting also.
I would recommend Veselka and hope to visit again.
My husband and I rented Veselka for 2 weeks in March and had a wonderful time. The house was open, spacious, clean and bright with incredible views all around. We took long walks on the beach every morning, tested out the hammocks, enjoyed the outdoor shower and cocktails at sunset on the back deck. If it was a cool or windy day we would pack up the beach chairs and head to a beach on the Caribbean side. I highly recommend getting a copy of The Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera as we were able to discover several beautiful, deserted and hard to find beaches. We liked that the house is in the middle of Eleuthera as it made it easy to explore more of the island. I also recommend getting out and meeting Eleutherans... they are some of the friendliest people on earth. Don't forget to wave at every car that you pass on the road and pick up hitchhikers.
We bought lots of produce, home made pesto and fresh baked bread from Island Farm, which is right down the road from the house. We had great meals at Cocodimamma's, Tippy's, Pammy's and Sammy's. We had fantastic conch salad from roadside stands. Bought lobsters and grouper a few times from the fishermen in Governor's Harbour. Rented our car from Clinton Knowles, who also took great care of us when we visited Eleuthera 2 years ago.
All in all a great vacation! I would recommend Veselka and hope to visit again.
One of the best spot on Double Bay
We have been at Veselka in August 2014. The road that is going there is a bit rough, but this secluded place has a great location, having a spectacular sea and beach view from the 2 decks. We particularly appreciated relaxing in the 2 hammocks of the lower deck that is shaded during a part of the afternoon. We also liked to look at the stars from the second floor deck. The snorkeling is good just in front of the house when the ocean is calm. The animal life is very abundant around the house as well. The cottage is cozy, with sober decoration. The refrigerator is small, but we were easily able to buy food for 3 days for 3 people using the good size freezer in the entrance. I may not recommend this place to people who need luxurious comfort or plan to prepare gastronomic meals, but to nature lovers, adventure seekers or people who are just looking for a beautiful and quiet place to rest.