What an amazing place! The White House far exceeded my expectations. The photos do not portray the island elegance of this home. The house was well appointed with everything one would need for a relaxing holiday.
From beginning to end the staff was very helpful with Anita providing an easy booking process and gave us all the information we needed well in advance of our trip. On the day of our arrival, Shabba (property manager) greeted us at the private dock and helped us carry our luggage to the house. Shalese the housekeeper was lovely and had picked up some groceries for us so we wouldn't have to rush out to the stores.
All the bedrooms are large and well kept, the kitchen stocked with all needed for cooking and everything was in perfect working order. We were a party of 5 adults and 4 kids (and a very well behaved French Bulldog) and we all had more than enough room during our stay. The garden was immaculate and the kids and dog enjoyed running around the property in the afternoons.
The back deck and patio overlooking the harbor provided unblocked views of the sunsets....what a spectacular view! It was private, and quiet yet only a 2 minute walk from the Ramora Beach hotel. I can't say enough good things about the White House and it will definitely be my go to rental for all future visits to Harbour Island.
A perfect place to unwind and relax! We are a family of 5, with 3 adult children,and all agreed that the White House exceeded our expectations. The water taxi dropped us off at the dock as per the instructions we received prior to our trip. Shabba met us at the dock and helped with the luggage and opened up the house. The pictures don't justify the beautiful serene setting. The house and pool were spotless and the suggestion for the golf cart rentals across the street made it easy for us to access. We spent the week on the beautiful beaches, eating late lunches, pool lounging and late dining.
The only recommendation I would make is to plan your summer trip prior to July 31st as there are plenty of places that close down until November. That was our only disappointment about this trip.
BTW... The Harbour Island people are awesome!
I really enjoyed my stay at the White House on Colebrook. It was a great location and super easy to get to where we needed to go. The pool was an awesome addition and the proximity to the dock where the water taxi took us was ideal. My boyfriend and I stayed in the annex/guest house and the sheets and towels were clean and it was a very nice stay. Additionally, I happened to leave an expensive electronic at the house because I was rushing to my flight. Anita and Shabba immediately responded when I contacted them, located it, and arranged to drop it off with a friend. I can't imagine a better experience missing something and getting it back so swiftly! They were extremely kind and accomodating.
I would definitely recommend this spot to a group coming to Briland for the weekend or longer. It's a perfect spot to enjoy the island and feel like you're at home! Special thanks to Anita, Shabba and Lawrence for their help and excellent job as hosts!
We visited Harbour Island for a friend's wedding in May 2017. Given the expense and distance, we decided to bring our two young children (ages 2 and 4), as well as my brother-in-law to help with child care. We have rented many vacation homes at beaches all over, and this is by far the most incredible vacation we have ever rented. It was perfect. From the moment we arrived, Shaba was warm, available, and helpful, and met us at the dock when we arrived. The house is gorgeous, clean, in good repair, air-conditioned, and the pool was fabulous. Many houses are often lacking amenities (i.e. towels, kitchen supplies) but this house truly had it all. Adequate beach and bath towels, laundry facilities, and Shalese, our house keeper was a total luxury (as well as lovely person). We cooked many of our meals at home, and the kitchen was well-stocked and in good condition. The bedrooms were spacious and gorgeous. A "kids" bedroom even had several books and a potty seat in the bathroom.
On the front end of our trip, Anita was an absolute pleasure to work with and helped us with planning -- everything from day trips and golf cart rentals to ordering a crib for our baby. She was organized, responsive, and lovely to work with. The guest book in the house served as our encyclopedia, and was full of helpful suggestions, tips, and information. We loved every moment of our time on Harbour Island, and would certainly visit again!
We stayed in the White House for a week in December of 2016. We have stayed in other properties on Harbour Island, and this one sits at the top of our list. The views are just ridiculous, and the pictures and description are accurate depictions of the property. One view that is not obvious from the pictures is the view from the master bedroom. The room's back wall is almost entirely glass, giving a stunning view of the bay from the bed. The room also has a huge patio with very comfortable cushioned lounge chairs. The home is well equipped with cooking utensils, beach towels, kid's toys, and books, and has a washer/dryer for clothes. There were also basic toiletries provided. We did have a glitch with the pool, but the property manager was on it within hours, and had us fixed up in no time. I highly recommend having the pool heated. It is an extra fee, but unless you are from a very cold climate (Arctic Circle), the pool will feel quite cold. Also, cold fronts are common during the winter months, and on some days the beach may be a bit cool, but the heated pool keeps everyone busy even on a non-beach day.
It is worth noting that the 4th room is in a separate structure that is 30 yards from the house, and not really watchable from the house. We didn't feel comfortable leaving our kids there unattended, but of course, adults would be fine.
The home does not come with beach chairs or umbrellas, but these are available for rent on the beach. TeeJay's is right by Coral Sands, and 2 chairs and an umbrella run $20, which includes lots of kids toys, boogie boards, and floats. Public restrooms are available at Coral Sands beach bar, as are food and drinks. TeeJays also sells drinks, which is hugely convenient.
The house was kept very clean by the maid, despite us tracking in sand on a daily basis. Anita, the off-site manager, and Shabba, the on-site manager, were very pleasant, and extremely responsive. We were dropped off by the ferry at the dock behind the house, and the ferry picked us up at the dock on our way out, which made getting in and out very convenient.
I highly recommend staying at the White House, but it will certainly make staying anywhere else difficult.