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Coldwell Banker Real Estate - 282380580

Mostly sea - always summer.That's how the famous English explorer and writer, Rosita Forbes, described the Bahamas when she built her home on the beautiful island of Eleuthera in 1940.Located a couple miles south east of the historic village of Governor's Harbour, her 7,000 square foot home called Unicorn Cay is a happy blend of Old World charm and modern comfort. It sits on 11 prime acres and the icing on the cake is 300 feet of pristine pale pink sand beach frontage.Forbes designed the home in the style of a Loire Chateau with a large courtyard and entrance flanked by turrets. The interior is reminiscent of the English country homes the wealthy winter residents built here in the islands in days gone by. The 4 bed, 4.5 home is light and airy with spacious rooms. The beautiful original hardwood floors and tile work, crown molding and sweeping sea views create a special ambience. Ivy covered walls perpetuate the English country feel, offering a lush contrast to the backdrop of the dazzling turquoise Atlantic.Most of the original structural look of the house has been lovingly maintained with remodelling about ten years ago. The house is on a low hill surrounded by well-groomed grounds and is tastefully decorated in an elegant, but comfortable style with high end mahogany furniture. The main house has a master bedroom and bath, a TV room and office, the living room with a player piano and a bar. Any chef would be thrilled to cook in the modern kitchen with granite counter tops. There's a laundry room with half bath.Three bedroom suites surround a heated pool and Jacuzzi and grill area. This was the courtyard where Forbes and her husband served up a lethal cocktail called "Virgin's Undoing." A circular balcony looks out to sea.It may be located on an idyllic island, but Unicorn Cay has all the comforts of a home in a large city, including satellite TV, satellite internet, central air conditioning, water, electricity, telephone and a 28,000 water tank. A 60KW generator provides stand-by electricity. A work studio is above the two car garage. The house is being sold furnished with the exception of a few paintings, books and other personal items.

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