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... or in half of one of the larger octagonal cottages. Each room includes bed, bathroom, small fridge, microwave, sink, and...
... your balcony and let the sunlight and breeze float into your room---pretty nice! Northside Beach Inn is owned and operated...
... old fashioned looking. We were able to get wireless in our room but it was stronger down at the restaurant. Food was...
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trueindigo wrote a review Jul 2018
Chicago138 contributions49 helpful votes
If you need to be 100% sure nothing unexpected will happen on your vacation, stop, because Northside Inn, Mrs. Rose Gibson, southern Eleuthera, and probably Eleuthera in general, aren't the place for you.

Can you go with the flow? Do you enjoy getting to interact with locals, chat, see a little of how they live? Can you handle if the water goes out on the night everyone is off partying, with the main repairman stuck on another island? Would you be ok asking Mrs. Rose for help if the cleaning lady missed a spider? Willing to order dinner based on what the local fisherman have brought in that day?

Yes? Then you are in for a treat--to-die-for views right from your porch or bed, falling asleep to the crashing of waves at night, long walks on the beach, snorkeling when it's calm enough, gorgeous beaches all to yourself, and an amazing on-site Bahamian cook. Oh, and as many have mentioned, dear, generous-hearted, loving, sassy Mrs. Rose, who has traveled the world and welcomes her guests with her smile, wisdom, and great cooking.

Location: a 10 minute drive across the island from the Rock Sound airport in south Eleuthera. You will pass the Marketplace grocery store on the way. Stop for some drinking water, as it's not supplied at the Inn, and you don't want to go back for it after a long day of travel.
This is the quiet end of Eleuthera. Come if you want local restaurants, peace and quiet, and beaches to yourself. We loved having Miller's Beach and Deep Creek beach, especially completely to ourselves. We did a day trip up the island as far as Glass Window Bridge, but if you want to spend a lot of time in northern Eleuthera, you'll be doing a lot of driving. The farther north you go, the more tourists you see, and the more establishments you will find that are geared toward tourists.

Rooms: You'll either be in the small octagonal cottage on your own, or in half of one of the larger octagonal cottages. Each room includes bed, bathroom, small fridge, microwave, sink, and some very basic dishes. Just ask if there's something you need, and Rose will happily get it for you, I'm sure. Rose had turned on the air-conditioning for us, which had the unfortunate effect of making the room feel musty. Once we opened the windows (they and the screens need a bit of repair, and we had to find things to prop them open with--again, ask for help if you don't see what you need; and I'm sure repairing the windows is next on Rose's to-do list) a beautiful sea breeze filled the room. The big French doors don't have screens on them. We found that the bugs only came out at dawn and dusk, if there wasn't a stiff breeze, so most of the time we had the doors open anyway. When there were bugs, we just left the windows open. Room furnishings are eclectic, with a very handsome bedroom set in our room, but other furnishings that were older or peeling. I'd compare it to a family beach cottage, that's updated piecemeal over the years. Some things are very new, some need work. The mattress, though, was perfectly comfortable, which is important to me.
Our porch was wonderful. Just simple plastic chairs, but oh how we loved the endless crashing of the waves and turquoise/aquamarine/navy views. This is the windward side of the island, so the ocean is active.

Cleanliness: Daily cleaning, and the sheets were changed every other day, which was more than we needed, but it felt nice and fresh. Generally speaking, everything was very clean, but a window ledges were missed till part way through our stay--Rose discovered this herself and quickly put it to rights.

Beach: One thing about the windward side of the island, anywhere along it, unless it is a manicured beach of an estate or hotel with lots of money, is that there will be a line of trash at the high tide mark. It's not just this beach. Keep your eyes on the waves and the smooth stretch of sand in front of you, and you can walk for miles in either direction, hardly seeing a soul. We also snorkeled and swam here on calm days. We saw beautiful sea fans and some amazing creatures, especially on the seaward side of the reef.

Restaurant: the Inn serves lunch and dinner, all cooked to order by Rose herself. We usually talked to her the night or morning before, and she would give us a few options. We loved her snapper the best, but she also made us ribs, cracked conch, and other meals. It's Bahamian food, which means the meat comes with sides like rice and beans, macaroni, coleslaw, fried plantains, a small salad.You can bring your own beverages or see what Rose has. You could also ask her to make some "switcha," which I learned is the name for the local limeade, or iced tea. Yachties, several times when we were there Rose went into Governor's Harbor to pick up some boaters for a meal, and dropped them off again afterward.

Internet: You can get it at the restaurant, mostly. We didn't really want it except for communicating with our kids once in awhile. It's too beautiful here to waste time online!

Ms. Rose Gibson: One of the highlights of our stay, even though we are normally shy, quiet people, not that interested in making new friends on vacation. She is a bit reserved at first, which seems usual for Bahamian culture, but always kind and polite. She would have left us to ourselves if we wanted, but we often had questions for her at mealtimes, and she would take the time to sit and chat with us about life in the Bahamas, places we could visit, her children all over the world, funny life stories, and so on. If you look through her photo album, you can see her shaking hands with Nelson Mandela, but I'll leave it to you to discover the other world leader she has met. We asked if we could go to church with her, and she welcomed us, as did her very kind fellow congregants. She also had us eat Sunday dinner with her afterward, "on the house." There were some issues with the water 2 of the days we were there--this is extremely rare, but I guess things have to fall apart sometime. But she was more than generous with us about it, not wanting to charge us for those days. We decided to pay her anyway and she found a way to sneak the money back to us as "a little something to get lunch at the airport." It might be an uncomfortable way for Americans to deal with money--nothing in writing, but Rose is full of integrity, and you will not be cheated. I don't think you can outgive Rose. I found this to be true of Eleutherans in general.

I hope I get to come back here again someday, and I hope this review will bring many more of the "right sort" of visitors to Northside Inn!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you are a couple, ask for the small one that's a stand-alone.
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Craigintexas wrote a review Feb 2016
Dallas, Texas24 contributions11 helpful votes
We just spent a week at Northside Inn on Eleuthera. We had 5 days of great sunshine and 2 of rain and/or wind, so overall it was a great stay. You need to know a few things about this place to stay so that your expectations will be correct. First of all, this place is quite a ways south on the island which makes it a great place to be if you want to spend time searching for and being on the southern beaches. It certainly make Lighthouse beach relatively easy to get to ! Also, it sit's on top of sand over looking the beach and ocean, so it has awesome views, especially in the morning as the sun is coming up over the ocean. You can open your doors to your balcony and let the sunlight and breeze float into your room---pretty nice!

Northside Beach Inn is owned and operated by Rosie (Rose). She's in her 60's and maintains a bungalow for one couple, a bungalow with two rooms, and a bungalow with four rooms. She does the upkeep, cooks the food, buys the food, is the server, cleans the dishes, the kitchen, the little restaurant area, is the hostess, computer and tv operator, picks up and takes guests to the airport, and maintains the place. So, THINK, and realize that you might want breakfast and she just left to take or pick up someone from the airport. Or you might want sausage with your eggs and she needs to run into town and get some to cook for you. This does NOT present a problem if you COMMUNICATE with her and let her know that you DO want a breakfast or a dinner and can she make that happen? Don't assume she'll be available to fix you a meal unless you've confirmed it with her. Wednesday morning she was at church at 6 am, so, of course, the little restaurant will not be serving a 6 am breakfast on that day. Ok, so, now you know.

We were in the blue unit with two rooms. The views are not as good as the single unit. If you go with just your SO, I would suggest asking for the single unit. While we were there, two other couples were in the quad unit and it sits up higher on the hill and has better views than the blue unit but the balcony is not as private. Again, the single unit has the best views and a pretty darn private balcony.

There are two dogs on the property that lay around in the sand and bark occasionally. They were not a concern to us. There is one cat that is in the little restaurant from time to time. This cat is seen to be sleeping on the tables at times. It's not the most pleasant sight if you are about to eat on that table, so observe which tables the cat DOESN'T lay on and eat on those tables. Again, only a problem if you make it a problem or if you are quite allergic to cats. My wife is allergic and never had a problem.

The Wild Orchid is in Rock Sound, about 8 minutes away and located on the Caribbean with a nice bar, some good food and a much different presentation that Rosie's place. You might enjoy eating there some as we did, but the food that Rosie cooks IS indeed, awesome, and we found it better than the Wild Orchid. Also, Rosie's hospitality beat any other place we went on the island. She is a jewel of a person for sure.

We found this a great location to 'hub' out of to see Whiteland Beach which is just down the coast and Lighthouse Beach which is the southern most beach. Also, we headed west one day and spent time at the marina and off the coast into the Caribbean so this was a perfect place to stay for a trip like that.

Give me a shout if you want any tips or other info about this place! We'll be trying to go back for sure, but will probably split the trip between Rosie's place and someplace else. But for sure........we can't wait!
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We found the wi-fi, when working, was best at the restaurant
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Mollygtc wrote a review Nov 2015
Coral Springs, Florida7 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to Eleuthera for parents' weekend for the Island School. The Inn was about 35 minutes away from the school which is way down south so a long drive every day and every night, but we felt it was worth it. Rosie, the owner/proprietor, was fabulous. The rooms had great views, are right on the ocean and were clean and comfortable. Had a nice small fridge and microwave, coffee maker. Could use some new rugs, curtains, and bedspreads, but they were clean, just old fashioned looking. We were able to get wireless in our room but it was stronger down at the restaurant. Food was fantastic and Rosie has and will share with you all kinds of knowledge about the island. My only complaint was that the television in our room, someone else controlled and it was the same news channel on all day and night (CNN). We just kept the tv turned off, which would have been nice to watch something at night before going to sleep. Let Rosie know the night before if you want breakfast and what time and in the morning. If you are going to want dinner let her know and what you would like. She then goes and gets fresh fish from different fishermen in the area, you can also get chicken or conch. Her mac and cheese is some of the best I have ever had!
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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john s wrote a review May 2013
Austin, Texas3 contributions4 helpful votes
This is by far the best place I've ever stayed at. I've been to 17 countries and have been living in the Bahamas for 7 months now and I was still in awe of this place. We got excited just driving up to the place realizing how secluded it really was. When we walked into the room we both said 'oh wow'. We left our doors and windows open both day and night and enjoyed the ocean breeze and enjoyed the ocean view from the bed. Rose made us our lunch and it was great. She gave us tips for touring the island as well. Each day that I walked the beach for hours and didn't see any other people.
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Date of stay: May 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen M wrote a review May 2012
North Carolina170 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed at the Northside Inn for just one night before boarding our charter sailboat. We didn't get to meet the famous "Mrs. Rose" because she was away that day, but Evelyn took really good care of us also. The cottages are very clean and spacious. The ocean breeze flowing thru the room is wonderful! And you really can't beat the view!

We ordered our meals late in the afternoon - at the appointed hour they were served up with loving care. A great value if you really want to escape it all or just need a place for a little while.
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Date of stay: May 2012Trip type: Travelled with friends
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