We recently rented a private home on Harbour Island and had a very bad experience worth sharing.
In June 2010 we rented a private home called SIX SHILLINGS on Harbour Island. After numerous communications between myself, the owner and the real estate company, we settled on Six Shillings because it was one of the few homes that advertised itself as having wireless internet service. With three working adults in our party it was important we stay connected with our offices back home. Additionally, the house was advertised as having air conditioning. What they failed to tell us - and what we didnt find out until we got to the island, is that they dont have a back up generator and the island is prone to numerous black outs or loss of electricity. As a matter of fact, the electricity was out when we arrived to the home so there was no air, no lights and no running water - a considerable inconvenience after flying for 8 hours, changing planes, taking a boat, cab and golf cart to get there! After 5 days of our 10 day stay we were at our wits end with the numerous black outs and called the real estate/rental office to complain. Island Realty was very nice at the time. They offered to move us into another home that DID have a generator, and told us the owner of Six Shillings was willing to refund our money for the unused portion of our stay AS WELL AS give us a partial refund for the 5 days we spent with intermittent electricity, running water, etc. Fast forward to 3 months later and the owners of SIX SHILLINGS decided to go back on their offer. They did refund our money for the unused nights but failed to refund us a dime for our 5 days in a house that didnt even have flushing toilets. Instead, they offered us 3 free nights for a future stay. I dont have time to go into detail here regarding the police report we had to fill out when we realized that money had been stolen from us while in that house - or the dirty dishes we found put away in the cupboards. Just be forewarned - the SIX SHILLING website doesnt exactly tell you the entire truth about the house or what it does or does not offer. Additionally, Island Realty acts only as an agent for the homeowner and is not an advocate for the renter. Rent at your own risk! OR CHECK OUT BRILAND VILLA - which was lovely and does have a back up generator. The caretaker of that home SAVED OUR TRIP.