Eleuthera and Harbour Island Hotels


Duck Inn and Orchid Gardens

At a Glance


  • historic buildings
  • harbor views
  • lush orchid gardens


  • not on the beach
  • only a few restaurants and shops within walking distance

Fodorite Reviews

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Duck Inn and Orchid Gardens Review

Facing west into the sunset, overlooking beautiful Governor's Harbour, two colonial cottages and a two-story home built in the 1850s are surrounded by a tropical garden with a superb orchid collection. John and Kay Duckworth bought the compound from a Canadian timber baron and restyled the houses. With one bedroom each, the cottages are perfect for couples, whereas the four-bedroom, two-bath house can sleep eight. Each dwelling has a full kitchen (there are grocery stores just a block away) and a veranda. A full-time gardener tends to tropical fruit trees including plums, papayas, figs, dates, and carambolas; you are welcome to pick and eat.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Corner of Pine and Queen's Hwy., Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera Island
  • Phone: 242/332–2608
  • Website:
  • Location: Governor's Harbour

    Hotel Details

  • 2 cottages, 1 house
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-12-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Slice of Paradise

    The owners, the staff and their dogs take hospitality seriously, epically when watching the sunset from the porch of the common area of the hotel. Whether he is helping arrange a sudden car rental or letting us use the phone to keep in touch with home, John is the ultimate innkeeper. If you are not satisfied, he works until you are. Across the street from the hotel, you can see a stunning sunset across the harbor and get some prized shells.

    by Baldgeekinmd, 3/6/09

    Walk on Water

    This place is perfection. It defines the word tranquility. Sitting on the Deck of Cupid's Cottage trying to figure out where the sea ends and the sky begins is pure meditation. 'The Duck' has a personality that you immediately warm to when you step through the gates into the peace of the Gardens. Its a credit to John and Katy (and Taco the dog) that they have created such as homely haven in a far off land. Your stay there will never leave you.

    by Penny_Lane_Rebel, 8/11/09

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