Private Beach House on 3.25 Acres with Spectacular Beach
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Description of the Cat Island vacation house rental
The Boathouse is a custom built, Bahamian-style home set on a privately owned 3 1/4 acre property. The acreage runs from the ocean to the bay with the house set back from the beach between the ocean and the Bay. The Boathouse is surrounded by water on three sides and has a path to the sugar, white sand beach with gin clear water. Jenn Air Convection oven/microwave, Jenn-Air Stove top, Ice maker, Select Comfort California King Bed w/ down pillows and 400-count. Egyptian Cotton sheets, fabulous outdoor protected shower, DVD, VHS, Film Library, Air-conditioning, Ceiling fans throughout, lending library, Seagrass furniture, Teak chaise lounges & dining area, IKEA cabinets. 12 foot decks all around. The Boathouse is very private, and it is the only house on our property. All living and entertainment space is upstairs, with the garage, and washer/dryer downstairs. Walk to the Pigeon Cay Beach Club with access to beach bar & outdoor dining. Use of kayaks, canoe, and bicycles included in stay. A selection of grocery markets, restaurants and bars are nearby. Bonefishing in Pigeon Creek, Smith Bay & Orange Creek. U.S. owned vacation home with a local property manager/caretaker for assistance with car rentals,restaurants,sights,etc.
-The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained
-Property manager on-island to assist with any questions or requests
-Free use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles
The Boathouse is located on Pigeon Cay beach, in easy walking distance to the Pigeon Cay Beach Club. Our 3 1/4 acre property has a breathtaking, white sand private beach on the warm and gin clear water of the sea. Pigeon Cay is located on the leeward side of Cat Island making for calm waters & beautiful clean beaches. Our beach is located on a secluded, 3 mile beach which extends to Alligator Point. Pigeon Creek is a large salt water inlet which is behind the house and runs parallel to the beach. Pigeon Creek opens to the sea at Alligator Point and provides for exceptional kayaking in calm waters. You can kayak from behind the Boathouse, out to the sea at Alligator Point, & then back to our beach on the ocean. Sea turtles and large rays are frequently encountered while kayaking in Pigeon Creek. Bonefishing on the fly is exceptional in Pigeon Creek,and also in Smith Bay to the South and Orange Creek to the North. Restaurants & bars serving local fare (lobster, conch) are nearby.
Nearest Airports: New Bight Airport (TBI) at 19 miles & Arthur's Town Airport at 16 miles
Latitude: + 24° 31’ 49.80” N
Longitude: - 75° 36’ 30.85” W
Cat Island Overview
Untainted by tourism, Cat Island is the sixth-largest island in The Bahamas. The fishhook-shaped island; is some 48 miles long and 1 to 4 miles wide, and lies about 325 miles southeast of Miami. Named after the pirate Arthur Catt, it’s located near the Tropic of Cancer, between Eleuthera and Long Island. It has one of the best climates in The Bahamas, with temperatures in the high 60s during the short winters, rising to the mid-80s in summer, with trade winds making the place even more comfortable. With its pristine virgin beaches, Cat Island is one of the most beautiful islands in The Bahamas, and it is so little visited that it's inexpensive and still feels undiscovered. Many local historians claim that Cat Island residents were the first to see Columbus. The great explorer himself was believed by some to have been welcomed here by the peaceful Arawaks. Beautiful beaches offer an array of water sports. Visitors can go swimming or snorkeling at several places.
Keywords: Beach House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Not Suitable For Children
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- King size beds (1) Select Comfort California King Bed
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer
- IKEA Kitchen with Jenn Air Convection oven/microwave, Jenn-Air Stovetop, Ice maker, Select Comfort California King Bed w/ down pillows and 400ct. Egyptian Cotton sheets, fabulous outdoor protected shower, DVD, VHS, Film Library,lending library, Air-conditioning, Ceiling fans throughout, Seagrass furniture, Teak chaise lounges & dining area. Stainless Steel 36,000 BTU Weber Gas Grill. 12 foot decks all around. Clothes washer and dryer. Walk to the Pigeon Cay Beach Club with access to beach bar & outdoor dining. Use of kayaks, canoe, and bicycles included in stay....moreless
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
Boathouse is surrounded by water on 3 sides and is the only structure on our 3+ acres.The house is sited on the property between the ocean and the backbay to best take advantage of both views. There is a sand path to both our beach on the ocean, and also to the kayak launching area on the backbay. It has an exceptional, and private white sand beach. The sand is like sugar and the water like gin...moreless
The Boathouse has 235 feet of white sand beach on the ocean. A small sand dune between the ocean and the backbay acts as a wind break. The tiki hut is nestled in the break of the dune on our beach for upmost privacy, convenience and comfort. The tiki hut is steps from the water's edge....moreless
- Wildlife Viewing
- Kayaking Pigeon Creek, located just steps behind the Boathouse, makes for a peaceful, quiet trip through an aquatic wonderland. The creek is a nursery for sea turtles, baby sharks, bonefish, manta rays and other small fish. Paddlers can see them cruising along the sandy bottom or darting in and out of the mangrove trees. If you have never kayaked before, this is the place to learn. Our ocean kayaks are wide and stable and do not restrain your legs or body. They are easy to get in and out of and it is easy to learn for first timers. Boating/Sailing & Diving/Snorkeling Uninhabited cays, hidden coves, annual regattas. Diving Coral reefs. Blue holes. Walls. Caves. Shipwrecks. Dolphins. The variety of islands in The Bahamas presents a variety of diving experiences. Beginners and experts are welcome. Deep Sea Fishing is a thrill with huge tuna, wahoo,dolphin, snapper and marlin. Bonefishing 'on the fly' is exceptional in Pigeon Creek,Smith's Bay & Orange Creek. Note: there are two clinics on the island which can handle most illnesses or medical emergencies (one in Old Bight, the other in Orange Creek). The nearest major hospital is in Nassau. ...moreless
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Relaxation at its BEST!
Relaxation at its BEST!
Where do I even begin when it comes to putting into words my wonderful stay at the Boathouse? If you’re even questioning staying at the Boathouse or wondering if everything is good to go since the hurricane, you can rest assured everything is the way it should be, perfect. My fiancée and I stayed at the Boathouse for twelve nights and truly still didn’t have enough time. The Boathouse is truly a relaxing place and somewhere I can’t wait to visit again. Having traveled a lot in my life and stayed at so many great places, your house was truly in my top three! The attention to detail in every aspect of your house is truly amazing. From the great king hammock on the porch to the “at home feeling” of the house, I was truly blown away. Your website doesn’t even begin to explain how wonderful your house or the beaches truly are. The Boathouse has all the amenities and more as the website reflects. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing, and perfectly secluded beach then look no further. There really isn’t much more you can ask for besides the amenities that are already included. The island as a whole was truly a great place to get away from it all. We were truly amazed and happy of how “un commercialized” the island truly is. Jennifer and I are very much the type of people who enjoy little quite places like Cat Island with people second to none. The locals were really great! The fact that a little nine-year-old boy stopped us and asked for a ride was truly something that shocked me but shows just how safe and comfortable the island locals are. Also if you’re looking to fish, I highly recommend Ricky, he may not have the best-looking boat but after three and a half hours we were twenty five fish deep in the cooler with a huge twenty five plus pound red snapper. Overall, I would rate the vacation a 9 out of 10, with the Boathouse earning a 10 out of 10, and the price was very cheap. I can’t believe Mark and Sarah rent their house for so cheap to be truthful but it’s something I liked ha-ha. You were so right about Cat Island and I now understand how you could so easily fall in love with the place. Again thank you for your great hospitality and letting us share a piece of your welcoming and loving home. Until Jen and I return again, like the old sailors say, “Fair winds and calm seas”. Thanks again for everything, this was a dream vacation come true. Cat Island and the locals simply ROCK!
- Guest Chase S.
- Date of stay 12/22/11
- Review Submitted 01/16/12
Great natural moments on Cat Island
Great natural moments on Cat Island
We stayed during one week on this wonderful island. The Boathouse is very well situated and the landscape around the property is splendid. At the boathouse you can live a natural life with all the comfort you need. The house is well equiped and if you enjoy peace and quiet; its your area ! The beach at one minute by walking (its almost a private beach ) is really incredible. We don't say more about it : you have to live the experience by yourself... The manager welcome you and help you if you need something. The owners are really nice and we exchanged a lot before the stay. Cat is a paradise for who wants to live the islander experience. The beaches are incredible and in July we were always alone on each beaches we discovered. What a pleasure to have our private beaches wherever we went ! You can find good restaurants on the island but you can also live independently in the house. We recommend to have a car to visit the island because there are lot of things and wonderful places to discover. The people on the island are very nice and smilling, the "big" tourism doesn't affect the island and we hope it will be like that for a long time... Because its very precious to have these kind of places in the world with its natural people and its preserved landscapes ... We travel for that. We have had a wonderful stay , we have wonderful "souvenirs" of the island and of the house. We recommend of course the boathouse for all these reasons. Be curious travelers, be respectful tourists and discover this place ! Thank you again to the owners. And good travels !!! Virginie and Gilles
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 11/24/13
Manager response: Virginie & Gilles, So great to hear that enjoyed you stay at the Boathouse, and on Cat Island. We were thrilled that you found the Boathouse beach so private and spectacular, and that you discovered the many other white sand beaches on the island. Your coming from the coastal beach town of Messanges, France, it was particularly special that you found our beach "world-class". As you mentioned the Cat Islanders are truly friendly, warm, open, and helpful; always with a smile on their face and a wave as you pass by. Having no large hotels, resorts,casinos, or franchises on the entire island has kept Cat Island a very special hideaway, untainted by tourism. The restaurants and bars are all owned by the locals, and serve wonderful Bahamian food including fresh lobster, conch fritters, Grouper, Snapper, and crab. The ribs, smothered chicken, and fiery goat are also wonderful and flavorful. Thank you so much for staying at the Boathouse, and for writing such a nice overview of your vacation on Cat Island. Please come back soon. Best, Mark & Sarah
Wonderful 7 days spent at the Boathouse, it had a great breeze 24 hours a day and kept the summer heat tolerable. The A/C inside was perfect when you shut down the house at night. I suggest "shutting down" the boathouse around dusk to avoid the visiting bugs and mosquito's from getting inside. They are NOT a problem morning to dusk! ...The evening, well that's another story. The beach but only a short walk through a sandy path. It is beautiful and all yours! Really...not a soul was seen...just a friendly gecko or two keeping us company under your own private tiki hut. The Boathouse is unique with its fantastic wrap around deck and two wonderful hammocks and outdoor shower. A few hundred yards down the beach is the Pigeon Cay Club run by Leslie and Ned. They are your hosts and will take care of anything you may need. Fabulous people and their resort is lovely, as well! Dinner, rental car, beach stuff, etc...Renting the Toyota 4Runner was well worth the price. ( gas was approx. $6 a gallon and gas is only available in 3-4 locations on entire island between 8 and 5 pm!! .. The island is a treasure and you need to explore it to really enjoy the complete experience. We recommend taking a ride north to Shanna's Cove resort. The ride up is 30 min., beautiful and just pull over and swim anywhere in the clearest blue/green water you can imagine. The visit to Shanna's Cove is a gourmet dinner or lunch which you don't want to miss! Another can't miss is a night at Da Smoke Pot. Great grouper, rake n scrape, and fun hosted by Julian. A naturally beautiful island, un-crowded, friendly and a wonderful getaway. Both the boathouse and Pigeon are nicely centrally located. A couple of notes: • You will be taken to / from airport by Omar or David ($40)... • The only ice cream (one flavor) is at Yardi's, it’s just up the road with gas too ! • A morning ride up to Smith's Cove and New Bite you may encounter bright orange crabs by the hundreds walking across the road, it makes for a crunchy ride. • The Hermitage is worth the visit. • Taking a trip to the Atlantic side is a rough ride and not yet developed has its own primitive beauty. • Do NOT buy anything from the Reverend, much cheaper at stores • Locals are friendly and helpful, pick them up if they are walking and need a ride, its customary • Grab a beer at little bar ON the water behind police station at rotary in Arthur Town, It's a gem. • Sky Bahamas was on time/good experience
- Guest rich (Enfield,CT)
- Date of stay 06/22/13
- Review Submitted 08/20/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Manager response: Richard, Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing vacation at the Boathouse. From the Hermitage to the hideaway beach bar in Arthur's Town, you got out and met the locals, and saw the sights. Glad you enjoyed having dinner at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club; many of our guests enjoy the convenience of having signing privileges there for drinks at the beach bar and dinner on those special occasions. Da Smoke Pot restaurant in Arthur's Town is always a treat with local rake & scrape, and fresh fish & lobster. As you said, Cat Island is an undiscovered treasure; so happy that you got to experience the magic. Thank you for staying with us. Best, Mark & Sarah
Needed another week
Needed another week
Second time in the Bahamas, first to Cat Island. After arriving at the house, we didn't see anyone for two days. Not anyone. Then people started showing up at Pigeon Cay a few hundred yards away, to the south, but nobody the full two miles north of us. This was exactly what we wanted. To be in a perfect spot and have it just be us two. The house is great and served our needs perfectly. I would advise anyone staying here to look at the videos of the place on YT. We are pretty laid back, but I can imagine the layout of the house bothering some type A folks if they didn't set their expectations correctly. We took the bikes down to snorkel at the old church. This was seriously like a scene from a romantic comedy. Except we're not very funny. I mean, I have a couple good jokes. Anyway, when you pedal beach cruisers a half mile down a sand road, park them at the beach, snorkel for a couple hours and then bike back and not see anyone, that it a pretty good place to be. July is probably not the best time to go with the bugs, but even still, this place is pretty great. Great bed. Plenty of places to hang out. Plenty of stuff to do right there around the place. (I did a 5 mile run to Alligator Point and back.) If you are looking for an out of the way place where you can just spend time with your woman, read all day, and cool off in the clearest water you've ever seen, this is the joint. 100%. Da Smoke Pot is the best place for food, but don't go just for the Rake and Scrape music. I'm sure this is Cat Island blasphemy, but this music is not very good. Not trying to be mean, but I think the powers that be are trying to force culture here. If we were to come again, I think we would call ahead and have the fridge stocked and we wouldn't rent the car. It is a great car, but 80% of the time we used it to go get food/drinks. You can rent cars by the hour or day from Pigeon Cay, this is the smarter play.
- Guest Tar Creek (Washington, DC)
- Date of stay 07/12/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Manager response: Matthew, Sounds like you two really got out and enjoyed the island, in addition to relaxing on the beach. So many of our guests are amazed that you can really sit at our beach tiki hut and not see other people for days. As you said, it is quite rare to go to any island in the world with such a spectacular beach, and not have to share it. The Boathouse was designed for true island living, with 1380 square feet of covered decks, and doors all around to best take advantage of the sea air and island breezes. On the occasion it is a bit too hot or pests appear, you can close the doors and enjoy the AC. Glad you found the Da Smoke Pot Restaurant; it is a gem with great conch fritters, fresh grouper, lobster (in season), and a nice cold beer. For those that like to get out and explore the island (47 miles long), a car is a good idea. For many though, just relaxing on the beach, enjoying the gin clear water, and riding the bikes up to Derrick's Conch Shack, is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for staying with us, and please come back real soon. Mark & Sarah
My wife and I went on our honeymoon and could not have asked for a better time! Most days, we did not see another person on the beach, and if we did they were at least a quarter mile away. This is a great place if you would like to "get away from it all" and just enjoy some time with your significant other. The only people that I would not recommend this to are people who only enjoy resort types of vacations and are uncomfortable "going off the beaten path." Some things to know before going.... 1.) Take only 100% DEET for dusk and dawn, as the bugs can get bad at those times. Anything less than 100% is not very effective. 2.) Most restaurants have only a few tables so plan on sharing a table if going. Also, you must call ahead in the afternoon the day you are going so they can be sure to be able to accommodate you. The island food is good, authentic food but do not expect 5 star dining 3.) This is an island that has only one main road down the middle and around 1,500 people total. Everyone knows almost everyone else, everyone is very friendly and most people on the island have more than one form of income to support themselves. (Tito catches fresh fish for sale, but also is the island's cable/satellite man.) 4.) If you have an open mind for the world, you will love your stay here. Overall an awesome time! My wife and I were already talking about a return trip before we left!
- Guest Nate and Kels (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Date of stay 06/05/13
- Review Submitted 06/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Manager response: Nathan & Kelsey, Congratulations on your recent wedding celebration, and thank you for spending your honeymoon at the Boathouse. Your recommendations to future guests are spot on. As you said, if you want beautiful white sand beaches (and almost to yourself), crystal clear seas, warm ocean waters, friendly islanders, and relaxation, then the Boathouse and Cat Island is your place. The snorkeling and scuba diving is wonderful, fly fishing for bonefish out your back door, kayaking, beachcombing, and swimming are out of this world. If you need a lot of defined activities(ie casinos, bars, nightclubs, large restaurants,zip lines) then the Out Islands of the Bahamas are not for you. The three additional items I would add to your "bring" list are personal medical prescriptons, a hat, and sunscreen. We are thrilled that you loved your honeymoon at the Boathouse, please come back real soon. Mark & Sarah
Another Fabulous Week at the Boathouse!
Another Fabulous Week at the Boathouse!
As we learned from the owner, my wife and I were the quickest returnees ever to the Boathouse. After having such an idyllic time in late November, 2012, we returned in early May, 2013. I could probably just say this is my Boathouse review 2.0. We again enjoyed our stay in paradise more than words can aptly describe. The water was absolutely perfect, the beach is like something from heaven, and we enjoyed our long days in and around our own personal tiki hut. Ned and Leslie cooked, and we enjoyed, several meals throughout the week. Unfortunately, the fishing was slow while we were there, so our meal selections were more limited than I'd have liked on the nights they didn't cook. But we don't go to Cat Island for the food! One recommendation, having nothing to do with the Boathouse. Do NOT book a flight with Southern Air, as they are totally undependable. Always go with Sky Bahamas.
- Guest darby00 (Greenville, MS, USA)
- Date of stay 05/03/13
- Review Submitted 06/25/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Manager response: Heath, Right you are. Since building the Boathouse 5+ years ago, we have been fortunate to establish a long list of returning guests in a relatively short time period. However, you and Janelle have the fastest guest return time on record....6 months. Sarah and I are thrilled that you enjoyed the house and Cat Island so much, that you just "had" to come back. I understand the "bonefish gods" did not shine down on you quite as favorably as your first visit, but am glad that the time spent fly fishing on the flats was still fabulous. As you can tell from both of your recent stays, the ocean, the beach, and the solitude is great pretty much year round. We appreciate your return to the Boathouse last month, and we were super excited to receive your email this morning about scheduling your 3rd visit next year. Thanks again. Best, Mark & Sarah
Boathouse review for two weeks-May 21 to June 4, 2013
Boathouse review for two weeks-May 21 to June 4, 2013
This was our fifth trip to the family islands of the Bahamas, but our first to Cat Island. The location was about 100 yards from a great walking and swimming beach. The house has some really good features. The kitchen is large enough and is reasonably equipped. The microwave, cooktop, and Weber grill outside all function nicely. The house has a California King-size Select Comfort bed that is very comfortable. When we arrived the house was reasonably clean. In spite of the positive points there were some issues. I would not recommend this property to a friend or relative for four reasons. On two successive nights it rained while the wind was blowing. We awoke to water dripping on us in bed. Second, the house has no screening so to get ventilation in the house the doors must be open, which let in mosquitoes and other insects. The air conditioner fan worked, but we could detect no cooling, so with the doors closed to keep insects out it was stuffy inside. This might be a problem only at certain times of the year, or after rain storms, but it was a problem while we were there. Third, the house has a composting toilet instead of a regular flush toilet. In the garage where the composting "box" sits, it reeks of the odor of sewage, and when the wind died down the smell of sewage was also detectable in the house. Fourth, there is only an outdoor shower and outdoor eating area, which is great on nice days, but on stormy days it was quite uncomfortable to try to take a shower with the wind scattering the water before you could get under it. Most of these problems are fixable, but they need to be fixed before I could give the property a higher rating. There were a few other features of the house that were a little irritating, but we knew about them up front. There is no passage from the kitchen/living area to the bedroom bathroom area without going outside. That was a bit of a hassle on the stormy and windy days. We also rented the Toyota Four-runner from the owners. On the one hand, it was probably the best vehicle we have ever rented on the family islands. However, when we were there the battery was not holding a charge. We had to use jumper cables to start it in the morning a couple of times. After driving to remote places on the island it always started without problems, but after sitting overnight there was sometimes not enough charge left in the battery to start the car. We loved exploring the island and the solitude of many beautiful and deserted beaches.
- Guest Doc (Wichita, KS)
- Date of stay 05/21/13
- Review Submitted 06/07/13
Manager response: Gaylen, Mark and I would like to thank you for staying, and apologize for any inconvenience that you had. As you were aware,Cat Island had some torrential storms with very high winds mid-way through the second week of your stay, and we did experience a small leak in the roof which dripped in the bedroom. When I called to check on your stay the next morning, you mentioned the drip to me. I immediately called Leslie, the property manager, and she sent someone over. The leak was addressed, and you told me you did not have the problem again. You mentioned a slight odor in the garage to Ned, which was caused by the high winds blowing back down the exhaust pipe; Ned also addressed this the same day. We still offered to move you to another house on the beach, at our expense, but you and your husband declined. In the Out Islands we enjoy the ocean breeze and living outside on the covered 12 foot decks. With 3 1/4 acres of private beachfront property, we sited the house between the ocean and the back bay to best take advantage of the views of both, and the breezes. Even in a torrential storm the decks stay dry, and most guests enjoy watching the storm in one of the chaise lounges. We are not big proponents of closing up the house and living indoors in the Caribbean, but we do have air conditioning for those that do. With regards to the battery in the 4 Runner, Ned had ordered a replacement (everything comes from the US on a boat), but it had not yet arrived. I am glad to hear that everything did work out however. Making a stay at the Boathouse and in Cat Island a very special experience for our guests is very important to us. Either way the last two days of your stay was not what you expected, and we apologize. Sarah & Mark
House keeping wasn't available, was told to keep table scraps in freezer for two weeks, we carried our garbage to the next resort and kitchen sink had small nats coming up as well as the toilet. We had to keep a thick towel over toilet seat and a dish over the sink. Reported it but no one came over. The furniture in living room is worn and very uncomfortable. The house is what we wanted and did enjoy inspite of this. Go to a grocery store before checking in because there is nothing in walking distance. Restaurants need a day ahead notification because they cook just for you. NO MENUES. There are no clothing stores. NO HOSPITAL. Any breaks will be transported to NASSAU. The water is beautiful and the locals are so friendly. Very remote, jungle all around you. Quiet and peaceful. Not for everyone...no frills.
- Guest cowgirls (Potter Valley CA)
- Date of stay 03/29/13
- Review Submitted 04/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
Manager response: Donna, We are very sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with parts of your stay in Cat Island and at the Boathouse. As an Out Island of the Bahamas, Cat Island is a special place to get away from all the tourists, cruise ships, casinos, chain restaurants, clothing stores and t-shirt shops of the mainland and large resort islands. It remains unspoiled, and relies on small family owned restaurants, grocery stores, and little island shops. We try to be very clear on our website that if you are looking for large resorts,franchises, and late night action, this is not that place. Cat Island is all about white sand beaches, incredible raw beauty, crystal clear waters, and very friendly islanders that wave to you as you pass. The website states that daily housekeeping is not included in the weekly rate, but is available for an additional cost. Our on-island manager, Leslie Kennedy, can arrange additional daily housekeeping, a cook, a car, or even to stock the refrigerator prior to arrival for a reasonable charge. The cushions & covers on all the sofas and chairs in the living room were replaced in October 2012, as were the cushions in our tiki hut on the beach. There are two staffed clinics on the island which can handle 99% of any illnesses or injuries, but, as you mentioned, there is not a major hospital on the island. To help the local farmers, island guests are asked to put major leftovers/scraps in the freezer, so that they may be fed to the island livestock at the end of their stay. As an Out Island, other than the fresh lobster, conch, seafood and some vegetables/fruits, everything must be brought in by boat, so reducing what you throw away or using it as animal feed is important to the farmers livelihood. We are happy that you did enjoy the house, our beach, and the locals. As you said, "quiet and peaceful" , but it is not for everyone. Regards, Mark and Sarah
Cat Island - Amazing!
Cat Island - Amazing!
This was our first time on Cat Island and it was as amazing and spectacular as the pictures and reviews said it would be. We rented the house 4-Runner and explored the Island taking pictures, climbed the Hermitage which was one of my favorites of the trip, and of course relaxed on the beach. The Atlantic side of the Island is perfect for shelling and the road getting there is an experience in itself. We’ve been to a few of the other out Islands in the Bahamas and we’ve always had positive experiences with everything from finding fresh fish to getting to know the locals. We spent 6 nights at the Boathouse which was very clean and well equipped with everything you would need to prepare meals. My favorite part of the house was its large, wrap around porch with the hammocks and comfortable lounge chairs. It’s hard to complain about much when you’re in a setting as beautiful as Cat Island, but there were a few things about the house that we weren’t too impressed with. It was impossible to sit out in the evening because of the bugs and the money bats, which we realize is part of the islands, but we couldn't leave the door/windows open at night because there were no screens. The house had air conditioning and ceiling fans but since we were on a tropical island with a beautiful breeze blowing, we would have preferred to open the windows. There was a compost toilet in the bathroom which was not a huge deal but it would’ve been nice knowing that ahead of time. The description of the house describes Pigeon Cay Beach Club as a place that serves daily meals and gives the impression that you can walk over and have dinner or lunch, which isn’t the case at all. Lesley the caretaker was very nice and had a little store onsite that sold t-shits and handmade baskets, with the proceeds from the sale of the items going to the Cat Island Humane Society. Being an animal lover, that’s where I did my souvenir shopping. All in all it was a wonderful trip and if you’re looking for relaxation in a picturesque setting, I would highly recommend Cat Island.
- Guest Rosalita (Geneva, NY)
- Date of stay 02/01/13
- Review Submitted 02/25/13
Manager response: Craig, Sounds like you had a fun time exploring the island,lounging on our 360 degree wrap-around decks, and checking out the many wonderful and deserted beaches. Depending on the level of rain, at certain times of the year the island can get bugs at dusk. They usually only show up at dusk, so we leave the house wide open the rest of the day. When they are around,the fans and AC do eliminate any pests. Of course we have a great breeze most of the time, which also helps a lot. Because the Boathouse is surrounded by water on three sides, the water table is high. To protect the water table, the house was designed utilizing a wastewater treatment system, which is located in the garage(and away from the living areas). Guests will typically never see the system or even know we have one. Depending on the time of year, Pigeon Cay Beach Club serves dinner 3-4 nights/week for their guests, and all guests of the Boathouse. Other nights, should you not want to cook, you can go to Da Smoke Pot, Sammy T's, or Derrick's Conch Shack in Bennett's Harbor. Please call ahead as everything is made to order, and the fish selection is dependent on the fisherman's catch that day. Of course in season, lobster and conch is available and abundant most days. Exploring the Out Islands of the Bahamas is wonderful experience and a great way to truly "get away" from the franchises, traffic, hordes of tourists, cruise ship landings,and casinos that are found on many of the large tourist islands. Cat Island is a true get away, with fantastic white sand beaches, gin clear water, warm & friendly locals, and a laid back atmosphere. Thank you for staying with us. Regards, Mark & Sarah
Solitude in the Bahama's
Solitude in the Bahama's
The Beachhouse is a remarkable place. This was our second trip and we have already booked a return visit. It is uniquely situated between the creek and the open ocean with fast access to both. This is a great place for the self sufficient who enjoy the island lifestyle. This is not a tourist island and there are not a lot of amenities. But for those that want to get away -- and want some solitude -- this is the place. The house is always in immaculate condition. Saying that its very clean is a dis-service. Its spotless, well maintained and nicely appointed. You can swim, snorkel fish, kayak, hike, etc. If you enjoy the outdoors -- this is a place to do it. the only downside is that there are "no-seeums -- tiny flies" which can be a pain if there is little wind. For those thinking about this type of place -- go for it. The owners are great and very communicative. They want you to enjoy their little piece of paradise as much as they do.
- Guest collidyguy (chicago, il, usa)
- Date of stay 01/18/13
- Review Submitted 02/02/13
Manager response: Rob & Lauri, Thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your second visit to the Boathouse, and excited that you are returning again next year for #3. The pictures you sent of all the bonefish you both caught fly fishing on the flats behind the house, and in Orange Creek were fabulous. It is great that you got out and enjoyed the outdoors (hiking, kayaking, canoeing,biking,snorkeling, and exploring), in addition to relaxing on our beach, swimming, reading,and just chillin'. For the times when the tradewinds do die down, we recommend bringing pest spray along, just in case. Thank you for staying with us again this year, and we look forward to your return. Regards, Mark & Sarah
$1350/week for up to 2 guests. Adults only. Sorry, no pets allowed. Our "week" is 8 days/7 nights A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking to guarantee dates. American Express, Visa & MasterCard accepted for balance. Tax Rate: 10% Also check for more details and information on our website. ****Toyota 4 Runner is available to rent by the week, located at the Boathouse****
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- Nearest Airport: New Bight at 19 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Derrick's Conch Shack at 2 Miles
About: Sarah and I love traveling and have been visiting Cat Island for 19 years. I grew up exploring the Out Islands of the Bahamas by boat, and have ventured throughout the islands regularly since 1967. We bought this spectacular beachfront property in the late 1990's, and built the 'Boathouse' in January 2007. We moved back to the USA 4 years ago after living 3+ years in Costa Rica and another 3 years living in Mexico. Both our boys are currently away in college.
Why Bennetts Harbor:
Cat Island is truly an unspoiled paradise. The people are wonderful and still wave to everyone as they pass. The Boathouse sits on a beautiful white sand beach with water clear as gin. The beach runs for 3 miles, but you can spend days without seeing another soul (read the guest comments). Snorkeling, scuba diving and 'bonefishing on the fly' are among other favorites. Our property is 3 1/4 acres and is surrounded by water on 3 sides. You can launch the kayaks or the canoe behind the house on Pigeon Creek and paddle around to our beach on the ocean. Leslie Kennedy lives on-island and manages the house for us. She will greet you upon your arrival and familiarize you with the house. The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained and Leslie is available to answer any questions you may have or provide assistance with anything you may need.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles are included with your stay at the Boathouse. There are 2 single kayaks and a tandem to choose from. You can bike for miles on the sea road or ride on the main road to Bennett Harbor for lunch at Sammy T's, Ducky's or Derrick's conch shack. We enjoy cooking and have equipped the Boathouse with a Jenn Air Convection oven/microwave, Jenn-Air Stovetop, Ice maker, and a 36,000 BTU Stainless Weber. There is Calphalon cookware, a Waring commercial blender, and an ice cream/sorbet maker. There are 12 foot decks which encircle the entire house perfect for reading, relaxing, cocktails, or just taking in the incredible views. Ceiling fans are installed throughout the house and on the decks (11 in total). Although rarely needed, the house is also fully air conditioned.
- Primary: (242) 354-5084 (Bahamas)
Links to more information:
Private Beach House "The Boathouse" on 3 1/4 acres of private white sand beach
IKEA Kitchen with JennAir stovetop,JennAir Convection Oven & Microwave,Ice Maker
Fabulous Outdoor Protected Shower with plenty of hot,hot water
Scuba diving off Flamingo Point. Visibility > 100 feet.
King size hammock on the deck facing the back bay.
Dolphins playing off New Bight.
Kalik in Arthur's Town. Local beer, local bar.
Boathouse Tiki Hut on our beach
Living Area with Seagrass furniture,Sisal rugs,library,DVD,VHS,Stereo
A small section of our beach with private tiki hut
Kayaking off Pigeon Creek. Protected,calm water perfect for paddling & adventure
Sea turtle swimming in Pigeon Creek, on the back bay behind the Boathouse.
Lobster caught snorkeling off the windward side
Locals playing Rake n' Scrape music at Da Smoke Pot restaurant.
Toyota 4 Runner is available to rent by the week located in the Boathouse garage
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Date last modified - Friday, May 24, 2013
1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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