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Private Beach House on 3.25 Acres with Spectacular Beach 57 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 reviews

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

I bedroom, 1 bath including outdoor shower & 12 ft decks w/ screened-in dining

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.The Boathouse is very private, and is the only house on our property. 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, Air-conditioning, Ceiling fans throughout, lending library, Seagrass furniture, Teak chaise lounges & dining area, IKEA cabinets,12 foot decks all around. A screened in area for dining/relaxing was added to the deck area in 2015. Walk to the Pigeon Cay Beach Club with access to beach bar & outdoor dining. Use of kayaks, canoe, and bicycles included in stay. Selection of grocery markets, restaurants and bars are nearby.

-The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained

-Property manager on-island to assist with any questions or requests

-Broadband wireless internet throughout

-Owner's Toyota 4 Runner available to rent by the week or a rental car can be arranged by the day

-Free use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles

New for 2015.......we have added a screened-in section to our outdoor deck for guests added comfort. The custom designed and constructed no-see-um screen system delivers an additional seating/relaxing/eating option outdoors, for those evenings when flying pests may show up. With 1,584 sq ft of covered deck space encircling the entire house, this new screened addition provides maximum flexibility outdoors.

Cat Island Overview: Untainted by tourism, Cat Island is the sixth-largest island in The Bahamas. The fishhook-shaped island — 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.

Boathouse housekeeping and maintenance: The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained.

Property manager on-island to assist with any questions or requests you may have. Property manager will also assist with car rental reservations, restaurant recommendations, grocery store/liquor store/wine shop directions,airport pickup details and directions to not-to-miss sights.

Kayaks, canoe and bicycles: The use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles is included in your stay at the Boathouse. There are 2 kayaks available, a tandem and a single, plus there are 2 new beach cruisers parked in our garage for your use. The canoe is tied up behind the house on the back bay.

A newly built tiki hut with cushioned chaise lounges is available for your exclusive use on our beach.

Additional beach chairs, a beach umbrella and an ice chest are also stored in the garage for your enjoyment.

A king size hammock hangs on the deck for reading,relaxing, or an afternoon nap.

There is a large lending library at the Boathouse which includes many new fiction and non-fiction books.

Numerous Caribbean cookbooks and favorite Bahamian recipes are located in our library.

*****Toyota 4 Runner is available for rent by the week, located at the Boathouse (in our garage)*****

Historical

Hermitage on Mt. Alvernia

This island's distinct virtue is that it is home to the highest point in the Bahamas--Mount Alvernia--an astounding 206 feet (63 meters) above sea level On its peak is a monastery called The Hermitage, built by Monsignor Jerome Hawkes, who came to The Bahamas as an Architect and an Anglican priest to repair Anglican churches on Long Island. He was later ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest and became known as Monsignor Jerome Hawkes.

Deveaux Mansion

The ruins of an 18th-century plantation house.

Columbus Point

One of the many Indian caves which honeycomb the island, and a conch shell monument to Christopher Columbus, a testament to the locals' undying belief that here marks his first landfall, much to the dismay of the nearby San Salvadorians, who insist that the honor belongs to them.

Boating/Sailing & Diving

Since the day they were first discovered by ship, the 700 islands in The Bahamas have increasingly become a magnet for sea vessels. Fuel up. Chart a course. Uninhabited cays, hidden coves, annual regattas, and modern marinas will sweeten the voyage.

Diving

Coral reefs. Blue holes. Walls. Caves. Shipwrecks. Sharks. Dolphins. Stingrays. The variety of islands in The Bahamas presents a variety of diving experiences. Beginners and experts are welcome. Lessons and guides can be found throughout the islands.

Blue Hole; Out on the bank, this circular depression leads to an 80- to 100-foot descent along the outer walls. Inside the opening, divers often encounter schools of fish, large grouper, and Caribbean reef sharks.

White Hole Reef

This reef expresses another phenomenon unusual to The Bahamas: circular depressions in the limestone basin that form flat basins surrounded by coral mounds. These sites serve as an oasis for solitary reef and schooling fish.

Fishing

Bonefishing has become a local favorite within The Islands Of The Bahamas. Bonefishing takes place in the flats, where guides slowly pole small flat-bottomed boats for anglers or the truly dedicated quietly stalk these elusive fish by wading through knee-deep water. These quicksilver fighters, weighing up to 15 pounds, inspire both fly fishermen and spin casters alike with their power and speed.

Unpredictable and wily, the bonefish are often found in schools of 100 or more, making for exciting bursts of action. Don’t try to eat these bottom skimmers—you’ll quickly realize how they got their name.

Nathaniel 'Top Cat' Gilbert, a native of Cat Island, is an expert fishing guide and Certified Bonefishing Champion, with years of experience. He is a people person, likes to entertain and demonstrate fishing techniques. He knows where all of the good fishing spots are and guarantees that you will see fish.

Dining suggestions

-Pigeon Cay Beach Club (1/4 mile walk up the beach from the Boathouse)

Dinner served for guests of the inn, and for Boathouse guests most evenings. Selected entree per evening which typically features fresh fish, crab, baked chicken.

Full bar. PCBC has an honor bar for their guests. Guests of the Boathouse enjoy signing privileges at the honor bar and restaurant and may settled up at departure.

-Derrick's Conch Shack (5 miles from the Boathouse.Easy bike ride)

Fresh couch salad and cracked conch. Call ahead. Dinner upon request including jerk chicken,curry chicken, snapper, grouper, lobster,curried goat.(depending on season).Cold beer.

-Sammy T's (5.6 miles from the Boathouse)

Restaurant and full bar. Specialties include conch fritters,salads,grilled lobster, snapper,chicken

-Cookie House Restaurant in Arthur's Town (10.5 miles)

-Periwinkles (12.5 miles)

Full bar.Salads,crab,ribs,pork chops

-Fernandez Bay Restaurant (18.5 miles)

Full bar.Conch,burgers,fish

Getting here

Scheduled Flights:

SkyBahamas

Ft. Lauderdale and Nassau to The Bight, Cat Island (twice/day)

Cat Island Air

Nassau to Cat Island (daily)

Pineapple Air

Nassau to Cat Island

Bahamasair,

Nassau to Cat Island (flights daily)

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Charter Flights:

Bimini Island Air, Legacy Air Ltd. Regular scheduled charter flights are available to Cat Island from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. or Nassau, Bahamas. Flight schedules may fluctuate, so please contact the airlines to confirm their schedules. Round trip airfare is around $350 from Florida and $160 from Nassau.

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, 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.

More Details

Owner
Leslie Kennedy
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Leslie Kennedy

Sarah and I love traveling and have been visiting Cat Island for 22 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 7 years ago after living 3+ years in Costa Rica and another 3 years living in Mexico. Both our boys are grown; our youngest (marine biologist) is engaged in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture in Portland, Maine, and the oldest is in International Business Development living in California.

Leslie Kennedy purchased this house in 2007

Why Leslie Kennedy chose Bahamas

Why Bennetts Harbor, why the Boathouse Property?

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' , island exploring, beach combing, and sunbathing are among other favorites. Our property is 3 1/4 acres and is surrounded by water on 3 sides. The Boathouse and our private beach tiki hut are the only structures on our 3 1/4 acres of property. 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.

What makes this house unique

The use of kayaks, canoe and beach cruiser bicycles are included with your stay at the Boathouse. There are 2 single kayaks and a tandem to choose from (they are located either behind the house on the backbay, or on the ocean side tied up at PCBC). The bicycles are located in our garage.You can bike for miles on the sea road or ride on the main road to Bennett Harbor for lunch at Derrick's Conch Shack or Sammy T's. Three to four times/week Pigeon Cay Beach Club serves dinner beachside(the small club has only 7 rooms, and is a 5 minute stroll up our beach). All Boathouse guests are invited and have full signing privileges for dinner, drinks, and wine. There is also a beachside honor bar at PCBC which is fully stocked with cold beer, wine, and your favorite cocktails. There is no need to carry cash or drive home when dining and/or enjoying a cocktail up the beach at PCBC. 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. There is a screened area of the deck for dining, reading, or a glass of wine. Ceiling fans are installed throughout the house and on the decks (11 in total). Although rarely needed, the house is also fully air conditioned. The Boathouse has high speed wireless internet included.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Boathouse, Molly S.,Jackson, Michigan Date of stay: December 20-28,2009

The Boathouse was exactly what the website pictures promised and more. It even felt roomier than the pictures indicated. Every item you've chosen for the house is of the highest quality. I never looked for a thing that wasn't available: flashlights, lighters, kitchen utensils, etc. The linens were wonderful and plentiful. We loved going through the guest binder and learning the ins-and-outs of Cat Island: where to eat, how to get around, sights to see, history, activities... Your insight there is priceless. We spent many hours on the Pigeon Cay beach and took long walks. I think we probably saw other people maybe a dozen times in the week we were there, but it was usually the same 3 or 4. No one ever bothered us or disrupted our peace and enjoyment in any way. We felt like we were in our own romantic world. The water was amazing; the sand like powdered sugar. The palm frond tiki hut even sheltered us from passing rainshowers. Leslie was a very nice hostess for a Christmas Eve meal at their resort. She also easily arranged a rental car for us, even had it delivered there at the resort. The Cat Island experience is very unique and one I will always remember. I'm sure we will visit again, although probably in the spring or early summer to avoid some of the inclement weather that can muddle up the winter season. I also have a few couples from work who are interested in the Boathouse, and I'm sharing great reviews with them, too. One of the couples is a pair of avid divers who spend lots of time around the Caribbean. Although they usually travel resort-style, they also seek out a getaway like your place every year or two. Watch for the Baldwins from Michigan, I bet they'll be your guest someday.

In closing, a lot of friends and family have asked would we do it again. I have said, without hesitation, yes! You have a lovely getaway spot on a special island. Thank you so much for allowing us to be your guests. We look forward to a chance to stay again.
Jan 2010
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on the Cat Island on the The Bahamas

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Out Door Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • Bright, sunny and colorful Bahamian bathroom with copper sink, brass mirror, storage shelves, overhead lighting, and ample closet. Bathroom adjoins bedroom and opens onto 12 foot decks and private, stunning outdoor shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Select Comfort
  • Bedroom has wonderful water views and opens onto 12 foot decks. A huge outdoor shower includes a gigantic brass shower head and plenty of hot, hot water. The California King is made by Select Comfort and includes individual controls for dialing in each of your custom firmness settings. Linens include 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, and oversized down pillows. Reading lamps with individual controls are conveniently located by the bedside.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Broadband wireless internet service is available both at the house, and steps away at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club. Kayaks, canoe, bicycles are included. Daily housekeeping is available at an additional charge. Fresh vegetables (squash, Pigeon Peas, green beans, beets, green peppers, kale, etc) & fruits (papaya, melon, bananas, lime, etc) are available from Danny, a local farmer. Fresh lobster, conch, Grouper, crab, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi/Dolphin, etc is available in season from either Ricky or Tito; the local fishermen. Many evenings Pigeon Cay Beach Club organizes a Bahamian feast. NOTE:. Most of the larger restaurants accept credit cards, but few of the smaller ones or shops do. US Dollars ($) are accepted everywhere. No pharmacies or hospital on the island, but there are two clinics; bring any needed medications. The Boathouse is the only home on our 3 1/4 acres which includes 235 of private beach on the ocean and 740 feet of waterfront on the backbay.

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average rating of 4.71875 based on 78 reviews
Seattle, Wa.
5

Amazing property and location! - Highly Recommended!!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to thank you for a wonderful stay at the Boathouse on Cat Island. The house has a wonderful location on what we thought was the best beach on the Island. The gorgeous beach at Pigeon Cay has sand like talcum powder and very calm seas even during windy days. The palapa provided us great comfort and sun protection and we ended up using it on many occasions. The location of the rental property is very nice being close to all things north and it’s north central location allowed us to venture south on the island just as easily. We found the market at Smith Bay to be the most well stocked and that was an easy and fun drive from the property. Also, venturing out back into Alligator Creek is a must. Though the bottom of the creek starts off just a bit soft, it quickly firms up to a nice firm sand base and you can walk and explore for literally miles through the creek system observing fish, turtles, baby sharks (don’t worry – they are afraid of you), bonefish, rays, etc. Bonefishing is excellent and you can find them off the heads of mangroves on either side of high tide. Wonderful area to fish and explore. The Atlantic beaches in the area are amazing as well. We especially enjoyed the beach about 1 mile south of the property. Go south on main road and take a left at the cell tower to the Atlantic. Gorgeous isolated endless pink beach with great snorkeling and fishing. The people of Cat are wonderful and we made many new friends up north at Pigeon Cay, Arthur’s Town, Bennett’s and Orange Creek. Orange Creek is a beautiful area. Don’t miss it. The house is very comfortable with all the conveniences you need for your trip. We especially enjoyed the open feel of the house with the breezes coming through. The deck and shower are wonderful. Leslie, Ned and everyone at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club were so helpful and friendly. It was nice to have them close by and Leslie helped us out a number of times. Thank you! We highly recommend the Boathouse and hopefully will be back to enjoy this beautiful area of Cat Island soon! We’ve been to numerous out islands and stayed at many places and the Boathouse and Cat Island are now very close to the top of our list! Thank you, Mark and Sarah!

-Kevin and Kelly (Seattle, Wa)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kevin & Kelly, We are delighted your island holiday at the Boathouse on Cat Island was all you had hoped for and so much more. With so much first hand experience visiting the Out Islands of the Bahamas over the years, we really love the fact that this stay was very special for you. It sounds like you really got out and experienced Cat Island; it's beautiful beaches & fabulous crystal clear ocean waters, the reefs for snorkeling, back bays for kayaking, and flats for bonefishing on the fly. And of course, the warm and friendly locals! We are thrilled that you loved the Boathouse design and setting, and our stellar beach & palapa. Thank you for choosing to stay at the Boathouse, and we hope you return again very soon. Best, Mark & Sarah
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4

Great spot with easy access to alligator point for some true alone beach time.

  • 4 of 5

Cat island is the perfect spot for some true seclusion. Friendly locals and Ned and Leslie have the island dialed and can help arrange anything you want or just leave you alone. The boathouse is a neat little property with all of the basics provided. I understand how island life, salt water and remote location can present challenging upkeep but I feel that some upkeep and upgrades are needed at the house. I could make a ton of recommendations but it's not my place. We are 2 very easy going, basic travelers that don't need much so if you are a true DIY traveler this is a great spot and property for you.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the Boathouse and loved our spectacular white sand beach. As you said Cat Island is a beautiful Out Island and the locals are wonderful. I am glad Leslie & Ned (Boathouse property managers) were able to point you to the fresh fish, lobster & conch, the best restaurants, grocery markets, wine & spirits store, etc. Our guests really love having them available for any questions that might crop up. In October, Cat Island experienced a very strong hurricane (Category 4). Although we did not have any structural damage, the Boathouse did get sandblasted by high winds, and the paint took a beating. The house is scheduled to be repainted this year at the end of the main season. We will also be adding some new furniture. There just wasn't enough time to get it completely repainted with guest's arrivals that were scheduled. Again, thank you for staying with us, and we do hope that you will return in the very near future. Best, Mark
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5

We will return!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at the Boathouse. It is secluded, quiet, and very relaxing. Since all the walls open up it gives you a similar feel to camping out, but at night you can close up the walls and have a nice bed to sleep in with air conditioning. While we split this trip between Nassau and Cat Island, we've decided next time we'll do nothing more than pass through Nassau so that we can maximize our time on Cat Island. Here are a few points of advice for your stay at the Boathouse:

1) Have plenty of cash with you as most places are cash only. There is an ATM in New Bight if you run low on cash, but it doesn't take all debit cards. It does however take Visa debit cards.

2) A taxi ride from Arthur's Town will run you $40 - $50 for two people. A guest at Pigeon Cay Beach Resort said it cost him and his wife $80 for the trip from the New Bight Airport.

3) Have your taxi stop by the grocery store on your way from the airport because there are no stores near the Boathouse. We didn't do this as the stores close at 1 pm on Sundays, but a visit to the honor bar at Pigeon Cay Beach Resort for something to mix with our rum landed us some provisions. One of the guests there offered us some food because they were leaving a couple days later and had more than they could eat. We visited the grocery store in New Bight the next day and found it to be a nice, well stocked store. There is also a good grocery store in Arthur's Town north of the airport.

4) Bring bug spray with you. It needs to have the highest Deet content you can get. I took Off with 7% Deet and the mosquitos and no-see-ums weren't phased in the least. The higher Deet content spray I bought on the island did the trick.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, We are thrilled that you loved your stay at the Boathouse. The design of the house, with glass doors on all four sides, affords the opportunity to completely open up the house to take advantage of the island breeze, views & salt air, but also close everything up and enjoy the air conditioning during the evenings. Although cash (US Dollars- no need to change money) is king, there are a number of places that take credit cards. Also, all our guests have signing privileges at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club (5 minute walk up the beach from the Boathouse ) which includes the beach honor bar and evenings when Leslie serves dinner to the club guests. Sign during your entire stay, and pay with a credit card upon island departure. Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to hosting your return visit to Cat Island. Best, Sarah
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5

Tremendously relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The Boathouse has been a welcoming refuge for this past week. The warmth, sun, sea breeze, and wind combined beautifully to make our stay one we will reflect on often. The openness of the layout is freeing as you float from room to room, all while choosing which side of the house to walk by.

Morning walks on the beach and lazy afternoons there as well sufficed our need for the soft sand and warm sun. The wind allowed for the perfect temperature, and kept the flies away for the most part. Evenings cooking with the BBQ and eating outdoors as the sun sets were lovely. The outdoor shower is a must for an island home and is to be experienced over & over again.

The bikes were a fun way to get to Alligator Point, mixed with walking through the sandy parts of the road. Nice beaches at the point as we spent the majority of the afternoon there one day.

Julia the taxi lady met us at the airport and took us by the grocery store. Also stopped at Derricks conch stand for other travellers in the taxi. All part of the great experience. The fruit man was also at the airport and told us he'd stop by that night, which he did. Good fresh fruit & veggies as well as homemade tomato sauce (super with pasta or rice), and some baked goods. Scrumptious!

We brought about 60lbs of food with us as we're on the island for two weeks (two locations), including frozen meat, canned sauce, dried goods (oatmeal, tea, sugar, rice, granola, chocolate!) and spinach, simply to know we had some staples for our evening fare. No problem bringing food over on the airplanes and our frozen food stayed frozen in a cooler bag packed within our suitcase.

Many books to choose from, DVDs too, and Bluetooth system to pipe your music through. Very nice with the open surroundings.

I can only say good things about our stay at The Boathouse as it was fabulous! We are quite self sufficient yet Leslie is a short step or a phone call away if needed. Would love to return one day if time allows. We highly recommend The Boathouse if your thinking about coming here. I would say it's a 'glamping' experience. Thanks for sharing your Cat Island home with us!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, We are so thrilled that you loved your stay at the Boathouse, and had a chance to really enjoy our beach, the long beach walks to Alligator Point, kayaking on the ocean & back-bay, and bicycling to the point. Derrick's Conch Shack is definitely the place for conch ceviche and a cold Kalik, and his wife Yardy is a wonderful cook also. Eat in or take away, Yardi dishes out tasty fresh fish of the day, ribs, goat, and jerk chicken too. Although you brought along a lot of food I am sure you found that you can find most things in one of the local markets (bring any special spices). And fresh lobster, conch, Snapper and Grouper is abundant in season from Tito, Rickey, or other fishermen. Again, thank you for choosing to stay at the Boathouse and for such a wonderful review of your stay. We look forward to your return visit. Regards, Sarah & Mark
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5

unbelievable vacation and rental property...enjoyed it even more the second time around!

  • 5 of 5

We have limited vacation time due to work schedules and after much research we were lucky enough to find The Boathouse on Cat Island last year. We had an amazing time...for the very first time on any vacation, we were not ready to go home (we both love where we live and miss our dog if away). After such an extraordinary trip last year we searched for a new adventure and found nothing that could compare...another year leaves us only anticipating the next soonest time we can return. The island and property are wonderful. Any questions or concerns are immediately answered by Leslie or Ned down the road....two people that made our first vacation such a success with their care and knowledge...(and again a year later), and the property owner was so kind and in touch to ensure all was in order and we had settled in. We could not ask for a nicer place or more wonderful people...island wide.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie & Donald, We are thrilled that your second stay at the Boathouse was extraordinary. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to having you back again next year. Best, Mark
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Ottawa, Canada
3

Starting to show its age

  • 3 of 5

Just returned from two weeks at the Boathouse and while the location is beautiful and the beaches just gorgeous, the house itself is showing its age. Unfortunately for us the weather wasn't the best and we had a number of days with medium to high winds. The roof bumped and banged very loudly (parts of the deck roof on the north side were completely loose) the whole time making sleeping difficult. Overall the house looks like it needs a new coat of paint, some deep cleaning and perhaps a refresh on the furniture (we found the seagrass couch to be quite uncomfortable due to sagging in the seats). When the wind dies down the no-see-ums can get quite bad and when we tried to close the bug screens they did not connect properly making them quite useless. The Kayaks are stored at the Pigeon Cay beach so if you plan on kayaking the creek you need to carry the boat(s) from the resort to the creek which is farther than we expected.

On the positive side, it is a unique experience and we thoroughly enjoyed that component of our stay. The decks are a great place to hang out and read and being on all sides you can move away from the wind if desired. The outdoor shower is great (although a bit cool when the winds are up :-)), bed was comfortable, and the TV and internet worked well but we were not able to get the CD or DVD players to work. I had some trouble with the BBQ but once lit it worked well enough to cook on the one side. We biked and kayaked (yes we managed to get the kayak to the creek) and it was wonderful. Saw a lot of wildlife in their natural habitat (Osprey, Herons, Turtles, etc.) and we even managed to bike across the island to spend a day exploring the Atlantic beach. A car is optional but plan on renting for a few days as nothing is really within biking distance (small general store) so you will need to drive to get groceries, find a restaurant (we did eat at the Pigeon Cay Resort but they only offer meals on random nights which for us was twice in two weeks) and to explore other beautiful beaches (E.g. Man o War beach).

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James, I am sorry to hear that the weather did not behave well while you were on Cat Island. We are thrilled that the Boathouse was a " unique experience with beautiful beaches, the decks are a great place to hang out and read and being on all sides you can move away from the wind if desired. The outdoor shower is great , bed was comfortable, and the TV and internet worked well." Since our property runs from the ocean (235 feet of private oceanfront) to the back bay (700 feet of bay waterfront) our guests are able to kayak on either the sea or estuary (or both). As you can appreciate, the kayaks can only be in one place at a time and you desired to kayak on the estuary side so walking them over to the estuary side was necessary. The other option is launching the kayaks on the ocean-side and paddling around Alligator Point into the estuary behind the Boathouse. I am glad however that you did have a great time and see a lot of wildlife.... "We biked and kayaked and it was wonderful. Saw a lot of wildlife in their natural habitat (Osprey, Herons, Turtles, etc.) and we even managed to bike across the island to spend a day exploring the Atlantic beach." The end of the hurricane season in late October, Cat Island experienced a very strong hurricane (Category 4). Although we did not have any structural damage, the Boathouse did get sandblasted by high winds, and the paint took a beating. The house is scheduled to be repainted this year at the end of the main season. There just wasn't enough time to get it completely repainted with guest's arrivals that were scheduled. We do appreciate you choosing to stay with us, and hope you will return again very soon. Best, Sarah
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Location

Nearest Airport
19 Miles
New Bight Airport (TBI)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Pigeon Cay Beach Club (honor bar for our guests)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
'Conch Shack'(3 miles) or Pigeon Cay Beach Club
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Our private beach (see photos below)
Car: recommended

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.

Other Activities: Beachcombing, Salt water fly-fishing, sea kayaking

Getting to Cat Island : The two main connections to Cat Island are from Fort Lauderdale and Nassau, The Bahamas. The cheapest and easiest route is typically to web search for the cheapest RT flight from your hometown to Nassau. From Nassau take SkyBahamas non-stop to either Arthur's Town or New Bight, Cat Island. There are two (2) flights per day on Sky Bahamas, one in the mid-morning, and one in the afternoon. You can book SkyBahamas online (https://booksecure.skybahamas.net/) , or by calling their US office in Florida at 1 (954) 317-3751. SkyBahamas email address is info@skybahamas.net

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on the Cat Island, Caribbean

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7 night minimum stay
£1,148
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£1,148
 

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 10.0%

$1350.00 per week for up to 2 guests. No children or pets allowed.
$225.00 per night with a 4 night minimum.
Reservation deposit is required at the time of booking to guarantee dates.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted for the balance of your stay.
Our 'week' is 8 days/7 nights which is $192.86/night by the week

--------------Please email or phone Leslie for any last minute cancelations that may not have reflected in the calendar yet--------------------

*****Toyota 4 Runner is available for rent by the week, located at the Boathouse (in our garage)*****
If you prefer a daily rental, our property manager can arrange a car for you. Please inquiry with Leslie.

Reservation deposit is required at the time of booking to guarantee dates.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted for the balance of your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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