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Beach House on private 3.25 Acres with Spectacular Beach #1 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 reviews

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Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

I bedroom, 1 bath including outdoor shower & 12 ft decks w/ screened deck area

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, Tommy Bahama sofa & chair, Teak chaise lounges & dining area, IKEA cabinets,12 foot decks all around. A new permanent screened-in area was added to the deck area in October 2017. 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 2018.......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.

-interior floors completely refinished, 100% of interior walls and ceiling rafters repainted

-new entrance walkway added

-sectional seagrass sofa added to 12' deck

-April 2018 addition of new Tommy Bahama seagrass sofa, oversize chair & ottoman

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:
90%
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Leslie Kennedy

Sarah and I love traveling and have been visiting Cat Island for 25 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 Cat Island

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:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Oceanfront ...
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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Out Door Shower - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 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 Available
  • 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 4.714286 based on 84 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: 26-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 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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5

Rustic charm on amazingly beautiful and peaceful beach

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from the first ever kid free vacation my wife and I have ever taken. The Boathouse was the perfect spot for this vacation. Cat Island is not for everyone, but if you are flexible, adventurous and want true peace it is perfect. The house sits just behind the dune with a cool tiki hut on a mile long beach of super fine powder white sand. In a week we saw a total of 4 other people on the beach. Behind the house is a beautiful tidal creek. We kayaked the ocean to the mouth of the creek, which is further than it looks but is totally worth it. Once there the water is crystal clear and is full of small fish, turtles and rays. Start your trip 3-4 hours before high tide and you can paddle right to the back of the house. The Hermitage and Sea glass beach are both very cool to see. The beach in Orange creek is very nice, snorkeling in Alligator creek is fun. We went deep sea fishing with Reynold Butler from Bowleg charters and had a blast,

he put us right on the fish. Great places to eat are Yardie's for a quick lunch or Shanna's for amazing pizza and salads (the road is rough getting there). I'm a meat eater but would order Shanna's shrimp salad any day. The house itself is very unique with all the walls opening up to the 12ft wraparound decks. A nice kitchen with everything you need. We brought some meat, cheese, peanut butter, coffee and other essentials as we knew groceries were expensive and selection limited on the island. The bed is fairly comfortable but could use some new linens. The a/c unit keeps the house cool on the hotter night's but during the day the doors open allows the wonderful breeze to keep the house comfortable. The outdoor shower is amazing after getting over our initial apprehension. If you need anything Ned and Leslie are at PCBC just down the road, where you also have access to the honor bar. If you're a drinker grab a couple bottles of liquor at the Nassau airport duty free. Beer is $60 a case on the island so we drank local rum and loved it. Bring lots of sunscreen and 100% deet bug spray as the no seeums can get bad in the evening if there isn't a breeze. Its nice that there is a stereo, tv and dvd player for after the sun goes down as there is no nightlife on Cat. Things will not go perfect on the out islands but if you are flexible and have a good attitude your trip will be amazing. We can't wait to go back! Thanks for the use of your house Mark and thanks to Ned and Leslie for your assistance.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chad, We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your extended vacation at the Boathouse, and that you found the house, the 360 degree decks, our private beach, the white sand beach and crystal clear ocean water to be outstanding. We are also excited that you loved the Boathouse amenities: the screened porch, comfortable Sleep Number Cal King bed, the shower, Weber Grill, stereo, and the open concept. It sounds like you also enjoyed the snorkeling and fabulous kayaking off the Point. I only buy 4-500 count 100% Cotton sheets & pillowcases for the house, along with 100% Cotton bath and beach towels. The housekeepers are instructed to immediately replace any frayed or worn linens so I am not sure how this one may have slipped by, but we will check into it. We also keep extra sets of bed linens and bath/beach towels in the linen cabinet. Again thank you for choosing to stay at the Boathouse and we look forward to you returning in the very near future. Best, Sarah & Mark
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5

Best accommodation on the island!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Boathouse for 2wks and it was amazing. So quiet and peaceful. The house is adorable and perfect for 2 people looking for a very relaxing and a "come to Jusus" with the reality and rat race we deal with on a daily basis in the states and the working world. I haven't slept so deeply for night after night after night in many, many years. The house has everything you need. They've thought of everything. The washer and dryer was a life saver since we usually travel very lightly and don't have new clothes for each day. There is a constant breeze that keeps everything nice and cool and keeps any bugs away. We had the doors open the huge majority of the time and never had problems with bugs, even slept with them open (and I'm usually peppered with bites in the summer in New England). The beach is stunning....absolutely stunning. Nice entry with no drop offs and gradual deepening. The least underwater rocks than I've ever seen in the Bahamas (absolutely no toe stubbing). The colors are something you just have to experience. Leslie and Ned are a very short walk up the road and were so helpful. They run a tight ship and are on top of things, for sure. Everything was immaculate. I highly recommend renting the 4Runner or another car since there is so much to explore on the island, from the multiple ruins to some great eateries and bars. So much music as well. You'll never in your life meet friendlier locals. Bahamians have the best and most genuine smiles anywhere.

Some places to check out:

1. The Hot Spot. It's owned my Melony and she is an excellent cook. Great music and great locals, ice cold beer.

2. Da Hot Pot. Lyn and Marina run it. Marina is an excellent cook and Lyn and his friends play some great Rake and Scrape. Fun, fun times there for sure.

3. Island Treasures down at the Fish Fry where the Regatta celebration takes place. Denise owns it and her mom and her daughter Denay work there as well. Excellent food!!! Ice cold beer and outside beautiful setting on the beach.

So many more to mention but these are good starters. Don't forget, Leslie and Ned serve dinner on certain nights as well.

If you decide to eat at home there are plenty of groceries with good variety. Fresh veggies and herbs Danny King will pick right out of the garden at his farm (about 10min N of the house) and check with Lyn and Tony at Da Smoke Pot for where to get your VERY fresh fish right off the boat. Enjoy!!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, Sarah & I are thrilled that you loved the Boathouse and so enjoyed Cat Island. It truly is a special place with lovely and super friendly local Bahamians as you experienced. Your description of the Boathouse and beach as "stunning, amazing, quiet, peaceful and private" really captures the setting. Having a washer and dryer at the house is very popular with guests, as is the 1,584 sq ft of 12' covered view deck. Thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Boathouse and we look forward to your next visit. Best, Mark & Sarah
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United States / Tuscaloosa AL
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Review by a couple that travels the world regularly ...

  • 4 of 5

Things We Liked: The house it self with its outdoor shower and wide open spaces. Kitchen had everything you need. House had washer and dryer. The location, if you are looking to unplug and be away from people, this is for you. The views are outstanding and you can hear the ocean as if the house was build on the beach. The marsh next to the house is great to walk in, also good for bone fishing, bring your fly rod, it is worth it. Hut on the beach is a nice feature and having use of the canoes, we could not have asked for more. Snorkeling has been some of the best we have experienced. Ned and Leslie that manages the property and has their own beach club nearby Pigeon Cay Resort are a huge asset to everyone that visits the boat house they will call and check on you, will invite you to dinner, arrange transportation and anything else you might need.

Things we did not like: We love to relax on a couch, even more so on vacation, you could hardly sit on this one. The Sleep Number bed on one side would adjust most of the time and the other side most times not. Bed was not comfortable it has seen better days. Mosquitoes, will advise anyone going to bring not only repellent but anti itch products. We are home and still scratching as I write this. Suggestion, cut back the plant growth from the house as it will help with mosquitoes.

Overall a magical place and the beauty of this location is spectacular.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marius, "Overall a magical place and the beauty of this location is spectacular"......we are thrilled that you loved the Boathouse, our beach and the location (it does afford great privacy and you have a 3+ mile beach almost to yourself). As you mentioned having our property managers (Leslie & Ned) on the island to help with restaurant details, snorkeling spots, things to see and do is something that the Boathouse guests really seem to like. I will have Leslie check on the SleepNumber bed; we were there in November and it was working beautifully. We put new cushions on the sofa last year but are actively looking to replace it. While the new cushions helped, we also agree that it is not 100%. A new one is being ordered from Fort Lauderdale as we speak. Following a large rain or storm the bugs can flare up on the island. We built a new screened-in porch in October 2017 to minimize just those conditions, but sometimes bug spray is necessary (it would be wonderful if someone could find a way to get rid of these pests in the islands). Our guest's comfort and enjoyment is very important to us so we continually strive to raise the bar on the overall experience. Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward seeing you back at the Boathouse in the near future. Regards, Sarah
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Didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at the BOATHOUSE August 1-11. The house was exactly as described and pictured. Our vacation there was so relaxing, the weather was perfect with breezes all the time. We especially loved the outdoor shower, the hammocks and the large beachfront tiki hut with chairs. The beach was just beautiful, we only saw a few people that were staying at Pigeon Cay. Everything was in working order we didnt experience any problems, there were lots of towels and beach towels for our use. We would definitely stay there again, the people on Cat are some of the nicest most friendly folks we have ever met. Thanks for opening up your house to us.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carla, We are thrilled that you and your husband enjoyed your stay at the Boathouse on Cat Island. It is wonderful to have guests that are very experienced Bahamas Out Island travelers, give us such feedback and reflections of their experiences, both on-island and at the Boathouse. Thank you for staying with us,and we hope that you will return again very soon. Best, Sarah
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The Cat Island Boathouse, Peace, Privacy, and Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We love quiet, off the beaten tourist path places, and each year, we plan an anniversary trip someplace where we can be alone as possible. The Boathouse checked everything on the list. When we told people we were going to Cat Island, they looked at us like we had grown a third eye. "Where?" Now, you'll learn about our best kept secret.

If you want nightlife and shopping, then Cat Island is not the place for you. If you want peace and quiet, lovely local people, and just the sounds of wind and water and birds ... and pretty much nobody else around, then the Boathouse is the place to be. The Boathouse is lovely. A very open concept of blending the indoors and the outdoors. Everything you need for home away from home is there.

And then there is the beach. You'll likely have it to yourself ... for miles. The most beautiful water, and your own private palapa for shade. You'll rarely see another soul, which also means that other souls will not be seeing you! Powdery sand and that beautiful glowing water.

Cat Island certainly has some options for eating out, but I'd suggest stocking up with groceries, because once you are at the Boathouse, you will NOT want to leave. We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark, Such a lovely review, thank you. I feel you really captured the spirit of the Cat Island experience and the Boathouse. Beautiful beaches, sun and sea. Friendly locals that wave as you pass and a relaxing chill environment. So thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the house. We look forward to your return. Regards, 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

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£630
for 4 nights
£1,103
 

Additional pricing information

$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.

-No children
-Two adults maximum
-No smoking
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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