Cat Island "Boathouse"
3 1/4 Acre Private Beachfront Property
Spectacular Bahamas Beachhouse
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 sea and the Bay. The property includes 235 feet of private, pristine, white sand beach on the ocean, and 755 feet of waterfront on the bay. The Boathouse is surrounded by water on three sides and has a path to the private sugar, white sand beach with gin clear water. 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. 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. 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. Rental cars are available and can be arranged for you. Fantastic snorkeling & scuba diving.
Local, on-island property manager to assist with your needs.
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; 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.
Latitude: +24° 31’ 49.80” N
Longitude: - 75° 36’ 30.85” W
*The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained
*Property manager on-island to assist with any questions or requests
*Use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles included in your stay
Nearest Airports: New Bight Airport (TBI) at 19 miles & Arthur's Town Airport at 16 miles
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.
Guest Comments (see newest reviews on Guest Review page)
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!
Great "Get-away from it all" Stay
Cat Island is a wonderful place--relatively easy to reach via Nassau. It is incredibly safe and friendly. Everyone waves to you and is up for a little chat. It's also incredibly peaceful--nature surrounds you with miles of empty, sugary beaches and trails to explore. I enjoyed the old churches and the ruined plantation homes all slowly being reclaimed by nature.
The Boathouse has a lot to offer a couple--private and everything is thoughtfully arranged from the unique doors that allow you to open up the house during the day to take advantage of the lovely breezes to the well-designed kitchen. It's a simple and clean space and tastefully arranged. I appreciated the wireless access so we could (occasionally) check in on the real world for a few minutes. I also appreciated access to bikes and a canoe, which we took full advantage of--biking out to Alligator Point(amazing beach out there, we hiked out there another day, too) and exploring the marsh by canoe, happily spotting sea turtles darting about. We also took full advantage of the private palapa on the beach, which allowed my very pale husband to stay fully shaded from the sun. The entire time we were there, we saw just one person on the beach--a woman walking each day at 3 pm--she would wave to us and we'd wave back. Human interaction for the day!!
This is the perfect rental for a couple looking for a break from the rat race and up for a little adventure. Be aware that food options are limited (we packed a bunch of things to get us started--pasta, wine, oatmeal, granola) and I would advise renting a car (the caretakers can set this up for you easy enough) for some or all of the time as other than a tiny general store and a fish shop, there isn't too much in easy biking distance. We also were bothered by sandfleas a bit, but not mosquitoes.
We'll definitely go back and plan on recommending the island, the house to everyone we know.
Perfect Get Away
Wen we arrived on Cat Island, Leslie (the local property manager) had a car waiting for us at the airport for transportation to the house. The house was very clean and ready for our arrival. The kitchen is stocked with anything you need to cook your favorite island meals. The king-sized Select Comfort bed is the perfect end to days spent enjoying the island. The on-site property manager was able to assist us with all of our vacation arrangements such as rental cars, groceries and recommendations for where to purchase fresh seafood. We also enjoyed the bikes and kayaks that come with the house.
Cat Island is a perfect get-away from the hustle of everyday life. The beaches are beautiful and uncrowded and we found the locals friendly and very helpful with site seeing recommendations.
The Beach House is the perfect place to stay if you want a remote and romantic get-away to a fabulous destination.
Tito is the connection for lobster, snapper, grouper and conch; and it is a short bicycle ride from the house to get there. The grocery stores with the largest selection are Margaret's in Orange Creek and Smith Bay Grocery (next to the wine & liquor store). The smaller markets in Roker's and The Bight have the major items(milk,bread,cheese,cereal,sodas,canned goods,etc), but for specialty items (spices, chutney,sauces,cream,lamb,etc) you need to stick to the bigger local markets. I recommend having the taxi stop at the Smith Bay store on your way in from the airport. The driver will stop for free and allow you to shop for everything you need. Pop next door to pick up wine,beer or sprits.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Boathouse,our beach, and the island. Thank you for staying with us, and come back soon.
Mark & Sarah
We come to Cat Island for the isolation. You only have to see people if you want to. Most of the time you feel like you are on your own private island. But if you ever do need anything Leslie and Ned are just a short stroll or phone call away. And they have a new kitten which really made the trip perfect! We rented a car for a couple days and explored the northern most and southern most tips of the island. It was fun and reaffirmed to us that we have the best spot on the island. All the other days we just sat on the beach, swam and stared at the most beautiful water in the world. It's like a giant crystal clear, baby blue swimming pool. Photos cannot do it justice.
There was a full moon while we were there and at night everything looked like a crazy dream-scape. You could see the color of the water like it was daytime. I've never experienced anything quite like it.
We took the canoe out in the estuary and saw a baby nurse shark, sea turtles and schools of fish. I highly recommend going out in the estuary at least once during high tide. It is real shallow for a long time and then it turns into this beautiful emerald river that leads to the ocean and it's unreal.
I can't say enough good things about this island and this house. Do yourself a favor and spend at least a week here. We can't wait to come back soon.
FYI, bring some good bug spray and Benadryl if you allergic to sand flea bites. Not a complaint, just a friendly warning. My husband is not allergic at all and I am, so it's better to be prepared just in case.
Welcome back! Your stay sounds amazing with the beautiful light of the full moon and the warm Caribbean breeze. Launching the kayaks (or canoe) behind the house on the back bay, and paddling around the point to the ocean is one of our favorites. It is totally unspoiled and the sealife and numerous bird species are always a thrill. The sea turtles are my favorite, along with the schools of rays that many times can been seen at the entrance to the sea. Thank you for choosing the Boathouse for your second visit in as many years.
Mark & Sarah
btw....the new tiki hut on our beach was completed on December 6th, and the bar/outdoor dining at Pigeon Cay Beach Club reopened a few weeks ago, should anyone desire to walk up the beach for dinner or a drink (Boathouse guests have signing privileges at PCBC for their entire stay). The exterior of the house was completely repainted in early December 2011, and a second king-size hammock is being installed on the deck as we speak.
"Great house, beautiful beaches, friendly people"
Guests:Heidi S. (Durham, New Hampshire)
We had a wonderful time and loved the Boathouse. This was our second visit to Cat Island and we are already planning to return next winter. Our favorite thing about Cat Island is the people - how friendly, warm and welcoming they are. We really appreciated all the thoughtful extras and high end fixtures at the house. The bikes, kayaks, canoe, comfortable bed, sheets, comforter, abundance of towels, hammock, deck furniture, kitchen appliances, ice maker, music system, BBQ grill, washer, dryer, tiki hut, beach chairs with cushions, etc. We have rented several vacation houses and they usually don't come with these amenities. At the house we loved opening all the doors. It makes the place seem huge and feels like you're living outdoors. Being so high up really adds to this experience, great 360 views. Loved the shower too! The beach is so beautiful. Took my breath away each time I walked over the dune, and also looked different day to day. We walked the length of the beach every day and hardly ever saw anyone else. We spent evenings watching the sunset. The tiki hut is great, perfect for the days when I had enough sun but wanted to stay at the beach. We also loved kayaking in the creek. We had done this the last time we visited Cat Island and were happy to see it is still pristine. We saw turtles, rays, barracuda and a nurse shark. Kayaking along the beach was also very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house. We will definitely be back!
Cat Is. fied !
Guest: JK (Cincinnati OH USA)
We stayed two weeks at the Boathouse. It's on tiny, barely developed Cat Island which is Southeast of Nassau, This open-air cottage is aptly described on-line. But it's impossible to depict the breezy location, the pristine beach and cabana, the friendly and helpful locals, and the simple and exquisite cusine, This is a beautiful and innocent oasis in the Carribean. Doors are not locked, the keys are in the ingnition, and all is well. Neighbors Leslie and Ned, manage this cabin, and own Pigeon Cay Beach Club resort, next door. They happily shared info, and loaned us canoes, kayaks, and fishing gear. Bikes are provided and a car is not necessary. We rented a Jeep from Leslie on several occasions, to explore the 40 miles of paved road linking other resorts, restaurants, and grocers. Pigeon Cay also features Chef Delcina, who prepares conch, crays, and other Bahamian delicacies for evening meals. Their beachfront "Honor Bar" Cabana is always open for a cool adult beverage. We cooked many delicious meals ourselves, with plentiful availability of the day's fresh catch, and regular visits from the veggie man van. The Boathouse kitchen was well-equipted. Horizontal refreshment was provided by a huge hammock, a Sleep Number bed, and ample lounges and deck chairs. Big ceiling fans were numerous, and air conditioning, while provided, was never necessary. This is a comfy nest, an island outpost with all the quiet, uncomplicated, private seaside amenities any experienced traveler could hope for. The USA owners of the Boathouse called us to ensure satisfaction while we were in residence. Then they followed up with a sincere, comprehensive checklist once we returned to the cold, cruel, Cincinnati winter. That alone rates an a+++
Guest: Amy M.(Ft Worth, TX)
My husband and I stayed at the boathouse for our anniversary/my birthday. It was perfect! We wanted to get away from everything for a few days and do nothing but stare at the water and that is exactly what we did. The whole 5 days we were there we only saw 6 people pass our spot on the beach. There was a group of 4 and then a few days later a group of 2. Most of the time we felt like we were on our own private island. The beach was the most beautiful I've ever seen. Crystal clear water and on most days smooth as glass. The sand was super soft and white. The house was amazing. It's situated about 100 yards from the beach but that is perfect because it lets you see the estuary and the ocean in all directions. We cooked all our own meals and found all the cooking utensils we needed. The wrap around porch was amazing as was the outdoor shower. I was happy to find that it is a pretty environmentally friendly house with rain catchers and a not-gross composting toilet. The property managers, Leslie and Ned, were super nice. In fact, everyone we met on Cat island was nice. The owners, Sarah and Mark, e-mailed us as soon as we got home to make sure we had a good time and to see if we has any suggestions about how to make the place better (I had to really rack my brain to come up with anything to make it better). We can't wait to go back. We'd stay there for months if we could.
Guest: James and Robin E (Harleysville,PA)
Cat Island is beautiful. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is laid back, the food is delicious, and the scenery is gorgeous.
The Boat House is an awesome place! We went there for our honeymoon. It was a bit of a risk to pick a honeymoon destination based soley on pictures and reviews posted on the internet, but it turned out to be a great choice. The reviews were accurate. The pictures don't do it justice though. It is even more beautiful in person.
The Boat House is was a very comfortable place to stay. Very well thought out with everything you need. Very private and romantic, yet just a short walk from Pigeon Cay Resort. Getting there was easy. Lesley & Ned (At Pigeon Cay) arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport, and we stopped at the grocery store on our way to the house.
You could spend every day relaxing on the beach... or you could do what we did. Every day we packed a lunch and either hiked, biked or drove somewhere. We swam and snorkeled by the resort, biked over to the North Shore to go fishing, and took the canoe down the creek. Every day was an adventure. We were only there for a week, and we ran out of time before we ran out of things to do. Next time we're going for at least two weeks! We are definitely going back!!
Parker & Marsha W
Southampton, New Jersey
"Boathouse, Cat Island"
"We truly loved our week on Cat Island, and the Boathouse was the perfect place for us to spend it.
First, Cat Island was everything we hoped for. We're not very good at all-inclusive resorts or places that have catered to tourism so much that they've lost some of their charm. Cat Island is a rare place. When Tito was on island, we grilled up some fish and had some lobster tails; when the reverend came around we had our pick of fruit; we drove rocky roads to the Atlantic side and walked along pink sand beaches to Turtle Cove; we dived with Veldimar out of Greenwood and saw reefs teeming with grouper and glass-eyed, saw spiny lobster, lion fish and peered over the wall into the deep blue with almost 200' of visibility; we met a grandma who cooked us the best coconut bread and white bread, and dined with Leslie and her guests next door. It was a blast. Plenty to explore, and a pleasure to head back to the Boathouse for a Kalick, a paddle in the canoe, a walk on the beach just over the dune.
There are many things that made the Boathouse remarkable, and clearly its unique design tops the list. The panoramic views, the rope and clip doors, the beautiful deck and outside shower, the bed, the grille. Lots to love. We loved the sound of the ocean at night, the little lizards that ran about outside, the moon over the creek out back. And some of the very practical things too, like the stove, grille, spices, washer and dryer were good too. I'm going out tomorrow to get a Griffon Evolve.
A one-of-a-kind place...truly a little slice of heaven."
Elisabeth and Pierre B
“ a dream house”
"The house was over our expectation. So perfect and so beautiful.It is really a dream house.
Excellent choice of color and furniture. The design enables you to have a 360 view and always have fresh air by opening all the glass doors. It is like living outside for the week and enjoying the view . We loved the outside shower and the air conditioning in the bedroom for the night. House is really 2 minutes walking distance from the beach, and what a beach !! immaculate and very clear. Too bad there was not so much shade on the beach so it was not possible to stay and read there without burning. But the water was warm and so clear.
2 miles north from the house you can buy lobsters tails at TITO's place .(thanks Leslie for the advice ) Kitchen is fully equipped to cook them . My husband likes to cook and he enjoyed reading the cook book about Bahamian recipes.
We will definitively come back to this lovely gateway . It is perfect for 2.
Very secluded place and perfect for our honeymoon.
Cat island is like a gem. Very few tourists and people are very friendly . Nothing to do except relaxing and finding yourself, but that 's what we wanted .
Leslie was also so nice with us. Thanks a lot ."
Your house is amazing, as well as the island, the people, Leslie & Ned, etc. I’ll try and give you my impressions, but it’s hard for me to say any of it was less than perfect.
• The bed was perfect, probably better than mine here
• The shower was also excellent.
• Beach: perfect
• Fishing: world class. I have been fishing on the fly in Mexico, Keys, Costa Rica, Texas, Canada, Alaska, etc., but this was my first time looking for the bonefish exclusively. The vicinity of the flat of Pigeon Creek to the house is amazing; the amount of fish is ridiculous. There were several days where I made casts to probably 30-40 bones, and one morning I landed 7, with several being large
• Library is great, I read several, and added to it with a few of my own.
• All the maps and guidebook were extremely helpful, and Leslie and Ned I can’t say enough about.
Thank you for letting me spend some time in your home, I am looking forward to visiting again VERY soon.
Tim & Hettie K
Charlotte, North Carolina
We loved Cat Island. We have never, ever, met friendlier people anywhere. Rosetta picked us up at the airport and we forgot our camcorder in her car. She was leaving for a wedding in Jamaica the next day, so when we realized the camcorder was missing two days later, we thought it was either gone forever or at least gone for the duration of our trip. We called Mr. Rolle to apprise him of the situation. A few hours later we were on the beach at Pigeon Cay and heard a car horn blowing. We walked over to investigate and found Mr. Rolle with a big grin and our camcorder. That was amazing.
I think you've done a great thing capturing your fondness for the island and the Pigeon Cay area by staking out such a lovely home in such a special location.
The beach was wonderful. The views from the deck were superb. The outdoor shower was a real treat. It's on our "must have" list for our own island home someday. We grilled on the Weber each of the nights we were there. The breezes were delicious and the sunsets were spectacular. The kitchen was great. Being able to cook to such a level - either on the Weber or using the induction cooktop or the convection/microwave - is a real plus. Having local contacts for fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood was very helpful. Having a fridge with an icemaker was awesome. The linens and the bed were great - beyond the level of what we've found before in a private out-island home. The bed was the most comfortable we’ve ever experienced in our 20 years of island travel. That’s a real perk. I was very, very happy to have a telephone. A working phone is on my list of must-haves... not so much so I can make a call, just from a peace-of-mind standpoint knowing someone at home could reach me if the need arose. We took some DVDs and also enjoyed a few from your collection. Everything was in great working order.
Sammy T's was very nice. As I'm sure you know, Sammy has a real heart for Cat Island and its people. He has just gotten himself onto the Out Island Promotion Board and he will do a lot to create more awareness for the island. He doesn't favor any mega-growth and he is committed to maintaining the character of Cat Island. You can tell he really cares about his resort and its guests. The staff was friendly, the grounds and rooms were immaculate, the food was very good, nicely-presented, and reasonably priced. For anyone staying at the Boathouse, dinner at Sammy T's should be on the list of things to do.
We also made the side-trip to the Hermitage and spent a few hours on one of the windward beaches. Both excursions added to our enjoyable week and I would recommend them to anyone visiting the island.
Your homemade maps in the Boathouse Handbook (listing stores, gas station, etc.) were helpful in many ways and I'm glad we had cohesive information source. I did find the little magazine-like booklet at the Boathouse and we appreciated the info it contained. The table of contents had a listing for diving and snorkeling and I was excited to see that listing. You've gotten a lot right with the Boathouse for sure. The ability to take advantage of the breezes - and to move air when there is no breeze - really makes a difference. In that regard, fans, fans, fans - well done in and around the Boathouse. My wife's one critique of the Boathouse was she'd rather the a/c unit was in the bedroom only and it were closed off from the rest of the house. She'd rather cool the bedroom well at night and not worry about the rest of the house.
We had a great time and we loved Cat Island. We'll be back. I don't know if I'd previously mentioned that I used to write for Caribbean Travel & Life magazine - and I look at every trip recap with some of that travel-writer/researcher perspective. What made this a memorable trip? What could have made it better? What would someone else think of the island and the accommodations, etc.? What homework did I fail to do before I got there? I do think it takes a special attitude and hardiness to appreciate the out islands. There are tremendous payoffs you get in exchange for not having room service or guided tours or a maintenance man on-call. I would choose an out island trip - including a little "roughing it" - over a 4-star resort any day. I'd take that deal tomorrow! So no worries at all. We came home with big smiles.
Thanks for all your help and info - and for giving us a great launching pad for our 2007 vacation. I hope our paths cross someday.
Ryk & Allison
Well, we’re back home now after a truly enjoyable stay. The Boathouse is a marvelous design which really suits the location. We found that the easy transition from the “indoors” space to the veranda provides the feeling of being in a much larger home. You have obviously given the design a great deal of thought and it has worked out very well. Being in the commercial real estate development industry, I couldn’t help but wonder how you managed to find labor on the island that was able to adapt to the challenges of a rather unique form of construction.
You have thought of everything—the manuals, the maps, the Cat Island booklet, a reasonable selection of movies and books (we enlarged the latter slightly), a great BBQ, good kitchen appliances, a huge cistern for rainwater (treated to ensure that the water was potable), beautiful and comfortable outdoor furniture, an unbelievably comfortable bed and, my personal favorite—a composting toilet. Combined with an amazingly pristine and almost deserted beach, clear warm water, friendly locals and virtually no commercialism, we had a refreshingly restful and rejuvenating stay. Thank you for everything—we sincerely enjoyed it all."
Beverly & Brian D
Brian and I had a wonderful time staying at your house on Cat Island last week, very peaceful and relaxing. The house was very comfortable(LOVED the views from the deck and the outdoor shower), everything went generally very well (Leslie is a treasure!) And even if an extended stay isn't possible, we definitely intend to spend as much
Time there as we can, coming a little better prepared (cash, food, niceties, etc.) next time. Also a car is a necessity for us at least a couple of times a week, so
I need to work on that as well.
We can't wait to go back!"