|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Immerse yourself in my personal, luxurious contemporary beach house located on the south shore of unspoiled Cat Island. With easy access, but behind a hill, this very private 3000 sq ft home on 4 acres offers nearly a mile of deserted, sandy beach front with great snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and bone fishing from your own backyard, yet protected by reef. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze, peace and quiet, with expansive ocean front views from your covered porch. Every amenity is here to satisfy the most discriminating vacationer. Leave your stress behind and enjoy tranquility on this beautiful beachfront property.
The great room is furnished with Italian leather sofa and loveseat, quality furnishings, leather recliners for TV viewing. For your dining pleasure there is a large teak dining table and 8 chairs, as well as seating for six at the island/bar. Chef's kitchen has two 36' refrigerators, two dish washing drawers, ice maker, microwave and 36' range.
Master bedroom is expansive and luxurious with a king-sized tempurpedic bed, walk- in closet, en suite bathroom with double sinks.
Both guest rooms can be made as king beds or twin x-long beds. They share a guest bathroom. More info and pictures at www.catislandhomerental.com
Services & Travel to Cat Island: Out of Nassau(NAS )twice daily on Sky Bahamas. www.skybahamas.net. Out of Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) on Bahamas Express for a private charter.. www.flybahamasexpress.com. Flying from Europe, take British Airways from London to Nassau.
Flying by private airplane, the identifier for New Bight Cat Island is MYCB. There is no fuel, but one can fuel up at Georgetown in the Exumas, North Eleuthera, or Nassau.
Extra Services: Deep sea fishing is available with qualified guides. Scuba diving can also be arranged. There are many excellent sites for wall and shallow reef diving. Excellent snorkeling, scuba diving and BONE FISHING out of your own backyard. We will provide transportation to and from the airport with your rental. Local food preparation can be arranged for delivery or in-home preparation. Local masseuse is available. The property is located near Port Howe on the south side of Cat Island. If you have a boat, there is room to anchor in approx. 4 feet of water behind the reef. There is an entrance and does show on nautical charts.
RENTAL CONTRACT: My contract is simple, clear-cut, and does include a hurricane refund clause. I will be glad to e-mail or mail a copy to you for your perusal.
We just finished our last supper in the Poodle House with local lobster sautéed in garlic and Port Howe tomato sauce over pasta, followed by roast Bahamian chicken and vegetables. Banana flambé for dessert. This is an amazing place and even a value when you consider that the spec rental houses hardly measure up to a house like this which is beautifully designed, appointed and furnished as a family's elegant high end beach house. My wife is an architectural critic by profession and she approved this message. The downside is that we may have to redo our kitchen when we get home. Best kitchen I have ever rented! Strangely I cannot think of any suggestions for improvements. Thanks. Warren
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We have just returned from having stayed two weeks in March at the Poodle House. Having communicated with Bruce and visiting the web site, we had high expectations for our stay at the Poodle House. In every way, our expectations were exceeded.
The House is of a very high standard. The kitchen is truly a cook’s kitchen and offers ample bar seating for the chef’s spectators. High end appliances abound and every utensil ever designed is to be found lurking in one of the many drawers. Ceiling fans are throughout the house and given the fans and the breeze and cross ventilation; we never turned on the a/c. There is a wide screen TV and Direct TV that we never turned on and we immersed ourselves in tranquility and quiet that the Poodle House offers. The wireless internet was fast and allowed us to plug into work during our stay. The beach is in view from the entire house and especially from the porch where we enjoyed morning coffee and evening cocktails. The beach is totally private and we never saw another person the whole two weeks on the beach. There are good beach chairs by the Tiki Hut and an outdoor shower on the path leading to the house so that you can wash off any sand before entering the house. We kayaked in the 2-person kayak and snorkeled many times directly in front of the house. We saw lots of fish, eagle rays, star fish, conch, along the undisturbed coral reef.
Bruce and Una are very welcoming hosts and go out of their way to help you prepare for your visit and offer suggestions as you get acclimated to Cat Island. Una was on the island during our stay and we appreciated her help in linking us up with places to eat and things to do.
We went deep sea fishing with friends of Bruce and Una, Roy and Lucille. This was a great day. Roy and Lucille are a ton of fun and a great team. Roy likes to think he is in charge, but Lucille runs the fishing thing. We caught yellow fin tuna and Mahi Mahi. Lots. We anchored offshore near a beautiful reef and snorkeled. We caught lobster and combined that with the fish that we caught and had special dinner with our catch. Roy and Lucille and Bruce and Una are all very generous in their involvement and contributions to the Cat Island community and are well known.
All in all, the Poodle House and Cat Island are perfect if you seek a relaxing holiday off of the beaten path. Thank you Bruce and Una for sharing this slice of perfection with us.
The previous reviews of the house are spot on. The house, the kitchen, the views, the beach, the snorkeling, the ambiance and the service are all five stars. During the reservation and pre-arrival process Bruce responded to dozens of our emails answering our multitude of questions. Upon arrival, Una met us at the airport and took us to the grocery, liquor store and to pick up our car. After a house briefing, we were on our own to hit the water and the beach. We asked Sheila to cook for us two nights, serving traditional Bahamian dinners. We fished and lobstered with Hoyt and his son Pedro and had all the fresh seafood we needed for the week. As the week came to a close we felt we met most all the friendly folks in the Port Howe settlement. Finally, check out Sheila's son Julius's woodcarvings for a Cat Island remembrance. I highly recommend Poodle House for a great island vacation.
We thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful home with every amenity along with the very private beach and outdoor shower. The tiki hut was perfect for relaxing in the shade. We prepared many nice meals and enjoyed a few restaurants around the island as well. Una was so friendly and gracious for showing us how special Cat Island is. Old Bight beach was also a favorite spot to swim and a enjoy the calm gorgeous waters and perfect sand. We miss it already and hope to visit again soon! Thanks for allowing us to enjoy such a romantic and fun anniversary vacation. Delia and Patrick.
My wife, daughter and I just returned from a wonderful stay on Cat Island. The island is a special place with genuine, friendly people and no commercial development to speak of. It lives up to its billing as an unspoiled sanctuary in the Out Islands.
Staying at the Poodle House made our vacation on Cat Island an unforgettable experience. Previous reviews may seem to overstate the amenities of the house, but believe me, they do not. The gourmet kitchen is mind blowing and I do not have the words to describe what it is like to wake up to a Bahamian sunrise in the master suite with the ocean waves lapping the beach just outside the back door.
And the beach! Beautiful sand, completely private, with world class snorkeling reefs within a few short strokes from the shore. The sea is gin clear and we saw nearly every variety of reef fish in the guide book (except sharks, and we were fine with that.)
Bruce made every effort to ensure we were set up with all the arrangements necessary for a perfect stay in his beautiful house. I couldn't have asked for a more accommodating host or a more beautiful location for our family vacation. The Poodle House is perfect for a family retreat, a romantic getaway, or a couples' vacation. We will be back.
Tropical Cat Island for two weeks--it was a place for relaxation in elegant comfort and in warm waters, a place that calls visitors to learn about the people and their history too. The Albros have a comfortable home for their guests, complete with top of the line appliances, granite countertops, tile flooring and cypress paneling. The furnishings in the spacious rooms are of high quality and simple. Examples of local artisanry are displayed. You will feel comfortable here. The very private beach is ever present. What a fabulous place to swim and snorkel! Cat Islanders are welcoming--among them are great fishermen and women, divers, small business owners, fabulous cooks, artisans who work in shell, wood and thatch. The island's history and landmarks are worth exploring and the surrounding seas are unforgettable. I cried when I left.
The house was beautiful- every detail was carefully thought out and was well taken care of... it had everything you could need.. the hot tub was great (and very clean)... the beach was gorgeous and private... we only saw people (at a far distance) one time the entire vacation. Bruce and Una were incredibly helpful and nice; they truly extended themselves to make our trip great. Although I am tempted to keep Poodle House a secret, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tranquil and beautiful vacation!
Some solitude seekers insist there's a direct relationship between proximity and peace: The farther you travel, the more quiet things get. Then there's Cat Island, a 48-mile-long coral outcrop just 265 miles east of Florida and only 45 minutes from Nassau. SkyBahamas Airlines flies to Cat Island daily from Nassau (skybahamas.net, round-trip from $179), yet of the over 5 million travelers to the Bahamas last year, only a fraction made a call on Cat. What they found here wasn't much, and in a good way: thatch-roof beach bars and empty pink-sand bays, diving and gentle hikes up Mt. Alvernia, the Bahamas's highest point at 206 feet above sea level.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
|Notes||If you are less than 6 people, please ask about reduced rates for 2 or 3.|
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