Like being at the ends of the Earth!
Submitted: January 31, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
We got back from the Point House on Cat Island 5 days ago and are still reeling from what a fantastic getaway it was.This house, while not in perfect condition, was perfect just the same and we quickly warmed to its charms. Staying there is like you are at the ends of the earth. The house had almost everything we needed. We brought our own fishing gear and snorkeling equipment. Waking up in the master bedroom is like being on a big ship. You are surrounded on 3 sides by water, and lay in bed listening to the waves crashing. Phenomenal.
The thing you have to remember about being on an out island is that it's subject to the idosyncracies of the weather. Each time a major storm comes through, things get torn up; sometimes they are repaired, and sometimes not, and sometimes, very slowly, like island-time. It takes time and money to make repairs; it's not like the owners can hop down to the local home depot to buy new windows. This house is no exception. It's seen its share of stormy weather as it's out on an exposed ragged point. The owners have spent countless dollars on restorations & repairs, and though it's fabulous as is, it will always need something new to be done to it.
So you have to get over it. Open your mind to the impossibility of where you are and you will not see the minor imperfections. You will wake up every morning to be amazed by the site.
I believe, if you can be forgiving and open your mind to the vast differences of home ownership in a place like Cat vs. your hometown, you can be rewarded beyond belief. Was our house in perfect, Western-first-world condition? No. Was it amazing and comfortable and spectacular in other ways? Yes. Would I recommend it or would I go there again? Yes, in a heartbeat. I wish I was still there!
We did nothing but play cards, read books, snorkle, fish, doze, and drink rum. The house internet was down, and it turned out to be a blessing. I could have gotten all cranky about not being in touch with my staff daily, but I chose to take the opportunity to disconnect instead. Much better as a result!
The owners were great to deal with, the caretaker was wonderful, the reverend, who delivered produce to our back door, was a love. Room for improvements? Please provide a hairdryer & toilet paper, games and cds, so we don't have to bring them. Rec: Bring strong bug repellent as the noseeums are brutal. But those are First-World problems, yes? No complaints from us.
Thank you for such a fantastic experience!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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