I bedroom, 1 bath including outdoor shower & 12 ft decks w/ screened deck area
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 San Diego and the oldest is in International Business Development living in Northern California.
Leslie Kennedy purchased this House in 2007
Why Leslie Kennedy chose Pigeon Cay
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.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Children not allowed
First and foremost we want our guests to enjoy their stay at the Boathouse and on Cat Island. However we do maintain house rules so all guests can enjoy their stay. -Maximum 2 adults -No children -No pets -No smoking in the house -Please do not sit on indoor furniture or any cushioned furniture with a wet bathing suit or wet towel. It is fine however in the beach tiki hut, hammocks, and/or outdoor teak chairs
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very relaxing stay. Accomodations were comfortable.
Another wonderful stay at the boat house and cat island
After our fourth year in a row visiting cat island, 3 of those with time spent at the boat house, we still cannot imagine a better place. Thank you to all those on the island who keep it such a wonderful place...we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time there and appreciate any chance to return. Great thanks for Leslie (and the owners /builders/caretakers) for making our time at the boat house so amazing each visit.
We are thrilled that you had another fabulous island holiday at the Boathouse. We appreciate you choosing to stay at the Boathouse for the past 3 years....thank you.
We made a number of improvements in 2018 (new Tommy Bahama overstuffed sofa & chair, new sisal rug in the living room, and the addition of an egg poacher and a slow cooker. We have some more new additions schedule for 2019. We hope to see you again soon.
Sarah & Mark
Outstanding property - A perfect destination for a special vacation!
We loved our stay at the Boat House. The beach is fabulous, and we encountered hardly any other people. Pigeon Cay waters are crystal clear and make for great wading or just drifting on a raft. The Tiki hut is perfect because you can lie in the shade and just stare at the beautiful blue waters. It's fabulous to take a shower in the outdoor shower with such a great view of the estuary. The view from the porch is spectacular, and at night the stars appear to touch the ground. We had amazing sunrises and sunsets. Make sure you bring DEET for the bugs; herbal remedies don't work! There isn't anything you can do about them, just know ahead of time they can be pesky, especially at sunrise/sunset and when the sea breezes die down. If you have the opportunity and can bring yourself to leave the Boat House, do the day sail with Dave and Trish Calvert in Port Howe for snorkeling or go visit Shanna Cove (meals are fabulous) at the north end of the island where there is also a great beach and snorkeling at Man-O-War, about a mile through the brush. Yardie's in Bennett's Harbour, about a 10-minute drive north, has great food (and gas/petrol), and we heard that Kizzy's in Orange Creek is also very good. Re-entry back to the States has been a challenge after two weeks of amazingness. We're already looking at our calendars for a return trip. Tom and Cáitlín
Tom & Penny,
We are thrilled that you loved your two week stay at the Boathouse. As such experienced travelers of the Out Islands of the Bahamas your review is exceptionally meaningful. When we tell friends that they can sit on our private beach and only see a couple of other people over a 1-2 week period they are amazed....thank you for confirming. With sand like sugar and water like gin our stretch of beach is considered the best on the island overall for beauty, privacy, location and long easy walks. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your return.
Sarah & Mark
Piece of heaven on Earth
Beautiful home. Quiet and relaxing. Short walk to the most wonderful beach on cat island. Fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Loved the outside shower. But would be cautious of that in the cool months as there is no wind block and it could get chilly. Leslie and Ned are great people. Would definitely be back to visit this piece of heaven on Earth.
We are thrilled that you loved the Boathouse and our beautiful private beach (235' of white sand beachfront). With 3 1/4 acres of property and water on three sides, we set the Boathouse back behind the dune between the Ocean and the back bay to best take advantage of both. As you said "quiet and relaxing" and "a piece of heaven on Earth". Thank you for staying at the Boathouse on Cat Island.
Unique House, Perfect Beach
We enjoyed our week at Boathouse, and fell in love with wonderful Cat Island! The house has everything you need, as the other reviewers have noted. The tiki hut was the highlight of the rental in our opinion- it provides such a great place to relax and enjoy the view of a perfect beach. As a whole, the Boathouse is a funky-unique place to stay if you're looking for a departure from the norm.
The bed needs some attention. The side closest to the bathroom seems to have a pinhole or some other leaking issue. You can get it to air-up at night, but by morning you're sleeping in a hole.
Just FYI, the new rental 'Sundance House' is the neighboring property to Boathouse. In the event that both houses have renters at the same time, you lose some of that secluded beach privacy. The Boathouse tiki hut is approximately 70' from the Sundance beach chairs. That said, the beach:guest ratio is still pretty nice. There are about 10 other houses built along Pigeon Cay, but only on the very last night of our trip did someone occupy one of those homes. For two wonderful days, ours were the only footprints on Pigeon Cay beach. Heaven!
Out Island things: Collected rain water is the water source for the house, and it almost ran out while we were there. We weren't using excessive amounts of water, but when Ned noticed we were running really low, we went into serious conservation mode and made it through. Ned would have helped us out had we run out. The Boathouse SUV must be out of commission, because it wasn't an option once we arrived. Took a couple of days to get an official rental car. Definitely recommend you bring enough food for a couple of days with you, and be flexible! Having Ned nearby was a big help, and we even got a delicious meal from him one night. Despite little glitches, which are to be expected in the Out Islands, we had a fantastic trip and can not wait to return to Cat. Special island with special people.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your week at the Boathouse and that you loved our beach & private tiki hut. Our white sand beach and crystal clear ocean is spectacular. As you mentioned there are approximately 10 houses on miles of beach that includes our beach. With over 3 1/4 acres of property, the Boathouse property is the second largest for miles. Although there is another property adjoining ours, we have 235' of private beachfront and 740' of waterfront on the backbay. As you noted, you only saw 2 people on the beach your entire week.
We do collect, store, filter and treat rainwater for the house, as does every home in this area of the island. We do have a backup source should our storage tanks run low, but apparently Ned (our property manager) did not have to utilize it. To be honest it should not get that low before the backup supply is called in so I will speak with him about that.
I was not aware of there being a softness in one side of the Sleep Number Bed, as we ask all departing guests for any items that may need attention. You can be assured that we will look into, and take care of, any problems. If it did slow leak it is more than likely caused by a bend in the pump hose where the bedframe has kinked the hose between the frame and the wall. It is rare, but we are on it.
Again, thank you for choosing to stay at the Boathouse; we look forward to your return stay.
Rustic charm on amazingly beautiful and peaceful beach
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.
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.
Sarah & Mark
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 email@example.com