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The Highest Residence In The Bahamas. Panoramic Ocean Views.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,816 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

A getaway for 2 couples or a family.

Year round ocean breezes

Peace and quiet.

Secluded pristine sandy beach with reef snorkeling.

Miles of scenic hilly walking trails.

Solar power-120v a/c electricity.

Large 2800 sq ft open area living with vaulted ceilings and south facing sun deck

2 queen size bedrooms and bathrooms, with 2 spare rooms available for children.

Fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

Romantic sunset balcony.

Excellent Bahamian and International Cuisine locally.

Explore Cat Island by rental car.

We live Green and Environmentally conscious.

Small weddings can be arranged.

More Details

Nick Cripps
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Nick Cripps

I Have lived in Cat Island since 1996 and built this property in 2013.

Why Nick Cripps chose Cat Island

This is the second house completed on my 50 acre environmental sub-division, where each lot is over one acre, called Hilltop Village.

It is a beautiful wooded hill top with panoramic views of the sea, lakes and fertile land. Literally I found my Shangri-La and would like to share it with like minded individuals.


Cat Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2816 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • please be careful with electricity use by turning off unused fans and lights.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , For children only
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
This house is run by solar electricity and follows a green concept.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Highest Residence In The Bahamas. Panoramic Ocean Views.
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Unspoilt by tourism, a quiet haven to relax

  • 5 of 5

Although this was off the beaten track it was a tranquil place to stay in a relatively undiscovered part of Cat Island. We enjoyed the deserted beautiful beaches and the local food and handicrafts. It was perfect for a short stay but would not be suitable for those wishing to be entertained.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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beautiful spot. very special Island.

  • 4 of 5

Nick was an excellent host and really helped out when I was in a jam.

The house is open and airy and big. Pretty house but I do have to say because it is on top of a hill in a remote spot on tiny island with nothing going on it would have helped to have a better stocked house such as:

Deck umbrella

curtains on windows

board games, dvds, cable TV etc..(there isn't much to do at night so some movies and games would have been great. )

better maps and more guide books about the island.

More flowers etc planted around the house.

Also be prepared for very difficult roads around the house. I wish I had brought hiking boots because they are really needed for walking to the beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved Cat Island and Casa Loma!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay on Cat Island. The beaches are spectacular and unspoiled. Casa Loma was great -- spacious and well-equipped. Nick and Manette couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming, from picking us up at the airport, taking us to the grocery store, showing us the best snorkeling reef, and inviting us to their home for dinner.... they made our stay on their island very special! We also loved our visits to Shanna's for dinner and drinks on their deck and the walk to Man 'O War beach. Other places not to miss are Da Smoke Pot for dinner, bonfire, and great local music, and lunch at Hidden Treasures -- delicious fish sandwiches! We love Cat Island and Casa Loma and hope to return some day soon!

-Ellen, John, Sue, Ed, and Priscilla

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Met Our Every Dream, and then Some

  • 5 of 5

Casa Loma is a wonderful home in a secluded and lovely location. The hosts are extraordinarily helpful, the beaches are pristine and the community is warm and welcoming. Just the spot to disconnect from it all and to recharge and refresh! The house is sited in the north end of Cat Island, which has lush surroundings and a choice of beaches on the east, north, and west sides of the island. From the house, you can enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful landscape with the sea and neighboring islands in the background. Nick and Manette Cripps are delightful hosts providing just enough support and guidance to truly experience the island as a local. Nick picked us up at the airport, made his car available to us as needed, booked restaurant reservations and provided us with crucial tips for exploring the island. Few people know it as well as he does and he seems to know everyone on the island. There is a beach just a ten minute walk from the house, which is one of the most beautiful we have seen in the Caribbean. It is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and long walks. During our week on the island, we did not see a single person on the beach. We explored other nearby beaches, but felt little need to leave the one on the property. The house has a full kitchen and groceries are nearby. We ate several dinners and lunches at Shanna's Cove, just a few minutes away. The food and the ambience were always fantastic. We had a great week and would highly recommend this house and Cat Island - in fact, we look forward to coming again soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding stay! We loved this place, you will too!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for about two weeks in November of 2016. We had a terrific time. Nick (the owner) took extra care to make sure our girls and we were comfortable and took us around to local beaches and spots. Even taught our girls how to snorkel! We loved our stay; the place is very comfortable with amazing views and a full kitchen that saved us a bundle in restaurant bills. It's a 10 minute walk to an exclusive beach on the north side that is perfect for daydreaming on the flour-like white sand; another 20 minute walk or so to Shannas Cove for their outstanding greek pizza and breakfasts. We felt right at home and felt like this place was an outstanding value. I think this was definitely one of our best vacations we've ever had, I can't remember ever feeling this calm and peaceful during a family trip!

Note for the first time traveler: you may want to bring your own snorkel gear (although Nick has some), and ship over some groceries including good coffee as the local stores don't have it. Learn to make your own pina coladas and fruit punch drinks; it is a little surprising they don't have more fruits and veggies available fresh from the island.

Cat Island is a wonderful place to really get away from it all and relax; we bonded as a family and felt safe and secure, and came home completely satisfied. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb in every way! Exceeded all expections. The BEST!

  • 5 of 5

This rental exceeded expections with a spectacular location, extraordinarily helpful hosts, glorious beaches within walking distance, and an impeccable house.

LOCATION: This house is sited in the northern part of Cat Island, which is more interesting than some of the other areas, featuring hills, lakes, creeks, and a wide choice of beaches on the east, north, and west sides of the island. From the high observation deck, one enjoys a spectacular, almost 360 degree view of this beautiful, pristine and varied landscape. There is almost no need for a map: one immediately gets a sense of where one is. Some of the surrounding islands, such as Eleuthera and Little San Salvador, are also visible. Feels like a National Park, it is so unspoiled. I have never seen anything like it in the Caribbean.

THE HOSTS: Nick and Manette Cripps are the best, most thoughtful hosts one could possibly desire. So much so, that Casa Loma feels less like a rental, and more like one's own private resort. Cat Island is not commercialized, so its attractions are not immediately obvious or in some cases easily accessible, but Nick provides the perfect support. He picked us up at the airport, made his car available to us whenever he could, booked restaurant reservations and a one-day car rental, and provided us with crucial information for exploring Cat island. Few people must know it as well as he does: He's lived there for decades, seems to know everybody and everything worth knowing about it (its history, fauna, flora, whereabouts of the best secret beaches, etc). It was really wonderful to be introduced to people in the community, and begin to understand what life on the island might be like. Nick also has a great sense of humor and is a great snorkeling guide!

THE BEACHES: The house comes with its own private beach, which is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It unfurls almost as far as the eye can see, with not a single structure, lots of coral for beach snorkeling, and patches of pink sand. There are at least 4 other beaches in the near vicinity, all different from each other, and all amazing.

THE COMMUNITY: The house is on Nick's wooded hilltop property, but one can walk to the elegant, small Shanna's Cove Resort, which serves what must be the best food for miles. Tail Wind's resort is there as well, so the house feels secluded but not isolated.

THE HOUSE: New, high quality construction, and SOLAR!

All in all, a most memorable experience!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you to stay and allow me to share with you some of the wonderful things in Cat island that I have found over the years. Nick
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Arthur's Town, Cat Island
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tail Winds resort
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Shanna's Cove Resort
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
North reef beach
Car: recommended

Casa Loma has magnificent views of the surrounding land including the ocean,beaches,lakes and woodland. Cat Island provides many tourist pursuits with the Hermitage on Mt.Alvernia, as well as the old Deveaux Mansion, being a must for visitors. The rich history of Cat Island can be found everywhere, and great restaurants, both International and Bahamian have their own entertaining features. The caves of Cat Island are worth visiting, some going underground for miles. There are multiple Blue Holes, and great diving offshore with some fascinating drop offs for the avid diver. Bone fishing is an international sport defined here, and of course one can go deep sea fishing with one of the Locals anytime. Cat Island is a very laid back island where the people are friendly and always ready for a chat with strangers and a good story telling is in their culture. So come and unwind here or exercise to your hearts content. There are good food stores and some shops, but a visit here is more about finding yourself and enjoying miles of hidden beaches without footprints.




Additional information about rental rates

Be careful about saving electric by turning off the appliances not in use. This includes fans and lights when you leave a room.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.