|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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.
I Have lived in Cat Island since 1996 and built this property in 2013.
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.
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!
This was the best beach vacation we have ever had as a family, because of many aspects of the rental property: the totally private beach, the secluded hill top property, the large comfortable home, and the helpful hospitality of the owners. Nick Cripps' description of the property is accurate and honest, and everything was even better than we had anticipated.
First, the beach and water are beautiful, with no homes or structures in sight for miles in each direction. On the beach, we never saw other people at all during our two week stay! The path from the house to the beach is a 10 minute comfortable walk on a wide stony path through brush and trees. You can also take the car down this path, if you prefer, but we enjoyed the quiet, natural walk. We snorkeled with Nick and on our own from this private paradise.
Next, the secluded property is unique: Set high on a hill, and surrounded by many wooded acres with amazing views of the ocean and inland lakes. The breezes on this hill top setting were refreshing, especially on days when the beach breezes were lighter. The home itself was very large and perfectly clean, wonderfully cool and ventilated by screened breezes. There is a stairway inside the house at one end that leads to a roof top lookout where the ocean and bays can be seen in every direction. The house was well stocked with everything we needed; we lacked nothing. Finally, another 5-star feature of this rental is the owner family, Nick & Manette Cripps. They were welcoming, generous, and helpful throughout our stay. Nick drove us to different beaches nearby to try, explaining the natural beauty and history of the island. He snorkeled with us on different beaches and reefs, recommended places to visit. Manette & Nick invited us into their home, we had the use of their car during our stay, and we met their friends. The whole vacation experience was relaxed, quiet, natural and fun. We have found a favorite place!
Having spent a week in Nassau, I was not sure what to expect going to Cat Island, but the reality was beyond anything I imagined, The beaches the food and the people, The 'Rake and Scrape' was and unforgettable and my kids loved every minute of it..Will I go again? As soon ans time allows. Thanks you Nick, we will see you again.
We visited Cat Island during the Easter holidays in 2014 with our 2 children - who were then 7 and 9. We'd already spent a week with friends in Nasa - who took us to some of the most amazing beaches I have ever been to. I didn't think it could get any better until we arrived on Cat Island!!
This is truly an unspoilt paradise and this property's owner Nick has completey embraced and respected the surrounding natural environment with his development. Being situated on one of the highest points on the island the property is not only blessed with amazing views but also with much welcomed cooling breezes...bliss!
Nick was an amazing host, passionate about the environment and the Island itself - he can direct you to wonderful restaurants and the most incredible, magical beaches where you're guaranteed to see no one else and have the priviledge of diving for beautiful conk shells, sand dollars and sea biscuits.
I can honestly say the whole family loved every minute of our time on Cat Island and truly hope that we'll be able to return one day! Can't recommend a visit enough - it's worth every penny! Thank you Nick :) Tanya
Outstanding property, very spacious, lovely views and privacy.
This is one of those special places that no one knows about, but is a hidden gem - unique and magical - I can't rate it highly enough. Family with 3 children - 12, 11 and 8 - th kids say it's the best holiday they have ever had! Theresa - London
Completely private, quiet hill top location, in beautiful natural woods. Stunning views, the beach was white/pink sand, natural tree shade when needed, with the most beautiful turquoise sea, we had a 16 month old baby who could play at the edge of the sea in the shallow water. All four beaches we visited were completely empty, so if you want to get away from the madding crowd this is the perfect holiday for you, with solar panels and environmentally friendly build.
Linda October 4th - 11th 2014
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 her 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.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
Be careful about saving electric by turning off the appliances not in use. This includes fans and lights when you leave a room.