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Escape from Reality with Amazing Ocean Views and Elegant Furnishings

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,567 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

OCT 1 - NOV 19 Low Season Special for this well equipped spacious house

Hear and see the ocean in this beautiful, recently remodeled 1500 Sq. Ft, two bedroom beach front home features an open floor plan enabling you to interact with others easily. It has central air, three sitting areas, all new kitchen appliances, bottled water quality water through an iSpring 5 Stage water purifier, new furniture, new premium pillow top mattresses, an updated en-suite master bathroom as well as a completely remodeled common bathroom & shower. Both have walk in tile showers with seats. The master bedroom is ocean front enabling guests to have incredible sunsets and sunrises with its own French door entrance to the large ocean side deck. The master also has a 42" flat screen HDTV, and a walk-in closet . WiFi, Roku, Netflix and IHeart Radio access included. The open floor plan of the living/sun/dining room and kitchen allows guests to interact as well as see the ocean in all areas. Three seating areas in addition to the dining area provide ample room for games, TV or chatting. the living room has a 49" HDTV with entertainment system. The house sleeps up to 6 when using the queen size hide-a-bed located in the sunroom.

Included in each house are several games, paperbacks, stateside phone for free calls, and a local cell phone. You can also experience a local game using the local soldier crabs or "hermit crabs" in a circle and seeing whose wins the race to the food in the center. Whenever we are there my daughter takes a little leftover food out each evening and they have come to expect it and show up for "dinner". They range in size from baseball size hermits to tip of your pinky sized ones.

An adjacent cottage (Ocean Retreat) is also available for rent. (Property 4016748)

Inquire for rates that include both houses. It sleeps up to four when using the living room hide-a-bed. The cottage has been completely remodeled with gorgeous vanilla cabinetry and quartz countertop. All new appliances, as well as furniture. This gem features its own front porch as well as an oceanfront, side patio with a double lounger perfect for romantic evenings.

There is a shared full sized laundry on the property.

The house and cottage are located just 90 feet from the ocean with 85' of shoreline. The beach is rocky, so water shoes are a must! There are several good snorkeling areas just off the shoreline boasting an abundance of vegetation, reefs and marine life.

A short five minute drive to the dive shops and shopping. Initial food supplies can be purchased and placed in house for your convenience if you desire. Just submit a list and reimbursement can be made when you arrive.

More Details

Shawn and Jeff Marsteller
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Shawn and Jeff Marsteller

Jeff & I hail from Pennsylvania and Iowa. We currently live in Texas and are a military family used to adventures and a lot of change. Due to moving often, we had not purchased a house before now. As ocean lovers, we never thought an ocean front retreat would be do-able financially for middle class folks. We found lovely bones and potential in what will be our retirement home. Until then, we will visit and let others love it as well. We fell in love with the laid back quiet island and hope you will too.

Shawn and Jeff Marsteller purchased this house in 2014

Why Shawn and Jeff Marsteller chose Cayman Islands

Our first dive after certification was in Cayman Brac. I still get nervous each first dive, but I feel most at home in Brac. After several trips, we tossed the idea of seeing what was available on this out of the way, peaceful place. Loved the proximity to the stores, restaurants and airport. Thrilled with the seclusion and privacy and I fell in love with our view. It has always been about seeing, hearing and smelling the water any vacation we have ever taken.

What makes this house unique

The island is small, yes, but our location is close to markets, restaurants, dive centers, the public sand beach and a short drive to medical facilities which I have had the opportunity to "test drive". It was uncomplicated and cheaper than the US. I prefer a smaller, personable community to live in and do not like crowds, chaos and busyness brought by large cities. It has a "Gilligan's Island" quality.


Sister Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1567 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Common Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Please ask for any special arrangements including wine, flowers and chef to prepare a meal in or for any need you may have. A blender is also included


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Escape from Reality with Amazing Ocean Views and Elegant Furnishings
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
Lansing, MI

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This house is the perfect vacation lodging in Cayman Brac! It's open, spacious, comfortable, and tastefully appointed with up-to-date, pleasant furnishings. It's even nicer than the photos are able to show! There are sofas and chairs to accommodate several people in common areas, two comfortable-sized bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms with showers. There are large flat-screen TVs in the living room and master bedroom. The kitchen is open and had everything we needed for the times we cooked in. The most beautiful feature is a bank of windows looking out to spectacular views of the ocean. Outdoors facing the ocean there is a large patio area with table, grill and a hammock. This area was also lovely for stargazing at night, as there are no city lights to dilute the Milky Way. There is a washer and dryer on site, which was ideal for washing towels after multiple snorkeling and swimming outings. "Escape from Reality" is a good title for this property. Cayman Brac is much more remote and quiet than Grand Cayman, but offers plenty of great sites for diving, snorkeling, rock climbing and hiking. There is a parrot preserve and caves to explore. There are a few restaurants with interesting food and festive island rum cocktails, and there are grocery stores for times you want to cook in. Although we did not use them, there are bicycles and kayaks on the property. There is a stateside phone provided in the house, and also a cell phone for local use. Shawn and Jeff were very friendly and responsive with information and questions when booking the property and called shortly after our arrival to make sure everything was in order. They have thought of everything and it shows that they sincerely want their guests to have a lovely experience.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property very comfortable, well appointed it was a great relax and a home from home

  • 5 of 5

First trip to the brac and the house was well located with quick access to everywhere. The only thing I would change is the height of the rope and wood surround on terrace as when you are sat on chairs you can't see the ocean as the top rail is right on your eyeline apart from that perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is definitely important to see every bit of that view! I wish we would have been on island when the contractor did the rope rail and could have had him adjust! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay!
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful little house is so much nicer than the pictures. We had such a lovely time exploring the coastline, snorkeling, bike riding (bikes provided by owner), sun bathing on the deck. The owners were wonderful conveying information about the facility and island. Highly recommend this vacation home!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! Jeff and I are happy your trip was nice and that you enjoyed your visit! Please visit again!
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Stittsville (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada

A Fabulous "Escape from Reality" on Cayman Brac

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous 10 night stay at Escape from Reality. The photos are very accurate, and this home is absolutely lovely. It is very tastefully and comfortably furnished, spacious and open. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with everything you could need and the views from everywhere are gorgeous. We loved breakfasting on the deck every day and watching the Brown Booby's land and preen on the rocks right in front of the property. Dinner on the deck listening to the waves crash and watching the moon over the sea was wonderful. The house is very well situated on the island - close to restaurants, the public beach, etc. Unfortunately, it was very windy during our stay and we didn't get to snorkel nearly as much as we had hoped, but our times in the water were memorable for seeing rays, including a beautiful spotted eagle ray. We were glad to have rented a car, and explored the entire island - visiting some of the caves, doing the hike along the bluff where we saw loads of brown booby's and a few chicks. A trip to the Pioneer Bakery is definitely recommended - their outstanding cinnamon buns are ready about 12:30 most days! And a visit to NIM Things where we met Tenson, the owner, was so memorable. You should plan on a long stay as Tenson has many stories to tell of his growing up on the Brac! We enjoyed a few meals at The Captains Table - fairly good food, and a nice vibe to go with it.

The house was very clean, well stocked with all amenities, including a local cell phone, as well as a VOIP phone, which was much appreciated by us to keep in touch with family members in Canada. Shawn was fabulous to deal with from beginning to end, and answered all queries very promptly. This was one of the nicest homes we have rented and we would definitely recommend a stay at Escape from Reality.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like your trip was outstanding! Thank you for your kind words and glowing review! The deck and hammock are two of our favorite places to sit and take in the beauty. A good rum and pineapple even better! Hopefully we will get to enjoy it all soon ourselves! Thanks for choosing us! Please come be our guest again!
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We've been visiting Brac for 7 yrs now by far the best place we've stayed.

  • 5 of 5

We have stsyed at the resort,rented condos and other houses on the island. .Escape from Reality was by far the best. We were met at the airport by the caretaker. She even followed us to the resort 1st to drop off someone we met at the airport who needed a ridea then brought us to the house and showed us every thing we needed to know. The house was clean, updated and stocked with everything you would need. Fresh towels and sheets and plenty of them. Every amenity listed was available and that is not always the case when you rent. There was even a cell phone to use for local calls. We will definitely rent from Shawn and Jeff again

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! That means so much coming from a guest who has visited many times! We put a lot of thought and heart into choosing comfy mattresses, nice bedding, classy beach style. You definitely verified that we hit the mark, so thank you! We would love to have you back anytime! We appreciate your nice review!
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Escape from Reality in November

  • 4 of 5

The house was great, very spacious and comfortable. The only drawback for us was no shade on the deck facing the ocean, and it was too hot to sit out there during the day. It was too windy to do as much snorkeling as we wanted (we are not divers), but we hiked all over the island and enjoyed the privacy (saw very few other people) and the stunning views. If you hike, take old sturdy shoes. The sharp iron shore and hiking paths really chewed up our shoes. The hike from the the lighthouse was my favorite. The public beach just a few minutes east was deserted and nice, but we found a completely sandy beach area between it and the house that was our favorite spot for swimming (really just bouncing on the big waves and staying cool). Restaurants weren't great, but the kitchen is well equipped. Since we were there in the off season, there may be other choices we didn't find.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Captain Charles Kirkconnel International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public beach
Car: necessary

85 Rock climbing trails on the Bluff or "Brac"


Rates & Availability

Sister Islands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Aug 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 10 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 18 2018 - May 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $65
Tax Rate 13.0%

Also available on the property is Ocean Retreat, a 675sq foot one bedroom cottage. Special rates for groups who wish to rent both Escape from Reality and Ocean Escape. Special rates also available for verified Active and Retired Military, Disabled Veterans, Law Enforcement and Firefighters. Rate does not include $65 cleaning fee. Rates are subject to change without notice prior to reservation confirmation.

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.
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