|Space||1,440 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Runaway was built for the owners in 2001 and is a spacious 1440 square foot beach house with a 480 square foot open sun deck . The open interior design includes two large master bedrooms with large sliding glass doors looking easterly out to the bay. There is a third large bedroom with two twin beds that are often pushed together to made a comfortable queen. There are two bathrooms, each with a bath tub/shower, although most love to just use the (very private) outdoor shower. The “great room” is a large welcoming airy room that includes a fully equipped kitchen, a large communal dining table and a living room area with couches, wicker chairs and the favorite, a hand-crafted Cobble Mountain hammock chair. The décor is “laid back island”, with fish mobiles, local art, family photos and area maps, and one wall is filled with books, CDs, DVD’s and a huge variety of games and puzzles.
Back to the deck…this is the place to be when you are not at the beach, out in a boat, or enjoying the village. Nothing better than a morning cup of coffee, soaking up the early sun, planning the day and perhaps using the binoculars to spy on passing sailboats far out in the cut. In the evening, the deck is your platform to view the most incredible display of constellations, beaming stars and a moon rise that seems to have leaped right out of the pages of a child’s nighttime story. The night air is as crystal clear as the famous azure waters of the cay, a clarity that makes the night sky truly awe-inspiring.
The Catlin and Niles families are from Vermont and have been vacationing on this property since 1979. We bought the original house in 1986 and built the new Runaway 2 in 2001. As you might be able to tell, we care very much for Runaway and the whole island of Staniel Cay, and we would be happy to share all this with like-minded people. Please call us with any questions you may have.
Marty Wohlford purchased this house in 1986
World famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas! They were placed by locals years ago on Big Major Cay, and when they hear your boat motor coming towards the cay, they'll come running out onto the beach and into the water to see what tasty treats you might have aboard.
The Village: Just a few minutes from Runaway is the small village of Staniel Cay. Here you will be greeted by some of the friendliest folks you'll ever meet - warmth, kindness and embrace of strangers being an integral part of Bahamian family island culture. In addition to locals, there are numerous regular visitors who have been coming here for years, as well as the many sailors and yachters that make Staniel Cay their favorite destination in the Exumas. There are a couple of small local restaurants which are perfect stops for good Bahamian food. We personally favor John and Bernadette’s “Taste and Sea”and the classic island bar (and upscale dining room) at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. The club is always a favorite gathering place, especially in the evenings when the sunsets, viewed from their docks, are incomparable. For grocery shopping, Isles General Store, the Blue Store, and the Pink Store are all small but seem to have a bit of most everything you need. And if you are looking for fresh fish, just show up at the town dock or at the public fish cleaning table at the club, and local divers and fishermen will be happy to sell you all the grouper, hogfish, snapper, mahi- mahi, conch and lobster you can possibly want.
There is also a new laundromat, a liquor store, straw shops, art gallery, and a shop featuring excellent locally crafted jewelry.
Explore the area: Looking to explore? We recommend renting a golf cart for driving the labyrinth of narrow roads that connect the various parts of the island (there are only a few trucks and cars on the entire island), for shopping, and for taking beautiful evening rides into the village and yacht club. We also recommend you consider renting a small skiff or larger boat so you can check out all the fantastic things going on on neighboring cays (see below). Runaway has an excellent mooring with an outhaul located right in front of the house. In addition, superb local guides are eager to take you fishing (deep sea or reef fishing, or out to the flats to chase the abundant bone fish!), diving, snorkeling and on beautiful day trips to other out islands. We are happy to arrange for golf carts, boats and guides for you in advance. Just let us know.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Arrival: There are variety of ways to get to Staniel Cay. Most fly to Nassau and take the local Flamingo Air flight from Nassau to Staniel (two flights daily). If there are 4 or more in a group it is possible that a private charter flight from Nassau will be more convenient and economical. Also, Watermaker’s Air has two flights daily from Fort Lauderdale. When you arrive our local representatives will meet you at the airstrip, take you to Runaway and show you around the house, and give you maps and information about the island. We are also happy to pre-arrange groceries for you so that you will be fully stocked on arrival. On your last day we will again pick you up at Runaway and bring you to your flight.
50% at time of booking. Balance due 30 days prior to stay. All payments non-refundable unless we find replacement tenants.