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Thom Zerhusen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Castaway by the Sea - Cottage - "Private" Beach Getaway

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

Bodden Town Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Living Room, Full Kitchen (Sleeps 2)

If you are loooking to de-stress, relax and spend some quality time with your loved one, Castaway Cottage is just what you need. Wake to breathtaking sunrises while enjoying breakfast on the spacious deck overlooking the sea. Stroll the beach searching for the quintessential seashell before snorkling within the protective reef, then lull away the rest of the morning in a hammock under a swaying coconut palm on your own private beach.

The Cottage is situated in historic Bodden Town, away from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile Beach but centrally located for exploring the island. Trips to the Mastic Trail, Botanic Park, Crystal Caves, East End, Rum Point and Turtle Farm are easily accessible, but you will find abundant indigenous wildlife right outside your back doors! There is a ‘changing station’ for hermit crabs, wild Cayman parrots scouring the sea grape trees for fruit and you may even spy an iguana wandering around!

This lovingly restored authentic beach bungalow, with all new modern amenities, has everything you need for the perfect beach experience. Castaway Cottage is your own little slice of paradise offering a genuine Private Caribbean Beach Vacation.

Keywords: charming, secluded, peaceful, private beach, off the beaten path, honeymoon cottage, couples retreat, seaside, romantic, nature lovers, idyllic, quaint, historic, immaculate

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Thom Zerhusen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Thom Zerhusen

Susan and Thom are originally from Baltimore, Maryland but they met in Cayman. Thom was working as a dive instructor at Don Foster's Dive and Susan was visiting Cayman on a dive vacation. 'We met on a dive trip to Stingray City and the rest is well...history.'

They decided to call Cayman home and bought a dilapidated beach house in the heart of Bodden Town that they renovated and have lived in for over 20 years.

'After Hurricane Ivan destroyed most of Bodden Town and the Island we had to sart all over. We were lucky to find Castaway and decided to renovate the existing structures and make them available to visitors.' The lodge was first to be finished and became available to guest in 2011 and now the cottage is ready too. 'We have tried to make them unique and special and if you come to Castaway we hope you will find our little piece of paradise as magical as we do.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

We could not have picked a better place to stay for a week than here at Castaway Cottage. It is a perfect balance of island life! We felt welcomed from the very beginning as we were met by Thom and Susan (and the delicious rum cake!). The cottage had everything we could have ever needed, plus more. Although we did quite a bit of sightseeing around the island and visiting numerous beaches, it always felt like coming to "home" (away from home).



Thanks for all your lovely recommendations and advice during our stay. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves anymore! Can't wait to return to your little piece of paradise!
Jun 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)
Castaway by the Sea - Cottage - "Private" Beach Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
5

We will be returning!

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Susan, were the most awesome host. Very accommodating and peaceful. The location of the property is centrally located to any part of the island. The snorkeling (fourty meters from the bedroom) was the best in the Caribbean. Toms rum cake is the best on the island, and Susan's art is beautiful. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Virginia Beach, VA
5

A Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

I waited 7 months for this one week vacation in paradise! It was totally perfect in every way. All you need to bring are a few casual clothes and swimsuit. This was truly the most amazing and perfect spot to tour the entire island from the East to the West. Bodden Town is in the middle. Then to return home to this "so lovely" cottage. I am planning my next trip !

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brighton, MI
5

Little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a week-long vacation on Grand Cayman, staying at Castaway Cottage. We had never been to the island, and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. Thom and Susan were the perfect hosts. Everything we needed was there. The cottage is very nicely remodeled and clean. The view of the ocean is lovely; my husband spent many an hour on the back deck. We enjoyed chatting with Thom and Susan, getting ideas for restaurants and things to do. Thom's rum cake is delicious (I want that recipe, Thom). We spent several days snorkeling the island, including right off the beach behind the house. We saw squid and 2 kinds of rays along with a variety of fish right there. Spotts Beach is a short drive away to go swim with turtles. It was definitely hard to leave after only a week. Thanks for the hospitality!! We will be back.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shawnee, Kansas
5

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

December 12-19, 2015

We are so glad that we found our “home away from home” here at Castaway Cottage! 2015 turned out to be a pretty tough year for the two of us, so we needed a place to decompress and recharge our “batteries”. We did a lot of exploring around the island, but enjoyed hanging out with the roosters, crabs, lizards and of course Koda and Bodhi. Thom was fun to talk with and informative about Cayman culture, history and island activities. He was also great about making sure we had everything we needed. We will miss him!

We loved snorkeling the most while we were on Grand Cayman. Spots Beach was fantastic and we had two turtle sightings! And snorkeling out behind Castaway was equally as entertaining and having our own private beach was so special...There were dozens of types of fish and we spotted a large lobster and a small ray of some kind (it was grayish colored with black and white specks).

Anyway, before this visit, we were thinking about trying other islands in the Caribbean, but now we are thinking Grand Cayman will be our favorite place to come back to. Thank you Thom and Susan!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City
5

Hidden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The week my wife and I spent at Castaway Cottage (March 13 - 20, 2016) was nothing short of magical. We went to Grand Cayman at the height of the season when most areas of the island are crawling with tourists, but at Castaway Cottage we had our own private beach. Every morning, we would get up, and have breakfast on the deck which over looking the beach and the Caribbean. Then we would pinch ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming.

Tom and his wife, Susan, are wonderful and attentive hosts. The cottage is very comfortable with a well-stocked kitchen and nicely appointed bathroom. It sits a short distance from the Turtle Nest Inn which provides free snorkeling gear.

The beach leading down to the water is composed of beautiful white sand which Tom keeps immaculately clean. The water line in this area of the island has a lot of coral, so you will definitely need water shoes. As you enter the water you will encounter about 100 yds of sea grass, but after you swim over it, you will find yourself in beautifully clear water with fine snorkeling in all directions. A ten minute drive west of the cottage brings you to Spotts beach where you can snorkel alongside giant sea turtles. And if you are feeling truly adventurous (and a little touristy), you can drive out to the west end of the island, catch a boat, and visit "sting ray city" where you can feed and literally hold wild manta rays. Despite their fearsome reputation, they are the gentlest creatures you will ever encounter.

If you are looking for a vacation in a beautiful and peaceful setting, away from the crowds, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern Maryland, USA
5

Where Casual Luxury is a Given

  • 5 of 5

(Stayed January 30 to February 27, 2016) As world travelers who have enjoyed living abroad, our last few summers have been spent enjoying three river cruises throughout Europe aboard the Viking River Cruise Line. From Budapest, Paris, Moscow and Amsterdam, Viking saturated us in casual luxury.

So why have we spent the last four winters at Castaway Cottage? Because we are spoiled and seek the best value in unique five-star accommodations. We’re also smart to know that if we are spending an entire winter month in the Caribbean, it’s got to be where casual luxury is a given as with this well kept, picturesque and un-crowded property.

From the moment we arrive in this sublime tropical setting, we start to shed layers of stress like layers from an onion peel. Throughout our stay, the owners, Thom and Susan insured their excellent property keeping techniques are 24-karat quality in all areas and our stay is the optimum in relaxation.

Having snorkeled offshore in the Caymans for over 19 years, we find the snorkeling at the Bodden Town reef by Castaway Cottage to be the best. The frigate birds, and occasional pelicans, are a delight to watch in the late afternoon and there are always pleasant surprises such as the local fishermen casting their nets. The experience of living in Bodden Town on the south side of Grand Cayman has enabled us to become familiar with and enjoy the rhythms of life on Grand Cayman Island as we have never done in our earlier years of vacationing on Seven Mile Beach with its crowded beaches.

In rural Bodden Town, the magic of Castaway Cottage lies in its un-crowded beach and private tropical venues. One need not be on high alert to capture a pristine moment, snorkel one of the best reefs, read all the books you like, nap under the palms and enjoy the first class relaxation. For the past four Februarys, owners Thom and Susan have created a comfortable and welcoming home for us as honored guests. Consequently, we are already booked for February in 2017, 2018 and two more years in advance to insure we don’t miss an opportunity for another magical stay at Castaway Cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Bodden Town Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Aug 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Mid Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
5 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$329
 
 
High Season
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
$279
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 23 2017 - Aug 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Low Season
Aug 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Mid Season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
$309
 
 
High Season
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 15 2018
5 night minimum stay
$279
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$169
 

Additional information about rental rates

Grounds/Maint. Fee $95
Tax Rate 13.0%

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Amenities

Bodden Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Newly renovated cottage is owner maintained with private sandy beach and protective reef. The property has indigenous landscaping which is home to native wildlife. There is a herb garden to add Caribbean flavor to your cooking and mint for your mojitos. The cottage has a fully equiped kitchen, on demand hot water heater and central AC. Rental car arrangements are available. Our location in historic Bodden Town provides easy access to the whole island.

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