The cottage was everything we needed. Best feature was sitting in the backyard at night and watching the sunsets. Nick, the owner, was gracious and always available to answer any questions.
This was our 4th visit to Cat Island. By far more affordable than our last stays at Fernandez (2×) and the Boathouse (both great places). "Cabin in the woods" ish but right on a small cliff feet from the sea with lots of great sounds of waves . Right on the road also but traffic is extremely light. Swimming is just a walk away. Neighbors and locals were great. Would easily rent again. Screened windows and most necessities are providided. Lots of clean sheets and towels. One full size couch(nice for napping) & 2 couch chairs to watch the TV from at night(2 Bahamian channels 4 Florida network channels) l Would probably rent a car a couple more days than we did but bikes Nick rented us we're fine for most days. Only thing that would be a negative is no WiFi (I believe it's in the description along with cable/satellite). Not a big deal but we lugged a computer around for nothing. WiFi is available at most businesses if you ask for password. We are pretty low maintenance people but Nick was always very helpful.
Not many pictures of the house. Pics provided by Trip Advisor were very accurate. And truthfully your not there for the house... It's a beautiful Island.
This was our second stay at Sarah's Cottage. This year we stayed for 3 weeks. Nick picked us up at the Airport and we ran a few shopping errands before arriving at the Cottage. Simple, basic, clean accomodation.With shopping and amazing sand beaches within a few minutes walk. We fished from the front yard and grilled our catch on the Hibachi. We are already planning next years trip. Nick is a fountain of information that will answer all of your questions about the North end of the Island.
We stayed at Sarah's cottage for 2 weeks. This was our 3rd trip to Cat Island, and easily the best place we have stayed at there - also by far the cheapest! Everything worked, which was a first for the Out Islands. The cottage is near a good grocery store and Laundromat. Very simple, but everything you need - full kitchen, A/C (but we didn't use it because there were fans, plus lots of windows, all with screens to keep the dawn and dusk bugs out). Nick was readily available if needed, but never intruded in any way. We will definitely be back!
We stayed at Sarah's cottage for 2 weeks and it was everything we needed with owners Nick and Manette attentive and nearby if needed. Nick gave us a tour of the area and some history which was fun and helpful.
Comfortable, clean, great view, friendly neighbors, close to the airport and food market/laundromat, we felt like one of the locals. While there is no beach at the cottage itself, the views are incredible, there is a small ledge in back for fishing, jumping or snorkeling into deep water, a beach just down the street at Orange Creek where we spent a lot of time, and access to a huge private beach great for snorkeling and scuba diving. This is by far the best value on the island!!
Cat Island is a place where you relax and make your own fun. If you like nature, quiet, simplicity, miles of empty pink sand beaches all to yourself, and don't need the conveniences or luxuries of a typical touristy experience this hidden gem is for you. There is no public transport so you will definitely need a rental car during your stay, there is only 1 ATM on the island about an hour away, and most businesses don't take credit cards except the handful of resorts so plan ahead and bring cash.
We would definitely stay here again!
Nick was a great host, answered all our questions, showed us around the northern part of the island and some great snorkeling sites. The cottage was even better than we anticipated, had everything needed to cook and be comfortable, was a super value and located in a nice part of the community with friendly neighbors, and a short drive to the food market, and while there is no beach at the cottage (there is a neat, short cliff in the backyard with stellar views of a turquoise ocean and beautiful sunsets and a ladder to the water for swimming or snorkeling) the wonderful Orange Creek beach is just down the street and is a must-visit if you are staying here. Warm, shallow water that's fun to play in, great opportunities to watch birds, turtles, rays, and go bone fishing or snorkeling. Cat Island is one of the few undeveloped islands left in the Bahamas and is wonderful for those who love nature and exploring, seek peace and quiet and relaxation, want to get to know the lovely locals, and like to make their own fun. We explored the island by car (a MUST unless your goal is to stay hunkered down at a resort for your entire visit) and had lunch or dinner many times at various resorts along the way while visiting numerous beaches on both coasts. The island is so undeveloped the beaches are unused and totally open! Throughout our 16 day stay, only ONCE did we encounter other people on a beach and then it was a father/son returning from snorkeling. No fighting for a spot on a sand with other tourists but plenty of solitude and skinny dipping if that's your thing. The beaches stretch for miles, some have pink sand, beautiful shells, stellar views but you will almost always have it to yourself (unless you are at a resort). We would definitely come to Cat Island again and would recommend Nick and Manette's cottage without hesitation.
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Sarah's cottage is simple and comfortable, located above the beautiful clear waters of Cat Island. We built a makeshift ladder over the sharp rocks in order to enjoy refreshing swims from the backyard. Hopefully it will last a season or two! The well stocked grocery store is a twenty minute walk, as well as the closest beach for swimming. Lovely snorkeling a short way down the shoreline and spectacular snorkeling near the far end of the closest beach. We did not have a rental car but found it easy to hitchhike, which we did often to the northern beaches around three miles away. Nick and Manette embody the welcoming spirit of Cat Island and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable.