recently renovated, ocean view home
- english, french, german
About Cathy Salter
My husband and I and our rescue dog live at the cottage year round just outside Ottawa Canada and commute 45 minutes into the city everyday. Given the space and the peace and quiet we have at home we couldn't imagine ourselves retiring to the congestion of a condo complex beside a cruise ship port and so when we accidentally discovered Long Island we thought "this is it"
Cathy Salter purchased this House in 2012
Why Cathy Salter chose Stella Maris
We (Cathy and Derrick) have busy jobs at home and visited Long Island for the first time in October of 2012 and immediately loved the people and the peace and quiet of the island – no cruise ship terminals, no party catamarans, no jewellery shops, no t-shirt stands and no Senior Frogs here – just beautiful beaches, warm water and sunshine. (Although a few times a week in high season you will see a cruise ship go by at night all lit up). We used to visit a different Caribbean island every year and always poked around the local real estate market – and while we saw some beautiful places nothing ever quite felt like home. While on Long Island we asked Charlie Bede at Bahamas Best Real Estate to take us around and show us a few properties just to get a feel for the island and the community. He treated us to a few local haunts, an afternoon of snorkeling and showed us quite a few places, including Pilot’s Rest which desperately needed some updating!! A few weeks after returning to Canada I was still talking about the house and the island so when Derrick jokingly said “why don’t you just buy the darn thing so I don’t have to hear about it anymore” – I did! According to Derrick that makes one of only a handful of times in the past 13 years I have actually done as I was told – hmm. After a few more trips down to move in and renovate with the help of some great friends and family, and new friends on the island, and we are now ready to share our little piece of paradise with guests. We hope you love it as much as we do.
What makes this House unique
Peace and quiet - great views, the sunrise, cruise ships going by at night all lit up, and a quick walk to the hotel with restaurant and pool bar if you don't feel like cooking, a pool and the beach. While at Stella Maris resort be sure to check out the nature pool - a very unique "pool" with a sand bottom. A quick 15 minute drive away you'll find Cape Santa Maria - my favourite beach in the Caribbean - good food in the bar and daily drink specials starting at 3:00 ( Sunday is Pina Colada day)
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
No smoking in the house please
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Great Get Away on Long Island
Cathy's house is a perfect retreat for getting away to beautiful Long Island. Convenient to all amenities at Stella Maris Resort.
Great location and all the comforts of home.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 'Pilots Rest' located in Stella Maris, Long Island Bahamas. The owner, Cathy Salter, was very responsive to all our questions and requests. The house is very well appointed and had everything we needed for our vacation stay. I would consider the fact that the house is located in the Stella Maris 'community' a major plus. It is private yet we felt very safe. We were fortunate to meet and interact with some of the homeowners and everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The lodge is less than a 5 minute drive from the house and definitely added to our enjoyable stay. Last but not least, Jeddie, the homeowners caretaker, was very welcoming and responsive to our needs. He was also a good bonefish guide. We highly recommend this property.
Nice quiet tranquil home with a feeling of privacy and great ocean view
Having been to the Stella Maris area on our sailboat it was nice to be land based. The house is open and airy getting a nice breeze most of the time, The kitchen is well equipped and the beds are comfortable. It was very pleasant eating breakfast and dinner on the deck. It it is an easy walk to the resort where you can use the pool and the beach. It is helpful to rent a car for all the other places on the island and the grocery store. Long Island is a very friendly island where you will experience the true out island Bahamian lifestyle. Kathy the owner was very helpful answering questions via e mail.I would recomend this house to families and couples that want a laid back vacation!
Glad you enjoyed Long Island from the land and thanks for the kind words. Thanks as well for the suggestions you left to help make future guests' stay enjoyable as well.
Pilot rest is a large and comfortable house perfect for enjoying scenery and visit the north.
We stayed in the house for one week. The large and well equipped kitchen (microwave, stove, coffee maker, crockpot, all pots, etc, etc) allowed us to cook and eat most of our meals while enjoying the great view of the Ocean and the secluded patio. We also enjoyed the garden and plants. One evening, we saw a large cruise ship passing along the island. Comfortable beds, very nice bathroom, large living space made our stay perfect. The location allowed us to quickly drive to all places in the north and center of the island. We visited Cape santa maria, columbus monument and great surroundings. I walked to a nearby beach and swam in the tidal pool, in the ocean and in the swimming pool. We ate at the Moonshine bar, we went bonefishing and snorkelling. Great vacations in a perfect place! Will come back to Pilot Rest.
So glad you enjoyed yourself and the house.
We'd be happy to have you back any time and next time you come the dishwasher will work as the part arrived this week.
Excellent stay. Clean and well equipped, including kitchen items. Very good for families.
Ivan, the caretaker, met us at the airport and was helpful in getting us settled at the property. At the last minute we decided to also rent the adjoining portion with the king size bed and Ivan hustled to get everything ready. The great room is spacious and well lit. As mentioned, the Stella Maris resort is nearby and all its amenities (beach, natural pool and in-ground pool) are available for use. Also, the beach at Cape Santa Maria is not far by car and it is very beautiful. The owner was quick to respond to the two or three questions we had. The kids really liked the house as well as the entire stay on Long Island.
Thanks so much Bruce,
glad everyone had a good time , and you enjoyed Long Island. We hope you visit our little piece of paradise again,
Amazing view - Unplug & Play!
My first visit to Pilot's Rest & Long Island but definitely not my last. The house has everything you need to get away from it all - clean, comfortable, Spacious rooms & bathroom, fantastic deck, great living/dining space plus a fully equipped kitchen. Leisurely mornings started with a walk to swim at "Erna's Nature Pool" (Atlantic Ocean) plus the pool beachside at Stella Maris then adventure afternoons to multiple beautiful white sand beaches. Make sure you rent a car and go exploring: up to the Columbus Monument (pack a lunch and bring your swimming gear- this is a great place to spend a day), Cape Santa Maria (on the Carribean side-beach is beyond beautiful and they have lovely happy hour specials & good menu), Dean's Blue Hole (yet another beach/ swimming experience not to be missed - bring the snorkelling gear as fun fish can be seen all around the "hole") and as the island is only 80 miles long take the drive "up South" (to the end of the road-turn right at the pink staircase for still another gorgeous white sand beach which you will likely have all to yourself for swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Carribean). The locals were all lovely & helpful, making this an unplugged paradise!
So glad you enjoyed yourself, hope to see you again soon
the Stella Maris Resort is less than 1km down the road and as a guest at Pilot's rest you have access to the beach and pool. There is also a beach bar - happy hour specials on Tuesdays. Additionally you are a 15 min drive to one of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean at Cape Santa Maria.