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Tranquil One Acre Estate On The Beach - Sunsets!!! Summer Special

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms 1.5 baths + 1 bd rm house & Casita rented separately

Casa Cowee, a rustic recently renovated island-style home on a lush private 1 acre estate, nestled in the warm, friendly community of Sandy Bay, offers dramatic million dollar views of the Caribbean and richly varied living spaces – a spacious Main House with master bedroom with new king bed and loft with queen bed or two single beds and large covered Sunset Deck where friends meet for breakfast and evening cocktails. Casa Cowee's 200-foot swimming dock (occasionally enjoyed by our neighbors) and tranquil waterfront provide unlimited fishing, snorkeling (reef in front of property), swimming, diving, dolphin-watching, and the opportunity to explore the colorful marine life in the Sandy Bay/West End Marine Reserve.

We have added two new kayaks for your enjoyment and provide you with snorkelling equipment for your stay. So you can create a dream vacation package by pre-booking tours, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Located on our beach just a couple of minutes walk is the Blue Bahia Beach Restaurant, Tranquil Seas Bar and restaurant, Fragapini bar/ restaurant at the Myoka Lodge and several local good eats. For diving Octopus Dive School, Tranquil Seas and Anthony's Key.

This unique beachfront plus rain forest property is just a short 10 min. drive to West End Village for dining, shopping and great evening entertainment. On Roatan fun is had by all residents and tourists alike.

The home is surrounded by expansive decks offering gracious outdoor living with lush tropical landscaping and exquisite sunset views. There is a charcoal BBQ on the deck.

For sleeping there is a large private Master Bedroom Pod with a new king bed and a large loft in the main living pod with a new queen bed. A single can be added upon request.

We have just added another full suite to Casa Cowee to cater to couples wanting separate sleeping/ bath quarters. This is a stunning sunny unit overlooking the water with it's own small kitchen, 3 pc bath and living space with a queen bed. It has it's own private deck. It can be added to the rental of the main house for $75.00 per night. Pictured in the last three photos on the listing

We invite you to enjoy our family home. Come live in an island paradise – relax on your private verandah overlooking the deep blue Caribbean Sea, cooled by trade winds and surrounded by the fragrance of beautiful tropical flowers.

The romantic and private Temple Tree House has just been finished and provides water front views from two decks. One large bedroom with 8' closet. Large bath with 7' open shower. Beautiful wood floors. Kitchen with new appliances. Steps from front deck directly on the beach. This house is rented separately but of course can be included in the Main House rental upon request.

Keywords: Diving Lush private rustic romantic sunsets beach dock reef dolphins fishing island luxury kayaks snorkelling huge decks, high up off the beach, estate, gated, secure, safe, fruit trees, 60' palms, massive Le Ceiba rain forest tree, lemons, jack fruit, mango tree.

Security, Casa Cowee had a theft in 2010.

Since I bought Casa Cowee in 2013 I have made it one of the most secure properties on Sandy Bay. Reason? Same as at home in Canada. If security is high there is less chance of intruders. I stay here on my own most times and I like to feel safe like everyone else. This Island is wonderful oasis and there is no need to live in a gated community. The Islanders are wonderful and helpful. The laws are now extremely strict about stealing and penalties far exceed petty crime.

We ask that all our guests use the security provided. Not only to protect them but to protect Casa Cowee's reputation and it's staffs jobs.

More Details

Property Manager
Suzanne Boyce
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Suzanne Boyce

The original owners Miss Marcia and her husband were on a road trip in the 70's that took them from their Aspen home down through the rugged backroads of Central America, they discovered the lovely island of Roatan.

Captivated by its lush tropical foliage on a hilly terrain and , crystal clear waters – the friendly, generous spirit of the locals – they bought a pristine property down the beach from what was then the only major dive operation on the island – Anthony's Key Resort.

That’s how the history of “Casa Cowee” was written. Miss Marcia passed the property on to her family and two years ago I visited and fell under it's spell. I am a Canadian from southern Ontario and fell in love with the Isle of Roatan, especially warm and natural Sandy Bay. You are part of a community here not a resort. So the next chapter in the history of Casa Cowee has begun. I know you will fall under it's spell also. Now that I have spent a good portion of a year here I know that Casa Cowee is totally unique. It is so easy to meet people, not just expats but islanders. I now have two guests who are back on the island with their families for extended stays so their kids get exposure to the real world outside of the bubble most of us live in. The kids are loving it with all their new friends, being part of the island community.

Suzanne Boyce purchased this estate in 2013

Why Suzanne Boyce chose Sandy Bay

There is no better place on Sandy Bay proper for 180 degree vista of the breathtaking waters and reef and dolphins. You are high off the beach giving you total privacy and the deck is the most popular spot for the sunset happy hours. You also have one acre of lush property surrounding you for privacy and lots of fruit trees such as lemon, lime, bananas, coconut, jack fruit, mango etc. Sandy Bay is a large area. But Casa Cowee is located on a sleepy stretch of sand that includes Anthony's Key, Myoka Lodge, the Blue Bahia and Tranquil Seas mini dive resorts. They are just a couple of minutes walk down the beach and all have restaurants and bars. Then for that special evening The Myoka Lodge on our beach also has a stunning bar and great food for happy hours and views over their infinity pool. So no need to go further than our own little friendly community. But if there is a need to step it up a pace the West End is just a 10 min. taxi ride away. This is a dive hub along with, great restaurants, bars and night clubs. The nice thing about Roatan is that everyone on the island parties together, so a great island experience.

What makes this estate unique

What Casa Cowee is – and is not ...

Casa Cowee is not a 'plug and play' unit in a gated community. It is our cherished family home, designed by a renowned local architect who was a dear friend of the original owners – and who put his passion for the island into every facet of Casa Cowee’s signature design.

Another reason I chose Roatan was that it was well outside "hurricane alley" in the Caribbean. The last instance was in 2001 but because the second largest reef in the world surrounds the island it is rare to see waves hit the shore. Floridians and Texans head to our tropical island during the hurricane season.

One of the great beauties of Roatan and the Sandy Bay location is during the 'low' season you enjoy reduced rates but are there during their flowering and fruit season. We have a multitude of fruit trees on our property you can enjoy. I found that the weather is great and the temperature the same year round. Sandy Bay is a residential area so the same action year round. Much unlike the tourist areas of West Bay and West End.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I wanted to let you know what a terrific time we had. Your house is wonderful and Iris and Marvin are awesome … We only made it as far as Punta Gorda going east, but went to The Hole in the Wall (really neat) and did the Pig Roast at Bay Islands Beach Resort. Also enjoyed the Butterfly Garden, Botanical Gardens and Iguana Farm. The snorkeling in Roatan was the BEST I have ever experienced!! Thanks so much for letting us share your paradise.
Aug 2007
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Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Sandy Bay

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Three piece in Casa Cowee
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , 3 Pc bath with 7' shower in the Temple Tree House
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , *NEW* The Palm Casita - with 3 pc bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , new 2 pc. bath in loft of Main house Casa Cowee
  • generous shower sizes and of course hot water. We have our own wells. Towel Casa Cowee now has an attached 3rd bed / sitting room with 3 pc bath, kitchen, private deck over water.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large private pod w\ 2 walk in closets direct access to bath
    loft bedroom - 1 queen , loft in main house
    Temple Tree House - 1 queen , This newly renovated house is rented separately at $750 wk
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , NEW adjoining studio w/bath,small kit, 2 decks w/wtr. view2
  • With our rooms we have upgraded our sheets to 100% Egyptian cotton and italian linen. New fluffy pillows and high quality beds. Our sheets are dried on the line. All bedrooms are large with plenty of storage and of course, excellent views. There is AC but ventilation is excellent to enjoy the breezes. new king & queen mattresses
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
spa 2 minute walk, diving with the Dolphins 4 min. walk. Botanical gardens 5 min walk. Tennis 3 min. walk Local stores 2 min walk. 10 min taxi or bus to West End beach town with many bars and restaurants. Great local restaurants and delivered meals. Recompression chamber and emergency clinic 300 yards from house. Property is a one acre private estate with lush rain forest including a stunning 120' Buttress LaCeiba tree (rain forest spectacle) Several 60 ft palms and a massive mango tree just to name a few. Orchids and other caribbean species in abundance. Bird watcher's paradise. Snorkelling on the reef right of the dock. It is hard to sit still but if you want just a private hammock and a book you have that also. Main house listed here is rented separate from the Temple Tree House. If you have more than 3 people we would recommend renting a car in advance and picking it up when you come in at the airport. If only 2 -3 people just get cabs and buses. channinboddentours.com for tours.

Reviews

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Tranquil One Acre Estate On The Beach - Sunsets!!! Summer Special
average rating of 4.7118645 based on 60 reviews
5

Breath taking

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time coming to Honduras and I will guarantee that I will be back again. Casa Cowee has one of the best views on the island by far. Just outside of your door is an amazing reef where you can spend literally all day snorkling around in. To the right off of your deck over looking the bay is the dolphin pen where you can see them jumping around every morning

Casa Cowee is very central from the grocery store and the west end where you can go for a more touristy feel. If you step on to the beach and walk down you will come to the beach grill which was by far our favourite place to be. Great drinks, amazing service and a boat full of laughs.

I highly reccomend renting this place to anyone who is coming to Roatan, it is very homey yet exotic in all its ways. I will 110% rent here again and come back for a much longer stay this time, a week is only a tease.

Thank you Susanne for an unforgettable experience.

Cheers!

  • Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow thanks Keith for the thumbs up and such a concise review. You captured the feel and in one week it is hard to enjoy everything that is available to you in our little West Sandy Bay. Then there is so much more to experience on the island. We are looking forward to your return. Cheers Suzanne
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Salt Lake City, Utah
5

A place you never want to leave

  • 5 of 5

For six years my friends and I have been looking for a replacement for our beloved Maho Bay Eco Camp on St. John.

At Casa Cowee we have finally found it: a charming house, a gorgeous pavilion above the beach, all surrounded by a tropical forest.

We enjoyed snorkeling and diving (a three minute walk away) during the day, and rum punch in the pavilion at sunset was perfect.

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dennis, It was such a pleasure having such seasoned travellers stay at Casa Cowee. When you said you were coming back with family we were so pleased! You can't get a better pat on the back. I will share this with Jose and Channin. I am still here for a few more lovely days. Cheers, Suzanne
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5

Family trip was excellent at this lovely property

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I took his three adult kids and their partners and adult grandkid. Four of the kiddos scuba and the rest of us used the kayaks and snorkeled at the house. What a grand time. We stayed in the Temple Tree House and the kids took over the rest of the property and took advantage of the large decks and spaces to catch up and chat late into the night. The property manager took us on an overview tour and to the store the first couple of days. The guys went fishing with him and the on site manager and brought home dinner. It was relaxing and fun. The resident cat stalks the agoutis that live in the undergrowth. We were surrounded by birds and butterflies and enjoyed every beautiful sunset from the deck.

We will recommend this for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of resorts and just relax for the entire vacation.

  • Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Donna for the review from the eyes of a whole extended family stay at Casa Cowee. It was good that you and Doug chose to have the privacy (you most deserve) of the Temple Tree House which is close enough but allows the freedom of the younger ones who like to hang out a bit longer into the stunning nights and skies. Your whole family was a delight to have stay. We are looking forward to your return. Cheers, Suzanne
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4

Awesome Villa for relaxation

  • 4 of 5

This was our second visit to Roatan staying at Casa Cowee, a lovely villa in tranquil Sandy Bay. We immediately felt right at home. The large covered deck provides a panoramic view of the ocean and beach and is perfect for enjoying meals, reading, relaxing in the hammocks and taking in the beautiful sunsets. The property is surrounded by lush tropical plants. We enjoyed using the bbq and taking a short walk down the beach for excellent seafood and live music some of the evenings. We found the Villa to be very clean and comfortable and fully equipped. We loved being able to snorkel along the reef a short swim from the dock and going out in the kayaks. What really made our stay so enjoyable was having Channin and Kim close by to provide transportation and pick up groceries, take us to different areas to snorkel and also water taxi service to West Bay beach for dinner. The caretaker, Jose, checked in with us often to make sure we had everything we needed. We were very impressed by how kind and helpful all of them were to us. We definitely hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review Casa Cowee again Caroline and Brian. Since you were last down, there have been a lot of improvements to Casa Cowee and Kim, Channin and Jose have made all the difference to making great vacations happen there. I am heading back for another month right now. We have some major projects happening to the house this year but we will not take away the Casa Cowee island vibe. Always appreciate your comments and help! Cheers, Suzanne
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Armstrong BC Canada
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Rat and cockroach infestation-beware!

  • 1 of 5

My friend and I stayed in the main house at Casa Cowee for two and a half weeks in February 2018. The house was comfortably appointed with a tree in the middle of the living room and unusual décor that gave it a unique charm. It had a dock on the beach with an easy swim to nice snorkeling.

The staff who manages and maintains the house were awesome and became friends during our stay. Jose, Channin and Kimberly were extremely conscientious in making sure we were comfortable and our needs were met. The one star in our rating is for their outstanding service. However, we experienced a rat infestation from the first day we arrived which persisted for the duration of our stay. We repeatedly expressed our concerns to the owner which was met with an underwhelming response and an unwillingness to take full accountability for the situation. Several attempts were made to catch or poison the rats with limited success, and the nighttime struggles of a trapped rat disturbed our sleep. This unpleasantry was further compounded when a rat that had died under the kitchen sink started to rot. The resulting smell created a secondary infestation of cockroaches inside the house. This is not the first time that this house has experienced rat problems, as evidenced a previous review.

Given the cost of renting Casa Cowee, we did not expect to be dealing with those types of problems on our vacation. For this reason, we cannot recommend this house to others as we didn’t get good value and comfort that one would expect for this cost. I am a veterinarian and my travelling companion is a biologist; we are not squeamish. Many travellers would have vacated the property at the first sign of this type of infestation

  • Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A review expected. I knew as soon as I received your email declaring an "infestation" and demanding monetary compensation there was trouble. What you failed to mention in the review (I kept your email to me), that you did not clean up your food in and out at night and invited your intruders. This was a major upset for everyone especially Jose who works so hard to keep these fellow islanders at bay and was so stressed he would lose his position. Then someone leaves an open invitation. One was taken care of immediately and the other was left to fight for his life for hours and finally crawling away to a quiet spot to die. You did NOT call Jose as instructed so he could have taken care of him humanely. Instead you complained about the audacity of the animal of keeping you awake. During your stay fellow guests in the other houses also lodged complaints, only they were about the two loud disruptive ladies in the main house. I was going to quote them but that is not allowed on this forum. I have never had a complaint about fellow guests. I believe other VRBO clients can read this complaint which is boxed in by guests before and after with no signs of a rat infestation let alone a single cockroach which is just vindictive. My people work very hard for theirs jobs by making our guests vacations as perfect as they can. Thanks for reading Suzanne
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Fantastic!!

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic place!!, This was our second visit in the last few years.

Amazing view and location. A Unique place, rustic caribbean charm. Reminds me of a place I grew up. Great snorkeling and diving right out front! Great restaurants and dive shops a very short walk down the beach. The staff is very helpful and friendly.

We hope to return as soon as possible and would highly recommend a visit!!

Stephen and Family-- NY, USA

  • Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephen, I am so happy you loved Casa Cowee on your second trip. You were there the first year I bought it and we have improved so much since but also keeping the rustic beach vibe. We can't wait for your wonderful family's return. Cheers, Suzanne
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Location

Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Cowee
Car: not necessary

Great snorkelling and diving trips with the Octupus and Tranquil Seas dive operations just a 2 min walk down the beach. Stunning sites on the second largest coral reef in the world. There are two single kayaks and snorkelling equipment included in your rental. Some of the best bonefishing in the Caribbean is right down the beach from Casa Cowee and deep sea fishing. Our local fisherman Herbie has agreed to take care of our guests fishing trips. All you have to do is go down to our dock. There are some comments about our dock being over used by locals because it is such a great swimming dock. We have had to deal with the excessive use and it is no longer an issue.

There are four restaurants 1-2 minutes walk down the beach and two bars and many delicious local food restaurants. Our property manager can arrange meals to be brought in. There is a full medical clinic in a two minute walk including a recompression chamber.

Casual West End a 10 minute taxi ride away is loaded with restaurants, bars and shops. West Bay is the big beach with the large resorts and condos. Great for a visit if you want to people watch, parasail or just a change from tranquil Sandy Bay.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Sandy Bay

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Nov 1 2017 - May 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
C$308
C$2,158
C$7,963
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
May 2 2018 - Oct 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
C$308
C$2,158
C$7,963
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
C$321
C$2,273
C$8,477
 

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly house keeping C$64.22
extra single bed nightly C$19.27
A/Ç surcharge min for wk C$96.33
Refundable Damage Deposit C$642.2

Both Casa Cowee which sleeps 4 and Temple Tree House which sleeps 2 can be rented at the same time. You can also rent the Bamboo Casita with the main house.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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