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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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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Thom Zerhusen
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

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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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Bodden Town, Cayman Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • cell phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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Castaway by the Sea - Cottage - "Private" Beach Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews

Castaway did not disappoint.

  • 5 of 5

Much of what I will write would be repetitive of others, but there is a lot to be said for a private cottage that overlooks beach and ocean with well-kept grounds, great hosts, and central location away from congested Seven Mile area. The availability to just walk down and snorkel out front was a wonderful option. The cottage leaves you wanting for nothing and Thom and Susan are wonderful hosts. Cons: Noise. We were aware of being on the main road (and the somewhat treacherous driveway passage), so we understood that in making our reservation. Everything else about this place is too awesome to give it less than 5 stars, despite the loud road noise (and frequent rooster crowing :-/). Give it a try!

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful, relaxing week at Castaway Cottage. It was even better than described. Great view, private beach and away from the crowds with yummy restaurants near by. Backing out of the drive is a bit treacherous as others have noted, but everything else makes up for it! Thom's rum cake is a tasty treat too. Hope to return.

  • Submitted: 3-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at Castaway Cottage in spite of the clouds. Thom & Susan we’re awesome hosts. We explored more of the island and had a great break from bone chill temps back home. The house has everything you need. Snorkeling out the back yard. Having breakfast on the porch every morning. Truly paradise . Thanks again

  • Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A jem!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect for us. Very comfortable and well appointed. Really felt like home. Hoping to make it back soon.

Thom, and Susan, are great hosts!

Friendly, and knowledgeable, without being intrusive,

Made us feel right at home, and that we were among kindred spirits.

The deck, and little private beach area, were awesome, and we felt very blessed, to have this beauty mainly to ourselves.

The landscaping, and deck, really added an element of quit seclusion.

We found it hard, to leave, and go exploring, because it was just so dang nice, just hanging out!

And the snorkeling, off the shore, was stellar- cler, vibrant, and easy.

We will definitely be back!

Kim & George

  • Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed, cozy & comfortable rental

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this rental have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and hassle - free. Example: My bathing suit shoulder strap ripped and there was even a sewing kit in the bedroom to sew it back together! Central air felt great, shower head had perfect pressure, private oceanfront beach area/ water access. Location of house is 15 min away from very busy/crowded Seven Mile Beach. It was a relief to have a place to stay away from that chaos! Awesome waterfront restaurants just a few miles down the road from the rental. The ONLY drawback to this place is the driveway having blind spots in both directions in our low vehicle. Perhaps it wouldn’t be an issue in an SUV but this is the only reason we wouldn’t rent this house again. Otherwise, you really shouldn’t pass up on this rental.

  • Submitted: 8-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect paradise getaway. Private and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Sunrise coffee on the awesome deck. Our own private beach. Five minute swim to a great snorkeling reef. Thom and Susan are the most kind and gracious hosts. Low key Bolden Town Vibe. What are you waiting for?

  • Submitted: 6-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Bodden Town, Cayman Islands

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 15 2018
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 16 2018 - Aug 15 2018
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Aug 16 2018 - Oct 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Nov 1 2018 - Dec 16 2018
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 17 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 6 2019 - Apr 22 2019
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 23 2019 - Aug 15 2019
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Aug 16 2019 - Oct 31 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$121.71

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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