About SailAway Cottages

Are you looking for an affordable stay in what is generally touted as a “luxury vacation paradise”?  SailAway Cottages offers you options.   Come stay with us and enjoy local knowledge, a quiet neighbourhood, and at max a 15 minute drive to Grace Bay – the “touristy” area.    Check out our cottages here

Who are we and what is our story?

We are Karen and John Lawson – transplanted Canadians.   Life Motto? Keep doing it until it stops being fun!! We moved down to TCI with two babies in 1999. We were going to stay for only one year, but we fell in love with TCI.  We brought our two children up here, who are now living in Canada, and feeling grateful that they have a warm place to visit at Christmas!!!  We started our love affair with the Caribbean when we got married – as we took a year off to sail from Toronto to the Bahamas on a small sailboat. When we returned to Canada, we got “real” jobs, but spent every vacation chartering sailboats throughout the Caribbean. We realized the hustle and bustle of city life was not for us… and here we are today.

We converted our 2 car garage into a suite for our parents to stay because as you can imagine they were very sad that we took their grandchildren away from them when we moved south.    We renovated the suite a few years ago and decided to try this “short term rental” thing out.   We loved it!   We enjoy meeting people from all over the world, and sharing our little piece of paradise with them.   We then built The LightHouse Cottage in 2018, and The Sail Loft in 2020.   Most recently, (2023) we renovated a guest suite in our own home, (The Captain’s Quarters), which now has it’s own private entrance, and two private decks.   

We make ourselves as available as you want us to be.  We love to provide advice and suggestions, but if you truly want to get away from it all and don’t want to interact, we respect that as well.     We want you to have the vacation of your dreams, and we are here to help you achieve  that.  

Read Our Airbnb Reviews

  •   Karen, John and Soldier were amazing hosts! We had a splendid time on the beach with Soldier and swimming the days away.

    thumb Elisabeth
    July 7, 2024

      Great place, enjoyed our time!

    thumb Amanda
    July 2, 2024

      Our stay at the Lighthouse can be described as “Rest, Relax, and Repeat”, just what the doctor ordered. It was nice to stay in a place away from... read more

    thumb Armando
    June 26, 2024
  •   We loved our visit at the Lighthouse! The beach is a 3 min walk and is beautiful and quiet. We loved having kayaks and paddleboards available to go out and... read more

    thumb Jennifer
    June 12, 2024

      The Lighthouse is absolutely perfect! We (4 people total - 2 couples) had a beautiful 4 night stay (wish it was longer). The accommodations with a King bed... read more

    thumb Kristin
    May 8, 2024

      Karen and the Lighthouse deserve the highest possible rating; if I could give it more than a 5 I certainly would. . I probably drove her batty with... read more

    thumb Peter
    May 1, 2024
  •   Our family had an amazing stay at the Lighthouse! Karen was the perfect host, always responsive and very kind! The house is perfectly situated only few steps from the quiet... read more

    thumb Nils
    April 21, 2024

      The Lighthouse was a great place for a private relaxing vacation and Karen was on top of every query we had. The property was an easy drive from the... read more

    thumb Jeffrey
    March 26, 2024

      Perfect location and so easy to walk to the beach. Chairs, towels, umbrella and small cooler available. Open up the doors to jump right in the pool from the living... read more

    thumb Jarret
    March 18, 2024
  •   We could not have asked for more from our time at the Lighthouse. From the moment we pulled up until the moment we left we had such a wonderful time.... read more

    thumb Stephanie
    March 12, 2024

      The Lighthouse Cottage offers a very comfortable and private place to stay. It’s off the beaten path. Well away from the large resorts yet a short drive to all you... read more

    thumb Michael
    March 2, 2024

      Great place to stay with outstanding beach a 2 minute walk. Use of kayak and SUP on kayak( less then minute walk) was our start to every day in... read more

    thumb Dave
    February 24, 2024
  •   Fantastic location having the canal and the beach all in walking distance. The Stand up paddle boards and kayaks in the canal are a great way to start the... read more

    thumb Lauren
    February 11, 2024

      Karen and John were phenomenal hosts. They made sure we had all the information we needed and were happy to give additional suggestions for restaurants, things to do etc. ... read more

    thumb Laura
    February 7, 2024

      Karen's Lighthouse villa was perfect! Great location with an easy walk to the beach, which was small but the sand and water were beautiful and it was very private. ... read more

    thumb Michael
    February 3, 2024
  •   Karen is the most personable host. From weeks prior to arrival, well over a year she reached out. Karen has been so reachable by text, and responded immediately. From estate... read more

    thumb Chris
    January 27, 2024

      Karen and John were wonderful hosts! Our 1st visit to TCI and stay at the Lighthouse exceeded expectations. This is a great property for two couples traveling together.

    thumb Carrie
    January 22, 2024

      We loved staying at the lighthouse! We were looking for something a little quieter and off the beaten path, with a private pool. The lighthouse checked all the boxes and... read more

    thumb Kim
    January 15, 2024
  •   Karen and John were great hosts and made our stay very comfortable. This was our second time in Provo and we loved more than the last one.

    Quiet location,... read more

    thumb Sudeep
    December 28, 2023

      Our family had a fabulous stay at the Lighthouse Cottage! The location and house were absolutely beautiful! Karen was a great host! We loved the beach and all... read more

    thumb Kim
    November 28, 2023

      This was our first visit to Turks & Caicos and we loved our stay at the LightHouse Cottage!
    Karen was extremely helpful at every step from our initial reservation... read more

    thumb Raj
    November 21, 2023
  •   🩷Heaven on earth🩷. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds of Grace Bay, Karen’s place is an amazing retreat. The layout is absolutely perfect for 2 couples. ... read more

    thumb Jessica
    November 11, 2023

      The Lighthouse is an incredible place to stay and enjoy all the island has to offer. The lighthouse itself is a very cool feature and perfect for morning coffee and... read more

    thumb Jason
    November 3, 2023

      Karen and John were fantastic hosts and the house was lovely . . It was exactly what we needed for our vacation! We loved the private beach, the private... read more

    thumb Nicole
    October 7, 2023
  •   We (2 couples) absolutely loved our stay at Karen's! We had a slight issue with the AC, and her partner, John, came over that night to help us find a... read more

    thumb Margot
    September 24, 2023

      The Lighthouse was the perfect spot for our first trip to T&C. Karen provided us with a great guide for the island and the house, which is located in... read more

    thumb Bob
    August 9, 2023

      The house is tucked in a nice neighborhood with a great beach just a very short and easy walk away. Both bedrooms are separate from the living and kitchen area.... read more

    thumb Laura
    August 1, 2023
  •   Our family of 4 had such a wonderful time at this Lighthouse in paradise for my 50th birthday!!! Karen and John (and Soldier) were fantastic hosts!! Friendly, inviting and super... read more

    thumb Jenna
    July 24, 2023

      We had a great vacation at the Lighthouse. Karen and John are great hosts, as is Soldier who was with us every day and loved to show us to the... read more

    thumb Christopher
    July 15, 2023

      Our stay at the Lighthouse Cottage was nothing short of amazing! In every way!! Karen and John are wonderful hosts. We had everything we needed for a perfect family vacation!... read more

    thumb Grace
    July 7, 2023