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Inis Ealu – Island Escape. Privacy, Luxury, Breathtaking Views.

Sherin Smallwood

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Inis Ealu – Island Escape. Privacy, Luxury, Breathtaking Views.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Montserrat Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, pool. Sleeps 4, but can accommodate 5 or 6 max.

To be featured on HGTV's "House Hunters International" on June 24, 2015, at 10:30 pm EST.

Inis Ealu’s panoramic views from the entry drive and from virtually every room in the house command your attention - verdant national forest on both sides and the blue Caribbean stretch out before you. This villa (completed in 2006) in beautiful Olveston is built on a ridge that stands out towards the sea to the northwest, and offers stunning views of sea, sunsets, and neighboring islands. Our home offers a pool, comfortable and tasteful furnishings, and is but a 15 minute walk (or three minute drive) from a very private and beautiful beach. Grocery store and restaurants are nearby, as well. The villa is on a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood, and offers the utmost in privacy, comfort, and relaxation.

Welcome to Inis Ealu: Welcome to our home, Inis Éalú, the Irish Gaelic (pronounced “Inish Ayloo”) for Island Escape. We chose this name to reflect the Irish heritage of Montserrat, and to describe our favorite place in the world to go to escape our frantic lives. Everything else about our home is all about Caribbean living, from the blue steel roof that matches the brilliant sea stretching out before you, to the relaxed, casual, and open feel of the home.

Private and Beautiful: The view as you approach the house is spectacular! Located at the end of Sweet Lime Lane, Olveston, in the safe zone of Montserrat, it is the only house at the end of a cul-de-sac on a ridge reaching across lush national forest to the blue sea beyond. Our home is in a quiet but friendly neighborhood, where you will enjoy privacy and peace.

The views continue as you enter the front door - the house was designed to open the living areas to the outdoors as much as practical and capture the views and cooling tradewinds from every room. Sliding doors disappear into the walls to allow free passage from every room to the outside for both you and the breeze.

Home away from home: We have furnished our home in Montserrat to be as comfortable and complete as our home in Florida so that we enjoy all the comforts of home at either place. Careful thought went into providing every convenience that we have come to expect. You will find a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, hair dryers and makeup mirrors, and plentiful linens and kitchen implements, as well as a large gas grill. There are pool toys, cards, and a few games for those so inclined, and a collection of DVDs, books, and CDs.

What you will probably appreciate most about our home, however, are the views, the pool, the proximity to beaches, and the relaxing atmosphere that we hope you find renews and recharges you as it does us when we are in our Monserrat home.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the layout of the house (2nd BR has private entrance), Inis Ealu is not appropriate for families with children under age 12.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sherin Smallwood (Owner)
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Inis Ealu – Island Escape. Privacy, Luxury, Breathtaking Views.
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

A lovely holiday home-from-home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Inis Ealu. This is a lovely property, our first impression was WOW! and nothing changed that impression throughout our two-month stay. The accommodation was spacious and nicely furnished - we enjoyed relaxing on the covered deck which provided lovely sea views and plenty of shade, the pool was great for a daily dip, the bedroom was massive and the kitchen was very practically laid out. The villa was well-equipped and our weekly maid did a great job keeping it looking spick and span for us. The Property Manager was available if we needed anything, but the notes left by the owner gave us all the information we needed anyway. The villa is in a nice area, very quiet, no traffic, no noisy neighbours - but local restaurants and attractions were all easy to get to. We did not hire a car for the whole duration of our stay and found that we could easily walk to three restaurants and a supermarket - and enjoyed many other walks as well. The bus service is great - less than a mile to the main bus route and the drivers would often bring us back right to our door! Montserrat is wonderful - we visit every year and it gets better every time! The villa and Montserrat are very highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Margaret, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Inis Ealu! It was a pleasure having such great guests. All the best to you and yours! Sherin
BC Peace, Canada

Inis Ealu - Breathtaking View

  • 4 of 5

When we first arrived at Inis Ealu it was already dark and during the night we heard goats bleating and roosters crowing, so we didn't know what to think of it. But when it became daylight and we saw the breathtaking view, the well landscaped garden and all the tropical vegetation we knew this was for us! The villa is exactly like it is described and we had Yvette stock the fridge with essentials for our arrival, so we were able to have leisurely breakfast out on the deck the first morning. There are grocery stores nearby, but it is recommended to have a vehicle, selection of course is limited to what we are used to in Canada but you can get everything you need if you are looking for it. The villa is at the end of a lane so you don't have any through traffic, but you can hear the road and neighbours, but not that it would be disturbing! The villa itself is equipped with everything you could possibly need to do your own cooking and we drank the water right out of the tap! We really enjoyed having WI-FI, and the pool is a nice size for a quick dip on a hot day. We really enjoyed our stay, felt safe and welcome by the locals! We would suggest to have a driver pick you up at the airport as we did as we probably would not have found the place easy!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay! All the best to you!

Inis Ealu - a beautiful island escape

  • 4 of 5

Hi Sherin & Jace,

Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. We were met in Ottawa by ice and snow. How different from Montserrat. We just wanted to thank you for an incredible months stay at your beautiful home. It was breathtaking in every way.

Our son was there for a week of sensational diving and he just finished piecing together a you tube video of his underwater dives. If you'd like a peek, go to the you tube site and enter "scuba diving in Montserrat 2012". When he gets back from Cayman, he'll post the memorable rides up to Jack Boy and Garabaldi.

We want to thank you for making Montserrat an adventure we'll always remember.

Your beautiful home, the grapefruits, bananas and coconuts growing on the trees in the back yard (we used the coconut milk to make rice & shrimps one evening), the beautiful flowers around the property, Olveston House ("hi" from Margaret and Carol-this was our favorite restaurant), The Green Monkey, Scuba Montserrat, Air Studios, Garabaldi Lookout, Jack Boy Hill, Gourmet Gardens, the path over mountaintop to Rendex-vous Beach, The Attic, Ziggy's, Royal Palms, Tina's Restaurant, Pont's (John Ponteen says hi), Socacabana, the MVO - all made our stay so memorable.

We loved the fireflies at night, the incredible rainbows after a rainfall and "Gooey" the egret who entertained us every day with his hunting skills. I was able to pick up some old commemorative stamps depicting the Soufriere eruption, Columbus's discovery of Montserrat, the 200th Anniversary commerating Charles Darwin and a stamp issued to celebrate Princess Diana. Troy's boat trip to Plymouth was incredible; you have to be there to understand what total devastation is. The people of Montserrat are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home when you visit.

We managed to get out every morning for long walks that gave us a bird's eye view of smoking Soufriere volcanoe.

We found some German wines to complement the fresh bread/rolls from Peters Bakery. There's a new business in town called Umpires-they have wholewheat bagels (delicious) and a very large variety of frozen beef, chicken and shrimp.

Many thanks for everything.

Anne, Brian & Dan

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

incredibly beautiful villa in an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Inis Ealu is an incredibly beautiful villa in an amazing place.

The attention to fine detail was clearly visible inside and

outside as well. The rooms are large and bright with well placed

ceiling fans that were seldom needed. The location on the top

of the ridge kept it cool, breezy, and very comfortable.

The kitchen is equipped with everything a good cook might need.

The villa is very private and blessedly quiet, The views of the

mountains and the sea were ever changing, especially the vivid

colorful sunsets that were tinted by the volcanic ash.

The exculsion zone had opened the day before our arrival,

so it is now possible to drive into the villages south of

the Bellham Valley. The sights to be seen there are almost

impossible to describe. In some ways it looked like the end

of the world as these areas have endured the brunt of the eruptions.

The plant life is glorious, the guavas and jamun fruits are abundant and

delicious and can be found throughout Cork Hill and the village of Weekes.

With the volcanic activity low and a large part of the exclusion

zone open to daytime entry, you can see incredible views of the destruction

of Plymouth from the safety of nearby Richmond Hill.

These are sights not to be missed, Plymouth really is a modern day Pompeii.

And after a day of exploration, the cool refreshing infinity pool awaits

back at the villa. There's no better way to end the day than with a rum punch

on the verandah watching the sky glowing pink and purple with the

mysterious Redonda island off in the distance.

One word of caution...there is a spring at Runaway Gut.

Legend has it, if you drink from the spring you'll come back to Montserrat:

"if you drink the waters from this burn, to Montserrat you will return."

I sipped from the spring in 2008....

then returned in 2010, and now again in 2011, so be warned!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

A truly one-of-a-kind-place, our stay at Inis Ealu was the perfect backdrop to a wonderful week in Montserrat. The house was clean, comfortable (even with no A/C!!), and more than adequate for two couples. Whether relaxing by the pool, cooking a meal or just soaking in the view of Nevis and Redonda this villa will not disappoint.

The villa is located near some great restaurants, as well as fantastic beaches and everything else is a relatively easy drive away. Its location also offers all the privacy you will need, as we never were disturbed by another person (roosters notwithstanding!).

Montserrat is a wonderful destination for those seeking a true Caribbean getaway.

Those seeking the resort and/or casino vacation need not apply! The brightest spot of our entire trip was how friendly and sincere everyone we met was. You always hear how friendly the locals are, etc., etc., when traveling, but I can assure you that Montserrat is the definition of friendly. A fantastic Caribbean Experience, all made better by staying at Inis Ealu.

Our Personal Recommendations (when not at Inis Ealu):

Beaches: Bunkum Bay, Rendevous (worth the kayak rental!), Lime Kiln, Little Bay

Restaurants: Olveston House (best on the island), Pont’s Beach View (great owner, great food and the best atmosphere), The Attic (can’t beat the Fish lunch), Gourmet Gardens (best Schnitzel in the Caribbean!!), 4B’s (best pizza!), Royal Palm (best location, most expensive!)

Rental Car: Get one!

Must have: Rooster’s Hot Sauce

Oh, and there is a volcano that is pretty cool to see as well!

Thanks Jace and Sheri for sharing!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

a perfect piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

On our third visit to Montserrat we chose to stay at inis ealu. This is our first stay at inis ealu and let me tell you it is absolutely fantastic. The size of the villa is perfect, the pool is's all perfect. Tucked away on a cul-de-sac just a hop skip and a jump away from a phenomenal beach and a few restaurants....even a grocery store...all within a short walk. If you want a relaxing vacation and a place to call a location that is not bustling with tourists....where you mostly hear only birds and tree frogs....this just may be the place for you. Kick back and enjoy.....we did.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Availability subject to sea conditions.
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and take a boat tour to visit Plymouth, the former capital of Montserrat that is now buried under volcanic deposits.


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per week

Montserrat Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer (low season)
May 18 2015 - Nov 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
winter (high season)
Nov 15 2015 - Apr 14 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0.00
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes $1500.00/ week High season -$1000.00/ week Summer. A 7% visitors tax will be charged by the island
A deposit of 50% of the total price is due at the time of booking. Upon receipt of your bank draft, you will receive written confirmation of your reservation. Final payment is due 30 days before departure. For bookings made less than 30 days previous to departure, full payment is due at the time of booking. Minimum one week stay, with additional days or longterm rental considered. Last minute bookings also accepted with wire transfer ($15 fee)

Cancellation: All moneys paid are subject to forfeit dependent upon villa being re-rented for the period of the canceled rental. If the villa is re-rented, then a full refund will be made, less a $100.00 cancellation charge and the cost of foreign exchange.
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Montserrat Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , guest bedroom ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , open outdoor shower in garden
  • Both bedrooms have private ensuite baths (bathrooms 1 and 2), and there is a half-bath for guests. Bathroom 4 is an outdoor coldwater shower in the yard for rinsing off. All linens, including beach towels, are provided, as well as magnifying makeup mirrors and hairdryers in both full baths.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , private pool deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private entry
  • All linens included. Bedroom 1 (master bedroom with king bed) has sliding doors opening to a private veranda that steps down two steps to the pool. Bedroom 2 (guest room with queen bed and double futon) has a private patio at garden level and a separate private entrance.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Well equipped kitchen has all appliances (gas stove, dishwasher, refrigerator-ice-maker), linens, generous collection of nice dinnerware, utensils, flatware, etc. Everything needed for preparing a gourmet meal is at your fingertips. Granite countertops include a small eating bar at the kitchen, and a pass-through to the lanai making dining outdoors most pleasant. Indoor dining table seats six, and another table on lanai seats four to six. A mahogany bar there seats two. Living room has sliding doors that open the indoor living area to the outdoor living space. Comfortable sofa and chairs are provided if you choose to relax indoors in front of the flatscreen TV, but we prefer to do most of our living outdoors. Plenty of comfortable chairs make the lanai our favorite spot to watch the water, enjoy the pool, and dine. Bedrooms are large, both w/ ensuite baths. Upstairs master has private deck by pool; downstairs guest suite has private patio overlooking garden and sea.

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