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Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
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Bequia Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

The only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines!

Overview

The Old Fort is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dating back to before 1763 (that's the earliest established date from ancient maps) when French settlers started migrating to the Caribbean. It is ideal for guests that seek something different to the ordinary, those that want utmost relaxation in a special and magical location. We have been recommended by various international publications as the perfect place to go to unwind, boasting an exceptional venue that can also host any special events such as a wedding or romantic honeymoon.

Extremely private yet only minutes away from the best beaches, we are proud to offer hard-to-find classical ambiance in a beautiful natural setting. The Old Fort Historic Estate has a breath-taking location on the top of a large undisturbed estate that stretches over several hillsides down to the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Spectacular views, one can only dream of, overlook the horizon and the numerous Eastern and Southern Grenadine Islands. Not only can one see Bequia's close neighbour, chic Mustique which according to many can be quite uninspiring, but on a clear day also distant Grenada, which lies over 50 miles away.

The Old Fort reflects plantation house roots and has a total of eight low-key lux rooms. Numerous indoor and outdoor sitting areas allow you to enjoy island living to the fullest! There are many activities to choose from, for instance hiking through one of the many nature trails that takes you through the estate down to a private beach, or simply just enjoy the grand pool, which according to Gully Wells, who is one of the senior writers for magazines such as Condé Nast Traveller, 'is one of the most beautiful in the world'.

Amenities

Large plantation buildings rebuilt from an ancient ruin, a historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, elegant suites located in various areas of the expansive property, an assortment of balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views along all the Grenadine Islands, a grand swimming pool with waterfall, a separate kids pool with grotto, an open air & inside bar, a club room lounge with massive sitting area and fireplace, beautiful custom-designed showers, large lush inside and outside gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, grand living areas with high open ceilings, several different nature trails leading through the estate to several amazing viewing spots located just above the ocean, two beautiful beaches (One black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys, dogs and cats (Kids love them), and a trained courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen with its delicious menus and numerous international as well as local specialties.

The Old Fort, Historic Estate is the only fully restored plantation house in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the heart of one of the most magnificent estates in the Caribbean. Book with us and enjoy an unforgettable experience for any occasion (kindly inform us if you require smaller or larger accommodations so that we can offer you a different rates package).

• Complimentary pickup from the Bequia Airport or the Ferry Terminal upon arrival

• A delicious home-made rum punch or one of our freshly made juices as a welcome treat

• A large selection of spacious luxurious suites, all with custom made en-suite bathrooms

• Complimentary wireless broadband internet in all rooms and around the entire property

• A personalized full daily staff and maid service to help spoil you throughout your stay

• The Old Fort's recognized kitchen offering a variety of delicious menus (guests are solely asked to pay shopping bills)

• A specialized chef and provisioning service during your stay (items can be ordered and stocked before your arrival)

• The private grand swimming pool with its waterfall and separate plunge pool with grotto (ideal for kids and families)

• Exclusive use of the spacious property with its numerous tropical gardens and chill-out areas

• The largest estate property on the island, stretching over several hillsides to the beautiful ocean below

• A complimentary daily shuttle service to and from the nicest beach on the island

• An astro-turf tennis court of which we have an exclusive membership

• Two ocean kayaks which can be used anytime and can be delivered to the beach for you

• Enjoy numerous nature trails, pasture areas and lookout points around the entire estate

* Book two weeks or more and receive a 15% discount on your booking (not for Peak Season bookings)

** Additional accommodations are available in the new Sugar House which has been built on the foundation of an ancient Sugar Mill and is only a few steps away

More Details

Details for Historic Estate 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23, 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms

This accommodation was the original main plantation house where the crops were processed back in the middle-ages. The estate, which was a complete ruin, has been totally rebuilt and renovated. The property consists of 6 luxurious uniquely styled rooms and can accommodate up to 13 guests with the option of extending to an additional 4 with the rental of the new Sugar House located just next door. The property has its own grand pool with a waterfall, separate kids pool with natural pebbled grotto and various relaxation areas. It also has a banquet style kitchen with a large inside and outside dining room area and a lounge including an inside bar. The Old Fort also has it's own outside bar from where one can enjoy gazing at the stunning views overlooking all the Grenadine Islands. The property has large grounds and gardens with numerous sitting areas, terraces, balconies and much much more. It is entirely private and is truly grand and exceptional!
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
From the first moment we arrived we loved this guesthouse, high on the hill of Mount Pleasant and with breath-taking views. We would recommend it to anyone. We chose to "hedge our bets" with a 4-day stay at The Old Fort and a 5-day stay at the Bequia Beach hotel, so that we got plantation style character as well as a bit of hotel luxury during our time on Bequia. The Old Fort was better than expected. Clearly this is not 5-star luxury, but the bedrooms are beautiful, spacious and have everything you could want - and it all works. We had a gorgeous Caribbean-style four-poster with the ubiquitous mosquito net, plus two sofas and a little kitchenette. Our daughter's room was also very attractive with its dark wood and white nets over the bed. They look like rooms you might read about in a novel. Even the wifi was reliable (and that can be a problem on Bequia). You can choose to eat in, at their small dining area on the verandah where crickets and birds serenade you under the moonlight (ahhh!) and they will cook excellent meals to your request, within reason. Our only slight quibble was that it was quite a task to find out how much anything cost - there are no price lists! So we approached each meal with trepidation, unsure how much we were adding to our bill. In fact, the costs were in line with a meal in a normal restaurant in town, though we thought the wine was a bit more expensive. The pool at The Old Fort is fabulous, with flat sunbeds which are fixed in the shade, and some deckchairs in the sunshine. Note to Quirin from my sunworshipping daughter though - some proper moveable sunbeds would be nice!...



Stayed January 2013, traveled with family



- Jan46 (England)

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Q. Schaedle

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While exploring the island, a few weeks after their arrival to Bequia on Christmas Eve 1978, Sonja and Otmar Schaedle stumbled upon a lonely spot above the sea - a place with a glorious view over the Grenadines. Formidable walls, ancient water cisterns and heavy foundations - all abandoned!

The discovery haunted them. When they returned to Bequia the following year, they were in love with the island so much that they had the idea of moving there for several months every year during their long summer holidays. After contacting the family which owned the ruins and estate, they were able to purchase the property.

A few years later, excavation began and many more ruins were uncovered - a sturdy gateway with protecting flanks, a huge oven and a cellar. The first European settlers in the Grenadine islands were French. Local hearsay indicated that there had been a plantation on the site. Sure enough, the original French family name of the former owners and a map dating back to 1763 were found in old documents.

The challenge was obvious. The restoration of the building had to grow out of the old ruins. To match the traditional style, the same beautiful stones were used, as well as timber from the local forests. The arches, cisterns and the stone floors had to be rebuilt by Bequia’s skilled craftsmen, while using imaginative reconstruction, based on how the original might have looked. Clearing of the property ended in 1982, while the construction of the buildings was finally finished in 1986.

Up to this day, the tower of The Old Fort can been seen crowning Mt. Pleasant Point. It is surrounded by shaded terraces and large gardens. Guests enjoy the glittering sea below and the emerald islands stretching outward to the south, including the little sister island of Mustique and distant Grenada. Little changed from times gone by with The Old Fort still being a truly magical place like it was generations before.

Q. Schaedle purchased this chateau / country house in 1980

To find something special, to discover the extraordinary, one has to search for it. And there, lies the secret of this island. Visitors do not just arrive in Bequia, they discover it like an amazing treasure.

The Windward Islands, especially the tiny Grenadines, are renowned as one of the world's most beautiful holiday destinations. Bequia is a jewel and is situated within this chain of islands, located west of Barbados. It is part of the State of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bequia provides a unique atmosphere that blends total relaxation with a wealth of interesting activities. Here there are no crowds but a very special lifestyle which brings people together. Bequia welcomes visitors as part of the community and expect to be treated as a guest and friend, not just a 'tourist'.

Amenities include: large plantation buildings rebuilt on ancient ruins, historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, comfortable rooms located in various areas of the expansive property, numerous balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views along all the Grenadine Islands, grand swimming pool with waterfall, separate plunge pool with grotto, open air and inside bar, club room lounge with massive sitting area and fireplace, beautiful round open-air natural-pebbled showers, large lush inside and outside gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, large living areas with high open shingled ceilings, several nature trails leading through the large estate which stretches all the way down to the sea, two unspoiled beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys and dogs (kids love them!), and a trained and courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen which can accommodate your every desire.

Sleeps23
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
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COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

Jakie Roper, US

What a wonderful place! My husband took me to the Old Fort on Bequia as a birthday surprise and he couldn't have chosen better. The house and garden are lovely (bouganvilia and humming birds; lizards and fire-flies) the views are breath-taking, and the staff were charming and very welcoming. They also have very friendly dogs!
Qirin, whose family has owned the Old Fort for almost thirty years, is a genial host who couldn't have been more helpful, offering recommendations on restaurants and trips (ask him about the speedboat to Tobago Cays). We heartily recommend the Old Fort and Bequia, and sincerely hope to be back.

Amedeo, Italy

I'd been two times at The Old Fort.
It's one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Hoping to come again soon.
Ciao
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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Map

Nearest Airport
6.5 Kilometres
J.F. Mitchell Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Port Elizabeth
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
Princess Margaret Beach
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Sugar Hill Bar
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Canouan Island
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Sugar Hill Restaurant
Car: not necessary

While one reads all about the more visited Caribbean destinations such as the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Caymans, and St. Martin, it's often hard to find information about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. One reason is that St. Vincent, a bountiful island with vast coconut and banana plantations, in the past never primarily depended on tourism as a source of income, and another is that the Grenadines are remote and can only be reached by yachts or commuter airlines. As a result, these islands are the perfect haven for travellers searching for quiet, beautiful getaways surrounded in natural splendours, rather than islands full of glitzy hotels, casinos and jet loads of tourists.

The romantic island of Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) was named the island of the clouds (although some now say it was named the crutch because of its shape) by the Carib Indians and has changed little with time. Due to its seclusion from the rest of the world, Bequia has built up a strong seafaring history, with age-old traditions in boat building, fishing and even whaling, being one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed by the International Whaling Commission. It has also been a sanctuary for sailors long before any other visitors discovered the Grenadines.

Gold-sandy beaches, many of which disappear into coves that are excellent for sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling, encircle Bequia. The centre of the island is hilly and forested, providing a dramatic backdrop to the bays and beaches. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world, and here visitors can enjoy the quaint waterfront, lined with bars, restaurants and craft shops. Isolated enough to remain relatively unspoiled, yet lively enough to be stimulating and entertaining, Bequia provides a blend of the old and new that many find perfect.

On Bequia you will meet some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean that will welcome you to the island and make you feel at home immediately. It is also a great place to make new international friends from all over the world, go on a day sail, go hiking, or just 'lime' under a coconut tree with your favourite beverage. Bequia’s simple, unhurried lifestyle and beauty boasts a magical charm that leaves visitors wanting more.

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Availability & Rates

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Bequia Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
May 1 2014 - Dec 20 2014
1 night minimum stay
$1,240
$8,680
 
 
Peak Season
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 7 2015
1 night minimum stay
$1,660
$11,620
 
 
Winter Season
Jan 8 2015 - Apr 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
$1,380
$9,660
 
 
Summer Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 20 2016
1 night minimum stay
$1,240
$8,680
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$1,240
$8,680
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0.00
We charge a 50% refundable deposit in the total amount for your stay, payable through MasterCard, Visa, or wire transfer with the balance being due upon arrival (credit card payments are subject to a standard 5% bank fee). In the event you would like to cancel we will refund 50% of what you paid up to 1 month before arrival (2 months for Peak Season bookings) less a 5% bank processing fee.
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes We cannot be held liable for injuries or damages to a guest or his/her possessions, unless damages caused are a direct result of gross negligence on our behalf. Guests can use The Old Fort premises at their own risk. Damages to The Old Fort or its contents should be reported. Guests will be asked to pay the cost of repairs if damages have resulted through negligence or abuse of property.
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Amenities

Bequia Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 16000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Spa
General:
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Lobster Pot
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Little Tower Room - toilet , shower
    Honey Room - toilet , shower
    Petit Nevis Room - toilet , shower
    Guest Toilet - toilet
    Pool Shower - outdoor shower , Located outdoors next to the pool
    Master Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , Features a custom-made bathtub made with local pebble stones
    Planter's Room - toilet , shower
    Top Tower Room - toilet , shower
  • Each suite has its own uniquely styled bathroom!
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Top Tower Room - 1 queen , Queen-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, great views
    Petit Nevis Room - 1 queen , Queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom, private balcony
    Master Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , Master bedroom large in size with King-size bed
    Little Tower Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Intimate room ideal for kids
    Honey Room - 1 king , King-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, AC, balcony
    Planter's Room - 1 queen , Queen-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, AC
  • The Old Fort can sleep up to 15 guests comfortably, all in separately located suites. For larger groups there is also an option to extend including the new Sugar House, which is located next door to the main plantation building. The Sugar House has been built within ancient sugar mill foundations and has two bedrooms that can sleep 4 additional guests comfortably.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Sailboat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Car Optional
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
Notes:
Large plantation buildings rebuilt on ancient ruins, historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, comfortable rooms located in various areas of the expansive property, numerous balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views along all the Grenadine Islands, grand swimming pool with waterfall, separate kids pool with grotto, open air & inside bar, club room lounge with massive sitting area and fireplace, beautiful round open-air natural-pebbled showers, large lush inside and outside gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, large living areas with high open shingled ceilings, several nature trails leading through the large estate which stretches all the way down to the sea, two unspoiled beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys and dogs (kids love them!), and a trained and courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen which can accommodate your every desire.
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