Montserrat is not for everyone. It is remote and typical Caribean amenities are less available. The island runs almost strictly on a cash economy and there is only 1 bank machine. We (adult couple and 2 teens) booked a stay here for 4 days and want nothing but to come back, hopefully to Julian's place. Communication ahead of time was excellent with Julian's on island contact Susan. I did not know but a vehicle is necessary so she arranged one last minute. The house is one of a few on a steep hill and former plantation. Each home far enough away from each other you dont see your neighbours. As with all of Montserrat, there are chickens and lizards everywhere. Our house was perfect. Great views of the sea, we sat and watch the volcano vent from the patio in the early evening The kitchen is small but not too small. The beds are very nice.
But the best part was the introduction to Winston, on island for 50 years, former deputy police chief, now a business man who picked us up from the ferry, gave us advice on where to go, and took us on a tour of Plymouth. All worth while. I highly recommend this place.
Just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your
home. The views are amazing! We spent almost all our awake time there
sitting on the deck looking at Old Town! We had no real issues with the
house that really interfered with our comfort.
Just an FYI:
We couldn't get the dishwasher to work properly - not an issue with 4 of
us to share the dishwashing duties.
Never did get the Nespresso to work. Again not an issue as there is also a coffee maker.
There were some spices, cooking products, coffee, etc available which was nice.
The drains in tubs are slow and may need a good cleaning) - I know from our last rental last year that this seems to be an issue at some spots.
The oven temp gauge didn't seem to be correct. It said it was in Celsius
but still didn't seem to be as hot as it should have been. We just
cranked it up and everything cooked eventually.
Other than these little things everything was great. Some people may
have more of an issue with it. After spending 3 weeks in Montserrat I
realize repairing/purchasing etc is a much bigger issue than in Canada.
Also for myself the only thing I wished for was a fan of some type in
the bedroom for the warmer/stiller nights. Was really my only wish.
(the owner responded that there are fans available upon request - AC is not necessary at all as there is often a breeze coming in the windows. I just tend to run hot. lol)
We did lots of walking and by the end of our trip were able to go to the
top or bottom and back. (This was not something I thought possible when driving up the very steep road upon arrival) Swam every day and visited some little local bar everyday, met lots of people, I think all our neighbours, I would suggest getting involved in the community to get a better feel for Montserrat. 8am Sunday mornings go to MAPS (opposite Tradewinds Real Estate) and volunteer to walk the dogs. It is a great outing and much appreciated. Truly loved it on the Island. Literally everyone, kids to seniors, are very friendly, always with a wave and a "have a great day". No vendors trying to sell, sell, sell.
Did learn for next time - when there is milk, yoghurt, etc buy the trips
worth and freeze and if you really need it - take it down with you. Also groceries are very expensive - I would suggest asking locals for buying hints.
Again Thanks for the use of your lovely home. Beds were very comfy!!
Everything was perfect for myself, my husband and our friends! Hopefully see you next year!