About the property
- Villa1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
A place to unwind, an island to enjoy!
Cedar retreat is a retreat in the real sense of the word. Seek sanctuary from the world of traffic, discos, dogs, and roosters. Relax to the sound of birds during the day, tiny tree frogs at night, and the distant sound of the surf below.
The house is set on sloping hillside 200 feet above the ocean with a view of the Grenadine islands of Balliceaux and Mustique.
Cedar Retreat is in the shape of a Geodesic dome and has a central open plan living area.
The unique shape of the building with its web of interconnected beams is just one of the dome’s unusual features. A spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom suspended from the dome ceiling. Further steps lead up to a viewing tower. Fall asleep while counting stars through the large skylight directly over the queen-sized bed. Another great feature is the acoustics in the living room. The sound of the hidden surround – speaker system is highlighted by the geodesic interior shape of the living room. Bach’s fugue not only sounds terrific but also makes you feel as if you are inside a cathedral.
The most important feature of the dome design is coolness. It is shaded by huge cedar trees, and the sea breeze is funneled up the valley, in through the wide porch doors and out through the open viewing tower, keeping the interior pleasant at all times. The fresh water plunge pool is surrounded by two seating areas where you can always find shade during the day and enjoy a pinacolada and skinny dip at night.
A large fishpond lies between the dome-house and two wooden cottages. The fishpond not only adds to the ambiance with its trickling waterfall and fountain but also functions as an extremely efficient mosquito trap. Millions of tiny guppy fish keep the immediate surroundings free of mosquitoes, and the few that escape are consumed by dragonflies. The cottages are part of the property and you can choose either the Main House or the Cottages. One of the cottages contains a queen size bed, kitchenette and bathroom. The other has a queen size bed and an office with WiFi fast internet. The two cottages are connected by a large veranda.
Owners: Peter & Britt. Managers:
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- within a few days
- english, swedish, danish, norwegian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 25, 2018
About Owners: Peter & Britt. Managers:
ABOUT THE OWNERS Peter, a Norwegian retired sailor, adventurer and writer and Britt, globetrotter, artist and a therapist, began work on Cedar Retreat in 2007. It was shortly after hurricane Ivan laid waste to the island of Grenada that they decided that their new home was to be a geodesic dome house – a structure that can withstand 150 mile an hour winds. However, there has not been a hurricane in the region since Ivan in 2004 – which hit Bequia as “only” a tropical storm.
Why Owners: Peter & Britt. Managers: chose Port Elizabeth
Excerpts from the author's book 'The Art of Getting Wrecked'. Sailing into Port Elizabeth on Bequia 30 years ago, I had a feeling I would be hanging out there for a long, long time. There was something about the serenity of the place. A sweeping bay with white sandy beaches. The surrounding timbered hillsides scattered with small white houses and radiant scarlet flamboyant trees. There was something so relaxing about the village that it made you either just want to sit down somewhere and feel time pass in a pleasant way or join some friendly locals in one of the many rum shops, listen to the gossip and feel the pulse of the island. Bequia has a heart of its own. I immediately noticed that things seemed so different from what I was used to. The police didn’t carry guns; there were no locks on people’s houses, no parking meters, no traffic lights. Strangers would stop and talk to you on the street for no other reason than to be friendly. Where you come from? How you like Bequia? What caught my attention most of all, was the laid back, live and let live attitude of the locals. Cool mon. No sweat.
What makes this Villa unique
Villas such as Cedar Retreat are a rare find, blending charm and character with comfort. It gives you a sense that you really have escaped into your own personal haven on nature's beauty. Think luxury camping with sea breezes and comfortable bed. Relax by the pool and let the stress of modern life melt away. Onshore trade winds blow through the house which remains cool on the hottest of Caribbean days. Wide doors allow the open plan living space to blend with a tropical garden and a breathtaking view of the Grenadine islands to the south-east.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The Cedar Retreat was exceptional
The Cedar Retreat rental was as perfect as described in the listing. It is quite a unique and private structure and location, excellent views with a delightful breeze at all times. The caretaker, Robin, was available to help, but we had no problems. He did pick us up at the ferry and took us back to the ferry when it was time to leave. It was our first time in Bequia, and we found it charming and plan on returning again. We didn't end up needing the guest cottages on the property because the people we invited to come with us couldn't come, but they looked very nice as well. This is very private location, and with just two of us, it was quite a romantic getaway. The property comes with a Suzuki 4x4, which is necessary to get around the island and into town. The many beaches are stunning, and we did a sailing excursion to snorkel with sea turtles in their natural habitat, which was fantastic.
This property was well described in Peter Roren's write up and it was all very accurate. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a combination of adventure and relaxation. The setting is blissful and stunning and the property was clean and well maintained, as well as architecturally fascination. The skylight above the bed made us feel like we were sleeping under the stars.
Robin and Paul Suwijn
Dear Robin and Paul.
According to some Japanese research, a week' of romantic getaway prolongs your life with one year!. We are therefore pleased we could make a positive shift in your life expectancy. Your positive review inspired and encouraged us to do even more to satisfy our future guests. Thank you.
Cedar Retreat Visit
We are a UK couple who love travelling and we had the pleasure of staying in Cedar Retreat as our base for visiting Bequia for the first week in January 2015.. It is a unique private property with a deck and plunge pool providing stunning views of the sea and distant places- sometimes difficult to leave to do other things on the island !
The house and accommodation has all the usual necessities for a comfortable vacation but with the added bonus of a unique, creative house design along with features such as the pond , fountain and waterfall which make it a 'one off' place to stay. Although there is no air conditioning, the sea breezes and the provision of fans are enough to give an internal climate that was pleasant all of the evenings and the Wi Fi connection was excellent..
The Property Manager Robin is always available and a source of helpful information and the provision of a car (although not the newest!) completes the essentials for an unforgettable stay. With lovely beaches, good restaurants and an easy pace of life, Bequia must be one of the best spots in this part of the Caribbean.
A memorable , highly recommended property.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Cedar Retreat. We are especially pleased with your positive comments on this wonderful island. Yes, the car has seen better days - but it gets you safely where you want to go and back. We are "working" on the issue, but new cars cannot be purchased in this country and good second hand cars are hard to come by. We hope to see you back on Bequia soon. Next time you come, be careful and don’t stay too long. If you do, you’ll get stuck forever – just like we did 32 years ago.
Peter & Britt
Beautiful home with worldclass view
Unique, very cool house, fully equipped. Amazing view. Private, secluded location at the top of a small mountain.
Only drawback is that house is not walkable to any beach if you have kids. Would definitely recommend a stay at Cedar Retreat.
Dear Zach and family.
We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your week at Cedar Retreat. Yes, it can be a struggle for a toddler to make it to the beach. With young beach-lovers in tow, it’s probably best to use the car. Hope to see you back soon - to Bequia, the natural place to be.
Regards from Peter & Britt
The property is situated in an unpopulated area on Mount Pleasant, elevated on a cliff 200 feet above Mount Pleasant Bay. It’s a short 15 minutes walk to the nearest sandy beach Ravine and about 30 minutes to Hope, an exquisite beach you will most likely have to yourself. Be careful when you swim here, however, as the currents are sometimes strong beyond the breakers. The Sugar Hill Bar and Restaurant with a small mini mart is about a half mile away from Cedar Retreat.
A 15 minute drive will take you into the charming village and harbor of Port Elizabeth and the leeward golden sands of Lower Bay and Princess Margaret beach.
The tiny island of Bequia (pronounced Beckwee) has a unique, magical charm which is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. With fewer than six thousand inhabitants, it feels like home from the moment you arrive; friendliness is the watchword, and the pace is relaxed and easy-going. Don’t be surprised if you are greeted with a warm hello as you walk along the street – a centuries-old dependence on inter-island shipping and trading has meant that Bequians have been eagerly welcoming visitors to their shores for generations. The island’s enduring seafaring heritage is one of its most striking features. Virtually every Bequia family has some connection to the sea either past or present, and today’s fishermen, sailors, and boat-builders are quietly proud to share their marine traditions with newcomers to the island. Bequia fulfills many dreams of the perfect small Caribbean island- beautiful sandy beaches where more than ten people may constitute a crowd, lush green hillsides, attractive little villages, hardly any traffic, places to get together, and places in which to find that perfect solitude. Choose a holiday of total beach relaxation or exhilarating sailing and diving in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Get to know the island on foot, or hire a car and discover so much more than just the golden beaches. Take day or overnight trips to neighboring isles or simply fill up another perfect day doing nothing - which is increasingly necessary in order to unwind ! A choice of nightlife also awaits you – gourmet international cuisine, or delicious local cooking, elegant cocktails or sun downers in a local bar, a lively jump-up to steel band music or a wonderfully romantic candlelit dinner far away from it all. And then of course there are the warm tropical nights, with an orchestra of singing cicadas and gently murmuring surf, and the brilliance of the star-studded sky which tells you that this is where you have always wanted to be.
Bequia is a small island, measuring 7 square miles (18 km2) with a population of approximately 5,200. The native population is primarily a mixture of people of African, Scottish, Irish, and Carib Indian descent. A substantial number of white Barbadians settled the Mount Pleasant area of Bequia in the 1800s, and their proud descendants live there today. Other highly populated areas include the island capital, Port Elizabeth, which hosts the ferry dock, and Paget Farm, which hosts the airport. The island’s hills are much lower than the peaks of St. Vincent, 10 miles (16 km) to the north, so they do not receive as many rain showers.
Additional information about rental rates
Rates vary according to season and amount of guests.. Note that the weekly rental fee gives access to the whole property if only two guests. You privacy is guaranteed.