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Naomi Cleaver

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view

35 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Cliftons Villa Rental Photos and Description

Traditional galleried villa restored and re-designed by Naomi Cleaver

Featured in the Times '50 Best Villas in the Caribbean' list, 15 November 2014

'The overall effect is a mash-up of Mad Men, Rudyard Kipling and James Bond. Features include a deep veranda, white cathedral ceilings, old metal fans, white muslin and a bathtub at the foot of the master bedroom's four-poster.' The Sunday Times, 6 June 2013.

'Cross Gone with the Wind with an early Bond film (think Dr No) and the resulting style will be something akin to that of Naomi Cleaver's gorgeous house on the Caribbean island of Nevis: ceiling fans, white muslin, lush colours and romantic verandas, plus leggy furniture, graphic fabrics and sleek mid-century minimalism.' Katherine Sorrell, Daily Telegraph magazine, 23 October 2010.

'Naomi Cleaver has kept it simple – white-painted wooden floors, cathedral ceilings and walls (except in the living room with grey/blue tones inspired by a cactus in the garden). And she brought over her Fifties’ furniture that was upholstered to match. The whole look’s a fantasy blend of Mad Men, Somerset Maugham and James Bond.' Cheryl Markosky, Primelocation.com

The Galleries has 5,500 feet of living space, with two double bedrooms – one air conditioned – three bathrooms, large living room, vast kitchen, studio and an air-conditioned media room with WiFi, Hi-Fi, books and over a hundred movies on DVD.

There is an acre of garden, featuring mahogany, banana, citrus, palm and mango trees and a variety of cactus, and bird life including herons, white egrets, warblers, banana quits, grass quits, finches and hummingbirds.

Plus a 70 foot swimming pool, with outdoor shower, loungers and eating area.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Naomi Cleaver (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Naomi Cleaver

We have been visiting for over 20 years, and we've owned the villa there since 2005. We lived there for two years 2008-2010 while we managed a major refurbishment. Naomi wrote her book 'The Joy of Home' there (Conran Octopus 2010).

Naomi Cleaver purchased this villa in 2005

Why Naomi Cleaver chose St Kitts & Nevis

The villa is elegant and funky, mainly stone and wood with natural breeze and a wide wraparound veranda gallery. There is secluded 70 foot pool and large airy kitchen. Nevis itself is small and peaceful (there are no traffic lights!) but with plenty to do - hiking, cycling, sailing, golf and tennis - plus beautiful beaches and romantic plantation house restaurants.

What makes this villa unique

Designed and refurbished by Naomi Cleaver, designer, author and TV presenter ('Other People's Houses', 'Britain's Best Home', 'Honey, I Ruined the House', 'Grand Designs Trade Secrets', etc.) www.naomicleaver.com

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Galleries really has a sense of understated elegance. The photographs show exactly what the house is like. It really is that good!
Mar 2014
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Reviews

4.8
based on 35 traveler reviews

Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 37 reviews
5

Unforgettable Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I can't put into the words the unbelievable week we had in Nevis in the Cleaver's lovely home. The house is identical to the photos...stylish, comfortable, immaculate and the most amazing views from every window. The Cleaver's were beyond helpful before our arrival...sharing wonderful suggestions, contacts and recommendations for our stay. The house manager, Amelia, was lovely and kind and helped us feel right at home the moment we disembarked from the water taxi. Our family of four easily fit in this house and had tons of room to spread out. The pool! I have never been in such a pool...we spent countless hours floating and staring at the beautiful sky and foliage. If you are looking for a vacation that you will never forget, this is the house for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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True Nevis style. Enjoy the old world charm with modern amenities.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely large home. Feels like one has stepped back in time but with ALL modern comforts. Easy to find, centrally located two large bedrooms, a King and two twins together and a small 3rd bedroom, queen. Lots of outdoor living space. COOL! Mature gardens. Huge fully equipped kitchen. Pool is more of an exercise space not a fun space.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Charming! All that we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Galleries was wonderful. The manager, Amelia, is delightful and so helpful. The property is clean and well maintained. We all enjoyed sailing, snorkeling, biking, and even hiked to the top of Mt. Nevis! We loved our pool time with the monkeys in the backyard. I will recommend the house to family and friends. Oliver and Naomi, the home owners, have a real jewel! Thank you for sharing your home and your knowledge of the island. We hope to return in years to come.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5

Perfect Nevis Villa

  • 5 of 5

Wow! We have just returned from a week's+ stay at The Galleries. It was perfection. The owner, Oliver, & local villa manager, Amelia, are fantastic and communicated regularly leading up to our arrival--making everything seamless. The villa itself is beautifully decorated (no surprise given Naomi's talent) and is situated among fruit-laden trees & vibrant flowers, which attract green vervet monkeys and beautiful birds. The villa is a short distance to the island's best beaches and the well-maintained pool is perfect for lazy afternoons. We were a family of four (two adults and two young children) and it was a delight for all ages. We highly recommend this special villa.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5

Beautiful Caribbean Villa

  • 5 of 5

The Galleries was lovely. It was our second stay at this stylish and elegant villa which recently received a decorating update—now with two master, ensuite bedrooms, on each side of the comfortable, airy living room, and a small kitchen and media room to the rear. A very large kitchen and third bedroom and bath are on the lower level. There are so many screened windows that there are always breezes throughout. This home has all the modern comforts, plus its architecture, with a wide, wrap-around veranda, makes one feel a part of an earlier, romantic age. The lap pool is so inviting, set away and below the house, surrounded by trees, with monkeys adding that touch of the exotic. Oliver Cleaver makes all the arrangements for the rental and arrival so smooth and easy. After a long flight, it’s wonderful to be met at the St. Kitts airport, driven across St. Kitts to a water taxi, whiz across the water to Nevis (it’s so exhilarating), and be met by Amelia Chiverton who will help make your stay on Nevis very comfortable. The very clean rental car arranged through Oliver offered good cushioning on Nevis’s sometimes bumpy roads. Also, you’re an easy drive to nearby restaurants, like Chrishi Beach Club, where you can enjoy lunch and then laze on lounges on the beach. Don’t miss Golden Rock for its lobster sandwiches and its beautiful, ever-expanding garden and Bananas for its coconut cake and another pretty garden. Have fun comparing rum punches everywhere—I even found that I liked the rum punch at Montpelier better than Sunshine’s Killer Bees (though we did go to Sunshine’s three times during our stay. The whole grilled fish there is delicious.) Everyone on Nevis is very friendly. Staying at The Galleries on Nevis is the perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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5

Delightful aerie over the Caribbean

  • 5 of 5

The house occupies several beautifully landscaped acres on a rise overlooking the sea, very near some of the best beaches on Nevis. We loved the open plan, and the way the house invites the outdoors in. The lap pool in a shady spot in the garden was welcome after a day in the sun and salt water. Evening visits by a troop of monkeys gave us all much pleasure. The two very large upstairs bedrooms are on either side of the living room, with screened doors on all sides that give on to a wide porch, which circles the house. We didn't need the air conditioners; the bedrooms were plenty cool from the cross-breeze and very comfortable. The downstairs bedroom isn't air-conditioned and doesn't get the breeze, but there are a couple of fans to help with that. There's a well-appointed butler's kitchen in a wing to itself upstairs. The kitchen downstairs is huge, and we didn't come close to making the most of it. Fixing our breakfasts there in the morning and organizing snacks and an occasional light supper in the evening was a pleasure, as were the variety of birds that visited us when we were at the table on the patio. This was the perfect spot for me and my family (there were 5 of us) to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Robert L Bradshaw International, St Kitts
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Qualie Beach Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Sea Bridge Ferry, Cades Bay
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
The Four Seasons Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Gin Trap
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Tamarind Bay
Car: recommended

Nevis is old-fashioned Caribbean. Just five miles wide, it’s a relaxed island rounded by beaches and rising through rainforest to a 3,200 ft peak.

“On the map Nevis is a pool of green champagne. Life here seems defined by the constant, although somewhat half-hearted, struggle to achieve maximum comfort for minimum effort.' Sunday Times, April 11, 2010.

Nevis has plenty of places to visit, from old plantation inns (like Montpelier, where Nelson was married in 1787, and The Hermitage), to funky beach bars (Double Deuce, Sunshine’s) and romantic restaurants set high in the rainforest (Golden Rock, Bananas).

There is tennis and an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course. Hiking, cycling and horse riding are easy to arrange, as well as scuba diving and kayaking. We can also organise fishing charters and day sails.

We can also arrange car hire for your stay. But please note: there are no traffic lights on Nevis

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Rates & Availability

Cliftons Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season 2016 for Two
Apr 17 2016 - Nov 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
$256
$1,792
$6,399
 
 
High Season 2016/17 for Two
Nov 13 2016 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$322
$2,251
$8,040
 
 
Low Season 2017 for Two
Apr 16 2017 - Nov 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
$269
$1,884
$6,727
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $394

Rates are for TWO sharing. For three or more, please add 30%.
Rates include the cost of a taxi from St Kitts airport and a speedboat transfer across the two-mile stretch of sea to Nevis (a fun way to arrive). It takes about 25 minutes from airport to villa.
Rates also includes maid service, a basket of groceries and all utilities.
We do not add taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Cliftons Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • There is also a free-standing bath in the main bedroom, with views from the tub towards the Caribbean and St Kitts.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The house is perfect for couples or families sharing. There are three double bedrooms. The double in Bedroom 2 splits to form two singles. We have a cot if needed. The house is probably not appropriate for very young children as the pool is out of sight of the house.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The TV plays DVDs from our library of over 130 films. We don't have cable TV.

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