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Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 5,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

'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.

'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 air-conditioned double bedrooms – plus one fan-cooled double downstairs – three bathrooms, large living room, a galley kitchen upstairs and a vast chef's kitchen downstairs, studio and an air-conditioned media room with WiFi, Hi-Fi, books and 150 movies on DVD.

There is an acre of garden, with two outdoor eating areas. The garden features 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, and loungers.

More Details

Owner
Naomi Cleaver
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

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 Cliftons

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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Amenities

Cliftons Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view
average rating of 4.8125 based on 50 reviews
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Paradise in Nevis

  • 5 of 5

The Galleries is pure heaven in Nevis. The house is amazing and perfectly located to take advantage of all the island has to offer. The design of the house was fantastic and it allowed us to really enjoy the natural surroundings. The house was well stocked with supplies and Oliver, Naomi and the house manager Amelia were very responsive and even proactively provided recommendations for restaurants and things to do. I would definitely recommend this home to friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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THE GALLERIES - PURE PARADISE

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most amazing family holiday in Oliver & Naomi's Villa, totally breath taking, great location, with fantastic views, its very private, and the villa itself is stunning, with beautiful gardens and a gorgeous swimming pool.

The arrival process was completely stress free from the moment we stepped off the plane, we were met and taken by taxi to the water taxi (speed boat) across to Nevis, and then met by Amelia with our hired car and taken to the villa.

We loved every thing about the villa and the total lay out, it was a holiday of a life time, and it had every thing you needed.

Nevis itself is a beautiful island, and the people are very friendly, there is so much to see and do, with so many recommendations of what to see, visit and where to eat.

Our girls enjoyed snorkelling and Kayaking which they did from Oualie beach which is 5 minutes from the villa, we also visited the Botanical gardens, Montpelier, and the Hermitage, The Gin Trap was one of our favourites for drinking and eating.

We would most definitely recommend The Galleries to anyone wishing to visit Nevis, as you will not be disappointed.

Would we go back, most definitely, I did not want to leave!

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your Villa, lots of good memories and happy times.

With best wishes Nick, Sally, Hattie & Sadie xx

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely Property Lovely People

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying that it was a joy and a pleasure interacting with the owners of the Galleries. Every detail was provided well in advance of our arrival. Information on the island, restaurants and car rental was extremely helpful.

The property manager Amelia was also there every step of the way to make sure we were cared for when needed. Transportation was seamless and she was waiting at the dock to greet our family.

The house had all that we needed. Plenty of room for all to find their own special place to relax. Though we only cooked breakfast, the kitchen was well equipped, one important item was missing and quickly located by Amelia which was greatly appreciated.

The property is huge with gardens, trees and flowers. The pool is gorgeous, clean and set in lush surroundings. Three bedrooms having plenty of room, beds are large and cooling trade winds made for comfortable sleeping. Midway through our stay housekeeping arrived to change sheets and towels (which are abundant) and tidy up a bit. Yes, there are hairdryers. Yes there are monkeys that kept their distance and provided visual entertainment each morning.

Nevis, we have traveled to many places in our lives but have to say that the restaurants and food quality are consistently top quality from beginning to end. We all agreed there were no misses or shortages of places to dine. Several beaches very near by with volcanic sand and well maintained.

We found the people of Nevis to be friendly and genuinely happy to see you. With a great property, caring owners and management made for a wonderful holiday. Well done.

John and Francine

Evesham, NJ

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The life of the Rich and Famous.

  • 5 of 5

Good evening Naomi and Oliver

On behalf of my family and friends I could not possibly allow the moment to pass to take a few minutes out just to let you know about our vacation and stay at the amazing Galleries after returning home last week.

Where to start to start really, we were met at the Jetty on Nevis by the wonderful Amelia after a fun but brief crossing from St Kitts the BA flight with a slight delay though a mute point meant that we arrived in darkness and as we walked to our hire car a small trio played music. The darkness added to the event because that merely contributed to what awaited us in all its glory, with the outside stunningly lit the girls said they felt like movie stars, though quite tired we managed to enjoy a few refreshments from the fridge ( nice touch) whilst exploring The Galleries with Amelia and each of the family trying to decide on who slept where.

It’s hard to explain the sense of pleasure one experiences waking up on holiday, particularly when you are greeted by a clear blue sky, stunning scenery and the sea. Due to the time difference the girls could already be heard from the swimming pool, it was just 7am, one of the biggest plus points of the Galleries is the super swimming pool where we all spent many hours. Maybe the addition of a large BBQ might be a welcome addition?

We didn’t really want to leave the house, but we explored the Island beaches most mornings with afternoons by the pool and then followed your recommendations visiting truly some wonderful places to eat most evenings, too many to mention but Golden Rock stands out for us, but then so did at least five others ! The in-house booklet recommendations and comments were spot on.

The location was perfect for exploring, the house was made for fun with all its amenities for the perfect vacation but the influence of Naomi was everywhere to add that special touch of luxury, Sandra now wants a house with a Veranda if only to read and relive those Nevis sunsets and the girls are ready to book a revisit for next year.

Thankyou both for allowing us to enjoy The Galleries and of course Nevis, a lifetime of memories to savour. Fabulous.

Very best wishes

Roger and Sandra

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Galleries review

  • 5 of 5

The Galleries was a wonderful place for my wife and I and our three kids (ages 17, 19, and 20) to stay for a week. The place was beautiful and there was plenty of room. Very clean. Well stocked. Oliver and Naomi arranged for all the little things that made our stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Lovely island, lovely house

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Galleries during Christmas week 2017. We were a family of four with children ages 3 and 6. Overall: The house is lovely and as advertised. It is secluded, but not far from activities. I think you must have a rental car on Nevis.

As promised (and included in the rental price as an amenity), we had a driver meet us just outside of airport arrivals and drive us to a water taxi. We were soon surfside at Oaulie Beach in Nevis. We were met there by the owner's assistant who escorted us to a waiting rental SUV. A quick drive to the house, a quick tour of the house, and then we were on our own. The assistant is friendly and checked in on us once or twice.

The house is spacious, with lots of areas to find a spot to read or reflect or just gaze at the sea. I would say the house is a designer house and not well suited -- at least initially -- for small children like ours. After placing some of the more delicate looking objects out of our kids' reach, we felt more comfortable.

The house is well stocked and there were some groceries pre-delivered. There was also a house bar with a bit of rum and whatnot. The wi-fi worked fine. We did not watch any TV, although there is a DVD library in the house. And older large house can be confusing. I spent the first 24 hours, figuring out light switches, door latches, etc. -- that sort of thing. The beds and bathrooms were comfortable and there were plenty of towels and cleaning supplies.

The house is well located for Oaulie Beach -- the best beach on the island for small children as the waves are gentle and there is a small hotel with a restaurant and toilets. I suppose you could walk from the house, but we drove because we had smaller children, floats, etc. We drove 5-10 minutes to Pinneys Beach often for lunch. We enjoyed driving around the island -- it's impossible to get too lost, although we did once.

Pool: was on the chilly side for me, but our kids enjoyed it. The website photos for the pool actually do not do it justice -- it is a clear, sparkling pool that enjoys loads of sunshine.

Monkeys? Yes, the monkeys visited our house. Once we had perhaps as many as 15 come right up to us. The flowers, trees, birds, etc., make the setting very lovely.

Kitchen: well stocked with bakeware, cutlery, spices. Use the fridge for ALL food and clean up after you eat -- otherwise ants invade. The local supermarket is well provisioned.

What a lovely week - we want to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $394.17

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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