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'Serendipity' nestles amid palms and mango trees in a quiet spot 400ft up the jungly side of Mt Nevis, yet it is only a 5 minute drive from the best beach, 10 mins from the quaint, picturesque 18th Century capital village, Charlestown, and 15 mins from the airport, where scheduled airlines fly in daily from San Juan, Antigua and St Maarten. There are also regular direct flights from England, the US and Canada to the nearby island of St Kitts, which is a short ferry ride from Nevis. Our agent will meet you when you arrive, take you up to the house and give you a leaflet about the beaches, restaurants, shops and sports. The house has a bathroom, shower room, spacious living room, fully equipped modern kitchen, study, laundry room, and a wide protected veranda beside a 30 x 15ft swimming pool with a glorious view across the pretty garden and 2 miles of sparkling Caribbean Sea towards the sunset and St Kitts. Air-con in both bedrooms and cable TV in the living room and main bedroom.
We're Juliet and Graham Lord, both British. We first came to Nevis in 1999 and fell at once in love with it.
For years we rented houses all over the island until we decided in 2007 to buy an acre of land on the western side, at Fern Hill, with its glorious view across the sea towards St Kitts.
We designed our own house and had it built by a brilliant local developer, Deon Daniel. Now we spend every winter there before returning to our other homes in London and the South of France each summer.
Juliet is an artist who specialises in painting houses in Nevis and Graham is the author of 19 books: 7 biographies, 9 novels, 2 autobiographies and a collection of short stories, essays, travel articles and journalism. All his books are listed and described at www.graham-lord.com.
Juliet Lord purchased this villa in 2007
The house is set in a spacious garden on a jungly hillside amid palm, mango and tamarind trees and a riot of brilliantly colourful tropical plants and flowers: hibiscus, bougainvillea, oleander, jacaranda and frangipani.
It's wonderfully peaceful and the views across the Caribbean Sea on one side and up towards Mount Nevis on the other are stunning.
And although the house is only a five-minute drive from the best beach in Nevis, ten minutes from the charming little capital, Charlestown, fifteen minutes from the international airport, and close to all the best restaurants, bistros and bars, it still feels completely remote, private and secluded.
This is the holiday getaway home as perfect as any.
Sheer, heavenly peace and relaxation, yet we're close to everything and everywhere on the island and we have every civlized modern amenity: modern fitted kitchen, air conditioning, cable TV, broadband internet.
5/5 – Noelle Montgomery, California, August 2014. Look no farther, this is the place!!! Wonderful house and grounds. Views are worth a million! Kitchen is stocked with everything one would need. Graham truly takes the time to answer even the most silliest of questions with grace and a bit of humor as well. If we come back to the island we would happily stay here again!
5/5 - Dan Glimn, Pennsylvania, Aug 2014. Our third time at Serendipity was still charming. Nevis is still our favorite getaway vacation and Serendipity is always the right choice. Last time we were in the pool and hanging out on the veranda the whole week - this year we actually made it to the beach a couple of times. Certainly hope to be back to Serendipity a fourth time!
5/5 - John Slocombe, Southampton, England, July 2014. We found Serendipity exactly as described including photos of the property and amenities. The owner was always contactable and very helpful in providing local information on all aspects concerning our stay on the island. Our reasons for choosing Serendipity were for a peaceful, tranquil, and laid back vacation in beautiful surroundings. We were not disappointed. We will be returning in early 2015 for more of the same!
5/5 - June Westerman, Ontario, May 2014. Lovely home, immaculate, very well maintained. The owners booklet with recommended restaurants, stores and beaches was extremely helpful.
5/5 – Dave Wilson, Ohio, April 2014. Nevis is beautiful and Serendipity a spectacular home, very comfortable and well-appointed.
5/5 – Kathy Rochefort, Boston, Dec 2013. Nevis is truly a special place, as is this lovely villa. Perfectly located, comfortable beds and furnishings, well-stocked kitchen, large screened-in porch, lovely pool deck with a sensational view and the beautiful, well-cared-for gardens add to the charm, as do the hummingbirds, monkeys and goats.
5/5 - Judith Robinson, Montreal, Dec 2013. A Very Special Place. Very much enjoyed our week at this tranquil Villa. The pool area, stunning view and screened porch were a delight. The island is a gem, the people delightful.
5/5 – Don Brown, Florida, July 2013. The view from the pool deck and veranda is amazing! Everything we needed for comfort.
We have just returned from our three week stay at Serendipity and we can recommend it highly. The house has a wonderful location with views across the Caribbean to St Kitts. The house, garden and pool are very well looked after by charming local people. The whole interior is as shown in the photos and the kitchen is incredibly well equipped. You do need a car so that you can get round the lovely island of Nevis.
The island, the property and the climate are the best I have experienced in the Caribbean. This property is a stunner - what more can I say. Oh, and the owner is super helpful. Want to know something, and she will help right way.
This place made my family very happy !
Pinney's Beach, the best on the island, is a 5-minute drive away. It's a long, wide stretch of white sand and calm, translucent sea that is often completely deserted, even in the high season, except for the plummeting pelicans and a fishing boat or two.
Dotted along the beach are seven little open-air bistros (including the famous Sunshine's Bar) as well as a smart French restaurant, the Coconut Grove, and a luxurious Four Seasons resort with three restaurants and protected ocean swimming.
The sleepy little airport, Vance Amory International, is a 15-minute drive away, and scheduled airlines fly in and out daily to and from Puerto Rico, Antigua and St Maarten. There are also regular direct flights to the nearby island of St Kitts (2 miles away) from the US, Canada and England. We always rent a four-wheel drive jeep when we're in Nevis because some of the roads up the mountain are pretty basic.
The nearest village (Jessups) is 2 miles away, the capital town (Charlestown) 4 miles away. The entire island is only 6 miles long by 6 miles wide, so everything is within an easy drive.
Some of Charlestown's buildings are 17th Century, among them the old Bath Hotel, which was the height of luxury in the 18th Century and a mecca for European tourists (including the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) who sailed the Atlantic to bathe in the hot springs that are still open at Bath village.
Nevis has lovely old plantation houses, a pretty botanical garden, and two museums: one remembering Admiral Horatio Nelson, who married a young local widow, Fanny Nisbet, here in 1787; the other the 1757 birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, who was to emigrate to the United States when he was 15 and became one of the USA's founding fathers and its first Secretary of the Treasury.
The island has several smart restaurants and lots of laid-back beach bars and bistros. Our favourites include the Gallipot (delicious lobster and fresh fish caught by the chef himself), the Double Deuce, Sunshine's Bar, the Yachtsman Grill and the Nisbet Beach Club, where a steel pan band plays throughout Sunday lunch.
In fact Nevis is suffused with music: the bouncy reggae and calypso rhythms that waft from balconies all over Charlestown; the traditional string bands with their homemade instruments; the Tuesday night guitar-and-drums jam sessions at the Oualie Beach Hotel, where everyone is encouraged to join in, if only to shake the maraccas or tambourine; the fabulous local rock band, Kasanova, whose lead singer has a voice like an angel, that plays on the beach at the Nisbet Plantation until late every Thursday night.
Nevis's shops are plain and simple and there are no nightclubs, casinos or rowdy tourists, thank goodness. Golf, tennis, diving, windsurfing and hiking are all available but the island's main attraction is that it is a dreamy place to unwind -a miniature paradise with a balmy climate, cool breezes, calm seas, lovely beaches, colourful forests, elegant old plantation houses, picturesque villages, and the nicest, friendliest people you could ever hope to meet, people who wave and smile as you drive by.
In Nevis each golden day is like a time-warp back to the 1950s where people are polite and respectful and the atmosphere is that of a quiet, relaxed, old-fashioned little haven that still deserves its 18th Century nickname, ‘The Queen of the Caribbees’.
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7 night minimum stay
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Firm bookings will be reserved for 7 days and may be secured by paying a 50% deposit, half of which will be refunded if the booking is cancelled no later than 60 days before the start of the rental. The balance of the rent will become payable 30 days before the rental begins. Airport pick-up, vehicle rental and a welcome pack can be provided by arrangement.