About this listing
Nevis is a remote high-end vacation destination island in the eastern Caribbean. Picture a lush green mountainous island standing 3,232 feet high. Only 35-square miles, no where is far. Home to historic sugar plantation inns and beautiful people.
Nevis Rainforest Mountain Cottage is 750' above the Caribbean Sea at the edge of the rain forest on the southwest slope of Nevis Peak. When you look to the sea you will see the deep water port, where Tropical shipping delivers containers every week (Tuesday.)
Built in 2001, the cottage has a small "great room w kitchen," queen bedroom, bathroom, screened verandah, washer and dryer and a lovingly maintained yard of soursop, grape leaf, Ylang ylang, bougainvillea, neem, banana, palms and coconut trees. There is a loft air twin mattress in the rear "lavender" room. (This small back room is locked off with my personal things as on Jan. 2015.)
Hand-carried rain water and government water is potable. On demand gas water heater. Gorgeous view to the Caribbean Sea. The rain cistern is maintained twice a year and collects water that can be emptied from a spigot into clear plastic containers. I like to boil it for drinking, coffee and ice making.
You are five minutes from 4 neighborhood restaurants and bars, 1) The Hermitage, 2) Bananas 3) Oasis Restaurant at the Botanical Gardens and 4) Indigo at Montpelier Inn. About 12 minutes due east around the island main road is Golden Rock Inn, and another ten minutes past Golden Rock, up the eastern coast is Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. That covers the nearby and destinations to the east. Try the rum punches at all of them.
Ask around about local eateries. We have many little local snackettes and restaurants who serve chicken, goat water and local fish.
You wont want to miss karaoke on Thursday at Double Deuce, entertainment on Friday at Lime and the "killer bee" at Sunshines on Sunday, all on Pinney's Beach just north of Charlestown. Further up the coast are lovely places to dine and enjoy the beach. Chrishi Beach, Oualie Beach and The Four Seasons. The resorts sometimes offer their pool if you have a meal with them, "Hermitage and Golden Rock." The walking trails are wonderful at both these places too.
You may find that despite all the fun places to go, when you get home, you may just want to enjoy being at the cottage. Cook some pasta, make a salad and enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda. There is wireless internet. I often enjoy music or surfing the internet. The best part of Nevis Rainforest Mountain cottage is getting back to nature. Open the shutters on gorgeous days and the screens (if kept shut) will keep you bug free. Neighbors are close but the gardens afford you a pretty private space. The only creatures that may pay you a visit are a troupe of green vervet monkeys.
At night, shut your shutters and lock up for a cozy night's sleep. You'll be lulled by the tree frogs and the wind in the palms.
Hemo is our gardener and is usually around on Tuesdays.
Once at the cottage, you can walk down the road to the main island road where busses run weekdays both west and east and are very affordable, about EC$2 - 4. They are erratic on weekends. Almost nonexistent on Sundays!
Home and gardens. Feel free to walk around the gardens. You can walk in the neighborhood. Expect to be met by stray goats, horses, cows, or pets. Be careful about walking in the grass with bare feet. We have some fire ants with a healthy appetite. Also, to prevent any accidents, please refrain from walking on the tiny home under construction behind the cottage.
Interaction with Guests
This is a largely self-serve cottage. Upon request we can provide a car for hire for a discount, recommendations for a massage therapist, a local cook and cleaner and tour guide. When I am on island I am readily accessible to chat with, always accessible by email. And Marvin is available to help.
Everyone falls in love with the view, the temperature (rain or shine) and the visiting monkeys ~ and being in and communing with nature. It rains up here more than any place on island. So if its raining, it just may be sunny at the beach! Also, this location enjoys easterly trade winds and an after sunset cool down like no other.
Coming from St. Kitts airport, hail a cab (About $10US) to the Basseterre ferries to Nevis. (The ferry is about EC$25 or $8 US) plus $1 EC tax.
Once in Charlestown, Nevis, at the pier, you'll look for a taxi (stand is at the end of the dock). If I am on island I will arrange to pick you up.
If you fly to Nevis, there is a taxi stand there as well. You'll have to tell them you want a ride to Brown Pasture village. (St. John's Parish) Another address is Banyan Tree (pronounced Bye-Yon) and Morning Star Estates. Do you know where Mary Byron used to live? Just drive up the hill and its the 4th house on the left, in the rear, down the lane.
Car rental is an option as well.
Other Things to Note
Marvin watches my house and my pet cats while I am away. I am a five minute drive from Bananas Restaurant and Lindbergh's Landing in one direction. Eden Life Centre is a natural health care destination in the neighborhood. For friends, check out the Banyan Tree B and B. Chrishi Beach is one of favorite places to lunch, dine, or spend time on their expansive beach. Check out Facebook.com/StKittsNevisJourneyMap.
Mostly have fun, try to unplug and relax. The house is not set up for smokers. Sorry. Because of the topography, sound does travel easily on the slope. Because of the difficulty of getting animals on to Nevis, no pets can be accommodated at the present time.
About the Host, Mamie
Professional illustrator and promoter for the elite tourist destination of St. Kitts and Nevis and founder of the Essential Nevisian Journey map since 2003, now The St. Kitts and Nevis Journey Map. I am a permanent resident of Nevis but currently in the US helping with the care of my 94-year old parent. Breast cancer survivor. I love coffee and dark chocolate and rich mellow cabernet sauvignon!
I believe in treating everyone the way I would want to be treated. I love to know
]njoyable. My friends from the village and I are excited to host you!