MELINDA'S HOUSE is a new, spacious, wooden ECO house located on a large property on the Windward side of Mt. Pleasant on the Caribbean Island of Bequia, one of the islands in a chain belonging to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The favorite of sailors from around the world.
The house is airy with large, shuttered windows and cooled by gentle breezes that waft through carrying the fragrance of the flowering bushes planted around it. Most of the property is untouched and filled with wildlife and huge, ancient trees full of birds. You can watch the clouds change color at sunset and listen to the birdsong from the 2 porches, one off the bedroom and the other off the living room. It sleeps 3, two in the bedroom and one on the single bed in the living room which serves as a couch during the day. Both rooms have mosquito netting and fans. There is parking for one vehicle and wonderful views within walking distance of the (website hidden).Pleasant was the haven for the more wealthy original families in the olden days and the property borders the land and private home of the ex Prime Minister's amazing house and his expanse of private land. There are street lights on the main road and the neighborhood is one of the safer areas of the island.
The island is awash in wonderful places to see, many great beaches and historical areas. There are restaurants featuring local and European cuisine plus endless beach bars, dive shops boutiques etc. Bequia is famous for it's model boat builders and artisans and the friendliness and hospitality of the people. Don't miss the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. There is live music almost every night from various venues around the island, all of which are a short drive from the house.
There are 2 ways to reach Bequia, by air from Barbados or St.Vincent, or Ferrys which run throughout the day to and from Kingtown, St. Vincent. There's a good site for info at bequia net info.
If you rent the house I will arrange for a taxi to pick you up at the airport or Ferry dock and take you to the house. The taxis I use are run by the same people who care for the house and they are a font of information if you need anything or have any questions.
Note......there is no hot water in the house as yet. When I can afford it I will put in a solar hot water heater. In the meantime there is warm water before sunset when the black upper tank is still getting some sun and the water is never really cold. Also, as you can see from the first picture , there is a space about 4 inches wide between the roof and the walls. This is to allow for circulation of air to cool the house and is typical of traditional Caribbean wooden houses. If it were not there the house could get to be like an oven as it has a galvanized roof. This space also allows access for small wildlife to enter. Just remember that any one of the critters that may share the house with you are not interested in you but in eating other creatures that WOULD eat you. As long as you close the shutters after dark there should be no problem with insects, etc entering that are attracted by lights. There are mosquito nets over the beds and a fan in the bedroom. The house is on the windward side of the island and so is usually cooler and with a breeze than in other sections of the island.
The house is cleaned regularly even when it is not rented and will be gone through thoroughly before you arrive and after you leave. If you are staying for awhile you can arrange with Sandra to have someone come in and clean for you while you are there.
The entire house and property
Interaction with Guests
I do not live on the island and therefore do not meet the guests. My dear friend Sandra cares for the house and is the intermediary for the guests.
The views from above the house and the nice people in the neighborhood. Also, the cooling breezes and sounds of the surf from the bay ay the bottom of the hill.
There are "Dollar Vans" that run on the main road but not up the mountain. There is no "Public Transport" on these islands. The caretaker of the house, Sandra, runs a taxi service and is very reliable.
PLEASE NO......SMOKING OR SHOES INSIDE
LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS FROM THE INSIDE BEFORE LEAVING THE HOUSE AND AT NIGHT TO KEEP INSECTS OUT THAT ARE ATTRACTED TO THE LIGHTS.
NO CANDLES , THE HOUSE IS WOODEN.
PLEASE RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT, NATURE AND THE CREATURES WHO SHARE THE HOUSE WITH YOU AND DO NOT USE POISONOUS SPRAYS.
PLEASE NO PETS.
TAKE ONLY PICTURES......LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS.......KILL ONLY TIME
We were picked up quickly from the ferry port which was so great because we thought it would be difficult to find our way. The house is beautifully decorated inside and out, very colourful and fun and a lot bigger than we expected. The description was very accurate and was an easy walk back down to the main port. Overall a good stay!
La maison écologique est très agréable et juste à coté de Hope Bay. Je la conseille à tous ceux qui viennent passer un séjour a Bequia.
Our thanks to Melinda and Sandra, who welcomed us to the house. In general we loved staying here. It was in a beautiful location, very secluded but easy walking distance (10-20 mins) to a good restaurant/mini-mart, and to the amazing Hope Beach. It's a great spot if you don't mind walking a bit and/or taking cabs (we quickly ruled out renting a car, based on the steepness and narrowness of some of the roads and Bequia being a drive-on-the-left country, which we're not used to as Americans). It's in a forest! Probably not the best place for travellers who are looking for all the polish of a "resort" (the water pressure is not great, e.g.); otherwise, this is a great home base for exploring a wonderful island.
The house was spacious, clean, charming, and very secluded! Barely a sense of even having neighbors except for a shared driveway with another private guesthouse. Great place to have a group of 6-8 people (great bargain too!), if all are willing to 'rough it' a little. Taxi drivers down the road were very friendly and willing to give us rides down the mountain. This spot is great if you want to be away from the more touristy areas of Bequia, and cook your own food, but be ready to pay for taxis or rent a car if you want to get to town, beach, anywhere with wifi, restaurants, etc.
Melinda is well known and liked on the island of Bequia and her caretaker Sandra is wonderful and also a taxi driver on the island. The house is so creatively built and relaxing to stay in. We loved the swing and the all of the stained glass art.
We just got off the ferry from Bequia and are back in St Vincent. Melinda's house was perfect for a relaxing stay on a wonderful island. Sandra ( the very kind woman who looks after the property) was very helpful . Also you can rent a jeep from her for your stay which I recommend. There are a lot of places you will want to visit and the house is a bit far from the route the buses take. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommended.
I LIVE IN THE USA NOW BUT LIVED IN BEQUIA FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND RAISED MY DAUGHTER THERE. THIS IS A PHOTO OF ME AT THE HELM OF BOB DYLAN'S BOAT THE "WATER PEARL" WHICH WAS BUILT ON BEQUIA. I AM ALSO A STAINED GLASS ARTIST AND YOU WILL SEE MY WORK IN PRIVATE HOMES, HOTELS AND IN THE WINDOWS OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN THE HARBOR PLUS THE HOUSE HAS MANY OF MY PIECES IN WINDOWS, ON THE WALLS AND IN LAMP SHADES.