NEWLY PAINTED LIVING ROOMNEWLY PAINTED LIVING ROOM


Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds


Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

THIS HOUSE IS WOODEN AND BUILT IN THE OLDER CARIBBEAN STYLE. IT IS LOCATED ON THE WINDWARD SIDE OF THE LARGEST MOUNTAIN ON THE ISLAND " MT. PLEASANT" AND IS SET AWAY FROM THE ACTIVITY AND NOISE OF THE REST OF THE ISLAND. NOW WITH FREE WIFI.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Cleaning Fee: $75
Security Deposit: $250
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Description

The space

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 house. Mt.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 and do laundry for you while you are there.

Guest access

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 neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

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.

THERE ARE 3 TURTLES WHO OFTEN SPEND THE NIGHT UNDER THE HOUSE, GEORGE, GRACIE AND ETHEL, WHERE IT'S SAFE. YOU CAN SEE THEIR PICTURES AT THE END OF THE PHOTOS. SO IF YOU HEAR "BUMPS" IN THE NIGHT UNDER THE KITCHEN IT'S JUST ONE OF THEM BUMPING INTO THE RAFTERS UNDER THE FLOOR. PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE THEM, I NEVER DO , BUT THEY LOVE ROMAINE LETTUCE AND CELERY.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Availability
2 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews


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Tim User Profile
March 2017
WONDERFUL ECO HOUSE IN SECLUDED AREA-- YOU WILL NEED TRANSPORTATION VERY CLEAN AND UPBEAT INTERIOR- EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED FOR A COMFORTABLE STAY

Ray User Profile
March 2017
We spent 2 months at Melinda's place (Jan, Feb) this winter. Upon arrival we were met at the airport by Sandra so getting to Melinda's was stress free. The house itself was bigger than we expected. It is tucked away in a very quiet spot on Mt. Pleasant. The house was clean and ready for our arrival. As our stay was of some duration there were a few issues that arose with the house that could not have been anticipated by Melinda. All the concerns that we identified were immediately addressed (fridge defrost element burned out, fan quit working etc) by Melinda and were promptly rectified. During the 2 months we were there we rarely heard any sounds that were not part of the natural environment. The place is about as quiet and private as you can find on Bequia. The house is airy and well ventilated with the breezes and trees keeping things very comfortable in terms of temperature. During our stay we did almost all of our own cooking making use of local produce. The kitchen was more than adequate for our needs. Upon arrival out of an abundance of caution we drank bottled water. After about a week we were drinking the rain water stored in the tanks and did so for the rest of our stay with no ill effects. In Bequia you do have to conserve water and Melinda's place is no exception. The water system works on gravity and has very little pressure. Low water pressure is both necessary and a good thing as it helps prevent wasting water in a place that is dependent on rainfall collection for water. In other words don't expect to have long hot showers with gallons of water flowing over you! This would not be a realistic expectation in most places in Bequia. Most evening we enjoyed a very scenic walk on a quiet road that looped past Melinda's and around the top of Mt. Pleasant. It was my job to walk to Port Elizabeth most days to get produce and cooking supplies. The walk down the mountain to town took about 25-30 minutes. The walk back up the mountain is a lot more strenuous but is quite doable if you are moderately fit. Personally I enjoyed the walk both ways and was pleased that by the end of the holiday I had increased my stamina considerably and lost a few pounds to boot! My partner was not able to walk back up the mountain so on our daily trek to the beach we walked down to the harbour and followed the walk way to Princess Margaret beach (about 30 minutes at a slower pace). We then took a taxi back up. The taxi service is great with no hassle as all the rates are set by the taxi board. If you are looking for a quiet, private get away Melinda's place is a good choice. If you are moderately fit you can get to the Port and...
Melinda User Profile
Response from Melinda:
Thanks for the kind words and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome anytime you wish to stay there again. May the Gods send me more renters like you. You have the right Go-With-The-Flow attitude to assure that you always have a good time. All the best to you both. Melinda
March 2017

Michael User Profile
June 2015
My friend and I had an amazing time at Melinda's place the house was super spacious and located perfectly for a truly isolated experience which was exactly what we were looking for. Saying that it was a short drive to the beaches, and the small town in Bequia. It will be some time before I forget my stay at Melinda's and if welcome I would definetly return.
Melinda User Profile
Response from Melinda:
Yes, Micheal, you and Clarissa are more than welcome to stay at my place in the future. I'm glad you enjoyed the house and your stay on the island.
June 2015

Emily User Profile
March 2015
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!

Ryan User Profile
March 2013
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.
Melinda User Profile
Response from Melinda:
Thanks for the recommendation and the kind words. Yes, water pressure is less with gravity feed but then it is an ECO house. I am happy you enjoyed staying there and hope you will return soon. Melinda
March 2013

Oona User Profile
January 2013
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.

Bree User Profile
December 2012
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.

Seattle, Washington, United States · Joined in July 2011
Melinda User Profile

(URL HIDDEN)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.

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