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Zetland Breeze on the island of Nevis

Nevis is a 36 square mile gem, the Queen of the Caribees. The Nevis Peak volcano rose from the sea floor about one million years ago. The earliest human settlement dates back to 2,000 BC. Europeans first set foot on Nevis in 1493, when Columbus stopped on Nevis during his second voyage to the New World. Columbus named the island St. Martin as it was first sighted on St. Martin's Day. Later the island became known as Nieves ('snows'), named after Santa Maria de las Nieves, or Our Lady of the Snows, but also because the clouds that often hover around the top of Nevis Peak resemble snow from a distance.

Nevis was first populated by Arawak and Carib Amerindians, numbering as many as 5000, followed by European settlers in 1628, who developed the richest sugar cane industry in the Caribbean using white indentured servants and African slaves. Nevis was the seat of the British Leeward Islands Colony from 1671 to 1698. The Spanish, Dutch, French, and British fought over Nevis in famous sea battles for decades in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834, and over 8,000 slaves were freed on Nevis. Plantation owners were compensated with cash, and slaves were given land as sharecroppers. Black Nevisians quickly evolved as landowners and merchants. To this day, Nevisians are among the most independent groups in the Caribbean.

The history of Nevis is connected to the history of the United States in many ways. Notably, Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1757. And the victorious first battle of the United States Navy, between the USS Constellation and the French L'Insurgente, took place in 1799 in the waters off the southeast coast of Nevis.

Nevis and St Kitts have been an independent island nation since 1983. The population of Nevis has oscillated over the centuries from perhaps over 20,000 in the the late 1600's to 12,000 today. The capital of Nevis is Charlestown, about 10 minutes from our house. There are no traffic lights on Nevis. Everyone is literate, and jobs exist for all. The island language is English. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar ('EC$'), pegged at EC$ 2.67 per $US.

The house

Our house has everything: great views, lovely breezes, privacy, large rooms, comfortable furnishings, TV & Internet, full kitchen, a great pool, not far from beaches and restaurants. It is a lovely place to relax and have fun.

We are in Gingerland, about 180 degrees around the island road from the airport. The house is on the hillside above the old Zetland Plantation, one-third of the way up Mt Nevis (also called Nevis Peak) at nearly 1100 feet. When we drive home from the beach, we marvel at the temperature change as we approach the higher elevation of Gingerland and Zetland Breeze. The evenings are cool, no air conditioning required.

The view from the front porch is directly South, with the Atlantic and Montserrat to the left and the Caribbean to the right. In the center is the saddleback (Saddle Hill) of the southern end of Nevis, the pastures of Montpelier Plantation on the right and indian Castle on Windward Beach to the left.

We built the house in 1992, probably one of the larger houses on Nevis at the time. We spend a lot of time out on the front terrace, which always has perfect breezes coming from the East....the famous trade winds. We often have breakfast on the terrace; cocktail parties always start there, spilling into the Great Room.

Much of the main floor is hand-cut native volcanic rock. The house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. On the main floor are the large entry hall, a half bath, kitchen, laundry room, dining room, large living room, a large, covered front terrace, and the master bedroom suite with a king bed. On the second floor are two bedrooms (each with two twin beds) and a full bathroom. On the lower ground floor, there is a fourth bedroom with two twin beds and its own full bathroom; this bedroom has its own outside entrance below the main steps of the front door of the house. (Because this room may miss the breezes at night, it is now air conditioned, just in case.)

Behind the house are a private walled-in swimming pool and a covered outdoor dining area. (The small jacuzzi pool has a cover for safety.) For a nice dinner venue, we dine at the long white table up the two steps to the pool level outside the kitchen window overlooking the pool. Under a star-filled sky, perhaps with some nice music playing, this is quite pleasant. There is a gas barbecue just outside the kitchen door.

Home entertainment

The large pine cabinet in the living room houses the TV (with cable service including CNN and ESPN) and audio-visual equipment, including CD and DVD players. (There is a second TV in the master bedroom cabinet.) Speakers are in the Great Room and out at the pool. We have a growing collection of CDs and DVDs.

Games. There are puzzles, cribbage boards, playing cards in the drawer at the bottom of the liquor cabinet in the entrance hall.

Massage. Our little gray leather phone book lists many sources of massage on Nevis. The Four Seasons has a complete spa, of course.

Internet access. We have high speed DSL, with WIFI through much of the house.

Beaches and restaurants

Pinney's Beach on the Caribbean is a 15 minute drive away. Many beach restaurants and bars thrive there, as does the world famous Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, where there is a beautiful and challenging golf course. Three of the loveliest plantation inns on Nevis are each less than 10 minutes away from Zetland Breeze: Hermitage Hotel, Montpelier Plantation, and Golden Rock. Their restaurants are wonderful, each one unique. (We have a 'handout' for renters with hints and tips about all of our favorite places on Nevis.)

The house was built for airy island relaxation, and we love it. You will, too.

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Last modified on 07-28-2014 at 11:07 AM.

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villa rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • 2 story villa
    • floor area 5000 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • catering available
  • Location Type
    • ocean view
      • Caribbean to the West, Atlantic to the East
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • family
    • historic
    • romantic
    • sports & activities
  • General
    • internet
      • The WiFi is in the kitchen with a repeater in the great room
    • telephone
      • With answering machine
    • fireplace
      • But we don't use it
    • air conditioning
      • In lower bedroom, where the breezes can be light at night
    • linens provided
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • living room
      • The great room has our entertainment center cabinet. Lots of chairs for lounging.
    • fitness room / equipment
      • There is an exercise ball, which we use for sit-ups.
    • hair dryer
    • iron & board
    • towels provided
      • Lots of towels.
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
      • A fully equipped country kitchen with two stools at the counter. Looks out at the pool.
    • refrigerator
      • Ice maker.
    • stove
      • Gas
    • oven
      • Gas
    • microwave
    • dishwasher
    • dishes & utensils
      • More than you'll ever need.
    • pantry items
      • Basics are always there.
    • coffee maker
      • Electric drip (plus a backup)
    • toaster
      • Toaster oven
  • Dining
    • dining
      • The dining room is off the entrance hall and great room and open to both. We entertain 8 comfortably. The antique entrance hall table doubles as a great bar and buffet table.
    • dining room
  • Pool / Spa
    • private pool
      • Heated by the sun! With outdoor (cold water) shower.
    • hot tub
      • Heated (propane) with timer
  • Bathrooms
    • 3 bathrooms 1 half Bath
    • master bath: toilet, tub, shower, Double sink
    • upstairs bath: toilet, shower, Shared by the two upstairs bedrooms. Double sink.
    • lower bedroom bath: toilet, shower
    • powder room: toilet, Just off entrance hall
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10, beds for 8-10
    • upstairs bedroom #1: 2 twin/ single, Juliet balcony overlooking pool
    • upstairs bedroom #2: 2 twin/ single, shares a full bath with upstairs bedroom #1
    • master bedroom : 1 king, On main floor w/large ensuite bathroom with tub and shower
    • lower bedroom - separate entrance below main floor: 2 twin/ single, Ensuite bathroom + air conditioning
      • The bedrooms are all roomy, fully furnished, with ceiling fans & mosquito nets (ex master bedroom). The nets aren't really necessary, and the breeze and cooler evening temps make air con unnecessary, although the lower bedroom does have air con.
  • Entertainment
    • television
      • In great room and master bedroom
    • satellite / cable
      • Local CATV with a number of US channels
    • dvd player
      • (US standard only.)
    • video library
    • stereo
      • Speakers in great room and back by the pool.
    • music library
    • games
      • In lower drawer of liquor cabinet in entrance hall.
    • books
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
      • In covered area by the pool
    • deck / patio
      • Lots of space around the pool with chairs, chaises, dining table, and shaded bench with cushions
    • lawn / garden
      • Large 2 acre garden surrounding the house and drive
    • balcony
      • Large front terrace for lounging, cocktails, breakfast, etc., plus Juliet balcony off of upstairs bedroom
    • tennis
      • Tennis courts abound. Closest court is at the Hermitage Hotel.
    • golf
      • Four Seasons Hotel Robert Trent Jones course with spectacular views. Call to book a tee time.
    • boat
      • Unlimited boating opportunities on Nevis.
    • water sports gear
      • There are snorkeling gear and boogie boards at the house. Other gear is available around the island for rent.
  • Suitability
    • long-term renters welcome
    • events allowed
    • children welcome
      • Kids love it here!
    • smoking allowed
      • Please smoke outside the main house.
    • pets considered
      • We love dogs; they usually sleep outside by the pool.
    • wheelchair accessible
      • Wheelchair guests enter through the back door by the kitchen. The main house and master bedroom are accessible by wheelchair.
  • Notes
    • Our caretaker lives just down the hill. She is well known on Nevis and can assist in fulfilling most guest requirements.

activities and attractions in Nevis Caribbean

  • Attractions
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • ruins
    • restaurants
    • museums
    • marina
    • health/beauty spa
  • Leisure Activities
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • walking
    • sight seeing
    • boating
    • shelling
    • horseback riding
    • eco tourism
    • wildlife viewing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • equestrian events
    • hiking
    • deepsea fishing
    • golf privileges optional
    • mountain climbing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • snorkeling
    • golf
    • tennis
    • sailing
    • water skiing
    • jet skiing
    • swimming
    • snorkeling/diving
    • wind-surfing
    • cycling
    • fishing

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Low Season
Apr 1 - Sep 30
5 nights
High Season
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
5 nights
High Season
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 31 2015
5 nights
Christmas & New Year
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 4 2016
7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $500
Rates for rentals longer than two weeks are negotiable. The two weeks of Christmas and New Year are rarely available but are available for 2013.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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This vacation rental has been listed since 07/1/2013.