We arrived in Nevis on the ferry from St. Kitts, and found a taxi to take us to the Hermitage. Three days later, we left, clutching a rum punch, on the top deck of the hotel's own boat, being chauffeured by the owner to our waiting taxi at the tip of St Kitt's.
The Hermitage is a truly family-run Nevis institution, the rooms in restored or replica local chattel houses set in the gardens of the Great House, which just happens to be the oldest wooden building in the Caribbean. Our trip was out of season, with the result that much of Nevis was shut, and most of the time we were the only guests. This mattered not a jot, as (1) we would have been quite happy to go no further than the horses' paddock up the road (we did manage an island tour though!);and (2) with the friendly staff, the welcoming owners, their attentive pet (Harry the beagle) and an assorted selection of their friends and family (of various degrees of eccentricity), there was plenty of company.
The Hermitage is not the place to go if you want air-conditioning, kids' clubs, or the trappings of conventional "luxury" hotels. However a great deal of thought has gone into making guests comfortable. For instance, my husband, generally a sumptuous fork buffet for the local biting insects, was delighted to find our deck at the back of our cottage was mosquito-proofed with netting. The food is excellent, with a lot of ingredients sourced locally (no mean feat on an island the size of Nevis) - you can see some of the herbs and vegetables growing in the garden. Although the property is hardly huge, days passed all too quickly. There is a library, with an eclectic range of books left over the years by guests. I taught myself page one of the Grade 1 piano course, in the 17th century living room (I put the fact that I was unable to get further down to the fact that middle B was broken. Honestly. Let's face it, it was lucky we were the only guests...). We walked up the road and imagined which house we'd buy. After a couple of rum punches, even that felt a bit excessive. We chatted to the lizards, and Harry. And, quite frankly, we didn't feel the need to do much else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hermitage is a small plantation inn with an excellent reputation for its charm and warm, West Indian hospitality. The guest rooms are like gingerbread cottages and are styled after the old Planter’s house with a tradition of elegant West Indian style, antiques, mahogany four poster canopy beds, and private verandahs, with swaying hammocks, in an orchard like setting of mango trees and tropical plants. The Hermitage offers tranquility and serenity in its peaceful environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hermitage Plantation Hotel Nevis
- The Hermitage Plantation Inn Nevis/Charlestown