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The Hermitage

St. John-Figtree Parish
Nevis, SK 0

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The Hermitage Plantation is one of the most charming small hotel estates in the Caribbean. Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Nevis, it consists of a collection of small gingerbread cottages, painted in pastel colours with verandahs and white lace trim, positioned around a 250 year old Great House amidst acres of lush, tropical gardens.

At 800 feet above sea level, The Hermitage slumbers on several acres of stone terraces. Its pastel guest cottages are scattered among fruit trees fringed with tropical flowers swaying quietly to the sounds of songbirds and doves in the daytime and a chorus of tiny bellfrogs and crickets in the soft evenings.

At this elevation the temperature rarely moves below 75 degrees or above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, year round, day or night. It is this astonishing micro-climate that makes The Hermitage location so special. The beautiful, uncrowded beaches of Nevis are less than 15 minutes drive away with all the heat and sun one expects of this perfect Caribbean island. But, in the afternoon and evenings it is blissful to enjoy the cool highland breezes in your cottage where you will never think of needing air conditioning.

AccommodationsCottage at The Hermitage, Nevis

The accommodations at Hermitage are in cottages of historical or architectural interest, and designed to catch the prevailing breezes. Every bedroom has an heirloom canopy bed, antique and period furnishing, and full bath with showers and tubs. All rooms have unique and charming views from their private porches. Amenities within each cottage include direct-dial telephones, in-room safes, ceiling fans, refrigerators, irons and ironing boards, tea and coffee making facilities. A major refurbishment and upgrade was carried out at the property in 1997/1998, keeping the level of comfort within our accommodation at its highest.

Pool At The Hermitage, NevisOn site there is an excellent hard tennis court (with complimentary rackets and balls), trailriding on horseback (English style, escorted $45 for 1 1/2hr), carriage rides through historic Gingerland, nature walks and history hikes (the ancient "Heritage Highway" or "Upper Round Road" passes right through The Hermitage). For the child in everyone there is the farmyard with the plantations pigs, sheep, ducks, peacocks, chickens and horses of all ages, shapes and sizes. RENTAL CARS AND JEEPS are available for selfhire exploring (highly recommended, this is a most friendly island) and finding quiet nature spots or secluded beaches.

MealsFine Dining at The Hermitage, Nevis
On an island with few people and little nightlife, dining is the social event of the day. The Hermitage cooks are unrivaled particularly under the direction of Maureen Lupinacci and her 30 years of entertaining in the West Indies. One of their secrets is the best quality ingredients available. To be sure of the quality, most is produced on the plantation including homereared pork and lamb. Most of the fruit comes from our own trees and the herbs from our own kitchen garden. Fresh fish, conch and lobster are obtained from our neighbourly fishermen. All of the baking, ice cream, desserts, jellies and jams are homemade.

The day starts with Full Planters Breakfast from 8:00am to 10:30am on the verandah. The sausage is from our own piggery, the yogurt freshly made daily. Specialties include West Indian omelets, eggs any style, a variety of breakfast breads (lemon, orange, poppy seed, pumpkin, bran or corn muffins), fresh seasonal fruit, pancakes (banana, pumpkin, oatmeal), or Orangeblossom French Toast. Bacon, ham or flying fish are usually available as well as West Indian saltfish every Sunday.

Lunch is served from Noon to 3:00pm on the Verandah or poolside. Grilled marinated chicken breast, grilled fish of the day (generally mahi mahi or red snapper), lobster, shrimp, chicken or tuna salads are offered along with regional dishes such as pumpkin soup, rotis and curried chicken salads, followed by our sorbets and ice creams and cakes.

Afternoon Tea served in the Great room or tea porch. English teas or our own local teas such as lemongrass are available along with the famous Hermitage carrot cake and other specialties.

Dinner is always an event at the Hermitage featuring the most amazing creations mixing our fresh local products with classic international recipes. Maureen�s menus are a constant surprise and delight.

Awards and Recognition
"Nevis is home to several excellent plantation inns as well. My personal favorite is the Hermitage a hillside cluster of West Indian Bungalows gathered around the oldest wooden house in the Antilles." ---Conde Nast Traveller
"...the quaintest West Indian accommodations in Nevis." ---West Indies Ease

Children: Families are welcome. Children under 12 can be served dinner at 6:00pm at the greathouse; other special arrangements can be made.

Rates: $160-790 (Bed & Breakfast Plan)

Payment: major credit cards

The Hermitage
St. John-Figtree Parish
Nevis, SK 0

Innkeeper: Richard and Maureen Lupinacci

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