HILL RISE HOUSEOUR PRIVATE RENTAL VILLA IN TWO ACRES
NEVIS - WEST INDIES
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Hill Rise House
Hill Rise House is a comfortable private vacation rental villa set in more than 2 acres of secluded tropical gardens at the western end of the exclusive Montpelier plantation estate near the Botanical Gardens on the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis. This holiday rental has its own private pool and private tennis court. Set in the Nevisian foothills, the whole property enjoys spectacular Caribbean Sea views, dramatic vistas of Nevis Peak and brilliant Caribbean sunsets. With four bedrooms (all with private bath) up to 9 guests can be accommodated in comfort and privacy. Always for exclusive occupancy, rental rates are scaled according to the number of bedrooms you wish to use.
Built in 1990 in traditional colonial style architecture, the Main House nestles into its hillside setting as if it had been there for a hundred years. The large private swimming pool was built into one of the old sugar plantation terraces, and then the tennis court was added - quite a landscaping feat on the hill side location. In matching traditional architecture and set discreetly away from the Main House, the self contained Guest House was constructed in the late 1990's to provide extra bedrooms and independent accommodation for part of a larger group.
Hill Rise House was designed for out door living, and the main lounge and dining areas are under large open sided porches. These shaded living areas make the best of the magnificent views. At night, ocean liners with lights sparkling, pass by to make their haven among the glittering illuminations of Basseterre, and the lights of Charlestown twinkle below, under a canopy of stars. Closer to home, the large verandahs are perfect for entertaining, and Hill Rise has hosted many a party to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and family reunions. If parties are not the order of the day, our tariff structure makes the property an affordable hideaway for honeymoon couples, lovers of any age, artists and writers looking for privacy, peace and quiet.
The spacious rooms and wide verandahs are furnished with Lloyd Loom, rattan, teak and antique mahogany furniture, some of which dates back to the days of Lord Nelson (who was married at Montpelier more than 200 years ago). Fabrics from England, Spain and Sri Lanka, Hamadan carpets, Noritake china, silver plated tableware, decorative antiques and other period accessories add the finishing touches to create a feeling of gracious, yet informal living.
You will be looked after by the manager/housekeeper, Donna, who not only provides a daily maid service (except Sundays and public holidays), but also takes care of reasonable amounts of personal laundry, the general welfare of the guests and the day-to-day management of the property. She can also provide cooking and babysitting services by separate arrangement payable locally. Donna is assisted by the full time gardener, Bernard. The pool is maintained by an outside contractor twice a week.
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Avoiding mass tourism, Nevis is developing as a special destination for villa rentals by owner. There are few condos with shared facilities, no high rise or high density developments, just a wide variety of individual holiday lets, vacation rentals and self catering cottages (call them what you may!) from log cabins to villas fit for the rich and famous.
The luxury Four Seasons Resort provides the economic backbone of Nevis' tourist industry, ably assisted by high quality well managed boutique hotels such as Montpelier, Hermitage, Golden Rock, Mount Nevis and Nisbet. Small hotels such as Oualie and Pinney's, Bed and Breakfasts such as Banyan Tree combine with the rental villas to provide accommodation for visitors who wish to enjoy this exclusive destination without breaking their bank accounts!
You need not be bored on sleepy little Nevis. There are of course the usual Caribbean pastimes associated with the warm climate tempered by cooling breezes. Beautiful uncrowded palm fringed beaches are Nevis' greatest asset. Find a track down to the water's edge a little way from the beach bars, and you can have the beach all to yourself. If you need some activity, deep sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling are all on offer, especially at peak season.
Away from the shore, you can play a few rounds on the championship golf course, or have fun on the minor golf courses. For tennis, look no further than Hill Rise House! Then there is hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking through the tropical scenery for the more energetic. If you prefer the comfort of four wheels, you will be free to explore every road or track and every village where you are bound to see a friendly wave or smile. Don't miss the fascinating relics of Nevis' wealthy plantation age of the 18th and 19th centuries. Yes! Nevis was once the richest island in the West Indies. Visit places like the old Georgian period Bath Hotel and hot springs, Hamilton Mill, New River, Eden Brown, Nelson's Lookout and the unique, charming and tranquil ruins of the little Cottle Church. Nevis is steeped in history. There are two museums which have some fascinating exhibits and where you can spend many days looking into archives if you wish.
The charming Nevisian people and the ex-pat community will welcome you to share their little piece of paradise. Good old fashioned standards of good manners and behaviour still prevail here. There are no tacky discos, bars and strip joints and very few shops sell tourist trash. Away from genteel entertainment provided by the hotels (non residents welcome), night life is designed specifically for the locals, but visitors are welcome to join in. "Culturama" is a highlight of the Nevisian calendar in August, and horse race days, held round the year, give a fun day out for all. Nevisians take great pride in their culture, history and environment. The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) is one of the most active organisations of it's type in the Caribbean. The local radio station is Voice of Nevis - VON radio
Nevis is not easy to get to. That is why there is no mass tourism - thank goodness! Your journey will involve a long haul flight from North America or Europe to St. Kitts, Antigua, Puerto Rico or St. Martin. Then you will have to take a local flight into Nevis. If your long haul destination is St Kitts, you can make that final leg of your journey by sea, either by ferry or by private boat charter. That extra leg may be a nuisance, but the memory soon fades, and your reward awaits you......
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