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Our vacation house is set amid delightful gardens in a secluded part of this out-of-the-way island. The West Indies-style house features a new kitchen, a large screened porch facing the sea, a patio with views of the volcano and other hills, and a swimming pool. There are two bedrooms, a sleeping porch, and three baths -- plus a sofa bed in the living room. The two bedrooms have air-conditioning for warm summer nights. Local artwork complements the home's lovely color scheme. Sitting at the convenient, built-in computer desk with WiFi access for your laptop and other devices, you'll enjoy an expansive view of the sea. The high, vaulted ceilings, traditional wooden awnings, and ceiling fans maximize the cooling Atlantic breezes coming over the mountains behind you. A beautiful wooden staircase takes you through gardens and down to a secluded beach with soft black sand.
Amenities include Internet access, a washer/dryer, and a grill on the patio. The beautiful and innovatively designed gardens were developed by Julie Toll, who has won many awards in England, including 4 Gold and 2 Silver awards at the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Her special interest is the use of native species, and environmentally-sound landscaping. Secluded on our private acreage, you'll hear only the sounds of nature: the wind in the banana trees, the birds, the crickets, and the waves on the shore of the virtually private beach. (While all beaches are public property on Nevis, the only way to get to this beach is down our stairway.) The 360-degree views provide fabulous sunrises and sunsets, and the passing spectacle of the changing clouds all day long. This is a great place to get away from it all, and write, paint, play music, or just relax.
Black Sand Cove has a Facebook page with dozens of photos, including photos and recommendations by guests, guest reviews, and information about what's going on on Nevis. You don't have to be a Facebook user to see it: just put facebook.com/blacksandcove in your browser.
On the sides of Mt. Nevis, the now-quiet volcano, are tropical forests with near-rainforest vegetation. Our comprehensive guest information books give recommendations for our favorite restaurants and activities, with details about where to go and how to get there. With temperatures in the 80's year-round, guest sometimes tell us they regret having to ever leave!
Children of all ages have fun here: the pool, the swimming beach, the paths to explore through the garden and the whole 8-acre property. It's all fenced-in, so it's safe for young children to explore. ...moreless
A sleeping porch with bath, drawers, curtains to close off...moreless
There are 2 bedrooms with baths, and a sleeping porch that closes off with curtains and has its own bath off the patio. So the house sleeps 6, plus another child or two if you use the second sofabed in the living room.
We also have a cottage on the same property, Black Sand Cove Cottage (see its listing, # 164256 at homeaway.com). It is entirely separate, with its own entrance gate and parking area. You don't see the cottage from the house, due to extensive landscaping. The cottage has a queen-size bed and a sofa bed. Some guests rent both properties for a larger group. With both units, you can easily accommodate 8 - 10 people....moreless
The house has 2 bathtubs, and 3 showers, plus an outdoor shower stall off the patio. I always like to use the patio shower, with the great views of gardens and the mountain. There's also an outdoor shower by the pool, for rinsing sand from the beach, before you jump in....moreless
The spacious house has a convenient desk, and if you travel with a laptop, you'll enjoy working with a ocean breeze and views of the gardens and the sea. And the house has several pleasant dining areas, depending on the weather: on the screened porch, on the garden patio, or indoors.
Elderly or handicapped guests may wish to know that there is a step up to the door, and another step up to the living room.
You can see dozens of photos of Nevis and of Black Sand Cove on our website, along with other details. And go look at the Facebook page to see more photos, and reviews, recommendations, and photos from guests. You don't need to be a Facebook user. Just put this in your brewer: facebook.com/blacksandcove...moreless
You're sure to find something you'll want to read, as there are several shelves of books....moreless
Books For Adults
We have a collection of games for adults and children....moreless
Games For Kids
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
The black sand beach is good for swimming, wading, and enjoying the sunsets....moreless
Our house is 100 yards from the stairway to the Caribbean. The beach at the foot of our property is great for swimming....moreless
Mt Nevis, the dominant feature of the profile of the island, is behind our place, and Saddle Hill off to the east....moreless
A wide view of the Caribbean stretches out in front of the porch, nearly 180 degrees....moreless
Black Sand Cove in is a secluded area of Nevis, about 2 miles from the town. It's peaceful, listening to the waves, wind, crickets, frogs....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
We usually eat all meals on the screened porch in front. If the evening is very warm, it can be cooler to eat at the table on the back patio, where there is the most breeze. Indoor table also....moreless
Seating for 8 people
We have air-conditioning in the two bedrooms in the house. The sleeping porch has the best breeze, so it is naturally cooler. The house is open to the sea, West Indies style....moreless
Our internet connection is the fastest we can get here on the island. This is a 3rd-world country, in terms of infrastructure. There's some variation in speed. Be patient. ...moreless
Iron & Board
There's a lovely living room, though the large screened-in porch is used the most....moreless
Local Activities Guide
Local Restaurant Guide
Parking Off Street:
You'll drive in the gate (automatic opener), and park on the property. ...moreless
Add $100 per week for each person over 4, to cover for extra cleaning time during and after your visit. The maid comes twice per week.
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Nevis is a small island, comparatively undeveloped, and off-the-beaten-track. Nature, hiking, swimming, birding, enjoying the rainforest and the fabulous views, and just relaxing: these are popular activities. Nevis has lots of nice restaurants, but if you're looking for casinos, nightlife, and shopping, you need a different island. For a delightful natural environment, on a comparatively undeveloped island, we recommend Nevis!
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: Tim and I bought this home to use for vacations, family gatherings, and eventually for retirement. People who have stayed at many rental homes in the Caribbean describe ours as one of the best equipped they've seen. That's because we spend quite a lot of time there ourselves. We designed the kitchen so that more than one person has convenient space to work together, because we like to cook in teams when a large family group gathers. Every room in the light, airy house has delightful views. We planned the swimming pool with broad, shallow steps to make it user-friendly for parents playing in the water with young children. With an additional cottage, close by but entirely separate and not visible from the house, a larger group of 8-12 can be comfortable, so it's a great place for an extended family get-together. If Tim ever felt ready to retire, we would spend more of the winter here ourselves. Maybe later in our lives...
Why the Owner Chose Long Point: Nevis is a small island, popular with those who seek a comparatively undeveloped tropical island to enjoy nature, hiking, swimming, and the wonderful views. Hiking in the rainforest is a popular activity. Knowledgeable guides are available to take adventurous hikers to the top of the volcano. Horseback riding and biking are available, and deep sea-fishing, sailing, scuba, and windsurfing are popular activities. There are art galleries and 2 museums. Information about activities and restaurants is waiting for you in our guest information binder. Black Sand Cove is on Facebook, with lots more photos of the property and of Nevis. Guests have posted their reviews, recommendations, and this own photos. No need to be a Facebook participant to see the Black Sand Cove Facebook page. Just put
facebook.com/blacksandcove in your browser.
The Unique Benefits at this House: One of our guests, who grew up on a different nearby island, declared our garden the most beautiful in the Caribbean. We just use simple plants, largely native species, local plants that thrive in the dry, sunny, seaside location. Native hardwoods like logwood, sandbox tree, and wild almond, and majestic royal palms: these are main features. The main reason for the engaging and delightful appeal is the inspired talent of Julie Toll, a well-known landscape designer based in Britain. And the setting itself is charming: sea in front, mountain behind. There's plenty to do on Nevis, but some of our guests tell us that once they get here, they don't feel motivated to leave very much for other places. They'd rather just hang around and enjoy Black Sand Cove.