Black Sand Cove Cottage, in Fabulous Gardens by the Sea
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Long Point cottage description
The cottage is perfect for an individual, a couple, or parents with 1 or 2 small children. Its bright and beautiful decor features art work by local artists. The West Indies-style architecture includes a high ceiling and ceiling fan to maximize the cooling effects of the breezes from the Atlantic. There is a queen-size bed, a sofa bed, and 3 eating areas: inside with a view of gardens and sea; on the porch overlooking the sea; and in the back patio, with a view of Mt Nevis volcano and other hills. At the Cottage, you're surrounded by superb gardens, and you have your own outdoor hot-tub, in seclusion provided by bougainvillea, oleanders, palms, and citrus trees. There is WiFi for your laptop and other devices. The cottage is on the same multi-acre property as Black Sand Cove Beach House, but is completely separate, with its own entrance gate and complete privacy thanks to the landscaping design by Julie Toll (known in Britain as multi-award winner at Chelsea Flower Show)
cottage conveniences: The cottage has a washer/dryer in a closet off the back patio. We have DSL Internet access for those who travel with a laptop. You can eat on the front porch (for morning shade), on the back patio (for mountain and garden views), or indoors by the glass doors to enjoy the view. Our comprehensive guest information binders give recommendations for our favorite restaurants and activities, with details about where to go and how to get there. You can see dozens of photos on Nevis and of Black Sand Cove if you go to our website and click on the Gallery. Black Sand Cove is on Facebook; become a Fan.
Enjoying Black Sand Cove: The beautiful and innovative-designed gardens at Black Sand Cove were designed and developed by Julie Toll. Julie has won many garden design awards in England, including 4 Gold and 2 Silver awards at the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Her special interest is maximizing the use of native species, and creating ecologically-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 frogs, and the waves on the short of the virtually private beach. (While all beaches are public property on Nevis, the only way to get to this beach is by boat or 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 relax, write, paint, play music, or just give your mind a rest. With temperatures in the 80's all year, you may have trouble leaving.
- 775 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Housekeeper Included
- Pets Considered
- Not Suitable For Children
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Rain Forests
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Biking
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Toilet Paper
- Activities Guide
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Activities Guide
- Towels Provided
- Security System
- Local Maps
- Hair Dryer
- Broadband Access
- Paper Towels
- Laundry Soap
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Basic Soaps
- Iron & Board
- Housekeeper Included
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Mini Refrigerator
- Beach Chairs
- Small Cooler
- Porch / Veranda
- Beach Towels
- Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Hot Tub
ReviewsWrite a review
We had a wonderful time staying at Black Sand Cove Cottage. The gardens were amazing, always something new to see. The access to the beach was easy, and private. Such a quiet location, with a great view of the ocean from the cottage porch. The cottage itself was perfect for us, great layout, everything needed for cooking, dining, and relaxing. The house was not rented while we were there, so we also enjoyed the pool access. We were so relaxed and comfortable during our stay in Nevis, and Black Sand Cottage Cove, we certainly didn't want to leave. The wide variety of wildlife was incredible. Hummingbirds outside the window, lizards hanging around outside the house, and an amazing variety of other birds as well. Nevis is certainly our style, quiet, and everyone we came across was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed eating at the local restaurants as well. Fabulous vacation, with a wonderful stay at Black Sand Cove Cottage.
- Guest Joe K.
- Date of stay 03/25/12
- Review Submitted 04/10/12
We spent 5 weeks in the cottage and are itching to get back as soon as we can. We looked through lots and lots of ads for our vacation and were incredibly lucky to come across Black Sand Cove. Everything was exactly as advertised, with beautiful grounds, Adolfo's wonderful presence, and seclusion.Our goal was to get away from everything and many days, unless we chose otherwise, we were the only people we saw. Of course, we had to share the area with goats, donkeys, and sometimes monkeys, but they were all welcome visitors. In fact, most days we looked forward to the goat parade on the road outside.We can't wait to visit again to completely unplug and hear our thoughts again apart from the hustle of life in modern society.
- Guest Mark Johnson and Joy Jordan (Appleton, WI)
- Date of stay 10/31/09
- Review Submitted 10/31/09
[2 emails sent to my friends/family from Property tell the story best] Day 1: So...THIS is paradise....Adolfo (property caretaker) picked me up at the ferry and drove me to this amazing place. He then showed me all the nooks and crannies on the property - quiet sitting spots that are perched either right on the beach/water, or high up on a bluff above the water. Each spot more beautiful than the last, and each accessible by walking through the most gorgeous landscaping/gardens I've ever seen. And of course, he also showed me the Jacuzzi and the pool...it was hard to walk by those (even temporarily). Most striking though...is how secluded it is here. The "black sand cove" is truly "all my own", and its black sand beach goes on forever without a house or person anywhere in sight. Adolfo had indeed stocked my frig with all of the groceries I requested (to a tee!) and I made myself dinner. While that was cooking, I plopped in a CD they have here (Samual Barber playing Adagio for Strings - magical), opened the Sauvignon Blanc Adolfo picked up for me as well, and sat on the back porch watching the light fade.I now sit here, belly full, slight buzz from the wine, listening to the rustling of the magnificent trees/bushes that surround this house, enjoying the sounds of crickets and frogs, and...wait for it....yup....donkeys braying in the distance. I couldn't make this stuff up. If there is a more peaceful, beautiful place, I don't know where.Day 3: This place just gets better and better. Lying in bed yesterday dusk, feeling the the cross-breeze (which sweeps thru every inch of this one-room cottage, and over me, like it has purpose), especially when you add in the LOUD sounds of the flora/fauna that hug the cottage is indescribable. This same cross-breeze (bathed in bright BRIGHT sunlight during the day - bouncing every which way off the cheerfully butter-colored walls) is present morning, noon, and night, and somehow makes emailing, cooking, reading, washing dishes, going to sleep, waking up....everything...seem better ...almost like I've never done any of them before. Occasionally I will put in the Melody Gardot CD (another that they have here - fabulous bluesy voice), but generally I let God's orchestra be my music. Add in the morning rain-showers, and I'm telling ya.... One of my friends asked me yesterday if I minded being alone, and I didn't even have to stop to think: "No", I said...."talking to someone during any of this would
- Guest Rikki Schwartz (Waterford, MI)
- Date of stay 06/21/09
- Review Submitted 06/21/09
Linda, The botanical gardens of Nevis rival yours at Black Sand Cove, not vice versa. The flowers, hummingbirds, palms, full moon, stars, peace and quiet combined to provide a wonderfully regenerative experience. It inspired my song in the guestbook at the cottage, "Frangipani in the Moonlight", which has been well recieved by a number of audiences. It was good to be back on Nevis and there is no place we would rather stay. It was an even better place to be while Mexico, NY was being buried under 88 inches of snow this past February. Hope to be back soon.
- Guest Cas and Claudia Ziezio (Mexico, NY)
- Date of stay 06/01/07
- Review Submitted 06/27/07
The cottage at Black Sand Cove is a little piece of heaven on Earth. Perfectly situated to be private, secluded, peaceful, but close enough to everything you might want to see and do on the island. The gardens are magnificent and Adolfo's smiling face and vast wisdom are delightful bonuses! The secluded beach is beautiful and the back porch is the best place to be!! We found the cottage to be perfectly equipped with everything we needed and more and the Guide Book was our most valuable resource (next to Adolfo!!). Linda's rental car was a lucky find, too, and we enjoyed exploring the island on our own. Paradise for "ahneemoonahs" like us.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 05/01/07
- Review Submitted 05/23/07
Hi Linda, I wanted to take a quick minute to tell you how pleased I am with Black Sand Cottage. It is absolutely perfect for one person or a couple. It takes about 15 minutes of sitting on the porch and listening to the sounds of nature inorder to completely "decompress from the "real world stresses". I mentioned to Adolfo that of all the places that I have traveled to (including Hawaii, Bermuda, Europe) Black Sand ranks as one of, if not the most beautiful. The grounds with all the flowering plants are exquisite and no picture does it justice. Plus, there is the added bonus of having ( an on-site concierge) Adolfo, who is so caring and concerned that I have a pleasant stay. He is a true gem! You have not left out one detail (I find it amazing that you would even include your store bonus # from Rams....wow). I can't thank you enough for this experience....and I still have a week left here....absolutely fantastic. Next year, I hope to rent both houses and bring my daughters and their spouses. Thanks again, GRG
- Guest GRG (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 01/01/07
- Review Submitted 01/24/07
I recently had the pleasure of calling the Cottage at Black Sand Cove my "home away from home" Oct. 28 - Nov. 4. As others have stated, what is pictured on the website is a true representation of what you will discover upon your arrival. The accomodations are superb, Adolfo is great, and worth every cent. You will not regret booking your stay here while in beautiful Nevis. Kudos to Tim and Linda Burkett for providing such wonderful accomodations and to Adolfo for working tirelessly to maintaining the beauty of Black Sand Cove!
- Guest Tracy Jamerson (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Date of stay 11/01/06
- Review Submitted 11/09/06
Seeing is believing...the Cottage at Black Sand Cove is exactly as described and more. As well as the garden, cottage and beach, I was thoroughly impressed with the extremely well-furnished kitchen with modern appliances and the spacious brightness of the room. Our day began gazing at Mt. Nevis and the back gardens while basking in rising sun and ended watching the sea absorbing the setting sun. Read the reviews, they are written honestly and I concur. Peace, solitude, beauty, nature. Although it is located a short distance off a paved road, you must travel on an unpaved road to get to the property and a vehicle [preferable 4-wheel drive] is needed. The property reflects thoughtful design, attention to details and consistent maintenance. Owners are dedicated and conscientious and have lovingly created [and thankful they share] a beautiful oasis.
- Guest Toni Carter (New York, NY)
- Date of stay 10/01/05
- Review Submitted 10/19/05
Linda and Tim Burkett?s Black Sand Cove property is a vacation gem. If your idea of a perfect vacation is being secluded on a beautiful property, with a lot of quiet and few people, this is the place for you. If your idea of a perfect vacation is paying for a place that provides you with the newspaper every morning, cable TV, AC, and a constant scurry of activities for you to choose from, then this is not the place for you. I really hesitate to write this recommendation because this place is so special and I want it all to myself! The most amazing thing about Black Sand Cove is that the website absolutely and accurately reflects the property. Nothing was an unpleasant surprise to me when I arrived. Of course the website cannot give you the feeling of the warm Caribbean breeze, the sound of the waves crashing on the private beach and the night crickets. Only three or four cars passed by the property a day. It is truly secluded. The gardens are magnificent. Adolfo, the property manager, is the nicest man you?ll ever meet. The accommodations are wonderful: clean, spacious, inviting and efficient. If you have to wait 6 months to get a date on the calendar, do it. Now. Don?t hesitate. You?ll love it. But remember: this is a special spot for people who like it quiet. Unplug, read, cook, walk, swim, sleep, bliss out?
- Guest Chi Wright (New York, NY)
- Date of stay 09/01/05
- Review Submitted 09/11/05
Our vacation was fantastic. There are so many wonderful things to be said for Nevis and the fantastic cottage we stayed in at Black Sand Cove. Just like those who have written comments before me, we all just love Adolfo, he provides whatever help or information is needed. And he was kind enough that he brought us fresh watermelon and papaya in the morning. Which leads me to the gardens where the fruit was picked each morning. As you can see in the website the gardens are indeed stunning. However, just wait until you are there actually walking around and enjoying them first hand, they are incredible. You will see hummingbirds and buterflies everywhere! I should mention also the bed is soooo comfortable. I slept so well there each night. I am sure the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, and maybe just a bit of Sunshine's Killer Bees helped also. We loved our stay at the cottage, we loved beautiful Nevis and we especially enjoyed the friendly people there as well. We will return as soon as we can. Linda, Adolfo, thank you for offering such a beautiful retreat. It is tended to and cared for so well, it really made our vacation fantastic
- Guest Rachel & Craig (Lewisburg, PA)
- Date of stay 02/01/05
- Review Submitted 02/23/05
We will pro-rate for longer or shorter stays.Peak Season rates, mid-December to mid-April, are $1300 per week. Summer season rates, mid-April to mid-December, are $900 per week. The tax on Nevis for this kind of rental is 9%. Weekly rate includes all fees.Some guests rent both the Cottage and the Beach House at Black Sand Cove, to accommodate a larger group of up to 12 people, if some are children. See more about the beach house listed at HomeAway # 216163
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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 designed the swimming pool with broad, shallow steps to make it user-friendly for parents playing in the water with young children. With a separate cottage, close by but entirely separate and invisible from the house, a larger group of 8-12 can fit in, so it's a great place for an extended family get-together. With that many guests, some wouldn't have their own bathrooms or private bedrooms, since they'd be using sofa beds. The maid comes every 2-3 days.
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, the rainforest, and the wonderful views. Hiking in the rainforest is a popular activity. Guides are available to take adventurous hikers to the top of the volcano. Jim Johnson will lead you on a hike or a birdwatching expedition. Jim is a walking encyclopedia of information on all facets of the natural environment here. He’ll also come out to Black Sand Cove in the evening to do a stargazing talk for you. Horseback riding and biking are available, and deep sea-fishing, sailing, scuba, windsurfing, and snorkeling are popular activities. And 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; become a Fan.
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Black Sand Cove cottage with Mt Nevis in the background
Black Sand Cove cottage at night
The cottage has complete cooking facilities. The sofa opens into a double bed.
The cottage has this front porch, as well as a patio. Both have table and chairs
Our beach is good for swimming, calm like this or with a row or two of waves.
The wooden stairway to the beach
The cottage has a hot tub nestled in the gardens, a secluded little spot.
View of Mt Nevis from our garden
Paths wander through the garden.
When the aloes bloom, the hummingbirds are extra busy.
Gecko searching for an insects amid the efflorescences of royal palm.
Rainbows often appear after a shower, like this one in front of Mt Nevis.
The interior of the cottage is compact, with everything you'll need in one room.
The cottage is light and airy, with a comfortable queen-size bed.
The secluded beach at Black Sand Cove is 280 meters long.
The beach at the foot of our property is only accessible by our stairway.
The stairway to the beach, as the sun gets ready to set
Our gardens like the dry, salty environment.
Agaves, aloes, crown flowers and other local plants are our mainstay.
Look closely.. see the hummingbird sitting on her nest in our Norfolk pine?
We cater to the plant preferences of migrating Monarchs.
This hummingbird seems to be pointing the way.
Portulaca, agave, and aloes on a cloudy day