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Last updated: 11/26/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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Zetland Breeze on the island of Nevis

Nevis is a 36 square mile gem, the Queen of the Caribees. The Nevis volcano rose from the sea floor about one million years ago. The earliest human settlement dates back to 2,000 BC. Europeans first set foot on Nevis in 1493, when Columbus stopped on Nevis during his second voyage to the New World. Columbus named the island St. Martin as it was first sighted on St. Martin's Day. Later the island became known as Nieves ('snows'), named after Santa Maria de las Nieves, or Our Lady of the Snows, but also because the clouds that often hover around the top of Nevis Peak resemble snow from a distance.

Nevis was first populated by Arawak and Carib Amerindians, numbering as many as 5000, followed by European settlers in 1628, who developed the richest sugar cane industry in the Caribbean using white indentured servants and African slaves. Nevis was the seat of the British Leeward Islands Colony from 1671 to 1698. The Spanish, Dutch, French, and British fought over Nevis in famous sea battles for decades in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834, and over 8,000 slaves were freed on Nevis. Plantation owners were compensated with cash, and slaves were given land as sharecroppers. Black Nevisians quickly evolved as landowners and merchants. To this day, Nevisians are among the most independent groups in the Caribbean.

The history of Nevis is connected to the history of the United States in many ways. Notably, Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1757. And the victorious first battle of the United States Navy, between the USS Constellation and the French L'Insurgente, took place in 1799 in the waters off the southeast coast of Nevis.

Nevis and St Kitts have been an independent island nation since 1983. The population of Nevis has oscillated over the centuries from perhaps over 20,000 in the the late 1600's to 12,000 today. The capital of Nevis is Charlestown, about 10 minutes from our house. There are no traffic lights on Nevis. Everyone is literate, and jobs exist for all. The island language is English. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar ('EC$'), pegged at EC$ 2.67 per $US.

The house

Our house has everything: great views, lovely breezes, privacy, large rooms, comfortable furnishings, TV & Internet, full kitchen, a great pool, not far from beaches and restaurants. It is a lovely place to relax and have fun.

We are in Gingerland, about 180 degrees around the island road from the airport. The house is on the hillside above the old Zetland Plantation, one-third of the way up Mt Nevis (also called Nevis Peak) at nearly 1100 feet. When we drive home from the beach, we marvel at the temperature change as we approach the higher elevation of Gingerland and Zetland Breeze. The evenings are cool, no air conditioning required.

The view from the front porch is directly South, with the Atlantic and Montserrat to the left and the Caribbean to the right. In the center is the saddleback (Saddle Hill) of the southern end of Nevis, the pastures of Montpelier Plantation on the right and indian Castle on Windward Beach to the left.

We built the house in 1992, probably one of the larger houses on Nevis at the time. (Refurbished in 2013.) We spend a lot of time out on the front terrace, which always has perfect breezes coming from the East....the famous trade winds. We often have breakfast on the terrace; cocktail parties always start there, spilling into the Great Room.

Much of the main floor is hand-cut native volcanic rock. The house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. On the main floor are the large entry hall, a half bath, kitchen, laundry room, dining room, large living room, a large, covered front terrace, and the master bedroom suite with a king bed. On the second floor are two bedrooms (each with two twin beds) and a full bathroom. On the lower ground floor, there is a fourth bedroom with two twin beds and its own full bathroom; this bedroom has its own outside entrance below the main steps of the front door of the house. (Because this room may miss the breezes at night, it is now air conditioned, just in case.)

Behind the house are a private walled-in swimming pool and a covered outdoor dining area. (The small jacuzzi pool has a cover for safety.) For a nice dinner venue, we dine at the long white table up the two steps to the pool level outside the kitchen window overlooking the pool. Under a star-filled sky, perhaps with some nice music playing, this is quite pleasant. There is a gas barbecue just outside the kitchen door.

Home entertainment

The large pine cabinet in the living room houses the TV (with cable service including CNN and ESPN) and audio-visual equipment, including CD and DVD players. (There is a second TV in the master bedroom cabinet.) Speakers are in the Great Room and out at the pool. We have a growing collection of CDs and DVDs.

Games. There are puzzles, cribbage boards, playing cards in the drawer at the bottom of the liquor cabinet in the entrance hall.

Massage. Our little gray leather phone book lists many sources of massage on Nevis. The Four Seasons has a complete spa, of course.

Internet access. We have high speed DSL, with WIFI through much of the house.

Beaches and restaurants

Pinney's Beach on the Caribbean is a 15 minute drive away. Many beach restaurants and bars thrive there, as does the world famous Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, where there is a beautiful and challenging golf course. Three of the loveliest plantation inns on Nevis are each less than 10 minutes away from Zetland Breeze: Hermitage Hotel, Montpelier Plantation, and Golden Rock. Their restaurants are wonderful, each one unique. (We have a 'handout' for renters with hints and tips about all of our favorite places on Nevis.)

The house was built for airy island relaxation, and we love it. You will, too.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Kids love it here!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love dogs; they usually sleep outside by the pool....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Please smoke outside the main house....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Wheelchair guests enter through the back door by the kitchen. The main house and master bedroom are accessible by wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Upstairs bedroom #1: 2 twin/ single

    Juliet balcony overlooking pool...moreless

  • Upstairs bedroom #2: 2 twin/ single

    shares a full bath with upstairs bedroom #1...moreless

  • Master Bedroom : 1 king

    On main floor w/large ensuite bathroom with tub and shower...moreless

  • Lower bedroom - separate entrance below main floor: 2 twin/ single

    Ensuite bathroom + air conditioning...moreless

  • The bedrooms are all roomy, fully furnished, with ceiling fans & mosquito nets (ex master bedroom). The nets aren't really necessary, and the breeze and cooler evening temps make air con unnecessary, although the lower bedroom does have air con....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master bath: toilet, tub, shower

    Double sink...moreless

  • Upstairs bath: toilet, shower

    Shared by the two upstairs bedrooms. Double sink....moreless

  • Lower bedroom bath: toilet, shower


  • Powder room: toilet

    Just off entrance hall...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our caretaker lives just down the hill. She is well known on Nevis and can assist in fulfilling most guest requirements....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    (US standard only.)...moreless

  • Games:

    In lower drawer of liquor cabinet in entrance hall....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Local CATV with a number of US channels...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Speakers in great room and back by the pool....moreless

  • Television:

    In great room and master bedroom...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Caribbean to the West, Atlantic to the East...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining room is off the entrance hall and great room and open to both. We entertain 8 comfortably. The antique entrance hall table doubles as a great bar and buffet table....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    In lower bedroom, where the breezes can be light at night...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    But we don't use it ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    There is an exercise ball, which we use for sit-ups....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    The WiFi is in the kitchen with a repeater in the great room...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The great room has our entertainment center cabinet. Lots of chairs for lounging....moreless

  • Telephone:

    With answering machine...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Lots of towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric drip (plus a backup)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    More than you'll ever need....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    A fully equipped country kitchen with two stools at the counter. Looks out at the pool....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Balcony:

    Large front terrace for lounging, cocktails, breakfast, etc., plus Juliet balcony off of upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Boat:

    Unlimited boating opportunities on Nevis....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Lots of space around the pool with chairs, chaises, dining table, and shaded bench with cushions...moreless

  • Golf:

    Four Seasons Hotel Robert Trent Jones course with spectacular views. Call to book a tee time....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large 2 acre garden surrounding the house and drive...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    In covered area by the pool...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts abound. Closest court is at the Hermitage Hotel....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    There are snorkeling gear and boogie boards at the house. Other gear is available around the island for rent....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Heated by the sun! With outdoor (cold water) shower....moreless



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High Season
Oct 1 - Dec 13, 2015
5 night min stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 15 - Jan 4, 2016
7 night min stay
High Season
Jan 5 - Mar 31, 2016
5 night min stay
Low Season
Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2016
5 night min stay
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5 night min stay

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  • Cleaning fee $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 11/26/2015
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Vance W. Amory International Airport, Newcastle
250 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Hermitage Hotel
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Charlestown, Nevis
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Four Seasons Resort
250 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Hermitage Hotel
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Windward Beach at Indian Castle

Car: Necessary

Zetland Breeze is located on the southern end of Nevis above the old Zetland Plantation property at about 1100 feet of elevation. The beaches are a short drive away. Power walks start at the front door anytime. Guided hikes up the mountain also start nearby. Be adventurous.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1992

About: We have been coming to Nevis since 1985. We built Zetland Breeze on the hillside in 1992. Our family and many friends have been enjoying Nevis ever since. We take power walks, swim in the sea, golf at the Four Seasons (or the humble pitch & putt Nevis Golf Course), have lunch on the beach, read books, watch DVDs, meet friends for dinner. And I putter around the house. We live in Manhattan, so Nevis is a great change of scenery. The air on Nevis has a narcotic effect on us. The stars at night are magical. The night sounds are soporific.

Why Gingerland:
In 1987, we asked our daughters, 'ski home in Colorado or island home on Nevis?' They voted for Nevis. We knew many of the islands (from holidays or my US Navy cruises), and Nevis was different: small, uncrowded, and Nevisians are distinctly lovely people. We have enjoyed every moment on the island, where we have many friends. Golfing on the Robert Trent Jones course at the Four Seasons has been a big bonus.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Zetland Breeze is a fun and easy place to stay. The house was designed for constant air circulation and many venues to relax. The front terrace has magnificent views and breezes, the pool is a private and open space for swimming, sun bathing, dining on the pool deck, or lounging in the shade on the pink and white pillows under the overhang of the house. The living room is for lounging, reading, listening to music, or even watching TV. Wi-Fi emanates from the kitchen with a booster in the Great Room, for Internet addicts. The bedrooms are for naps. The large entrance hall is unique and spacious, spilling into the living room (and onto the front terrace) and dining room. We had over 100 guests for our opening housewarming party in 1992, yet we regularly entertain 8 - 12 for dinner intimately. We keep the kitchen up-to-date, of course.

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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese



  • Looking up at Zetland Breeze from the drive

    Looking up at Zetland Breeze from the drive

  • Our front terrace where we often take our breakfast and sundowners

    Our front terrace where we often take our breakfast and sundowners

  • Looking West to the Caribbean from the front terrace

    Looking West to the Caribbean from the front terrace

  • View of pool looking West.  (Jacuzzi is covered.)

    View of pool looking West. (Jacuzzi is covered.)

  • Large Entrance Hall (French doors to pool)

    Large Entrance Hall (French doors to pool)

  • The Great Room

    The Great Room

  • Fireplace in the great room

    Fireplace in the great room

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Powder room off entrance hall

    Powder room off entrance hall

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Upper bedroom with Juliet balcony overlooking pool

    Upper bedroom with Juliet balcony overlooking pool

  • Full bath (double sink) shared by two upper bedrooms

    Full bath (double sink) shared by two upper bedrooms

  • Sun setting on the West side of the house

    Sun setting on the West side of the house

  • East view to the Atlantic Ocean with Montserrat in the distance

    East view to the Atlantic Ocean with Montserrat in the distance

  • Looking to Saddle Hill at the southern end of Nevis

    Looking to Saddle Hill at the southern end of Nevis

  • Outdoor dining by the pool

    Outdoor dining by the pool

  • Morning sun in the Great Room

    Morning sun in the Great Room

  • Looking from Great Room to front terrace

    Looking from Great Room to front terrace

  • Entertainment cabinet in Great Room

    Entertainment cabinet in Great Room

  • Dining table set for dinner for 8

    Dining table set for dinner for 8

  • Full country kitchen (laundry room adjacent)

    Full country kitchen (laundry room adjacent)

  • Master bath with tub and shower

    Master bath with tub and shower

  • Second upper bedroom

    Second upper bedroom

  • Lower bedroom with entrance below main floor (ensuite full bath)

    Lower bedroom with entrance below main floor (ensuite full bath)

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 26, 2015

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