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Last updated: 11/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Home Port: Port Elizabeth chateau / country house description


The Old Fort is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dating back to the 18th century when French settlers started migrating to the Caribbean. This property is situated in the most spectacular location and is ideal for guests looking for the utmost in relaxation / privacy. Recommended by numerous international publications as the perfect place to go to unwind we also boast an exceptional venue that can host any event such as a wedding or any type of special occasion.

Enjoy to be spoilt by the following

• Complimentary pickup from the Bequia Airport or the Ferry Terminal upon arrival
• A delicious home-made rum punch or one of our freshly made juices as a welcome treat
• A large selection of spacious luxurious suites, all with custom made en-suite bathrooms
• Complimentary wireless broadband internet in all rooms and around the entire property
• A personalized full daily staff and maid service (incl. optional baby sitting) to help spoil you throughout your stay
• The Old Fort's recognized kitchen offering a variety of delicious menus (guests are solely asked to pay shopping bills)
• A specialized chef and provisioning service during your stay (items can be ordered and stocked before your arrival)
• The private grand swimming pool with its waterfall and separate plunge pool with grotto (ideal for kids and families)
• Exclusive use of the spacious property with its numerous tropical gardens and chill-out areas
• The largest estate property on the island, stretching over several hillsides to the beautiful ocean below
• A complimentary daily shuttle service to and from the nicest beach on the island (fee applies)
• An astro-turf tennis court of which we have an exclusive membership (fee applies)
• Two ocean kayaks which can be used anytime and can be delivered to the beach for you (fee applies)
• Enjoy numerous nature trails, pasture areas and lookout points around the entire estate

* Book two weeks or more and receive a 15% discount (does not apply for Peak Season bookings)
** Additional accommodations are available in the new Sugar House which has been built on the foundation of an ancient Sugar Mill and is only a few steps away

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 12000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


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

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Car Optional
      • Chauffeur
      • Concierge
      • Daily Maid Service
      • Housekeeper
      • Housekeeping
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff


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

        Ideal place for children to play with pet donkeys, cats and dogs. Kids have numerous activities to choose from such as sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking....moreless

      • Pets Considered
      • Smoking Allowed

      Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23, Beds for 15-23

      • Top Tower Room: 1 queen

        Queen-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, great views...moreless

      • Petit Nevis Room: 1 queen

        Queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom, private balcony ...moreless

      • Master Suite: 1 king, 1 queen

        Master bedroom large in size with King-size bed...moreless

      • Little Tower Room: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

        Intimate room ideal for kids...moreless

      • Honey Room: 1 king

        King-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, AC, balcony...moreless

      • Planter's Room: 1 queen

        Queen-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, AC...moreless

      • The Old Fort can sleep up to 15 guests comfortably, all in separately located suites. For larger groups there is also an option to extend if one would like to rent the new circular Sugar House which is only a few steps away and accommodates anyone in extreme style and luxury. The Sugar House has been built on an ancient sugar mill foundation and has two bedrooms that can sleep 4 additional guests comfortably....moreless

      Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

      • Little Tower Room: toilet, shower


      • Honey Room: toilet, shower


      • Petit Nevis Room: toilet, shower


      • Guest Toilet: toilet


      • Pool Shower: outdoor shower

        Located outdoors next to the pool...moreless

      • Master Suite: toilet, combination tub/shower

        Features a custom-made bathtub made with local pebble stones...moreless

      • Planter's Room: toilet, shower


      • Top Tower Room: toilet, shower


      • Each suite has its own uniquely styled bathroom!

      Other Amenities

          • Amenities Large plantation buildings rebuilt on ancient ruins, historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, comfortable rooms located in various areas of the expansive property, numerous balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views along all the Grenadine Islands, grand swimming pool with waterfall, separate kids pool with grotto, open air & inside bar, club room lounge with massive sitting area and fireplace, beautiful round open-air natural-pebbled showers, large lush inside and outside gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, large living areas with high open shingled ceilings, several nature trails leading through the large estate which stretches all the way down to the sea, two unspoiled beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys and dogs (kids love them!), and a trained and courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen which can accommodate your every desire....moreless


          • Books
          • Books For Adults
          • Books For Kids
          • Game Room
          • Games:

            Upon request...moreless

          • Games For Kids


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Luxury
          • Romantic
          • Rustic
          • Spa
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions


          • Bay/Sound
          • Botanical Garden
          • Caves
          • Churches
          • Festivals
          • Forests
          • Library
          • Museums
          • Nude Beach
          • Rain Forests
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Volcano
          • Waterfalls

          Local Services & Businesses

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

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Whale Watching

          Location Type

          • Beach
          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Hiking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Pier Fishing
          • Sailing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling
          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Water Skiing
          • Wind-Surfing


          • Child's Highchair
          • Dining:

            A combination of inside and outside dining located in various areas around the property!...moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 24 people


          • Activities Guide
          • Air Conditioning:

            Our property is very cool due to the constant trade winds rising up from the Atlantic, however two of our suites have air-conditioning which can be used at anytime. This is ideal for elderly couples....moreless

          • Basic Soaps
          • Ceiling Fans
          • Clothes Dryer:

            Laundry service available on request...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Property has one of the only fireplaces on the island!...moreless

          • Firewood
          • Free Local Calls
          • Hair Dryer
          • Internet:

            Free wireless Internet around the entire property...moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Laundry Soap
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Local Activities Guide
          • Local Maps
          • Local Restaurant Guide
          • Parking
          • Parking Off Street
          • Safe
          • Sofa Bed
          • Sunbed
          • Telephone:

            Upon request...moreless

          • Toilet Paper
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine:

            A complimentary laundry service comes with the property...moreless

          • Water Cooler
          • Wireless Internet:

            Free wireless Internet around the entire property...moreless


          • Blender
          • Coffee Grinder
          • Coffee Maker
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Freezer
          • Garbage Disposal
          • Gourmet Kitchen
          • Grill
          • Kitchen:

            We have an entire staff to adhere to your every need! This includes our experienced chef who will cater for you throughout your stay....moreless

          • Lobster Pot
          • Mini Refrigerator
          • Oven
          • Pantry Items
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Stove
          • Toaster


          • Balcony
          • Barbecue
          • Beach Chairs
          • Beach Towels
          • Boat:

            Upon request...moreless

          • Deck / Patio
          • Fish Cleaning Table
          • Golf:

            Neighbouring Canouan Island has an 18 hole golf course and arrangements can be made to take guests there....moreless

          • Kayak / Canoe:

            We have two kayaks which come with the property....moreless

          • Large Cooler
          • Lawn / Garden
          • Motorboat
          • Outdoor Furniture
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Patio
          • Porch / Veranda
          • Porch Furniture
          • Sailboat
          • Small Cooler
          • Tennis:

            Upon request...moreless

          • Tennis Court
          • Terrace
          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
          • Water Sports Gear:

            Upon request...moreless

          • Yard

          Pool / Spa

              • Private Pool:

                Private outdoor pool with waterfall pouring into separate kids plunge pool with grotto....moreless

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included


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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Summer Season
                      May 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      1 night min stay
                      Peak Season
                      Dec 20 - Jan 7, 2015
                      1 night min stay
                      Winter Season
                      Jan 8 - Apr 30, 2015
                      1 night min stay
                      Summer Season
                      May 1 - Dec 19, 2015
                      1 night min stay
                      Peak Season
                      Dec 20 - Jan 7, 2016
                      1 night min stay
                      Winter Season
                      Jan 8 - Apr 30, 2016
                      1 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Pet Fee $0
                      • Other Tax Rate 10%


                      We cannot be held liable for injuries or damages to a guest or his/her possessions, unless damages caused are a direct result of gross negligence on our behalf. Guests can use The Old Fort premises at their own risk. Damages to The Old Fort or its contents should be reported. Guests will be asked to pay the cost of repairs if damages have resulted through negligence or abuse of property.

                      We charge a 50% refundable deposit of the total amount for your stay, payable through MasterCard, Visa, wire transfer, or cash upon booking (payments made via credit card are subject to a standard 5% bank fee). In the event you would like to cancel your reservation we will refund you 50% of what you paid up to 1 month before your arrival (2 months for Christmas bookings) less a 5% bank processing

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                      Last updated: 11/10/2014
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                      6 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      J.F. Mitchell Airport
                      500 Metres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Sugar Hill Bar
                      2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Port Elizabeth
                      35 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Canouan Island
                      500 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Sugar Hill Restaurant
                      2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Princess Margaret Beach

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      While one reads all about the more visited Caribbean destinations such as the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Caymans, and St. Martin, it's often hard to find information about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. One reason is that St. Vincent, a bountiful island with vast coconut and banana plantations, in the past never primarily depended on tourism as a source of income, and another is that the Grenadines are remote and can only be reached by yachts or commuter airlines. As a result, these islands are the perfect haven for travellers searching for quiet, beautiful getaways surrounded in natural splendours, rather than islands full of glitzy hotels, casinos and jet loads of tourists.

                      The romantic island of Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) was named the island of the clouds (although some now say it was named the crutch because of its shape) by the Carib Indians and has changed little with time. Due to its seclusion from the rest of the world, Bequia has built up a strong seafaring history, with age-old traditions in boat building, fishing and even whaling, being one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed by the International Whaling Commission. It has also been a sanctuary for sailors long before any other visitors discovered the Grenadines.

                      Gold-sandy beaches, many of which disappear into coves that are excellent for sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling, encircle Bequia. The centre of the island is hilly and forested, providing a dramatic backdrop to the bays and beaches. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world, and here visitors can enjoy the quaint waterfront, lined with bars, restaurants and craft shops. Isolated enough to remain relatively unspoiled, yet lively enough to be stimulating and entertaining, Bequia provides a blend of the old and new that many find perfect.

                      On Bequia you will meet some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean that will welcome you to the island and make you feel at home immediately. It is also a great place to make new international friends from all over the world, go on a day sail, go hiking, or just 'lime' under a coconut tree with your favourite beverage. Bequia’s simple, unhurried lifestyle and beauty boasts a magical charm that leaves visitors wanting more.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1980

                      About the owner: While exploring the island, a few weeks after their arrival to Bequia on Christmas Eve 1978, Sonja and Otmar Schaedle stumbled upon a lonely spot above the sea - a place with a glorious view over the Grenadines. Formidable walls, ancient water cisterns and heavy foundations - all abandoned! The discovery haunted them. When they returned to Bequia the following year, they were in love with the island so much that they had the idea of moving there for several months every year during their long summer holidays. After contacting the family which owned the ruins and estate, they were able to purchase the property. A few years later, excavation began and many more ruins were uncovered - a sturdy gateway with protecting flanks, a huge oven and a cellar. The first European settlers in the Grenadine islands were French. Local hearsay indicated that there had been a plantation on the site. Sure enough, the original French family name of the former owners and a map dating back to 1763 were found in old documents. The challenge was obvious. The restoration of the building had to grow out of the old ruins. To match the traditional style, the same beautiful stones were used, as well as timber from the local forests. The arches, cisterns and the stone floors had to be rebuilt by Bequia’s skilled craftsmen, while using imaginative reconstruction, based on how the original might have looked. Clearing of the property ended in 1982, while the construction of the buildings was finally finished in 1986. Up to this day, the tower of The Old Fort can been seen crowning Mt. Pleasant Point. It is surrounded by shaded terraces and large gardens. Guests enjoy the glittering sea below and the emerald islands stretching outward to the south, including the little sister island of Mustique and distant Grenada. Little changed from times gone by with The Old Fort still being a truly magical place like it was generations before.

                      Why the Owner Chose Home Port: Port Elizabeth:
                      To find something special, to discover the extraordinary, one has to search for it. And there, lies the secret of this island. Visitors do not just arrive in Bequia, they discover it like an amazing treasure. The Windward Islands, especially the tiny Grenadines, are renowned as one of the world's most beautiful holiday destinations. Bequia is a jewel and is situated within this chain of islands, located west of Barbados. It is part of the State of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Bequia provides a unique atmosphere that blends total relaxation with a wealth of interesting activities. Here there are no crowds but a very special lifestyle which brings people together. Bequia welcomes visitors as part of the community and expect to be treated as a guest and friend, not just a 'tourist'.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                      Additional Amenities Large plantation buildings rebuilt from an ancient ruin, a historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, elegant suites located in various areas of the expansive property, a selection of balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views of the turquoise ocean, a grand swimming pool with waterfall, a separate kids pool with grotto, an open air & inside bar, a club room lounge with spacious sitting area and fireplace, beautiful custom-designed showers, large lush inside and outside tropical gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, grand living areas with high open ceilings, several nature trails leading through the estate to amazing viewing spots located just above the ocean, two beautiful beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys, dogs and cats (kids love them), and a trained courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen with its delicious menus and numerous international as well as local specialties.

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                      Speaks: english, french, german

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                      $1,350 - $1,870 per night (USD)

                      6 Bedroom / 6.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 23

                      View calendar: Updated 11/10/14
                      Minimum stay: 1 nights
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                      Member since: 2007
                      Speaks: english, french, german
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/10/2014
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