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Black Sand Cove, a House at the Beach Set in Wonderful Gardens

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 bedroom oceanfront vacation rental near Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis

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 search for blacksandcove on Facebook.

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!
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Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Please smoke on the patio or porch....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib


  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    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 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

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Bathroom 3


  • Outdoor: outdoor shower


  • 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

Other Amenities

  • 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:


  • Books:

    You're sure to find something you'll want to read, as there are several shelves of books....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games:

    We have a collection of games for adults and children....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    The black sand beach is good for swimming, wading, and enjoying the sunsets....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Our house is 100 yards from the stairway to the Caribbean. The beach at the foot of our property is great for swimming....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mt Nevis, the dominant feature of the profile of the island, is behind our place, and Saddle Hill off to the east....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    A wide view of the Caribbean stretches out in front of the porch, nearly 180 degrees....moreless

  • Rural:

    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

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    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

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    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
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There's a lovely living room, though the large screened-in porch is used the most....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    You'll drive in the gate (automatic opener), and park on the property. ...moreless

  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    The house has WiFi, as does the cottage....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    We have 2 bikes that guests can use...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    There is a hot tub for the guests of the cottage only. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    The pool goes with the house, and is not used by the guests in the cottage. The units are designed to be entirely separate....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
mid season - spring
Apr 17 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay

quiet season
Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay

mid season
Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2017
3 night min stay

high season
Dec 16 - Apr 13, 2018
4 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 9%


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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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Nevis airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach

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!


Owner info

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 Fountain, Saint Kitts and Nevis:
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 search for blacksandcove on Facebook.

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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • House and pool with Mt Nevis behind

    House and pool with Mt Nevis behind

  • Palms and clouds reflected in the pool

    Palms and clouds reflected in the pool

  • Porch of main house

    Porch of main house

  • The morning sun slants into the kitchen

    The morning sun slants into the kitchen

  • The house has a washer and dryer for your use

    The house has a washer and dryer for your use

  • Enjoying the beach as the sun gets low in the sky

    Enjoying the beach as the sun gets low in the sky

  • The driftwood gate to the trail along the shore to the southern tip of Nevis

    The driftwood gate to the trail along the shore to the southern tip of Nevis

  • A ship passes the front of the house

    A ship passes the front of the house

  • House at night

    House at night

  • Living room in the main house

    Living room in the main house

  • Gingerbread arch and sleeping porch

    Gingerbread arch and sleeping porch

  • The green bedroom has twin beds

    The green bedroom has twin beds

  • There's plenty of workspace in the kitchen

    There's plenty of workspace in the kitchen

  • The house has a table and chairs on the back patio, and on the front porch too.

    The house has a table and chairs on the back patio, and on the front porch too.

  • Black Sand beach

    Black Sand beach

  • Our garden frames Mt Nevis

    Our garden frames Mt Nevis

  • When the aloes bloom, the hummingbirds are extra busy

    When the aloes bloom, the hummingbirds are extra busy

  • Migrating monarchs rest on the jatrophas

    Migrating monarchs rest on the jatrophas

  • A path through the garden

    A path through the garden

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Monday, May 29, 2017

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