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Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view

Bedrooms 3
Space 5,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


About the property

Traditional galleried villa restored and re-designed by Naomi Cleaver

Featured in the Times '50 Best Villas in the Caribbean' list, 15 November 2014

'The overall effect is a mash-up of Mad Men, Rudyard Kipling and James Bond. Features include a deep veranda, white cathedral ceilings, old metal fans, white muslin and a bathtub at the foot of the master bedroom's four-poster.' The Sunday Times.

'Cross Gone with the Wind with an early Bond film (think Dr No) and the resulting style will be something akin to that of Naomi Cleaver's gorgeous house on the Caribbean island of Nevis: ceiling fans, white muslin, lush colours and romantic verandas, plus leggy furniture, graphic fabrics and sleek mid-century minimalism.' Katherine Sorrell, Daily Telegraph magazine.

'Naomi Cleaver has kept it simple – white-painted wooden floors, cathedral ceilings and walls (except in the living room with grey/blue tones inspired by a cactus in the garden). And she brought over her Fifties’ furniture that was upholstered to match. The whole look’s a fantasy blend of Mad Men, Somerset Maugham and James Bond.' Cheryl Markosky,

The Galleries has 5,500 feet of living space, with two air-conditioned double bedrooms – plus one fan-cooled double downstairs – three bathrooms, large living room, a galley kitchen upstairs and a vast chef's kitchen downstairs, studio and an air-conditioned media room with WiFi, Hi-Fi, books and 150 movies on DVD.

There is an acre of garden, with two outdoor eating areas. The garden features mahogany, banana, citrus, palm and mango trees and a variety of cactus, and bird life including herons, white egrets, warblers, banana quits, grass quits, finches and hummingbirds.

Plus a 70 foot swimming pool, with outdoor shower, and loungers.

More Details

Naomi Cleaver
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Naomi Cleaver

We have been visiting for over 20 years, and we've owned the villa there since 2005. We lived there for two years 2008-2010 while we managed a major refurbishment. Naomi wrote her book 'The Joy of Home' there (Conran Octopus 2010).

Naomi Cleaver purchased this villa in 2005

Why Naomi Cleaver chose Cliftons

The villa is elegant and funky, mainly stone and wood with natural breeze and a wide wraparound veranda gallery. There is secluded 70 foot pool and large airy kitchen. Nevis itself is small and peaceful (there are no traffic lights!) but with plenty to do - hiking, cycling, sailing, golf and tennis - plus beautiful beaches and romantic plantation house restaurants.

What makes this villa unique

Designed and refurbished by Naomi Cleaver, designer, author and TV presenter ('Other People's Houses', 'Britain's Best Home', 'Honey, I Ruined the House', 'Grand Designs Trade Secrets', etc.)

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Galleries really has a sense of understated elegance. The photographs show exactly what the house is like. It really is that good!
Mar 2014
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Cliftons Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • There is also a free-standing bath in the main bedroom, with views from the tub towards the Caribbean and St Kitts.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The house is perfect for couples or families sharing. There are three double bedrooms. The double in Bedroom 2 splits to form two singles. We have a cot if needed. The house is probably not appropriate for very young children as the pool is out of sight of the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The TV plays DVDs from our library of over 130 films. We don't have cable TV.


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Glamorous spacious villa with 70-foot pool, Caribbean view
average rating of 4.7954545 based on 46 reviews

Wonderful stay in an incredible property

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time in Oliver and Naomi's beautiful home, The Galleries. The house is incredibly stylish and comfortable, with beautiful bedrooms, two great kitchens and the most gorgeous luxurious pool.

The house is really well equipped with a well stocked kitchen, including barbecue and picnic equipment, and everything you would need for self catering purposes. All three bedrooms are very comfortable and luxurious. The upstairs sitting room is a great place to relax, beautifully designed and the veranda has the most glorious view of the sea and St Kitts in the background.

The house is surrounded by lush gardens, filled with beautiful birds and monkeys playing in the trees. We spent our days swimming, sunbathing and reading, and our evenings eating on the veranda by candlelight or watching movies in the media room. All in all the most relaxing and wonderful week in a fabulous environment!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Galleries review

  • 5 of 5

The Galleries was a wonderful place for my wife and I and our three kids (ages 17, 19, and 20) to stay for a week. The place was beautiful and there was plenty of room. Very clean. Well stocked. Oliver and Naomi arranged for all the little things that made our stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely island, lovely house

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Galleries during Christmas week 2017. We were a family of four with children ages 3 and 6. Overall: The house is lovely and as advertised. It is secluded, but not far from activities. I think you must have a rental car on Nevis.

As promised (and included in the rental price as an amenity), we had a driver meet us just outside of airport arrivals and drive us to a water taxi. We were soon surfside at Oaulie Beach in Nevis. We were met there by the owner's assistant who escorted us to a waiting rental SUV. A quick drive to the house, a quick tour of the house, and then we were on our own. The assistant is friendly and checked in on us once or twice.

The house is spacious, with lots of areas to find a spot to read or reflect or just gaze at the sea. I would say the house is a designer house and not well suited -- at least initially -- for small children like ours. After placing some of the more delicate looking objects out of our kids' reach, we felt more comfortable.

The house is well stocked and there were some groceries pre-delivered. There was also a house bar with a bit of rum and whatnot. The wi-fi worked fine. We did not watch any TV, although there is a DVD library in the house. And older large house can be confusing. I spent the first 24 hours, figuring out light switches, door latches, etc. -- that sort of thing. The beds and bathrooms were comfortable and there were plenty of towels and cleaning supplies.

The house is well located for Oaulie Beach -- the best beach on the island for small children as the waves are gentle and there is a small hotel with a restaurant and toilets. I suppose you could walk from the house, but we drove because we had smaller children, floats, etc. We drove 5-10 minutes to Pinneys Beach often for lunch. We enjoyed driving around the island -- it's impossible to get too lost, although we did once.

Pool: was on the chilly side for me, but our kids enjoyed it. The website photos for the pool actually do not do it justice -- it is a clear, sparkling pool that enjoys loads of sunshine.

Monkeys? Yes, the monkeys visited our house. Once we had perhaps as many as 15 come right up to us. The flowers, trees, birds, etc., make the setting very lovely.

Kitchen: well stocked with bakeware, cutlery, spices. Use the fridge for ALL food and clean up after you eat -- otherwise ants invade. The local supermarket is well provisioned.

What a lovely week - we want to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very beautiful, great gardens, amazing location and very close drive to the beach

  • 4 of 5

Loved the home and location so much! The pool offered a wonderful swimming oasis on hot summer days.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect 💛

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five, and had the most incredable stay at The Galleries!

The home is truly a work of art, but still has everything a working home would need.

The pool, the screened porches, the monkeys, nature and Nevis.... magnificent!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elegant villa

  • 5 of 5

Our party of six immensely enjoyed our stay at The Galleries. It is a glamorous plantation-style house, modernized and beautifully decorated. It incorporates the indoors and the outdoors elegantly, with the main sitting room being screened but otherwise open to the exterior and with the staircases being entirely exterior.

We appreciated the well-equipped kitchen, which includes an outdoor dining area, an indoor bar with stools, and a dish washer. We slept well in the carefully designed bedrooms, each with either air conditioning or well-placed fans, adequate lighting for reading, and its own bathroom. The studio is an attached structure with a kitchenette and eating area, a desk, and a seating area with a large television and an enormous collection of recent DVDs. You don't need to lug books; great reading material is scattered throughout the house. We also were delighted to find that the wifi worked well in most rooms and even by the pool.

The outdoor spaces are wonderful The long pool is surrounded on one side by a patio with a dining area and lounge chairs and on the other by a jungle full of monkeys. The breezy porch encircles the entire second storey of the house and has several seating areas with a great sea view, another outdoor dining area, a hammock, and an egg chair.

The property owner is extremely knowledgable and helpful. He anticipated our questions and needs, recommending and providing directions and information about nearby restaurants, beaches, and other services. The house manager was charming and informative, and she responded promptly to our questions and assisted us in resolving small issues. We were pleased that the reasonable rental amount included having the house manager greet us at the airport as well as maid service mid-way through our stay.

The property is a few minutes from The Four Seasons resort, the town of Charleston, and many good restaurants and gorgeous beaches. The island is quite small (it took us about 45 minutes to drive completely around the ring road) so the house is probably pretty close to most things on Nevis! It is five to ten minutes from the airport.

We loved The Galleries and recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Robert L Bradshaw International, St Kitts
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Qualie Beach Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Sea Bridge Ferry, Cades Bay
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
The Four Seasons Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Gin Trap
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Tamarind Bay
Car: recommended

Nevis is old-fashioned Caribbean. Just five miles wide, it’s a relaxed island rounded by beaches and rising through rainforest to a 3,200 ft peak.

“On the map Nevis is a pool of green champagne. Life here seems defined by the constant, although somewhat half-hearted, struggle to achieve maximum comfort for minimum effort.' Sunday Times, April 11, 2010.

Nevis has plenty of places to visit, from old plantation inns (like Montpelier, where Nelson was married in 1787, and The Hermitage), to funky beach bars (Double Deuce, Sunshine’s) and romantic restaurants set high in the rainforest (Golden Rock, Bananas).

There is tennis and an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course. Hiking, cycling and horse riding are easy to arrange, as well as scuba diving and kayaking. We can also organise fishing charters and day sails.

We can also arrange car hire for your stay. But please note: there are no traffic lights on Nevis


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $421.11

Rates are for TWO sharing. For three or more, please add 30%.
Rates include the cost of a taxi from St Kitts airport and a speedboat transfer across the two-mile stretch of sea to Nevis (a fun way to arrive). It takes about 25 minutes from airport to villa.
Rates also includes maid service, a basket of groceries and all utilities.
We do not add taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.