Cassava, Lower Bay, Bequia, The Grenadines
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
With stunning views over the Caribbean, Cassava is set within its own grounds less than two hundred paces up from Lower Bay, a short meander down to one of The Grenadine's finest swimming beaches. The expansive ocean-facing coral stone terrace, which spans the full width of the house is the main living area, the perfect place to relax with a cool drink and watch the sun set. To the left a carved wooden entrance leads into the dining room and to the right, beyond a deep, cushioned seating area, is the master bedroom with its own private terrace, large dressing room and bathroom. On a lower level two double/twin rooms with en suite shower rooms lead onto their own leafy terraces with sea views. 4,837sq.ft, with its own excellent chef, it can accommodate up to 6 guests. (If required, a smaller house close by can accommodate a further 6 people upon request.) Enjoy a cool drink or lunch at De Reef or Mangos, or the mid-week open air movie at Keegans, all on the beach. Join in the steel pan jump up at The Frangipani on the water front and the Friday night live band at Devil's Table. There are a number of good restaurants and bars on the island. Off season Baj's Bar in Port Elizabeth is always open and welcoming with music and friendly people. Bequia is the perfect island to relax and unwind, swimming, reading, fishing, snorkelling or go spearfishing, walk to the top of Mount Peggy passing purple-orange land crabs, and from the lava rock sculptured summit look down over the islands. Explore the beaches, calm Princess Margaret or the beautiful but wilder Atlantic side of the island, and the turtle sanctuary. Visit the pristine islands of the Tobago Cays, Mayreau on the way. Explore St Vincent where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed at Wallilabou Bay, hike to the Dark View Falls or the Soufriere volcano. Or just take a water taxi around Bequia and see Moonhole from the sea, an extraordinary and magical collection of houses carved and built into the cliffside at the southern tip. Visit Port Elizabeth, the shops and vegetable stalls are charming and the people of Bequia are friendly and at ease with visitors who soon feel at home and usually end up yearning to return to this unique island with its old world charm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lower Bay 182 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||4.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bequia 5.1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Bequia region
The unspoiled island of Bequia lies 9 miles south of St Vincent in the archipelago of the Grenadines. The old world feel of Bequia and easy friendly manner of the local people is a great draw to this charming island of white sand beaches, good restaurants, lively bars and music during the season which stretches from November until after the sailing regatta during Easter week, after which things quieten down - but still the island exudes its magic.
There are eight islands in the nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The second largest, Bequia is only seven square miles and home to around 5000 people. The others are Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Carriacou, all there to explore by ferry or charter for the adventurous.
Famous for its sea-faring tradition, with its natural horseshoe shaped harbour, Bequia has long been known to sailors. Its natural beauty, island charm and open friendly people of mixed descent, Amerindian, Arawak, Carib, African, Scottish, Irish, French make Bequia a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Cassava is situated on Lower Bay, the largest beach on the calm Caribbean side of the island. Widely thought to be the finest swimming beach in the Grenadines, it is safe and current free. The sand is white and the water warm year round. There are three bar restaurants along the beach which serve cold drinks and hot food and a small cafe which sells delicious coconut ice-cream.
The adventurous can hike to some of the further beaches on the Atlantic side (see our website) or climb passing small orange and purple land crabs to the ancient lava rocks at the top of Mount Peggy and look down over the whole island and across far reaching ocean.
Spend a day sailing on a 100ft wooden schooner which was once the island's ferry, exploring the Grenadines or charter a powerboat for the day and explore Mustique (30min), or beautiful Mayreau and snorkel in the clear waters of the natural horseshoe
reef at the Tobago Cays (an hour) (see our website). Or just go fishing, diving, spear fishing or snorkeling off the shores of Bequia - no need to travel afar.
On Lower Bay there is a tennis court and another at the Gingerbread Hotel where Maranne's Ice Cream Parlour has to be visited.
Visit the Turtle Sanctuary, The Whaling Museum, The Hamilton Fort, The St Vincent Carnival during the first week of July.
During the high season, for those who like music - after dinner the tables move to the side and there is a live band and legendary jump-up on a Friday night at Devil's Table, on a Thursday there is a steel pan band and jump-up in the open air on the waterfront at The Frangipani, music in the street at Penthouse on a Friday and Saturday, and every day of the week there is Baj to welcome you, open year round serving drinks, barbecued food and music. On Sunday afternoons a live band plays at De Reef on Lower Bay.
The island has a hairdresser, massage therapists, reflexologist, a homeopath, chiropractor and an acupuncturist as well as a doctor and a small hospital.
Port Elizabeth has all the necessary shops including an excellent gourmet purveyor Doris Fine Foods and also now an outlet for good wines, Vintages Bequia. There is a vegetable market, stalls, a bookshop and more.
The evidence of Bequia's charm is in meeting visitors who return time and again with a feeling as though they have returned home to this island which has some magic about it, no matter what time of year.
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23 Aug 2014
The house was so beautiful, located just above lower bay. We had a fantastic time, and were very well looked after by Chef and manager Patrick Hepburn. Cassava house was wonderful reprieve after days… More
25 Jul 2014
"Incredible. An utterly unmissable holiday experience."
A beautiful house, Cassava exceeded all of our expectations. The area in which Cassava is situated ( a 5 minute walk to the beach) allowed us to take full advantage of the natural features of Bequia, … More
8 May 2014
"THIS IS SIMPLY LOVELY. DON'T HESITATE."
This is a truly lovely house (the photographs online can't really do it justice) just a few steps up from the nicest beach in beautiful Bequia. We have stayed at quite a few places on this island and this is by far, the best of them, built by a very good architect who has worked extensively in Mustique. We had another good family (with 3 children aged 13,10 & 7) trip at Easter – though we didn't do very much, which was probably mostly attributable to being very happy to just chill out. The chef and house manager Patrick and all the staff around the house were excellent and very friendly. It was such a treat to have the shopping and cooking done for us, and Patrick was very happy to fit in with all our requests, including a couple of nights when we had friends over for supper and he cooked for everyone. The owners have done a great job here - Cassava is as lovely inside as it is out; the views out over the bay are stunning, especially of course with a drink in hand at sunset! Lovely.
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