The Old Fort - An Institution!
Castle | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 15
The Old Fort is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dating back to the 18th-Century when the first French settlers migrated to the Caribbean. It is ideal for couples and groups that are seeking something different to the ordinary, those that want utmost relaxation and tranquility in a magnificent location, only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the island. We have been recommended by various international publications as the perfect place to go to unwind, with an exceptional venue that can also host special events such as a wedding or any group related get-together.
Extremely private yet only minutes away from the best beaches, we are proud to offer a hard-to-find classical ambiance in a beautiful natural setting. The Old Fort has a breath-taking location on the top of a large undisturbed estate that stretches from several hillsides all the way down to the sea. Spectacular views overlook the ocean horizon and the numerous eastern and southern Grenadine Islands. Not only can one see Bequia's close neighbour, the chic sister island Mustique, but on a clear day also distant Grenada, which lies over 50 miles away.
The Old Fort's property interiors have all been charmingly decorated, with large spacious suites and rooms, all possessing their own character and flair. Numerous indoor and outdoor sitting areas allows one to enjoy lush tropical gardens and the amazing views to the fullest! Several trails lead through the estate where one can discover wonders of nature, be it the various local bird species, island tortoises, or the many bright green-coloured iguanas. The Old Fort is also a superb location to enjoy stargazing at night! Seeing really is believing and, our image gallery, as good as it may be, cannot justify the real feel of this unique enchanting property!
Book with us and enjoy an exclusive private estate experience for any occasion! Separate rates and inclusions apply for individual room bookings or entire property bookings (please enquire for larger group bookings of up to 19 guests). 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 to help spoil you throughout your stay
• The Old Fort's recognized kitchen offering a variety of delicious menus
• A specialized chef and provisioning service during your stay (for entire property bookings)
• 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 daily shuttle service to and from the nicest beach on the island
• An astro-turf tennis court of which we have an exclusive membership
• Two ocean kayaks which can be used anytime and can be delivered to the beach for you
• Enjoy numerous nature trails, pasture areas and lookout points around the entire estate
* ACCOMMODATIONS SPECIAL: RECEIVE A SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR STAYS OF TWO WEEK OR MORE
** SEPARATE RATES, INCLUSIONS AND DISCOUNTS APPLY FOR INDIVIDUAL ROOM BOOKINGS OR ENTIRE PROPERTY BOOKINGS
*** WE CAN ACCOMMODATE A MAXIMUM OF 19 GUESTS (PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS)
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ravine Bay Beach 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: J. F. Mitchel Airport 6.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (7), Cots (1), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 24|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Bequia region
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'.
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.
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8 Apr 2014
Eleven days..... into a six week Island hopping, Caribbean adventure i was lucky enough to reach Beautiful Bequia, my plan of 'non-action' was to spend time alone in a tranquil and peaceful setting and digest my journey so far ~
Arriving up at the Old Fort was a wonderful suprise of calm and serenity, almost surreal ~
I found myself unwinding at a pace that was most perfect yet quicker than anywhere else i had landed so far -
I had just been magically taken to Heaven ~ an Earthly one.
The Old Fort has a a wonderful energy ~ Freeing..... yet Grounding......
The Air is Fresh, Breeze Gentle and the Views (really are) Breathtaking.
Sitting by the stunning pool or many of the other comfortable areas in the grounds and absorbing the surroundings your in, ignite your senses, reminding you exactly why you looked for and booked such a place.
The rooms (as are the buildings) are Elegant and refined yet FORTuitously Strong -
Clean and very comfortable you have space to swing yet feel contained and cosy in your own personal area.
A home from home where you can relax, feel safe, have dinner and make plans to enjoy the Island and everything is has to offer ~
I will most definitely be back, in hope of embracing all of the above.....and the repetitive light & happy feelings that made me fall in love, with every second i spent there .
A Visit ~ Strongly recommended.
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