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The Old Fort, Historic Estate Castle

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 19 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

The Old Fort, Historic Estate

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 1 review

  • Castle
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 19 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Description from owner

Description

Overview

The Old Fort, Historic Estate is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines dating back to the eighteenth-century when the French first started settling the West Indies. Set high atop Mt. Pleasant with an estate that stretches all the way down to the Caribbean Sea, it features acres of orchards and views to beat anything you would find out on the open ocean. Its lush grounds are covered in traveller’s palms, breadfruit, tamarind, banana and mango trees, surrounding one of the most beautiful pools in the world, happily slip sliding its watery way over the edge. Upon discovering the property in 1978 the owners began a lengthy restoration of the estate in the original French Colonial style, using timber from local forests and the same stone as that of the ruins. Over three decades it has been run as a special intimate estate with eight low-key luxury rooms, six in the reconstructed plantation house and two built within the foundation of

Overview

The Old Fort, Historic Estate is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines dating back to the eighteenth-century when the French first started settling the West Indies. Set high atop Mt. Pleasant with an estate that stretches all the way down to the Caribbean Sea, it features acres of orchards and views to beat anything you would find out on the open ocean. Its lush grounds are covered in traveller’s palms, breadfruit, tamarind, banana and mango trees, surrounding one of the most beautiful pools in the world, happily slip sliding its watery way over the edge. Upon discovering the property in 1978 the owners began a lengthy restoration of the estate in the original French Colonial style, using timber from local forests and the same stone as that of the ruins. Over three decades it has been run as a special intimate estate with eight low-key luxury rooms, six in the reconstructed plantation house and two built within the foundation of an ancient sugar mill (which can be rented separately), whereas the property would then accommodate up to 19 comfortably. Recommended over years by numerous international media, it has been transformed into the kind of property you never would want to leave!

Description of the Historic Plantation

Long ago, in the 18th century or even earlier, the Historic Plantation was used as the main factory where crops were processed. This building has been completely rebuilt using the same local stone, which was once part of the property. It forms the centre of this beautiful undisturbed estate that consists of several comfortable and uniquely styled low-key luxury suites.

On the bottom floor, just inside two large arched doors, is the large banquet style kitchen from where the chef will prepare delicious meals using only the freshest ingredients sourced locally. Just in front of the kitchen is a large spacious lounge with a grand fireplace and then the large dining area that stretches outward towards the terrace.

An outside bar is located just above the grand pool area with various beautiful outside sitting areas & patios that surround it. From this location one can enjoy gazing at the stunning vistas that stretch out before you, across to Mustique and down all the Grenadine Islands out towards Grenada. The views are awe inspiring and span over 180 degrees overlooking both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The grand pool area consists of an infinity edge and waterfall, a convenient shallow kids area, and a natural pebbled grotto with various relaxation areas. It has been partly covered by two spacious cabanas to help one relax in the shade and escape the hot Caribbean sun.

The Historic Plantation consists of numerous comfortable sitting areas, terraces and balconies that are surrounded by large beautiful gardens with their numerous species of international as well as local plants and trees. The gardens itself span over four acres, larger than all rental properties on the island, whilst the location faces East, South and West making it extremely cool and breezy. The entire estate is sized over 30 acres with trails that leads one down to a cliff that is located just above the ocean. They are ideal for nature lovers that enjoy hikes and for those that enjoy the many colours of magnificent sunsets.

Description of the Sugar House (additional accommodation)

This new grand property is set within the historic sugar mill, which used to be in operation hundreds of years ago. It is only a short distance from the Historic Plantation all forming a part of the same grand estate. It has two beautiful suites, which combine the many historic elements together with modern living. It also has its own custom built kitchen / bar which sits in the middle of a large round open-concept living area with a large dining table, daybed and sitting area.

Location description from owner

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines 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.

Mount Pleasant

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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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
    Bedroom 5: Bunk Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 6: King Bed Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 5 En suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Children's pool
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Fax machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Policies

Check in time:14:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Quirin S
Response rate:
70%
Calendar updated:
06 May 2015

Languages spoken: English, French, German


This Castle has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and sleeps 19. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Feb 2013. Located in Bequia, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £5985 to £16459.

The Owner has a response rate of 70% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 06 May 2015.

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“Caribbean Herstory....”

Reviewed 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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