The Hermitage Plantation Inn

Enter the gates of The Hermitage and you’ll be transported back to an early Caribbean settlement. Passing stacked stone walls and pastel gingerbread cottages, the lane ends at The Great House, which dates back to the late 1600s, making it the oldest wooden structure in the Caribbean.

The Hermitage was built at the base of Nevis Peak as a farming plantation, before the wealthy days of sugar. Since acquiring the property in 1971, the Lupinacci family has restored the great house with a polo-themed bar, dining areas, living room and library using an eclectic mix of antique and joie de vivre.

With a passion for early Caribbean architecture, the family began moving historic homes to the property and restoring them. At present, there are 15 structures, accommodating 28 guests, with antique furnishings, screened porches and small kitchens. The cottages are true to traditional design with cool mountain breezes passing through. Nights are spent relaxing with the hum of tree frogs and sparkle of fireflies.

Cottages are scattered around the property for privacy and shade from enormous fig trees. There is a lovely pool above the great house, where drinks and afternoon tea are served, along with wifi, for guests who can’t be without. Tennis courts, hiking, stables, and a working farm, as well as beach excursions provide activities for adults and children.

Most of the food is grown on property. The family raises pork and lamb, as well as fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the gardens. Be sure to tuck into at least one Full Planters Breakfast while visiting.

Weddings are a special event at Hermitage, and horse-drawn carriages are available to carry newlyweds through the countryside. Dining tables set up on the lawn under the ancient trees convey romance, and life as it has been for 300 years on Nevis.

  • Wednesday evening is West Indian Feast night, featuring suckling pig roasting slowly over a wood fire. This is a perfect time to try delicious Nevisian local dishes and guava bread pudding.
  • A wood oven outside the kitchen bakes delicious breads daily, but you could beg for a pizza (the Lupinaccis are Italian). They will be added to the menu soon.
  • For weddings, Kyle Doras dresses in top hat and tuxedo to drive Cheyenne, the Belgian workhorse who pulls the carriage with a feather in his golden mane.
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