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, Primelocation.com
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.
Top Traveller Review
Unforgettable Family Vacation!
About the Owner
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).
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!
4.8 based on 37 holidaymaker reviews
Unforgettable Family Vacation!
I can't put into the words the unbelievable week we had in Nevis in the Cleaver's lovely home. The house is identical to the photos...stylish, comfortable, immaculate and the most amazing views from every window. The Cleaver's were beyond helpful before our arrival...sharing wonderful suggestions, contacts and recommendations for our stay. The house manager, Amelia, was lovely and kind and helped us feel right at home the moment we disembarked from the water taxi. Our family of four easily fit in this house and had tons of room to spread out. The pool! I have never been in such a pool...we spent countless hours floating and staring at the beautiful sky and foliage. If you are looking for a vacation that you will never forget, this is the house for you.
The Galleries ..... Stunning !
Apologies for the very late review.....better late than never !!! What a wonderful time we had at The Galleries ! A stunning house in a wonderful location .Amelia took care of us as soon as we got off the boat and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. Oliver was an absolute delight to deal with , nothing was too much of a problem . He helped with transfers, car hire , recommending restaurants and activities . I would highly recommend this property for anyone wanting to stay in Nevis . Thank you Oliver and Naomi for sharing your beautiful home .
Amazing all round!
We recently had the pleasure of staying at The Galleries and I can honestly say this is a truly fantastic place to spend a holiday. The house is amazing, in a stunning location and stylishly decorated throughout. There is everything you need to relax and make it a 'home from home'. The pool area is so quiet and relaxing and if you are lucky (as we were) you will be treated to the sight of the monkeys migrating, on mass, migrating to another part of the gardens during the day - truly amazing to be so up close. I must also mention Amelia, the property manager, who is a true star. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left nothing was too much trouble - she provided information about the island, shopped for us, arranged car and bike rental, you name it she was on hand to help.
Regarding Nevis itself, it is a beautiful island and although it is quieter than the neighbouring St Kitts, there are plenty of restaurants, beaches and activities to keep you occupied. We particular like the sunset horse ride on the beach - fantastic views of the island.
In summary, I would not hesitate to recommend The Galleries to anyone looking for a stylish holiday base on a relaxed island with all the local support you need.
The most amazing house for the perfect getaway
The excitement started climbing abroad the water-taxi at Reggae beach in St Kitts. A speedy, fun crossing of about 10 minutes took us right to Ouialle beach where we were met by the House Manager.
From the moment we entered the front garden of The Galleries we knew it was something special. Once up the sweeping staircase at the front we entered into a relaxed, beautifully styled lounge. I felt all my stresses and troubles slip away. The view from the whole front of the house is really something special. We spent hot afternoons laying in the hammock or reading in the swing chair. You can never get enough of the view. The pool provided plenty of sunbathing and fun pool games, although beware of inflatables in the pool near the Aloe Vera plants!!! Cooking in the kitchen is a pleasure with plenty of work space, and a well stocked bar! The biggest decision we had was where to sit and eat. In the kitchen, outside the kitchen or up on the gallery. Evenings in were spent on the numerous seating areas around the Gallery, or watching films in the DVD room. The air con was a welcome relief from the heat and needed to just cool the bedrooms an hour so before bedtime.
The house is luxurious, immaculate and impeccably clean. The House Manager, Amelia was lovely and on hand at the end of the phone for anything.
Plenty of wildlife visits the house. A group of Donkeys pay a little visit, monkeys are plentiful about 5.00pm in the afternoon, the humming bird was a real treat, and we loved watching the trees light up with the night flies.
The house is positioned well to visit Ouallie beach and Pinney beach. Both sandy and perfect for swimming. They are walkable, but would recommend a car for the stay. Particularly to stock up at the supermarkets and to explore the island. Car journey to Charlestown is about 10mins and there you have the choice of 2 supermarkets. A visit to the natural hot springs is recommended, we were only brave enough to dip our feet in. Horse riding on the beach is a real treat I would recommend.
Pinneys beach has great beach bars for food and drink, where you really get the Caribbean vibe. Would also recommend Bananas.
Overall The Galleries made the most perfect holiday for us. It's luxurious both in its decor and the comfortable furnishings, soft towels, and great quality bedding, and you still get that view from the showers.
We loved Nevis and the Island life and hope to return to both the house and Island one day.
Charming! All that we expected and more!
Our stay at The Galleries was wonderful. The manager, Amelia, is delightful and so helpful. The property is clean and well maintained. We all enjoyed sailing, snorkeling, biking, and even hiked to the top of Mt. Nevis! We loved our pool time with the monkeys in the backyard. I will recommend the house to family and friends. Oliver and Naomi, the home owners, have a real jewel! Thank you for sharing your home and your knowledge of the island. We hope to return in years to come.
Perfect Nevis Villa
Wow! We have just returned from a week's+ stay at The Galleries. It was perfection. The owner, Oliver, & local villa manager, Amelia, are fantastic and communicated regularly leading up to our arrival--making everything seamless. The villa itself is beautifully decorated (no surprise given Naomi's talent) and is situated among fruit-laden trees & vibrant flowers, which attract green vervet monkeys and beautiful birds. The villa is a short distance to the island's best beaches and the well-maintained pool is perfect for lazy afternoons. We were a family of four (two adults and two young children) and it was a delight for all ages. We highly recommend this special villa.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
High Season 2016/17 for Two
13 Nov 2016 - 15 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season 2017 for Two
16 Apr 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2017/18 for Two
12 Nov 2017 - 15 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
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
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.) www.naomicleaver.com”
- Away From It All
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Filtered Water
- Garage ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Indoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Private Chef
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- near the sea
- botanical garden
- rain forests
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- 5500 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- 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 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
- 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.
- Beach Towels
- 4 deck chairs
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- The TV plays DVDs from our library of over 130 films. We don't have cable TV.