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Review 471: Kay Loomis, Farlands
3bed/3bath house in West Indies, Caribbean
Dec./Jan -- 2002-2003, 16 days
Farlands is located in the Montpilier estate section of Nevis (Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis) with spectacular views out to the sea and over to Mt. Nevis. The setting was very private on about 1 acre of land, well landscaped with tropic plants and fruit trees. Travel time to Charlestown was about 10 minutes; beaches were about 20 minutes away.
The property was out in the countryside so one had to drive to town for shopping. An old manor inn is just a short distance away for meals and several other inns were within 5 - 10 minutes drive for meals. A car is an absolute must at this house given its location.
The house was built about 10 years ago and was an excellent rental property. The main house had a master bedroom with its own bathroom, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen. There is a bedroom on a level below with two double beds and an en-suite bathroom. Off the living room is a wonderful terrace with a long table. Fifty feet from the main house is a guest cottage with a double bed, en suite bathroom and a kitchenete. Off the bedroom is a lovely terrace for outside dining. Below the house is a nice pool with decking. Via a walkway, you reach a gazebo with excellent views that had a table for dining. Below the gazebo was a studio where the owners, who are artists, work. The house was in excellent condition. It had a CD, television, satellite TV, and video. There is an excellent library as well as an enormous collection of videos.
The grounds were large and fenced in. As indicated above, there were tropical plantings and fruit trees in the garden. Property was entirely private and the house had its own private pool. There was ample outdoor sitting space.
The house was well and comfortably furnished. Maid service for four hours per day twice a week was included in the price The house was clean upon arrival; bed linen was changed twice a week. The maid willingly did the laundry each time she came.
Beds were comfortable and bedrooms were of ample size. Each bedroom had a ceiling fan. Bathrooms were all similar - - not large, but certainly adequate. Each bathroom had a shower.
Since the owners use the house for four to five months per year, it was well equiped. There were plenty of pots and pans, a mixer, a microwave, a bread maker and all the standard things. There was plenty of silverware and dishes.
Problems or Bonuses
The house had no surprises. The rental agent was very helpful and had fully described the house. An added bonus was a wonderful dog who lives on the property year around. The dog was well-trained and was great company as well as a good watchdog. He also delighted in chasing the vervet monkies who ventured onto the grounds to steal mangos and citrus from the trees.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Kay Loomis, who handed the rental, was very thorough and helpful. She is an American and was responsive to any calls we made while we were on the island. The information we received about the property was excellent and accurate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend this house to anyone interested in a Caribbean island experience. It is particularly good for two couples since the downstairs bedroom in the main house is a little less equal. We enjoyed Nevis since there is plenty to do on the island. Snorkelling is not great and beaches are not as nice as on some islands on which we've been, but were adequate. Nevis is a quiet place so it is not for everyone. There is hiking, some sightseeing, a side trip over to St. Kitts as well as ample opportunity to just lounge around. Food in the restored manor inns was quite good; island restaurants were quite expensive.
Things to do in this area
We particularly enjoyed meals at Bananas, Montpelier Inn and the Hermitage. Nisbet Plantation Inn had a nice beach and a beach bar where you could get a nice lunch. On Pinneys Beach there were two beach bars that were good for lunch. One was run by the people from the Golden Rocks Estate and they had an excellent lobster (caribbean) salad sandwich. The other was called Sunshines and luncheon portions were enormous. If you had lunch at either place as well as the Nisbet Plantation Inn you could use their beach loungers and shelters.
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