Vintage charm and private cabins make Nelson Gay House an ideal spot for a wedding or family reunion. The size of the living areas will accommodate a large party for visiting or formal dining while the small separate cottages and bedrooms (with their own en-suite baths) will afford some privacy. During the day, head down to the beach to sunbathe, or take the crew snorkeling on the coral reef. In the late afternoon, hold a barbeque on the back lawn where the adults can visit while the kids swim and play. After dinner, tuck the little ones in and enjoy cocktails on the patio while the sun goes down over the Caribbean.
Built in the finest colonial style, Nelson Gay makes the most of probably the best location on the favoured west coast of Barbados. Next to the celebrated Cobbler’s Cove Hotel, and located on a half-mile crescent of pristine coral sand, this house is one of Barbados’ best kept secrets.
Built in the ‘60s for US Ambassador Robert M. Scotten, a personal friend of President F.D. Roosevelt, the house was designed by British architect Barbara Hill. Inspired by a book on life in the Windward Islands, she moved from England to Barbados in 1958. During her many years on the island, Ms Hill made a lasting contribution to her adopted country. She was an active member of the Barbados National Trust, author of “Historic Churches of Barbados” and a founding member of the local Institute of Architects. Nelson Gay is considered to be her best work and one of Barbados’ finest and most elegant homes.
The house is set in nearly two acres of mature, landscaped tropical gardens with many fine trees, fronting the immaculate Cobbler’s Cove beach. An impressive 50’ pool leads the eye naturally from the house to the beach. Tiled in Italian green mosaic, the swimming pool blends beautifully with the lush tropical vegetation. At the far end of the garden alongside the beach is an octagonal "Chinese" gazebo, a wonderful place for sunset cocktails and long, leisurely meals cooled by the ocean breeze. The elegant garden gazebo by the beach seats up to 14. It is equipped with a wet bar and fridge.
The elegant garden gazebo by the beach seats up to 14. It is equipped with a wet bar and fridge. A dining table on the partly covered terrace can seat up to 20. The coral stone formal dining room features a glass topped table by Oliver Messel and seats up to 12.
Nelson Gay is impressive but never pretentious. A unique blend of elegance and good taste makes it a very special house for discerning guests. The dining table was designed by Oliver Messell with 12 French antique chairs and a large Messell mirror. There are 5 different place settings, including Wedgewood, Rosenthal and Mikasa. Dinner is by candle light and is served by your own uniformed butler, chef and maid.
The rooms are airy and mostly decorated in white with some green to complement the tropical surroundings. The beds are new and comfortable with lOO% high count cotton sheets and soft hypoallergenic pillows. There are many antiques and works of art. In addition to the Erté mural there is a fine collection of Haitian paintings. The house is virtually “child-proof” as all sofas, and beach loungers are covered in washable Sunbrella fabric.
The staff will help you to plan your meals, shop, cook, serve, do your laundry, and make your holiday truly relaxing, stress-free and unforgettable.
• Main house: 5 bedrooms, Cottage: 1 bedroom
• 2 garden houses (Chattel Houses) each with a double bed
• Media Room with day bed
• All with A/C and en suite bath or
Media room serves as additional accommodation with day bed and roll away beds (available for rent)
Master Bedrooms can accommodate additional person in roll away bed (available for rent)
Some of the additional accommodation is only suitable for children
** See inclusions for staffing details.
Special arrangements can be made to sleep additional guests (up to 6 guests in total). This will require the use of two chattel houses, each sleeping two, and use of the media room (with shared bathroom). Extra cost for each of these bedrooms would be an additional $US 100 + 7.5% VAT a night.
Additional guests above 12 years of age will incur an extra weekly staff charge of US$300 (UK£195) per week.
Please call your expert sales associate for rates on additional guests.
For larger groups beyond 12 guests, extra staff is hired and the cost
Please contact your WhereToStay.com representative for Christmas/New Year's availability and rates.
Beds & Baths
6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 1 half bath Bedroom 1: 1 King, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Shower, Master 1 Bedroom 2: 1 King, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Shower, Master 2 Bedroom 3: 1 Queen, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Tub, Erte' Room
Bedroom 4: 2 Twins, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Private terrace, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Tub/Shower, Green Room Bedroom 5: 1 Queen, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Private terrace, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Shower, South Wing Bedroom 6: 1 King, Air Conditioning, TV, Cable/Satellite, Safe, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Ensuite Bath with Tub/Shower, Cottage Bathroom 7: Half Bath
pool size 50 X 12, Stunning, heated (by request), Italian mosaic tiled swimming pool which can be fenced off.
A/C in bedrooms
Big Screen Television
Water Sports Equipment
Pool at Villa
BBQ Outside (Gas)
Formal Dining Room
Water Sports Nearby
Great for 5 couples
Speightstown, St. Peter
Staff Total: 9
1 night guard
Part-time house manager
Beachfront and has a beach shower as well.
5 min walking
5 min walking
Transfers are not included in the cost of the rental.
dining room seats 12
Utilities (electricity, water, phone). Villa Manager - Visits property regularly and available on demand
Housekeeper/Laundress 7 days per week, 8 hrs per day, Butler 7 days per week, 8 hrs per day
Chef (2 Chefs in Winter) - 7 days a week from 8:30 am - 1:30 am and 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Gardner x 2, Night watchman. Additional Staffing - For larger groups beyond 12 guests, extra staff is hired and the cost is included in the extra rates.
Tennis, gym and spa at the next-door Cobblers Cove Hotel
Welcome Portable crib with mosquito net available for guests.
Any additional guests beyond 12 will incur an extra weekly staff charge of US$300. Special arrangements can be made to sleep up to 18 guests in total using the chattel houses and media room. Each room is an additional $100 per night plus VAT.
Complimentary car rental (Chevrolet Spark). We will cover the base rental car, you pay tax and insurance if needed. Should economy car type be unavailable, we will reimburse you our cost. Additional rental car terms and conditions may apply. New bookings only. Valid only for villa reservations with a weekly rental value of over $3000 before tax. Black Out Dates - Spring Break, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year. Can combine with other specials.
Good for stays from September 8, 2016 to December 15, 2017.