The Main House at Hermitage was built sometime between 1680 and 1740. Nevis island lore calls it the oldest house on the island, and Jack Bertholet, author of the 1984 book, CARIBBEAN STYLE, declares it the oldest surviving wooden house in the Caribbean. In twenty years of studying Caribbean architecture from Surinam to Cuba, he had never found an older wooden house. It was built as a small farmhouse before the days of large sugar plantations. The original owners were Pembertons from Pembroke in Wales who likely experimented with various crops such as indigo, tobacco, cotton, spices, and eventually sugar. It was a small plantation of less than 100 acres, situated 800 feet above sea level. The land is stony and strewn with boulders with good soil in between. It was terraced into beds for cultivation, the extensive dry stone walling remains one of the features of the plantation. There is no evidence of a sugar mill or factory, but there was a small animal mill for grinding cane with horses, mules or oxen. Today, The Hermitage is a plantation inn and continues to offer traditional island hospitality and lifestyle for up to 28 guests. The property reflects the owners interests in island life, with its original cuisine, reconstructed cottage rooms, collection of antiques, old-fashioned gardens, horses, carriages, and local crafts and arts. It has become a "must see" site for every visitor to the island.
A fresh water swimming pool with sun terrace, Tennis court with complimentary rackets and balls, Riding stables, Sitting rooms, library and wireless internet, A well stocked bar and restaurant.
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