“Friendly family-owned 18th century plantation inn with guest rooms in pretty gingerbread cottages and one of the island's best restaurants”
Clustered around the main house are 15 traditional 'gingerbread' style guest cottages with names such as Goosepen and Treetops, many with their own veranda and hammocks. Most rooms are spacious and have antique furnishings with gorgeous mahogany four-poster or canopy beds covered with traditional quilted covers. Mosquito nets (mostly for decoration) surround them, and local artwork and old prints adorn the walls. All rooms come complete with a paddle fan, a shower and bathtub, a direct dial phone, an ironing board and a refrigerator. Cool highland breezes mean there is no need for air conditioning.
The Deluxe Cottages, which overlook the pool and terrace, have a large airy bedroom with a bathroom, a separate dressing area and a private porch.
The Luxury Cottages, many with distant ocean views, are ideal for families. They have a separate sitting room with a television, a DVD player, a CD player and a kitchenette. Children/extra guests can be accommodated on 2 day-beds in the sitting room (at no extra cost if under 12 years old).
The Hillside Rooms, located in the restored 17th century stone carriage house and stables, are slightly smaller and do not have verandas, which is reflected in the price.
For those seeking privacy in style, you can book the beautiful yellow Manor House - a full villa with 3 double rooms set in its own gardens and with private swimming pool. Upstairs, there are 2 master bedrooms with antique canopy beds, large baths and dressing rooms, and a third double guest room. Downstairs is a large sitting room, which can sleep 4 extra guests. It has a full kitchen, a dining room with seating for 10, and a spectacular wrap around veranda. A popular choice for families.
Start your day with a full Planters breakfast on the veranda - homemade breads (lemon, orange, pumpkin or corn), freshly-made yoghurt, eggs any style (including West Indian omelettes), flying fish, saltfish, sausages, seasonal fruit (mostly from their own trees), pancakes and orange blossom French toast. For lunch grilled chicken or fresh lobster and fish from the local fishermen are offered alongside West Indian dishes such as pumpkin soup, salads and rotis. Eat by the pool or head down to the Hermitage Beach Club on Pinney’s Beach, a 3-mile sandy stretch next door to the Four Seasons resort. Afternoon tea is served in the Great House and is offered with the famous Hermitage carrot cake.
In the evening guests join the vivacious owners, Richard and Maureen Lupinacci (originally from Pensylvannia), for rum cocktails followed by a delicious 4-course dinner. Using local produce, dishes might include conch cakes with lobster sauce, red pepper bisque, fresh grilled wahoo in lemon and garlic butter, or beef en croute with spinach and aragula, followed by homemade desserts such as rum souffle or white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. You dine by candlelight on the veranda of the main house or on the private terrace of your own cottage.
There are also basic self-catering facilities in the Luxury Cottages - a small fridge and gas rings, which are ideal for making kids' snacks. In the private Manor House the kitchen is fully fitted with a hob and oven, cutlery and crockery, as and a large fridge. Supplies can be arranged through the main house.
Special diets can be catered for with advance notice and early suppers can be provided for children.
Families are welcome. Under 12s stay for free if sharing with 2 adults and over 12s get free breakfasts. Early dinners at 6pm can be arranged. The whole area is safe and fun for children.Self-catering facilities and sofabeds in the larger Luxury Cottages and the private Manor House make these ideal choices for families. There may be a charge if an extra bed is required. Kids might also enjoy visiting the animals in the plantation’s farmyard.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking