Lime House Cottage
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||5000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
Description from the owner
Lime House Villa offers accommodation for up to 6 persons. The property overlooks the fresh water swimming pool and nearby calm Spring and Crescent Bays We are situated on a hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with outstanding views. The Trade Winds have that wonderful cooling effect and you can watch the sunrise every morning and the moonrise in the evening.
Lime House Pool is surrounded by beautiful Tropical Gardens created by the owners to ensure your complete privacy and to enjoy the natural surroundings of our island.
Lime House Cottage
Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Additional Location Information
On the lovely breezy hillsides of Spring on Bequia, a very quiet & peaceful location.
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$189||$189||$1,300||$4,400||4 nights|
|Jan. 11 2012 - Apr. 30 2012
|All Other Dates||$189||$189||$1,300||$4,400||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Low Season 1 May - 1 November US$1000.00 per week
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: March 15, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Ottawa Valley, Canada
Pleasant cottage but located on extremely steep hill and unresol
We stayed here in January 2013. This was our first visit to Bequia. If you have looked at the other 6 reviews here, you may notice that they all absolutely glow with praise and 100% perfection. Realistic? You judge.
Bequia is a small (only 7 square miles) beautiful and relatively inexpensive very quiet island in the Grenadines. Access is by plane or a one hour ferry ride in usually very rough conditions. Many people we met had come for long visits of several months. Spring is the residential area of the island, for the generally white and better off islanders. The black people we saw here were gardeners and cleaners. Houses are well spaced, the roads are narrow. It is very steep.
I found it hard to walk down the hill, without holding my husband's hand, not beause of any fitness issues, but simply because it was so very steep that I could not look down. I preferred climbing up. The walk down includes a straighter steep stretch, and 4 hairpin bends. Uphill from the cottage is also steep.
The temps. werre 25 degrees C at night, 29-32 during the day. We used the Bequia open truck taxi's, and found them less expensive than hiring a car. ($30 EC to Port Elizabeth) The tradewinds are very blustery, sometimes more a gale here, and we met several people who said they would stay on the less windy side by choice.
Lime Cottage was our home for one month. The cottage is pleasant and reasonably well furnished. The paintwork was fresh and clean, both inside and out, and both bathrooms were clean and partially tiled with good quality fixtures. The kitchen was well equipped and appeared clean. There was a large refrigerator and small microwave oven, and a full gas stove. The TV was tiny, but little needed in this beautiful place.
We were advised not to drink the tap water without boiling it first. Once we were provided with a clean kettle (the one in the cottage when we arrived was extremely rusty and stained) we did this.
The 2 bedrooms would be suitable for a family with 2 children. The queen room was small but adequate, though I found the bed extremely firm. Jo gave me an old lounger pad to put on the bed, which helped. The ensuite bathroom (only liquid soap provided) had a door, but the wall stopped well short of the ceiling, so every bathroom sound was very audible in the bedroom, which was disurbing at night. The twin room had an ensuite bath which was doorless. Clothes storage spaces were OK, but not very large. An excellent and large safe was provided. Patio doors on 2 walls gave plenty of light but could not be locked, but this was not a problem. There were screens at all windows and doors, but the door screens had gaps around their edges, where some insects could gain access in the evenings. All floors were in good tiled condition. There was a washing machine available to me in a small storage room under the cottage, and a short washing line. (which broke)
Outside the veranda was mostly shady wide and comfortable, with a small glimpse of the ocean. The cottage is close to the pool and behind the main house where Jo and allan live. The studio is along a short path from the cottage. The surrounding gardens were well kept and attractive, but not large, with very little space for strolling. The main house and apartment, and studio all have excellent ocean views. The cottage used to before trees around the pool grew up.
We enjoyed the pool. Deep enough to swim, but not out of our depth, and large enough to be able to swim around in, it felt slightly cooler than the warm ocean. We never had to share it during our late afternoon swims, and it was not given a lot of use by other guests during our stay.
Jo, a pleasant English lady, was initially welcoming, and we met allan, originally from St. Vincent, but many years abroad, after a few days. He told us he was once in the armed forces, and was clearly a person used to being in charge of things. To begin with, Jo and or allan would drop by each day to see if we were settling in OK, The maid service, Jo told us, would be twice a week unless we wished to change it. That was fine, and the maid did a reasonable job when she came, which then turned out to be every 4 days, except that she did not work on weekends, so it was often 6 days- no problem, but we would have like to be told this in the first place!
Unfortunately, as the title suggests, we did experience several problems with the cottage, all of which could have been avoided, if Jo and allan had only checked up on the place before we arrived! Although they both tried to be friendly and accommodating towards us, they appeared to lack the understanding that goes along with how to treat paying guests. Allan had told us early on that the cottage and studio were built for their visiting friends to stay in, and it was later that they decided to rent them out, when "friends" they had never met visited. It was strange to us however, to feel rather second rate, when they told us that friends would be invited over for a meal, and taken out to dinner. Of course, we did not expect this treatment, but why tell us? Second rate and paying- a very confused situation.
The problems, some of which we tried to laugh over, some not so much, were as follows: hot water. None in the cottage for our first week.
We asked allan about this our first full day there. First he said it should be hot and there was a problem, then he checked it in the afternoon and decided it was warming up. (wishful thinking!) The following day he decided to get the panel (solar system) on the roof replaced, but this could not be done for several days. At some point, he said we should have reported it sooner...!? Anyway, the work produced some hot water, but only enough for the 2 of us to have 1 evening shower each per day. To give Jo the credit, she then aranged for further work to be done on the roof, while allan had told me that was how things were (i.e. put up with it) Unfortunately, the work did not produce any further improvement. Until the Studio was occupied we were able to use that shower, which has an electric hot water heater for the shower.
After that we had some very cool showers. We always heated a kettle to wash up. We decided not to complain any further about the lack of hot water as we did not want to sour our holiday, but we would have felt much better about it all, if Jo had offered us some sort of compensation, as any other business would surely have done. We remained polite throughout. All we got in response was "I can only apologize" Really?
After this, it seemed as if Jo and allan were avoiding us, as we did not see them for almost 2 weeks. Then we were surprised when Jo invited us to a coffee morning, together with other guests, just before our departure date.
The other problems were more minor, such as failed light bulbs, failed motion detector on dark steps (not repaired), and a dangerous plug which was rewired. However, the microwave oven and fridge were on the same extension cord, without a 3 pin ground wire, which allan could not be persuaded to understand could be potentially very dangerous.
The couch webbing was literally hanging on by a few threads, but we managed not to fall through it, but someone will if it is not repaired soon). If only Jo and allan would live in the cottage for 24 hours at the beginning of the season, so that paying guests would not have to contend with all that we had to on our holiday!
The local beaches were 15 mins walk downhill. Spring Beach is quite lovely in its way, but has no shade and quite a bit of seaweed. Usually deserted, it has coarse sand, and diving birds. Industry Beach is just another few minutes walk, and has shade and a hotel, and is longer.
I hope this realistic review helps.
Peace and seclusion in an amazing setting overlooking the atlant
We've been coming to Bequia every year for the past 12 years and stay at the studio which is at the end of a path along from the cottage. We've rented other places on the Island but this is ideal for the 2 of us. We come in January for 6 weeks and love this side of the island because of the breeze. As I write this, the trade winds are blowing & I'm looking down at a single para boarder meeting the waves as they break over the reef at Industry Bay. The studio sits on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean. It's open plan, lovely and bright with windows all around and you're guaranteed uninterrupted views. Where else in the world can you sit up in your bed and watch the sun rise? Bequia is a friendly, unsophisticated island - there's plenty to keep you occupied if you wish - diving, snorkelling, sailing etc., we like walking and there's certainly plenty hills! Port Elizabeth, the capital is about a 30 minute walk, Dawn's Creole restaurant/bar is nearby at Industry Bay. Jo and allan, our hosts look after the properties and us. In fact, it wouldn't be the same without them.
Jill and Paul
Stayed in the Studio initially for a special birthday, but have returned five times. A beautiful setting, you can lay in bed and watch the sun rise over the sea. A late swim in the pool watching fireflys and an amazing vista of stars. Beautifully clean with regular maid service, Jo and allan are attentive and discrete hosts. Breakfast on the balcony watching the colourful birds and enjoying the magnificent fresh fruit. Secluded beaches just down the hill where you enjoy lunch and rum punch. A very friendly area. If you want privacy, rest and relaxation under the Carribean sun you can't do better in our view than this beautiful property and gardens lovingly planned and tended by allan.
Paul in Carolina
Todd, North Carolina
Wonderful place to vist and return
I am writing this review about Limehouse, in the Spring area of the beautiful island of Bequia. Bequia is one of the Grenadines, in the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I have been traveling to Bequia with my family for more than 20 years, having visited over 15 times during these years. We love the island, for it is truly a paradise that has not been spoiled by overzealous developers or franchise businesses. It is truly a 'real' and homey place, with people who are friendly and open to visitors. We are particularly enamored with Limehouse, and have stayed there with our two children the last eight or more times we have been on the island. The accommodations are simply wonderful. Limehouse is on a ridge above the ocean where the views are spectacular! The cottage and studio are both extremely attractive, very clean, and are beside one of the prettiest pools and barbeque areas you will find anywhere. We typically stay in the Cottage, a two bedroom, two bath house with just the right amount of space, a beautiful porch area, and fantastic landscaping. The owners, Josephine and allan Gabriel, have become wonderful friends to this family, and our children, now 15 and 21 years of age, truly look forward to visiting because of their love and respect for the Gabriels. Our daughter is certain that she will get married on Bequia and stay at Limehouse (needs to meet a guy first!), and my wife and I plan to visit every winter for a month as soon as we can slow down from dual careers. My only concern in writing a truthful review of Limehouse is that it might mean we have a harder time booking, but that is a chance I am willing to take in order to accurately communicate the wonders of this place.
Sarah & Dean
A truly special place
We were lucky enough to get married in Bequia 10 years ago and this was our 3rd return trip staying at Lime House on all occasions. We have had the privelage to stay in both the Cottage and the Studio and have never been disappointed. Both properties are well presented, with the Studio being more secluded and having amazing sea views - if you are lucky you will see some amazing sunrises. There are some great places to eat on Bequia - favourites of ours being Macs Pizzeria and Nando's for his spicy wings. We always come back truly relaxed from our holiday in Bequia and look forward to when we will be able to return - hopefully soon.
Norman & Chris
We had a very relaxed holiday at Lime House Cottage. All the properties are very clean and have everything you need. The pool is lovely to cool off in and very private. Lime House Cottage is on Spring a lovely area of Bequia about a mile from Port Elizabeth and the local taxi service is very good or you can arrange car hire. This was our 6th visit to the island.
Ultimate relaxing holiday
I have been visiting Bequia since 1995 and have stayed at Lime cottage every time (10 visits now I think). I have always found Lime cottage to be perfect every time. Stunning view excellent pool immaculate gardens and Jo and allan always very helpful. The cottage is kept very clean with good sized bedrooms both en suite and a good sized kitchen/living area.
Already planning my next visit.