Hermitage Blog

The Houses We Built

The Houses We Built

The Pink House is one of the first cottages we built at Hermitage, in the gingerbread style of local Nevis chattel houses, celebrating Caribbean life. Over the years other buildings and chocolate box style houses sprung up, as our home grew into a hotel, built with...
The History of the Hermitage

The History of the Hermitage

The Great House at Hermitage was built sometime between 1670 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...
Old Travels

Old Travels

The airport runway on Nevis runs directly along the beach, and halfway down the middle reaching off into the sea is an old wooden pier with a rusted crane. The pier is locked in a bay, bound by a reef, and inaccessible by car or by boat. It stands in the water, on...
Copper Pots

Copper Pots

We have ponds of water throughout our garden where the waterlilies grow, where the herons perch, where the wild donkeys and roaming livestock come to drink when the yard is still. They are made from raw iron; demi-spheres of various sizes, some broken, some tipped...
Beach Story

Beach Story

Beneath the sands of the beach at Gallows Bay, near the pier of our primary port Charlestown, lies the wreckage that time has buried on our shores; the iron, steel and heavy wooden timbers of the ships and the ruins that describe another age. It’s a field of debris...