Only a few families in its long and varied history have had the privilege to be custodians of the magical Dasent’s Estate. Set in just under 6 acres in verdant Gingerland, this stunning estate has three separate habitable properties set within these wonderful botanical gardens.
This unique Mill is steeped in history and dates back from the 1680s – it will have seen more life and been part of more memories than any of us could imagine – if only those thick volcanic stone walls could talk !
The ground floor is home to a spacious elegant sitting room, furnished in period furniture which enhances the unique interior. The room is encompassed by a sweeping circular verandah, providing ample areas for sunbathing and relaxing under this wonderful edifice.
The exterior stone stairs hug the building and take you up and around to the master bedroom and bathroom on the first level.
Internal stairs continue up to the 2nd bedroom and from here you can access, via pull-down ladder, the crowning glory of the Mill – its stunning rooftop.
This is the only Mill in the Federation which has an accessible and flat rooftop. From this 360 degree vantage point you can admire the whole estate, the picturesque mountain rising up behind and the glistening Atlantic ocean with Antigua, Montserrat and Redonda framing the horizon. It’s a kaleidoscope of ever-changing scenery and breath-taking vistas. This is the perfect spot for sunrise yoga, evening sundowners, or simply as a secret escape with a good book!
The main kitchen is accessed off the verandah and is a good size, fully fitted with traditional style wooden cupboards. There is a large room off the kitchen, with French doors which open on to the verandah and it is currently used as a games/recreation room and an indoor dining room. An outdoor shower and WC complete the Mill accommodation.
BRIDGE MANOR HOUSE
The two storey house, built in a traditional “Blouse n Skirt” style, is accessed either via the garden or by a charming wooden bridge direct from the Mill verandah which connects to the upper level.
The house has a large covered verandah, furnished with a bohemian mix of “easy living” sofas and chairs for a relaxed and comfortable outdoor lifestyle.
The first floor houses a TV room and the master bedroom with its impressive cathedral ceiling giving it a grand airy feel and an en-suite bathroom completes the accommodation on this level.
The ground floor offers a large bedroom, which is currently furnished with a double and a single bed, a en suite shower room and a second single bedroom and a utility room. The main bedroom opens, via French doors, directly onto the lower verandah and garden, with further seating and a lovely old sugar copper protected by a nymph statue.
THE HIDEAWAY COTTAGE
This self contained cottage was crafted within the ruins of the old boiling house and is discreetly tucked away near the pool, making it the perfect guest accommodation or Air B&B rental.
It has a fully equipped fitted kitchen with breakfast bar finished in volcano stone, large open plan living/sitting room with king sized bed and 2 futons and bathroom.
This wonderful in ground pool was cleverly reclaimed from an original water cistern, is 30′ long and ranges from 3-9 ” deep. It is surrounded by a large flat terrace and offers ample space for sun lounging and outdoor dining under the gazebo. It is very private and affords wonderful sea views from its vantage point.
There are several outbuildings including a 5 roomed stone garage and a 2 room stone shed, all of which could be converted and utilised as further accommodation or workspaces.
The estate is a horticulturist’s dream with a spectacular array of established tropical offerings including a old fruit orchard, orchid house a plethora of mango, avocado and citrus trees and a dizzying array of unique palms – but its stand out tree is the fabulous sausage tree, one of only a couple on island!
The garden is laden with bougainvillea, hibiscus and prolific stag horns, which miraculously seed themselves all over the garden. The peaceful atmosphere is only disturbed by the soporific buzzing of bees and the soft drone of delicate humming birds foraging away.
Pathways wind their way through the estate, and it takes several excursions to spot all the interesting objet that are dotted around the garden and include a full canon, canon balls, sugar coppers, statues, stones and other curios all of which add to the sense of belonging and history that emanates from the soul of the estate.
Gingerland got its name form the prolific ginger crop it produced and it is still the favoured area of the island for agriculture. Dasents is conveniently situated down the road from the famous Golden Rock Inn and is walking distance to one of the islands better supermarkets Best Buy in the village, along with some local stores, Health Centre, gas station, police station, schools, some fun local rum shops and snackettes.
A SPOONFUL OF HISTORY
Sugarmills form an intrinsic part of the Nevis landscape – this little island produced such high qualify sugar it was dubbed the “Queen of the Caribes“. Only 3 habitable mills are in private ownership an three are incorporated into hotels: one as a private dining room at the Montpelier Plantation Inn, another as hotel unique hotel room at the exquisite Golden Rock Inn and the third features in the landscaped of the entrance to the Four Seasons Resort.