Thanks to its construction around an abandoned sugar mill, this plantation-style inn evokes the aura of a long-gone way of life. East of Charlestown and north of Gingerland, at a cool and comfortable elevation of 240m (787 ft.), the Old Manor Hotel retains its old-world grace.
The forested plot of land on which the hotel sits was granted in 1690 by the king of England. This was done to encourage immigration to the Caribbean islands at little cost to the crown, whilst also securing revenue for the crown.
In 1900 the Gillespie brother’s legally transferred title of Old Manor Estate to Mr Croney. The estate thrived as a working sugar cane and cotton plantation until 1936 when the steam mill quit.
It eventually became The Old Manor Hotel, where it thrived on a great reputation, with its unique boutique accommodation (before that was fashionable!) and the sense of peace and indulgence it offered its clientele. It had a freewheeling, nothing too much trouble vibe – sometimes the guests even cooked for other guests in the first floor dining room & bar, with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean!
People travelled to Nevis from all the Caribbean and beyond for weekends packed with fun, music, laughter, great food and dancing under the stars. Pizza and bbq fare were served in the stone courtyard under the night sky while a live string band played in the bandstand by the fabulous circular fresh water swimming pool.
The extremely generous sized 13 guest suites were finished off with wide plank wooden floors, antique style furniture, four poster beds and an array of curios and objet, with ceiling fans whirring above to keep the evenings cool.
The Cooperage was the large first floor Restaurant and Bar. The newer addition of the terrace allowed for sea views – The extremely generous commercial sized kitchen has plenty of prep areas, walk in larders and food store areas.
Additional accommodation includes hotel reception, office space, commercial sized laundry and a host of storage rooms all built in the traditional Caribbean “Blouse and Skirt” style of stone for the first floor and Wooden second floor.
The hotel has a stunning set of sugar plantation ruins and chimney in the centre and has various other undeveloped ruins in the grounds – offering a plethora of developable scenarios. The Great House was completed in 1832 and was then damaged in the historical hurricane of 1898. It was rebuilt in 1906 with winnings from the Trinidad horse race prize money, and good crop income. A 1967 National Geographic article declared that the Great House at Old Manor Hotel was the “Longest continually lived in Great House”.
The Old Manor offers a fabulous opportunity to one lucky owner to enjoy bringing this faded flower back to full bloom.
Renovation options are endless – we have two adjacent land packages available too, one at 11.17 and the other at 20.88 acres which would increase the overall size to just over 42 acres, perfect for a hotel based villa development.