Location: Woodlands, Montserrat, West Indies, Caribbean
Accommodations: 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath villa accommodates 8-10 guests.
Fern Court Villa is a lovely, secluded, private villa located high above the Caribbean in the desirable Woodlands section of Montserrat. Built in 1991, the villa has approximately 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. The villa was designed to provide breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea from virtually all its rooms. The house sits on 1-1/4 acres of beautifully landscaped lawn and garden featuring flowering plants and towering palm trees. In season, trees on the property produce avocados, grapefruit, orange, lime, mango, coconut, bananas and guava. The private road accommodates only three villas, ensuring quiet tranquility. At almost all times of the year, the constant and cooling trade winds contribute to the island's idyllic climate.
On the upper level, there is a 32' by 15' swimming pool surrounded by a large deck from which to take in gorgeous sunsets while sipping a cool drink at the end of the day. Adjacent to the pool is an outdoor gallery which spans the length of the house and offers outdoor dining and a gas grill, as well as reading nooks at each end. On this level are the living room, dining room, kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms and a powder room. The bedrooms feature a king bed in one and two twins in the other.
The kitchen has been recently remodeled and features new appliances. The kitchen is also well equipped for those who love to cook and there are Montserrat cookbooks for those who wish to try recipes authentic to the local cuisine.
When guests number more than four, the lower level is available and offers two more bedrooms: one en suite with twin beds and the other with a double bed and adjacent bath. There is also a music room/study area, complete with piano, a family TV room and a large game room.
Off the lower level patio, there is a laundry area with washer and dryer for our guests' use.
Amenities include maid service twice per week, pool service twice per week, local phone, internet, cable television (one television in the living room and one in family room in lower level), gas grill, and all linens.
*Arrive in Montserrat from Antiqua by ferry or small aircraft, either of which offer regular service.
*Pick-up at either airport or dock may be arranged through owner for transport to the villa.
*Rental cars may also be arranged through owner's property manager.
*Electrical service is 110 volt.
*Household water comes from pure, underground springs and is as refreshing as it is safe.
Island Activities include nearby black sand beaches, hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, snorkeling, and deep sea diving. Of unique interest is the Sufrierre Hills volcano which began its current stage of geologic activity with an eruption in June 1995. It is now in a quiet stage and there are opportunities to tour affected areas. A visit to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory offers close-up views of the volcano, guided tours, videos, and scientific and historic information.
RATES for one-week minimum rental:
November-April: $1500/week for up to 4 guests; $150/week per person beyond 4.
May-October: $1200/week for up to 4 guests; $120/week per person beyond 4.
Cleaning fee is $150.00. Security deposit of $500 is required and is refunded within 2 weeks of rental's termination.
***Renters assume full responsibility for pool and personal safety.
Living in Virginia, my husband and I spent several years searching the Caribbean for a warm winter retreat. Montserrat, with its friendly people, safe environment, pure spring water, temperate climate, and gorgeous ocean views, was perfect for us. We settled there in 1985 and later built our home in 1991. Choosing Montserrat was one of the best decisions we ever made. It is a perfect retirement spot and, over the years, has been a magnet for family and many friends.
Woodlands is a secluded enclave on the island, away from more congested areas. We enjoy high ocean views and greater acreage around the property which provide a serene setting for island living. In addition, Woodlands is closer to the northern island hub for shopping and dining than most other areas.
The Fern Court Villa has one of the best ocean views of any villa on the island. In the other direction you will enjoy views of the lush mountains just across our private road. The villa itself is large, well maintained, and equipped for comfort and convenience. It is ideal for a family vacation or a romantic get-away.
There are beaches close by. Also hiking trails.