Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Bequia - The Old Fort
The only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines!
The Old Fort is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dating back to the 18th century when French settlers started migrating to the Caribbean. This property is situated in the most spectacular location and is ideal for guests looking for the utmost in relaxation / privacy. Recommended by numerous international publications as the perfect place to go to unwind we also boast an exceptional venue that can host any event such as a wedding or any type of special occasion.
Enjoy to be spoilt by the following
• Complimentary pickup from the Bequia Airport or the Ferry Terminal upon arrival
• A delicious home-made rum punch or one of our freshly made juices as a welcome treat
• A large selection of spacious luxurious suites, all with custom made en-suite bathrooms
• Complimentary wireless broadband internet in all rooms and around the entire property
• A personalized full daily staff and maid service (incl. optional baby sitting) to help spoil you throughout your stay
• The Old Fort's recognized kitchen offering a variety of delicious menus (guests are solely asked to pay shopping bills)
• A specialized chef and provisioning service during your stay (items can be ordered and stocked before your arrival)
• The private grand swimming pool with its waterfall and separate plunge pool with grotto (ideal for kids and families)
• Exclusive use of the spacious property with its numerous tropical gardens and chill-out areas
• The largest estate property on the island, stretching over several hillsides to the beautiful ocean below
• A complimentary daily shuttle service to and from the nicest beach on the island (fee applies)
• An astro-turf tennis court of which we have an exclusive membership (fee applies)
• Two ocean kayaks which can be used anytime and can be delivered to the beach for you (fee applies)
• Enjoy numerous nature trails, pasture areas and lookout points around the entire estate
* Book two weeks or more and receive a 15% discount (does not apply for Peak Season bookings)
** Additional accommodations are available in the new Sugar House which has been built on the foundation of an ancient Sugar Mill and is only a few steps away
Details for holiday chateau / country house Historic Estate, 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23, 6 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
About Q. Schaedle
While exploring the island, a few weeks after their arrival to Bequia on Christmas Eve 1978, Sonja and Otmar Schaedle stumbled upon a lonely spot above the sea - a place with a glorious view over the Grenadines. Formidable walls, ancient water cisterns and heavy foundations - all abandoned!
The discovery haunted them. When they returned to Bequia the following year, they were in love with the island so much that they had the idea of moving there for several months every year during their long summer holidays. After contacting the family which owned the ruins and estate, they were able to purchase the property.
A few years later, excavation began and many more ruins were uncovered - a sturdy gateway with protecting flanks, a huge oven and a cellar. The first European settlers in the Grenadine islands were French. Local hearsay indicated that there had been a plantation on the site. Sure enough, the original French family name of the former owners and a map dating back to 1763 were found in old documents.
The challenge was obvious. The restoration of the building had to grow out of the old ruins. To match the traditional style, the same beautiful stones were used, as well as timber from the local forests. The arches, cisterns and the stone floors had to be rebuilt by Bequia’s skilled craftsmen, while using imaginative reconstruction, based on how the original might have looked. Clearing of the property ended in 1982, while the construction of the buildings was finally finished in 1986.
Up to this day, the tower of The Old Fort can been seen crowning Mt. Pleasant Point. It is surrounded by shaded terraces and large gardens. Guests enjoy the glittering sea below and the emerald islands stretching outward to the south, including the little sister island of Mustique and distant Grenada. Little changed from times gone by with The Old Fort still being a truly magical place like it was generations before.
Q. Schaedle purchased this chateau / country house in 1980
Why Q. Schaedle chose Bequia
To find something special, to discover the extraordinary, one has to search for it. And there, lies the secret of this island. Visitors do not just arrive in Bequia, they discover it like an amazing treasure.
The Windward Islands, especially the tiny Grenadines, are renowned as one of the world's most beautiful holiday destinations. Bequia is a jewel and is situated within this chain of islands, located west of Barbados. It is part of the State of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Bequia provides a unique atmosphere that blends total relaxation with a wealth of interesting activities. Here there are no crowds but a very special lifestyle which brings people together. Bequia welcomes visitors as part of the community and expect to be treated as a guest and friend, not just a 'tourist'.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
Large plantation buildings rebuilt from an ancient ruin, a historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, elegant suites located in various areas of the expansive property, a selection of balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views of the turquoise ocean, a grand swimming pool with waterfall, a separate kids pool with grotto, an open air & inside bar, a club room lounge with spacious sitting area and fireplace, beautiful custom-designed showers, large lush inside and outside tropical gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, grand living areas with high open ceilings, several nature trails leading through the estate to amazing viewing spots located just above the ocean, two beautiful beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys, dogs and cats (kids love them), and a trained courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen with its delicious menus and numerous international as well as local specialties.
Guestbook comments from the owner
From the first moment we arrived we loved this guesthouse, high on the hill of Mount Pleasant and with breath-taking views. We would recommend it to anyone. We chose to "hedge our bets" with a 4-day stay at The Old Fort and a 5-day stay at the Bequia Beach hotel, so that we got plantation style character as well as a bit of hotel luxury during our time on Bequia. The Old Fort was better than expected. Clearly this is not 5-star luxury, but the bedrooms are beautiful, spacious and have everything you could want - and it all works. We had a gorgeous Caribbean-style four-poster with the ubiquitous mosquito net, plus two sofas and a little kitchenette. Our daughter's room was also very attractive with its dark wood and white nets over the bed. They look like rooms you might read about in a novel. Even the wifi was reliable (and that can be a problem on Bequia). You can choose to eat in, at their small dining area on the verandah where crickets and birds serenade you under the moonlight (ahhh!) and they will cook excellent meals to your request, within reason. Our only slight quibble was that it was quite a task to find out how much anything cost - there are no price lists! So we approached each meal with trepidation, unsure how much we were adding to our bill. In fact, the costs were in line with a meal in a normal restaurant in town, though we thought the wine was a bit more expensive. The pool at The Old Fort is fabulous, with flat sunbeds which are fixed in the shade, and some deckchairs in the sunshine. Note to Quirin from my sunworshipping daughter though - some proper moveable sunbeds would be nice!...
Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
- Jan46 (England)
Review on Tripadvisor