Very Large 2 bed villa on hillside. Comprehensively equipped. Close to amenities
About Jeremy Burges
An Anglo Finnish family in exile, we have lived in St Kitts since 2005 when we arrived on a work contract and fell in love with the country. We eventually built our dream home, the main floor of which we are now making available for select rentals. We live on the property all year round, occupying the large upstairs apartment, along with our dogs.
Jeremy Burges purchased this Villa in 2010
Why Jeremy Burges chose Lucas
As soon as we saw the half acre corner lot back in '06 we knew we would be able to build our dream home here. The constant breezes and view over the Ocean and the back nine sold it to us straight away! We commissioned the villa as a substantial family residence consisting of a large main floor (the subject of this listing) a penthouse suite above (where we live) and two one bedroom apartments (with their own separate entrance) below. These apartments are mostly rented out to long term tenants but are also sometimes available for a vacation rental. Construction was completed in 2010. The name 'Bentley Villa' is an homage to our beloved and sadly now departed chocolate labrador of the same name, who was largely if unwittingly responsible for us deciding to stay in St Kitts after a work contract in South America rather than going back to England. In the UK a six month quarantine is mandatory for immigrating dogs from the Americas and we simply couldn't bring ourselves to subject him to that ordeal. Instead we decided to stay here and build this place.
What makes this Villa unique
Designed by local RIBA architect Joseph Lancaster, this unique property has been designed so that almost everywhere you look from almost anywhere in the house you get a view of the ocean. The plethora of indoor/outdoor living spaces make for a true experience of contemporary Caribbean living whilst the breezes off the Atlantic mean you will rarely need the air conditioning at night.
Only in the outside areas please!
Our dogs get agitated when other dogs are around.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We thoroughly enjoyed staying here! Such a beautiful home, so much room, lovely views, and a constant, refreshing breeze. The pictures are very accurate. Jeremy is so friendly and helpful. You will be very happy if you stay here!,
Amazing views from every room
This villas was wonderful and spacious. We had great views from every room of the house. The kitchen is well equipped for all our cooking needs. The area is quiet, enjoyed the pool. The ocean breeze was so nice during the day.
Jeremy is very responsive to all questions and inquiries. It was nice to have him living on site in case of any questions or advice on where to go and things to do. The breakfast items and cold beer were greatly appreciated. Loved the bowl of fresh fruit. Very hospitable. We especially enjoyed that Jeremy and family shared their dogs with us. They are well behaved and just a delight; never bothered us or annoying. If you are a dog lover you will get a kick out of them and if you’re not, they leave you alone.
Jeremy gives a nice over view of things to do, places to go. The info sheets were very helpful. At night we enjoyed a Netflix movie, Wi-Fi was nice as well.
If you’re looking for a relaxing place, you can’t go wrong!!
Come back any time!
Christmas in Paradise
We spent Christmas 2018 in St. Kitts and stayed at this house. The home is spectacular and the views even better. The infinity pool provided a private family oasis. The two bedrooms are spacious, providing privacy as desired. The kitchen was equipped with everything needed to do as much or as little cooking as you wish. The Christmas Tree was a thoughtful touch. The owners live in the upper level and were available for anything we needed. The house had working wi-fi.
When renting this villa, you should be aware that most activities off property will require a taxi. The Island makes this easy as the cab driver that picks you up at the airport is available by phone for the duration of your stay or you can rent a car. However, the peace and quiet of staying at the Villa was an excellent trade-off.
We felt very safe during our stay. The windows locked easily and securely. Other windows were able to be left open as they were significantly above ground level. The Ocean provided refreshing breezes throughout our stay and the bedrooms were air conditioned.
We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends and family.
A vacation paradise!
We stayed here for 10 days in November 2018. The weather was perfect! The house was spectacular and comfortable. Jeremy and Annu were wonderful hosts. When we arrived, after a long day of flying and layovers, it was nice to have eggs, bread, butter, milk, and beer in the refrigerator for us to use. When we needed a rental car, Jeremy was nice enough to call one for us. They came to the house and picked us up. The pool area was beautiful and the water felt great on the warm afternoons. It was a very relaxing and quiet vacation. We absolutely would rent this house again. When it was time for us to catch our flight home, Jeremy offered to drive us to the airport. Overall, it was a perfect experience! Sherri, Dave, and Charlene (Colorado)
The pool is beautiful, the view is good
The owner of the house was aware of everything and provided groceries for breakfast. Wonderful stay!!!
A ton of issues .....
So, a lot happened during our stay in St. Kitts. Before this visit, I was a week on Nevis, with not so much as a hair out of place, so when we got to St. Kitts, things changed drastically. I arrived early and asked to leave my bags while I went to the airport to pick up my friend. I met the owner and then took a tour and got keys. The first night at 3am that evening I discovered the home had been burgarlized and my computer and all electronic devices had been stolen, along with my money, and even our drinks in the fridge! I was unable to reach the owner who lives upstairs and had to wait until later in the morning to reach him and contact police. Who rents a house on vacation and can't leave their laptop in the kitchen? This is ridiculous.
While he was very polite, we did not feel that the property was secure or gates/locks maintained and the very window that had been used by the burglars to climb in the window had a screen which we later learned had been cut years ago and never replaced. This was just like an invitation to come in and steal! The property is anything but secure and even after we took pains to secure windows and doors, we did not feel better, and instead felt that we were watched all while we were there. This was a bad feeling. We wanted an ocean view property so we could have windows open but obviously not possible here.
The property is WAY overpriced. The appliances are old and BOTH the fridge/freezer and dishwasher broke during our stay. The television also broke and the owner had to replace it with one he had been keeping upstairs that he told us his wife had insisted they keep for themselves. His "high tech" system was nearly impossible to operate and only two of the settings on the new Roku TV he installed worked - meaning our ONLY options for tv were Netflix and YouTube and we got no other channels or cable.
The appliances are very old, and the kitchen tile and granite are poorly maintained. There was no broom and the vacuum didn't work and when we arrived, there was dog urine all over two slipcovered couches, which we had to wash ourselves to sit on the couch.
DO NOT VISIT THIS PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT LOVE DOGS!! The owner's dogs come in to the unit whenever they want and they jump in the pool and in short, you cannot get rid of them. They are friendly, but we didn't want them in the home and felt that this was inappropriate.
We feel we paid way too much ($250/night) and would not ever return
We are very sorry that this visitor had an unsatisfactory experience at Bentley Villa. An unhappy guest is obviously the last thing we want and we did our best but ultimately we were fighting an uphill battle after the first night.
St Kitts is generally a safe and peaceful place but is relatively poor compared to the US and Canada and of course has its share of societal issues. For this reason we ask guests to ensure that windows and doors are locked at night and not to place valuables near windows. Obviously we would much prefer it if these precautions were not necessary but regrettably they are needed here as they are almost everywhere else in the world.
Unfortunately this guest, having disregarded our regular check in time by arriving two hours early, also ignored our clearly written security instructions by leaving a laptop and wallet next to an unlatched window before retiring. Whilst the subsequent burglary was undoubtedly distressing, it might be regarded as almost inevitable given this level of negligence. I sincerely hope she is able to make a successful insurance claim.
As far as the other criticisms are concerned, I suspect that they are colored somewhat by the first night's experience, which is understandable if a little unfair. I did offer a refund if she wanted to move somewhere else but the offer was not taken up.
I will also say that as for any booking I did attend immediately to all the problems mentioned. I replaced the TV with a brand new and better one. The dishwasher (which was not broken but blocked by a food item from improper use) and refrigerator were both fixed within 3 hours. I would have been glad to provide a broom and/or vacuum (or a tutorial on the operation of the new TV) but was not asked.
Our appliances and fittings are not brand new but are modern, functional and regularly maintained. Our pricing is commensurate with other local villas and extremely competitive when compared to local hotel and resort rates. A large majority of our guests consider us a bargain given the location, space and amenities.
Finally, I will agree that dog lovers will enjoy their stay here more than others. These guests had two charming young children who adored our dogs (yes they are friendly) and despite my best efforts kept letting them into the villa through the front door. They (dogs and kids) thought this was a hilarious game. Was this irritating for the grown ups? Perhaps. But "inappropriate"? I will let others judge
Half Moon Bay is on the breezy Atlantic side of the island, adjacent to and overlooking the Frigate Bay area with all of the the beaches, bars and tourist amenities.