Gingerbread Hill

Virgin Island Rd., St. Peter's, Montserrat

This secluded mountainside retreat offers remarkable value, splendid views, utter tranquility, and exquisite grounds, not to mention fascinating owners. Owners David and Clover Lea laughingly call themselves "unrepentant but well-done hippies," and they are—in the best sense of respecting nature, supporting local culture, and being self-sufficient. This Renaissance couple built the villas themselves, using recycled or indigenous materials wherever possible (even the soaps are homemade). Each one offers creative touches as trompe l'oeil window frames, hand-painted tiles, and wraparound verandas that afford extraordinary views; Mango Cottage is solar-powered. The cozy Backpacker's Special has a microwave, CD player, washing machine, and fridge. Reasonably priced catering is available, using fixings from the hydroponic gardens and fresh eggs from the family's chickens. You can pluck your own breakfast from the extravagant fruit trees.

PROS

  • delightful menagerie, including birds
  • free Wi-Fi and airport transfers
  • access to washer/dryer

CONS

  • car necessary
  • no beachfront
  • perhaps too "granola" for some

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Green, Views
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 664-491–5812 | 813-774–5270

HOTEL DETAILS

2 rooms, 2 villas, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: No meals

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