Nelson Gay   St Peter, Barbados

On the favoured West Coast, Nelson Gay’s garden gate opens straight on to a stunning crescent of perfect coral sand. The clear, sheltered water is roped off for safe swimming and is ideal for all water sports. There’s also a coral reef with excellent snorkelling. This elegant coral stone Palladian mansion is set in a lush tropical estate of nearly two acres. Nelson Gay's beachfront estate is perfect for family or group holidays.


Transfer Time From Grantley Adams International Airport:40 Minutes

Villa Summary

Private Cook
Children welcome
Rates per night
from US $
Rates per week
from US $

Villa Description

Nelson Gay, an elegant six bedroom coral stone Palladian mansion, is located on the West Coast of Barbados in a lush tropical beachfront estate of nearly two acres. Nelson Gay’s garden opens straight onto a stunning half-mile beach. The clear, sheltered Caribbean Sea is roped off for safe swimming and is ideal for all water sports. There is also a coral reef for excellent snorkeling. Nelson Gay is just perfect for a totally relaxing and unforgettable holiday. British architect Barbara Hill designed the elegant mansion in the 1960s, under commission by US Ambassador Robert M. Scotten as his private residence. Inspired by a novel about life in the Winward Islands, Hill moved to Barbados in 1958, where she was a founding member of the local Institute of Architects and an active member of the Barbados National Trust. Nelson Gay, designed in the West Indian Colonial style, is considered one of Hill’s best works, ranking among one of Barbados’ finest homes. Most recently renovated under the direction of architect Brian Surfleet, Nelson Gay has maintained a timeless quality difficult to find in more recently built properties, expertly mixing classic Palladian architecture with modern amenities to create the ideal family holiday setting. The home provides elegant accommodation for a couple desiring generous space for entertaining, and is also spacious enough for a large group or family. After approaching the house by a circular drive, the main entrance hall sets the tone for the home’s refined tropical elegance; it features a marble floor with a compass rose design, breezy latticework, tropical plants and impressive sculptures. The hall opens to the living room, featuring a 14’ ceiling with an intricate wrought iron chandelier and most impressively, an unobstructed view of the gardens, pool and Caribbean Sea just beyond. Situated on one level, the house has a central living area flanked by two wings; the rooms are spacious, airy and decorated with a sense of relaxed elegance. The design palette of white with accents of green compliment the tropical environs as well as the vibrant art collection, which includes several antiques and notable works of art, including a stunning Erté mural and a fine collection of Haitian paintings. The South Wing of the home includes the kitchen, laundry room and formal dining room, a masterpiece within itself. Lit by candlelight only, the dining room provides a dramatic, intimate setting for evening parties. Featuring a glass-topped table designed by renowned designer Oliver Messel, complimented by French antique chairs and a selection of five different place settings, including Wedgewood, Rosenthal and Mikasa, the dining room accommodates up to 12 guests. There are five bedrooms in the main house, each decorated in a soothing palette of green and white, with high quality linens, chandelier lighting, billowing curtains and tiled flooring also designed by Messel. The bedrooms are each individually air-conditioned and feature plasma televisions, cable and DVD players for entertainment; some have a small fridge and mini bar for added convenience. These five bedrooms, combined with the one bedroom cottage, have seven bathrooms in total (including a ‘His and Hers’), as well as a guest cloakroom. One bedroom is located in the South Wing; featuring his and hers en suite bathrooms with showers. The bedroom’s external doors fold back to reveal a charming private patio with sitting area and verdant foliage, ideal for a morning cup of tea or private relaxation. The North Wing houses the other four bedrooms, two of which comprise an impressively spacious Master Suite connected by a large en suite bathroom with shower; there is a second en suite bathroom in the suite as well. The Erté Mural Room features a queen-sized bed, en suite bathroom with bath/shower and access to a covered terrace opening on to the pool and gardens. The room has been aptly named due to the unique mermaid mural painted by the artist on the bedroom’s wall, where he stayed during his frequent visits to Nelson Gay. Born in St. Petersburg in 1892, Erté established himself in Paris as a fashion illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, for which he produced 250 covers over 22 years. Best remembered for the extravagant costumes and stage sets he designed for the Folles-Bergère, he is considered one of the foremost fashion and stage designers of the twentieth century. The fourth and final bedroom in the North Wing, the Green Room, features two single beds (which can be combined as a large king), en suite bath with shower, pool terrace access as well as a private patio opening on to the gardens. The North Wing also has a media room with a range of entertainment amenities, including a 55” flat screen television with surround sound, cable television and a library of over 400 DVD titles. There is also a day bed that can be used for additional single accommodation if necessary. As impressive as the interior living space is, Nelson Gay’s outdoor space is the true gem of the property. Complimented with lush green foliage and tropical flowers, residents will surely spend much of their time on the 60 ft. wide terrace, enjoying the environs. Running adjacent to the central living room, the terrace provides three separate areas for lounging or dining poolside. The shaded lounge area has a light, airy and inviting appeal, with ceiling fans, white cushioned furniture, vibrant accessories and a clear view of the gardens and pool to keep an eye on the children or just to enjoy the surroundings. There are two dining areas; the first features a large table with seating for up to 20 people under a canopy with fans, and a smaller table located poolside in the center of the terrace enjoys full sun or moonlight. The terrace is complimented by beautiful flora and fauna, as well as lighting designed by Bruce Munro. The focal point of the gardens is the stunning 50 ft. pool that extends from the terrace toward the sea at the far end of the lawn; finished with Italian green tiling with inlaid mosaics of turtles and tropical fish, its stunning beauty is further enhanced by dramatic underwater lighting, creating an ideal setting for poolside evening cocktails. The pool is bordered by a verdant lawn with inviting green cushioned loungers, where residents can enjoy both full sun and shade throughout the course of the day. The pool can be fenced for young children’s safety, as well as heated on request. An octagonal ‘Chinese’ dining gazebo, designed by architect Larry Warren, is a charming addition to the garden; it seats up to 14 and has a wet bar and fridge for easy entertaining, providing an excellent setting for relaxing on the comfortable sofas or enjoying al fresco dining. At the far end of the garden, there is direct access to the coral sand beach, with seating just before the private beach gate. There is a roped area for safe swimming and a nearby coral reef provides excellent snorkeling. Cobblers Cove Hotel is just a short walk up the beach, where guests of Nelson Gay can enjoy tennis, a gym and spa services for a small fee. Additional concierge services can be arranged through the house manager and West Coast Villas Sotheby’s International Realty, ensuring your stay is customized to your group’s interests. In addition to the main house’s accommodation for up to 11 persons, Nelson Gay offers additional guest quarters can accommodate up to seven additional guests. The media room within the main house holds a day bed which sleeps one, but roll away beds can be rented if need be for up to 2 persons. A self-contained guest cottage with private patio and en suite bathroom sleeps two additional guests. There are also a traditional Barbadian wooden Chattel House, charming cottage featuring porches, gingerbread trim and white shuttered windows. The cottage provides accommodation for two people and an en suite bathroom and a small kitchenette. Perfect for teens or young adult guests, the Chattel Houses can be used by special arrangement. With such a range of accommodation, Nelson Gay is an ideal holiday retreat for groups of friends as well as families with children of all ages. Several measures have been taken to ensure Nelson Gay provides a stress-free, safe environment for families with small children to enjoy their holiday. The pool can be fenced on request, and all outdoor and indoor furniture is covered in durable, washable and ‘childproof’ Sunbrella fabric. The beach is an excellent play area, and the sea is normally calm and safe for supervised swimming. A crib with mosquito netting is available for babies up to nine months, and additional equipment can be arranged through concierge services. To ensure your holiday exceeds your expectations, Nelson Gay is staffed by an experienced, well-trained and friendly team including a butler, cook, housekeeper, maid / laundress, two gardeners and a night watchman. This core staff can be increased depending on season and number of guests. The staff will tend to your every need, including planning meals, shopping, cooking, serving, cleaning, laundry and everything else, ensuring you receive a stress-free five-star experience during your stay, while providing complete privacy. West Coast Villas Sotheby’s International Realty will also provide Property Management and Concierge services as needed, and provide support to the house manager. Additional Information Media room serves as additional accommodation with day bed and roll away beds (available for rent) Master Bedrooms can accommodate additional person in roll away bed (available for rent) Some of the additional accommodation is only suitable for children Entertainment An estimation of 400 DVDs DVD in 2 additional bedrooms Broadband, fax, 2 phone lines Sonos Sound System in living room 32" plasma in 3 other bedrooms (cable TV + DVD) Snorkels, masks, numerous games and a small library 42" plasma TVs in 2 master bedrooms (cable TV + DVD) 55" flat screen TV in Media Room with surround sound, PS3 and cable TV with multi-standard DVD player

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms Bed sizes Ensuite bathrooms Location Bedroom amenities
Master Bedroom King Yes with Shower Main Villa AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge
Bedroom 2 King Yes with Shower Main Villa AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge
Bedroom 3 Queen Yes with Tub Main Villa AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge
Bedroom 4 Twin Yes with Tub Main Villa AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge
Bedroom 5 Queen Yes with Shower Main Villa AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge
Bedroom 6 King Yes with Shower Cottage AC, Safe, TV, Small Fridge

Kitchen Amenities

  • Ice Maker
  • Laundry Room
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen

Dining Room

  • Table with seating for 12 people
  • Dining Patio


  • A/C
  • Fan
  • Surround Sound

Other Rooms

  • Media Room


  • Stereo
  • DVD Player with DVD library
  • Games - Board
  • TV - Cable
  • VCR
  • BBQ
  • Cotton Robes


  • Fax
  • Phone VOIP
  • Phone
  • Printer
  • Wi-Fi

Other Amenities

  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Security Guard (12 Hr)
Pool: Yes

50ft x 12ft and 4ft 6in deep. The pool may be fenced in and heated at an additional cost.


Features: Medical kit on-site Formal dining room seating 12 Covered terrace, dining for up to 18 50ft x 12ft heated (on request) Italian mosaic tiled pool Tennis, gym and spa at the next-door Cobblers Cove Hotel Child friendly furniture, slip covered in Sunbrella/ cotton towels Beautiful gazebo, garden dining for 14 or setup as a living and seating area Nearly two acres of mature tropical gardens right on Cobbler’s beach, with safe and excellent swimming Amenities: 110 volts, ADSL, All bedrooms air conditioned, All bedrooms en suite, Bath Robes, BBQ, Beach front, Cable TV, Childrens toys / board games, DVD library, Enclosed Gardens, Environmentally friendly, Established gardens, Family location, Flat screen TV, Fully staffed, Garden view, Gazebo, Guest cottage, Hair dryer, High ceilings, Ice maker, Luxury Finishes, Media Room, Patio, Safes in all Bedrooms, Security Alarm, Security guard, Solar Power Hot Water, Staffed, Stereo, Sun deck, Sun loungers, Sun terrace, Swimming Pool, Telephone, TV, TVs in bedrooms, Walking distance to beach, Walking distance to shops, Water front, Wheel Chair Accessible, Wireless broadband connection



Children welcomeYes
Pets allowedNo
Smoking allowedNo

Childrens Toys Available

Suitable for disabledYes

Wheel Chair Accessible



Travel from Travel to Bedrooms Max guests Minimum night stay Villa nightly rate
TODAY 14th Dec 2015 6 12 7
15th Dec 2015 14th April 2016 6 12 7
TODAY 14th Dec 2015 5 10 7
15th Dec 2015 14th April 2016 5 10 5

Your price includes the villa accommodation, its grounds, staff (normal hours), linens, towels and utility costs.

Please note that the rates shown do not include the Barbados Government VAT of 7.5%.

Refundable Security Deposit: US$2500 (Provided there are no breakages the deposit will be refunded in full after your departure.

Complimentary welcome pack valued at US$250!

(Offer valid until May 31st 2015 - 7 night minimum at full occupancy)

Location and Activities





Activities nearby


Staff and Dining

Staff and Dining

Villa Manager - Available on demand.

Housekeeper - 8 Hrs.

Butler - 8 Hrs.

Cook - 8.30am - 1.30pm and 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Chef ( 2 Chefs in Winter Season) 8:30 am - 1.30 am and 5:30 pm - 8.30pm

Gardener x2 

Night watchman


Nearby Restaurants

Restaurant Cusisine Location
Champers Eclectic Rockley 
Cin Cin Mediterranean St James
Daphnes Italian Paynes Bay 
Il Tempio Italian  Fitts 
Lone Star European  The Garden 
Mullins Beach Restaurant International  Mullins 
Pisces International  St Lawrence Gap 
Spago Italian Holetown
The Cliff Eclectic  Derricks 
The Mews International  Holetown 
The Tides European  Holetown 
The Fish Pot Mediterranean  Port St Charles 

Guest Reviews

Guest Reviews

Peter Chittick - 1st March 2010

Nelson Gay has two spectacular attributes relative to the huge number of other rental properties. First, the character and charm of Nelson Gay's architecture and furnishings that have evolved over time through succession of caring owners, and second, the wonderful access directly onto the beach.

The staff are efficient, polite, discreet and reliable with a consistency across the team that is very reassuring. The rhythm of their day suited us perfectly - there when needed and yet gave us the feeling of 'temporary ownership' that comes with access to the kitchen and keys. The pool is perfectly designed - my wife enjoyed her lengths every morning and we all enjoyed splashing about. The food was perfectly pitched to our family's needs. With two younger children with fairly basic tastes, and my own medical condition, comfortable food was much appreciated and the housekeeping was faultless. Our favorite of all, each evening having drinks at the beach gate watching the sun go down, and walking along the beach just before!