Our new exclusive listing Felicity Villa is arguably the most aptly named home on Nevis. ‘A state of happiness’ is one definition; ‘intense happiness’ is suggested by a second dictionary. This home is a retreat, a place so expansive and thoughtfully created that it immediately offers a sense of sanctuary. From the waving green fronds of the palm-lined entranceway to the cheerful perkiness of a pickleball court, there is a consistent thread of felicity.
There is a spacious, fully-equipped gym – with an immediately adjacent massage power shower to boost fatigued muscles. A soothing massage parlour complete with hair salon; a jacuzzi backed with the bluest tiles reminiscent of Portugal and fronted by uninterrupted views of the Caribbean. A dedicated snug with a sprawling sofa and huge flatscreen television, plus the perfect games area for either the silent slipping of poker cards or the screeches of a family Monopoly battle.
This is all without mentioning the guest apartment situated beneath the main house, complete with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, a work space with almost implausible views and a bathroom boasting a huge walk-in shower. Plus there’s a separate modern cottage in the gardens: currently in use as an artist’s studio, the vaulted ceilings reach high above a master bedroom, a glorious open-plan kitchen, sitting and dining area, and in the bathroom a dramatic chandelier hangs above a circular whirlpool tub.
In the main house, dominated by a great room with picture-perfect views that sidle out across the verandah and infinity-edge pool to the sea and wandering peninsulas of St Kitts, there is a calmness hard to achieve in such vast spaces.
Ultimately, this is a home designed to be lived in: it is no show home with fanciful frills. One wing of the house is dedicated to the master bedroom complete with a walk-in wardrobe and French windows that lead to both the verandah and a private balcony. An indoors/outdoors bathroom is immediately adjacent where a bathtub can be discretely screened off for wallowing with the sunset. And this room in turn leads to a study, an open, inviting space where palm fronds wave at the windows and a balcony beckons with inspiring views.
On the other side of the house is a second bedroom with two queen-size beds. Here, too, the windows on three sides reveal a riot of palm fronds and bougainvillea. There’s a generous bathroom with both a tub and a walk-in shower plus twin vanities.
Nothing here has been compromised. At no point is there a sense that perhaps the space has been misused. This is where Felicity Villa is so readily set apart, because it is neither a show home nor the typical chaos of a family home. It has been designed to make your life one of ease, where there is space to breathe and relax without overlooking the everyday realities: we need work spaces, we need places to share an intimate meal for two as well as host a dinner party, and we need privacy.
This feeling extends to the garden where there are countless spaces dedicated to sunbathing or reading, wining and dining. A barbecue area is complemented by a dramatic polished concrete bar and high, heavy wooden stools. There’s a fun and quirky bird cage seating area, just waiting for aperitifs and a gossip or someone sprawling luxuriously with a book. Guests will find private dining and seating areas by their rooms, too, for morning coffees sipped alone to the dawn chorus of the bananaquits and kingbirds.
Felicity Villa is on the leeward side of Nevis, protected by the Peak and nestled in an exclusive area of the island. The entrance is discrete, a gate rolling back to reveal an extraordinary home. Created with comfort, style and a readiness to embrace the drama of the surrounding landscape, this is a place for the most discerning buyers.
Price: $5,250,000 USD