Said to be the oldest wooden property in the Caribbean, the Great House of The Hermitage Estate boasts a unique Nevisian heritage. Predating the arrival of the sugar industry in the 17th century, there’s evidence that the estate was established as early as 1640 and most likely cultivated tobacco, ginger, and nutmeg. Built from Lignum Vitae (one of the hardest woods on the planet), the original structure withstood the test of time and despite being abandoned for over 30 years, was lovingly restored by new owners the Lupinacci family who salvaged the then jungle-covered ruin in 1971.
Today The Hermitage offers a charming blend of English elegance and Caribbean character. It’s the perfect country escape for any occasion. Stay in one of the 15 boutique rooms set within reclaimed gingerbread cottages, or dine on the colonial porch that is wrapped around the property and boasts idyllic garden and island views. With an emphasis on sourcing local chefs and Nevisian produce, the menu retains a distinctly home-cooked feel yet delivers refined West Indian flavors.
Quick fire questions with owner Richard Lupinacci
What would you recommend to first time diners?
Richard says, “ This being one of the most historic of the many restaurants and bars on Nevis, at The Hermitage you’ll find an authentic taste of island fare. Our Wednesday night Caribbean pig roast is legendary across the island and a must for visitors young and old; so too is our rum punch but that is reserved for more mature visitors! Our Nevisian pork rotis are also a hit with diners; delicious flatbreads bursting with Caribbean flavors they are packed full with of the region.”
Tell me something interesting about yourself:
“Growing up on the estate I was fortunate enough to be immersed in the Caribbean lifestyle from a young age. Hiking and sailing are two of my biggest passions, and Nevis offers plenty of opportunity for both.”
What is your favorite place or activity on Nevis?
“I love being out on the water; the indomitable Nevis Peak is best viewed from out on the ocean.”
Cuisine: Fine dining with a Caribbean twist
Location: Figtree Parish, Nevis
Distance from the Four Seasons Resort: 8 km, 15 min drive by taxi
Opening hours: Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are advised.
Owners: The Lupinacci family
Contact: +1 869 469 3477
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