Nevis is nothing if not an island packed with history – venture down almost any path and there will be the crumbling remains of a sugar mill – so for a home only a quarter of a century old to feel very much a part of this place is quite a feat. Carefully wrapped in the surrounding jungle, Watch Hill feels as if it has been a part of the mountainside forever. Lovingly crafted by the architect who designed it, the house presents a masterclass in bringing the outdoors indoors.
Buried high up on the lush slopes of the Peak, the constant, cooling tradewinds rush off the Atlantic far below and blow gently across the generous verandah and throughout the house. Hatch-like windows and a living room with a long L-shaped sofa lend something of a nautical air, perhaps a touch surreal when coupled with the bright bougainvillea and sprawling ackee trees also leaning into the view. An upstairs room beneath the gables is reminiscent of an English country cottage: gorgeous sash windows, exposed beams and sun-swept window seats are the stuff of a romantic's imagination.