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Nelson Gay



Welcome to Nelson Gay, a stunning 6-bedroom beach front villa full of character and history in one of the best locations in Barbados. Located on the favoured and exclusive West coast, Nelson Gay’s garden gate opens straight onto a stunning crescent of perfect coral sand. The clear, sheltered water is perfect for safe swimming and snorkelling.

A property in the Grand Palladian style, this elegant coral stone Palladian mansion is set in a lush tropical estate of nearly 2 acres. Located on a half mile of stunning pristine sandy beach guests are sure to enjoy this ideal beach front setting. The villa has wonderful lush gardens featuring a large swimming pool (heated) in the centre of the garden with a pathway straight down to the beach. The villa is situated on the outskirts of Speightstown and offers a convenient location for shopping and visiting local restaurants.

Originally built in the 1950's for a US Ambassador and constructed entirely of coral stone in the grand Palladian manner, Nelson Gay retains the charm of a bygone era. Two covered terraces on the north and south wing bedrooms offer additional privacy and comfort, while the living room is open and airy with 14ft ceilings.

This family-friendly villa has numerous relaxing and dining areas and an elegant garden gazebo equipped with a wet bar. A large area immediately in front of the house is roped off with buoys for safe swimming.

The staff and villa manager at Nelson Gay are exceptional. They will ensure your every need is catered for to ensure a relaxing family vacation. Villa can accommodate up to 18 by special request making the home is Ideal for weddings in Barbados or for multi-generational families and friends.

Master Bedroom 1: King Bed
Master Bathroom: En suite, Shower only, Single Vanity

Master Bedroom 2: King Bed
Master Bathroom 2: En suite, Shower only, Single Vanity

Bedroom 3 (Erte): Queen Bed
Etre Bathroom Tub/Shower, En suite, Single Vanity

Bedroom 4 (Green Room): Twin Bed (2 Twin beds)
Green Room Bathroom: Tub/Shower, En suite, Single Vanity

Bedroom 5 (South Wing): Queen Bed
South Wing Bathroom: En suite, Shower only, Single Vanity (2 En Suite Bathrooms)

Bedroom 6 Cottage - Chattel House: King Bed
Cottage - Chattel House Bathroom: Tub/Shower, En suite, Single Vanity

Special arrangements can be made to sleep extra guests (up to 18 guests in total). This will require the use of two chattel houses, each sleeping two, and use of the media room (with shared bathroom). Extra cost for each of these bedrooms would be an additional $US100 + 7.5% VAT a night.

When you stay at Nelson Gay, you will be personally cared for by our butler and two wonderful housekeepers , together with our chef ( 2 chef's in the Winter season) and full time gardeners. You will feel welcomed and pampered throughout your stay. If you should decide to leave the sanctuary of Nelson Gay, you will find an incredible selection of world class restaurants just a couple of minutes away.

Our team of staff includes;
• Property Manager
• Butler
• Chef
• Housekeeper
• Laundress

• Barbeque
• Beach Shower
• Beachfront
• Ceiling Fans
• DVD player
• Fax Machine
• Gazebo
• Hair Dryers
• Speightstown (West Coast) nearby
• Stereo
• TV with Cable
• Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
• Wet Bar
• Wi-Fi
• Air-conditioned bedrooms
• Security Safe
• Tennis, gym and spa at the next-door Cobblers Cove Hotel

Other features
• Oliver Messel designed formal dining table can seat up to 12. In addition to indoor dining, guest may choose to dine on the terrace alfresco which accommodates dining for up to 18 or in the beachfront dining gazebo.
• Furniture - Child-friendly furniture, slipcovered in Sunbrella/cotton.
• Gazebo set up as a living and seating area, equipped with a wet bar.
• Pool - 50ft x 12ft heated (on request) Italian mosaic tiled pool.
• Each bedroom is equipped with a safe, a small fridge.
• 42" Plasma TVs in both master bedrooms and 32" Plasma in three other bedrooms.
• 55" Flat Screen TV with surround sound in the media room - Printer, various games, a PlayStation 4 and an extensive
• DVD library over 400 DVDs available to guests.
• First Aid Kit.
• Tennis, gym and spa at the next-door Cobblers Cove Hotel.
• Portable crib with mosquito net available for guests.
• Gardens - Nearly two acres of mature tropical gardens right on Cobbler's beach, with safe and excellent swimming.
• Snorkels, masks, numerous games and a small library are also available.
• Nelson Gay is a great villa for weddings.

Rates quoted are based on 7-bedroom occupancy for 14 guests. We do also have a 4 and 5 bedroom rates available throughout the year so please email [email protected] for more information.


This villa is a beachfront home. It should be noted that beaches change their shape and size from day to day, week to week and month to month, mainly as a response to seasonal waves, currents and tides. Every effort has been made to depict the beach in front of this property, but temporary changes may occur.

Area description

Read more about Speightstown.


Nearest airport Grantley International Airport
30 km
Nearest beach Beach Front 10 meters
Nearest restaurant speightstown 1 km

Accommodation, Facilities and Services

  • Bedroom(s): 6 ( Sleeps 18 )
    5 Double with en-suite, 2 Twin with en-suite
  • Bathroom(s): 7
    3 Baths, 6 Showers, 7 Wash basins, 7 Toilets
  • General facilities: Ceiling Fans, Electricity, Garden, Garden View, High Speed Internet, Ice Maker, Panoramic Views, Pool, Private Location, Private Terrace, Security, Terrace, Wifi
  • Indoor facilities: Air conditioning, All Bedrooms Air Conditioned, All Bedrooms En Suite, CD Player, Coffee Maker, Dishwasher, Drier, DVD Player, Freezer, Iron and Board, Media Room, Microwave, Phone, Safe, TV
  • Outdoor facilities: Beach Access, Beach Front, Private Terrace, Restaurants nearby, Sea Views, Sun Loungers, Sun Umbrellas, Swimming pool
  • Services: Babysitting, Cleaning inclusive, Concierge Service, Daily maid service, Final Cleaning, Linen provided, Night Watchman, Personal Chef Included, Towels provided
  • Access: Off-road parking


  • Local activities: Climbing, Cycling, Fine Dining, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding, Shopping, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Water Sports


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Rate summary $ 2,530 - $ 3,700 $ 17,710 - $ 25,900 4 Nights -
11-Jan-2020 - 04-Apr-2020 Winter 2020 $ 3,700 $ 25,900 7 Nights -
05-Apr-2020 - 19-Apr-2020 Easter $ 3,700 $ 25,900 5 Nights -
20-Apr-2020 - 20-Nov-2020 Summer 2020 $ 2,530 $ 17,710 5 Nights -
21-Nov-2020 - 05-Dec-2020 Thanksgiving 2020 $ 3,700 $ 25,900 7 Nights -
06-Dec-2020 - 14-Dec-2020 Summer 2020 $ 2,530 $ 17,710 5 Nights -

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  • 1.5% service fee applies to certain properties


Wonderful for our multi-generational family
Wonderful for our multi-generational family

We stayed here as a family of three generations. Every aspect of the visit was perfect for each generation. From the pool, to the beach, to the luxury of the accommodations, the meals, and the excellent indulging staff all were satisfied. The villa is a classic historical modernized villa with all the amenities one could wish for. The beach was great for the little ones as it was very calm. There were coral reefs about a 100 yards out that provided snorkeling excitement--sea turtles and tropical fish. Every need was taken care of. I think our parting words with one of the staff summed up the attention we were given. As we were packing to leave, one of the staff asked us if we had any dirty clothes to be washed before we left. We replied that we could wait until we arrived home. Her reply "no one leaves Nelson Gay with dirty clothes".

By Dunlap Family for a stay in Jan, 2017

We have been to Barbados several times, and Nelson Gay House is the most wonderful place to stay. We took our adult children and their significant others, we didn't need all the bedrooms, but could see how many more people could be accommodated. Everything desired was available, from the use of tennis courts, spa, and water sports next door through Cobblers Cove, to the absolute privacy of the property for relaxing, to the proximity of Speightstown, and the accessibility of the water right out the gate. Some homes have wonderful views but no access! This home has both. The breakers afforded a place to snorkel, and for two days there were high enough waves to boogie board without fear of a rocky bottom. The staff was supremely professional. The chef did the shopping and prepared three meals a day, not the usual two we've been offered in the past. The laundry was done daily with our clothes brought back early each afternoon. The butler had coffee ready every afternoon at 4:00. The monkeys came and went, and we fed them only on the last morning, I recommend feeding them the first day! They are adorable and keep their distance. The landscaping is incredible as well. Banana and mango trees, breadfruit, even a sandbox tree. The bedrooms are comfortable and inviting. The formal dining room is exquisite, we only used it on Valentine's Day for two, by candlelight, after sending the kids out to Cin Cin! The house has the feel of a loved home, not just a rental house. There are games and snorkeling equipment, books and a Sonos system for music. You will never want to leave. We didn't!

By Padgett Family for a stay in Feb, 2017
“Ideal Eden private beachfront Villa”
“Ideal Eden private beachfront Villa”

We were made to feel at home from the moment we walked in. Great people keeping the grounds and living quarters in an impeccable manner. Cooks who plan menus with the guests and then proceed to buy whatever is needed, including the wines and spirits. In short, we were treated royally.

By Julie and Kareme Walton for a stay in Apr, 2014
“Private Paradise”
“Private Paradise”

We were treated so well by the staff that the vacation would be amiss without mentioning them. Every need was taken care of without ever having to ask.

By Mr Truman, Canada for a stay in Oct, 2014
“Nelson Gay is a Bajan Paradise”
“Nelson Gay is a Bajan Paradise”

The setting of the villa is spectacular. It is on a calm beach and has a spectacular pool. Watching Sunset every night with cocktails is heaven on earth. The food was made fresh for each meal exceeded our expectations.

By The Grace Family for a stay in Nov, 2013
“Brilliant for couples / groups”
“Brilliant for couples / groups”

Excellent villa! Very charming rooms, great pool, beautiful gardens, walk onto superb beach! Best part (although difficult to top the property itself) were the staff & the truly outstanding food!

By Smith Family for a stay in Mar, 2014
“Magical Place”
“Magical Place”

This is the third year running we have visited Nelson Gay for spring half term, and each year it spins it's magic on us. We love the laid back style, the friendly staff, and the great food.

By Mr Wray for a stay in Apr, 2014
“Wonderful villa, wonderful staff”
“Wonderful villa, wonderful staff”

The best thing is probably the staff who manage to keep that fine balance between staying out of the way, allowing you some privacy, and being on hand whenever you need them.

By Winston Galbally for a stay in Feb, 2014

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A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

Expert Review Pic There were 16 of us plus an infant. Our visit to Nelson Gay was exquisite! The staff were all phenomenal and attended to our every need. The food was excellent, the accommodations were excellent, and the weather was perfect. We loved swimming in both the pool and ocean. Snorkeling was terrific and the local monkeys provided entertainment. We all would recommend Nelson Gay for anyone looking for a get-away vacation. Thanks again for providing such lasting memories from all of us. BEST VACATION EVER!!!

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    • Type: Beach Front
    • Sleeps: 18
    • Bedroom(s): 6
    • Bathroom(s): 7
    • Board: Catered
    • Long term rentals: No
    • Pets: No
    • Children: Yes, great for kids
    • Wheelchair: No
    • Eldery or infirm: Yes
    • Holiday type: Beach Front, Rustic