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“Relaxed Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Golden Rock Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Charlestown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Denton, Texas
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99 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Relaxed Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Family vacation in paradise is possible. With two teenage daughters, the right place is hard to find, but Golden Rock satisfied all desires beyond expectation. The grounds are stunning to say the least, with stone pathways around the entire premises with show-stopping flowering plants and trees, subtle lighting at night, all set amongst restored 200 year old plantation buildings. Just walking around the paths created an ambiance that was both relaxing as well as visually amazing. Most rooms are in stand alone duplex buildings spread amongst the grounds, far enough away from others that it was always quiet -- except for the sounds of the surrounding rain forest. We stayed in the 'Sugar Mill,' the restored windmill tower with two twin beds downstairs and a king bed upstairs, both with bathrooms. The breeze at night was enough to keep us cool and room amenities were just right, not the silly Four Seasons 'too posh' but truly and extremely comfortable. Great king bed, sound sleeping, beautiful linens. The pool has a view that we'll never forget, looking between the palms and among the flowering bushes and plants out to the ocean with Montserrat in the distance. Pool towels always fresh and at the ready with plenty of comfortable loungers. The bar [complete selection of liquor and beers] was open all day until the last guests left the restaurant, usually around 10 p.m. with great bartender. Restaurant service was impeccable, the waitstaff always attentive and incredibly gracious, being more than happy to accommodate requests but never overbearing. Food was marvelous: huge hamburgers and sandwiches at lunch but dinners were truly remarkable for preparation, quality, and presentation. Rack of lamb was perfectly prepared, but the chef went above and beyond in the specials. One evening was lobster penne with perfect sauce and likely more lobster than you'd get in a lobster tail! Every one, from the waitress to the bartender to the manager all called me by name, whether sitting at dinner or just passing on the paths on the grounds. Sara, the front office person, was a font of information and able to accomplish miracles. The morning after our arrival, she made arrangements for a rental car to be delivered to Golden Rock and I signed everything right there. Our departure from Nevis required leaving in time to get back to the airport on St. Kitts for an 8 a.m. departure. Before going, I was seriously concerned about making the flight. However, Sara made all the arrangements for us to drive the rent car to Oualie Beach and leave it there [rental car people would retrieve it from there - wow!], catch a water taxi back to Reggae Beach on St. Kitts, and catch a taxi to the airport. It all went seamlessly, with the water taxi waiting for us at the beach and the taxi waiting for us on St. Kitts. While we were still zipping over the waves in the water taxi, Sara called the captain and made sure we made it! I was impressed! Even after arriving back home, I emailed Sara to confirm the rental car had been taken care of, and Sara made the call for me and emailed back confirming all was well. Service doesn't get any better. For 15 to 20 years our favorite place was St. John because of the relaxed atmosphere that hadn't been invaded by the hoards of "tourists" and cruise ship crowds. Now that St. John has been overrun and no longer the relaxing Caribbean destination, we have found our new haven of peace, relaxation, and truly remarkable beauty with great accommodations, fantastic food, and people that are absolutely the most wonderful in the hospitality world. Golden Rock should be on the top of everyone's list.

Room Tip: Sugar Mill has two rooms and two bathrooms, so perfect for a family. But I'd choose it even if...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Kitts
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

The scenery alone will make you sigh.

If you have a wedding here, forget needing a bouquet! It's so serene here...and MAN did I need a burger! They have a goat cheese burger that's pretty good, and the carrot cake shouldn't be passed up! I have to shoot a wedding there one day; I can only imagine how beautiful it would be.


Matt Phoenix

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jason W
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Nevis
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28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

Myself and my two teenage daughters ate dinner here a few weeks ago. Usually both are very hard to please and only want burgers, steak or hot dogs. However they found something on the menu they both liked and cleared their plates. The surroundings are beautiful, a little dark because its all cable lit which makes reading the wine list which is in tiny print very hard. However the waitresses came with torches and glasses and were very eager to assist, and whilst i still couldn't see the precise details of the chardonnay i picked it turned out to be one of the best i had eve had. I would highly recommend this place especially for honeymooners etc very romantic.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Rochelle, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

My wife and I stopped in for a visit and lunch. Wow, what grounds and daytime views…well worth the visit for sure! I don’t know why this isn’t listed on TripAdvisor under “things to do” because for me the grounds were nicer than the Botanical Gardens!

If you’re staying down on the beach I’d suggest renting a car for the day to come up the mountain because the taxis will almost charge you that much and then you’ll have the car all day…much better idea!

I’m not going to rate the food in the restaurant…it’s not crazy bad, but the view is the draw here, not the food! Definitely worth a visit, but come during daylight when you can walk the grounds and have a drink not lunch!

Can’t comment on the rooms, never had a look at them…

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

I highly recommend the Golden Rock Plantation for lunch on a taxi tour- it is set high on eastern side of Mt. Nevis with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean, and has beautiful gardens set in a lush tropical rain forest, in addition to a beautiful well-maintained property with guest rooms. The honeymoon suite is in the old sugar cane mill!
We had the lobster roll sandwich, and it and the service was wonderful! Sit at the tables located in the gardens outside the building- just a beautiful, peaceful setting!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dawn M
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New York City, New York
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61 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

My husband, son and I came here for lunch and absolutely loved it. The lobster roll and the conch chowder are to die for the views are amazing as its at the base of the rainforest. A def must when visiting the island of Nevis

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Enid O
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

Golden Rock Hotel is set in a rain forest almost 1000 feet up the side of Mount Nevis. In recent years it has had a huge investment of money by world famous comtemporary artist Bryce Marden and his wife Helen Marden who fell in love with it and bought it
The accommodation is in a converted sugar mill and a small number of chalets in the extensive beautifully tended gardens.
Dining is in a mixture of tastefully converted and developed old buildings and a wonderful new build around a somewhat eastern theme
The food itself is always good but rarely exceptional. Lots of local sea food and I particularly liked the red snapper
Lobster in various forms is always on the menu and at lunchtime people come from all over the island for lobster sandwiches
Monkeys are everywhere and the birdlife is magnificent. The bushes in the gardens are literally buzzing with humming birds
After a leisurely breakfast on the terrace the big decision of the day is which beach to go to. Windward beach for rolling water or one of the many calmer beaches on the Carribean side
Which ever one you go to you , as long as you avoid weekends, you will rarely have more than half a dozen people for company on miles of golden sand
Most of the staff at Golden Rock have been there for many years and are very friendly and indeed a major part of the attraction
Peter Dunning has recently been recruited as manager and he has plans to further develop Golden Rock mainly by tweaks and small modifications rather than revolutionary change
Peter is becoming very knowledgeable about Nevis but Sarah who has run the office for ever is the fount of all knowledge
We first visited four years ago and liked it so much we go back annually
Highly recommended
Yet another of the hidden gems of Nevis

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Alan C
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Property: Golden Rock Inn
Address: Golden Rock | Gingerland, Charlestown, Nevis
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Region: Caribbean > St. Kitts and Nevis > Nevis > Charlestown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Charlestown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Golden Rock Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gentle trade winds and dramatic Caribbean vistas set the stage for a visit to Golden Rock Inn. A former sugar estate dating back to the early 1800's, the property has been thoughtfully restored through the eyes of New York artists Helen and Brice Marden. Set on 100 acres stretching up the slopes of Nevis Peak, this boutique property has eleven guest rooms and private cottages, including the unique Sugar Mill Suite. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens designed by the owners with Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the inn is an escape embraced with birds' songs and the rustling of bamboo. Guest rooms have either king or twin beds, which can be joined together to create a king. The unique Sugar Mill Suite has an oversized king bed upstairs, with full bath, and 2 twins downstairs with full bath. This accomodation is suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. ... more   less 
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Golden Rock Plantation Hotel Charlestown
Golden Rock Inn Nevis, St. Kitts And Nevis

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