We have been visiting the islands of the Caribbean for several years now and Montserrat was certainly different! The effects of the volcano on the southern half of the island are amazing to see and we spent memorable days exploring the island and visiting the Volcano Observatory, the abandoned Air Studios and the outskirts of Plymouth.
Lime Tree House was an excellent base from which to do this. We visited for 11 days in early October and the house was very much as advertised, with 2 large bedrooms and bathrooms at opposite ends of the house, with a splendid lounge and kitchen with all mod cons in-between. The balcony soon became our breakfast room and with the excellent wifi, my office for the hour of work a day that I couldn't avoid!
We were given excellent information by Jon, the owner, when we booked and before we travelled and we were met at the airport by his manager, Pickett, who took us to collect our local driving licence on the way from the airport so that we could take advantage of the owner's car (which is also available to rent) straight away. The people of Montserrat are incredibly friendly and we soon got used to waving to everyone we saw and not having to lock everything up all the time - crime on the island is virtually non-existent.
We used the pool a lot and the memories of watching the sun set from it will stay with us for a long time - especially the evening when an agouti appeared in the garden in front of us and stayed there long enough to have his photo taken!
The island has a good choice of restaurants and our favourites were Olveston House, Ziggy's, Tina's, and Ben & Gemma's new beach bar at Isles Bay.
The island also has several (usually deserted!) beaches and the swimming and snorkelling were fun. We also went trekking through the rainforest on one of the several trails that are available in the central hills.
Following the destruction of Plymouth by the volcano, there is still re-building going on in the north of the island to create a new capital around Little Bay, but Montserrat is the Caribbean before tourism arrived and if you want a holiday of tranquillity and a stunning example of the power of nature, then it is well worth a visit and Lime Tree House is a great place to stay.
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