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A stay at Nelson Gay unveils six decades of charm and sophistication presented over 1.5 acres of mature and immaculately lush gardens. Located on a beautiful half-mile of beach on the outskirts of Speightstown Barbados, its surrounding waters and reef are a playground for swimmers and snorkelers.

The elegant coral stone mansion was originally built as the home of a United States Ambassador in the 1950s and reflects a Palladian grandeur with 14-foot ceilings in the living room. To add to this, the villa’s stunning 50-foot pool is tiled in Italian mosaics depicting turtles and fish, and positioned like a path from the centre of the house that summons the sea on its farthest end.

This family-friendly villa has a bounty of restful spaces and formal or al fresco dining areas, including a delightful option to dine by candlelight. The dwelling features a predominantly white canvas – a compliment to the tropical landscape – and is accentuated with several unique pieces and antiques. The sleeping quarters are remarkably fresh and airy, with comfortable beds, quality cotton sheets, and hypoallergenic pillows.

Sip cocktails by the sea in the elegant garden gazebo complete with a wet bar. Two covered terraces on the north and south wing bedrooms offer additional privacy and comfort, while on the seaside, guests can enjoy safe swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy family-friendly activity with an open-air gym and a Pickleball Court!

Further outside are three charming chattel houses and a guest cottage, all with en suite bathrooms as well that can be rented for additional cost to accommodate up to 18 guests.

The Villa Manager and their diligent staff are fully dedicated to your needs during your stay and will make your holiday truly relaxing, stress-free, and unforgettable with chef service 3 meals per day, butler service of one butler, and housekeeping service. All staffing is provided 6 days per week.

Note that an additional staffing charge of US$750/week applies for any bookings with more than 12 adults, payable before arrival.

Nelson Gay is a Barbados beach holiday villa rental. 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.



  • A/C Bedrooms
    Alfresco Dining
    Basketball Hoop
    Beach Chairs
    Beach Shower
    Cable TV
    Ceiling Fans
  • Extra Rooms Available
    Gym - Open Air
    Holetown - Nearby
    Media Room
    Netflix and Amazon Video Access
    Pickleball Court
  • Ping Pong
    Snorkels and Masks
    Sonos System & Alexa
    Speightstown - Nearby
    Watersports by request
    Water Volleyball

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms : 9

Master Bedroom 1 – King Bed

Master Bedroom 2 – King Bed

Bedroom 3 – Twin Beds
Note:  This is the media room transformed into a bedroom. This room shares a bathroom with Master Bedroom 2. We recommend this bedroom as an option for young children.

Bedroom 4 (Erte) – Queen Bed

Bedroom 5 (Green Room) – Twin Beds

Bedroom 6 (South Wing) – Queen Bed

Bedroom 7 (Cottage) – King Bed

Bedroom 8 (Chattel House 1) – King Bed

Bedroom 9 (Chattel House 2) – King Bed



Bathrooms : 8

Master Bathroom 1 – Shower (En-suite)

Master Bathroom 2 – Shower (Shared Bathroom)

Bathroom 3 – Shower (Shared Bathroom)

Bathroom 4 (Erte) – Tub/Shower (En-suite)

Bathroom 5 (Green Room) – Tub/Shower (En-suite)

Bathroom 6 (South Wing) – Shower

Cottage Bathroom – Shower (En-suite)

Chattel House 1 – Shower (En-suite)

Chattel House 2 – Shower (En-suite)


Butler – 7 days per week




Night Watchman – 7 days per week


Please note there is no Butler and laundress service with the 5 bedroom rate.

Staff work 6 days per week unless specified, excluding Barbados public holidays.





Winter 2024/2025

January 7th – March 22nd
9 bedrooms (up to 18 people)
US$4,600 / £3,710 per night

8 bedrooms (up to 16 people)
US$4,450 / £3,590 per night

7 bedrooms (up to 14 people)
US$4,300 / £3,470 per night

6 bedrooms (up to 12 people)
US$3,900 / £3,145 per night

5 bedrooms (up to 10 people)
US$3,600 / £3,390 per night

Summer 2024/2025

April 7th – November 22nd
9 bedrooms (up to 18 people)
US$3,000 / £2,420 per night

8 bedrooms (up to 16 people)
US$2,900 / £2,340 per night

7 bedrooms (up to 14 people)
US$2,800 / £2,260 per night

6 bedrooms (up to 12 people)
US$2,650 / £2,140 per night

5 bedrooms (up to 10 people)
US$2,450 / £1,980 per night


Christmas & New Year 2024/2025

December 16th – January 10th
9 bedrooms (up to 18 people)
Available on request

Rental Notes

    Rental rates are subject to a 10% Government Accommodation Levy plus a 2.5% Service Fee.

    Minimum stay – 5 nights in Winter, 5 nights in Summer & 14 nights during the Christmas & New Year period.

    Rental rates are fixed in US$.  The GBP£ rates highlighted will fluctuate.  Please contact us for an accurate GBP£ quote.

    Security Deposit – Credit card details are held.  See our Booking Conditions for full details.

    Rates are subject to change at any time.

    Check-in from 3pm | Check-out by 12 noon.

    We cannot offer an early check-in or a late check-out as guests may be leaving/arriving on the same day. 

Nr Speightstown, St. Peter, Barbados West Coast

    Airport – 45 to 50 mins drive

    Beach – You are right there!

    Cobblers Cove Hotel – 1 min walk away

    Holetown – 12 mins drive

    Local & Co Restaurant – 10 mins walk

    Lonestar Restaurant – 5 mins drive

    Royal Westmoreland Golf – 9 mins drive

    Speightstown – 2 mins drive

    Supermarket – 10 mins walk




  • L.P.
    March 2023

    - Amazing stay; the entire experience was magical. The service and the team taking such good care of us were wonderful. I'd love to come back! - Just gorgeous. Terrific staff who helped with all of our needs. Great location and excellent beds. - This place is paradise! We have absolutely loved everything! The staff have been wonderful; food has been fantastic. - The house and staff made it amazing to stay here. Just brilliant! - We had the most amazing time here. Gorgeous house and the brilliant staff and food. - Fantastic place to celebrate our good friends birthday in company with other long term friends. Great staff who have made the stay even more enjoyable. - An absolute heaven on earth. Paradise found at Nelson Gay! We can't wait to come back. Thank you for making our stay so special!

  • T.S.
    February 2023

    Wonderful house, great staff! Loved the magical pool! Meals were amazing. Thank you for sharing it all with us!

  • S.F.
    November 2023

    Amazing week, amazing house, amazing people! The staff were amazing - great memories! It will be sad to leave. We surfed, snorkeled and danced the night away! Thank you to the Nelson Gay owners for opening your home. Cheers from Canada!

  • L.P.
    July 2023

    The stunning location of Nelson Gay has been enhanced by the excellent staff, for whom nothing has been too much trouble. We've enjoyed our stay here.

  • Dollar Party
    June 2023

    My family of 15 stayed at Nelson Gay in June. The ages of my family ranged from 80 years old to 13 months old. My mother has some mobility issues but she managed perfectly at this home and we even managed to get her into the ocean. The beach in front of the house was great for kids and did NOT have any seaweed. It was mostly sandy, hardly any waves and it was great for snorkeling. The staff definitely made our stay very memorable. They all went out of their way to ensure that we had everything that we needed.

  • T P
    September 2023

    The home, the staff, the location all add up to an extraordinary holiday. My family and I enjoyed two magical weeks at Nelson Gay, the crystal blue waters on the gardens doorsteps were impossible to resist every morning. The food and service of the Team on site were excellent! Overall an amazing time for all of us, and we will definitely return.

  • Steph K
    August 2023

    We had a fabulous holiday at Nelson Gay in August. We were celebrating 2 big birthdays and could not have had a better time. The staff were attentive and friendly. Making every minute enjoyable for all guests age - 10 months to 70 years old. Nelson Gay is a perfect family vacation, a place where memories are made.

  • K F
    August 2023

    Our recent stay at Nelson Gay with 12 of our good friends was specatular! The property is beautifully cared for by an attentive and excellent staff. The pool and grounds are lovely and we loved the monkey who visited us now and again! The food was terrfic and it was fun making selections with the chefs. We rented a paddle board and kayaks and really loved the beach area. Every need was attended to and we all the THE BEST time.....We will be back!

  • J S
    November 2022

    Everything was just so fabulous - we loved every minute of it. All the staff were delightful and made the stay perfect. The views and setting of the villa were out of this world. We were expecting an element of ‘faded glory’ and to be sure it is not one of those super glitzy villas, but that was really nice as we became absorbed in the history and charm of the villa. Thanks so much for finding the villa for us, we feel really lucky!

  • C S
    November 2022

    We had an absolutely amazing stay at Nelson Gay and would thoroughly recommend it for a special family holiday. Thank you so much for all your assistance with the arrangements.


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