Nelson Gay

Caribbean / Barbados / Speightstown

A stay at Nelson Gay unveils six decades of charm and sophistication presented over 1.5 acres of mature and immaculately lush gardens.

up to 9
up to 18
from 5
Min. Nights


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 turtle 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!

Included in the nine bedrooms are 5 ensuite bedrooms in the main house, one in a guest cottage and three charming chattel houses in the garden. In the main house, the master bedroom adjoins a large bathroom and another four poster bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Two bedrooms allow for walking access between eachother through the bathrooms or can be locked off for privacy, great for families who want to remain connected. One of these bedrooms enjoys a garden patio for relaxing in privacy. The fifth bedroom is located near the kitchen with a tranquil garden patio. The guest cottage is located to the south of the main house from a walking path through the garden and the chattel house is located in the garden facing the pool and two near the entrance to the property.

Further outside is an additional charming chattel house with ensuite 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 prior to arrival.


9 Bedrooms, 9.5 Bathrooms

Sleeps 18 Guests

  • Bedrooms
  • Cook - provides 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Golf Nearby
  • Wi-Fi
  • Watersports by Request
  • Snorkels and Masks
  • Laundress
  • Butler
  • Gardener
  • Night Watchman
  • Open-Air Gym
  • Hairdryer
  • Security Safe
  • Alfresco Dining Table - 6 Seats
  • Alfresco Dining Table - 14 Seats
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Alexa
  • Security Safes
  • Media Room
  • Books
  • Cable TV
  • Stereo
  • Sonos System
  • Netflix and Amazon Prime Video Access
  • Ping Pong
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Water Volleyball
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Shower
  • Writing Desk
  • Pickleball Court


Bedroom Details

Main House
Bedroom One: King Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower
Bedroom Two: King Bed, Shared Bathroom with Media Room with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower
Bedroom Three: Queen Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Tub/Shower Combo
Bedroom Four: Two Twin Beds, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Tub/Shower Combo
Bedroom Five: Queen Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower
Bedroom Six/Media Room (recommended for small children): Two Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom with Bedroom Two with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower

Guest Cottage
Bedroom Seven: King Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower

Chattel Houses
Bedroom Eight: King Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower
Bedroom Nine: King Bed, Ensuite Bathroom with Single Vanity, Toilet, and Shower

Beach Details

Beachfront - Godings Bay
Mullins Beach: 10 minute walk
Heywoods Beach: 5 minute drive
Sandy Lane Beach: 15 minute drive
Paynes Bay Beach: 20 minute drive

Pool Details

Private 50ft x 12ft swimming pool with Italian mosaic tiles. The pool can be heated on request for an additional charge.

Staff and Services

Cook - prepares 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Night Watchman

Location Details

Bridgetown Heliport: 35 minute drive
Holetown: 15 minute drive
Bridgetown: 35 minute drive
Folkestone Marine Park & Visitors' Centre: 10 minute drive
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre: 15 minute drive
Apes Hill Barbados Golf Resort and Community: 10 minute drive
Sandy Lane Country Club: 20 minute drive

Villa Notes

Children are welcome
Nelson Gay is a great villa for weddings
An extra charge of US $750 per week will apply for staffing for any groups exceeding 12 adults

Rates and Availability

Tax Service Charge Details*
Rental Rates are nightly and are subject to 10% Shared Economy Levy + 2.5% Service Fee

Nightly rates are for accommodations only and do not include food and beverage, unless expressly stated. A security deposit is taken at  the time of final payment.

Additional single beds can be added to the main house - at an extra charge - to increase capacity for families. In addition, the two Chattel Houses can be used to accommodate four extra guests at an additional $100 per bedroom, per night.

Prices quoted are based on two persons per room (i.e., the six-bedroom rate is for 12 people). Additional guests over the age of 12 will incur an extra weekly staff charge of $300 per week.
Security Deposit Details
Accidental Damage Waiver
A $199 Accidental Damage Waiver applies to every reservation.
Minimum Stay Details
5 nights minimum during High/Low Seasons; 14 nights minimum during Christmas/New Year's - Minimum night stay may vary by villa. Please contact a villa specialist to confirm



David H.
Ideal spot for a family vacation and celebration. We had a marvelous nearly two weeks with 17 of our family at this beautiful property. It is located on the water but also has its own pool. Our group ranged in age from 2 to 76 with 8 children and 9 adults and everyone loved it. Everyone had plenty of room. The rooms were crystal clean and very comfortable. The staff was outstanding. Billie our Butler made amazing Rum Punch and met our every request with a smile and prompt delivery. We planned meals with the Cooks Tyrone and Winston and were elated with their recommendations. We had fresh fish galore, many local Bajan dishes and marvelous breakfasts meeting our vegetarian, no-pork desires for a few of our members.
Shauntell, our head Housekeeper was loving and funny and so professional. The kids loved her and she filled in for Billie on his days off. Carol kept all our rooms neat and beds made fresh daily. Kerry protected the place overnight and cleaned the pool each morning before the kids arose. Ksree kept the beautiful grounds immaculate and gave us botanical tours of the gorgeous property. We hired a steel band player one night which really added to the ambiance of the vacation spot. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and two birthdays while we were there. The cake the cooks delivered was beautiful. The owner called one evening to check that all was satisfactory. I appreciated that he really cared. All in all it was a magical time. In spite of COVID protocols to follow we felt safe and thoroughly enjoyed the easy walks to Speightston for local treats.
I encourage anyone reading to come enjoy the same experience we had. We plan to return.

Villa information may change without notice and should be confirmed with our villa rental specialists.