Spotlight: Chattel Houses

Growing up in the Caribbean these houses were a common sight, but I never knew the history behind themDSC_0350-1024x680

Chattel houses, which is a Bajan term for these houses, were built for ease of transport. where ever the former slaves could find work they would simply pick up and move….literally, the houses were built without nails and could be disassembled easily. They were placed on bricks (which also went along when they moved)

Chattel house in Falmouth Jamaica

They are less common now as the houses do not stand up well in hurricane season. In Jamaica the rural communities have more chattel houses than in the urbanised areas but many are derelict. DSC_0362-1024x680

Today  people have added on additional rooms (and they are anchored with nails now of course)

What it would have looked like


Personally I think Barbados has some of the most unusual and beautiful ones!


Many have been repurposed into shops


Former house turned barber shop



I would love to see the reemergence of these houses as they bring a quaint charm to any community especially if they are painted in vibrant colors




To see and learn more about chattel houses please visit Chattel House website! they are on a mission to preserve these houses,now this is a movement that I will gladly join.



images courtesy of Island Villas and Inside Journey and Jess Weikel on Pinterest

Butler’s House and Cottage, St. Kitts and Nevis

I have a thing for historic buildings, so you will undoubtedly see more properties like this one


Butler’s  is a historic great house that sits upon 6 acres of a former plantation on a hill that overlooks the sea.


The House accommodates 10 persons (six adults and 4 children) whats great about it is that the house can only be rented by one party at a time so there is no sharing with other guests.

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The pool and gardens are all yours to explore


You can chit-chat with the gardener or the cook that are provided for your stay and the usual amenities are included


  • Laundry
  • Cable and wi-fi
  • Books and media

The island of Nevis is small enough to do much exploring without going too far from your accommodation so the wi-fi and cable TV should take the back burner (you can tell I’m not a fan of lying around while on vacation!)


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I need this house in my life!

Check out this video showing the beauty of this place


Please check the availability of the house before booking your flight! there is not a onine Calender listing the available dates but you can immediately find what you need here

there is a part II for this place and you’ll see why!



Images courtesy of Butler’s House site