The Hermitage slumbers on several acres of stone terraces, with pastel guest cottages scattered among fruit trees fringed with tropical flowers . The individual cottages circle the 340-year old Great House, the social center of the plantation . The intimate Great Room (as with all the rooms and guest cottages) is furnished with antiques and period furnishings from old family collections . The bar, dining rooms and dining verandah offer service from early morning until late evening . There is a crystal clear freshwater pool and spacious sun terrace set in the landscaped gardens extending to more than eight acres . <br><br>Dining is almost the social event of the day . The Hermitage cooks are unrivaled, particularly under the direction of Maureen Lupinacci and her 30 years of entertaining in the West Indies . One of their secrets is to use the best quality ingredients available . To be sure of the quality, most is produced on the plantation including home-reared pork and lamb . Much of the fruit comes from its own trees and the herbs from the kitchen garden . Fresh fish, conch and lobster are obtained from neighborly fishermen and all of the baking, ice cream, desserts, jellies and jams are homemade . <br><br>On site there is a hard tennis court (with equipment), trail riding on horseback, carriage rides through historic Gingerland, nature walks and history hikes . For the child in everyone there is the farmyard with the plantation's pigs, sheep, ducks, peacocks, chickens and horses of all ages, shapes and sizes . <br><br>Accommodations at The Hermitage are in cottages of historical and architectural interest . Every bedroom has an heirloom canopy bed, antique and period furnishing, and full bath with showers and tubs . All rooms have unique and charming views from their private porches . Amenities within each cottage include direct-dial telephones, in-room safes, ceiling fans, refrigerators, irons and ironing boards, tea and coffee making facilities . All prices include Afternoon Tea .
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