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|Carib House: New Listing|
Price: $US 3.4 Mil
No. of Bedrooms: 5
|The Carib House
The Carib House is set within almost two acres of mature landscaped grounds above Falmouth Harbour on the south coast of Antigua. As you drive up, the house is barely visible among all the tropical greenery, which is so profuse that it soon becomes apparent that plants and gardening are something of a passion. The villa is ideal for discerning guests looking for somewhere to escape the humdrum and to enjoy a relaxed, natural environment, with every modern convenience to hand.
The house eventually reveals itself as you drive up through the gardens. It is painted in bright yellow and deep blue, which curiously happen to be the colors of the house namesake, Carib Beer. To enter you climb a flight of stone stairs, where a beautiful sago palm placed dead centre has matured into a natural umbrella, making for an unusual entranceway. Inside, the foyer has been elegantly furnished in traditional plantation style and has a bed of exotic plants that partially screen the main living room, which is heart of the villa. This room is large and has a wonderful, welcoming glow about it, mainly due to the use of Trinidadian mahogany, in the lofty beams in the roof, the door frames and shutters to the veranda, and because of the natural limestone floors. Interestingly there are only four panes of glass in the whole property (in the office and the balcony doors of the master bedroom). Instead there are wooden shutters which allow the air to circulate through the villa, which itself has been positioned to take full advantage of the natural breeze. There is no air-conditioning.
The 'Great Room has a very nicely furnished sitting area with luxurious upholstered sofas and a coffee table fashioned out of the side of an old Balinese ox cart. Tucked into a corner is an entertainment centre, a TV with satellite service, a VCR and multiplayer with DVD/CD/MP3 which pipes music outside. On the side overlooking the sea a run of huge doors folds back to reveal the L-shaped veranda, enabling you to keep an eye on what is going on outside, including the pool area, from inside. On one side of the Great Room a large cupboard houses a selection of books, videos and board games, plus table tennis bats. A beautiful, full size, oak pool table converts into a huge dining table which can seat up to fourteen comfortably for formal dinners, or as a third option converts to table tennis. The kitchen, located at the other end of the Great Room, is extremely well equipped and rather special, perfect for those who would like to cook while remaining at the heart of things. It is reminiscent of a country kitchen, with an overhead pot hanger adapted to the tropics, and it features a varnished mahogany, oval-shaped cooking station which also serves as a breakfast bar. An adjoining room houses two large fridge/freezer units and the laundry equipment.
Outside, the large veranda is partially covered and has the same polished limestone floor, making it almost a continuation of the villa’s living space. One section, facing Falmouth Harbour, has a day bed, hammocks and some rattan furniture. Beyond here is a casual dining area, with an Indonesian teak table that can seat six. It has great views onto both Falmouth Harbour and Turtle Bay. Farther round is a very comfortable, casual sitting area with rattan furnishings and deep cushioned banana leaf sofas, and another teak dining table which seats ten. Then finally, back at the kitchen end, there is a large charcoal grill with an overhead copper hood built into the wall, and a wet bar next to the pool. Here the veranda leads straight out to the sizeable pool and its sundeck built of local stone. Around the pool is a series of stone terraces cut into the hillside that can be used for sun bathing. And set in the middle of the swimming pool is an island surrounded by a shallow shelf, which is great for lolling in. At the far end of the pool is a gazebo which is used for relaxing and as a further dining area. The views from the terrace are splendid. As well as taking in Turtle Bay, on a clear day the view carries to the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe. Facing south west, the sunsets here are fantastic.
There are currently five bedrooms at the Carib House. The three main bedrooms are located off the foyer, and have cool Italian terracotta tiles. Two of them have twin beds, one of which converts to a king if required, and one of the bedrooms has a small study corner with WiFi - now available throughout the villa. These two bedrooms both have ceiling fans, and share a family bathroom featuring a large open shower with local greenstone floor. The Master bedroom has a king size oak bed and two sets of double doors that open out to a private balcony overlooking Falmouth Harbour. It has a ceiling fan and an en suite bathroom featuring a beautifully made inlaid hardwood bench and a large open greenstone shower.
Above the main house, accessed by a pathway from the pool terrace, is a charming cottage built of wood in chattel house style. It has a narrow covered veranda on two sides with lovely views onto the bay, and it features a king size, wrought iron, four poster bed and en suite stone shower. The fifth bedroom is located at garden level and is built under the corner of the main veranda. It is accessed from the main terrace via a stone stairway or through the gardens from the drive. It is completely private and has a covered terra cotta tiled terrace for dining and relaxing, with wicker and hardwood 'planters chairs and the same mahogany doors that lead into the bedroom. There is a queen size wrought iron bed and an en suite bathroom with shower attached. The cottage also has a separate fully equipped, compact kitchen with large gas cooker, double sink, a small fridge, pots and pans, electric kettle and a kettle for the gas hob, crockery and some glasses.
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