Architect: Alistair Downie
Caribbean House, St James, Barbados
From approx £6,125
Sitting on a ridge above the West coast of Barbados with dramatic views out to the ocean, this property is a stunning Caribbean retreat.
The house was conceived by the owners in collaboration with architect Alistair Downie and completed in 2012. The interiors were designed by the owners and include bespoke stonework, one-off pieces and design classics. It is quite unique in Barbados, eschewing the prevailing executive-style home for something more akin to Brazilian Tropical Modernism.
There are four bedrooms with beds for eight people. There are three bathrooms, an outdoor shower and a service kitchen and utility room. The dramatic double-height living space and a wall of glass maximise the stunning views of the extensive outdoor terraces and pool, and further beyond across a protected, mahogany tree-filled gully to the Caribbean sea.
Externally, the property is surrounded by gardens that have been planted with indigenous species of palms, lilies, bougainvillea and many flowering shrubs. In addition to the pool and terraces, there is a large roof terrace and mezzanine study area with stunning views. Measuring half an acre, the garden is accessed via a large and secure gate and has parking for several cars.
St James is widely considered as the jewel in the crown of Barbados, with unmatched white sandy beaches, high end hotels and food that ranges from world class restaurants to makeshift food stalls serving delicious local fare.
Other attractions and local activities include watersports, horse riding, the farmers market at Holders, golf at Sandy Lane and Westmoreland, gully walks and stunning beaches.
Flight to Barbados Airport. Bus or private car to the property.
10 Jan-16 Apr £1,250 per night (min seven nights)
17 Apr-12 Nov £875 per night (min five nights)
13 Nov-17 Dec £1,250 per night (min seven nights)
18 Dec-14 Jan £2,100 per night
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