Eco-Friendly Caribbean Villa, Stunning Views, Tropical Gardens & Pristine Pool
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Ocean Breeze Villa is perched on Spring Hill on the Atlantic side of the island. The villa overlooks lush flower gardens and tropical fruit trees that gradually blend into the natural island flora. From the various terraces you see coconut palm groves and the two scenic bays of Spring and Industry. Beyond these, gorgeous panoramic views open toward the ocean and outlying islands.
In keeping with Caribbean style, the house has an open layout; with the French doors ajar in the living room and bedrooms, it lives up to its name as refreshing ocean breezes blow throughout. One of the highlights of the house is the expansive wraparound covered porch. In fact, you may find that you never want to leave the panoramic views and soothing breezes on the porch. The house features three bedrooms with private baths, a fully equipped kitchen and an open living and dining area.
Major villa attractions are the outdoor solar-powered Jacuzzi and the spectacular pool, with its large portico, a gazebo for shade lovers, a barbecue and a bar—an ideal setting for grownups and children of all ages. Why spend your vacation in a hotel when you can enjoy an affordable home away from home in complete luxury at the Ocean Breeze Villa?
Details of the house and gardens:
The upper story comprises the living room and kitchen, flanked on either side by two bedrooms. Bedrooms have French doors that open to the east towards the Ocean, infusing the rooms with morning light. An attractive architectural feature is the wraparound veranda’s post-and-beam structure. Precious Caribbean green heart, combined with a varnished wood ceiling, provide an old-world flair. Add to this the authentic Bequia stone facing of the walls, the frieze of Turkish tiles and the white lacquer of the French doors, and you get a sense of the eclectic, inviting style that is the calling card of Ocean Breeze House. Every detail receives meticulous care by the owners and the house managers, Jo and Allan, who live next door and keep things in order year-round.
Stepping out of the living room, there is a sitting area with comfortable teak chairs and coffee table. To the left, under one of the pyramid roofs, is a wrought-iron glass-topped table for your morning coffee. The area is partially glassed-in to keep the occasional rain at bay. At night, it’s an inviting spot for dining al fresco. An overhead candelabra, terracotta wall sconces and candles provide a cozy ambiance. Not to mention the moon and stars.
At the opposite end of the veranda, shielded by the twin pyramid roof, you’ll find deck chairs, a hammock and game or (if you must) work table. The veranda offers beauty, rest and shelter all day long.
Inside, you’ll find a comfortable seating area with rattan chair and sofa that converts to a pullout bed for an extra guest. There is a dining table of precious Guyanese walnut surrounded by teak chairs with local canvas cushions. A Tiffany-style lamp give a special appeal to the dining area. The brand-new kitchen, though small, has all necessary appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave, gas stove, and refridgerator. The Caribbean cherry cabinets were made by a local craftsman. The counter top is granite. Dishware includes a contemporary stone service for breakfast and more formal Bohemian porcelain for your own pleasure or for entertaining guests.
Works by local artists adorn the combined living-dining room, including a spectacular staue of a Pelikan, and paintings by Lucy Quashie (whose gallery is worth visiting), along with imported Turkish and Portuguese artwork.
On the middle level, you’ll find a veranda with Jacuzzi, a set of Adirondack chairs and another seating area. The door at the far end leads to the third air-conditioned bedroom with bath and kitchenette , an attractive option for additional members of your party, or a practical solution for an accompanying nanny. Another wrap-around balcony opens views to a different panorama and makes for spectacular star-gazing.
All three bedrooms feature queen-size beds and mosquito nets. The house features two washing machines and a dryer, as well as an overflow refrigerator for any additional food and beverages you may have.
On the lower level, stop for a moment to admire the unique circular staircase, the new Bequia sandstone veneer on the walls and of course the plentiful flowers. Walking down a flight of stairs, brings you to the oval swimming pool, a shady gazebo perfect for a light lunch, and chaise lounges for sunbathing (don’t forget your sunscreen!). A fridge dispenses cool beverages and a gas grill can be called upon for hamburgers or local fish. Walking down another flight, you’ll find a great spot for reading a book or meditating under the mango tree.
Bequia’s reputation as a safe destination is well deserved. Ocean Breeze House is equipped with a security alarm system (seldom used). Additionally, two safes are available.
Various pool and beach toys are on-hand. A 14-foot Laser sailboat is available to certified sailors and requires written indemnification.
Ocean Breeze House aspires to be energy self-sufficient. We make extensive use of solar energy both in the house and to run the swimming pool, an air conditioner, and the Jacuzzi, as well as to provide hot water. The gardens use recycled water, collected roadside and distributed by an elaborate underground irrigation system. Guests are invited to contribute to this eco-awareness by conserving water and electricity.
Ocean Breeze House has a music system for your iPod or CDs and has Wi-Fi to meet your Internet and Skype needs.
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- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
- All three bedrooms have large closets, a dresser with mirror, chairs, a small table, and suitcase stand. Master bedroom and guest bedroom 1 have inbuilt safes. Quiet ceiling fans are provided for your comfort. Queen-size beds can be screened with mosquito-net. Guest bedroom 2 is air-conditioned & has has small kitchenette. All 3 bedrooms & baths are freshly renovated....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Master bathroom has modern glassed-in shower, a large varnished vanity with mirror, wall-shelves. Hair dryer is provided. The guest bedroom 1 has shower with designer curtain, a pedestal sink and wall shelves for clothes and towels. The guest bathroom 2 is similar in appointment to guest bathroom 1....moreless
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- Health/Beauty Spa
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- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
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- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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Landline for local and international service is available, as is a cellphone for local use. International phone charges are responsibility of guests. Due to the high cost we urge guests to use SKYPE...moreless
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There are balconies everywhere that capture stunning views of the surroundings. Of special note, no nearby houses intrude on the panoramic scenery. The brilliant night sky invites star-gazing....moreless
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Apr 15 - Oct 8, 2016
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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- Taxes Not included
one third at booking time, 2/3 at arrival. Payment options are certified bank check or cash
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Scuba diving is a must on Bequia. The Island maintains a protected UNDERSEA PARK featuring all level of skills ranging from shallow dives for beginners to 200 foot drops along 'the Wall' for seasoned divers, all of these super exciting. The PADI dive shops are great! Snorkeling on the Reefs is an exciting alternative to Scuba.
Bequia is also a sailing haven. We have a small LASER to explore Admiral's Bay, or you can hire on on a trip to the Grenadine Keys on the authentic Schooner FRIENDSHIP ROSE.
Year Purchased: 1998
About: Grandfather is a Scientist, grandmother a Psychologist. Father teaches English, and Mother is a Journalist. Children ( 7 and 5) enjoy 2nd grade and Kindergarten, respectively. Grandmother is a serious gardener, whereas grandfather’s hobby is woodworking, skills that are useful for maintaining the Ocean Breeze House in impeccable order. Increasingly they are eco-conscious, having installed solar power to run house, pool, Jacuzzi and lately air conditioning in bedroom # 3. To conserve precious water, the pool is filled with 2/3 rain water and 1/3 sea water. Hundreds of feet of underground drip irrigation nurture the tropical gardens. The owners are good friends with Allan and Jo Gabriel, the British couple living uphill who serve as year-round managers. They frequently travel to Bequia for relaxing holidays, where 'relaxation' often includes varnishing the teak furniture or re-decorating the house. For that purpose, they collect artworks from local artists.
Why Spring Bay:
After vacationing on several Caribbean islands we discovered Bequia on a sailing trip. With its natural beauty and charm, its lively tradition as a sailing and scuba diving center and the preservation of genuine Caribbean life it was the perfect match for us. Ten years of return trips brought us closer to the Bequian people, and eventually led us to buy property and to build our house. As so often happens, our initially modest house morphed over the years to a luxury villa. Acquisition of adjacent land protects us against future intrusive development, preserving the spectacular views, and at the same time providing space for a magnificent pool & sundeck. Since houses fare poorly when not lived in we decided to rent the villa, and to share its beauty with guests. Recovering some of the maintenance expenses is also a motif. Guest who stayed at Ocean Breeze were all happy. One couple from England who come every January for the past 15 years had adopted the place as their own until advancing age made the trip too arduous. The testimonies of guests are our best calling card.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Any house is only as good as the people who care for it. We already told you that we, the owners, travel three times a year to Bequia, not a big deal from New York with several choices of direct flights to Barbados, and a connecting flight to Bequia by SVG AIR. Thus, we can keep an eye on the property. More importantly though are our caretakers. We are lucky to have: Jo Gabriel, who manages the household and the books; Allan Gabriel who maintains the gardens and pool, and arranges for general upkeep and repairs of the property. Alma, who comes twice a week (or more often if you like) to clean up and do your laundry; Garth and Bobu, who keep the gardens in luscious beauty. Less visible, but no less important, are other elves. To name a few: Curtis, or his wife Sandra, who meet you at the airport; Doris, who runs a food emporium and knows all about wines; Dive-Master Bob Sachs who will guide you on an unforgettable undersea tour.
- Primary: 12127598861
- Secondary: +1784 4573092 conncets to Mrs. Gabriel
- Fax: +1784 4573092 connects to Mrs.Gabriel
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View from the house towards Industry Bay; nary another house in sight.
Upper Veranda Ocean Breeze Villa incarnate, our favorite place
Living Room with Dining Table in the background
Master bedroom suite
Third bedroom with balcony on the lower level
Dining table with bohemian glass and porcellain
Riots of Color
Can't get better than that
View from the Gazebo to pool and deck
Entrance to Ocean Breeze Villa
Sunrise from the upper veranda
Kitchen: newly furbished with granite top & wood cabinets; small but efficient
Elegantly appointed master bath
Mirror adorned with shells by local artist
Alma, our trusted maid.
View from the Villa towards the pool and the Atlantik
Swimming Pool & Gazebo. The seawater-freshwater mix is skin- and eye- friendly
Jacuzzi with spectacular views, and solar heating of course.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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