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Cliffhanger Cottage was designed, built and loved by Peter Fernandez, the voice of Speed Racer in the original anime TV show. Situated in a National Park, the cottage is perched on a mountain high above the Caribbean Sea. There is a constant breeze and the views are stunning. To the east is Falmouth Harbor, to the south an exotic hillside garden and the open sea, to the west, the headlands and the island of Montserrat with its occasional volcanic activity. To the north, mountains tumble to the sea. All this is visible from the three sided deck. Visitors tell us that we have “the best view in the Caribbean.”
The house is on two levels. The top level has a well-equipped kitchen, living room with marble floors, large deck and master bedroom with a double four poster bed. Off the master bedroom is a bathroom and large shower open to the sea.
The lower level is very private with its own deck and a bedroom with twin beds together, comprising a king sized bed. This room has the option of air conditioning or doors open to the sea, garden and deck. Across the deck is a large bathroom with shower and more views to the sea. On a third level is an additional shady deck built especially for Yoga.
We designed our eco-friendly cottage to function off the grid. It runs on solar power and rain water from a cistern, leaving no carbon footprint. The house has cell phone signal but no internet access. Off the grid, you will be truly able to relax into the rhythms of the sea, the breeze, and the tropical birds. Should you need email or internet, free Wi-Fi is a ten-minute drive away at the Sea Breeze Cafe, next to the Antigua Yacht Club.
Cliffhanger is perfect for hikers. Guides can be arranged through our friend Dassa of Footsteps Hiking. A 45 minute walk to the beautiful Rendezvous Beach begins in the garden. Another path goes down steps to private rock pools. Occasionally Humpback whales can be sighted just offshore from the deck. At certain times of the year Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the deserted beaches nearby. Frigate birds and brown pelicans soar past at eye level.
A short distance away is the Spring Hill Caribbean Equestrian Center where horseback rides can be arranged to Rendezvous Beach. Ten minutes away, the villages of Falmouth and English Harbour offer all amenities plus dive shops. A short distance over the hill is the beautiful Pigeon Beach. Sailing can be arranged at the Antigua Yacht Club, even lessons for beginners.
Many simply unwind, unable to leave the deck and its views. The sound of the sea is always in your ear, joined by tree frogs at night. In addition to the daytime views and the magnificent sunset, the night sky with all the constellations reveals itself with perfect clarity, unmarred by light pollution from other houses.
If however, you get the urge to leave the deck for a bit of night life, Falmouth and and English Harbour offer every kind of restaurant from gourmet to local cooking. After dinner, dance the night away to excellent reggae bands.
In the garden you may find two friendly feline lodgers named Tom and Jasper. They may be a bit shy at first.
Here are some excerpts from our guestbook:
“Another wedding on your deck—seems to be the house of happiness.”
“We liked it so much we got married on your deck. We are still talking about your fantastic house in the sky.”
March posting by Antigua's environmental group.
'Yes, it’s that time of year again and there are whales aplenty being sighted on a daily basis in our waters.'
During April's Classic Regatta and Sailing Week, racing yachts tack right below the house.
Canopy Double bed, full mosquito netting, adjoins shower...moreless
Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single
Twin beds can be consolidated into King-sized bed...moreless
Master bedroom features four-poster mahogany double bed and canopy swathed in mosquito netting, ceiling fan, two full sized closets with plenty of hanging and shelf space. Marble floors. Master bedroom integrated into the adjacent large shower room with outfacing Bermuda shutters. Open them wide and you can see the stunning views over to Rendezvous Beach and the Parkland mountains. Guest bedroom features king-sized bed draped with full mosquito netting, two large closets small desk. Ceramic tile floors, Air-Conditioning. Opens onto lower deck and gardens with charming yellow Alamanda flower trellis running along deck....moreless
Upper bathroom features imported marble vanity top, non-slip ceramic tile floors, full-length mirror. This bathroom is integrated into the large adjoining shower room. The shower features both a rain-shower ceiling shower and a hand-held shower wand. Hot and cold water. As mentioned, the outfacing Bermuda shutters can be opened to create a completely private open wall looking directly out to the ocean and the sunset views. A little laundry line strung outside the shower room provides an easy place to dry your suit and beachwear....moreless
Weekly housekeeping is included for cleaning and change of linen. Manager lives very nearby....moreless
High Season Nov 15 - May 15, 2015 6 night min stay
Summer Season Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2015 6 night min stay
My Standard Rate 6 night min stay
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$300 deposit required upon booking; balance is due 30 days before the stay
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Our house is a ten-minute drive from English harbor, shopping, restaurants, and bars, including Nelson's Dockyard, and the Antigua Yacht Club. Down the road is the Spring Hill riding stables, and a 45 minute hike away is Rendezvous Beach.
Year Purchased: 1988
About: My late husband Peter Fernandez and I designed this house in 1988 in the classic Caribbean style, and had it built by the locally-renowned Scottish architect, Eric Smith. This has been our secluded family get-away as our children grew up. We come down from New York for total relaxation, to get away from the harsh winters and the fast pace of the entertainment business.
Why Falmouth Harbour: Visitors tell us this house has 'the best view in the Caribbean.' the hammock on the front deck is a classic. To the east you can see Shirley heights and all the sailing yachts in English harbor, while to the west is the untouched rendezvous beach. Straight ahead is the island of Montserrat with its volcanic activity clearly visible from our decks. The house itself is comfortable, elegant, and perfectly nestled into the mountain.
The Unique Benefits at this House: This home is truly off the grid, away from the hustle and bustle of the regular world. Besides the views, the sound-scape of the breaking waves, the tropical birds, and the tree frogs, create a natural rhythm that is unforgettable. It is perfect for those who want a writer's retreat
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