House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5 )
About Joanne Lighthizer
Your host Joanne Lighthizer is a Canadian who has lived in Antigua for 30 Years, at present she is growing organic greens to supply the yacht chefs and restaurants. Having had a restaurant here for 12 of those years she loves meeting new people and helping them feel at home and guides them to making the most of their visit to this beautiful island.
Joanne Lighthizer purchased this House in 2001
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As we drove up the driveway we were a bit unsure as it was a bit rough, but once we stepped inside the gates our jaw hit the floor. The entire setup is beyond belief, it is as if you had your own resort just to yourself! I can not say enough about how great the place was. Joanne is always available without being intrusive. I will 100% return here and wish I was there now!
Wonderful stay in Antigua
Bamboo Gardens is an idyllic spot. The large porch looks out on a fantastic garden and pristine swimming pool. (The jasmine was just coming into bloom when we were there and the fragrance was lovely).The rooms are nicely furnished with comfortable beds in each of the two bedrooms. The kitchen is adequately equipped for cooking (and grilling outside) which is good since restaurants in the area are somewhat pricey. Finding the place for the first time was somewhat challenging but when we arrived Joanne had left a pitcher of delicious rum punch and a platter of hummus, crackers and fruit. Joanne was very friendly and very knowledgable about the island. The humming bird feeder on the porch attracts lots of humming and other pretty birds. The local tortoise population provides for an unusual but efficient food scrap disposal.
A little piece of heaven.
Everything that everyone has written about Bamboo Garden is true but even better. We are two older, very active cousins from New England, and we have fallen in love with the house and the island. It really is the perfect place. An oasis of beauty and relaxation. Joanne has created a little piece of heaven. The house is charming, great kitchen,
Beds, and the porch is where you will want to spend your time. We felt very safe on the island and drove everywhere. Catherine’s beach restaurant is a must. I can’t think of a more wonderful spot for relaxing or adventure. Zip lining was a hoot.
Thank you ladies for the review and sharing Bamboo Garden. It was a pleasure meeting you both and I look forward to seeing you again.
All the best
An oasis of tranquility on a fabulous island
We were two couples, staying in the two bedroom property for a week in February - our second visit to Antigua but our friends' first visit. Bamboo Garden is set back from the main road along a fairly bumpy track (not untypical for the island - don't expect perfectly surfaced roads anywhere and especially on side roads!). We had a rented Jeep for the week so it was no problem to drive, but we also walked to and from the property several times - take a torch if intending to walk in the dark.
The property itself is set within large and totally secure gardens which Joanne, the owner, has created over the past few decades and are absolutely stunning. Most of the garden and certainly the house is beautifully shady and therefore relatively cool, but there is always a spot around the pool to sunbathe in. The small pool is lovely and clean. The setting is so tranquil, the night air is filled with only the wonderful sounds of the local tree frogs and other wildlife. The house itself is fabulous - clean, homely, well-equipped and there was a delicious welcome platter, some cold beers and a jug of rum punch in the fridge for our arrival!
Both bedrooms had ceiling fans and these were quite adequate to keep the bedrooms cool - likewise the living room. The verandah was a perfect place to eat meals, relax and chat or lie on the hammock with a book. Joanne lives on the first floor and was often available to offer advice about anything we needed. The pet tortoises and Joanne's dogs were charming and the dogs (mostly in the separate self-contained garden) were an extra security reassurance.
There are some restaurants/bars within easy walking distance (Papa's by the Sea is fabulous), but the walk into English Harbour where most bars and restaurants are is about a 20-30 minute walk - and that feels further in the heat of the day. A taxi for 4 into EH was ECD $20 each way, so not very expensive. Buses also seem to take you anywhere you want.
Joanne was a great hostess, communication was excellent, the property fabulous and the garden just divine. We loved our stay here and thoroughly recommend this holiday accommodation. Thanks for having us, Joanne!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, much appreciated.
I look forward to seeing you both again next season.
All the best Joanne
A nice retreat in Falmouth Harbour
Joanne has worked hard to make the house, grounds and pool area very welcoming. This is the first Caribbean island that I visited that air conditioning was not needed to sleep at night. The house is close to the Falmouth Harbour area, which has plenty of restaurant options. There are two local grocery stores that have staples, but I recommend using one of the larger grocery stores on your way in from the airport. Darkwood Beach is the best on the island and an easy drive. Locals are very friendly. There is an ice cream place 5 minutes away.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Its nice to know that you were cool enough in the house to not have to use the air-conditioner.
Sounds also like you got to know Falmouth Harbour and found beautiful Darkwood beach, always a favorite. All the best. Joanne
Beautiful gardens, comfortable house, great pool, nice location, great host.
Joanne does a really nice job creating a great experience for visitors to Antigua. Her property is beautiful, and creates a very peaceful setting for a really relaxing vacation experience. She was also around to provide helpful tips for us on things to see and places to eat etc...
The house was very clean and comfortable. The garden is really amazing, with a lot of beautiful palms and flowing plants - attracting birds and coqui frogs that make soothing peeping sounds at night. The pool on the property was nice - partially shapes by the garden trees and with clean lovely water.
To rent this place, I would strongly recommend renting a car, as there is a lot to see in the southern part of the island, but some of the beaches and things to see are a mile or two away (or more). There is a small market store and a few restaurants within walking distance, but having a rental car opened up a lot more for us to see in the Falmouth/English Harbour area.
Overall, I think this may not be the place for some people who want the "all-inclusive resort" experience, but for us - this was a much better experience. It made us feel more like we could pretend that we lived on the island for a week - a delightful slice of paradise. We would happily go back and rent this place again. I felt that the price was very reasonable for what we got.