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Delightful Garden Hideaway with Lovely Views Over the Bay

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Sapodilla is a charming stone clad cottage situated in a two acre garden on a hillside overlooking Falmouth & English Harbours. The owner built the original house 48 years ago and Sapodilla is her guest cottage set below the pool in a very private part of the garden. The garden is filled with indigenous trees and flowers with many palms and several fish ponds. The palm fringed pool, set away from the main house offers calm and privacy and lovely views. The garden is filled with birds, especially the three varieties of hummingbirds busy working away at the many flowers. There is a feeder hanging on the veranda for closer observation.

Springhill has 3/4 electricity provided by solar panels, and collects most of its water from rainfall. The pool has a salt water system. Water is also heated by solar power. The cottage has its own Eco garbage and compost buckets, both emptied for you by the maid or the owners.

Maid service is between 2 or 3 times a week by the guest's choice at no extra charge.. We try to live an Eco life and leave few footprints on our beautiful island.

There are wonderful hikes right out of the garden gate. Hiking to Rendezvous Bay is one of Antigua’s five star adventures – from Springhill, you are already en route, and coming home to plunge in the pool and rinse off the salt and grabbing a cold rum punch in your cottage – makes it even more special. The hike takes between 30 – 40 minutes to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, where you are often the only people on the beach! You can hike further to Carlisle bay or Wallings Dam in the rainforest. The owner can organize guides for these longer hikes.

A top class equestrian centre started by the owner is 3 minutes walk down the hill. The centre offers BHS (British Horse society) instruction and trails around the pretty valley and wild beaches. If you like riding and your partner is a sailor (or would like to learn) this is the ideal spot to stay. The owners are very keen sailors, and would be pleased to help organize this.

It is possible to spend a holiday at Sapodilla without a car, but we would recommend renting one. English Harbour is 7 minutes drive away with all its historical sites, great bars and restaurants, and a stunning beach. There are two good supermarkets nearby. Having a car gives you the freedom to explore the many beautiful beaches, and other hidden treasures. The owners would be pleased to help you with any information.

Previous guests have all loved the peace and tranquility, and yet the nearness of all the life in English and Falmouth Harbours.

Keywords: garden cottage, studio, beautiful views.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About The Owner

The owners are very keen sailors, riders, gardeners and dog lovers. They have lived at Springhill since 1969 and know the island very well, and are delighted to help any guests find their feet with anything they wish to do, whether sailing, riding, hiking, bird watching, etc. etc. or just leave them to sunbathe and enjoy the pool!

Why The Owner chose Falmouth Harbour

I sailed into English Harbour, Antigua in 1967 and after sailing up and down the islands there was no choice for me, but making a home here in my favorite island! I built the house in 1069 on a barren hillside with great views and wonderful breezes and my husband and I have enjoyed planting a garden filled with trees.

What makes this studio unique

Peace, tranquillity,lovely views, great hiking,horseriding just outside garden gate.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful memory

We went to antigua to see my son and his friend finish their row across the atlantic. We stayed in Janie's cottage which was in a beautiful quiet spot in her garden. It had fantastic views over Falmouth Harbour and glorious flowers in the garden. It was a delightful little studio cottage with everything you needed all in a small space with a super patio to sit out on to enjoy the view and sunshine. 10 mins drive from Falmouth/English harbour - a perfect spot with a wonderful, friendly caring cottage owner
Feb 2010
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Falmouth Harbour Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large garden, very private, great hiking out of the gate, palm fringed pool with lovely view


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Delightful Garden Hideaway with Lovely Views Over the Bay
average rating of 4.928571 based on 30 reviews

Wonderfully comfortable hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 wonderful nights at this hideaway property. Very comfortable and well located for English and Falmouth harbour. Rental car recommended. Janie provides helpful information and car rental details.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and private

  • 5 of 5

Sapodilla is a small cottage located in lovely gardens, with views across to Falmouth harbour. We spent 17 nights there and had a wonderful time. On our arrival there were essentials for breakfast, making tea and coffee as well as chilled water in the fridge. Janie gave us a hummingbird feeder and we entertained daily by two types of hummingbird, a nice way to start your day. The covered terrace allows you to sit out even if it rains and provides shade if you find things too warm. The pool was in an elevated location with wonderful views, and a gentle breeze. The large comfy bed, and unique outdoor shower along with very welcoming hosts just added to the whole experience.We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Looking to spend time in a romantic, off the beaten path, botanical setting with a beautiful pool mere steps from your door (which we had totally to ourselves)? Hummingbirds abound and will alight on the outdoor table in front of you to explore for any errant crumbs. A couple of geckos and tiny lizards scuttle about but only get close enough for a quick camera shot. Janie will allow the dogs to come by for short visits if you’re feeling canine deprived. The kitchen is set up with basic appliances and perfectly adequate for whipping up basic meals. That said, you’re not far from Falmouth and English Harbors to access local restaurants. The indoor/outdoor shower was a treat and absolutely private. Beautiful view of Falmouth Harbor from the terrace and pool area.

Beaches are within reasonable drives - don’t miss Valley Church Beach, rated one of the top 50 beaches in the Caribbean and oddly, less crowded than some of the others. The Epicurean supermarket (providing everything you’re missing from home) is close by this beach at Jolly Harbor.

Driving is on the left and you do need to pay attention to the potholes (and goats, dogs and people) but even though we rented a 4WD for the first couple of days, we did just fine with a small car for the rest of our stay – even the road to Sapodilla was manageable with a little care. (Titi Car Rental in Falmouth were incredibly obliging and helpful) While street signs are limited, locals are happy to direct you (turn left at the pink church!) if you get a little lost.

We were looking for a little solitude to unwind and couldn’t have chosen a better setting. Janie and Geoffrey are friendly, accommodating and engaging but otherwise leave you to enjoy your privacy. Such a relaxing and pleasant alternative to resort-style vacationing, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joyce, Thank you for the lovely review. You feel about our little patch of heaven the way we do! If there is a next time, do try Galleon and Pigeon beaches, if you go in the mornings there is no one there, and they are only 7 - 10 minutes drive away. As you say Valley Church beach is lovely and very close to a very good supermarket! It was great to meet you both and hopefully we will see you again! Kind regards, Janie & Geoffrey
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Tranquility at its finest - Sapodilla Cottage is at one with nature

  • 5 of 5

I have relaxed at Sapodilla Cottage more than on any other holiday I can remember. Great communication beforehand with our lovely host Janie had put me at ease but on arrival my expectations were totally exceeded by the very warm greeting and generous ‘ welcome pack’ of breakfast essentials. Beautifully bijou, the cottage has everything possibly required and is ideal for either a single person or couple. Located off the main road, the cottage sits in an elevated position which gives fabulous views over Falmouth Bay. Relaxing on the verandah, we found ourselves spending a great deal of time enjoying watching the humming birds, colouful finches and lizards surrounding the cottage. We found car hire essential (a jeep is perfect) as the cottage is positioned on a bumpy track off the main road, however it is only less than a ten minute drive to the lively English Harbour with its fabulous selection of bars and restaurants. The king sized bed is protected from insects with a mosquito net - very useful as the cottage is in the middle of lush vegetation. The highlight of our stay was the close company of the birds flying through the cottage in the mornings and we also loved the daily visits from Janie’s lovely dogs. Citronella candles are thoughtfully provided which are ideal to use when enjoying a drink on the verandah before heading out for dinner. We loved the setting of the swimming pool and the amazing pool-side gazebo with fabulous harbour views was really the icing on the cake! The car hire company recommended by Janie, Tipi, made everything very easy - collection at airport, delivered to the cottage and taken to airport at the end of the holiday - perfect! Rendezvous beach is a bit of a hike, it took us 40 minutes (we are very unfit!!) but oh, so worth it! A true ‘castaway’ experience- we almost had the beach completely to ourselves, just one other couple there all day. A really beautiful beach, crashing waves, all very picturesque. We took an umbrella with us which was much needed, and a cool box with picnic lunch, an ideal day out which I look forward to repeating. Sapodilla is such an ideal base for exploring the wonderful island of Antigua but is also well situated for fabulous local beaches, bars and restaurants, all within a very short drive away. A very big thank you to our hosts Janie and Jeffrey. We very much look forward to returning in the near future. Could not have been a better holiday. Suzy & Richard

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Suzy & Richard, Wow that was a fast review and a very lovely one. I am so happy you had such a good time! I must say your were ideal guests! Almost never saw you, but at least my four legged family were checking on you! Thank you for all the useful advice for future guests as well! I will look forward to having you to stay again one day. Kind regards, Janie
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Secluded Caribbean cottage, set on a very nice property surrounded with natural vegetation.

  • 4 of 5

The abundance of flowers attracted numerous humming birds and other native ave. The vegetation and surroundings provide natural privacy and the pool and veranda deck area are the gem of the property; with a beautiful view of the harbor and lights for evening swims there was no reason to leave the garden studio.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nick, Thank you for your kind words. The garden & our beautiful birds are my special delight and sometimes it is hard to get to work when I would rather just sit & observe! I am so happy you felt the same! Do hope you will come again.
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A slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This hideaway is even more beautiful in person! The scenery is to die for and location is near to restaurants and other popular activities in English Habour. We did have to drive through a long dirt road before getting to the cottage and I would recommend a jeep rental to navigate the potholes that are notorious in Antigua. Janie and Jeffery were excellent hosts and we look forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Belinda & Willy, Thank you for your comments. It was a real pleasure to meet you both, and I am so glad you enjoyed our little hideaway! I do hope to see you both here again on another holiday, Kind regards, Janie
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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