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Delightful Garden Hideaway with Lovely Views Over the Bay

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 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 42 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 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: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

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!

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
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 4.9565215 based on 25 reviews

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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This is a restful, little piece of heaven on earth.

  • 5 of 5

If you are the kind of frequent Caribbean visitor who shuns the cruise ship hordes and seeks solitude and tranquil beauty, this is your place. We spent ten lovely days at Sapodilla -- only ten minutes' drive from the bustling life of English Harbour with all its "yachties" and the UNESCO heritage site at Nelson's Dockyard, the cottage is nonetheless a secret garden with beautiful flowering trees and bushes abounding, its own swimming pool, squadrons of hummingbirds and Antiguan yellow finches plus delightful hosts who furnish the cottage with all the necessities of a short-term stay (e.g. a kitchen well stocked with initial supplies upon arrival). The restfulness is exquisite. You'll need a car for daily excursions and dinner expeditions. Don't be put off by the bumpy access road -- dodging potholes is Antigua's national sport! We have stayed at about twenty places in the Caribbean and this cottage takes first prize for charm and restfulness. (If you want a small resort with similar tastefulness and charm try Nisbet Plantation on nearby Nevis.) The categories below hardly capture the allure of the place -- this is a destination for people who want to find tranquility below the surface of a place, to ease into its nature and avoid the banality of so much of today's prepackaged tourism. We will return!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and peaceful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in this little cottage, nestled in paradise ! We didn't meet Jeanne until day three of our trip, due to illness . But her friend, Zoey , handled everything. We had fresh bread, rum, fruit and coffee waiting for us in our cottage! Zoey gave us many suggestions for things to do during our stay. We were so happy when Jeanne was finally feeling better and able to come outside and talk. She is such a warm and friendly person. I think everyone on the island knows her! I could have stayed in that little bit of paradise for a long time! I would definitely recommend anyone stay here as it is such a special place.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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50th bday treat totally heaven amazing unforgettable holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantasic week in this amazing cottage its paradise, Janie and Geoffrey were fantastic hosts, and know all there is to know about the island. The cottage has everything you need, and Janie goes out of her way to give you a warm welcome with towels bathrobes food water etc and even the local rum and fruit.The views are amazing the outdoor shower lovley her garden is incredible you have to see it!!!!The pool and gazzebo beautiful and the wildlife fascinating the hike from the cottage well worth the amazing beach it takes you to. If you really want to get to know Antigua this is the place to stay, we had a wonderful week and would love to stay again thank you so much a holiday of a lifetime with lots of fond memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful cottage and excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

very private surroundings with great harbor view..Janie and Geoffrey go out of their way to ensure your privacy , while you enjoy the welcome and helpful assistance of great hosts ..everything you need in the cottage all in all an excellent visit..hope to return, and if so definitely will try to stay- here 5 out of 5.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy Private Getaway in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sapodilla Cottage Dec. 12-19, 2015. We were greeted by Janie, a very gracious woman, who brought us sugar water for the humming bird feeder. As soon as the feeder went up it was amazing to see the amount of birds that came around and stayed feeding, it was magical. The cottage is enchanting with a beautiful bed coveted with netting, very romantic. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. Loved the outdoor stone shower which is totally private. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything that you need for your stay. The gardens are beautiful with many fragrant flowers. The gazebo and pool area are very relaxing, again in a beautiful surrounding. Janie and Geffory are very nice people and are very knowledgeable about the area restaurants and beaches and sailing. Tremendous value for the cost. My husband and I would totally recommend a stay at Sapodilla.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

50% deposit on booking, balance on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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