|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Shell Villa is tucked away inside Turtle Bay on the south coast of Antigua, just west of Falmouth Harbour. Enjoy utter privacy and quiet as you sit on its large ocean-front deck and gaze at the spectacular sunsets over gently smoking Montserrat. Surrounded by stunning vistas of ocean and the gentle slopes surrounding Rendezvous Bay, not a single building mars the view - a very private bit of paradise.
The villa is fully equipped and furnished and has weekly garden, pool and maid service. The gardens and plunge pool (with sun deck and barbecue) are planted with gorgeous bougainvillaea, hibiscus, and palms.
Self sustaining and environmentally friendly, Shell Villa has solar panels with a backup generator and also has mains electricity. Voltage is US style 110/60 cycles. Additionally, its large water cistern enables you to enjoy pure rainwater for drinking, showering etc.
The gentle lap of waves on the shore lulls you to sleep, and greets you again as you wake to that wonderful Caribbean morning light. A short stroll along Turtle Bay there is a small pebble beach with sea shells and sea birds aplenty.
While the time you spend at the villa ensures quiet seclusion, there is plenty to do in the nearby environment. Falmouth Harbour and Nelsons Dockyard in English Harbour (a UNESCO World Heritage site) are a five-minute drive from the villa. They are visited by some of the most fabulous yachts in the world - catch them with binoculars as they majestically sail across the ocean view from Shell Villa.The constant flow of private yachts, their crew and guests, ensure a lively social scene and a plentiful supply of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars in these harbours.
For those who are athletic, more adventurous and energetic, there are some spectacular walks along the coast to totally deserted beaches, and wonderful views from some of the historic ruins around English Harbour and Shirley Heights. There are also tennis and squash courts nearby.as well as horseriding, scuba-diving and sailing.
Keywords: Detached Villa
Jenny and David are expatriate Brits who have lived in Washington DC for the last 15 years. Being close(er) to the Caribbean has allowed them to spend more time in Antigua
The Owner purchased this villa in 2002
We lived in Antigua during the 1980s and loved it. We have been returning regularly since then and have been looking at property, In 2002 we fell in love with Shell Villa at first sight.It is right on the ocean, with unbelievable views over the undeveloped south of Antigua and across to the neighbouring island of Montserrat - home to an active volcano some 12 miles away. We are far enough away to never feel ill effects but close enough to enjoy the wonderful sunsets it generates. Shell Villa is set in a third of an acre and the garden is one of our joys - allowing us to grow palms and other tropical plants. In our absence the house is looked after by an Australian couple - Helen and Kevin - who live locally and a team of wonderful helpers - Daphne our Dominican maid and 'Juicy' our Antiguan gardener - sometime winner of Antigua farmer of the year.
Shell Villa is literally on the ocean. In 2006 we built a deck which takes us right to the high water line of Turtle Bay - wonderful for sunbathing and also for sipping cocktails and watching the sun set, as well as star gazing after dark.
The sound of the waves is always there - soothing and relaxing. They rock you to sleep at night and wake you each morning to a wonderful new day.
Dear Jenny and David,
We are still coming down (and trying to retard the descent) from our lovely week at Shell Villa. Every single day we commented on how lucky we were to have selected it over any other option on the island. It is a piece of heaven. We were so comfortable and so pleased with everything there, and eagerly look forward to a time when we can return... Also, Jenny and John couldn't have been more gracious and we enjoyed visiting with them.
Thank you for all of your suggestions on activities and dining. We took advantage of many of them. We had very good dinners at Alberto's,Abracadabra and Le Cap Horn, and had some fine ones at home as well... Meals at home overlooking the sea were beyond compare!
We found the best snorkeling right off your rocks, and then at Rendezvous Beach... we were rewarded with the gorgeous views above the sea, and we were delighted to catch the end of Sailing Week (N has a small boat on Lake Norman here). Nirvana!
We wish you many, many happy years at your piece of paradise, and hope to get back to it before long.
We most certainly enjoyed our return visit to Shell Villa. When we arrived last year you had just completed the upgrade of pool deck. We took full advantage of it again, taking in the sun and the view by day and star gazing at night. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was appreciated on a few nights - the units you installed are quiet and just cool the room and do not turn it into a meat locker! The house phone was great for making dinner reservations and the wifi appreciated. It was nice to know we could have watched the Super Bowl on the tv if we had so desired...We also appreciated the books - we left a couple in exchange for a couple we started and didn't get through. Your honour system for kitchen staples is brilliant and it takes the stress out of stocking up on arrival. Finally, the team you have in Antigua are wonderful- helpful and friendly. Well done.
Cheers, until next time,
The property is even more beautiful than described in the listing. The view from the house is amazing. You go to bed hearing the waves lashing against the shore and you wake up to the sun glistering on the water.
The house was a home away from home. Everything you need to be comfortable. The owners put us in touch with Titi, the car rental company who met us at the airport and guided us to the home. The Management team of Nathan and Clare met us at the home and were available if we needed them. They recommended Jennifer, the caterer, who made a delicious dinner for us on your first night and also did some grocery shopping.
The house is well kept. The pool was clean and well maintained. The whole family, especially my grandson, enjoyed using the pool. We were 5 adults and one child and we did not feel cramped. The house is well designed with all the amenities that are needed to be comfortable.
I will definitely recommend staying at the the Shell Villa. The beaches on the island are fantastic and the restaurants on the beaches provide very good food. No need to leave the beach to go for food.
We will definitely return to stay at Shell Villa
We had a great time at the shell villa. The house is on the sea which is Amazing!
Snorkeling is amazing to but access is not easy, only for adults, as there are many sea urchins on the rocks in front of the house. Many fins at the house if you do not have your own.
We loved the walk to rendez vous bay, very accessible even with 2 kids, 5 and 8. About 1h15 minutes with them from the houses after the horse ranch.
Clare and Nathan were very friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the water when we arrived, very quickly fixed.
The house is very very well equipped, to be honest almost too much for us! I have personally downsized my stuff in the past months and find it easier to keep a clean house with less things... but honestly, very nice to find everything you could look for in a rental house!
Many mosquitoes, we are not big fans of mosquito repellent that have chemicals especially with kids, so we found a natural one locally, worked ok, but as always in the Caribbean you will find mosquitoes for sure.
We really found the people of Antigua being very very nice!
The only bad experience we had was with AVIS. TERRIBLE SERVICE. We had a flat tire and got no help, had to go back to the airport to get a new car, which is about 45 minutes away frm the house. They of course charged us extra when we came back without answering any of my emails.
We went to many beaches, loved Galeon, Rendez vous, Half Moon, Valley Church Bay (water was not good at all for snorkeling on the west part of the island).
As others mentioned the best part of the house is the view, the peacefulness. Road is a bit tough to get there but not too bad, about 10 minutes on the dirt road max.
This is a a wonderful private villa on the water. The views of the rocky coastline, with an occasional glimpse of smoky Monseratt are beautiful. It has the best equipped kitchen of any house we have ever rented, and my husband and i are very picky about the kitchen. We spent all of our time there in the pool or on the deck area with an occasional nap the the hammock. The house description was accurate and it was very clean. The garden area around the deck and the pool is well maintained and adds to the feeling of the island paradise. The stargazing from the deck at night is exceptional. The owners were very responsive prior to our trip, and the island managers, Clare and Nathan, were always available to answer any questions we had about the house or the island. Valentino, the driver that met us at the airport was great, he drove us to a sailboat cruise at Jolly Harbour called "Catch the Cat" that was a wonderful lunch sail with swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. The boatyards nearby are very interesting to walk around, and there are several good restaurants in the area. The only negative is the bumpy dirt road that you have to travel to get to the villa, but that only makes it that much more private and quiet. It was a relaxing place to spend our first week in Antigua.
What a wonderful place to stay. A secluded villa, with 3 luxurious double bedrooms, well equipped kitchen and dining room and a fantastic vista dining/decking area outside. Plunge pool when too hot (which is often on this paradise island), outside shower and the Caribbean lapping onto the garden - what more could you want! 10 minutes drive to local amenities, restaurants, bars and attractions such as English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard. Well maintained by the owners with a housekeeper and gardener on site. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday destination to anyone wanting to visit Antigua - what a find.
We had the most wonderful vacation in your perfect Shell Villa!! From the beginning to the end of our trip, everything was heavenly! A large part of the success was due to your expert organization! Valentino met us at the airport; I was with him, with our three car caravan following, as we embarked on our first thrilling ride to Shell Villa. (By the end of the week we all felt like accomplished drivers, as we mastered the road to the house and driving on the "wrong side" of the road!) The house was as charming as we had hoped!! ...And your suggestion of having Patsy prepare our first night's meal was a perfect start. Helen and Kevin were so warm and helpful; we loved them, as well as Daphne and Juicy!! (Juicy even made a "lobster spear" for my son to use while snorkelling!) What an amazing group of people you have taking care of your home! Our children surprised us with a special catered dinner by Ruthie on Thursday night. She to was awesome~a real gourmet chef. (We put the little ones to bed and she served all of us an amazing candlelight multi-course dinner on your wonderful deck under a full moon!) We would begin each day just "hanging out" around the house...snorkeling, playing in the pool with the kids, looking for treasures on the rocky beach. Then after naps and lunch our caravan would head out for the afternoon to explore the island and its many gorgeous beaches, but we were always eager to head back to "our comfy cottage" which really had everything we wanted.
Well, I could go on and on about Shell Villa and all of your special touches, which made our stay so fabulous. You really have done a great job of thinking of everything! We have rented many vacation houses and our experience at Shell Villa is now at the top! You found the best spot on the island and I am so glad I found you!!
Thank you for all of your attention and helpful emails!! Planning a vacation for six adults and three little ones can be a challenge, but you made it fun and easy. Maybe we will bump into you sometime, since we are almost neighbors in the States! :):) In the meantime, we are all dreaming of another vacation in your little spot of paradise!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Low Season 2 BRs (3 BR $3,450)
May 16 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
For 2 or less bedrooms the minimum rates are $3450 in high season and $2950 in low season. 3 Bedrooms are $3,950 in high season and $3,450 in high season.
Special rates appy for Race week, Boat week, Christmans and New Year