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Secluded Eco-retreat With Stunning Sea And Mountain Views

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Baths, Upper And Lower Decks, Ocean And Mountain Views

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. There is a bird's eye view of all sail races in the English Harbor Falmouth region. 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 three way 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 and internet. With the sound of the sea in your ears, the stunning views you will be truly able to relax into the rhythms of the sea, the breeze, and the tropical birds.

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 joined by tree frogs at dusk makes for magic. In addition the magnificent sunsets, 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 a friendly feline lodger named Jasper. He 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.

More Details

Property Manager
T'mara Hodge Henry
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About T'mara Hodge Henry

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.

T'mara Hodge Henry purchased this house in 1988

Why T'mara Hodge Henry chose World

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.

What makes this house unique

This home is truly off the grid, away from the hustle and bustle of the regular world. 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, and for sailors it offers 180 degree direct view of racing events.

Amenities

Saint Paul House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Canopy Double bed, full mosquito netting, adjoins shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Twin beds can be consolidated into King-sized bed
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Weekly housekeeping is included for cleaning and change of linen. Manager lives very nearby.

Reviews

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Secluded Eco-retreat With Stunning Sea And Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Beautiful tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Fourth visit for my husband and I, and we are returning next year! The stunning views from Cliffhangers decks fill us with peace and tranquility. Soaring above the ocean with the harbour, mountains, sky and gorgeous gardens below is a truly an amazing experience. We look forward to our return visit all year long. The house is perfect as well. Very comfortable, well appointed and even the shower is open to the views! Katherine , the caretaker is available and very helpful. We love Cliffhanger!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Johns, FL
5

Perfect Vantage Point to Watch the Classic Yacht Regatta!

  • 5 of 5

Cliffhanger has a spectacular view, even from the shower! We were here during the Classic Yacht Regatta and it was the perfect spot to relax and watch the races. Katherine was very helpful with car rental arrangements and getting us situated with provisions when we first arrived. The unit was well equipped for our stay. As we are comfortable with mountain roads and cats, Cliffhanger was a calm oasis to come back to after touring other areas of the island. Antigua is a special place and we have wonderful memories of our peaceful time enjoying the view from the Cliffhanger deck.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Massachusetts
5

Spectacular house in idyllic location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the cliffhanger house. Words cannot describe how beautiful the view truly is. The large expanse of ocean and mountains (free of buildings) is breathtaking. We got lost in the view every morning and afternoon. The wrap around deck is expansive and also offers views of the harbor. There are places to lounge in the sun and in the shade. The house was very comfortable. We chose to stay in the master bedroom upstairs and enjoyed the breeze each night. We did not feel like we needed AC because of the cool breeze. The house has nice security as well; an outside hate that is locked precedes the locked doors the the house. The shower was spectacular. Kitchen was equipped enough to cook any meal. We rented a car and easily explored the many beaches of the island from the house and close to delicious restaurants. We hiked twice from the house to the nearby beautiful and secluded Rendezvous Bay. Hike was fun and a great workout! Lastly, Jasper the cat was so sweet and cuddly. I am not or was not a cat person, but I fell in love with Jasper. He is an outdoor cat happy to keep to himself but also friendly and adorable.

Overall, could not recommend this house enough as a private, updated oasis of vacation splendor!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

Cliffhanger is exactly that....it is perched on the mountainside with stunning views in every direction! The most beautiful views that my husband and I have ever seen. The deck is our favorite place to relax and unwind. It is so peaceful first thing in the morning with the sun rising over Falmouth Harbour, a gentle breeze and the sound of the waves below. We feel embraced by the vast ocean all around us and the mountains in the horizon. The gardens below are filled with colorful flowers and birds. The house itself is perfect. Open air, lovely decor, small but well equipped kitchen,and a lovely master with four poster bed. The bathroom is one of my husbands favorite spots. He loves to shower with the view of the ocean and mountains. We could stay there all day. But, we do venture out. We love the hikes in the area. They travel along the ocean and go through forts with gorgeous views below. We are beach lovers and this is the island for beaches. All of them gorgeous! Evenings are also amazing with the sunset, the boats lit in the harbour, the star filled sky and the chirp of the tree frogs. There are numerous restaurants in the area. We enjoyed many delicious meals. Katherine, the property manager was available, helpful, and always willing to give suggestions for activities and restaurants. This was our third visit to Cliffhanger and we are planning to return next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for allowing us to be apart of this wonderful holiday. Looking forward to your next visit.
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5

Caribbean delight

  • 5 of 5

This was a return visit for us as the house has everything we wanted. The appeal being: the views, the decks, the location, the privacy, the breeze, the adventure of getting to one of the best beaches on the island and having it to ourselves, the sunsets, star gazing, the hammock, all the little extras, having Katherine close by to answer any question or give tips, watching hummingbirds while we had breakfast, a range of restaurants close by and the chance to chill and live outside all the time.

Three bits of advice if you go for a visit; you need to be okay with cats, bring trainers for the walk to the beach, but it's worth the walk and hire a 4x4 car.

It's definately a wonderful spot. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We love Antigua & have been many times but this is the our first visit to Cliffhanger. It is a wonderful house with an amazing 180 degree view of the bay, including Falmouth Harbour. A perfect place to watch the yachts during Race Week. We love the cats, Tom & Jasper. Lovely boys & very soft & they enjoyed being with us & sleeping on the verandah. Katherine ensured that we had everything we needed & looked after us during our holiday. Cliffhanger is a very special place & we look forward to returning for another holiday soon.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you both. Very pleased that you enjoyed your time at Cliffhanger, the boys are missing you. Take care until we meet again. Katherine
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
V.C. Bird International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Rose End
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cedar Valley
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Sir Sydney Walling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Catamaran
Nearest Beach
Turtle Bay
Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Paypal (bank transfer)l preferred; personal checks accepted

$300 deposit required upon booking; balance is due 30 days before the stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.