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Experience Island Living In A Tranquil Seaside Setting!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

1 bedroom seaside guest facility. Great natural beauty and serenity.

'Song of the Sea' is a one bedroom guest facility with private entrance. It has one king size bed (or 2 twin size beds), closet, small refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffee maker. The bathroom shower opens to the natural garden. Outside there is a private patio with lounge chairs, table, and a barbecue grill. We are just steps from the sea and the snorkeling is great here. You'll need reef shoes to protect your feet from rocks and coral, as well as mask and snorkel to be able to see all the colorful fish and undersea life! This is a wonderful area for both accomplished swimmers and beginners because the area close to shore is only about 3 feet deep. Should you prefer a sandy beach, the gorgeous Long Bay beach is within 2 miles. There are a couple of restaurants at Long Bay and some local shops in the closest village of Willikies. We do recommend that our guests rent a car during their stay. You will surely want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the other amazing beaches and scenic areas of Antigua. This is a small island (108 sq. miles) so everything is less than an hour's drive. You can swim with stingrays at Stingray City in Seaton's; take the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour; tour 'Betty's Hope', the restoration of a colonial period sugar plantation; take an Eco Tour boat trip; or discover your very own favorite beach from among so many! The possibilities are endless! Start your day with a very substantial breakfast (included) served on the upstairs balcony or on your own patio, then take off on the day's adventure - or choose to stay right here and enjoy the sun, the sea, snorkeling, hiking, experiencing the 'color therapy' of the sea and sky. At night you will be lulled to sleep by gentle waves, a pleasant sea breeze, and the songs of tiny tree frogs! There is nothing more romantic and beautiful than moonlight on the water and we have a front row seat for every moonrise. This is a place of peace and tranquility, perfect for contemplation and renewal of body and soul.


Owner
Katie Eckert
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Katie Eckert

Being a USAF military family, we grew up living in many different countries and loving the learning experiences we gained from that. We are definitely 'world citizens'. We are both teachers and musicians. Deb is also an artist and hosts 2 local radio programs. Katie loves to cook and is passionate about literacy. We feel this is a very special place and we love sharing it with others! Deb has lived here for more than 20 years, and knows the area very well, so feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Katie Eckert purchased this bungalow in 1977

Why Katie Eckert chose Antigua

Our parents visited and vacationed in Antigua several times before they purchased this property and constructed their home. My father was a Civil Engineer and he laid out the house and gardens with great care to preserve the natural beauty of this piece of land which is bordered by sea on the north, east, and south sides. At the time it was purchased it was mostly volcanic rock, but over the years it has been nurtured and shaped into natural gardens with flowering trees, bushes, and plants - flamboyant, frangipani, palms, sea grapes, black willow, cactus, hibiscus, and so many more!

This house and environs have a peace and tranquility that is palpable, a place of rest and healing. Years ago my parents ran the bed and breakfast, catering mostly to retired military folks. Now Deb and I have taken over and hope to make everyone who visits feel the love and joy that have gone into our 'Song of the Sea'.

What makes this bungalow unique

The stunning beauty of the sea, in any weather, in any season is the initial attention-getter here. Standing on the balcony with sea breeze blowing makes you feel like you are sailing or flying! We are far from city noise and cruise ship crowds. We are surrounded by the healing beauty of nature.

...And being able to wear shorts every day of the year isn't bad, either!!

Amenities

Saint Philip Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom shower opens to the natural garden.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 bedroom with king (or two twin) bed. Bedroom has closet, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Notes:
This is an ideal spot for nature lovers, moon and star gazers, for people who want a quiet restful place. Your hosts will do all they can to make sure you are comfortable and happy. If you are looking for noisy nightlife, casinos, loud music, tons of people - this is not the place for you. But if you want to snorkel, soak in the sun, be revived by the therapy of sun, sand, sea, and fall asleep to the music of gentle waves and tiny frog songs - this IS the place for you! It's a great place for nature loving honeymooners, hikers, and people who want to explore Antigua on your own schedule.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Experience Island Living In A Tranquil Seaside Setting!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

Lovely setting and even lovelier hosts...

  • 5 of 5

Katie and Debbie are simply wonderful people. We felt like old friends almost immediately. The accommodations are private with a beautiful view, but the ladies are engaging and entertaining at the drop of a hat. Katie's breakfasts are wonderful (best omelets ever and baking is extraordinary). We were invited one evening to watch their weekly practice for a local acapella group led by maestro Debbie. While hesitant and attending out of politeness , it was a wonderful show with more lovely people...they even included us in the gag gift exchange and we were honorary judges in a costume contest. You definitely need a car rental to stay here, and the driving on the island can test your nerves and your vehicle, but you are never more than 30 minutes from anything you would like to do. And we did a LOT! Snorkeling (nearby Half Moon Bay is amazing), zip lining, catamaran tour of the entire island (with snorkeling then open bar and lunch) eco-kayak tour (with more snorkeling), English Harbor and Shirley Heights are must see for the views and steel drum concert/ barbecue. Oh... did I mention snorkeling?... you can do it right out front as well. Lot's of beaches to get some down time too. The ladies are well known (and revered) on this side of the island and everywhere we went we were treated like locals because of them. Even the reputed old grump owner of Mama's Pasta on Long Bay treated us like family...I soon became known as "Dahling" by Mama... be nice and you will be treated the same. They have 3 dogs, FYI, and they are all sweet; coming by for a good morning every day (and a nibble). Do not be timid about exploring local eateries- they look pretty rough, but our experience was great- curried goat, pork stew, local fish, jerked chicken, etc. There is a restaurant in nearby Seatons where we stopped several times always too early or late for the daily meal "Mother" makes and serves. On our last day we again showed too late. Nonetheless they sat us down and cooked up a meal just for us- a whole fish each , rice and beans, salad, and pasta- yummy. My companion has been in the Caribbean many times- always at an all-inclusive or on a cruise. She said this trip was more fun than any of those. Finally, we spent much more time just chatting with the Katie and Debbie than we would have thought- they have lived all over the world, are as sweet as can be, and genuinely seem to enjoy our tales as well.

Highly Recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing makes us happier than to share our love of this beautiful spot with others! Thanks so much for your kind words. You are great guests and now good friends (with the dogs too!). Come again any time! You will both always be welcome!
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5

An amazing place....You won't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a little over a week for our Anniversary in March. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we felt the magic of this place. Greeted by Katie, and Debbie and the dogs we were already enchanted by the view form the driveway. Then we saw the place at the base of the stairs, what a gem. Beautiful plantings full of lowers and birds. The rocky point, not even 30 ft from the porch. A beautiful reef and we were immediately met by the Turtles which feed in the bay all day.

I was concerned about the lack of air conditioning but the breezes were fantastic and the room has an excellent air flow from the open shower, which we absolutely loved, to the Sliding doors which frame the ocean views which are stunning even from the bed. No mosquitos, but we did sleep under the net. It was very romantic with a nearly full moon rising, shining across the water. We didn't use the barbecue but did eat in every night. Plenty of groceries to be had even over Easter weekend which we unknowingly arrived on.

Katie's breakfasts were fantastic with fresh local papaya, pineapple, bananas,etc. The coffee was rich and the omelettes, potatoes and homemade sausage were scrumptious. My wife has allergies and they made her gluten free muffins (so good we got the recipe). The balcony we were served on being higher gave us a whole new set of stunning views. Speaking of stunning be sure to ask about Debbie's artwork. She is so gifted in multiple mediums and has deep spiritual connections with her work.

The place is away from it all. I was pleasantly disconnected while there though we did have excellent cell coverage and some wifi. Frankly I relished being unplugged.

We had a 4 wheel drive but never needed it though we did go all over the island. One of our favorites visits was on the Monday following Easter which is a holiday on Antigua. We went to Devils Bridge and the locals had a fantastic kite festival. There on the most eastern point on the island with the Atlantic slamming into the rocks where hundreds of kites. Really spectacular.

We also visited Barbuda by taking the ferry. Definitely worth the money. We had ta guide for the day, climbed through the Arawak caves, took a small boat to the Frigate rookery where there were thousands and thousands of Frigates for newborns, to soaring birds with 8ft wingspan

This is a wonderful place and Katie and Debbie are wonderful hosts-Truly a magical experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed your stay here! We love nothing better than to share the incredible sea views, and nature, and great food. You both were such easy going and appreciative guests - you made it fun for us. If you're ever in Antigua again, we hope you'll consider this your place! Best regards to you both!
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5

This is what a B&B should be!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights in mid March at this amazing place. Located just beyond the village of Willikies in St. Phillip Parish, it is a one bedroom apartment on the lower level of the owner's home. With a private entrance and its own patio with recliners overlooking the beautiful bay and ocean beyond, it is a special place with breathtaking views. The constant ocean breeze makes the lack of air conditioning barely noticeable and the sound of the surf and breeze will lull you to sleep at night. The bed can be made up as two twins or as one king. While we were not overly bothered by mosquitoes, the beds were equipped with mosquito netting which we used, just to be on the safe side. The water is rainwater from a cistern and is filtered so probably safe to drink, but Katie provides bottled water for drinking if you prefer. We used bottled water for our hikes and tap water for coffee with no problems whatever. While rather small, the apartment does have all the basic necessities including WiFi, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, private bath with a very unique shower (open to the outside-- watch out for ghost crabs that might carry off your personal items!), but no TV (who needs it with the killer view from the patio). There is a path to the water's edge, and while there is no sandy beach here, the snorkeling is pretty good from right there at the foot of the path. Katie, our hostess, along with her two sisters who live nearby, can provide pretty much any information about the island, what to do, and where to go. Breakfast, served above the apartment on the balcony of the main house, was excellent with a delicious vegetable omelet, homemade granola, fresh fruits and breads providing all the fuel needed for whatever the day might bring.

Long Bay beach, with Mama's Homemade Pasta restaurant, is nearby as is the Indian Town National Park and Devil's Bridge area. Antigua is not a large island and, though they do drive on the left, roads are relatively wide and generally easy to maneuver compared to some other islands we have visited (Dominica – Virgin Gorda). Consequently it is easy to visit other touristy sights like English Harbor, Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard. While in a rather remote area of the island and away from the main tourist haunts, the Song of the Sea B&B provides a relaxing atmosphere with a congenial and accommodating hostess in a beautiful location that is hard to beat.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

I'd give 10 stars if I could

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Katie for a short 4 days and had an amazing time. This property is peaceful and located far from any hustle and bustle. Since the island is small, you're still conveniently close to anything that you could want to do. During our short stay we checked out Half Moon Bay, Shirley Heights, Long Bay, Devil's Bridge, the SE coast, a bit of St. John's, and even squeezed in a day trip to Barbuda. The hospitality was amazing and we couldn't have asked for anything more. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jeff, for such a lovely review! You really packed a lot of activities in such a short visit! It was a pleasure to have you here and it makes me feel good to know that you really enjoyed our place.
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5

Stunning Natural Beauty and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Five incredible days here were not enough!! This is the place for nature-lovers and those seeking quiet relaxation. The sound of the waves on the rocks, the warm tropical breeze, and especially the beautiful turquoise ocean will take your breath away. Innkeepers Katie and Debbie are so kind and attentive. They will give you great advice on where to dine, shop and sight-see, but you will need to rent a car! Be sure to bring your water shoes for walking on the rocks and your mosquito repellant. Prepare to relax and renew!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly enjoyed sharing our place with you! We delight in seeing our guests shed their tensions and worries, and get tanned and relaxed instead! I hope your short vacation has given you the energy to get thru the rest of winter!
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5

Charming and quiet seaside escape

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 nights prior to staying at another location on the island. We LOVED our time here and felt very well taken care of by Katie and Debbie and their friendly dogs! :) The room was exactly as described on the home away listing and we were pleasantly surprised with how much better the location was than the pictures even give credit for! The breakfasts provided were fresh and filling and definitely kept us satisfied until lunch time! We still crave the fresh cherry juice we had with our breakfast and Katie's homebrew tea was outstanding as well! Our wonderful hosts were available to answer any questions we had and offered suggestions for touring the island for the days we were there. This was a great quiet location for relaxation and enjoying the natural side of the island. Unfortunately we were there after a rainy period and the mosquitos were a bit heavy and we ended up with a few bites. However, we were not proactive and didn't use bug spray so we were to blame! They do have mosquito nets for the bed and a trap outside the door. We would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone without reservation.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, Lauren! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves here. It was a pleasure to know you. I hope you have the opportunity to return some day. Keep entering those contests!!!
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
V.C. Bird International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
at Long Bay
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Cedar Valley Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
local road
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mama Pasta's
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Long Bay
Car: necessary

A quiet, restful location right next to the sea! Be lulled to sleep by the sound of gentle waves lapping softly on the rocks. A great place for swimming, snorkeling, hiking, resting, sunning! Long Bay, one of Antigua's most beautiful sandy beaches, is 2 miles away. Swim with stingrays at nearby Stingray City in Seatons. Explore historic sugar plantation restoration, 'Betty's Hope'. Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, Eco Tours, So Many Gorgeous beaches to experience! On this small island everything is within a half hour drive. Or just stay here and soak in the sun, the sea, the tranquility!

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