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Antigua Oceanfront Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Sun room, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8)

Gordon House offers the best of many worlds. Our guests enjoy the privacy of a private home rental, with many of the amenities and services frequently offered by more inclusive resorts. The options are yours. Even if you have secured a rental car, you can be met at the airport and chauffeured to the villa. Because of our long standing relationship with Hertz, your vehicle can be delivered to the house to avoid any delay at the airport. Furthermore, if you choose to utilize our housekeeping services, you can have all of your meals prepared for you, the kitchen stocked to your liking, and all of the household chores and laundry done for you. What could be more relaxing than spending the entire day at the beach, to then return home to a welcoming, clean house and a fully prepared dinner. When you are ready to leave Antigua, you can either drop your rental car off at Hertz’s airport location or leave it at the house and be chauffeured to the airport.

Gordon House is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, ocean-front home on Antigua's breathtaking East coast. This 3600 square foot home boasts phenomenal water views, open air dining and a sea side patio for private tanning and swimming. Gordon House highlights scenic views in every direction, overlooking historic Devils Bridge and Dian Bay.

The swimming off the private, veranda at Gordon House is in picturesque, crystal clear, turquoise water that can only be found in this type of tropical paradise. It’s a wonderful spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and boating. In the past, we’ve had guests arrive by boat, anchor out in the bay and travel back and forth from the house via dinghy. Dian Bay is also the perfect place to launch the two paddle boards that we have at the villa for our guests to use. Rolston Roberts, a local Antiguan, can pick you up right off your own veranda for inshore or offshore fishing. Very exciting! Just ask.

Antigua emphasizes its 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. If you get the urge to venture from your own, private swimming spot at the Gordon House, Long Bay, a stunning, white sand beach, is just a short 4 minute walk from the villa, and has consistently been voted one of the top 5 beaches on the island, year after year.

Marilyn, the on-site house manager who has been employed by the Gordon family for over 30 years, will make your stay comfortable and memorable. A local Antiguan, she has a vast knowledge of the island's history and can suggest unique things to see and exciting activities to make your stay extraordinary. She is an amazing cook and will make breakfast and lunch for you and will even leave dinner in the fridge to be heated up at your convenience, if you choose to utilize her services. Marilyn’s West Indian style of cooking, with its wonderful Caribbean flavor and local Antiguan recipes will stimulate your taste buds and senses. I have never tasted anything more delicious than her fried plantains! She can also provision the kitchen in advance with items of your choice. Marilyn is a wonderful woman whose services will really make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.

The Gordon House has several tenants who return every year, because once you’ve experienced all that the Gordon House and Antigua has to offer, it will become your favorite vacation spot. Ziplining, enjoying local art, horseback riding, golf, tennis, day cruises, exploring small islands, kayaking and stingrays, as well as the many in house board games and music, are all there when you want more than to just relax.

More Details

Property Manager
Amanda Rodriguez
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Amanda Rodriguez

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Amanda Rodriguez and I am the house manager of the Gordon House. My studies began at Boston University with a focus on liberal arts, but most recently I have attended Kaplan University, pursuing degrees in both psychology and hospitality management. I have worked in the hospitality business for upwards of 15 years and have managed Mr. Gordon's properties for approximately 8 years. Prior to that I co-managed Old Towne Artisans & La Cocina Restaurant; a shopping & dining complex comprised of 2 restaurants and several local artisan shops in Tucson, Arizona. After moving to New York I managed Estia's Little Kitchen, a popular cafe in the Hampton's. I myself have had the opportunity to visit the Gordon House and can say first hand that it is the most relaxing atmosphere I have ever experienced. The beauty and serenity of this vacation home far surpassed any expectations I could possibly have had. The easy, carefree living experience of this villa, perched high on the cliffs of Dian Bay, is indeed far from the complexities of everyday life. At the Gordon House, one can swim, sail, sunbathe, jet- ski, or just read a good book on the covered veranda, which overlooks both the bay and the ocean. There are countless, exciting adventures that visitors of the Gordon House can experience and I would like to help make them happen. I hope you will think of The Gordon House as your very own island getaway that you will want to visit time and time again.

What makes this villa unique

This is the perfect holiday escape for a couple, family, or a group of friends in the ideal panoramic setting. The villa has a special tranquil ease which flows with its open layout. The fresh Caribbean breezes give every visitor a feeling of carefree living. A morning swim off the patio or a sunset walk on the beach will rejuvenate and awaken your senses. Once you have visited the Gordon House it will become a vacation oasis you will want to visit time and time again.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My husband and I visited the Gordon House on our Honeymoon.It was the most relaxed we both had been in a year after planning a wedding. The villa offers such beautiful vistas and has a calmness about it that one can only just sit back and relax. Marilyn (the housekeeper) always started our day with a wonderful breakfast,then we were usually off to enjoy the beach at Long Bay which is only a few minutes walk away or to explore the island and all it had to offer. I recommend the Gordon House Villa to anyone who is looking for a relaxing holiday or an island adventure. The island offers sailing,fishing, kayaking, golf not to mention so many other activities.Jon and I hope one day to revisit this island paradise.
Apr 2009
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Saint Philip Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The owner of the villa has been travelling to and spending time in Antigua for over 50 years and can recommend activities, dining, and adventures to make your stay memorable. If travelling by boat you can anchor in Dian Bay, in front of the villa, and take a dinghy to shore.


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Antigua Oceanfront Retreat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

My favorite place ....

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here twelve years ago for my honeymoon and you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect and romantic location. Now I have returned in 2018 with my daughter , my wife , and her family and again this place was perfect for a week of family fun and relaxation. As soon as we got off the plane I could feel the stresses of life lifting and as we drove towards the house and Long Bay appeared before my eyes (just a short walk from the property and probaly one of the best beaches in the world ) I could feel all the weight of life disappear. What a fantastic week we had. Thr house itself is a tranquil paradise from sunrise to sunset. The views are beautiful, ,the breeze just enough to ease the gorgeous sun, and a few steps down from the porch and you can dive right in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. We spent a lot of time at long bay, just down the hill , and everyone is so friendly and helpful. We got all our beach equipment taken care of everyday( ask for Jennifer) , they even arranged a wonderful day of snorkeling at green island for us. We ate a few times at Mama Pasta , which is great little Italian restaurant right by the beach and a quick 2 minute drive into willikes and you can get the best ice cream at a great little local shop. The house has everything you need if you just want to lounge about and rest and relax but the island isn’t big so everything is close. You can head into St. John’s to see the main city and do some shopping , go to the rain forest for zip lines , spend a lovely day at nelson’s Dockyard, or a fun night dancing at Shirley heights. Also, right across from the property is Devils Bridge , a must see natural attraction.. I can’t express how great this location is. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a fun family adventure it’s perfect. I’m already planning for next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so glad to hear about your wonderful vacation! Please be in touch so we can arrange your trip for next year!
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Beautiful peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this picturesque home in the hills above Long Bay. Quiet, relaxing, comfortable and clean. We received excellent service before during and after our stay. Lost of fun things to do during the day - jetskiing, hiking, snorkeling, even swimming with stingrays! Along with a secluded home to retreat to at night. I would recommend this property and Antigua to anyone interested in a fun and relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leduc, Alberta, Canada


  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a most wonderful week at the Gordon House. Thanks Gregory Gordon for sharing this wonderful property, thanks Amanda for making the booking process seamless, and to Marilyn, for showing us the real beauty of the Antiguian people.

There are many reasons to love the Gordon House. The privacy, the views, the house itself is spacious and charming. I, along with my 2 sisters and mother, felt completey safe all week. The kitties, Carribean and Wadadli, are a wonderful addition as well. They made us laugh every day, and also provided a practical side. The house is virtually bug free thanks to those cats.

We cooked for ourselves, and Marilyn came every other day to tidy things up (laundry etc). We shopped at Island Provisions which is on the road from the airport, so we stocked up with food etc before heading to the house. We paid $600US to rent a vehicle for the week, but don't expect a new vehicle. The brakes were loud, but it served us well all week.

We were able to swim directly off our property at all times of the day and felt completly safe as it is in a bay not exposed to open ocean. Long bay beach is a 5-6 walk down the road and even my 75 year old mother had no problem navigating the one hill. This beach is great for all ages, gorgeous white sand and gentle waters as well. We took one afternoon to explore St John's, but really couldn't wait to get back to Gordon House.

Highly recommend the Gordon House for anyone looking for peace, privacy and getting to know the real Antigua.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gordon House Stay in Antigua

  • 5 of 5

We had the great pleasure of staying at the Gordon House during our first visit to the isle of Antigua.

To begin, Amanda, our rental liasion, was incredible. She went out of her way to help set up our visit, supply us with directions and tips about the home and island activities. You could not ask for better service.

The housekeeper, Marilyn is a very sweet lady and even though we arrived quite late and during an infrequent rain, she was standing by the gate to ensure we found the house. Marilyn was very helpful and will do as much or as little as you would like as to cooking and/or cleaning. We cooked our own meals, but had her come every other day and she would clean around the entire home and did our dirty laundry. We also opted to forward a grocery list (which was really quite extensive) to Amanda which she forwarded to Marilyn. Everything on the list from smoked turkey to some local Antigua rum was waiting for us upon arrival.

The home is just as described and pictured in the listing, clean, spacious, well furnished, very private and in a beautiful setting on the northeast corner of the island. The vista every morning overlooking Devils Bridge was amazing from the back patio area.

Three items to note, and I want to emphasize these were NOT problems or detriments, but considerations only, when looking at Gordon House.

1. It is a typical tropical home, meaning it is "open". There are breeze ways in the ceilings, the master bathroom is somewhat open with breeze blocks overlooking the the side yard. Ceiling and room fans only - no AC.

2. There are 65 steps down to the incredible private beach area. So if stairs are hard on you..... Otherwise, there are several lounge chairs, tables, a shaded area and plenty of room to stretch in the sun. We thought it was fantastic. I do highly recommend swim shoes since there are reef areas off the beach and if you plan on snorkling or swimming, they will be handy.

3. The house is home to two adorable black and white cats that roam the grounds freely. Now we are critter people, so they immediately became part of the family. But you can easliy limit their access if wanted.

If your planning on driving, I would recommend a small SUV or jeep for traveling around the island. The infrastructure is limited and roadways can be narrow and bumpy. You need to watch for the roaming herds of goats and occassional donkeys and remember, they do drive on the LEFT side of the road.

Thank you Amanda!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Highly recommended...

  • 5 of 5

I just got back from a fantastic week at the Gordon House.

The house is incredibly private. We never saw anyone all week, with the exception of the Verandah resort across the bay, and that required binoculars.

The terrace really is the highlight of this place. A big stone deck right on the water and very private. Yes there are a number steps down to the terrace but unless you are physically handicapped or in horribly bad shape, they aren't a concern.

The house is clean and well kept and has everything you need. The view is fantastic, though some trees have grown up and need pruning. The breeze is great and there are fans in the rooms - you won't miss air conditioning.

Swimming off the terrace was great. The bottom is sandy and the water is shallow. Snorkeling is great if you swim towards the mouth of the bay.

Long Bay Beach is beautiful and the snorkeling is great. You can rent lounge chairs and get served fruity drinks under an umbrella. What more do you want? Walking to the beach is certainly possible, though for many reasons I would strongly recommend renting an SUV or jeep - so just use that instead.

There are a few mosquitoes (as with anywhere in Antigua) but they were rarely a bother due to the breeze and mosquito nets in the rooms. We didn't use any repellent and only got one or two bites all week. Marilyn provided spray, coils and repellant though we didn't need them.

Long Bay Beach has two good restaurants (both Italian) Otherwise buy groceries (in St. Johns) and cook. The kitchen has everything you need. You cannot eat at The Verandah or Pineapple Beach Resorts as they are all inclusive and don't allow outside guests for meals.

Rent an SUV or a Jeep. Privacy comes at a price, so this place is 30 min+ from everything (except Long Bay Beach). The roads are steep rough, especially leading up to the house.

There are two kittens, and while they are sweet, and a hoot to watch run around and play, they are very friendly do get into (and over and under) everything. If this is an issue, talk to the property manager, and they will relocate them while you are there.

Summary - If you are looking for privacy and plan to cook this place is perfect. If you plan to eat out every night and do a lot of beach hopping or sightseeing you might want to be closer to civilization.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax away from busy side of island

  • 4 of 5

Choose the Gordon House for majority of grooms family to stay in as wedding was just down the street from the Grand Pinepple Resort (wedding site). Pictures truly do match the amenities provided at the house. Although steps down to patio and Dian Bay are a bit steep, definitely worth it. Step right down into bay, and dry off on stone patio with breeze blowing to keep you cool.Gorgeous views!!!

Housekeeper Marilyn was not only our cook and housekeeper but also provided information regarding island information. We also were provided help from her daughter (wedding dinner) and was provided transportation by her son in law to avoid driving (on left side of road). Made you feel secure working with people you had gotten to know.

Be it the time of year, but only negative is that we were eaten up by mosquitos!! House also has no AC and netting you see in pictures over bed is not decorative- they are definitely needed. We learned alittle too late for us, but we went through 4 cans of OFF and lots of calamine lotion.

Something I think management should have been aware of and provided mosquito foggers and candles to keep them away- we ended up paying for coils and candles ourselves- bitten up already at that point. Please check on this condition by season you will be visiting- never too much information.

Great place to eat is at Long Bay down the road Mama's Pasta- no mama but great pizza, and seafood pastas. The Gordon House is just across the bay from the Verandoah Resort, and can see back side of Devil's Bridge. This location is a place to relax, read a book and get a tan, not close to town, harbours or night life activities.

Definitely would recommend for that usage with mosquito disclaimer.

Besides the itching, great memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Gordon House. It really is the most relaxing environment I have ever experienced. Just a note about the mosquito issue...sometimes after long periods of rain there is an increase in the mosquito population. We do our best to keep this under control with mosquito magnets. I have never had anyone mention the mosquitoes to me before but I truly apologize for any inconvenience they may have caused you. I will look into it immediately and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Thanks again, Amanda Rodriguez, property manager
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
VC Bird International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Mama's Pasta
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Long Bay
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Maid service ($75/day) $525

Nightly rates are for two guests. Extra charges are incurred above 2 guests per night.

Maid service is required at least every other day for reservations with more than 2 guests. Maid service cost is $75 per day. Please request desired maid service prior to reservation.

Manager'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.