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CONTENTS APRIL - AUGUST 2013

Property Interiors Lifestyle

6 Trends By Walkers World 8 The Legend Continues The John Hardy story then and now; reshaping the experience of luxury with a “Green” philosophy

14 The Perfect Place To Settle Perched high up on a hill not far from

where the first settlers to Barbados landed is De Gully, a home for sale that embraces the beauty of the outdoors

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East Coast Dreaming Swept away with Nicola Wilson on an East coast experience

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34 Inspired By Nature With today’s wide variety of nature inspired furniture and accessories it is easier than ever to bring the outdoors into our homes. Dwellings Design Studio shows us how

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Ask The Expert Straight talk on the perils of being underinsured by resident expert at United Insurance Company Ltd Carl Norris

42 Travel Therapy Rachel Ramphal is seduced by Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

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Sustainable Sugarwater An Eco-Luxe house for sale at Apes Hill impresses us with its “Net Zero” style and panache

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Green & Seen This retail page showcases eco friendly items available locally

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Brush fringe trim decorative pillow used on our Cover is available in 6 different colours from Jenny Blanc Interiors, Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James. Call 432-0989

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70 One Great Garden A conversation with the past translates

into a modern landscape at Andrews Great House by designer Richard Archer

75 Person Of Interest Living Barbados gets personal with cricketing legend Brian Lara

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Happy Home Office Let Walkers World show you how to make your home office functionable and enjoyable

80 Styled For Success Make an impression on colleagues and

friends, in and out of the office with these luxury retail items

84 Tiki Revival Six cocktail recipes from the Tiki Bar, Accra Beach

that will have you shaking your grass skirt every happy hour

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Buyer Profile An interview with the owners of Prudence House, Queens Fort on why they purchased in Barbados

90 H.O.R.S.E. Charity Event Coverage of an event to raise funds for neglected and abused horses

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News & Views What’s happening on the Real Estate scene

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Property Listings Find properties and developments for rent or sale 6

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Contact Us Living Barbados Magazine “Macston”, Overdene Gardens, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church, Barbados, BB14030 Rachel Ramphal: 253-9236 Email: rachel@livingbarbados.com Linda Lewis-Bishton: 232-7869 Email: linda@livingbarbados.com Webite - Sandra Bosher: 232-0283 Email: sandra@livingbarbados.com www.livingbarbados.com facebook.com/livingbarbados pinterest.com/livingbdos

Volume 5, Issue 5 April - August 2013 On the cover: De Gully Photography by Don Jordan

All information and pricing compiled in this publication was accurate at the time of printing. However, this information may be subject to change at anytime without notice. Copyright reserved. None of the contents in this publication can be reproduced or copied in any form without permission in writing from the Publisher


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The Legend Continues Photography compliments of John Hardy Story by Natasha Simpson

John Hardy is a handmade jewelry brand, which is reshaping the experience of luxury through a heritage of design, craftsmanship, quality and sustainability. The brand’s legacy is creating jewelry that reflects a collaboration of designers and artisans who are influenced by that commitment to be “Greener Every Day.” John Hardy is recognized as much for its unique designs, as it is for their environmental and social beliefs. The story started in 1975 when a young art student from Canada moved to the island of Bali in Indonesia. Here John Hardy began to study Balinese jewelry making techniques with a master artisan whose ancestors were goldsmiths to Bali’s former Royal Courts. John Hardy formed his company in 1989 and melded the techniques he had learned with his own fresh and original ideas... and the legend was born. In the late 1990’s head designer and creative director, Guy Bedarida, pictured on the right, joined the company. He possessed a vast knowledge of joaillerie from years of training and experience with prestigious design houses in Paris and his expertise took the John Hardy brand to a new level of excellence. Bedarida introduced new standards and techniques to the Bali studio artisans and guided a team of local illustrators in the French art of fine jewelry drawing as an integral part in the development of new designs. His aesthetic is inspired by nature, the ancient arts of Asia and his travels, this along with his flair for design and the ability to seamlessly blend the ancient Balinese craftsmanship along with modern European design has led to the development of some of John Hardy’s best-selling collections. The union between the time-honored Balinese traditions of the artisans and the chic interpretations of designers sets the John Hardy brand apart from the rest. CEO Damien Dernoncourt joined the team in 2003. Damien shared the dual passion for not only making jewelry but also a difference in people’s lives. Dernoncourt wanted to become part of the dream and make it a reality and has succeeded in building John Hardy into one of the most successful jewelry brands in the United States. He is dedicated to ensuring the company continues to be a pioneer in the area of environment and cultural preservation.

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The John Hardy compound, Bali

TOP TO BOTTOM: WIDE CUFF WITH DRAGON ACCENT, NAGA COLLECTION. GOLD “CINTA” BRACELET CALLED SINGHASARI NAGA MAJESTY. LARGE SQUARE RING WITH GREEN AMETHYST, CLASSIS CHAIN COLLECTION

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Dernoncourt is of the belief that internal beauty is just as important as external beauty and the company’s ethics and practices illustrate this belief. Along with their innovative and beautiful pieces, John Hardy also creates bespoke jewelry known as the Cinta Collection. Meaning “Love” in Indonesian, Cinta is their rarest collection of Haute Joaillerie. Founder John Hardy first asked Head Designer Guy Bedarida to create a special piece to offer as a gift to his wife in 2002. Soon , it became a regular tradition, with Guy designing exquisite pieces for Hardy’s wife until others began asking for their own. Each Cinta piece is entirely unique designed around a special shell or stone found on Bedarida’s world travels and then embellished to maximum beauty. The 18 karat gold cuff on the left is made with a Rubellite center stone, pink Sapphires and Diamonds. The John Hardy compound, shown above, was built in 1996 and is the company production centre. It is located in the heart of Bali and surrounded by bamboo forests and palm trees and is nothing short of a tropical paradise. Inspirational and eco friendly, the compound is made up of a series of low impact buildings, constructed in traditional Balinese style with bamboo and mud, some of the environmentally conscious efforts can be seen in the steps which have been constructed out of banyan tree roots and the cathedral which is entirely bamboo and entirely sustainable. Apart from the magnificent bamboo buildings which house showrooms, workshops and meeting rooms, the compound has two streams running through it, heirloom rice fields and an organic farm and serves as a living and gathering space for employees and animals alike. Their organic farm supplies the kitchen, where a five star chef provides meals for employees and guests every day.


Guy Bedarida discusses a collection with the artisans

The mission of this amazing brand to be “Greener Every Day” is part of their ongoing commitment to sustainable practices in every aspect of their creative process. From using recycled silver, sourcing alluvial gold, tracking the origins of stones and the “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative. Everyone at John Hardy is committed to live with a consciousness about their impact upon the planet. Motivated by the passion of beautiful things and beautiful people, their efforts to preserve water and decrease their carbon footprint are displayed in the different environmental initiatives that John Hardy employs. “Bamboo helps in both water preservation and sustaining the forests and John Hardy is definitely doing their part on that front.” says CEO Damien Dernoncourt. To date 800,000 bamboo trees have been planted via the operation “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo.” The company also contributes to the Balinese community through programs such as “Job for Life”, which works with a local orphanage and offers apprenticeships at the John Hardy Bali compound where the children and young adults learn to develop skills for professional use so when they complete high school they are at an advantage. There is so much more to John Hardy than unique and stunning hand made jewelry. The techniques used to create the pieces and the collaboration between artisans and designers is only the beginning. The jewelry is all created in an environment of respect for people and nature, which further attests to exceptional values of John Hardy. Influenced by that commitment to be “Greener Every Day” John Hardy is recognized as much for its unique designs, as it is for their environmental and social beliefs. John Hardy is definitely a brand apart and is available in Barbados at all Diamonds International locations.

THIS PAGE BOTTOM RIGHT: DAMIEN DERNONCOURT CEO OF JOHN HARDY AT THE BAMBOO PLANTING CEREMONY IN BALI. ABOVE: BRACELET ENGRAVED WITH NUMBER OF BAMBOO TREES PLANTED ON THE INSIDE. RIGHT: RING FROM THE NAGA COLLECTION.

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The Perfect Place To Settle Photography by Kirk Watkins

Story by Rachel Ramphal

THE FIRST INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN BARBADOS WERE AMERINDIANS WHO ARRIVED FROM VENEZUELA AROUND 1623 BC, AND HOLETOWN, ST JAMES WAS WHERE THE FIRST SETTLERS TO BARBADOS LANDED IN 1625. FAST-FORWARD TO THE 21ST CENTURY AND HIGH UP ON A HILL NOT FAR FROM THIS LOCATION MODERN DAY SETTLERS CHOSE TO MAKE DE GULLY THEIR HOME IN BARBADOS.

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It would seem the owners of De Gully were destined to establish roots in oasis of beautiful and fragrant plantings. The four bedroom suites surround Barbados. By coincidence, both owners’ parents honeymooned here, and the courtyard, each opening onto the reclaimed brick pathway which continued to visit often over the years. So began the owners’ long-stand- wraps around this focal point. The bedrooms feature beautiful hardwood floors and shutters, with picking love affair with the island. Following a similar path to their parents’, they vacationed here often, until finally deciding to make Barbados their led white pitched ceilings, and walls painted in warm saturated colours permanent home. While half of the husband’s family hails from Spain, both like emerald green and tangerine, not often seen in villas in Barbados. Furnishings vary from hardwood to ornately partners share a Venezuelan heritage. The painted Indian pieces, and a carved fourSpanish and Latin-influenced style of this unique tropical home reflects this cultural Built in 2005, the brief to the architect was to poster day bed lends an exotic feel to the blend, creating a warm and welcoming design a house where there is a seamless con- burnt orange bedroom. Whites and neutral nection between the in and outdoors, where all tones give the bright, spacious bathrooms a haven full of character and charm. At the end of a small residential enclave, of the rooms open to the gardens or courtyard... cool and crisp spa-like effect, while the feela long and lush driveway leads upwards gingerbread trim edges, cedar-shingles and lou- ing of luxury continues in the master suite, through towering trees until glimpses of vered windows are a recurring feature, allowing where a walk-in closet cum dressing room add a further level of privacy and comfort. a buttercup yellow house peek between in light and breeze when closed. Built in 2005, the brief to the architect was the stately palms and a large bearded fig to design a house where there is a seamless tree in the centre of a circular driveway. Two Balinese stone lions seem to beckon you to follow a coral stone connection between the in and outdoors, where all of the rooms open to path to a pair of ornately carved Indonesian temple doors, where an iron the gardens or courtyard. An infusion of distinctly Caribbean style can be bell rung by rope is an old spin on a doorbell, alerting the occupants that seen, as intricate gingerbread trim edges a series of cedar-shingled roofs, and the louvered windows so commonly found throughout the island are a guests have arrived. Upon entering, an internal courtyard unfolds, with a covered hardwood recurring feature, allowing natural light and breezes in even when closed. The sitting room is a spacious and inviting area with plush seating bridge leading into the foyer. On one side, a waterfall flows gently into a Koi pond which runs beneath the bridge. On one of the walls, a Buddha- and furnishings. The décor, which the owners have acquired throughout like face carved out of an old tree trunk watches over this serene garden their travels to Spain, Venezuela and India, along with some locally pur-

Gazebo overlooking the gully is the perfect relaxation retreat

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Living area with decor collected from the owners travels

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Master bedroom with view of the West coast

chased Indonesian pieces, lends a very ‘collected’ aesthetic. Also in the mix are prints and ceramic pieces from famous Venezuelan artists and vintage pieces such as Amerindian woven baskets, while an antique Mariner’s compass and model ship are from Spain. This house, while beautiful, is not a ‘showpiece’ – it is very much a home, with an eclectic collection that the owners have garnered on their world travels over a period of time. From the living room, French doors open to reveal an outdoor patio and De Gully’s true pièce de résistance: mesmerizing views straight out to the horizon. On the lower level terrace, the pool deck and an inviting aqua and cobalt blue freeform pool enjoy the same spectacular views. As the name of the house implies, the property overlooks a gully and the interesting topography of this land allows for the enjoyment of multileveled spaces and gardens. To the left of the outdoor patio, a bridge leads to the formal dining gazebo, octagonal in shape, with seating for eight and romantically lit by a chandelier and candle sconces at night. On the other side is the private terrace of the master bedroom. Beyond into the gardens, a yoga/meditation gazebo accessed via another wooden bridge seems to literally float in the trees above the gully below. The lady of the house is an avid gardener and this is evident. The gardens are not only beautiful, but carefully laid out to enhance the beauty of this unique house. All around, the gardens are vibrant and tropical with various species of palms, variegated hibiscus, heliconias, alocasias and pops of bright red firecracker flowers, a favourite nectar of the hummingbirds. Although this property is located in a residential area, there is an overall feeling of solitude and tranquility. The only sounds are the gently knocking bamboo chimes and the wind in the casuarina trees which grow up from the gully floor below. Circumstances now dictate that the owners must make their home base overseas and De Gully is waiting for a new generation of settlers to fall in love and settle on our shores, to write their own chapter in history.

Kitchen with access to the dinning gazebo

De Gully is for Sale through Altman Real estate. Call 246 432-0840 for more details or email us today on realestate@altmanbarbados.com, or visit altmanbarbados.com

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Jessica is wearing a floral bikini by Hurley and Nick is wearing baggies by Billabong. Both available from Lazy Days, Lanterns 435-8115 and Quayside 228-4510 Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics Shot on location at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba Photographer Don Jordan

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Friendly craft ven dor, Bathsheba

East Coast Dreaming Photography by Don Jordan and Mark Harris Story by Nicola Wilson

The wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, the sweet salty scent of the sea… most Barbadians are all too familiar with the sensations this picture invokes, it comes with the territory of living in such close proximity to the ocean and all of its therapeutic power.

No other place can quite capture this feeling like the East coast of Barbados, sequestered below the hills of the Scotland District beyond acres of sugar cane fields and trees full of wild monkeys, here it’s a whole other world. Whichever direction you approach from, the view that greets you as you crest over the rolling hills of this rugged landscape is rivaled by no other place on earth. The majestic jaws of the Atlantic Ocean sweep out before you with sunlight sparkling off the whitecaps, its salty fresh scent so sweet you want to bottle it and carry it home. The natural and un-spoilt beauty of the “Scotland District” lies within three of the parishes along the East coast and includes Martin’s Bay St. John, the international surfing Mecca of ‘Soup Bowl’ Bathsheba and onto Cattlewash in St. Joseph. Martin’s Bay is a little piece of old Barbadiana. This particular stretch of coastline evokes a sense of peace with its quaint, pretty bungalows and the sweet country folk who inhabit this sleepy little hamlet. The view from the shore is absolutely breathtaking…gentle waves slowly press into shore and a feeling of calm arrests your soul. A recommended “must” when visiting this part of the island is Bay Tavern, Martin’s Bay, be sure to stop and grab a tasty lunch from this rum shop cum restaurant. Local fishermen supply the Tavern with fresh catch daily and is then fried or grilled to perfection and served with a choice of local dishes including macaroni pie, breadfruit or peas and rice. Bajans in-the-know flock here on Thursdays for the Seafood Special and on Saturday night karaoke stirs up this sometimes sleepy village and is a good opportunity to get to know the friendly folk who live in this neck of the woods. Excellent service and friendly smiles are guaranteed, here the beauty of the people echo the environment they inhabit. Enjoy a nice leisurely drive along the coast drinking in the un-spoilt raw beauty of this lush coastline. Government law prohibits further development on the East coast so the landscape remains as pristine and natural as possible. Many of the old homes, rum shops and beautiful country churches you pass along the way have changed very little over the years, almost as though time has stood still.

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Andromeda Gardens is a botanical haven overlooking Bathsheba and whose name is derived from the Greek Goddess because it is ‘chained’ to the coral rock of the East coast. This veritable garden of Eden is home to over 600 species of plants including ginger lilies, Vanda orchids, bearded fig trees and the unusual jade vine to name a few. The gardens were started by Iris Bannochie in the early 1950’s, a self taught horticulturalist who travelled the globe collecting plants and who, upon her passing, bequeathed Andromeda to the Barbados National Trust. At the entrance to the gardens in a colourful chattel house is the Hibiscus Gift Shop and Café. Here you can purchase admission tickets to the garden, light refreshments as well as little trinkets and souvenirs. A guide can take you on a tour or you can opt to travel the paths on your own following the beautifully hand-painted signs as you meander through. The beauty of the plants and flowers is mesmerizing and the air is cool and fragrant with the perfume of the many different species of flowers. The main surf break on the island can be found in Bathsheba, referred to fondly by the locals as “Soup Bowl” because a wave can travel nearly three thousand miles in the open ocean undisturbed by sandbars, reefs or land before it breaks here in a foamy soup creating almost perfect conditions for surfers year round. World Champion Kelly Slater surfs here regularly and has deemed Bathsheba to be one of his favorite spots to surf in the world. Soup Bowl has helped hone BATHSHEBA LOOKS AS the skills of many a local surfer boy, one of which IF IT WAS ONCE THE PLAY- is Dane Mackie. Dane is the current Surfer of the Year Champion 2012 in the Open Mens Division, GROUND OF MYTHICAL 21, Under 18 and Under 16 Divisions. He is CREATURES - ENORMOUS Under also the Barbados Olympic Association Junior Male LIMESTONE BOULDERS Athlete of the Year 2012. We are proud of our local surfers who continue to make a name for themARE CASUALLY STREWN selves and for Barbados around the world! IN THE SHALLOWS, AS Bathsheba looks as if it was once the playground THOUGH GIANTS WERE of mythical creatures — enormous limestone boulPLAYING CATCH AND ders are casually strewn in the shallows, as though giants were playing catch and paused for a break. PAUSED FOR A BREAK. The wind barrels in relentlessly off the Atlantic. It’s a coastline carved by centuries of wind blowing from thousands of miles away, great gusts of salty air like tempests heaved by the gods. One can sit watching the swells curl into massive walls of water and when it’s breaking ‘clean’ people come here and stand on the beach to watch…it’s pure magic! Surfing is not the only attraction these shores have to offer. After a quick respite of yummy flying fish and a sweet cocktail at the Round House you can take a stroll through the local and very colorful craft market where you can purchase some local arts and crafts or, if you are lucky, have your photo taken with a baby green monkey. Further along the coast you encounter the Cattlewash experience. A traditional summer retreat, this amazing stretch of coastline is dotted with beach cottages and is home to the famous ‘Barbados Pool’, a tidal pool in the shape of our island home. The recently built Santosha is an apartment hotel which offers guests a relaxing stay nestled against the hills and overlooking the rolling Atlantic Ocean. A large pool and Jacuzzi deck area is available to rent for private functions, weddings and yoga retreats. The name Santosha comes from the Sanskrit word for ‘contentment’ and perfectly describes these luxury one bedroom and studio apartments boasting wide verandahs opening onto the panoramic views of the beach. They offer a generous 15% discount on bookings to locals and Caricom nationals only on three nights or longer during the summer months, offer valid from April 15th to Dec 14th, 2013. Perhaps it’s the element of ruggedness that lends itself to this particular strip of coastline which fares so positively with locals and visitors alike; that feeling of being completely cut off from the hustle and bustle of daily life, immersing oneself in nature and escaping from it all. It is that quest for inner peace that beckons us to its shores all year round, for a slice of serenity in a mad and crazy world. 28

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Good food, cool breezes and a sea view make Bay Tavern, Martin’s Bay a popular venue

Courtesy Rent-A-Car, Wildey has a wide selection of vehicles to choose from. Jessica’s hat & bag from Dingolay, Sheraton Jade vine flower at Andromeda Gardens

Santosha Barbados for quiet luxury Towels blow in the wind at the craft market, Bathsheba

Bay Tavern lunch, Martin’s Bay

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Model Jessica is wearing a Lauren Maxi Dress with sequin embellishments from Beth & Tracie Outlet, #2 Chattel Village, Holetown, St. James Tel: 422-1594 Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics Shot on location at Santosha Hotel, St. Andrew (near Long Pond). For more details call 422-7999 Photographer Don Jordan

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BEAUTY “HOW TO” WITH MAC COSMETICS PRO GISEL CAVILO

“ This girl has a bronzed glow on her skin as if she’s been surfing in the ocea n a nd has enjoyed every bit of su nshine” EYES: Start by lining the eyes with Copper Strip and Lifes Luxury - I used both colors because one is slightly darker in colour which makes the eyes more intense. Once lined, smudge liner blending it out toward outer corner with brush 219. Next apply bronzing powder in Refined Golden on crease and outer corner of eyes. Set with two coats of False Lashes waterproof mascara. Apply Bare My Soul in the inner corner of eyes, and on top of that blended liner you first applied use a bit of Friendly eye shadow with brush 217. This will set that color and give it more intensity. SKIN: Start with Mineralized foundation blended softly onto skin. On high points such as temples, cheekbones and cupids bow apply Strobe Liquid all over. Blend with brush 224. Add Bronzer in Refined Golden onto cheekbones and set a bit of Ripe For Love powder blush on apples of cheeks for that sun kissed look. LIPS: Finish lips with Feel My Pulse and Rhythm lipgloss on lips for that finishing touch. Make-up used from MAC’s new collection “Temperature Rising” - look for it soon at MAC stores in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street.

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EAST COAST PROPERTY

Grandview For Sale

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property in Bathsheba enjoys a beachfront location with superb views of local surf break “Soup Bowl”. The house consists of a spacious open plan kitchen and dining area, air conditioned bedrooms, en-suite master bedroom, laundry room, a large family room leading onto an open balcony overlooking the beach and fully enclosed grounds with beach access. FOR SALE: USD$1,500,000. For more information call Ron Karp Realty on 436-7440

Belleview For Sale

Land With A View For Sale

White Caps For Sale

This traditional 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom Barbadian cottage in Bathsheba enjoys an elevated position offering fabulous views of the sea and coastline. The house would benefit from upgrading, however it offers the opportunity for a purchaser to acquire a holiday home in one of the most picturesque and desirable areas of the Island.

Located in Joe’s River, St. Joseph are 4 lots of land comprising a total of approximately 72 Acres of hillside and beachfront land on the picturesque East Coast of Barbados. This is a great investment opportunity with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and wonderful country breezes.

White Caps is a beautifully designed 4,700 sq. ft. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom home perched on a hill with excellent ocean views. It is complimented by spacious living areas, purple heart flooring, high tray ceilings, a large patio with plunge pool and is just a short walk to the beach where you can swim and relax.

FOR SALE: USD$350,000

For more information call Realtors Real Estate Limited on 432-6930

For more information call Ron Karp Realty on 436 -7440

FOR SALE: USD$2,000,000

FOR SALE: USD$975,000

For more information call Seaside Realty on 439 -701 0

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Shot on location at Gibbs Lodge. Photography by Dan Christaldi

ck s le a ch e d ros k y b n u s d e and ru g g s p ire d byo u r ca rib be a n s e a in k o lo is f h T o lo u rs o a nd the c Give your room a luscious scent with the Illume Boho Candle.

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The coral inspired Branch Glass Bowl makes a beautiful centerpiece on any table.


INSPIRED BY NATURE Living in such beautiful surroundings it’s no surprise that in the Caribbean, we often want to bring the outdoors into our homes. With today’s wide variety of nature inspired and reclaimed furniture and accessories it’s never been easier. Here, Dwellings shares their top 5 tips for creating a nature inspired room of your own.

TIP 1. Find Your Inspiration: Do you like the relaxing colours and openness of the beach or do you prefer the vibrant tropical hues and textures of a tropical garden? Use a picture of a landscape you really love to draw inspiration from and keep it close at hand when selecting items and finishes for your room.

TIP 2. Get The Colours Right: Colour and light set the mood for a room. Keep to lighter colours and lots of light to create an airy beach feel or use richer hues inspired by tropical flora and more subdued lighting to create a cozier tropical garden feel. TIP 3. Bring In Texture: Observe the textures in your inspiration images carefully and bring those in through furniture and finishes. In this room inspired by the beach, distressed wood furniture, coral architectural details and natural linen slip covered sofas pick up on the stones, sand and driftwood of our inspiration picture. TIP 4. Accessorise It: Stay true to your inspiration when selecting the final touches in your room. For a beach inspired room, accessorise with natural fiber rugs, sea hued pillows and prints, collected items such as beach stones, shells and driftwood or mother of pearl accents. For a tropical room, use more colourful rugs, pillows and prints, medium to dark wood or brass accents and lots of natural or permanent botanicals. TIP 5. Titillate The Senses: Don’t forget to address the sense of smell. Top off your design with a luscious scented candle to compliment the atmosphere you’ve created in the room.

The Coral Sculpture Lamp is casual yet elegant in platinum tones.

These lagoon hued throw pillows will add color and interest to your sofa or bed.

Make a statement with this oversized shell mirror above a buffet or entry table.

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Shot on location at Mullins Bay. Photography by Dan Christaldi

The colours of the landscape are captured in the bedding, prints and accessories. A woven grass basket used for storage and the banana leaf chair bring the texture of the grass and trees into the room. The white furniture and wall finishes give the room an air of wideopen spaces reflecting the unobstructed views in the inspiration photo.

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Add pops of color to any room with these colourful silk pillows from Bliss Living Home. This Tie Dye Lamp adds just the right amount of colour and texture to a side table.

Display cherished memories in these bright ceramic frames.

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Make your walls pop with this oversized canvas art full of vibrant tropical colours.


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ASK THE

EXPERTS Carl Norris, United’s Underwriting Manager, Barbados, sheds light on an important topic which homeowners should understand.

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I have a friend who had a fire at her home last year and she was very disappointed when she did not receive the funds she thought were due to her after her claim was settled. When she spoke to her insurance company, they advised her that she was underinsured and the amount she received reflected this. What does “underinsured” mean?

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This is one of the terms we at United aim to explain to clients when they obtain a Uniplan 2000+ Homeowner’s policy from us. It works like this. It is important that you insure your property at a value that accurately reflects its true value as this is the basis of the insurance agreement. If you insure your property for less than what it is worth and your property is damaged or destroyed, your compensation may not be equivalent to the value of the property. For example, if the cost of rebuilding a home is $300,000.00, but you have insured your home for only $150,000.00 (half of

United Insurance is the Insurance Provider who cares. We want to be sure that you are not disadvantaged by not having enough insurance to protect your beautiful home. Don’t wait until you experience a loss to wonder what those technical insurance clauses mean or even if your insurance was adequate. Contact United or your insurance provider today to ensure you’re adequately protected.

the real value of rebuilding), the property is ‘underinsured’ by 50%. Consequently, the amount claimed by the policyholder is reduced by 50% and you will be deemed to be your own insurer for the remaining 50%. EXAMPLE: Rebuilding cost........................$300,000.00 Policy Sum Insured....................150,000.00 Amount Claimed.......................$30,000.00 Amount Paid.............................$15,000.00 (less any deductible, stamp duty or other charge)

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How can I confirm the value for which my property should be insured?

At United, we understand that it can be pretty difficult for you to arrive at an accurate dollar value for which your property should be insured. Luckily, we’ve provided some flexibility in our policy which eliminates any penalty, as long as your property is insured for at least 85% of the correct value. In order to ensure that your property is adequately insured we recommend that you obtain a professional valuation. We also suggest that you call or visit any United Insurance location today and let our team of trained professionals provide you with sound advice about ensuring you have adequate insurance coverage. And remember, You’re in Safe Hands with United!

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Trails surround the Resort and are perfect for a leisurely stroll or jog

Travel Therapy Seduced by Smugglers Cove Story by Rachel Ramphal Photography compliments of Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa I arrived in St Lucia mid morning after a quick island hop away from Barbados, and while I love my ‘rock,’ some much needed R&R from the usual demands of work and the responsibilities of family was what I was seeking. I didn’t just want a spa weekend… I needed one! My chosen ‘hideaway’ was Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa. Located in the Cap Estate area, it’s tucked away on 60 acres with a secluded white sand beach and spacious rooms and suites housed in colourful

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low-rise bungalows nestled amidst lush and vibrant tropical landscaping. I unpacked and after lunch I could barely decide whether to just laze the day away or take full advantage of everything that this all inclusive resort has to offer. Tennis, kayaking, Pilates, yoga and windsurfing to name just a few, a golf course is a stone’s throw away, there is so much to enjoy and I was eager to explore. I figured I had to walk off the calories anyway after the sumptuous lunch at La Trattoria… a three-course Italian affair! Seven expansive pools, the beach, a fully equipped gym and three other restaurants; Asian, International and Creole were at my disposal as well as the recently opened Namaste Spa, which was most definitely on my ‘menu!’ Spa Director Ariel Jacobson is dedicated to health and wellness and has plans for the continued improvement and upgrade to these related facilities and programs. Some of his plans are the installation of a Juice Bar facility, bringing in a nutritionist to customise clients’ meal plans and introducing more healthy options on the restaurants’ menus. Also in the pipeline are Zumba classes and the addition of a fitness trail around the property, perfect for those who like to take their work-out outdoors! After a leisurely stroll and a refreshing swim I was already starting to feel the stress and tension slip away. I decided to change early for dinner so that I could enjoy the local libations at the Waves Bar and watch the sun retreat in all her spectacular glory below the horizon. Dinner I decided would be a Creole affair at the Waterside Grill and after yet another sublime meal and a show in the Piton Lounge, bed summoned and sweet dreams followed shortly after. Day two brought a healthy combination of exploration and relaxation, a morning trip into Castries Vendors Market followed by lunch back at the hotel. Dessert today would not be the tempting dark chocolate tart of the day before; I had booked a Shirodosha Massage… a full body massage flowing into a deep pressure point scalp massage as dosha oils


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La Trattoria Restaurant is open on all sides with sea, pool and garden views

As I headed to the airport and the sun set on my last day in St Lucia I knew I would be back to re-visit her many charms. Smugglers Cove is fun for families, perfect for a romantic getaway or ‘girls only’ weekend! are poured at the top of the forehead; pure ecstacy! The Spa staff are professional and highly trained and a partnership with luxury spa and skincare line Elemis truly makes the experience a sheer indulgence. An in-house salon completes the package with hair, nail, makeup and waxing services. I left the Spa totally blissed out and headed straight for a lie down on a lounger beachside until sunset. After dinner I headed out to Delirius, in the popular Rodney Bay area with some new found friends to sample the local bar scene and where we stayed out way too late for our own good. Fortunately the next day’s agenda brought with it healthy recovery. Early next morning I headed to the gym to shake off the slightly fuzzy head from the night before and then headed out to join a catamaran cruise… destination? The majestic Pitons and the Mud Baths, a natural spa pool fed by the therapeutic sulphuric rich 38.7 degree Celcius hot waters from the Soufriere volcano. The ritual is simple, get in hot bath (take photo) get out and cover yourself from head to toe in volcanic mud (strike a pose and definitely take photo), back in hot bath and wash off (photo optional)…. the result is silky clean skin and a rosy glow. After a delicious local Creole lunch in the beautiful hills of Soufriere it was time to get back to the boat for some snorkeling before sailing back up the coast and on to Smugglers Cove for a beach barbeque dinner. Zip Line was in store for me today and I headed to the hills for this exhilarating tree top experience; I had now experienced St. Lucia fully by air, land and sea. Perhaps because of my ‘au naturel’ spa experience the day before I was eager to head back to Namaste for another pampering session and Ariel recommended an Exotic Moisture Dew Facial. This begins with a facial massage with thirst quenching actives which leave your skin nourished and healthy…a girl could get used to this! My last evening in St Lucia and I decided I would head to the adults only restaurant Café Asia to indulge in some Chinese, Thai and Japenese culinary delights. The recommended duck did not disappoint,it was cooked to succulent perfection and accompanied by one of my favorites, spicy rice noodles. An early morning rise and I headed to the Gym pool for an Aqua aerobics session, low impact but high energy and loads of fun. Time for one last date at Namaste Spa as I wasn’t yet fully satiated. A Muscle Ease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap would be just what I needed to send a new and improved relaxed me back home. This deeply detoxifying seaweed treatment decongests,detoxifys and stimulates the system inside and out. A warm seaweed body mask of the richest sea plants and marine algae combined with a blend of essential oils is applied to the body before being cocooned in a comforting foil wrap while being treated to a Thai drainage facial massage and de-stress scalp treatment. I finally reached nirvana! As I headed to the airport and the sun set on my last day in St Lucia I knew I would be back to re-visit her many charms. Smugglers Cove is fun for families, perfect for a romantic getaway or ‘girls only’ weekend!

Swim-up pool bar overlooks the sea

For more details on all that Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa has to offer visit their website at smugglersresort.com

SPECIAL OFFER

US$50 spa credit towards any treatment or treatments valued at US$100 or more. Call 1(758) 457-4140 or email reservations@smugglersresort.com to book, quoting the code LIVINGB to receive your spa credit. Offer valid until Dec 31st, 2013

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Jenny Blanc’s aim is to be a centre of design excellence

Jenny Blanc Interiors has celebrated the second highly successful season of their showroom in the chic St. James area of Barbados. This beautiful, stylish venue has become a destination boutique for both visitors with homes on the island as well as local Barbadians looking for elegant, unusual gifts for special anniversaries or weddings. Many well-known faces can be seen browsing the latest collections. New, exquisite objects and furnishings are regularly sourced from around the world by Jenny. All have to meet her rigorous design aesthetic combining elegance, suitability for the Caribbean climate and quality. The company takes great pride in sourcing works from Barbadian artists and craftsmen including designing furniture which is made locally. The Jenny Blanc design team have many years experience of working on prestigious homes in Barbados and 2013 will be no exception. However, the team also offer their expertise in a condensed Room-by-Room format at a pace and budget to suit. This unique service offers the company’s design expertise, flair and extensive product knowledge and aims to simplify the process of decorating a home one room at a time. Over the past 11 years working in Barbados, Jenny Blanc Interiors has won many prestigious awards for their interior design both in the UK and Caribbean. December 2012 saw great excitement when competing against stiff international competition, the design team accepted an award for the world’s best Interior Design of a Private Residence in the UK. The company seeks to become an integral part of the business community on Barbados and give back to the island some of the benefits it accrues from working there. They support the Jenna Trust, a local charity dedicated to easing the suffering of severely brain-injured children in Barbados and improving their quality of life. It is also planned in the near future to set up a Design Scholarship for a local design student to come to the UK to study and gain experience with the design team in England. Left to right: Emma Blanc, Jenny Blanc and Sue Richardson-Thomas hold their award for Best International Interior Design Private Residence.

TWO EXCITING LOCATIONS TO VISIT Caribbean Showroom: Frangipani, Sunset Crest, St James, Barbados, West Indies. 1(246) 432-0989 Email barbados@jennyblanc.com London Design Practice and Showroom: 59 High Street, Teddington, West London TW11 8HA, +44(0) 20 8943 4440 Email design@jennyblanc.com

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Architecture: Jeremy Gunn, Italica Interior Decorator: Nicola Atwell, Bella Casa Designs Ltd. Couch: Supplied by Bella Casa, Frame by Tropical Furnishings Inc Cushions: Arjay Upholstery & Drapery Ltd Tiles: Eco-friendly floor tiles by Atlas Concorde, Tile Gallery Accent Chair: Sourced from a local antique shop Orchid basket and chopping board: Walkers World Orchid plants: Michael and Angela Birkett

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Sustainable Sugarwater AN ECO-LUXE HOUSE FOR SALE AT APES HILL IMPRESSES US WITH ITS “NET ZERO” STYLE AND PANACHE Photography by Toni Inniss Story by Laura Lin Hutchinson

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Glass bowls: Bella Casa Floor tiles: Tile Gallery Second-hand white chairs: Marc Kurtis Repurposed table and wicker chairs: Timothy Oulton

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Verdigris coffee table from The Collective made from salvaged copper pieces and reclaimed marine wood Old Rum barrel cut in half makes a creative side table

Twilight at Sugarwater

Tomatoes, zucchini, sweet Basil and squash grow together with Marigolds, a natural insect repellant, in the back garden

Driftwood mirror designed by Bella Casa and built by Tropical Furnishngs along with mahogany kitchen counter. Bamboo fruit bowl, Walkers World.

“WHEN FACING A PROBLEM AS LARGE AS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE, IT IS EASY TO GET OVERWHELMED AND FEEL LIKE YOUR ACTIONS DON’T MATTER. START SMALL, TAKE A REUSABLE BAG TO THE STORE, START RECYCLING, PLANT A LITTLE KITCHEN GARDEN, TURN THE LIGHT OFF WHEN YOU LEAVE A ROOM… THAT’S HOW I STARTED AND THIS IS WHERE THESE SMALL STEPS HAVE LED ME.” Fraiser Young

Ever let your imagination freely fly into a future life and conjure up your ideal home? If you are a day dreamer you could probably create a fantasy dwelling space that’s out of this world, but if you are a designer with a plan, strong motivation and a capacity to turn a dream into actuality you might produce a real and fully sustainable dream home like Sugarwater. Fraser Young is a young designer and business man with a background in the offshore sector, an entrepreneur and eco-warrior. It is this combination of facets that has obviously influenced the production of the much talked about new house on the block. The ‘block’ being Apes Hill located inland on the west coast of the island in St James, Barbados’ newest and most prestigious gated community. The ‘talk’ is that Sugarwater is “Net Zero” living, fully sustainable and that it has been constructed out of recycled, reclaimed and reinvented materials. One wonders if it is one of those whacko pep bottle and tyre type houses and what is it doing in such a place as this. So on the meandering drive up through this carefully cultivated landscape you may be expecting something wooden and green with a roof full of solar panels or some such stereotype idea of eco living. Look again…on a downward slope at the edge of a small gully a clean grey tiled roof peeks out from behind high walls. Electric gates slide open to reveal a cool crème coral stone exterior which doesn’t immediately disclose the grand scale of this thoroughly modern building or all the elements of sustainability and explicit, purposeful design. Who was the Architect? Who built it?, one asks; the answer is Jeremy Gunn, Architect and Sigma Construction Inc. Back to the designer – Fraser – make a note of his name because he is undoubtedly a pioneer here attempting to carve a path and change the future of design, construction and life-style in Barbados. With the LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2013

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Bed: Tropical Furnishings Bed Sheets & accent pillows: Bella Casa Non-chlorinated Saline water, Aqua-Tec Inc Pool Maintenance

Tub supplied by Island Tiles Ballast Bricks, The Old Brick Factory

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construction of Sugarwater Fraser has made visible his revolutionary ideas and high ideals of sustainable, ‘green’ living, demonstrating these as possible with the utmost of style, taste and contemporary chic. Every feature has been meticulously planned and researched and materials carefully sourced from companies committed to ethical green practices. The structure is flawless, unfussy, clean, and practical and every facet is designed with the intention to be energy efficient and sustainable. The cobblestone walkway at front is created by The Old Brick Factory, a local company manufacturing ballast bricks using molds of the originals and reused concrete and sand. Walk over the yellow brick road and enter a magical future kingdom that looks wide, spacious and larger than life. The immediate awareness is of spaciousness… a high vaulted ceiling and the outdoors merging into indoors, an effect achieved simply because there are no walls! Its absolutely brilliant… Remote controlled roller shutters can at the touch of a button, enclose the open plan kitchen and living room area or open it up and invite the sky and the trees in. The supersized, butcher’s block island is made of reclaimed local red mahogany wood and divides the kitchen and living areas, this is illuminated by huge industrial light fixtures… the lights throughout the house are LED. It is the ideal kitchen with high-end industrial appliances and the fridge, wine cooler and cupboards fitting flush in a seamless finish. A huge mirror with a frame of natural driftwood, designed by Interior Decorator, Nicola Atwell of Bella Casa was built by Darrin Rapson of Tropical Furnishings who created many of the wooden furnishings here. Gaze out onto the saline infinity pool, a massive water feature stretching along the length of the house from one end by the dining area to the master bedroom from where, the romantic hand-made 4 poster mahogany bed, one can take two steps into the non-chlorinated water for an early morning dip.


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Nearly every element of the house is an environmentally conscious creation making a purposeful statement. The wide, oversized jalousie windows are made of eucalyptus wood which is a natural repellant to insects. The tiles throughout the house are made of reconstructed old porcelain tiles, ground and reinvented to create a whole new slab effect and available locally at Tile Gallery. The roof’s girders are built to last, made from recycled imported steel they can withstand a grade 3 hurricane and are also termite resistant. Glass walled showers in the shiny tiled bathrooms are inviting but the outdoor tub surely captures the imagination… bubbles under a moonlit night sky, oh my…the dream weaver has certainly cast a sweet spell! Yet still not forgetting the practical sustainable aspect - the toilets are flushed with water captured by a powder coated, seamless aluminum guttering which runs around the perimeter of the roof and collects rain water in a 30,000 gallon underground catchment. This can provide all the water requirements for toilets, shower, laundry, orchard and garden. All paint used was no VOC and supplied by Eco-Breeze. Oh the garden! Fraser admits the garden or ‘edible landscape’ is his favorite feature. This garden is more than just a pretty place, purely decorative gardens may well become a thing of the past. Utilizing green space productively and economically while still being pleasing to the eye are constant key factors. A variety of organic foods - pumpkins, zucchini, kale, beans, tomatoes etc even pineapples and strawberries grow abundantly in rich organic soil and would greatly reduce the house dweller’s grocery bill. An orchard of fruit trees in the gully alongside is still in planning stage. This is sustainability in action and Fraser’s other passion, organic farming, which he sees as a way forward not only for individual home owners but for Barbados as a whole. We also can’t overlook the solar voltaic panels which are ground mounted to conform with the community design restrictions in a discreet designated area in the yard providing nearly all the household’s power requirements… hence the term “Net Zero” which means practically no utility bills for the rest of your life! Fraser says “I have worked with over 25 local companies to create my living examples of sustainability. They have all embraced the education and ideas that I have brought to them, seen the opportunity and in turn started to grow their businesses. I have worked to create a network of individual companies whose services both support and compliment each other”. The fabulous Sugarwater is more than just a beautiful fantasy… it is a practical cost and energy efficient, low maintenance, high functional, investment in the future and a fine example of the possibility of sustainable living in Barbados. Sugarwater is for Sale. For details call Fraser Young on 233-4917, Eco Structure Barbados Ecostructurebb@gmail.com

PINEAPPLES, CARROTS, SWEET BASIL, ROSEMARY, CUCUMBERS, PUMPKIN AND OTHER VEGETABLES ARE USED IN THE GARDEN LANDSCAPING AND WILL EVENTUALLY GROW TO HELP FEED A FAMILY SUSTAINABLY AS WELL AS PROVIDE AESTHIC VALUE THE WINE CELLAR SHOWN ABOVE WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM DISCARDED LIMESTONE RUBBLE AND NATURALLY KEEPS WINE CHILLED TO THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE LEFT: SOLAR VOLTAIC PANELS ARE DISCREETLY LOCATED ON AN ELEVATED LOCATION AT THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY AND SUPPLY ALL OF THE ENERGY REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS NET ZERO HOUSE

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ECO-FRIENDLY CHEESEBOARD Made from sustainable Hevea wood which has a natural resistance to mold and fungus. The recycled sea glass cover dome makes this piece perfect for Entertaining! Walkers World, Millhouse, 421-7968 or St. Lawrence Gap 428-1183

COLOURFUL RECYCLED RUGS Rag Rug Collection by Jenny Blanc made from 100% Recycled Fibres. Small rugs in all colours shown 25 ½” x 47” Large Rugs in taupe & grey stripe 59” x 78 ½“. Available at Jenny Blanc Interiors, Sunset Crest, call 432-0989

HOLISTIC NATURAL CANDLE Made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances so they burn without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins or soot. From Pure Source, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, call 271-8211

green & seen Eco friendly items available locally

GOLDEN GLOW Above: This Driftwood sconce is a unique and beautiful accessory for any wall in your home. From Archer’s Hall Design Centre, Speightstown, Call 422-0400

BPA FREE AND STYLISH! These 22oz glass water bottles from LifeFactory are available in several trendy colours; Ocean, Raspberry, Orange, Red, Midnight Blue, Royal Purple and Olive. From Live Green Health Shop, Worthing. Tel: 426-1314

HANDCRAFTED DETAIL Left: This 2-Door Painted Cabinet represents the best of Chinese antique reproductions. Hand-painted and distressed, this cabinet is constructed using woods reclaimed from demolished buildings, married with traditional Chinese joinery. Crackled painted finishes impart an authentically aged feel. Available exclusively through the Dwellings Design Studio www.dwellingsbarbados.com 100% RECYCLED GLASS Below: This stunning serving bowl is made from 100% recycled glass. From Natz Home Furnishings, Warrens. Visit their brand new showroom today! Call 424-2661 ECO-FRIENDLY FACIAL PRODUCTS REN’s facial skincare range is formulated using the most advanced 100% plant and mineral derived actives. They are free from synthetic fragrance and colour, PEGS, parabens and propylene glycol et al. Available from Pure Source, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, call 271-8211

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A MUST HAVE! Clean the way nature intended with Seventh Generation’s natural household cleaners. From Live Green Health Shop, Worthing. Tel: 426-1314

GET JUICED Get more juice and more vitamins due to the dual stage “slow squeezing system” technology. Proven to keep more minerals and vitamins intact than high speed juicers. Silent and compact Hurom® Premium Slow Juicer/Smoothie maker is an energy-efficient gourmet machine that juices fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, wheatgrass, nuts, and soy. From Do It Best, Sheraton Mall. Tel: 434-6740

BAMBOO TOWELS Bamboo Towels are naturally antibacterial, more absorbent, softer and three times more durable than cotton towels. They are made of sustainable bamboo fibers grown without any pesticides and are entirely biodegradable at the end of their useful life. Available exclusively at Dwellings. www.dwellingsbarbados.com

WHAT EVERY KITCHEN NEEDS A FreshAir Kitchen Compost Collector; designed to eliminate odors and keep away fruit flies. Available from Live Green Health Shop, Worthing. Tel: 426-1314

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Home Ownership Is Possible And Now Is A Good Time To Buy

For most, buying a home is the single largest investment in their lifetime. The decision can understandably feel overwhelming. The good news is, if you take the time to do a little research, purchasing a home is likely to be a positive experience, with fewer surprises along the way. Here’s how to make certain your leap to homeownership is in the right direction. Featuring Michael Stuart, Manager of Scotiabank Haggatt Hall

Think long term While there are many benefits to owning a home, it’s important to think longer term when you purchase a home. In fact, to really reap the rewards of homeownership, you should be prepared to stay in your house for some time. That’s because the longer you own your home, the more equity you build in that home. This increases both your personal net worth and your financial security – with the added benefit of living in and enjoying your home while your equity grows. Draw on expertise Beyond your lifestyle priorities, you’ll need to assess your finances to determine whether home ownership is an affordable option for you. “That’s where Scotiabank can help,” says Michael Stuart, Manager of Scotiabank’s Haggatt Hall branch. “A meeting with a mortgage specialist can help you determine what kind of down payment and monthly payments you can afford, and we can also explain various financing options. We can help you understand how a mortgage is structured and determine the financing package that best suits your needs.”Speaking with a realtor knowledgeable about the local real estate market will also help you make a better informed decision. They have information on location, the current market, and availability of homes within your price range, the best time to buy, and other factors that will help make you comfortable with your decision. When you base your decision to become a homeowner on a solid foundation of research and planning, you’ll make a more informed decision and be better prepared to make the move to home ownership. Discover the Possibilities with a Mortgage Check Up Are you asking “What if I already have a mortgage?” Perhaps your mortgage is up for renewal, but even if it’s not, it is possible to reap the benefits of switching your mortgage lender. This is a good opportunity to adopt a proactive approach to your finances. “Our Mortgage Check Up programme is ideal for this,” notes Mr. Stuart. “There’s no obligation, but you can find out whether there are benefits to switching. Some customers come to us because they need to consolidate debt, or need more affordable terms. After all, your life may not be the same as at the time you first took out your mortgage. You may have married, added a new family member, or changed jobs. You have the choice of changing your mortgage to suit your current commitments.”Renewing your mortgage isn’t just about finding the best interest rate. While that’s certainly a part of the process, it may be the right time to review your overall borrowing options and tailor your mortgage to fit your current needs. Mortgage Options “If you are struggling in this economy, you may want to renegotiate a smaller monthly payment and take a longer time to pay,” Mr. Stuart adds. “In addition, the equity you have built in your home can be a valuable source of financing - allowing you to borrow at better rates by using your home as security. The funds can also be used to pay for your child’s education or pay for home renovations to enhance your home’s value even further. You could even consider using the equity in your home to pay off loans and credit cards with higher interest rates.”

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Visit our spacious showroom at Canewood for fine lighting, kitchen appliances and plumbing products from quality names like Kohler, Duravit, Smeg, Sub-Zero and Wolf, Hansgrohe, Bosch, Grohe and Progress Lighting.

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One Great Garden Photography compliments of Viridis By Wendy John

A PERSONABLE AND MULTI TALENTED LANDSCAPE DESIGNER RICHARD ARCHER OF VIRIDIS HAS CREATED A STUNNING AND ELEGANT GARDEN AT ANDREWS GREAT HOUSE AND LETS LIVING BARBADOS MAGAZINE IN ON HIS PLANTING TECHNIQUES.

Andrew’s Great House was built in 1923 as a managers house for Andrews Sugar Factory, thought to be the longest running sugar factory in the western hemisphere. The house has been a second home to the Elias family since 1973 and was recently renovated under the architectural direction of Michael Gomes Associates. Mrs. Penny and Ms. Charlotte Elias were the main contributors to the landscape design process on the client side, with Mrs. Christine Millar providing input and advice from her vast experience in the arts.

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As it was a historic renovation, it was decided to use mainly traditional ornamental plants in the garden renovation, many of which were salvaged and re-used from the original garden. Some of the original Crotons were dug up and placed in the Viridis nursery and variegated Dracaenas were also salvaged and propagated from cuttings. Scions from an ancient Sago palm found in the original garden were also kept and planted in the scheme later. Original Heliconias, Ginger Lilies and other flowering shrubs were replaced into the new landscape design after the reshaping of planting beds and lawns. One of the client’s mandates was to have uninterrupted views through Mahogany trees to the east of the property which had a dense undergrowth. As it was cleared out it was discovered that the old grove of trees actually frames the full moon as it rises, a view enjoyed from the newly built east gallery and a ‘happy accident’

A CUSTOMIZED SHADE OF OLIVE GREEN CHOSEN BY THE OWNERS AND MIXED BY HARRIS PAINTS WAS USED ON THE EXTERIOR WALLS. A COMPLIMENTARY BALANCE IS ACHIEVED BETWEEN THIS AND THE COLOURS AND TEXTURES IN THE PLANTINGS; EACH ONE SHOWCASING THE OTHER.

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Living room at Andrews Great House is open on 3 sides to capture views of the garden Clerodendrons

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of the garden renovation. The rest of the new garden frames that focal point with colour, texture and vertical interest. Against the darker shaded areas of the copse of trees, bright contrasting shrubs such as Silver Dollars, yellow sprays of the perpetual flowers on the Shower-of-Gold and several varieties of Pseuderanthemum were used. Yellow Shrimp plants placed in the mixed bed plantings played with the yellow colour palette but with a variation in shape, texture and scale of the blooms. The wide variegated leaves in pink white and red of the old Dracaenas provide textural and colour contrast, as well as variety of scale. The colours of the house, by Harris Paints, are a custom mixed tone of green on the exterior walls and a strong deep red on the roof and are unusual in Barbados plantation houses, but very effectively used here to convey gravitas. The colours of the plantings close to the house were chosen to compliment rather than compete with them. One of the plants used to the best effect in those areas are the Clerodendrons, popping out against the dark slate green of the house with its big bold leaves and bright scarlet sprays of flowers. Some of the specimen plants used in the design are newer varieties, non traditional for a plantation house such as the dramatic Foxtail Palms, only discovered in 1975, and the Australian Flame Thrower Palm, renowned for displaying its new leaves in a fiery unfurling show. A pair of dramatic silver grey Bizmarkia Fan Palms now stand sentinel among the old Royal Palms in the north gardens. Original specimen plants such as the large Sago Palm, mature Golden Palm and an old, rampant golden Chalice Vine were kept to great effect and spoke to the permanence of the place even in the face of change. For colour and texture, filler plants were used in mixed bed scenarios such as Acalypha varieties, Texas Sage for a bright pop and dwarf Elephant Ears to give a different scale and form. Borders and edging relied heavily on old stalwarts such as varieties of Cuffia, Hemigraphis alternata, a purple low growing plant with a green metallic highlights and Pilea macrocarpa otherwise known as ‘Never Dead’, which gives a nice mounded textured border. Mondo grass, Portulaccas, Moses-in-a-Basket and Flax Lilies completed the border palette. Other traditional plants used were Beefsteak Acalypha, Plumbago, Crotons, some of which were propagated in the nursery, some exotic ones brought in for added variety of colour and leaf shape. A large flowering Thunbergia hedge was kept to retain privacy between the gazebo and formal garden. Plants in the scheme along the pathway with the Cleredondrons are Star Jasmine, Flax Lilies used to brighten the way and a pair of white Mussaenda designed to create an arch of white blooms over the entrance to the pool deck. The Rose garden along the west gallery was a special request of the client as they love the colour, form and scent of the blooms. The Roses were used to under plant a trio of Foxtail Palms in a soft stone planter. The new Rose bushes were all propagated with the help of Christine Millar using cocoa moss brought from Trinidad for the air layering technique of propagation. From one original rose bush planted by the pool many years ago, 20 plants were produced for the front and west galleries, to be enjoyed by all who approach the house. In the turning circle of the driveway a purple Orchid Tree was under planted with a mass purple bloomed Iris, whose long greed blades echo the look and movement of the sugar canes, now almost gone form the surrounding landscape. Magenta Portulacas, or ‘Rock Roses’ edge the scheme and hang over the salvaged soft stone blocks used for the circle. To the north of the house, a two acre orchard has been planted with fifty new fruit trees including many varieties of citrus, mango, banana and mammy apple. Species exotic to Barbados were also planted in the new orchard, such as the African Baobab, the ‘Tree Of Life’, and one of each Rambutan and Duku trees were also planted. The intention behind the new orchard was to provide a legacy of fruit to future generations. A number of Royal Palms growing wild on the location were transplanted to more appropriate locations in the landscape, children of the majestic, century old specimens planted by Mr. Robert ‘Laddie’ Challenor and Mr. Harold Wright in 1923, and likely to be standing there in 2123.


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LAND FOR SALE AT EBWORTH, ST. PETER Spanning 18 acres in the serene, rural setting of St. Peter, Ebworth presents a rare opportunity to acquire a vast country estate, including a Great House, pool and outbuildings, with ocean views. Permission exists for subdivision of the land – an excellent opportunity for residential development. Contact Altman Real Estate on +1 (246) 432 0840 Email: realestate@altmanbarbados.com

DOUG LUKE OF GILLESPIE & STEEL ARCHITECTURE GIVES US AN IDEA FOR A POSSIBLE HOME AT EBWORTH

This villa type epitomizes luxury country living ideal for the estate lots at Ebworth. These villas are the modern interpretation of the Barbadian Great House, but with the additional comforts and amenities for contemporary tropical lifestyles. The villa’s heritage is reflected in the generous use of space, the ease of movement, the creative adoption of traditional materials and craftsmanship and each villa’s unique relationship to its plot. Each villa sits graciously and elegantly within a large parcel of land and all its living spaces are oriented towards views of the sea beyond or well-landscaped gardens. Outdoor living is encouraged on grand patios and balconies along the full length of the villa, and garden pavilions that may be used for dining in or lounging. This villa, at approximately 7,500 sq. ft., with its 5 to 6 ensuite bedrooms and full complement of open and comfortable living spaces, celebrates the enjoyment of outdoor living with a certain measure of expanse within a tranquil country setting and may also be complemented by a small guest cottage. The villa type may be customized for specific tastes and lot types at Ebworth. To contact Doug call (246) 425-1356 or email him at luke@gillespieandsteel.com

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PERSON OF INTEREST

BRIAN LARA BRIAN CHARLES LARA WAS BORN ON MAY 2, 1969 IN SANTA CRUZ, TRINIDAD. HE IS GENERALLY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST BATSMEN OF ALL TIME. LARA ALSO HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE IN A TEST INNINGS AFTER SCORING 400 NOT OUT AGAINST ENGLAND AT ANTIGUA IN 2004. HE IS THE ONLY BATSMAN TO HAVE EVER SCORED A HUNDRED, A DOUBLE CENTURY, A TRIPLE CENTURY, A QUADRUPLE CENTURY AND A QUINTUPLE CENTURY IN FIRST CLASS GAMES OVER THE COURSE OF A SENIOR CAREER. LARA IS ONE OF ONLY THREE CRICKETERS TO RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS BBC OVERSEAS SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, THE OTHER TWO BEING SIR GARFIELD SOBERS AND SHANE WARNE. HE HAS TWO CHILDREN, SYDNEY LARA AND TYLA LARA. BRIAN WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE? My dad Bunty Lara, the support he gave me and the sacrifices he made for me are the real reasons for my achievements on and off the playing field. I lived an active life from an early age so the peace and tranquility brought about by my Mom Pearl was a calming influence. Joey Carew and Sir Garfield Sobers were my mentors and father figures as well. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE FAVOURITE THINGS YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AND WHY? Spending time with my two beautiful daughters, something that was difficult during my playing days. Playing golf with my friends around the world, I just love the challenges of the game and travelling the world promoting my country Trinidad and Tobago as a place to visit. I love travelling and instinctively when I’m abroad I encourage the people I come into contact with to visit my beautiful country.

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Ebworth Plantation House

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HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? I will like to be remembered as someone who positively impacted the lives of all Caribbean people through my profession. To those close to me, a good father, brother and friend. TELL US ABOUT BRIAN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6-12? I was a sports fanatic who always had to be playing something - cricket, football, table tennis, etc. Academically okay but recreation was of utmost importance. I also learnt a lot during those impressionable years from my ten brothers and sisters. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A HOME IN BARBADOS? Ebworth is more than a home, it’s an old plantation house sitting on a ridge overlooking the west coast of Barbados surrounded by 18 acres (see images on left and right). I saw it as an investment in years to come. Personally I enjoy being in Barbados and of all the people in the Caribbean, I feel like I have a closer relationship with Barbadians outside of my home country. HOW DO YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME IN BARBADOS? Golf and more golf! There are beautiful golf courses all over the Caribbean but here I’m spoilt with 3 amazing courses; Sandy Lane Golf Club, Apes Hill as well as Royal Westmoreland. A morning swim on one of the west coast beaches is a must and the restaurants... their food and service is second to none.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN? Definitely to respect their elders. Forgiveness is a character trait that everyone has but don’t necessarily employ, there is going to come a time when people or events disappoint them and learning to forgive and move on is the only way your mind is going to be at peace. I want my kids to also live their lives to the fullest and have no regrets. TOP: BRIAN PLAYING HIS FINAL MATCH DURING THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP SUPER EIGHTS MATCH BETWEEN WEST INDIES AND ENGLAND AT THE KENSINGTON OVAL, BARBADOS IN 2007. TOP LEFT: BRIAN LARA WALKS A LAP OF HONOUR AFTER HIS FINAL MATCH AT KENSINGTON OVAL, BARBADOS, APRIL 21, 2007.

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Happy Home Office

So many successful business people now work from home offices. Let Walkers World help you make that space functionable and enjoyable. Come into any one of our locations and ask us about any of the items on this page.

Needham Desk & Chair $1995

Pagoda Lounge Stool $449

Harris Paints Peacocks Plume

Harris Paints Hot Pepper

Harris Paints Crisp White Shirt

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Grayson Chair $795 Available through w design.

Madrid Chair $595

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White X Desk $1,350 This desk’s geometric simplicity and crisp, clean tones layer easily into existing decor offering a refreshing style update.

2 Mid-century magic Globe Lamp $189. 95

Palladium Lamp $349.95

Jolie Lamp $229.95

Needham Desk & Chair $1,995 Let classic design, nickel hardware and a to-die-for, nail-studded desk chair bring an air of elegance to your home office.

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Panca Desk $999 Made of 100% mahogany, this mid-century classic blends seamlessly with retro décor and makes the most of its form effortlessly.

W Tropics Tan Braided Rug 5’x 8’ $895

Linx Chevron Rug 5’x 8’ $1, 295

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Wavey Stripe Rug from $495

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CARTIER TANK ANGLAISE LADIES WATCH 18-carat white gold set with brilliant cut diamonds and a glossy fuchsia pink alligator strap. Available from Cartier, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 271-8234

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STYLED FOR SUCCESS Make a serious impression on collegues and friends in or out of the office with these fabulous items available in Barbados LOUIS VUITTON AGENDA COVERS Effortlessly fuse style and practicality, and keep track of your appointments with this Damier Azur Canvas Agenda cover (top) or the glossy burgundy Monogram Vernis (below). From Louis Vuitton, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 622-1000

COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY Get the latest & hottest technology from Electronics On Edge.

LOUIS VUITTON RED MONOGRAMMED ROLLER BALL PEN Rediscover the joy of writing with this red monogramed roller ball pen from Louis Vuitton, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 622-1000

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CARTIER ART DECO-STYLE FOUNTAIN PEN A manifest for elegance. This writing instrument is a testiment to excellence & detail. From Cartier, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 271-8234

Top to bottom: Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Apple iPhone 5 Three convenient locations for you to choose from. • #27 Broad Street, opposite Cave Shepherd. Call 436-1449 • Sheraton Mall, Upstairs Annex 1. Call 437-8707 • Lanterns Mall, Ground Floor. Call 435-8746


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Tiki Revival Photography by Don Jordan

Mixologist Marlon Brathwaite at Tiki Bar, Accra Beach shakes his way into our favourite time of the day... sunset cocktails!! Pop thru and enjoy them sitting on the beach or on one of their cool totem pole barstools! Tiki Bar is open from 9:00am - 11:00pm, 7 days a week.

TROPICANA HIGH BALL Middle cocktail in tall glass

• 1oz ABSOLUT Vodka • 1/2oz Mount Gay Eclipse Silver rum • 1/2oz Bols Banana Liqueur • 1oz Grape Syrup • 1/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice • 1/2oz Coconut Cream • 4oz Pineapple Juice

Shake together all ingredients and garnish with white orchid or banana. Acrylic glass shown available from Dwellings, Millhouse

POMEGRANATE MOJITO Cocktail on far left

• 2oz Mount Gay Eclipse Silver rum • 6 Mint Leaves • 4 Lime Wedges • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar • 1oz Pomegranate Syrup Muddle mint leaves and sugar, squeeze lime juice into glass, add Pomegranate syrup, top with Soda Water. Shake, pour and garnish. Acrylic glass shown available from Dwellings, Millhouse

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RAGGED POINT

• 1oz Mount Gay Eclipse rum • 1oz ABSOLUT Vodka • 1/2oz Cointreau • 1oz Kiwi Syrup • 1/4oz Fresh Lime Juice • 4oz Passion Fruit Juice

• 1oz Mount Gay Eclipse rum • 1oz Malibu Coconut Rum • 1oz Guava Syrup • 1/4oz Fresh Lime Juice • 2oz Pineapple Juice • 2oz Passion Fruit Juice

Shake with ice and pour into glass, Garnish with slices of orange or pineapple and cocktail umbrella.

Float a few pieces of sliced orange on top to complete garnish and invite friends to join the fun.

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Middle drink in Margarita glass

Cocktail shown bottom right

• 1oz Mount Gay Eclipse Silver rum • 1oz ABSOLUT Citron • 1oz Blackcurrant Syrup • 1/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice • 2oz Pineapple Juice • 2oz Passion Fruit Juice • Dash Grenadine Syrup

• 1oz Mount Gay Eclipse Black • 1oz Malibu Coconut Rum • 1/2oz Cointreau • 1oz Blue Raspberry Syrup • 1/4oz Fresh Lime Juice • 2oz Mango Juice • 2oz Passion Fruit Juice

Rub a slice of lime around rim of glass then dip in sugar. Shake ingredients together with ice and pour into glass. Garnish with fruit of your choice.

Shake with ice and pour into glass. Slice fruit of choice to complete garnish and top with a tropical flower or cocktail umbrella.

Acrylic Margarita glass available from Dwellings, Millhouse

Acrylic glass shown available from Dwellings, Millhouse

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What made you first come to Barbados? We had spent many summers in the south of France and fancied a change. We looked for somewhere with reliable warm weather and access to fantastic beaches. What made you decide to go from renter to buyer? We rented when we were in full time employment and were only able to get a limited time off. We are now able to spend more time in Barbados and so it made sense to buy rather than rent. How did you find Prudence and what was it that attracted you to the property? We found Prudence with the help of Worldwide Dream Villas whose staff spent a lot of time showing us a selection of properties in Barbados and explained the general background of each one. To use that little known phrase, there were three things that attracted us to Prudence, location, location and location. Also when we first saw Prudence, even in its tired state, we recognised it as an absolute gem. You have remodelled and extended Prudence into a fabulous 8 bedroom house which I am sure had its challenges but have you found that you received good advice from professionals and tradesmen here? The Architects, Robertson Ward Associates (RWA) was recommended by a friend who had already built in Barbados. RWA is well established and we were very fortunate in finding two excellent builders, one for the cottage and one for the main house. The builders both employed highly skilled artisans. Barbados has some very competent masons, joiners/cabinet makers, electricians and painters which we were very pleased to have working on Prudence. Both the professionals and the tradesmen have their idiosyncractic way of working which, as you’d expect, is unique to Barbados. Worldwide Dream Villas were also helpful in pointing us in the right direction in a number of areas including designing for rentals. You have decided to also offer the house for rental when you’re

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not enjoying it –what features would you say make this an ideal house to rent? Prudence is located on a private road that is only a three minutes stroll to the beach and sits amongst some of the finest houses on the West coast in Old Queen’s Fort. Prudence itself is light and airy and very comfortable with all the modern facilities and conveniences that you’d expect from a recently refurbished villa of this calibre including smart televisions in every bedroom in the main house. There are two master bedrooms so when two families rent, there is no argument over who has the bigger room, a media room, a great bar, study, pool side gazebo and BBQ and has Wi-Fi throughout the main house. There is also a security system and external cameras. In addition it has a secluded rear lawned garden with a 45 ft free form pool, which is very private and not overlooked. Is there anything else of interest about Prudence? Prudence also has an interesting provenance. It was once owned by Laura, Duchess of Malborough and many fascinating people both stayed there and visited it. There is a whole chapter devoted to Barbados in her autobiogrphy ‘Laughter from a Cloud’ where it mentions that she lent Winston Churchill’s son, Randolph, Prudence one winter whilst he was convalescing from poor health. Randolph Churchill commented that “he liked it very well”. Other guests include Ronnie Tree, the man who built Heron Bay, a magnificent coral stone mansion on the West coast from which it took its name. Ronnie Tree was the man who originally created Sandy Lane. Greta Garbo was another legend to visit Prudence, not to mention The Beatles. How does someone go about renting Prudence? All they have to do is contact Worldwide Dream Villas either here in Barbados at 00 1 246 432 6307 or their UK office by calling 00 44 (0)845 017 6707. They are also a UK tour operator specializing in villa rentals worldwide. Visit them online at worldwidedreamvillas.com

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Monique Archer, avid Equestrian and Trustee of H.O.R.S.E. taking a jump on her mare Irco Jeppie

Charles Leacock Trustee of H.O.R.S.E.

Local band KITE is always a crowd pleaser Curious spectators get a closer look at Roberta Foster’s horse Royal Diadem

H.O.R.S.E – The Humane Organisation for the Relief of Suffering Equines was founded to improve the welfare of all horses in Barbados. They offer us so much unconditionally and add to many aspects of our lives, whether it is through their part in sport tourism, providing leisure rides to our visitors, working in our police force or just by being faithful companions to their human counterparts. In exchange we are responsible to care for them and give them the best lives possible. Unfortunately, we all know this does not always happen, daily we see horses tied up in unsuitable places. Often starving and without water and frequently with wounds as a result of neglect and ignorance with disregard to correct horse care. H.O.R.S.E. wants to approach this problem from many angles as it recognizes that almost all of these horses were at one time in good condition and of value to someone. For one reason or another they were deemed no longer useful or perhaps the person could no longer afford the financial responsibility. Horses require a great deal of time, effort and money to look after them. The minimum cost for providing the basic care for a horse is approximately $700 per month. They need specialty care, shoeing, worming and they also need a proper work to feed ratio depending on their career. Should these majestic animals be a passion of yours, be prepared for all that comes with them, be fully informed of what is needed to be a responsible horse owner. A part of being a responsible horse owner is having a plan for the future of your horse if you can no longer support it - this is where H.O.R.S.E. comes to the rescue. One of our objectives is to assist in finding suitable homes and solutions to this difficult question. Often a horse is given to someone who is completely unable to care for it either financially or they have no knowledge in caring for horses. This often occurs because the person does not want to make the huge effort required to responsibly re-home a horse or, alternatively, face the heartbreaking choice of euthanizing the horse if they fail to find a suitable home. Other times correct checks are not put in place to ensure that the original owner is asked what should be done with the horse if the new owner can no

Polo teams Springhead and Jada played a good match

Heather Walker on Super Trooper, a retrained racehorse

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A small portion of the spectators who attended

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Philip Tempro in action The Royal Barbados Police Force Mounted Division

Photography by Lisa Davis, Andre Williams and Shadowfixer

longer fulfill their obligation and the horse is then passed on to someone who is unable to care for it. H.O.R.S.E. is setting itself up to take on this responsibility and ensure that horses do not end up in these appalling situations. H.O.R.S.E. will serve to save horses that have been abandoned and neglected. The Sanctuary is located in a tranquil location in St Thomas where, thanks to our generous landlord, we have a place to rehabilitate and temporarily house horses in need until we can find them suitable homes. We are also striving to bring in veterinary equipment and make facilities available to the local vets and other equine professionals to help maintain the horses that are presently active so they do not break down and become deemed useless. Another goal is to work on the existing legislation so cruelty to these noble animals may be justly handled. Horse Chefette sponsored Spin The Wheel was a hit with the kids identification is a priority as it is crucial that we be able to investigate how they ended up in dire situations. Our inaugural event for H.O.R.S.E. charity registered charity no 993 was held on March 23rd 2013 and we are delighted to report it was a wonderful success. The event was designed to showcase as many horse careers as possible and there was a huge show of support from the public, horse lovers, corporate Barbados and all of the equine sports in Barbados. Showjumping, dressage and polo were all on display and a special exhibition from the Royal Barbados Police Force Mounted Division accompanied by the Police Band made this an extremely special day. A huge thanks goes out to the outpouring of support at the event with a special mention to our main sponsors JADA, Springhead Farms, St. Peter’s Bay Luxury Apartments, Archer’s Hall Design Centre Inc, Chefette Restaurants Limited and Diamonds International. Equally important are all of the other sponsors and people who gave donations in one form or another. We are truly grateful. This we hope will help to make the lives better for these deserving animals. To quote an ancient Arabian Proverb –“The Horse is God’s Gift to Mankind” and as such they must be treasured and protected.

Phil Archer

Beautiful Trophy

Left to right: Terri Archer, Archer’s Hall Design Centre, Team Jada players Roddy Davis, Danny Atwell and Philip Tempro, Trustee of H.O.R.S.E. Monique Archer, Team Springhead players Bruce Bayley, Teddy Williams, Jeff Evelyn and Richard Gooding

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Guardsman Armoured Cash Intransit Services... TOO SOLID FOR CROOKS!

The presence of criminals in any businesses environment instinctively brings to bare the need for business operators to implement high quality security measures. With the increase in gun related crimes, key players in the Barbados business sector have become wary of unscrupulous individuals who pose an increasing threat to their hard earned financial returns. Thanks to Guardsman (Barbados) Ltd. there is a very present and competent solution. “We offer extremely attractive and competitive rates for Cash In Transit (CIT) options, supported by a state-of-the-art fleet of Ford 450 armored trucks and highly trained and dedicated officers. This makes us fit as a remedy to deal with the current plight facing business people,” revealed Chris Ingledew, General Manager at Guardsman (Barbados) Ltd. He declared, “We stand ready 365 days per year to offer secure cash transportation services, protecting your business from the risks associated with handling cash and other valuables.” Investigative research uncovered that a most impressive feature of the Guardsman CIT services, is that it makes businesses a less attractive target for criminals by consistently removing excess cash from the office space. This, by extension limits the exposure to internal and external theft. “In these times of increasing deadly crime and threat, you will also eliminate the risk of transporting cash yourself – a risk that not only threatens your cash but also your personal safety or that of your employees. With Guardsman (Barbados) Ltd. you can rest assured that you have transferred that risk and the liability associated with cash transportation to the most trusted name in armoured car services. Guardsman is also backed by the most comprehensive insurance in the business so your money is fully insured from the moment we collect it,” Mr. Ingledew asserted. The sight of the distinctive red Guardsman Armoured trucks driving by on a mission relays a sense of solid, reliable security – a reputation founded upon over 30 years of sophisticated and uncompromised all island armoured courier service. Through adept cash logistics and superior repatriation solutions, the company has developed a fine-tuned process that is driven by a team of steadfast professionals in security and defense who apply a technologically advanced approach to each task. The company’s timely and secure treasury management services are executed by dependable armoured vehicles which are tracked in real-time by G.P.S.; the electronic tracking of packages from collection through to delivery and the implementation of a ‘geo-fence’ system that immediately alerts if a vehicle enters an area that it should not be in. For more information on cash in transit services, monitoring and response or guarding services please call and email Guardsman (Barbados) Ltd. at 424-0597 or 43-GUARD and guardsmanbds@guardsmangroup.com LIVING - AUGUST2013 2013 95 95 LIVING BARBADOS BARBADOS APRIL -AUGUST


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REAL ESTATE NEWS AND VIEWS A unique & vibrant relocation management company has just opened its doors in Barbados! Barbados Relocation Services provides a single centralized point of control while coordinating all logistics relating to both individual and business relocations. The company’s services include: • Airport Meet & Greet • Sourcing of both rental accommodation and property to purchase. • Immigration requirements and work permit applications. • Sourcing education options for children of all ages. • Local club memberships • And lots more!

Show Unit Open At Palm Court Palm Court Barbados is a small and select gated development of 12 townhouses, including 6 two bedroom and 6 three bedroom homes. Located in the quiet area of Prior Park, St. James it’s just minutes away from the amenities of Warrens and the West Coast beaches. The houses are spacious at between 1825 sq. ft. and 1920 sq. ft. and all finished to a very high standard with top of the range kitchens, granite work surfaces, porcelain tiles, air-conditioned bedrooms and a fully covered terrace of over 170 sq. ft. In addition, the open plan lounge provides multiple views to the garden. All 12 homes are completed and landscaped, with our two fully furnished show homes now open for viewing every Sunday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information call 831-2551 or 228-3785

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Historic Colleton Great House For Sale Sir John Colleton, a Royalist in England who had fought for Charles I, bought this purchase of land in Barbados, sight unseen, in 1647 paying £10 and 24,000lbs of tobacco. Colleton estates prospered with the fortunes of Barbados subject always to natural disasters and European wars. After the hurricanes of the 18th century, very few pre 1800 buildings survived in their original form; Colleton House was one of the few exceptions due to its thick walls and parapet styled roof. In the 1980’s Colleton House and grounds was bought by Mr. Frank Rickwood; an Australian oil tycoon with a great interest in the artifacts of Papua, New Guinea. He had spent his early career traversing this part of the world in pursuit of oil on behalf of the Australian Petroleum Company in the mid-1940s. Mr. Rickwood maintained the original façade of all of the buildings at Colleton, and as much of the original interiors as possible, and transformed the old stables into his own personal museum housing some 460 artifacts from Papua New Guinea - The Frank Rickwood Collection at Colleton House reflects the wide and eclectic taste of the collector. It is rare to find such varied, interesting and exceptional items in one collection and it remains intact at Colleton Plantation today. In 1994, Frank Rickwood settled into his home at Colleton in Barbados for good and spent his remaining years under the Caribbean sun. Mr. Rickwood died of a stroke on the 19th of July, 2009 at the ripe old age of 88. Colleton Great House is for sale for US$9,800,000. For more details call Realtors Real Estate Limited on (246) 432-6930

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Bali Hai reduced from US$4.8 mil to US$2.5 mil An Island Villas Exclusive! This Asian-inspired 4 bedroom luxury villa on the world-renowned Royal Westmoreland Resort has been reduced to USD$2.5 million. This additional reduction in price, represents nearly 50% off the original advertised price making Bali Hai the lowest priced standalone villa of its size on the resort. The villa spans two levels with the Master suite upstairs granting spectacular resort and sea views. The remaining bedrooms are located in guest cottages, one poolside and two on the lower level. The kitchen has been updated and is adjacent to a formal dining room and an alfresco dining gazebo overlooking a picturesque waterfall. This villa with an established rental history is priced to sell and presents a great opportunity for investors and buyers looking for a unique island home. Now For Sale USD$2,500,000. Tel: +1.246.422.3333 Email: property@island-villas.com

Tremendous value at Glitter Bay Two units owned by the same vendor priced for a quick sale! There are only 4 units currently on the market at this very popular beachfront development. We have a 3 bedroom Penthouse close to the water priced at US$1.1 million and a 2 bedroom unit for US$590,000. This is exceptional value and as anyone knows units at Glitter Bay also tend to rent well. Contact us today to view. Tel:432-6307 or email Zaheera@worldwidedreamvillas.com

NEW LUXURY BRANDS COMING TO LIMEGROVE LIFESTYLE CENTRE Coming soon to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre are two luxury brands known for their classic styles. Iconic British brand Burberry, known for their innovative menswear, womenswear, coats, accessories and fragrance will open later this year. Hugo Boss, one of the leading international fashion and lifestyle brands that offers a versatile range of products in menswear, womenswear, kidswear, eyewear, watches and fragrances, will also open its doors this May featuring its menswear line. Both stores will be a first for the Caribbean. For more information call Limegrove Lifestyle Centre on 620-5463 BEAVA Inc. (Barbados Estate and Valuers Association) is pleased to introduce its new and enhanced logo which truly encompasses how the board intends to move forward. The logo now demonstrates a ‘marriage’ so to speak, between the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and BEAVA, as we essentially become one. We hope through some marketing initiatives over the next year, that property owners and the general public would recognise that listing with a BEAVA/MLS Barbados agent, is the most sensible option for all involved. The BEAVA/MLS will undoubtedly ensure a win-win situation for getting your property sold or rented by the most reputable and efficient agents the country has to offer. Visit us 24 hours a day on www.mlsbarbados.org for a viewing of our agents’ listings.

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Signature Collection Altman Real Estate, Derricks, St James, Barbados, BB24008 Tel: (246) 432-0840 Fax: (246) 432-4635 Email: realestate@altmanbarbados.com www.altmanbarbados.com

Lancaster Great House, St. James

Sugarwater, Apes Hill, St. James

Martello House, Lancaster, St. James

Sunwatch, Sugar Hill, St. James

Mangrove Plantation, St. Peter

Bulkeley Great House, St. George

Porters Great House, St. James

One Sandy Lane, St. James

Serenity, St. James

This restored Georgian-Regency plantation residence sits on over two acres of land amid mature trees. Colonial architectural features, polished wood floors, guest cottage and swimming pool are but a few of its highlights. • FOR SALE: US$2,000,000

Set on a ridge, this thoughtfully designed, pavilion-style villa offers 6 bedrooms. An infinityedge pool, Jacuzzi, bar, gazebo and barbeque set the scene for outdoor entertaining. A children’s playhouse, games room and guest cottage complete the property. • FOR SALE: US$7,650,000

An icon of classic Barbadiana, this was once the centre of a thriving 23-acre sugar estate. Features include a grand foyer, formal dining room, reading room, 5 bedrooms, a large 1 bedroom cottage, swimming pool with coral stone pavilion and a 300-year old chapel. • FOR SALE: US$16,000,000

Environmental consciousness meets luxury at Sugarwater – a modern and efficient 4-bedroom villa built with sustainable materials and designed to allow net-zero living through solar energy. • FOR SALE: US$3,950,000

This historic hillside retreat built in the 1700s offers a total of 7 bedrooms and rests on 25 acres of prime land, with uninterrupted views across cane fields and wooded gullies towards the Caribbean Sea. • FOR SALE: US$7,800,000

Arguably the most elegant property ever built in Barbados, this magnificent compound consists of eight palatial apartments ranging between 8,000 and 9,500 sq. ft. Masterful architecture, luxuriant interiors and attentive concierge service are its hallmarks. • FOR SALE: Price on Request

Occupying a prime position on the crest of a ridge, this magnificent 5-bedroom home with games room, infinity-edge pool and guest cottage boasts panoramic west coast views and allows for entertaining on a grand scale. • FOR SALE: US$4,600,000

Set on approximately 8 acres, this historic estate home is a blend of old-world charm and contemporary living. Complete with guest cottage, offices and stables, it features a stunning custombuilt pool with a sand-finished shore unlike anything else seen on the island. • FOR SALE: US$8,000,000

Located on Lancaster Ridge, this outstanding Jeff Harrell-designed residence was built to exacting standards and includes gracious living areas, an elegant wood-paneled library, office, wine cellars, fitness room, a cinema with 15-ft. screen, superb security and more. • FOR SALE: US$15,000,000

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Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com

Aqua Villas, St. James

Ridgeview Estate, Christ Church

Colleton Gardens, St. Peter

This 3 Bed/2.5 Bath townhouse is approximately 1,680 sq. ft. and located in an upmarket, peaceful development with access to a large shared swimming pool, tennis court and play area. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$307,500

A large and relatively new 2 Bed/3 Bath semidetached townhouse situated in a lovely development just a short walk to the beach. It is beautifully enhanced with high ceilings upstairs, AC in the bedrooms and is fully enclosed. • FOR SALE: US$347,500

St. Silas Heights, St. James

Plover Court, Christ Church

Atlantic Shores, Christ Church

This 2 Bed /2.5 Bath townhouse is part of a cluster of 4 well maintained villas with private plunge pools, comfortable living and is situated just minutes away from the beach. • FOR SALE: US$225,000

A tastefully finished and relatively new 3 Bed/2 Bath home sitting on 9,164 sq. ft. This home is equipped with with an automatic garage, window screens, burglar bars, an alarm system and is fully enclosed. • FOR SALE: US$347,500

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This fully furnished 3 Bed/2 Bath single level home sits on just under 15,000 sq. ft. of land and is located at the end of a cul-de-sac steps away from the beach. A nice added feature is an elevated gazebo with seating to enjoy the view day or night. • FOR SALE: US$349,000

A well built & modern 3 Bed/3.5 Bath home within walking distance to the beach and A/C throughout, video surveillance, intercom, water tank with irrigation system, electronic gates and generator to service the house. • FOR SALE: US$400,000

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Warrens, St. Michael

8.6 acre vacant site located on the ABC Highway within the rapidly developing Warrens Commercial Area with approval for commercial development. • FOR SALE: US$15 Mil.

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Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com

Gibbons Brow, Christ Church

Brownes, Christ Church

Wildey, St. Michael

Cattlewash, St. Joseph

Turtle Watch, Atlantic Shores

Walkes Spring, St. Thomas

An open plan 4 Bed/2.5 Bath home situated on a ridge in a popular residential area. The property is additionally enhanced with security grills, high ceilings, hurricane shutters, an irrigation system and a 500 gallon water tank. • FOR SALE: US$437,500

Beautifully designed 4,700 sq. ft. 3 Bed/3 Bath home is perched on a hill with excellent ocean views. It is complimented by spacious living areas, purple heart flooring, high tray ceilings, a large patio with plunge pool and is just a short walk to the beach. • FOR SALE: US$975,000

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Brownes is boutique-style private community of luxury 1 and 2 Bed apartments nestled in a quiet lane, just off the South coast road and is in walking distance to all the best beaches, shopping, boardwalk, nightlife and restaurants. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$550,000

A gorgeous and tastefully furnished BEACHFRONT 4 Bed/4.5 Bath townhouse. The surrounding gardens are fully enclosed with entry via automatic gates.There is also a large double car port with an attached storage room. • FOR SALE: US$1.2 Mil.

This well built 4 Bed/3 Bath home sitting on over 20,000 sq. ft. comes with the added benefit of a separate 2 Bed/1 Bath apartment, as well as a complete self contained 2 Bed/1 Bath cottage with wooden deck and pool. • FOR SALE: US$700,000

A magnificent 3 Bed/3.5 Bath home with two 1 Bed/1 Bath apartments. The property sits on an elevated brow on 2.5 acres with panoramic views of the St. Thomas countryside. • FOR SALE: US$1,497,500

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Road View, St. Peter

Just under 1 acre of land across the road from the beach with approval for commercial development. There is an existing wall structure that was previously used for a restaurant. Minutes from Mullins beach, Port St. Charles & Port Ferdinand Marinas. • FOR SALE: US$3.3 Mil.

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Property Listings Worldwide Dream Villas, Indigo Courtyard, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-6307 Email: zaheera@worldwidedreamvillas.com www.worldwidedreamvillas.com

Glitter Bay 312

Glitter Bay 302

Maynards Lot 27, St. Peter

Port St. Charles 102, St. Peter

The Beach Hut, Prospect, St. James

480 Jasmine Ave, Ruby Park, St. Philip

Foul Bay, St. Philip

Turtle View 10

Located within the prestigious Glitter Bay Estate, this luxury condo comprises of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, living/dining room and a spacious terrace. This beachfront apartment overlooks the gardens and magnificent platinum coast. • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$590,000

7,169 sq ft located in the sought after area of Maynards Grove and has approved planning permission for a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with a swimming pool. Near to the new exclusive Port Ferdinand Marina and is less than 5 minutes drive from quaint Speightstown FOR SALE: US$85,000

Located in the residential area of Ruby Park, St. Philip, this 4,836 sq ft end plot is perfect for a lovely home. The plot is ideally located in a culde-sac securing privacy. This is also a very quiet and homely residential area. • FOR SALE: US$75,000

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An elegantly furnished 3 bedroom 3 bathroom duplex penthouse with views of the gardens and coast. Glitter Bay currently offers access to a communal pool, a concierge, tennis courts, restaurant and bar and 24 security. • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$1,100,000

This immaculately furnished villa boasts stunning sea or lagoon views from each room of the house including the spacious outdoor dining patio with plunge pool. This villa houses 4 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms along with a 50 ft berth on the south of the property and 2 parking spots. FOR SALE: US$3,750,000

A stunning cliff front plot which spans 2.2 acres boasting 180 degree unobstructed sea views. This immaculate plot also features a staircase in the wall of the cliff to a breathtaking white sandy cove almost like a private beach • FOR SALE: US$5,000,000

Maynards 56, St. Peter

A newly built 4 bedroom house and spacious one-bedroom flat located in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood. This fabulous house boasts distant views of the stunning Caribbean Sea and offers great rental potential. • FOR SALE: US$590,000

6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, an entrance foyer, an open-plan living/dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room, staff quarters and a spacious terrace which leads onto the sun deck and barbecue area, an inviting negative-edge swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. FOR SALE: US$7,500,000

This spacious unit features a communal pool, gardens. It is part of a gated community of 10 similar houses and boasts 3 air-conditioned bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, spacious patios and a beautiful private outdoor plunge pool. • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$625,000


Property Listings Realtors Real Estate Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email: living@realtorslimited.com www.realtorslimited.com

Blackmans Plantation, St. Joseph

Colleton Great House, St. Lucy

Cliff Plantation, St. John

Bellevue Plantation Estate, St. Michael

Gurland House, Sandy Lane

La Casa, Sandy Lane

Jamoon, Sandy Lane

Peach & Quiet Hotel, Christ Church

Neils Plantation, St. Michael

2 large plantation style houses with 4 bedrooms each
set within the beautiful countryside. Small field used to farm local produce. Land Area: 7.9 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$3,000,000

Modernized Plantation style 6 bedrooms in main house
and newly constructed 2 bedroom Cottage
both situated in well maintained mature gardens including koi pond with a large pool and deck. Land area: 3 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$3,200,000




Set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens this 7 bedroom/7 bathroom villa is designed around a large pool. Large open air terrace perfect for al fresco dining. Access to clubhouse, tennis, gym & spa. Land Area: 41,715 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$4,500,000




This historical Plantation House features 5 bed rooms/5 bathrooms.
The Guest House also has 5 bedroom/5 bathroom. Cottage 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. All on beautiful expansive grounds. Land Area: 7 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$9,800,000




Beautiful Coral Stone Villa with 4 bedrooms all en-suite. Access to clubhouse, tennis, gym & spa. Salt water pool and deck.
 Land Area: 39,000 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$4,250,000




22 bedroom small unpretentious ocean front hotel that includes Restaurant facilities. Large pool overlooking the ocean. Buildings reminiscent of those on a Greek Isle. Land Area: 4 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$4,500,000




Refurbished 5 bedroom/5 bathroom
plantation home with beautiful hard-wood floors throughout. Includes stables and paddock and large pool and deck.
Land Area: 6 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,625,000

3 bedrooms in main house, 2 bedrooms in the cottage 
with a large enclosed patio leading to pool and deck. Beautifully landscaped mature gardens
and access to Golf and Tennis Recreational facilities. Land Area: 41,920 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,970,000 




Centrally Located Land divided into 2 lots
- Lot one is 14 acres with permission for one dwelling house.
 Lot two is 8 acres with permission for 1 dwelling house. Land Area: 22 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$2,100,000 (Price Reduced)

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Living Barbados April 2013 issue  

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