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Living Barbados, “Macston”, Overdene Gardens, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church, Barbados, BB14030 Sales and Advertising: Rachel Ramphal Mobile: 253-9236 Email: rachel@livingbarbados.com Design and Advertising: Linda Lewis-Bishton. Mobile: 232-7869 Email: linda@livingbarbados.com 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. Living Barbados is printed by Angstrom Graphics Inc. 2025 McKinley Street, Hollywood, Florida 33020 Tel: 1 954.336.9609 www.angstromgraphics.com

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Exterior photo of Castle Grant compliments of Altman Real Estate

TABLE OF CONTENTS 12 Country Estates

32 Pure Summer Bliss Cocktail

The cocktail we’ll be making all year long

36 Buyer Profile

Shaun and Victoria Miell chat with us about their new home, Ker Avel.

20 Get The Country Estate Look

26 Tropical Garden Party

38 Property Listings

30 Sassafras Menu Guide

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A guide to Bellevue House, Castle Grant and Easy Hall - three of the most stunning country estates on the property market. With Designer Decor.

Styling the ultimate garden party with Dwellings.

All the recipe’s from the tropical garden party by Sandra Toppin, Chef at Sassafras.

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Sales and rentals from Island Gold Realty Ltd and Barbados Realtors Limited

42 Lights On At The Lanterns

A look at the shops, restaurants and services at the newest Mall on the South Coast .


52 A Check List For Maintaining

Your Air-Conditioner

By RTEK’s own Nik Lashley.

54 Cruise Control

6 of the top cruises reviewed.

59 The Perfect Travel Gear

Our selection of items to help you travel in style.

62 BNB - Your Financial Partner For Everything

The Mortgage team at BNB are there to help make the process easier.

68 That Old Messel Magic

An insight into Oliver Messel By Laura Henderson.

74 Looking For Something To Do

From horseback riding to quiz nights - you’ll never be bored now!

76 Property Reference Guide

Important information on property sales and purchases in Barbados.

80 Map of Barbados

Volume 4, Issue 2 August - December 2010 On the cover: Easy Hall Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer.

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Country Estates Photos by Erhard Pfeiffer, Andrew Hulsmeier and Dan Christaldi

There are many good reasons to consider purchasing a plantation estate in the countryside of Barbados – just one would be the knowledge that an older property, with solid foundations, has stood the test of time; another might be to escape neighbours or to find peace away from all that daily urban chaos. These vintage homes are infused with a sense of history and character (many have been around for several hundred years). Distinctive architecture, extensive grounds and established gardens with mature trees and fruit orchards are the hallmark of these properties. While many country estates have been extremely By Sandra Bosher. well-maintained or restored to their former glory, there are quite

These vintage homes are infused with a sense of history, character and distinctive architecture, extensive grounds and established gardens with mature trees.

Bellevue House photo by Dan Christaldi

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Bellevue House photo by Dan Christaldi

a few ‘diamonds in the rough’ – properties with a solid foundation and a blank slate, perfect for the more adventurous home buyer interested in a unique renovation project. Traditional Barbadian country homes are strong structures, with thick walls and imposing staircases, enclosed verandas and cool porticos, constructed with a style that seems to have been lost on more modern architecture. They were built using local materials such as coral stone for walls and mahogany for the floors and furniture; designed to minimize the effects of heat, with large spaces to encourage air circulation, plantation homes take full advantage of natural air conditioning from the cooling trade winds, keeping the house cool in the heat of the day. Sash windows are protected by jalousies on the outside and storm shutters on the inside – so in the event of a hurricane, the whole house can be quickly closed up. Country estates make practical family homes; their size, multiple bedrooms (usually four or more, along with cottages and outbuildings) high ceilings, large windows and reception rooms along with formal dining rooms and long, wrap-around verandas make them ideal for entertaining. Prices for plantation country estates vary depending on the location. Properties in the south and more central locations may have less land and a higher cost per square foot, whereas the further you venture out, the price becomes more reasonable. Three of the best country estates currently for sale on the property market in Barbados are reviewed in this feature.

Bellevue House

Secluded at the end of a village road, this 8 bedroom estate dates from the 1600’s and has been completely restored and renovated, retaining much of the original Barbadian style while bringing it tastefully up to date by including a pool and modern fixtures. Breezy, open verandas wrap around both levels, surrounding the interior open plan living areas, which are connected by a sweeping mahogany staircase. More whimsical touches are seen in the colourful mosaics, while out buildings have been converted into self-contained cottages for additional accommodation. Large, spacious and graceful, one would never know that Bellevue is located only 15 minutes from Bridgetown and two minutes from the main highway; surrounded by trees, well manicured lawns and ocean views, it sits elevated on a ridge far above the hustle and bustle of city life. US$3.98 Million For further information contact Realtors Limited Tel: 1 246 432-6930 or www.realtorslimited.com

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Bellevue House photo by Dan Christaldi

Castle Grant photo compliments Altman Real Estate

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Castle Grant

A distinctive 5-acre estate in the heart of the country, Castle Grant is privacy personified. A delightful property situated above the rugged East Coast, it is the rambling, somewhat eccentric gardens that are one of the highlights – they have been lovingly designed by the current owner to surprise and delight visitors not only with the addition of sculptures and statues that seem to have been in the same spot forever, but also with the beauty of tropical flora and it’s kaleidoscope of colours. The main gates are recycled from the original Sandy Lane Hotel and open onto a discreet, private driveway leading up to the main house in amongst towering palms and magnificent trees. The property is worth the drive up to take a look and includes four buildings (the 6 bedroom main house and three two bedroom cottages) along with several outbuildings. US$3.75 Million For further information contact Altman Real Estate Tel: 246 432-0840 or visit www.altmanbarbados.com

Easy Hall

Easy Hall photo by Erhard Pfeiffer

Featured on our cover, Easy Hall is the epitome of elegant, luxurious Caribbean living. Located in the parish of St. Joseph, this magnificent property is a secure oasis with a host of interesting features, A six bedroom estate, Easy Hall is completely protected by a six-foot wall draped in Bougainvillea that contains the entire 6 acre property, which has been completely remodelled but still retains the original architectural integrity, combining modern technologies and finishes relevant to a contemporary luxe lifestyle. The outstanding gardens support a wide variety of indigenous plants and include a waterfall, gazebo, plant nursery, full irrigation system and breathtaking views of the countryside; amongst the surprises are a natural regeneration jungle and a colony of beehives as well as kennel facilities and a workshop in the grounds. Palladian arches dominate the main residence and louvered doors, marble floors and a spacious kitchen, have all been carefully crafted with custom woodwork. The private guest carriage house includes not only accommodation and a kitchenette but also a full air-conditioned gymnasium, while the gate house by the main entrance includes a double garage, office, laundry and storage spaces along with fresh rainwater storage, staff accommodation and a back-up electrical system for emergencies. US$6 Million For further information contact Altman Real Estate Tel: 246 432-0840 or visit www.altmanbarbados.com

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The days are long and languid, the sunsets sensational, what better time to get together with friends? The Design Studio at Dwellings show us how to style the ultimate tropical garden party on the gorgeous grounds of Point of View villa, Sandy Lane... and with some help from a master mixologist, and a super sassy chef it was quite simply sublime! Lanterns, candles and artificial vines from Dwellings

Photography by Jake Thomas

Lanterns: These candle-lit lanterns on the left create a soft glow when entertaining at night. They’re perfect to hang from a terrace ceiling or umbrella or simply use them as a table centerpiece or around the garden or pool. In this case we used some MangoTangerine scented candles to add to the summer atmosphere and we decorated the lanterns with some permanent botanicals to add a touch of whimsy. Lanterns - $79.95 each. Lagos Outdoor Dining Set: Adjust your table according to the size of your party. The rectangular and square tables can be bunched together to create the size and shape that you desire! These dining tables and chairs are perfect for entertaining outdoors as they are made of woven Endura resin with a weather resistant aluminum frame. All chair cushions are covered in Sunbrella fabric and can be customized to your liking. Square Dining Table includes glass top - $1,599. Chairs sold separately - $949. Tabletop: For the tabletop, we chose some fun eye-popping colors for this garden party. We created layers of texture and color by using round woven placemats under colorfully decorated chargers as a base to our place settings. The napkins are folded as a band across the charger for a soft layer. For the dinner plate, you can either use simple white or a solid coloured dinner plate in a coordinating color. The drink ware shown mimics the look of fine glass but is in fact unbreakable polycarbonate plastic making it perfect for indoor and outdoor occasions. For the centerpiece, build it up by bunching vases and bowls of different sizes and heights filled with flowers, seasonal fruits, shells or candles depending on your theme.

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Tropical Garden Party

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CDs: Create a lounge atmosphere by playing trendy but not overpowering music in the background. Choose from hip lounge, disco classics, global rhythms, jazz & pop. No party is complete without music! $54.95 - $99.95

Styling tips for the look on the opposite page Outdoor chaise lounge: For the cohesive look that flows across the garden on the opposite page we used the Lagos Chaise Lounge in French Linen. Refreshing, Relaxing and safe to leave outdoors in any type of weather. Finish with a pop of colour by customizing cushions to your liking with 100+ Fabrics to choose from to create your garden party theme! (10513) $2,499 Beach Bags: It’s fun to be colour coordinated! Azure totes are just

the thing for the beach, pool or weekend trips to carry your sunscreen, towels and other essentials you need for a day in the sun. Available in Teal, Orange and Green. $69.95 each

Beach Towels: Create a spa retreat right at home and welcome your guests with rolled beach towels in relaxing hues that bring the colours from your table setting throughout the garden. Stay dry and comfortable with these oversized Capri striped beach/pool towels made of 100% Egyptian Cotton. Available in Sea Grass, Sand, Ocean and Chocolate. $69.95 each Botanicals: Florals create pops of colour and are a simple way to create a high-impact

look. We used these oversized lilies to pick up the colours in the table setting décor and introduce it throughout. Designer Lily flowers with their bold charm portray the vibrant colors of the summer. Stunning as a single stem or mixed with a larger arrangement. For indoor or outdoor use. (12069) $24.95 each

Decorative Pillows: We layered citrus throw pillows to introduce colour and pattern that’s bright, fresh and fun. This creates a casual yet cohesive look that’s full of style. Want to create your own look? When mixing and matching patterns, the key is to select colors that complement each other… Citrus Throw Pillow 18” x 18” $129.95. Hoja Leaf Pillow 17” x 17” $112.95 Vanilla Fare Square Plate: Create the look of fine restaurant dining by using crisp white plates to serve your food. The colors and textures of your food will pop off the plate for a mouth-watering feast. We used this along with a bold charger and table runner for a setting that with amaze your guests. See food photos on page 31. (1368) $19.95

Want to create your own summer garden party, need to refresh a room or furnish a home or commercial property? Contact the Dwellings Design Studio at 438-5900 x 110 or design@dwellingsbarbados.com to get started on your own project. This service is free of charge.

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Plates and stainless steel cutlery shown on these 2 pages are available from Dwellings.

Keeping the menu for the garden party light and fresh with a local twist - we loved the use of sweet potato instead of the usual english pototo - Chef Sandra Toppin of Sassafras Restaurant, Sugar Hill, St. James had us wanting more!

SPINY LOBSTER TAILS WITH RUM & LIME MARINADE CREATED BY SANDRA TOPPIN, SASSAFRAS RESTAURANT AND STYLED ON LOCATION BY JASON BRATHWAITE.

INGREDIENTS • 1 lemon, juiced • 2 limes, juiced • 1/2 cup Barbadian rum • 3/4 cup olive oil • 2 teaspoons hot paprika • 1 teaspoon salt • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves • 4 spiny lobster tails, from 4 (2-pound) spiny lobsters

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DIRECTIONS 1. In a medium non-reactive bowl, whisk together the lemon & lime juices, rum, olive oil, paprika, salt, & cilantro. Transfer to a large 1-gallon re-sealable plastic food storage bag. 2. Using a large chef ’s knife, cut the lobster tails in half through the shell lengthwise. Remove the black vein from the tails and discard. Transfer the tail halves to the food storage bag with the marinade and seal. Place the bag inside a mixing bowl, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, and up to 6. 3. Remove the lobster from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium. 4. Remove the lobster tails from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and place them on the grill, cut-side down, and grill for 6 to 7 minutes. Rotate the lobster tails 45 degrees and grill for another 6 to 7 minutes. Turn the lobster tails over, shell side down, and baste with some of the reserved marinade. Continue to cook until the tails are opaque and fully cooked, 7 to 8 minutes.


ROASTED SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH BLACK BEANS AND CHILI DRESSING CREATED BY SANDRA TOPPIN SASSAFRAS RESTAURANT

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS: • 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 large onion, preferably red, chopped • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh hot chili, like jalapeño • 1 clove garlic, peeled • Juice of 2 limes • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained (canned are fine) • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro. 1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put sweet potatoes and onions on a large baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, toss to coat and spread out in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, turning occasionally, until potatoes begin to brown on corners and are just tender inside, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven; keep on pan until ready to mix with dressing. 2. Put chilies in a blender or mini food processor along with garlic, lime juice, remaining olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Process until blended. 3. Put warm vegetables in a large bowl with beans and bell pepper; toss with dressing and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve warm or at room temperature, or refrigerate for up to a day.

CRAWFISH CAKES WITH GREEN PAPAYA JAM CREATED BY SANDRA TOPPIN, SASSAFRAS RESTAURANT

Watch available from Diamonds International

GREEN PAPAYA JAM 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup green papayas, grated Dash of salt and pepper 4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar Heat sugar and water for about five minutes until a syrup is formed. Add grated green papayas, salt, pepper and vinegar and cook slowly over low heat. When mixture thickens, remove from heat and cool to room temp before serving. May be made a week in advance.

INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups heavy cream • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika • 2 tablespoons peanut oil • 3/4 cup chopped red onion • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper • 2 eggs, lightly beaten • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper • 1 pound crawfish meat • 2 fresh jalapeno chiles, finely diced • 4 tablespoons chopped chives • 2 teaspoons salt • 1/2 cup flour • 1/2 tsp fresh ground white pepper • 1/2 cup clarified butter • 2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs), ground to a mealy consistency, divided DIRECTIONS 1. In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream, garlic and paprika. Reduce by half. Allow to cool to room temperature. In a saute pan, heat the peanut oil. Sweat the onions and bell peppers until glossy. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, crawfish, jalapeno, chives, 1cup of ground panko, salt, white pepper, reduced cream, and sauteed vegetables. Carefully mix until well blended. 3. Scale the mixture into 3-ounce portions. Shape into round, slightly flattened cakes, about 3-inch diameter by 1/2-inch thickness. On a baking sheet, combine the remaining 1 cup of ground panko and flour. Coat the crab cakes generously. 4. In a saute pan, heat 1/4 cup of clarified butter. Pan fry 6 crab cakes at a time, until golden on 1 side. Turn and transfer to preheated oven and bake for 2 minutes. Repeat the process with the remaining butter and crab cakes. Serve on a bed of rocket with Green Papaya jam.

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Plastic jug, glass ware and mosaic candle holder available from Dwellings.

PURE SUMMER BLISS COCKTAIL

CREATED AND STYLED BY JAMAAL BOWEN, RESIDENT MIXOLOGIST AT SANDY LANE HOTEL; AND CHARTER MEMBER OF THE CARIBBEAN MIXOLOGISTS GUILD 8-10 oz. El Dorado 3 Year Old Rum (Available from Stansfeld Scott) 2 oz. De Kuyper Peachtree Schnapps 1 1/2oz. De Kuyper Crème de Bananes Liqueur 3 oz. Passion Fruit Juice 4 oz. Bajan Cherry Juice 2 oz. Homemade Hibiscus Syrup* 1 1/2oz Grenadine Lime, Lemon and Orange Slices Place all ingredients except fruit into a large pitcher with ice and stir until chilled. Place lime, lemon and orange slices into pitcher just before serving. Garnish individual glass with lemon or lime wheels and hibiscus flowers. * Hibiscus syrup is easily made by infusion of dried or fresh hibiscus into sugar or simple syrup. Place flowers and syrup into a sealed container in a cool place for up to 48 hours.

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Photos by Manty Cooper

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Shaun and Victoria Miell Ker Avel, Polo Ridge, St. James Financial Markets Suzanne Davis of Realt ors Limited

How long have you been coming to Barbados? We have been comimg to Barbados for about 6 years. The first time we came it was to look for property. What made you decide to invest in property here? We were looking for a holiday home that offered year round sun as well as a winter destination, so we were looking at the caribbean in general. Barbados seemed to offer the most in the way of direct flights, stable economy and development. How did you find this property? Ker Avel is our second property so we had clear idea of what we wanted and where we wanted to be. Suzanne Davis from Realtors Limited looked for property within our criteria and shortlisted the best for us to view when we arrived. Describe your experience with Realtors Limited. Excellent. We have bought through them and they also manage our properties for us and we are very happy with the service we receive. On top of which, they are exceedingly nice people to deal with. What are your usage plans for the property? Private use only or will it be available to rent? At the moment we live in Ker Avel but it is also available for holiday rentals.

Yes we did a complete refurbishment of the property, some changes to layout, a new floor through out and new bathrooms. We worked with Jenny Blanc Interiors on the furnishing and interiors. They are based both on the island and in the UK which made the whole process much smoother. How often do you come to Barbados and how much time do you typically spend here? We are based out of Barbados now and we plan to live here full time when Shaun’s work allows. Our eldest child is starting school here in Barbados in September. What do you enjoy the most about Barbados and what makes it special for you and your family? We obviously enjoy the weather and the outdoor life style, but more importantly we feel it’s a great place to raise our family. Did you have any tax issues buying property here? No Describe your experience with the local professional services like solicitors, etc. We found our Attorney Barry Gale very helpful and it made the purchase of the property seemless as did our local bank First Caribbean.

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Property Sales Barbados Realtors Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email: info@barbadosrealtorslimited.com www.barbadosrealtorslimited.com

Lot 15 Bagatelle, St. Thomas

Lot 25 Rolling Hills, St. George

Just over 2 Acres of peaceful land in the countryside of Barbados, near to the West Coast beaches. This land features lovely, cool, sea breezes, near to all modern amenities and is perfect for a family home. • Close to amenities and beaches • Ocean and countryside views • Land area 91,997 square feet (approx) • Price US$425,000

Directly on the access road this charming large plot of land and neighbourhood are ideal for a brand new family dream home. • Short drive to amenities and beaches • Lovely location with easy access • Land area 17,473 square feet (approx) • Price US$220,000

Lot 30G Halcyon Heights, St. James

Lot 30 Blowers, St. James

Lot 30G sits on a ridge with lovely views of the coast in a residential neighbourhood a couple of minutes drive from the beach and amenities. • Lovely ridge plot • Close to amenities and beaches • Land area 27,500 square feet (approx) • Price US$550,000

This beautiful lot features just over 2 Acres of undeveloped land near to the prominent Royal Westmoreland and approximately 1 minutes drive off the Highway. • Close to amenities • Nice location • Land area 96,355 square feet (approx) • Price US$2 million

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Property Rentals Barbados Realtors Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email: info@barbadosrealtorslimited.com www.barbadosrealtorslimited.com

Lattitude, Gibbes

Illusion, Sugar Hill

This wonderful beach front property on the West Coast of Barbados is built with luxury and comfort in mind. Offering large comfortable rooms, this villa has 3 large airconditioned en suite bedrooms, study, open plan lounge/dining area and modern well designed kitchen. • Covered and open patio areas and sun deck • Plunge pool with deck and BBQ/wet bar area • Three en suite air-conditioned bedrooms • From US$900.00 per night

Overlooking Sugar Hill and the West Coast this highly contemporary property combines modern appliances and an extremely functional design. With Large rooms, spacious patios and a large pool this property is ideal for a luxurious getaway. • Open covered terraces with seating and dining patio • Large pool with double gazebos • Five air-conditioned en suite bedrooms • From US$1,800.00 per night

Belle View, Halcyon Heights

Ocean’s Edge, Merlin Bay

Enchanting recently renovated two-storey colonial-style property situated on a peaceful hillside close to the beach, allowing splendid views of the turquoise sea. • Covered patios with seating and dining areas • Pool and sun deck • Five en suite air-conditioned bedrooms • From US$475.00 per night

This split level property, which has recently undergone extensive renovations, commands a brilliant view of the gorgeous beach from every one of the three levels as well as its private roof top terrace. Dining patio and open plan living/dining area. • Beach front with beautiful ocean views • Plunge and Jacuzzi pools plus large communal pool • Three air-conditioned en suite bedrooms • From US$500.00 per night

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Property Listings Island Gold Realty Ltd, Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 420.8789 Fax: (246) 420.4464 www.igrealty.com

El Sol Sureno, Durants, Christ Church

Rockley Golf & Country Club, Christ Church

Overlooking The Barbados Golf Club, these magnificent condominiums have been built to the highest standard with magnificent fixtures and finishes, luxury furnishings and fabulous views all enhanced by the lovely tropical landscaping and relaxing atmosphere of the lagoon pool. Two - three bedrooms available. • For sale from: Bds$1,400,000 • For rent: Bds$4,000/month or US$195-$375 per night

Charming apartments nestled in the famed Rockley Golf & Country Club. Units with front row seats onto the established, well planned 9 hole golf course, as well as access to a central swimming pool. Close to all major amenities and within walking distance of the popular Accra beach. These units are an ideal island retreat. Studios to three bedroom townhouses for sale. • For sale from: Bds$350,000 • For rent: Bds$1,500/month or US$80-$290 per night

Ocean One, Maxwell Main Rd, Christ Church

Gunsite, Brittons Hill, St. Michael

Barbados’ most recent beachfront condominium complexes with modern architecture, located within a stone’s throw of St. Lawrence Gap. These units are exceptionally well finished with marble and granite countertops, comparable to that of a five star hotel. • For sale from: US$1,000,000 • For rent: Bds$8,000/month or US$450 - $850 per night

Exceedingly well finished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouses located within the Gunsite development. Architecturally designed with mature, professional landscaping. Centrally located and within easy access to all major amenities. • For sale from: Bds$840,000 • For rent: Bds$4,000/month

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Property Listings Island Gold Realty Ltd, Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 420.8789 Fax: (246) 420.4464 www.igrealty.com

Fort George Heights, St. Michael

# 31 Sandy Hook, Welches, Christ Church

Located in the popular Fort George neighbourhood, the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has a study/ 4th bedroom with enclosed landscaped grounds, laundry facilities & appliances. Near to all amenities. • For rent: Bds$3,500 per month

Located on a sandy beach, this fully furnished 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo is situated on the third floor and is serviced by an elevator. There is an open plan kitchen with breakfast nook and large living area all leading onto the spacious patio with fabulous sweeping views across Oistins Bay to South Point lighthouse. Beautifully furnished bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is a/c throughout and 2 parking spaces per unit. • For rent: Bds$8,500 per month

Coverley Terrace, Christ Church

Malabar House, Pine Gardens, St. Michael

Spacious well maintained 3 bed, 2.5 bath home on 9,040 sq. ft. with adjoining lot of 7,910 sq. ft. This home is built mainly of coral stone, features very high ceilings, formal dining room, large kitchen & living areas as well as a large covered verandah with built in bar, perfect for entertaining. In addition, there is a new Jacuzzi & deck and also a home office that benefits from a separate entrance to the main house. • For sale: Bds$1,200,000

Traditional style Barbadian home located in a well established neighbourhood. Features include 2 large verandahs, living and dining rooms with kitchen, breakfast nook and laundry nearby. Upstairs are 4 air-conditioned bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. A basement level bedroom and full bathroom with a large sitting area. There is also a self-contained cottage on the property. Landscaped gardens finish this home beautifully. • For sale: Bds$2,500,000

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The Lanterns Mall at Hastings presents a new South Coast shopping experience. On the following pages are a look at the retailers, services and products available at this incredible new Mall. The Lanterns at Hastings offers an excellent alternative to Bridgetown shopping and at the same time, it also sets an impressive precedent among retail centres in uptown areas. With ample parking facilities, security and a cooler atmosphere, shoppers will enjoy all the benefits and conveniences of shopping out of town.

SPAGO PIZZERIA

This restaurant has already made a name for itself on the West Coast and now brings you a speedy take away service on the South. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Spago Pizzeria brings the authentic taste of Italy to you. Enjoy their signature thin crust pizzas cooked to perfection in a stone oven, and pasta served with a choice selection of fresh sauces and ingredients. Re-knowned for premium quality products such as Lavazza coffee, home made lasagne and all-natural ice cream (mango is a favourite!) A wide assortment of fresh salads, sandwiches, panini and grilled chicken and seafood complete the menu along with a variety of classic Italian desserts. Spago Pizzeria is sure to keep you coming back for more!

BELLA CASA

A new and fresh home store, located on the second floor of Lanterns. With a thoughtfully chosen selection of home furniture and accessories Bella Casa offers a personalised shopping experience for your home. Owner Nicola MacGeoch and store manager Natasha Simpson will work with you to achieve your goals, whether it be a total home re-decoration or simply picking the perfect rug for your dining room. Turn key interior design packages are available and custom orders for fabrics, upholstered items, indoor & outdoor furniture and decorative accessories are also available. Nicola has worked with two of the leading interior design firms on the Island for the last five years and is very experienced in chic, comfortable, tropical living.

LAZY DAYS SURF SHOP

The supreme store for all surf and swimwear needs. Started by Bill and Ann Thomson, Lazy Days Surf Shop has been providing Barbadians and visitors alike with one of the largest selections of beach, casual and surf products for nearly 32 years. More recently their children, Shona and Simon have introduced a fresh, youthful outlook to the ever cool and hip store that exists today. Their new 2nd floor store at the Lanterns is more than double the size of the Quayside branch and twice as nice. Lazy Days at Quayside will be transformed into the first and only Quiksilver/Roxy store in the Eastern Caribbean and promises to be an exciting addition to the Lazy Days family.

THE SULTAN RESTAURANT

Serving up Syrian Lebanese food in a sleek and modern restaurant, The Sultan brings an exotic Middle Eastern experience to the Lanterns Mall. The sound of Arabic music and the use of shisha or hooka pipes in the decor set the ambiance. Popular dishes like chicken or beef shawarma and sheesh kebabs are cooked to tender perfection by chefs from Syria/Lebanon. Tantalise your tastebuds with kebbie (fried cakes of minced meat and pine nuts), grape leaf rolls (stuffed with seasoned rice and minced vegetables) or a refreshing Syrian salad tossed in a light dressing of olive oil, lime juice and dried mint. Falafel wraps, hummous and baba gannoug (roasted eggplant dip) are tasty vegetarian alternatives

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and home made French fries are available for the less adventurous diners. Located upstairs overlooking the dining atrium, The Sultan is open from 11am – 9pm and serves both lunch and dinner.

DIGITAL PLUS

The Sultan

Digital Plus, the largest retailer of video games, consoles and accessories in Barbados is now open in the Lanterns Mall. Their present location in DaCosta’s Mall, Broad Street will still remain open but the decision to expand was in response to many requests from their loyal customers. The new store at Lanterns is more than double the size of the Bridgetown location and they have added some exciting new product lines to complement the current video games stocked. Now selling are computers, both desktop and notebook as well as LCD and LED televisions, sound systems, MP3 players, digital cameras and related accessories as well as home automation systems that allow amazing control of your home devices, even when you’re not at home. When you visit Lanterns, make sure you stop by Digital Plus, located upstairs next to Subway.

ISLAND GRILL

This restaurant combines Jamaican jerk cooking with all the convenience of fast food! The first outlet, located at the airport, was so popular that The Goddards Catering Group now brings the flavour to the Lanterns Mall. Jerk cooking incorporates spices such as thyme, pimento berries, escellion, and the notoriously fiery scotch Bonnet pepper, all used to season the meat which is traditionally slow roasted. Island Grill uses their own unique combination of those very same spices on their chicken, fish and pork to create an authentic jerk taste. Also available is a tropical BBQ, flying fish, rice and peas, curries and stews with all the amazing tastes of the Caribbean and served with great hospitality. One Love!

BLOW 310 UNISEX SALON

Digital Plus

Island Grill

Algernon Aston, with a long-standing reputation and client base, opens his salon at the Lanterns Mall with the aim to represent a different level of salon services and professionalism. Specializing in edgy hair-styles, the salon will, at the end of the year, be transformed from Blow 310 Unisex Salon to Essensuals Toni & Guy London. All staff members will be trained by Toni & Guy professionals in London or in Barbados, and will in fact be a part of the general Tony and Guy London brand network of salons.

TERODOS

Terodos is a new family run restaurant specializing in local dishes. In addition to the regular favourites, Terodos will diversify their menu utilising local fruits and seasonings. Customers can enjoy exotic fare like Guava Glazed Pork Chops and Coconut Fried Flying Fish prepared by a fully qualified International chef.

JENN HEALTH & BEAUTY SUPPLIES

Step into an oasis of healthy living and feed your mind, body and spirit with the most up-to-date nutrition, fitness and body care products from Jenn Health & Beauty

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Supplies. Since 1985, Jenn has been at the forefront in the evolution of health care with departments covering natural grocery, vitamins and nutritional supplements, superfoods as well as sports nutrition, natural beauty and personal care, and much more.

cosmetic sections in Barbados, with brands like CoverGirl, Milani, Black Opal and Maybelline. There’s also a frozen foods and fresh fruit section and don’t forget to check out the Pharmacy if your feeling a little under the weather.

SUBWAY

All you have come to expect from RBTT now in a modern and convenient location at Lanterns Mall.

With restaurants in 91 countries, the Subway brand must be doing something right! Invite your tastebuds to a flavour fiesta and choose your favourite zesty sauces, crisp veggies and freshly baked bread for a tasty meal anytime of day. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Subway has a wide variety of Subs, salads, and sides to choose from. And every one of our Subs is made fresh in front of you, exactly the way you want it!

RBTT

SOMETHING SWEET

Your one stop shop for those sweet tooth cravings. Candy, Cakes, Milk Shakes, Smoothies, Ice-Cream, Gift Baskets, and all your Bajan Sugar Cakes, Comforts, Nut Cakes, Glassy and more.

HD CAFE

The philosophy of Häagen-Dazs is simple; find the purest ingredients in the world and craft them into the finest, allnatural, premium ice creams and sorbets available. Lucky for us, they will soon be open on the ground floor of the Lanterns Mall. Visit them for delectable cakes, drinks, pastries and their world famous ice cream.

IMART

iMart is a convenience store where you’ll find everything from groceries, to wines and spirits, pet foods to cleaning products, toys to beauty supplies including one of the biggest

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A Check List For Maintaining your Air-Conditioner

By Nik Lashley, General Manager of Rtek Services Ltd. Air conditioner maintenance is an absolutely vital piece of home maintenance. It increases the likelihood that your cooling system will run uninterrupted throughout the hotter summertime months, that any needed repairs will have a reasonable price tag, and that your system will operate at its optimal level of energy-efficiency. It’s also a piece of home maintenance that’s difficult for many to keep up with. The best air conditioner maintenance starts in the cooler months when many homeowners are preoccupied with other household projects or life in general. Take a look at this checklist and possible outcomes for your air conditioning system. Then you will get a better understanding that it’s time to place air conditioner maintenance as one of the priorities for your home:

Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist 1. Outdoor Condensing Unit: Make sure this unit isn’t blocked by high grasses, weeds, or other lawn and garden components. The unit needs to draw air into the condenser part of the system across the row of coils in order to complete the cooling cycle that circulates inside to your evaporator, but the process is hindered if it cannot pull enough air across the coils. This in fact will cause your A/C unit to work harder at cooling your desired space and will ultimately cost you higher electricity rates and added wear and tear on the system. Conduct a Test Run: Some time in the cooler months, crank your system and let it run for up to an hour. If you can identify problems early, you’ll find HVAC contractors may still have an open calendar. Wait till the first 30+ degrees Celsius day of the summer months and you may end up on a waiting list.

4. Set and Double-Check the Thermostat: Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature a couple degrees can achieve a very pleasant and efficiently cooled space. If you have a programmable thermostat, customize your cooling for various time periods throughout the day. Cranking the A/C all the way down to 16 Degrees Celsius will not cool the room any quicker. But the Unit will constantly try and achieve that low temperature even when the room may not permit it due to heat loads of leaks in unsealed windows and doors, and un-insulated floors, walls and ceilings/roofs. This will cause the compressor to run 100% of the time and even when you have achieved what you feel is a comfortable temperature the unit will still continue to achieve the set temperature.

2. Change the Air Filter: Dirty filters will destroy your unit’s energy-efficiency or worse, cause the evaporator to ice over. If you know you’re bad at remembering these types of recurring maintenance, install a permanent filter that needs only to be cleaned, instead of replaced, each year. This can be done very easily by a reputable Air conditioning company for very little cost. During regular scheduled service periods, the technicians can clean these filters and replace them back into the unit. All the while saving you money.

Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance Homeowners need to follow this checklist for proper air conditioning maintenance: A thoroughly cleaned air conditioning unit will operate at top efficiency, but homeowners should also be aware of their own limitations. Each year, some homeowners attempt to clean their air conditioner with a garden house, creating a serious risk of electrocution or electrical damage to the unit. If you encounter a problem with your A/C that you can’t diagnose on your own, don’t hesitate to call in the pros.

3. Check Access Panels and Obstructions: Be sure all access panels are secure, with all screws in place. Clean obvious obstructions, such as newspaper and leaves, from around the exterior of the unit.

Give RTEK Services Ltd. a call at 437-RTEK (7835) and one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service reps will be happy to assist you in your needs.

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BNB -Your Financial Partner For Everything Taking out a mortgage – whether it be to buy a house, land, or build – will probably be the biggest purchase that you will ever make. Sandra Bosher sat down with the team at BNB to find out more.

The time has never been better to make an investment in property and land in Barbados – it’s a buyers’ market, and the leaders in mortgage and financial services in Barbados for over 40 years, Barbados National Bank and its mortgage-focussed subsidiary, the Barbados Mortgage and Finance Company, are making it easier than ever before. Known for hands-on service and expertise combined with a genuine interest in developing long-term relationships with customers, the mortgage and finance team at BNB and the BMFC constantly assess the market, a key factor in determining what new products to offer; they continue to innovate, adding a bold incentive for new customers as evidenced in their new comprehensive mortgage package:

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• Competitive fixed rate of 5.75% guaranteed for the first two years • No commitment or negotiation costs for mortgages up to BD$600,000 • Simple and easy application process • Get a mortgage in half the time of other institutions • Knowledgeable advice from experienced financial advisers • No hidden fees or charges No appointment necessary, and no strings attached. With a network of 10 locations island wide, including Barbados Mortgage Finance, BNB is a stable financial partner for everything you need in life, and it’s easier than ever before to take steps towards making that lifechanging investment. The mortgage team are skilled and experienced, and will guide you in making the right choices for all the important decisions, explaining the process step-by-step. “We’re not compromising quality (of service)for quantity,” says Sharon Zephirin, Retail Services Manager based at the Speightstown branch. “The mortgage process can be tedious. We’ll be


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the one point of contact, assisting in all areas. We want it to be a lifetime relationship.” Taking out a mortgage – whether it be to buy a house, land, or build – will probably be the biggest purchase that you will ever make, and without good advice it can be a daunting, even traumatic experience. BNB and the BMFC endeavour to make the process as painless as possible, from the minute you meet with one of their highly trained staff through to the day you receive the keys for your new home, or the deed to your land. Based on information about your financial background, an almost immediate assessment can be made as to status and eligibility; the mortgage team pride themselves on taking the time to help you make sound financial choices that will benefit in the long term. Wavney Nicholls of the BMFC explains: “We believe in giving people a chance to own their own property – we are in the business of financing, not selling houses.” With options that include 100% financing and no commitment or negotiation fees for mortgages up to $600,000, BNB and the BMFC have developed a package flexible enough to be tailored to suit your specific needs. Wavney continues: “We want to make sure that our clients clearly understand all the costs and fees that are included, such as mandatory indemnity and annual comprehensive home insurance; this way, there are no unexpected additional charges and unpleasant surprises further down the road. We can also advise on optional insurances that may be more personal.” The process begins with a consultation; clearly understanding your needs is essential to determining a plan for the next step - whether that be an interview, or simply get-

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ting an idea of how to start making smart financial decisions (such as committing part of your monthly income to a ‘pre-mortgage’ savings plan). No commitment is necessary. BNB and the BMFC take your future seriously, and encourage their customers to plan for and achieve not only financial goals, but the dream of owning a ‘piece of the rock’. Looking out for the customer is key – “We want to safeguard our customers from the pitfalls that can surround purchasing property, making sure that they receive the best advice and have access to reputable service providers” says Carlos Brathwaite, Senior Manager for Retail Risk & Special Credit. Making such a large investment can be emotional for many; BNB and the BMFC guide their customers on the path to successful financial planning – helping to liquidate debts and build savings, designing a blueprint tailor made to suit your particular needs and future plans, as well as educating customers to become financially aware and savvy in making financial decisions. With special interest rates, and all the additional benefits that BNB and the BMFC’s years of expertise brings, you can be confident that your best interests are being looked after by a skilled team of financial professionals, who remain updated with the trends and have developed new products tailored to the needs of the market. They continue to set the pace with their latest offer and their ability to offer a one-stop shop for financial services and advice. Note:5.75% rate offer is valid for any first-time mortgage application from 1 July – 31 December 2010.


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That Old Messel Magic

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Fustic House photo by Byron Slater

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Leamington Pavilion photo by Don Jordan

Fustic House photo by Byron Slater


Photos by Byron Slater, Don Jordan, Dan Christaldi and Sean Chandler our the island and the architectural legacy left by those gone before stands proud from every seascape and hilltop balcony – from the bijou chattel houses and pastel coloured stilt cottages once transported from one plantation to another by farm workers, to the rambling Colonial estates dressed in styles that span Palladian Regency to neo-Gothic. One inspirational influence that perhaps encapsulates the island’s bricks and mortar heritage more than any other, however, is that of British theatre designer Oliver Messel. Close friend and confidant of playwright Noel Coward, fun-loving uncle of HRH Princess Margaret’s husband, Lord Snowdon, and revered rival of photographer Cecil Beaton; few period personalities stand out in quite the same flamboyant manner. Born in London in 1904 to an affluent, middle-class English family, and educated at Eton, where his fellow classmates included the likes of Evelyn Waugh and Brian Howard, Messel’s artistic leanings shone forth from an early age – his talents securing him a place at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art at London’s University College. From there, an illustrious career as a portrait painter soon followed. A born socialite with the ‘gift of the gab’, commissions for theatre work heralded a new creative outlet for the multi-talented artist, a window of opportunity that he put to good use, showcasing his wider talents as a costume designer for ballet and stage productions in the country’s most prestigious venues. It wasn’t until the age of 55, when, exhausted from a very demanding theatre season and suffering from recurring arthritis, Messel took the radical decision to abandon his gad-about-town existence and head to sunnier climates. Lured on by high society denizens Ronald and Marietta Tree, he put down roots in Barbados, buying a dilapidated property on the coast called Maddox House. Coaxing it back to life with a heavy dose of theatrical flair, Messel’s elegant Coral-rimmed creation caught the eye of influential dynasties like Cunard and Guinness and design commissions began to flood in. Today, a healthy sprinkling of grand homes including Fustic House, Alan Bay, Cockade House, and Crystal Springs bejewel the island; each one drawing a certain artistic licence from his flamboyant stage sets – big statement walls, Demerara windows, Bajan parapets all dusted down in his signature leaf coloured tone known as Messel green. “Messel was all about capturing a sense of laid-back, tropical elegance,” explains interior designer to the stars Susan Levitt. “There’s always a wonderful sense of space in each home, with different settings in which to dine and terraces and drawing rooms where guests can relax. He loved crisp, white-on-white lines, elaborate mouldings, latticework, but he also injected a playful note with his mix of Palladian, Baroque and Classical styles – each property presenting a different facet depending on his mood. He wasn’t without his eccentricities though. He was quite a short man, and one of his quirks was the placement of light switches close

Interior design might have been a second career for England’s most celebrated costume and theatre designer Oliver Messel, but his iconic style lives on in many of the grand homes on the island of Barbados. By Laura Henderson.

to the ground, a feature that many home owners still find hugely amusing, so much so, they keep them as a talking point.” Of all his many magical transformations, perhaps his best known and most distinctive is that of Fustic House. Formerly known as Seaview, this elegant plantation home dates back to the 18th century, although very little is known of its first generation roots. Surrounded by cane fields on a tree-lined ridge above the north west coast, where trade winds cool the air, the house was bought in the 1970s by Charles Graves (brother of writer Rupert Graves). Graves commissioned Messel to refurbish it, his first step being to add a two storey North Wing enlarging its Moon Deck overlooking a tropical ravine, and the sea. With so many Fustic trees in the gully – the property was also given a new name. “The house has a wonderful symmetry to it with its four distinct sections,” adds Levitt. “The flattened arch of the front door is topped by a fanlight, and flanked by two smaller, arched windows – all of which are trademark Messel features. So is his use of latticework and coral ridge stone for the stunning lagoon swimming pool. His love of the property also prompted him to paint all of the woodwork a hallmark sage-green, which gives the place a naturally serene allure.” A true aficionado of old world charm, Messel was always keen to ensure any refurbishment remained respectful of a property’s timeline. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at the sprawling beachfront estate of Crystal Springs. Hidden away between Holetown and Speightstown on the west coast and set in two acres of landscaped grounds dotted with mahogany, palm and ylang-ylang; this sumptuous property (built in 1940 as a simple beach house) was re-designed by Messel in the 1960s. Every one of the property’s breezy rooms has an immediate sense of gran-

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deur yet is strewn with laid-back sofas and chaise longues, simple beige and white linen and billowing muslin curtains for a subdued-glam effect. “The botanical garden setting is very much part of the villa’s uniqueness and charm,” adds Levitt. “Messel loved bringing together house and garden, using nature as a sort of cupid in the guise of a theatrical backdrop.” The living room, encapsulated by the large picture window from where you can look down to the beach through the jungle greenery, is also testament to his ‘outdoors-in’ match-making mind-set. Walls dotted with Haitian oil paintings and bespoke touches such as the two large Monkey planters (another Messel trademark) also add to the tropical, yet tranquil theme. It’s a testament to the island’s many charms that Messel considered Barbados his true home and it was here that he lived until his death in 1978 at the age of 74. Renowned architect Barbara Hill describes his work as “converting ordinary houses into wonderlands.” For homeowners and holidaymakers fortunate enough to stay in a Messel home; a healthy dose of fantasy is always guaranteed.

Fustic House, Leamington Pavilion and Crystal Springs are available for Short-Term Rental through Bajan Services Ltd. Call us on 422-2618

Fustic House photo by Byron Slater

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JAHWORKS HORSE RIDING TOURS

Situated in the rugged and beautiful Scotland District in the parish of St. Andrew, Jahworks offers horseback riding, hiking and camping packages for visitors and locals alike. Horse riding is a unique way to experience Barbadian wildlife and nature upclose, monkeys and birds are frequently seen. With breathtaking views that span five different parishes as well as historic sites such as Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill and Shorey village, it is a memorable adventure! The beach trail allows riders to trek along the unspoilt beauty of the East Coast beach which remains a breathtaking part of Barbadian scenery - the newest tour is our popular Full Moon Ride. At Jahworks the Art Bar provides refreshments, light foods and snacks and also local art, music and craft while overlooking the Atlantic ocean. All tours are with private or semi private guides. Hard hats are provided, chaps and boots on site, only in some sizes - long pants, enclosed shoes and plenty of sunblock are recommended - and so is a camera! For futher information call Roli Roachford on 422-9905 or 820-2667. Email jahworks@caribsurf. com or visit us online

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BAJAN BUFFET LUNCH AT FISHER POND GREAT HOUSE Fisher Pond Great House is a historic plantation house built in 1635 and sits amidst lush tropical gardens surrounded by rolling fields of sugar cane. The home has been beautifully refurnished with a vast collection of antiques, china, and crystal chandeliers. Guests are treated like Royalty, the mahogany dining table has in fact been graced by Queen Elizabeth II herself among other high profile guests. The home of hosts John and Rain Chandler, it has been prestigiously awarded by Zagat #1 Bajan Cuisine and #1 Buffet, they also recently received the Michael Winners ‘Best Restaurant’ award presented by Sir Michael Caine and Joanne Lumley in London. The gardens are alive with the sound of exotic and colourful birds, the setting magical with fountains, stately royal palms, bamboo groves and exotic flowers in bloom. An eclectic local menu is served buffet style every Thursday and Sunday and, for those of you not already ‘in the know,’ we suggest you call to make your reservation! Private dinners of six or more may be requested. Telephone (246) 433-1754 Visit them online at www.barbadosbrides.org

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CASA GRANDE – BOWLING ALLEY

Recently opened is Barbados’ first ever Bowling Alley located at the Casa Grande Airport Hotel, St. Philip (about 2 minutes from the airport) it is suitable for all ages and has proven to be a great hit. Bowling Game fees are BD$20/adult $15/kids. Shoe rental $3. Attractions also include Bumper Cars for kids and adults at BD$5 a ride, a large Video Game arcade at $1 per game, a Lounge Bar where Bottle Service is available and a Restaurant with an extensive menu; your choice of a 3 course meal or simple dining of sandwiches, pizza, finger foods and a multitude of desserts. Party Platters are available. Tel: 4163351 for more info. Opening Hours: Closed on Monday Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm -12:00am Friday 5:00pm - 2:00am Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00am Sunday 12:00pm - 12:00 am

MULLIGANS

A family owned and operated restaurant, Mulligans is nestled alongside the green at the centrally located Rockley Resort Golf Club and offers a relaxed atmosphere and casual dining with a varied menu at affordable prices. Tuesday night is the lively Quiz night for all you trivia buffs with cash prizes to be won! Saturday lunch is the traditional Bajan Pudding and Souse, followed in the evening by the dynamic sound of house band Level Vibes and their ‘Open Mic’ night, so if you can hold a tune, play an instrument or just want to chill out with friends over a ‘cold one’ come on down to Mulligans. Restaurant service runs everyday from 8:00am to 10:00pm in the winter season and 9:00am to 8:30pm in the summer. The bar stays open until you say when! Daily lunch specials $15.00 and a flat screen TV for all the games. Call 426-1211 for details and special events or see us on facebook at Mulligans group.

DIPPER’S BAR AT THE BARBADOS CRUSING CLUB Make a week night a Saturday night at Dipper’s! We supply the fun, you collect the prize! Every Wednesday is Quiz night with professionally prepared trivia quiz packs including ‘question and answer’, ‘picture and hand out’ and ‘audio’ rounds. Hosted by the one and only legendary quizmaster Terry Bent, the atmosphere is welcoming with lots of lively banter, laughter and friendly bar staff. First prize is dinner for four! A delicious BBQ is served Wednesday through Sunday and includes burgers, hotdogs, fish and a choice of salads. A private members club, visitors are welcome on introduction and signing of the visitors book and visiting sailors are always welcome, affiliations with other clubs is ongoing. Located upstairs the Barbados Crusing Club in Aquatic gap overlooking picturesque Carlisle Bay. Telephone 426-4434 for details.

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Property Reference Guide

Beachlands

There are no restrictions on non Barbadians buying and selling property in Barbados. In the case of financing for non Barbadian residents, US dollar loans are available through most banks in Barbados. Taxation Considerations Land Tax

Land Tax, or Property Tax is payable annually and is completed as follows: (these rates have become effective from the new 2008 land tax year).

Improved Property (BBD)

Land Tax Rates Current Bands 0% on First $125,000 0.10% on next $225,000 0.45% on next $500,000 0.75% on excess over $850,000

Proposed Bands $150,000 $250,000 $600,000 $1,000,000

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Where the property is rented on a short term basis and income earned exceeds Bds$5,000 monthly or Bds$60,000 per annum, the owner will be required to register for VAT and charge VAT accordingly. In Barbados, VAT imposed on the supply of a dwelling house that is rented to persons for use as a vacation or holiday home at the rate of 7.5% The owner may also claim VAT that is charged by suppliers on the maintenance of the property etc. against the VAT charges on the tenants. However, long term rentals are exempt from VAT.

There is a ceiling of $60,000 where the dwelling house is used exclusively as a residence by the person who owns the land on which the dwelling house is erected.

Legal Considerations

Property Transfer Tax

The Agreement For Sale

Effective from April 1st 2007 the land tax rate has been reduced from 7.5% to 2.5%. Payable by the vendor upon the sale of the property.

Stamp Duty

Payable by the vendor at the rate of 1% on the gross consideration.

Personal Tax VS Corporate Tax

The property owner can hold the real estate investment personally or they may set-up a holding company to do so. In either case, so long as the owner and or the holding company are non-residents for Barbados tax purposes, there will be a withholding tax, at a rate of 25%, on the gross rental income earned from the property. However, it is possible to obtain permission form the local tax authorities to file a Barbados tax return which would include the gross rental income less related expenses. In such a case if the property is owned personally, the applicable tax of tax is 15% on the net rental income. The rate also applies if a company owns and rents the residential property. 78 LIVING BARBADOS AUGUST - DECEMBER 2010

Barbados Legal system is derived from English common law and statutes. Once negotiations are complete, the starting point of the land sale transaction if the Agreement for Sale, which is usually prepared by the Attorney-at-Law acting for the vendor. At the time of the signing, the Purchaser signs the agreement in duplicate and pays a deposit – typically 10% of the purchase price. The Agreement together with the deposit are then delivered to the vendor’s Attorney-at-Law. The Vendor will then execute the agreement and a copy of the duly executed Agreement is then delivered to the Purchaser’s Attorney at Law.

Investigation of Title

After the agreement is signed the Purchaser’s Attorney-atLaw conducts a search against the title to the property to ensure that the vendor holds a good legal title to the property and there are no encumbrances such as mortgages, charges of liens affecting the property. Encumbrances may also take the form of unpaid judgments, outstanding water bills, and unpaid land taxes.

Completion of the Sale and Purchase

The Vendor’s Attorney-at-Law prepares the instrument used to convey the title to the Purchaser. Upon closing the Vendor’s Attorney-at-Law will normally exchange that instru-


ment, along with prior title deeds, for the balance of the purchase money.

Closing costs

The vendor of the property will be liable to pay the stamp duty and property transfer tax. Legal fees are usually 1.5% to 2% of the purchase price or the property plus 15% VAT

Retaining Legal Advice

Any person intending to purchase or sell property must retain the services of an Attorney-at-law on the island to represent his interests. The Agreement for Sale, the Deed of Conveyance and the Deed of Transfer must all be prepared by an Attorney-at-Law. The peculiarities of Barbados’ conveyancing Laws, the absence of any scheme of title insurance, and the predominance of unregistered title to land are factors that render real estate transactions in Barbados potentially risky for the unfamiliar purchaser.

Other Considerations

There is no Capital Gains Tax in Barbados, nor are there any estate, inheritance or gift taxes. The title may be taken in a person’s name of a company may be set up to own the property. In the case of ownership by a company, if it is incorporated outside of Barbados, it must be registered in Barbados.

Property Management Fees

Contract deposits are usually 10% of the purchase price. A refundable reservation deposit is required if the buyer is purchasing at the preconstruction phase. Stage payments are then made in according to the sale agreement schedule.

Bank Accounts

An non national may open a bank account with the proper identification and bank and professional references. Antimoney laundering legislature requires non nationals to provide evidence of the source of funds.

Agency Fees

The unofficial commission for real estate agents is 5% of the sale plus VAT

Residence and Exchange Controls

Non-residents are required to claim permission by the Exchange control authority in order to invest property. They must also register their investment in Barbados in foreign currency. This is to facilitate the future repatriation of funds. Failure to do so could prevent or delay such repatriation. In the statement made by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance on March 14th 2007, it was proposed where there was a sale of a property by a non resident to another non resident and there is no foreign exchange loss, the proceeds of the sale can be repatriated without restrictions.

This cost can vary depending on the needs of the client. The property management companies on the island excellent and the services are customized to suit every property owner’s needs.

Deposits

For Sale - Exceptional Resort Development Opportunity Extending to some 247 acres with planning permission for a hotel and spa complex with up to 100 guestrooms, 18-hole golf course and up to 200 residential units, the development land at Black Bess represents a rare chance to acquire one of the last major sites available on the West Coast of Barbados.The site, originally known as Black Bess Plantation, has a superb hilltop location with magnificent views of the famous ‘Platinum’ Coast and Caribbean Sea. Detailed negotiations have taken place with a world renowned luxury hotel operator to operate the hotel and villas on completion of the development. The Black Bess project has been assembled by Bacassa Developments (Barbados) Ltd with the intention of developing a high-end resort community to equal the very best Barbados and the wider Caribbean has to offer. The site lends itself extremely well to such a development and the location and setting are superb. A sale of the site with the benefit of the planning permission to develop a luxury hotel, golf course and residential resort is now being sought. For more information contact Realtors Limited Tel: + 1 (246) 432 6930 Fax: + 1(246) 432 6919 Email: suzannedavis@barbadosrealtorslimited.com

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Development Key Development Location Sq Footage Price Ranges in US No of Units Apes Hill Cabbage Tree Green Apes Hill St James

14,000

Apes Hill Garden Wall Apes Hill St James

2,700-3,780

Price on Request

Price on Request

58

66

Apes Hill Great Hill Apes Hill St James

21,780

Price on Request

Apes Hill Moonshine Ridge Apes Hill St James

43,000 +

$4 M - $ 8 M

Atlantic Station Atlantic Shores Ch Ch

2,200

Price on Request

39

36 3

Battaleys Mews Mullins St Peter 2,000 $1M 30 Beachlands Holetown St James

2,500-9,000

$3M to $12M

49

Beachview Paynes Bay St James 1,371-1,817 $720,000-$975,000 36 Brownes Beach Hastinsg Ch Ch Claridges

790- 2,760

$340,000 -1.4M

21

St Peter 3,100 From $1495,000 10

Coral Cove Paynes Bay St James

1,700-3,371

$1.4M – $3.4 M

14

El Sol Surreno Durants Ch Ch

1,350-1,783

Price on Request

36

Fairway Crossings St Thomas 2,200 $625,000 8 Fairwind Lane Southern Heights Ch Ch 2,300 $400,000 10 Golden Acre

St James 1,700 From $495,000 15

Greentails Sion Hill Sandy Land St James

2,700

$1.4 M

5

Heron Court Porters St James 2,000 $532,000+ 28 Heron Mill St Peter 14,500-22,000 $229,500+ 15 Kings Gate Gibbs St Peter

2,167

Lime Grove Apartments Holetown St James

1,500-2,104

Price on Request

$757,576.00

32

8

$1.25 M

16

Lime Grove Hillside Units Holetown St James

1,847-2,173

Lime Grove Townhouses Holetown St James

2,042

Price on Request

8

Lion Castle Club Lots St Thomas

14,000 – St 31,000

From $215,000

22

Lion Castle Estate Lots St Thomas

31,000- 100,000

From $465,000

23

Lion Castle Townhouses St Thomas

From 2,900

$1.25 M

10

1,239

$712,500

15

Maxwell Beach Villas Maxwell Coast Rd Ch Ch Ocean 2

Rainbow Beach St Lawrence Gap

806-1,664

$454,000 72

Porters Gate

Porters St James

1,800-2,000

Price on Request 31

Portico

Prospect Beach St James

3,500-5,000

Price on Request 10

Royal Westmoreland Mahogany Dr

Westmoreland St James

28,0000-35,000

Price on Request 10

Royal Westmoreland Royal Apts

Westmoreland St James

831-2,000

$495,000+ 102

Royal Westmoreland Royal Villas

Westmoreland St James

2,250-2,490

$1.3M-$1.8M 12

Sandy Cove

Porters St James

2,895-5,808

$3 M to$8.5 M 12

Sandy Hook

Maxwell Coast Road

2000ft

$2.3 Million 10

Sapphire Beach

Dover Beach Ch Ch

1,630+

Price on Request 54

Silver Point

Silver Sands Ch Ch

Various

$183,000-$460,000

St Lawrence Beach

St Lawrence Gap Ch Ch

1,000-2,100

$500,000 17

Saint Peter Bay Villas

Road View St Peter

2,690-6,340

To be issued in 2009

Suga Bay Townhouses

Mullins St Peter

2,600+

$1.35 M 18

Sugar Hill

Westmoreland St James

620-1,375

$425,000 – $1.4 M

Terraces

St. Lawrence Gap Ch Ch

1,100-1,600

$355,000 16

The Condominiums at Palm Beach

Hastings Ch Ch

1,966-2,347

$875,000 59

The Crane Residences

The Crane St Philip

Various

From $445,000 – $3.9M

Turtle View

Porters St James

1,965

$610,000 10

Villas on the Beach

Holetown St James

950-2,850

$850,000+ 18

Vuemont Apartments

St Peter

1,134

Vuemont Villas

St Peter

1,218 - 1,560

From $395,000 From $399,000

85 57 40

128

32 45

WaterHall Polo Villas

Waterhall St James

2,363

$875,000+ 20

Waterside

Paynes Bay St James

850-2,800

$850,000+ 27

Westland Heights

St James

5,947-8,325

$4.25-5.5 9

Whitesands

Dover

Various

$475,000 to $1.7M

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Condo

Town Apt House house Villa

Semi Detached

land

Beach Front

Golf

Tennis

Polo

Development

Apes Hill Cabbage Tree Green

Apes Hill Garden Wall

Apes Hill Great Hill

Apes Hill Moonshine Ridge

Atlantic Station Battaleys Mews Beachlands Beachview Brownes Beach

Claridges Coral Cove El Sol Surreno Fairway Crossings Fairwind Lane Golden Acre Greentails Heron Court Heron Mill Kings Gate Lime Grove Apartments

Lime Grove Hillside Units

Lime Grove Townhouses

Lion Castle Club Lots

Lion Castle Estate Lots

Lion CastleTownhouses Maxwell Beach Villas Ocean 2 Porters Gate Portico

Royal Westmoreland Mahogany Dr

Royal Westmoreland Royal Apts

Royal Westmoreland Royal Villas

Sandy Cove Sandy Hook Sapphire Silver Point St Lawrence Beach St Peter’s Bay Suga Bay Townhouses Sugar Hill Terraces

The Condominiums at Palm Beach

The Crane Turtle View

Villas on the Beach

Vuemont Apartments Vuemont Villas WaterHall Polo Villas Waterside

Westland Heights Whitesands

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Map of Barbados

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1 The Crane 2 Apes Hill Club 3 Palisades 4 Ocean 2 5 Palm Beach 6 Sugar Hill 7 Royal Westmoreland 8 Coral Cove 9 Sandy Hook 10 Portico 11 Heron Court 12 Terraces 13 Beachlands 14 Water Hall Polo Villas 15 Somerley 16 Claridges 17 Sapphire Beach 18 Limegrove 19 Maxwell Beach Villas 20 El Sol Sureno 21 Sandy Cove 22 Golden Acre 23 Silver Point 24 Lion Castle 25 Bow Bells 26 Tamarind 27 Vuemont


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