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ARCHITECTURE

“It looks like it’s been designed from the very beginning,” says John of the home’s cohesive new look. The couple used judicious choices of material and finishes to tie old in with new during the renovations. Started as a 3 bedroom property to compliment nextdoor Turquaz, which was built in 1989 to accommodate their large family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren, Indigo was increased to 5 bedrooms in 1995. In 2000, a further acre of land was purchased enabling the Barkers to develop Indigo from a small home to a large 9-bed villa with tennis courts and gym. As this final development of Indigo was being completed in 2009 the Barkers started Le Bleu, drawing on their considerable experience of building worldwide and the experience of the inside-outside life in Anguilla. Once Le Bleu was completed in 2010, it became clear to John and Val that Indigo had become dated and, with their plans to combine both into a boutique hotel, it was necessary for Indigo to be given a new lease of life. Every area in the property was reviewed, many walls removed, and new bathrooms were created. 10,000 sq. ft. of terracotta tiles were replaced with white ceramic tiles, not only brightening and modernizing the spaces, but are much easier to maintain. Entry to the property starts with a drive under the entry pavilion’s porte-cochere. The building, which originally housed 2 bedrooms, a garage and a gym, has been reconfigured to give way to a king-sized suite. A paved courtyard opens up inside, leading to a trellised parking area that adjoins the tennis court. A long arbored walkway under climbing plants, beside lush landscaping, takes you to the entry lounge of the main residence building. Access from the main lounge to the kitchen was eliminated, along with a small laundry. That allowed the homeowners to create a kitchen befitting the home’s new size. Sweeping walkways and wraparound patios along the house’s southern side open the inside to the property’s signature gardens, which have remained untouched. The sloping terrain allowed for a full level below, where 4 bedrooms were reconfigured into three bedrooms and one gym. What was once a second, smaller lounge in the standalone Little Indigo pavilion was converted into a grand 10th bedroom.

PREVIOUS PAGE At night, Anguilla stone pool reflects the warmth of the main pavilion. THIS PAGE, TOP Lush landscaping and palm trees frame a view out to Little Bay. THIS PAGE, MIDDLE & BOTTOM The spacious main lounge, with its very eclectic furnishing and decor has plentiful seating areas and a dining area for up to 20 people. OPPOSITE PAGE At one point a standalone pavilion, Little Indigo now connects to the main residence building, and houses 4 bedrooms, with a pool on the upper deck.

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