Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Bequia - REEF HOUSE
RATES VARY AS TO NUMBER OF BEDROOMS USED
LOCATION: Reef House is situated 150 feet above Crescent Beach at Industry Bay on the south-facing coast of Bequia Island.
Reef House was completed in June, 2011. The owners named the house after the off shore Crescent Bay Reef with its constantly breaking waves that one sees from every part of the property. We chose this site specifically because of the powerful views that will captivate and entertain you from the moment you arrive and step out on to the ten foot covered veranda facing the sea and reef.
Reef House is nestled into the hillside and is constructed of local stone and Greenheart hardwood in a style that reflects the Caribbean tradition yet provides all the modern conveniences. The exterior walls are covered in cut stone which gives the house the feeling of a sea captain's villa. Reef House's pavilion style design is naturally cooled by the Caribbean trade winds that constantly flow in from the sea.
The living spaces of Reef House are designed to be 'as one' with the sea and sky. Spacious verandas emerge from the rooms on the first and second floors either overlooking the two bays below or a private garden filled with colorful tropical flowers.
Pairs of tall arched Dutch doors push open to reveal views of the turquoise sea from every room. It is only a five minute walk down the hill to the white sand, palm tree lined Crescent Beach.
The Upper Level can be used as a TWO BEDROOM home. It consists of the master bedroom with its high-beamed ceiling and stone surrounded, nine foot arched wooden Dutch doors that open to the sea. There is a generous walk-in closet, a stylish bathroom with dark green soapstone counter, Balinese teak mirror and a large walk-in shower with walls of green marble tile and a slate tile floor. The king size Balinese teak four poster bed is covered with a mosquito net. As in all the bedrooms, a ceiling fan cools room. Screens doors let also let in the breeze.
Next to the master bedroom is the open-air dining room with its artistic walls of cut stone and a hand-made wood dining table that comfortably seats 10 guests. Gorgeous ocean views are featured from this area of the property.
The spacious Octagon shaped Living Room with Kitchen follows next with its vaulted wood beam ceiling and handsome stone terrazzo floors crossed with wide strips of tropical wood. All the teak furniture has been imported from Bali and gives the house a relaxed, 'barefoot chic' ambiance. The Octagon has six hand-constructed nine foot Greenheart Dutch doors, each framed by a cut stone arch, that open to a magnificent vista of either the verdant tropical valley behind the beach or dramatic views of the sea, reef, islands offshore or cloud filled tropical blue sky.
The kitchen has a large dark green soapstone center island with bar stools, soapstone counters, stainless steel refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, dishwasher and large walk-in pantry.
The upstairs guest bedroom, with queen size teak four poster bed, is of similar design as the master bedroom and bath. This Upper Level featuring TWO BEDROOMS has no stairs and is on the same elevation as the entry garden filled with tropical flowers.
The Lower Level is comprised of three generously proportioned guest bedrooms each with a teak four-posted queen size bed covered with a mosquito net. Each bath contains a walk-in tiled shower, soapstone counter top and Balinese teak mirror.
Two of the downstairs bedrooms share a spacious bath with its extra large walk-in shower.
There is also a separate media room for watching movies on the HDTV (bring your favorite DVD selections) with a teak single sleigh bed and full bath.
For your added enjoyment, there is a plunge POOL with an underwater bench designed for sitting and relaxing and taking in the sea views.
COMPLIMENTS WE HAVE RECEIVED:
* You have the most handsome house on the island.
* Loved the quality of the beds.
*Loved hearing the ocean waves when lying in bed.
*Loved resting and reading when lying on the teak chaise lounge couches on the veranda facing the sea - hard to stay awake!
*Great to be able to walk to the turtle sanctuary close by.
*Loved the old Caribbean feeling of the house and being able to enjoy all the modern amenities.
Keywords: ISLAND STYLE VILLA, LARGE DECKS, CUT STONE EXTERIOR, HAND CRAFTED WOODEN DUTCH DOORS,TERRAZZO FLOORS, VAULTED BEAMED CEILINGS, POWERFUL OCEAN, ISLAND AND SKYSCAPE VIEWS!
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair accessible
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thanks for letting us share your beautiful home. Everyone spoiled us! We loved waking up to the sun rising off the ocean. The views, the people, the fun....everything made for a perfect birthday celebration. Ella loved the sushi....can't get any fresher and better than catching your own!
Tobe and Sally, the owners of Reef House, discovered the island of Bequia more than twenty years ago on a scuba diving vacation. We were totally charmed by the quaintness and beauty of this small island and embraced by the friendly attitude of the local residents; so they just kept coming back. We rented homes at various locations around the island and then in 2007 made the decision to purchase land and build our own home overlooking Crescent Beach (formally called Industry Bay due to the harvesting of the coconut palm plantation which still exists below the house). Needless to say, this was not an easy thing to do being that we live in Santa Barbara, California; but with lots of patience and four years of hard work, Bequia Reef House was created. Construction was completed in June, 2011.
Many people ask us why we didn't build our vacation/rental home in Hawaii since we live on the West Coast.
Our reply is: come to Bequia, experience its quaint charm, super friendly local people, uncrowded beaches and beautiful warm turquoise water and you will understand.
We had rented various homes on Bequia, always close to the sea, as that is a prime requirement for us when taking a vacation.
When we saw this half acre property on the undeveloped side of the island with its powerful views of the sea, sky and valley below, we knew that it would be a perfect site for a vacation home.
TIME OUT - TIME IN PARADISE:
We've all been told there is no perfect place in this world, but standing on the REEF HOUSE veranda on a full moon evening, gazing across the shimmering silver sea with warm tropical breezes caressing your body, comes close.
This is a place where the clouds really do have a silver lining!
To further enhance this magical encounter with nature's wonders, take a short stroll down the hill to the beach where stately coconut palms sway and dance in the moonlight, and the warm waters of the tropical sea wash up against your feet, tempting you to take a moonlight swim. Then you will understand why we choose to built Reef House in this location. :-)
We enjoy the open spacious design of the home. Its large rooms, dining porch and restful covered veranda all capture views of the sea and the ever-changing tropical sky. The beauty of the cut stone covered walls and high arched wooden doors are a pleasure to behold.
When we are there by ourselves we just use the Upper Level which has been designed as a TWO BEDROOM home all on the garden entry level of the property. The Lower Level three bedrooms are reached by stairs on the outside of the villa and cannot be seen from the Upper Level.
After a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, we like to take off for a hike along the infrequently used little road at the bottom of the hill, walk along the usually deserted Crescent Beach, stop by the Turtle Sanctuary for a visit and then carry on up the road to the stone quarry and trail that runs along the edge of the cliff above the sea. Most of the time we are all by ourselves enjoying the beauty of nature. We feel blessed that such a place still exists in this crowded busy world.
Reef House is a place of tranquility.
We also greatly enjoy having a wonderful very friendly house keeper (who is also an excellent cook) to help with the chores.
And our property manager is delightful and very knowledgeable about all aspects of Reef House and living in Bequia.
Our plunge pool has been a real joy for our grandchildren. We enjoy a cool dip or just sitting on the underwater bench soaking in the views and serenity of this private hillside location above the turquoise sea.
The bay below the house is wonderful for swimming as the off shore Crescent Bay Reef breaks up the surf so the waters in the bay stay calm. Snorkeling along the reef is also good fun on calm sea days.