Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Bequia - Ocean Breeze House
Caribbean Luxury 3 Bedroom Villa, with Pool & Panoramic Views
Ocean Breeze Villa is perched on Spring Hill on the Atlantic side of the island. The villa overlooks lush flower gardens and tropical fruit trees that gradually blend into the natural island flora. From the various terraces you see coconut palm groves and the two scenic bays of Spring and Industry. Beyond these, gorgeous panoramic views open toward the ocean and outlying islands.
In keeping with Caribbean style, the house has an open layout; with the French doors ajar in the living room and bedrooms, it lives up to its name as refreshing ocean breezes blow throughout. One of the highlights of the house is the expansive wraparound covered porch. In fact, you may find that you never want to leave the panoramic views and soothing breezes on the porch. The house features three bedrooms with private baths, a fully equipped kitchen and an open living and dining area.
Major villa attractions are the outdoor solar-powered Jacuzzi and the spectacular pool, with its large portico, a gazebo for shade lovers, a barbecue and a bar—an ideal setting for grownups and children of all ages. Why spend your vacation in a hotel when you can enjoy an affordable home away from home in complete luxury at the Ocean Breeze Villa?
Details of the house and gardens:
The upper story comprises the living room and kitchen, flanked on either side by two bedrooms. Bedrooms have French doors that open to the east, infusing the rooms with morning light. An attractive architectural feature is the wraparound veranda’s post-and-beam structure. Precious Caribbean green heart, combined with a varnished wood ceiling, provide an old-world flair. Add to this the authentic Bequia stone facing of the walls, the frieze of Turkish tiles and the white lacquer of the French doors, and you get a sense of the eclectic, inviting style that is the calling card of Ocean Breeze House. Every detail receives meticulous care by the owners and the house managers, Jo and Allan, who live next door and keep things in order year-round.
Stepping out of the living room, there is a sitting area with comfortable teak chairs and coffee table. To the left, under one of the pyramid roofs, is a wrought-iron glass-topped table for your morning coffee. The area is partially glassed-in to keep the occasional rain at bay. At night, it’s an inviting spot for dining al fresco. An overhead candelabra, terracotta wall sconces and candles provide a cozy ambiance. Not to mention the moon and stars.
At the opposite end of the veranda, shielded by the twin pyramid roof, you’ll find deck chairs, a hammock and game or (if you must) work table. The veranda offers beauty, rest and shelter all day long.
Inside, you’ll find a comfortable seating area with rattan chair and sofa that converts to a pullout bed for an extra guest. There is a dining table of precious Guyanese walnut surrounded by teak chairs with local canvas cushions. The brand-new kitchen, though small, has all necessary appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker. The Caribbean cherry cabinets were made by a local craftsman. The counter top is granite. Dishware includes a contemporary stone service for breakfast and more formal Bohemian porcelain for your own pleasure or for entertaining guests.
Works by local artists adorn the combined living-dining room, including a spectacular Tiffany-style lampshade by Melanie and paintings by Lucy Quashie (whose gallery is worth visiting), along with imported Turkish and Portuguese artwork.
On the middle level, you’ll find the Jacuzzi, a set of Adirondack chairs and another seating area. The door at the far end leads to a third bedroom with bath and kitchenette, an attractive option for an additional member of your party or a practical solution for an accompanying nanny. Another wrap-around balcony opens views to a different panorama and makes for spectacular stargazing.
All three bedrooms feature queen-size beds and mosquito nets. The house features two washing machines and a dryer, as well as an overflow refrigerator for any additional food and beverages you may have.
On the lower level, stop for a moment to admire the unique circular staircase, the new Bequia sandstone veneer on the walls and of course the plentiful flowers. Walking down a flight of stairs, you will come to the oval swimming pool, a shady gazebo perfect for a light lunch, and chaise lounges for sunbathing (don’t forget your sunscreen!). A fridge dispenses cool beverages and a gas grill can be called upon for hamburgers or local fish. Walking down another flight, you’ll find a great spot for reading a book or meditating under the mango tree.
Bequia’s reputation as a safe destination is well deserved. Ocean Breeze House is also equipped with a security alarm system. Additionally, two safes are available.
Various pool and beach toys are on-hand. A small Laser sailboat is available to certified sailors and requires written indemnification.
Ocean Breeze House aspires to be energy self-sufficient. We make extensive use of solar energy both in the house and to run the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and to provide hot water. The gardens use recycled water, collected roadside and distributed by an elaborate irrigation system. Guests are invited to contribute to this eco-awareness by conserving water and electricity.
Ocean Breeze House has a music system for your iPod or CDs and has Wi-Fi to meet your Internet and Skype needs.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Jo Gabriel
The owners are both professionals living in New York. They were born and raised in Germany and moved to America in the 70ies to pursue successful academic careers, he as a biomedical scientist, and she as clinical psychologist. They spend weekends in their country home in Connecticut where they are near their grandchildren. She is an ardent gardener whereas he is a hobby woodworker and all-round handyman, skills that are useful for maintaining the Ocean Breeze House in impeccable order. Increasingly they are eco-conscious, having installed solar power to run house, pool and Jacuzzi. To conserve precious water, the pool is fed with 2/3 rain water and 1/3 sea water. Hundreds of feet of underground drip irrigation nurture the tropical gardens.
The owners are good friends with the couple living uphill who serve as year-round managers. They frequently travel to Bequia for relaxing holidays, where 'relaxation' can include varnishing the teak furniture or re-decorating the house. For that purpose, they collect artworks from local artists.
Jo Gabriel purchased this villa in 1998
Why Jo Gabriel chose Bequia
After vacationing on several Caribbean islands we discovered Bequia on a sailing trip. With its natural beauty and charm, its lively tradition as a sailing and scuba diving center and the preservation of genuine Caribbean life it was the perfect match for us. Ten years of return trips brought us closer to the Bequian people, and eventually led us to buy property and to build a house. As happens often, our initially modest house morphed over the years to a luxury villa. Purchase of adjacent land protected against future intrusive development, preserving the spectacular views, and at the same time providing space for a magnificent pool & sundeck.
Since houses fare poorly when not lived in we decided to rent the villa, and to share its beauty with guests. Recovering some of the maintenance expenses is also a motif. Guest who stayed at Ocean Breeze were all happy. One couple from England who come every January for the past 15 years have adopted the place as their own. The testimonies of guests are our best calling card.
What makes this villa unique
Any house is only as good as the people who care for it. We already told you that we, the owners, travel three times a year to Bequia, not a big deal from New York with several choices of direct flights to Barbados, connecting to a flight Bequia by SVG AIR. Thus,we can keep an eye on the property. More importantly though are our caretakers. We are lucky to have: Jo Gabriel, who manages the household and the books; Allan Gabriel who maintains the gardens and pool, and arranges for general upkeep and repairs of the property.
Alma, who comes twice a week (or more often if you like) to clean up and do your laundry; Garth and Bobu, who keep the gardens in luscious beauty. Less visible, but no less important, are other elves. To name a few: Curtis, or his wife Sandra, who meet you at the airport; Doris, who runs a food emporium and knows all about wines; who will guide you on an unforgettable undersea tour.