One bedroom en suite with lovely views from spacious verandah
- French, Spanish
I sailed into English Harbour in 1967 and fell in love with the island. I built my house in 1969 in the old colonial style, and later built a cottage for my mother, and much later a small guest cottage. Unfortunately my husband and I lost our pensions to a very bad investment, and now I am renting out both cottages. My husband and I are both keen sailors, riders (I started the Springhill Riding Club just nearby in 1987) We love our three dogs and our 2 acre garden which we have filled with indigenous flowering plants and trees.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 1969
Why Owner chose Falmouth Harbour
We love Falmouth for its peaceful green location, it feels a long way from everywhere, but is only 5 minutes drive to lots of activities and night life - the best of both worlds. At Spring Hill we have welcomed many guests who have enjoyed the rural life and tasteful open plan Caribbean Georgian style cottages set in lush tropical gardens overlooking the many beautiful yachts at anchor. These cottages are a short drive or hike to the many amenities of the Nelson’s Dockyard World Heritage historic site. Spring Hill is set on a two acres site with very few neighbours. It is on the rural road to Rendezvous Bay Beach, arguably one of the best of Antigua’s 365. Access to this beach is best by foot, a 30 minutes hike, or by 4 wheel dive, visitors usually have the beach to themselves, alternatively a hack can by organised by the Antigua Equestrian Centre just a few minutes walk down the hill - swimming on the horses can be arranged as well. We at Spring Hill live with open windows and doors. We are blessed by the ever present trade winds. Our home and three cottages capture these cooling winds. There are no screens, security bars nor is air conditioning necessary. There is no television. There is however Wi Fi and Internet access. The Spring Hill 2 acre property is securely fenced to keep our 4 dogs inside and the roaming goats, sheep and cattle out. Our dogs, Ottalie, Bella, Ebony and Bandit provide pleasure to ourselves & our guests. The generous verandas used often for dining and relaxing, all have the option to exclude our K9 friends. Most of our guests however keep their homes open and welcome the visits for these precious tail wagging “Guard” dogs that provide companionship and the Security for Spring Hill. Residential Tourism represented by properties such as Spring Hill, represent an alternative and a get away from the maddening crowds of hotels. Please read the reviews from our many happy guests. Many of whom return for repeat visits.
What makes this Cottage unique
Birds & Bees (we have had several engagements happen here!) is peaceful and quiet and yet near so many lively bars, restaurants, etc. There is a Mediterranean port feeling to the Yacht Club Marina with its coffee bars & boutiques and mega yachts, and yet it is only a few minutes away! You can spend the day by the pool, swinging in a hammock or at the beach, and at night enjoy a delicious dinner and dancing under the stars in one of the many restaurants in the Harbour.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We just got back from a week’s stay at Birds and Bees and our only wish is that we could have stayed longer. This place is nothing less than amazing! It’s the prettiest vacation rental we ever stayed in and the attention to detail and hospitality was on a whole other level. Janie and Geoffrey are incredible hosts that made sure we had a great vacation. From setting up an extra bed for our 3 year old daughter, providing basic provisions, a bottle of rum, beach towels and chairs and loads of good recommendations for beaches and things to do and see. Janie even invited us to join a yoga class on her veranda. We loved being surrounded by the tropical garden and visited by the four legged and winged local residents including brightly colored hummingbirds and even a tortoise that walked up to us one afternoon on the lawn and delighted our daughter.
The pool is beautiful and our daughter loved swimming in it so much that it took some great deal of convincing to persuade her every day to leave it and go exploring one of the numerous gorgeous beaches the island is blessed with. Thank you Janie and Geoffrey for a perfect vacation, we can’t wait to return!
No one should ask for more of you are looking for the perfect intimate private rental Antiguan accommodation experience. Birds and Bees Cottage has all you need in a delightful mix of old Caribbean architecture and New England decor. Every modern facility is available in a property which is more spacious than some of the booking site photos suggest. The arched windows and verandah doors opened up in the daytime ensure delightful trade wind breezes refresh the house continuously - air con is irrelevant. As ever in Antigua outside living on the verandah is the norm and the verandah in B&B Cottage is the place with its views over the wonderful garden towards magnificent Falmouth Harbour. The bird feeder nearby ensures the regular arrival of the most beautiful Hummingbirds within feet of you as well as other species. The private pool while only a few steps away is large and in a superb setting and has a wonderful gazebo to shelter from the sun when required. We have been to Antigua many times in the last 10 years and sampled a variety of excellent rental and hotel accommodation and this place is at the top for us. It’s far enough away from the main activity areas in Falmouth and English harbours to feel quiet and secluded but not in reality when you need to go shopping for provisions nearby or access the restaurants, bars and fabulous beaches but a short distance away. Cloggys our favourite sports bar and restaurant nestling in the Yacht Club Marina is a must for anyone visiting. Our favourite beach anywhere is Rendezvous Bay but a mile away on the road from the Cottage. Who could ask for more? But make sure you rent a 4x4 to get easily to these remoter spots. Janie and Geoffrey were delightful hosts and a pleasure to meet. Nothing was too difficult albeit we needed little other than was already in place. If you are a twosome and need both a retreat but also the convenience of one of the best holiday locations on Antigua... we heartily recommend Birds and Bees Cottage - Amazing Value.
Perfect resort alternative
We just came back from a lovely stay at Birds & Bees Cottage. Janie is a wonderful host who had us very well stocked upon our arrival - things like coffee, milk, fruit, granola, bread, butter, bottled water and a bottle of rum! All were much appreciated after a long day of travel. It was nice not to feel rushed to drop our bags and grocery shop. She also gave us beach towels whenever we needed them and had a couple of beach chairs as well. We loved the open air living - open doors and windows, the fantastic breeze, the hammock, and birds popping in and out for a quick visit. True island living! The kitchen is very well equipped with all the tools, dishes and supplies you need. The pool and lounging area is a great option with a beautiful view of the harbor. Janie gave us great insight into local events, restaurant and beach recommendations, and other things to do on the island. This is a perfect place for those who don't want the resort option and we can't wait to come back! We already miss the cool breeze and watching the birds and hummingbirds on the porch. Thanks, Janie, for the wonderful accommodations!
We stayed at Springhill (Birds & Bees) for two weeks and totally loved our holiday. The venue is truly unique, spotlessly clean and has all the facilities you could need for a tropical break. The gorgeous cottage sits within the grounds of the owners property in a beautifully kept garden. Whilst the owners property is quite near, the lush vegetation and positioning ensures complete privacy. Having said that the owners are delightful and couldn’t be more helpful in pointing you in the right direction for the right beach or restaurant and for insights into island life.
The property is in a great location at the south of the island near to Falmouth and English Harbour so it’s close to lots of facilities such as restaurants, beaches and places of interest.
A car is essential but the owners of the villa are very helpful at providing good local car hire company names. Plus having a car means that you actually get out and about to see the real island rather than being closed up behind the gates of an exclusive hotel.
Our typical day involved breakfast on the veranda with the humming birds and friendly lizard followed by a visit to the beach (normally pigeon point beach), lunch at the beach, late afternoon by the pool and an evening dinner either at the villa or at a local restaurant.
There are four friendly dogs that pop by for regular visits and quickly become part of the family (only if you want them to - we did)!
We felt very sad to leave and would definitely like to be back!
John, Jo and Ellie
Lovely Stay at Birds and Bees Cottage
My husband and I just returned from a fabulous 7 night stay at the Birds and Bees Cottage. I know that I am only repeating what previous reviewers have stated, but the cottage is absolutely charming, very comfortably and beautifully furnished and although very close to all amenities, very private with wonderful views overlooking Falmouth Harbour in the distance. Yes, the road in is definitely on the extremely bumpy (!) side, but we actually quickly got used to it and our little Toyota was up to the task! It was so nice to have Janie and Geoffrey on site and Janie provided much information on sites to see, good restaurants, etc. In addition, the many little touches not often seen in VRBO rentals were greatly appreciated - a wonderful welcome basket of breakfast items that saw us through the week, loads of condiments available and an extremely well stocked kitchen that had us wanting for nothing, although in truth we only made breakfast there.
Although we had worried about everything being open and having no air conditioning, we found ourselves loving the set-up. The temperatures inside the cottage were so comfortable, and I can't recall when I last slept so well. Waking each morning to the beautiful views through the open windows, and hearing the birds was delightful, and I am definitely missing that now back at home! We loved the birds and lizards always present at the feeder - and the night sounds while enjoying coffee and music on the deck. Although there is another small cottage on the property, the two are well separated, and private. And the dogs are delightful - very friendly and polite, but not intrusive. I loved seeing one or more of them just wander through the cottage and come by for a pat and a little nap on our deck. This part of Antigua is beautiful, and we would definitely recommend a stay at the Birds and Bees Cottage.
We just loved the cottage and the veranda, the garden, the pool, the wildlife - everything was perfect. It was wonderful to leave everything open, even at night, to allow a gentle breeze to blow through the cottage. We were so relaxed, just reading books, watching the birds and letting time slip by. The kitchen is very well equipped so we cooked in most days, eating on the veranda whilst being watched intently by both dogs and birds! Just our sort of cottage.
Thank you for your kind review! So happy you enjoyed our little corner of Paradise and especially the birds and dogs - they certainly add a certain something!
We will hope to see you again one day.
Situated overlooking the sailing hub of English & Falmouth Harbour, only a few minutes drive away with all its historical sites, bars and restaurants, beaches and watersport attractions. Learn to sail at the Yacht Club, charter a daysailer, go for a wonderful canter on Rendezvous bay, or spend the day with the magical beach to yourselves. Or just lay back in the Gazebo by the pool with a good book!