About this listing
You walk to the cottage along a short path covered in bamboo leaves, across the stone patio and onto the open deck.
The deck, kitchen and bathroom are all open. The cottage is surrounded by trees and a small garden - A Caribbean country cottage.
The cottage is recently built in the traditional Caribbean style in the garden of Tranquil Farm, an old farm house, tucked away in a wooded valley. This summer 2015 we have just redecorated the cottage and covered the walls in walaba shingles, extended the deck and kitchen and built a small patio.
The cabin is totally eco, with solar energy and uses only collected rainwater. The bedroom is large (16ft x 16ft) with windows on 3 sides. The door on the 4th side leads Narnia like through the wardrobe to the open kitchen and shower.
From the netted four poster bed, you look through balcony and garden to the hills covered in lemon grass. There are comfy chairs and a double hammock on the balcony, perfect for a lounge with a book (there is a selection) and a glass of wine...or two!
The kitchen is open to the garden. It is simple but has everything you could need, with a 3 ring table top cooker and a gas fridge.
We also put a welcome pack to see you through your first night and breakfast, and something to toast your arrival !
Although we are in this quiet and hidden valley it is only a short and rather lovely drive down Fig Tree Drive ( also known as the Rain Forest Road), to the nearest beach at Carlisle Bay. Beyond Carlisle Bay are some of the best beaches in Antigua laid out before you along the West Coast.
The cottage is your home while you are here, with a small private garden which has a second hammock between a couple of trees!
Interaction with Guests
If I am at home do feel free to come and ask any questions, I love meeting the people who come and stay, its a treat for me - I will otherwise leave you alone to have your holiday!
Although my house is approx. 100 ft away - my house looks away from the cottage so I cannot see nor do I hear music or anything from the cottage.
We live in a quiet and remote spot about half a mile from the nearest village - very peaceful with only the sounds of nature ( the odd car, maybe one a day). Thats not to say that nature is always quiet - tree frogs, crickets and the odd donkey can be a bit of a surprise!
We feel more remote than perhaps is actually true - its 20 minutes South to English Harbour or North St. Johns, but the bad road can make it feel more cut off.
English Harbour is where I head for restaurants and bars - a good mix is found in one small area. Most of the best beaches are about 20 + minutes in the other direction along the West Coast.
To get into the valley where Tranquil Farm cottage is situated you do need a 4 x 4 or some form of transport that is high off the road. The road is an old concrete road and is in bad condition - standard cars hit the bottom.
We are about 1/2 a mile from the nearest village - so public transport is not really available.
Other Things to Note
The power for the cottage is solar - please ask me to show you how it works so if there is any problems you know how to turn things off.
There are solar lights on the path to the cottage, but depending on the sun they do not always last late into the night - so we have torches for you to use. There is also a local mobile phone for booking restaurants, or if you get lost !
Just be thoughtful - thats the main rule.
Please don't go out leaving candles or oil lamps burning.
We have rainwater in holding tanks and no other water supply, this should be fine but we are a dry island and have been in a severe drought for a while now - so please when its dry dont have showers that are toooo long!
Smoking outside please...
The cottage has wireless internet with a router of its own. Please turn this off when not in use to save power.
This trip ended up being so much more than a honeymoon or holiday to us and that was very much made possible by Louise and her cottages. The many gifts that the land and space offer make either cottage the perfect setting to experience Antigua. The open space allows nature to pass through, birds, lizards and the occasional sound of a donkey in the distance. Both cottages have screens on the windows to keep your bedroom mozzie free. (this is not the case with all rentals on the island, but incredibly important!) the outdoor showers are heavenly and a huge plus in the experience. The kitchen is well equipped and allowed us to cook several meals throughout our stay which helped with the cost of the trip. And please, please don't miss out on taking a nap in the hammock!
The only thing more fabulous than this hidden gem is Louise herself. She thought of every detail to make our stay a memorable one. From the wine and cheese in the fridge to the suggestions of destinations and local views. She is a knowledgable resource about the area and the locals. She has a local phone for you to use which proved helpful while exploring the island.
Take advantage of the location of the cottage and get to know some of the businesses around the corner. Stop by the zip lining operation on fig tree Drive and say hello to the staff, grab a piña colada and sign up for a tour! Buy some local fruit at the supermarkets on the way to English harbor. Watch the sunset from Shirley Heights. Soak in the panoramic views. Get to know the locals, they are what make this island great!
Tranquil farms was the perfect backdrop to our Antiguan adventure. Our experience was so much fuller because of Louise, her home, our discussions and the people we met along the way. We can't wait to see you all again, cheers!
Louise was very helpful organised and easygoing. She has done up the cottage very nicely with an eye for detail. Recommended for independent people who want to experience something different, out in the woods.
Both Louise and the cottage we staid in were wonderful. Louise allowed the 2 of us to stay in her 2nd cottage "Logwood", which was simply idyllic. Louise's property, which includes her home and 2 guest cottages, is quite isolated and very quiet, in a beautiful hillside setting. Louise left us some essentials (including wine!) that kept us fed for a few days. The whole experience was perfect and I can't recommend the accommodation enough. Your own 4x4 vehicle is essential for getting to the cottages, a small price to pay to get away from the crowds!
Louise was an excellent host - welcoming and hospitable but also leaving us to our own devices. The cottage is a lovely retreat from the rest of the island; you really are on your own save for the wildlife of the garden (ducks, chickens and two friendly dogs). Louise left enough food to see us through a number of days without needing to shop much more and the cottage itself was prepared perfectly for our arrival. The rocky and bumpy track/road that leads to the house is only really possible to navigate with a taller car/4x4, but again Louise was able to fix us up with a local rental company - just be sure they give you a GOOD car. We had to take ours back...and discovered it was the only bad vehicle they had....We would definitely visit and stay again and advise everyone thinking of staying somewhere peaceful and private on the island to come here...priceless compared to many of the beachside resorts.
Louise was a great host, offering to purchase groceries to get me through the closure during the holiday and providing me with privacy though available as needed. The cabin was very sweet and perfect for a remote getaway while convenient enough to go to the beach and major sites around English harbour daily (20-30 mins by car). My favorite part was the outdoor shower from where you can see the moon at night or enjoy the sun by day. Little touches light the LED light overhead that come on after dark and hammock on the porch make it seem like everything was considered to make this a great getaway. 4wd is essential for the rough roads to the property and affords one flexibility to explore the entire island. I was fortunate to stay in Louise's other cabin which is equally as nice but adds a bit more privacy, better kitchen facilities and an amazing view . You can't go wrong with either.
Our second trip to Louise's gorgeous cottage - and still our favourite spot in the Caribbean! A perfect place to stay -- surrounded by the sounds of the tropical forest, quiet and peaceful, yet easy drive to many beautiful beaches as well as the more commercial centres in Jolly Harbour and Falmouth (a perfect place if you're taking in Sailing Week). All of the conveniences a couple would want in a holiday cottage, with great green credentials. Looking forward to another trip again soon!
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About the Host, Louise
I am from England originally, but have been living in the Caribbean for 25 years.
I run my own business, a Production Service Company, which helps people coming into the Caribbean for filming or photography. When not traveling for work I live at home at Tranquil Farm with my daughter,
dogs, ducks, chickens - I love to garden and reading, and the peacefulness of my surroundings.