Built in the early 18th century, this stately home of coral stone exudes traditional charm. The 11-acre property set in the north of the island was re-designed between the late 60s and early 70s by celebrated English theatrical designer Oliver Messel for Charles Graves (brother of the poet Robert Graves). This designer’s signature style was in making indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly flow together – creating a comfortable and elegant family home of exceptional beauty.
The extensive property is perched on a coral ridge with unforgettable views of the Caribbean coastline, with a park of mahogany trees amidst mature, lush gardens – designed by Todd Langstaffe-Gowan, landscape designer for the Royal Palace of Hampton Court. The impeccably kept grounds with a koi-filled lotus lake, provide a peaceful oasis to stroll or relax.
The seven luxury suites, in four separate wings, are spaced far enough to give optimum privacy. The Pavilion at the bottom of the Tropical Ravine has a suite with an outdoor shower and a kitchenette. The huge reception room boasts a high-tech home cinema: 60? plasma, high definition television, Blu Ray DVD and a Martin Logan electrostatic speaker sound system.
This area is surrounded by wrap-around Purple Heartwood terracing – with a mahogany tree growing through the west deck. The natural lagoon-shaped pool designed by Messel is fed by ionised water – similar to swimming in a natural spring. At night the pool evokes magic with its lights set below. The expansive sun deck adjacent to the pool is built over the ravine within the trees -like a giant treehouse. Fustic has a small virtually uninhabited beach 5 minutes walk from the West Gate.
Summer price: US $4,030
Winter price: US $5,105
Christmas price: US $8,330