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The Ridge was designed by world-renowned architect and interior designer, Mr Peter Inston. The stunning and unique nature of the Ridge meant it took nearly five years to complete. No expense was spared in its sensational construction with many of the features imported from around the world including all of the Italian marble, the centrepiece fountain as well as the courtyard statues. Such attention to detail meant even an international artist was flown in from the UK to paint the spectacular dome as you enter the main house. This palatial property sits on 2.68 acres of land and offers 11 bedrooms; there are five in the main house, four in the charming “chattel house” and two in the cottage. The Ridge is the ideal estate for entertaining with fabulous outdoor spaces to suit any occasion. It is complete with a phenomenal temperature-controlled wine room, cinema, spa, hairdressers, gym and tennis court. The total floor area is circa 19,000 square feet. The Ridge can be linked to various properties with beach access offering the best of luxury country and beachfront living. Highlights include exceptionally rare film memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin’s personal cane and a very rare vintage film poster collection, including an original for one of the few Hollywood movies to be shot in Barbados, Island in the Sun (1957) starring Harry Belafonte and Joan Collins. There are exceptionally rare furniture pieces by designers Carlo Bugatti and Viscount Linley, as well as incredibly scarce sketches from artist and designer Oliver Messel, who designed many of Barbados’ most illustrious houses. Alongside are works by celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill and the largest known Caribbean painting collection of English playwright Noel Coward, accompanied by works from world-famous Russian-born French artist, Erte, who visited Barbados many times during his distinguished career. The Ridge is a truly magnificent home.