Welcome to 21st Century living. Luxury and beauty are seamlessly combined within this 12-bedroom beachfront mansion. The historic colonial round house offers that whimsically romantic and traditional Caribbean aspect to what is essentially a truly modern property.
With spacious accommodations for up to 30 guests, The Great House, Barbados has been lovingly and intelligently renovated. The project took over 2 years to complete with no detail overlooked. What you now see is a unique and spectacular vacation property that sits in majestic splendour overlooking the Caribbean.
Beyond the walls of this opulent property are acres of mature gardens. Flowering shrubs, towering trees and plants that offer both shade and privacy creating an oasis of calm and serenity for lucky visitors.
In addition to the natural beauty of the landscaped grounds is the 105m of private beach that lies between the property and the inviting ocean. It’s all white gleaming sands and calm sheltered coves. With almost 10,000 sqft of grounds that combine the ocean side and land side of the property, there is a great deal of space for guests to explore and enjoy.
On the beachside of the estate is the living accommodations. The spectacular main house, the dining pavilions, the beach bar, library, private beach coves and infinity pool. The 12 spacious bedroom suites are divided between the main house and the adjacent garden, chattel and carriage houses. All of the living and sleeping accommodations are neatly embedded into the lush gardens with easy access to the beach and pool areas.
The other side of the Estate less than a one minute’s walk from the main house and bedrooms, lies the Zen Gardens. These are host to the entertainment facilities of The Great House. You will find your private, fully-equipped gym, a beauty salon, all-weather tennis court, playground area for children, cinema and meeting room all attractively developed in this area.
The clever layout of the estate allows for multi-generational vacationers to divide and conquer: those looking to enjoy a more sedate and quiet time can focus on the pool and beach areas and those who like to keep livelier and later hours can kick back and enjoy the entertainment area.
With both areas easily accessible to one another, you can slip effortlessly between both environments, extracting maximum pleasure from all of the facilities of The Great House.
The Décor – Barbados meets Bali
Everything that’s singular about the best in Caribbean décor is found within the Great House. White painted timber work, soft creamy marble floors, coral stonework, all contrast mesmerizingly with the greens, blues and riotous colour of the foliage, sea and gardens that exist so naturally around the Great House.
To add an extra dimension to the overall finish, the rich dark timbered floors in the main house with some of the pillared verandas and gazebo call to mind the beauty of Balinese architectural features.
These two styles are blended effortless and work to create an open and inviting space that promotes a calm and restful vacation experience. The luxurious yet understated fabrics and finishes that complete the décor of each building of the Great House Estate reflects the excellent taste of the team of individuals who spared no expense in creating this world-class destination property.
Walk-in wardrobes, quality beds and mattresses and beautiful bed linens and towels are the attention to detail that elevate this property onto the very zenith of luxury and comfort. The sophistication of the finishes throughout the property, the artworks, the furniture create a home of distinction.
The ingenious layout of the estate sees 7 attractive coral stone buildings housing the 12 luxury bedroom suites of The Great House. The Main House has four spacious suites – a King Bedroom at ground floor level with the other three suites occupying the floor above, accessed by a sweeping staircase. Each of these suites enjoys magical sea views.
The adjacent Garden House hosts three further suites with the remaining five suites located within the prettiest Chattel and Carriage Houses. Each individual structure having a unique charm of its own. All of these suites enjoy views across the beautiful grounds with a riot of colour creating captivating images from each window.
With individually controlled air conditioning systems in each suite as well as a private terrace, veranda or balcony, the bedrooms feel very self-contained and offer that wonderful feel of privacy yet remaining so close to the other members of your party.
The beds in each suite can be configured as one king sized bed or two singles thus allowing for many sleeping options for your group.
The added luxuries of bathrobes, slippers, a safe, hairdryers, Wifi and Penhaligon toiletries raise the level of comfort in each bathroom to a five-star level.
With a name like Turtle Beach you can be assured that your private stretch of paradise is very special indeed. Crystal clear waters and white sands form the basis of your slice of the Caribbean. The intriguing reef nearby adds a further element of adventure. A golden opportunity for you and your guests to use the snorkelling equipment available at the property.
For a more energetic exploration of the surrounding coastline, you can also avail of the non-motorised water sports equipment on hand.
The Great House guests have exclusive access to two boats. A 33’ Regal, fitted with a fridge and grill, that allows for off-shore fishing and coastal exploration and picnics. The 18’ Boston Whaler is ideal for guests who want to enjoy a variety of water sports. With a qualified boat captain among your staff, you can safely enjoy these amenities with a sure and steady hand at the wheel.
Sun loungers with shades occupy permanent locations in your private coves. With one cove featuring a full-service bar and barbecue. Why not let your staff spoil you each day conjuring up the most sublime lunches and cocktails while you lounge at the beach. This property is designed to capture all of the pleasures of outdoor living; where dining alfresco and casual breakfasts can be switched up to elegantly formal dinners on your terrace.
Whatever a day at the beach looks like for you whether it’s swimming, diving, jet skiing, sailing or getting up close to the cute local turtles, it can all be arranged with ease by your fantastic staff.
The two acres of tropical splendour require four full-time gardeners to cultivate and care for it. The main house and large infinity pool are surrounded by a series of lawns, flowering beds and mature trees interspersed with natural stone paths and little bridges. The complete effect is one where nature and man have blended their existence with ease. The fishponds that enhance the serenity of the grounds are filled with water lilies, with sweet-smelling tropical flowers inviting exotic butterflies and birds. The gardens roll effortlessly to the beach where the large coconut palms offer a soft and shaded privacy from the world around.
It is a testament to the care with which the Great House was renovated that the gardens were carefully preserved throughout the process thus retaining that embedded and well-established feel to the property.
Across the road, a mere stroll from the main house and gardens, is the aptly named Zen Gardens. Designed on different lines, it still relies on the lush tropical feel to the space but an added surprise. There’s a vegetable and herb garden that provides some of the delicious organic produce that will reach your table. Your dining experiences don’t get much fresher than this!
And on the subject of dining. The Great House has a large dining pavilion that becomes the focal point for those perfect long and leisurely dinners. Breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas can be enjoyed at the beachside pavilion where views across the sands to the turquoise sea beyond become part of every day. The beach, with its dedicated bar and barbecue area, can provide another area where casual dining can be enjoyed.
Your private chef and assistant cooks have years of experience in producing high-calibre dishes that weave together the flavours and charm of Bajan cuisine. All of this can be tempered with international influences and more conventional choices. The words organic, locally-sourced, fresh, sustainable are all key to the foundation of each delicious meal of your vacation. In essence, you get to determine what and how you dine during your dream vacation at The Great House. Restrictive diets or special requirements are all catered to. Each day you consult with your chef and discuss your dining timetable. Very unusual requests around food or beverages, can be built into your planning pre-arrival. From the moment you arrive at The Great House, let your idyllic vacation begin.
In addition to the main kitchen that produces all of your spectacular meals, there is a guest kitchen fully stocked with delicious snacks and treats. From fresh fruit to ice cream, you and your fellow guests can help yourself to what takes your fancy at any time. If you want something more substantial conjured up, your team of staff will be happy to fix that perfect plate of food, just as you like it.
A Caribbean vacation’s first purpose is to restore visitors to a full state of refreshed vitality. Hours spent in the sea or soaking up the warmth of the sun on your private terrace by the pool all help the process of unwinding.
The Great House can take this quest for relaxation to another level. With your very own beauty salon, we can arrange for divine spa treatments, facials, massages to be delivered using the best products.
Your fully equipped gym, with state of the art machines, can become the focal point for some stress-busting workouts too or why not brush up on your tennis on the all-weather, floodlit court. There’s golf, horse riding and hiking nearby too.
Movie nights can feel rather special too as you run one of the latest movies in your own private cinema. With an array of delicious snacks prepared by your staff, it can be the highlight of an evening.
Understandably with a property of this size and layout, it can very easily be a venue for a special event. A small wedding of up to 60 guests could enjoy a celebratory reception on the grounds with comfortable sleeping accommodation for 30 guests. The Great House team can create a bespoke wedding celebration for you guiding you through all your decisions regarding photograph, flowers, entertainment etc.
The renovation of the property coincided with a very modern approach to sustainability. Everything from reusable water bottles to reef friendly sun screens has been thought of. Recycling of waste in a considered way forms the basis of life in The Great House.
The Great House has been fortunate to build an amazing staff of 22 who expertly manage every detail of your stay. This team comprises:
2 laundry assistants
1 Kitchen assistant
4 Security personnel
1 Boat captain
Every aspect of your vacation is overlooked by a friendly, thoughtful and professional team who understand how to deliver a discreet and flawless service.
Part of the British Commonwealth, Barbados is an island nation with a very distinct personality. Famous for its warm welcome, laid back charm and miles and miles of beach perfection, it’s the most beloved of all the Caribbean destinations. With a warm and inviting climate offering blissful sunshine in the depths of the Winter months, you can enjoy all the pleasures of a beach vacation. Hundreds of years of history can be explored around the island. As well, there’s duty free shopping, a myriad of delicious rums and beers to sample and a wild array of tropical foods. All outdoor pursuits from golf to fishing to hiking are part of life on this island. The wonderful reef systems around Barbados offer another world of exploration just beneath the beautiful blue of the Caribbean.
The Great House is ideally located south of Speightstown and north of Holetown. It’s near to Mullins and Gibbs Beaches. Some of the best dining in Barbados is within a very short drive of The Great House.