|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Shell Villa is tucked away inside Turtle Bay on the south coast of Antigua, near Falmouth Harbour. Enjoy utter privacy and quiet as you sit on its large new ocean-front deck and gaze at the spectacular sunsets over gently smoking Montserrat. Surrounded by stunning vistas of ocean and the gentle slopes surrounding Rendezvous Bay, not a single building mars the view - a very private bit of paradise.
The villa is fully equipped and furnished - just bring beach towels - and has weekly garden and maid service. The gardens and plunge pool (with sun deck and barbecue) are planted with gorgeous bougainvillea, hibiscus, and palms.
Dear Jenny and David,
We are still coming down (and trying to retard the descent) from our lovely week at Shell Villa. Every single day we commented on how lucky we were to have selected it over any other option on the island. It is a piece of heaven. We were so comfortable and so pleased with everything there, and eagerly look forward to a time when we can return... Also, Jenny and John couldn't have been more gracious and we enjoyed visiting with them.
Thank you for all of your suggestions on activities and dining. We took advantage of many of them. We had very good dinners at Alberto's,Abracadabra and Le Cap Horn, and had some fine ones at home as well... Meals at home overlooking the sea were beyond compare!
We found the best snorkeling right off your rocks, and then at Rendezvous Beach... we were rewarded with the gorgeous views above the sea, and we were delighted to catch the end of Sailing Week (N has a small boat on Lake Norman here). Nirvana!
We wish you many, many happy years at your piece of paradise, and hope to get back to it before long.
During August 2014 my then Fiancée and I stayed at Shell Villa for two weeks during which time we were married at the villa itself.
From the time of our arrival at the airport, being greeted by our driver and guide, to the very last day when our wonderful housekeeper helped us with our luggage, nothing was too much trouble for any member of the Shell Villa 'team'.
The property was immaculately presented, with a few surprise extras in the kitchen department. Our introduction was friendly, informative and very supportive. That is how it went for the next two weeks. A friendly, supportive team who were always available at the end of the phone but who never got in the way.
The location is as special as the villa itself. The villa, the sea, the grounds and surrounds made a perfect backdrop to the wedding. Over the whole two weeks we enjoyed and relaxed so much that a return visit is a must. The villa gets a top star rating in our books.
Two very happy people.
My wife and I spent 9 days at Shell Villa. The privacy was awesome and the house well kept. We have been to a number of places in the Caribbean and Shell Villa is one of the best we have experienced (and the people of Antigua are some of the friendliest). Helen and Kevin (the property managers) did a great job of keeping up on things and Valentino (taxi cab driver), Juicy (gardener), and Daphne (house cleaner) were great too.
Thanks for letting us stay there. We are already thinking about the possibility of a return visit for next June!
Everything described accurately from the fantastic views down to the chef's kitchen.
We're a family of 5, with 3 young children and were blown away by the location and the island of Antigua.
The property is perfect for those looking for seclusion and a bit of peace and quiet and is well looked after and maintained by Helen and the team.
Daphne was a delight and we enjoyed her weekly cleaning visits, which were always very thorough and entertaining.
3 weeks away and we could have stayed longer!
We returned on 6/8/13 after a great stay at Shell Villa and enjoying many of Antigua's offerings. I am not going to repeat all of the superlatives regarding the villa, its outdoor amenities and its location that were shared by other reviewers, as we found them all to be true. As owners of a VRBO rental ourselves, I think it may be helpful to focus on some of the more practical aspects of the villa and the island.
I would like to repeat, though, the positives of the staff that manage and maintain the villa and grounds. We found all of them to be quite pleasant, helpful and professional. As there were six of us, we had rented a minivan, but our two young adult kids and theiir two guests rode with Valentino from the airport and enjoyed his commentary on the island very much.
The property managers, Helen and Kevin, were extremely friendly, with many tips on the area. And as is bound to happen eventually with any home, an appliance decided to act up on our first day there, and they had it addressed very quickly, which we appreciated.
The villa itself is well designed to take advantage of the island breezes, especially being so close to the water. There are mutilple windows and doors that can be opened capture those breezes and the wonderful views, but also have screening so that they can be closed at night to ward off mosquitoes but still allow air circulation. The large living area and bedrooms all have ceiling fans, and even in June, the breezes and fans combined to make sleeping quite comfy. Based on charts of average temperatures, Antigua seems to stay a bit cooler in the summer than several other islands we have visited,
One of the many advantages of the home is the kitchen, which is not only well equipped, but good sized as well, allowing several cooks to work at once, as we did several evenings. We found the villa to be well equipped throughtout with things like flashlights, extra batteries, binoculars, games, bug spray, etc.Outdoor lighting is plentiful for the evenings.
We visited several beaches and found some good snorkeling at Pigeon Beach (north end) and Long Bay beach (south end). We thought Valley Church beach was the most beautiful the four we visited. The young adults did the zip line tour on Fig Tree Drive and really enjoyed it.
We had no problems with the minivan and the roads, including the road down to the villa. We found the Antiguan roads in general to be much better than roads in Jamaica where we also drove a minivan.
Waking up to surf early in AM ... long runs to Rendezvous Beach via mountain trail and steep roads at 7AM before the heat of the day, great work-out! ... this pristine beach nearby, reached in 12-15min by AWD vehicle (we rented Toyota Rav4), was often without anyone else on expansive beach ... other beaches with easier access ... snorkeling outside the house ... friendly Antiguan people ... the privacy is great. Walked some of the local peaks above the house, seeing orchids, agave, aloe, acacias and other flora + fauna (saw several Mongooses) ... interesting island to learn ecology from .. highly recommend. Liked it significantly better than the resorts, which we visited, finding this better way to get to know the island and the people. Great owners and weekly on-site manager couple to assist with house (although 9 days went unventfully without need of help). Wireless was great, accomodating a laptop, two iPads, and a few iPhones. Driving is right-side-of-road like UK ... got used to, initially took it quite slow ... drivers locally appear understanding and respectful of tourist presence. Interestingly food is more expensive than in USA ... even local fruit/vegetables ... however, not prohibitive ... empathize with local inhabitants, who don't appear distressed poor but nonetheless not affluent, in general. People appear very interested in education for their children, with multiple schools troughout ... also, people quite religious, with abundant churches. Indigenous people are approx. 90% descendants from African slaves brought over to work the sugar cane plantations ... no commercial plantations are currently operating. Resorts have mostly British visitors, as Antigua former British colony (Indepedence Antigua/Barbuda 1981) ... Americans approx. 30% of visitors. Would go back again ... house is truly a gem.
My wife, daughter, and I just returned from six nights at the lovely Shell Villa near Falmouth Harbor in Antigua. The pictures do not do justice to the stunning views, impeccable maintenance, chef-friendly kitchen, and complete privacy of this hidden gem.
David and Jenny have organized a superb local staff to manage and maintain the property, and all the efforts show through flawlessly. We have rented many Carib villas and this is the tops. The view across the water at night of the peninsula at Rendezvous Bay is remarkable under the glow of the Southern Cross, and not a single electric light bulb on the entire peninsula. Go and enjoy with your family and friends.
While the time you spend at the villa ensures quiet seclusion, there is plenty to do in the nearby environment. Falmouth Harbour and Nelsons Dockyard in English Harbour are a five-minute drive from the villa. They are visited by some of the most fabulous yachts in the world - catch them with binoculars as they majestically sail across the ocean view from Shell Villa. The constant flow of private yachts, their crew and guests, ensure a lively social scene and a plentiful supply of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars in these harbours.
For those who are athletic, more adventurous and energetic, there are some spectacular walks along the coast to totally deserted beaches, and wonderful views from some of the historic ruins around English Harbour and Shirley Heights. There are also tennis and squash courts nearby.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
High Season 2 BR
Dec 1 2014 - May 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
High Season Rates (Dec 2014 - May 15 2014)
For Three Bedrooms (max 6 people).....$3700/week
For Two Bedrooms (minimum rate) .. ...$3200/week
Low Season Rates (May 16, 2014- Nov 30 2015)
For Three Bedrooms (max 6 people)... .$3000/week
For Two Bedrooms (minimum rate) ......$2500/week
US$ 4,950 per week for Christmas/New Year '07, Boat Show,
One third deposit by check or wire on signing contract. Balance two months before rental date (plus $500 returnable security deposit)
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.