Louise Sandiford

Speaks english
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Louise Sandiford

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St. Mary Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom cabin with open kitchen and bathroom, solar power and collected water.

Tranquil Farm is an old farm house hidden away, off the grid, in a beautiful and unspoilt area of Antigua's woodlands. the cottage is in the grounds of the large garden, surrounded by woodland.

The cabin itself is a recently built Caribbean style cottage, and is totally eco, with solar energy ( 110V USA plugs) and uses only collected rainwater. The shower is open to the sky, and the kitchen is open to the garden.

The bedroom is large ( 16 x16) and airy with windows on 3 sides, the door on the 4th wall leads Narnia like through the wardrobe to the bathroom and kitchen. From the netted four poster bed, you look over the balcony and through the garden to the rolling hills covered in lemon grass.

On the balcony there is a large hammock,( there is actually a second one to put up should you wish) perfect for a long lounge with good book - and a glass of wine...or two! We have a selection of books in the cottage and a bottle of wine on your arrival.

At night to sit on the balcony in the candle light, or no light at all and look at the stars.

The kitchen has a table top, 3 burner cooker, and an under counter gas fridge. There are all the pots, pans, cutlery and glasses etc you will need. The kitchen has no side wall, so the cafe table and chairs are almost sitting in the garden !

The cottage is screened all around, and has screen doors.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Events Allowed

Louise Sandiford

This advertiser has been with since 2011
Speaks english

I am from England originally, but have been living in the Caribbean for 25 years.

I run a Production Service Company which assists film makers and photograhers who come into the Caribbean Region. When not filming on location I live at Tranquil Farm with my daughter, dogs, ducks and chickens! I love to garden, I love to read. I enjoy the quiet of my peaceful surroundings.

There are not many places that are this peaceful - if one car passes down the road during the day, its unusual. The sound of the birds and the leaves in the trees are the most prominent sounds - along the odd squeaks of the bamboo groaning in the wind and sounding like an old sailing ship!

Actually I should add a bit about the local wildlife noises - the odd donkey and at night the crickets and tree frogs take over.

Tranquil Farm has always had this name, the farmhouse is about 100 years old now - and the name still fits it perfectly. The farm house and cottage sit on a small hill inside a bigger valley. The view down the valley is over the top of mango trees and across the valley at the surrounding hills covered in lemon grass.

I first saw the house when looking for a location for filming, it was love at first sight - a small wooden farm house hidden in a circle of trees.It was unique then, and even more so now. I have lived here now for 20 years, and I still love it.

The cabin is in the garden of the old farm house - far away to be enough to be private, but hopefully giving those who are worried about being remote, a sense of security.

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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based on 14 traveler reviews

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Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua


  • 5 of 5
We don't usually write reviews of places we've stayed. Think it is because of the let down at the end of a vacation, but mostly I think it is because I won't take the time. Tranquil Farm is the exception. My wife and I spent 2 weeks at Louise's cottage, such a wonderful home away from home. Everything you need for your daily outings, including: a beach bag, cooler, and some super comfy flashy beach chairs. Exceptional Island advice is also available from your hostess if requested. Gonna miss our daily run/walks with Ruby and Scabbers, such wonderful canine companions. Thank you Louise, our most gracious hostess, for such a fun, adventure filled, truly memorable vacation on your beautiful island.
P.S. One day we hope to return to stay in your most exotic scenic new cottage on the hill.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua


  • 5 of 5
This cottage is exactly as pictured. Perfect for those wanting a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a resort. It is clean and has all one needs for an indoor/outdoor camping-like adventure. We loved it. And the beaches were not too far away. Louise, the owner, is a most gracious lady and made sure we were comfortable. Yes, we needed an SUV to get there as the road leading to the cottage is quite rocky and uneven. We were greeted by 3 large, loving dogs. Geckos abound along with many beautiful friendly birds. We most likely will return as we are now endeared to this place. The local people are quite friendly and helpful, also. Thank you, Louise!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua


  • 5 of 5
This is the second time I have stayed with Louise and I love it. She is a great host and the cottage is adorable with everything you would need. It is a really nice alternative to a beach location and still easy to get to all the other parts of the island by car. There are some lovely walks down country lanes and a few willing dogs if you want the company. I would definitely return and stay here again
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always lovely to see you, and hope to see you again soon as the weather gets colder in New York ! As ever thank you for taking the time to write a review.
All the best, Louise
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua


  • 5 of 5
While searching for a place to stay during our trip to Antigua, I had several criteria in mind. I'd like to list them and explain how Tranquil Farm met the criteria, revealed new criteria we hadn't thought of, and exceeded our expectations.

We needed to get away from everything! The property offers seclusion without being frustratingly difficult to reach. The central location is ideal for people looking to explore the island. The driveway is really fun to traverse, just make sure you rent a vehicle with some ground clearance!

We wanted peace and a certain kind of quiet! The property is in the rainforest, so quiet nights aren't really an option. However, the noises we sought to and did in fact hear (frogs insects and birds) in the candlelight will put you in a trance while you lie in the four poster under the mosquito netting with the windows up and balancing a cold rum punch on your belly.

We wanted simplicity! Tranquil Farm is completely "off the grid" and can be as primitive as you want it to be. The cottage has lots of windows and the climate is so perfect that air con isn't necessary. There's a continer of fresh water and a charcoal brazier for cooking. There are also lots of candles and kerosene lamps. Not feeling so primitive? There's solar powered LED lighting, a fan, a radio, bedside lamps, wifi, two sinks, a real toilet, well stocked fridge (fed two for nearly a week) and very hot water in the outdoor shower.

The one thing we didn't expect was The owner herself. One of our fondest memories of the trip was getting to know her. We spent hours on our day of departure chatting and drinking delicious coffee. She met our every need as guests and more. She's extremely interesting and has a lot to offer in the way of Caribbean travel advice.

If you're going to Antigua, do yourself a favor and stay at Tranquil Farm. During the long flight home you'll enrapture your fellow passengers with the adventures you're likely to have had in choosing the type of trip travelers who'll find Tranquil Farm appealing. If you want an interesting trip, please make this your home base. The only thing you'll regret is having to leave!
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I usually leave people alone when they are in the cottage - presuming everyone would like as much privacy as possible, so it was lovely that you came by and we had a chance to get to know you both. As to that review you wrote - well what can I say but THANK YOU !
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua
Lymington, UK


  • 5 of 5
This was the most wonderful experience and a fantastic place to stay. Tranquillity Farm says it all. Just 15 mins from the bustling harbour or main town, yet once on the property the world can be a million miles away.
Waking to the sounds of nature, sitting in the hammock with my freshly brewed coffee and my kindle, fantastic outside shower, this is luxury in its purest form - I absolutely loved it!
  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Eco Cottage in Peaceful Caribbean Woodlands
St. Mary Antigua
Arlington, VA


  • 5 of 5
We have been to several Caribbean islands, and Louise's cabin in the woods is by far our favorite place we have stayed. It is more charming than the posted images, if that is possible. Louise couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. While a 4-wheel drive is a necessity and the location is off the beaten track, it is well worth the extra effort to find this little piece of heaven. It is a destination itself--great local walks (with or without her very friendly and well-behaved dogs) and a chance to see a part of the island most visitors don't. The outdoor shower feels very private and has the best hot water. The flush toilet, electric lights, and gas-powered refrigerator all make you forget how eco it really is. While somewhat out-of-the-way, the cabin is closer to most of the island's more interesting attractions than is, for example, Dickenson Bay, where we had previously stayed. Don't miss Wallings Dam and walking to the top of the hill for a view of Guadaloupe and Montserrat. And Rendezvous Bay Beach is lovely (although, as remote as it is by car--again 4-wheel drive is necessary!--people boat over from Falmouth Harbour and English Bay, so don't expect to be alone). I miss Louise and the dogs and the birds and the cabin and the woods and the entire experience. I want to go back!
  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review, I enjoyed our chats around the garden.
I hope you make it back to Antigua - meantime all the very best to you both.
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Car: necessary

The cottage is in the countryside, in a peaceful valley with no other houses in sight. There are country walks from the cottage and guided rainforest tours nearby. Its a short drive the beaches, the West Coast Caribbean side beaches have the most amazingly blue water colour and white white sand.These are about 20 minutes away. South there is Rendezvous Beach, a long wonderful beach with no buildings,( so take a picnic). We are very close to Wallings Dam, where there paths through the woods up over the hills and down to Rendezvous Beach, this is a long hike so best guided!

East, there is Half Moon Bay, with the wilder waters of the Atlantic being slightly tamed as they enter the cove. We are centrally located in Antigua, which is only 10 miles by 12 miles - so never far to any coast or anywhere!

Northwards near the airport on the East and Atlantic coast at Jabberwock Beach there is kite boarding and wind surfing. South again there is English Harbour and Nelsons Dockyard for sailing and sitting in the cafes and watching the boats and the world in general go by, or for evenings with lots of restaurants and bars!

A 4 x 4 is best to get around in Antigua, and it is essential for getting to this remote cottage.

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Availability & Rates


St. Mary Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer - Low Season
May 2 - Nov 30
2 night minimum stay
Winter - High Season
Dec 1 - May 1
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Generally, cash on the second day after arrival.
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St. Mary Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 624 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Computer Available
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Bottled Water
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Solar Panels
  • Water Tank
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - outdoor shower , toilet , The shower has stable height walls, otherwise open.
  • The shower is private, but open with views of the surrounding woods. In other words the walls come to chest height and there is no ceiling ....there is hot and cold soft rain water with a large shower head. A low water usage flushing toilet. Please remember we are using only rain water, and in the dry season which runs from January - June we need to be thoughtful about this.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is large and airy, 16 ft x 16 ft with a four poster bed draped with a hand made mosquito net. All the windows have mosquito netting and the doors are screened. White cotton and bamboo sheets and towels. There is electric lighting supplied by the solar batteries, but there are also oil lamps and candles that add a wonderful romantic glow to the evenings. Some people at first find the sound of the tropics at night rather loud, the tree frogs and crickets - you may want to bring ear plugs for your first night until you get used to the sounds.
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Large Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Events Allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • water sports
  • sight seeing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • wind-surfing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • jet skiing
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