|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
LOCATION: Reef House is situated 150 feet above Crescent Beach at Industry Bay on the south-facing coast of Bequia Island.
Reef House was completed in June, 2011. The owners named the house after the off shore Crescent Bay Reef with its constantly breaking waves that one sees from every part of the property. We chose this site specifically because of the powerful views that will captivate and entertain you from the moment you arrive and step out on to the ten foot covered veranda facing the sea and reef.
Reef House is nestled into the hillside and is constructed of local stone and Greenheart hardwood in a style that reflects the Caribbean tradition yet provides all the modern conveniences. The exterior walls are covered in cut stone which gives the house the feeling of a sea captain's villa. Reef House's pavilion style design is naturally cooled by the Caribbean trade winds that constantly flow in from the sea.
The living spaces of Reef House are designed to be 'as one' with the sea and sky. Spacious verandas emerge from the rooms on the first and second floors either overlooking the two bays below or a private garden filled with colorful tropical flowers.
Pairs of tall arched Dutch doors push open to reveal views of the turquoise sea from every room. It is only a five minute walk down the hill to the white sand, palm tree lined Crescent Beach.
The Upper Level can be used as a TWO BEDROOM home. It consists of the master bedroom with its high-beamed ceiling and stone surrounded, nine foot arched wooden Dutch doors that open to the sea. There is a generous walk-in closet, a stylish bathroom with dark green soapstone counter, Balinese teak mirror and a large walk-in shower with walls of green marble tile and a slate tile floor. The king size Balinese teak four poster bed is covered with a mosquito net. As in all the bedrooms, a ceiling fan cools room. Screens doors also let in the cooling breeze.
Next to the master bedroom is the open-air dining room with its artistic walls of cut stone and a hand-made wood dining table that comfortably seats 10 guests. Gorgeous ocean views are featured from this area of the property.
The spacious Octagon shaped Living Room with Kitchen follows next with its vaulted wood beam ceiling and handsome stone terrazzo floors crossed with wide strips of tropical wood. All the teak furniture has been imported from Bali and gives the house a relaxed, 'barefoot chic' ambiance. The Octagon has six hand-constructed nine foot Greenheart Dutch doors, each framed by a cut stone arch, that open to a magnificent vista of either the verdant tropical valley behind the beach or dramatic views of the sea, reef, islands offshore or cloud filled tropical blue sky.
The kitchen has a large dark green soapstone center island with bar stools, soapstone counters, stainless steel refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, dishwasher and large walk-in pantry.
The upstairs guest bedroom, with queen size teak four poster bed, is of similar design as the master bedroom and bath. This Upper Level featuring TWO BEDROOMS has no stairs and is on the same elevation as the entry garden filled with tropical flowers.
The Lower Level is comprised of three generously proportioned guest bedrooms each with a teak four-posted queen size bed covered with a mosquito net. Each bath contains a walk-in tiled shower, soapstone counter top and Balinese teak mirror.
Two of the downstairs bedrooms share a spacious bath with its extra large walk-in shower.
There is also a separate media room for watching movies on the HDTV (bring your favorite DVD selections) with a teak single sleigh bed and full bath.
For your added enjoyment, there is a plunge POOL with an underwater bench designed for sitting and relaxing and taking in the sea views.
COMPLIMENTS WE HAVE RECEIVED:
* You have the most handsome house on the island.
* Loved the quality of the beds.
*Loved hearing the ocean waves when lying in bed.
*Loved resting and reading when lying on the teak chaise lounge couches on the veranda facing the sea - hard to stay awake!
*Great to be able to walk to the turtle sanctuary close by.
*Loved the old Caribbean feeling of the house and being able to enjoy all the modern amenities.
Keywords: ISLAND STYLE VILLA, LARGE DECKS, CUT STONE EXTERIOR, HAND CRAFTED WOODEN DUTCH DOORS,TERRAZZO FLOORS, VAULTED BEAMED CEILINGS, POWERFUL OCEAN, ISLAND AND SKYSCAPE VIEWS!
Tobe and Sally, the owners of Reef House, discovered the island of Bequia more than twenty-five years ago on a scuba diving vacation. We were totally charmed by the quaintness and beauty of this small island and embraced by the friendly attitude of the local residents; so they just kept coming back. We rented homes at various locations around the island and then in 2007 made the decision to purchase land and build our own home overlooking Crescent Beach (formally called Industry Bay due to the harvesting of the coconut palm plantation which still exists below the house). Needless to say, this was not an easy thing to do being that we live in Santa Barbara, California; but with lots of patience and four years of hard work, Bequia Reef House was created. Construction was completed in June, 2011.
Many people ask us why we didn't build our vacation/rental home in Hawaii since we live on the West Coast.
Our reply is: come to Bequia, experience its quaint charm, super friendly local people, uncrowded beaches and beautiful warm turquoise water and you will understand.
SALLY BROMFIELD purchased this villa in 2007
We had rented various homes on Bequia, always close to the sea, as that is a prime requirement for us when taking a vacation.
When we saw this half acre plus property on the undeveloped side of the island with its powerful views of the sea, sky and valley below; we knew that it would be a perfect site for a vacation home.
TIME OUT - TIME IN PARADISE:
We've all been told there is no perfect place in this world; but standing on the REEF HOUSE veranda on a full moon evening, gazing across the shimmering silver sea with warm tropical breezes caressing your body, comes close.
This is a place where the clouds really do have a silver lining!
To further enhance this magical encounter with nature's wonders, take a short stroll down the hill to the beach where stately coconut palms sway with the warm trade winds and dance in the moonlight, and the warm waters of the tropical sea wash up against your feet, tempting you to take a moonlight swim. Then you will understand why we choose to built Reef House in this location. :-)
We enjoy the open spacious design of the home. Its large rooms, dining porch and restful covered veranda all capture views of the sea and the ever-changing tropical sky. The beauty of the cut stone covered walls and high arched wooden doors are a pleasure to behold.
When we are there by ourselves we just use the Upper Level which has been designed as a TWO BEDROOM home all on the garden entry level of the property. The Lower Level three bedrooms are reached by stairs on the outside of the villa and cannot be seen from the Upper Level.
After a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, we like to take off for a hike along the infrequently used little road at the bottom of the hill, walk along the usually deserted Crescent Beach, stop by the Turtle Sanctuary for a visit and then carry on up the road to the stone quarry and trail that runs along the edge of the cliff above the sea. Most of the time we are all by ourselves enjoying the beauty of nature. We feel blessed that such a place still exists in this crowded busy world.
Reef House is a place of tranquility.
We also greatly enjoy having a wonderful very friendly house keeper (who is also an excellent cook) to help with the chores.
And our property manager is delightful and very knowledgeable about all aspects of Reef House and living in Bequia.
Our plunge pool has been a real joy for our grandchildren. We enjoy a cool dip or just sitting on the underwater bench soaking in the views and serenity of this private hillside location above the turquoise sea.
The bay below the house is wonderful for swimming as the off shore Crescent Bay Reef breaks up the surf so the waters in the bay stay calm. Snorkeling along the reef is also good fun on calm sea days.
Just wanted to thank you for sharing your paradise with us! My husband had researched so many properties to ensure our 25th wedding anniversary was truly memorable. With your beautiful Reef House, we have memories beyond belief! We have been blessed with the warm sunny days, stunning views and of course the most breathtaking dawns. We now have a new standard in vacations and your home is it!
We hope to return again and again Sally. We are envious that you get to call this home.
Many, many thanks!
My husband and I have visited Bequia 4 times and stayed in 4 different villas, all in the Spring area (the quiet side of the island). We loved all the places we've stayed, but Reef House is our favorite! So much to recommend it. The location--a short climb above the ocean with wonderful ocean breezes and the sound of the waves, a wrap around veranda where we could watch the sunrise each morning (and every sunrise is unique on Bequia). The architecture of the house, with its central room with large doors that open on all sides to let in the sun and the breeze. The proximity to our favorite restaurant on Bequia, Sugar Reef (barely a 10-minute walk from the house). And Chris, the house manager is the loveliest man! He found us fish when we wanted to eat in, and answered all our questions. On our next visit to Bequia, we'll be sure to return to Reef House!
Located on a ridge with spectacular ocean views, the Reef House is an architectural gem. Every room opens to the trade winds and to views of beautiful Crescent Beach. We loved the comfortable elegance of the rooms furnished with Balinese furniture. We walked down to Crescent Beach for swims in the warm waters and for meals at the excellent Sugar Reef restaurant. We loved exploring Bequia which is the Caribbean at its best. No condos, no huge hotels--just a laid back tropical life style with friendly people. Snorkeling in Lower Bay was unforgettable. Twice, we swam with a large manta ray which swam along the beach for hundreds of yards. We ate at several open air restaurants with memorable views and excellent food. Having visited many third world countries, we were very impressed with Bequia"s cleanliness. We will definitely return to this magical place.
We loved Bequia. Reef House was one of the nicest villas we have rented in the 27 years we have been visiting the Caribbean and Central America. The landscaping has matured since the pictures were taken, and is even more beautiful than expected. The furnishings are much nicer than we usually encounter. Your management team helped make our vacation seamless. Now, if we could figure a way to move to Bequia and not spend another day in this frigid weather. Bequia is the first vacation spot outside of the US we feel we could live full time. I am sure we will be back. Thank You for sharing your home with us. P.S. Another first, we have never received our security deposit refund so promptly.
The moment we stepped off the ferry, Chris, your House Manager, was there to welcome us and load our luggage into Gideon's cab. Within minutes we were on our way to the Reef House.
Your home took our breath away. The architecture is exquisite and amazing. We love the openness, allowing the warm breezes to flow through. The large wood doors are magnificent! Furnishings, fabrics, and artwork, every detail shows the time, effort, and excellent taste you devoted to create a masterpiece.
We went to Sugar Reef, a wonderful restaurant a short distance from Reef House, the first night for a scrumptious dinner. Between courses, I went to the shore and waded in the warm water and marveled at the billions of stars.
Having awakened at 5:30 am to get here from Barbados, your large comfortable bed was welcomed, but the view of the moon shining its golden path on the sea was so lovely, I did not want to close my eyes for sleep!
The next morning we visited the turtle sanctuary, which was fascinating, then to the beach for a swim.
We can't thank you enough for allowing us to share your paradise on earth.
This was our second time at the Reef House and we loved it as much as the first. We can't imagine a more serene, relaxing home to spend our vacation in. Everyone who is involved in making Reef House an experience is gracious and accommodating. We will certainly be back next year!
We first enjoyed Reef House in 2012 and didn't think it could get any better. Bequia is our favorite Caribbean island. The clever design of the house allows you to enjoy as much or as little of the elements as you like. Guests are unaware of neighbors. The main floor bedrooms are very private, separated by the great room and from the bedrooms on the lower level.
The owners were have introduced a number of new conveniences and attractive decorating details. The landscaping has been enhanced and has matured. By our next visit, I expect to pick fruit from the trees. The manager and staff are extraordinarily helpful.
Of course, there is no way to improve the unequaled view. But, the restaurant at the wonderfully convenient Cresent Beach has been beautifully upgraded.
In calm seas, there is snorkeling along the edge of Crescent Bay Reef just below Reef House. Bequia is known for excellent Scuba Diving. From Reef House you can walk to a unique Hawksbill Turtle Sanctuary and explore a more remote side of the island. A short drive into Port Elizabeth (Harbor) takes you to many very good restaurants. Bequia is a quaint, small island of about 5,000 people who are most welcoming to visitors.
Excellent MASSAGE available. Masseuse will come to property for relaxing massage outside on the veranda!
In the background is the sound of the breaking waves.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
THE LOW SEASON (MAY 1-NOV 30) WEEKLY RENT FOR ONE COUPLE USING ONE MASTER BEDROOM IS $2,000;
HIGH SEASON (DEC. 1-APRIL 30) WEEKLY RENT FOR ONE BEDROOM IS $2,500
TWO BEDROOMS, LOW SEASON: $2,500; HIGH SEASON $3,000
THREE BEDROOMS, LOW SEASON: $3,000; HIGH SEASON: $3,500
FOUR BEDROOMS, LOW SEASON: $3,500; HIGH SEASON: $4,000
FIVE BEDROOMS, LOW SEASON: $4,000; HIGH SEASON: $5,000
For "low season" (May-Nov), full payment is required 60 days before occupancy. COST VARIES AS TO #OF BR. REQUIRED
For "high season" (Dec-April) full payment is required 90 days before occupancy.COST VARIES AS TO #OF BR. REQUIRED
A 25% payment is required with the return of the signed RENTAL AGREEMENT.
PLEASE EMAIL OWNER FOR RATES IF YOU WISH TO USE MORE THAN THE ONE MASTER BEDROOM.