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Romantic Tropical Hideaway - Birds & Bees Cottage

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

One bedroom en suite with lovely views from spacious verandah

Birds & Bees Cottage, as the name implies is a romantic stone cottage with shingle roof trimmed with white gingerbread. It has a king sized 4 poster bed draped in netting, antique furniture, a huge 30' x 8' verandah with a hammock for those afternoon naps. Lovely views across the tropical garden filled with an assortment of flowers and trees with many birds flitting through. There is a palm fringed pool shared with Sapodilla cottage also in the 2 acre garden. Both cottages are very private and peaceful and well separated from each other.


Owner
Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About The Owner

I sailed into English Harbour in 1967 and fell in love with the island. I built my house in 1969 in the old colonial style, and later built a cottage for my mother, and much later a small guest cottage. Unfortunately my husband and I lost our pensions to a very bad investment, and now I am renting out both cottages. My husband and I are both keen sailors, riders (I started the Springhill Riding Club just nearby in 1987) We love our three dogs and our 2 acre garden which we have filled with indigenous flowering plants and trees.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1969

Why The Owner chose Falmouth Harbour

We love Falmouth for its peaceful green location, it feels a long way from everywhere, but is only 5 minutes drive to lots of activities and night life - the best of both worlds.

At Spring Hill we have welcomed many guests who have enjoyed the rural life and tasteful open plan Caribbean Georgian style cottages set in lush tropical gardens overlooking the many beautiful yachts at anchor. These cottages are a short drive or hike to the many amenities of the Nelson’s Dockyard World Heritage historic site.

Spring Hill is set on a two acres site with very few neighbours. It is on the rural road to Rendezvous Bay Beach, arguably one of the best of Antigua’s 365. Access to this beach is best by foot, a 30 minutes hike, or by 4 wheel dive, visitors usually have the beach to themselves, alternatively a hack can by organised by the Antigua Equestrian Centre just a few minutes walk down the hill - swimming on the horses can be arranged as well.

We at Spring Hill live with open windows and doors. We are blessed by the ever present trade winds. Our home and three cottages capture these cooling winds. There are no screens, security bars nor is air conditioning necessary. There is no television. There is however Wi Fi and Internet access.

The Spring Hill 2 acre property is securely fenced to keep our 4 dogs inside and the roaming goats, sheep and cattle out. Our dogs, Ottalie, Bella, Ebony and Bandit provide pleasure to ourselves & our guests. The generous verandas used often for dining and relaxing, all have the option to exclude our K9 friends. Most of our guests however keep their homes open and welcome the visits for these precious tail wagging “Guard” dogs that provide companionship and the Security for Spring Hill.

Residential Tourism represented by properties such as Spring Hill, represent an alternative and a get away from the maddening crowds of hotels. Please read the reviews from our many happy guests. Many of whom return for repeat visits.

What makes this cottage unique

Birds & Bees (we have had several engagements happen here!) is peaceful and quiet and yet near so many lively bars, restaurants, etc. There is a Mediterranean port feeling to the Yacht Club Marina with its coffee bars & boutiques and mega yachts, and yet it is only a few minutes away! You can spend the day by the pool, swinging in a hammock or at the beach, and at night enjoy a delicious dinner and dancing under the stars in one of the many restaurants in the Harbour.

Amenities

Falmouth Harbour Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1) Four poster bed draped with netting, Baby Cribs (1) I have a drop side cot available to lend, and can get other equipment if necessary, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed for one person
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Romantic Tropical Hideaway - Birds & Bees Cottage
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews
Central Point, OR
5

Quiet and a piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Birds and Bees was great. Between the birds and dogs we always had company while here. It's a charming place, close to English Harbor, but a taxi or car are needed for most excursions. Waking up to the sunrises were beautiful. The pool area is quiet and beautiful. We loved this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. You were a pleasure to have as guests, and I am happy that you enjoyed Birds & Bees! I hope perhaps to see you here again one day.
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5

Awesome Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Janie's cottage. The open setting with beautiful views of English harbor was even more luxurious than the pictures do justice. Janie is also very knowledgeable of things to do in the area and helped us get not only s rental car but transportation to the airport . We were able to do rendezvous beach, half moon bay, galleon beach , pigeon beach ,Falmouth and English harbours and St. John's all from her location with ease. The cottage itself is immaculate and has everything you need to stay in and enjoy the views or venture on your own. We will most certainly be doing business with her again!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Home from the tropical dreams

  • 5 of 5

I should admit that the reality exceeded our expectations as it was our first experience to stay in such close to nature format. When we arrived, we were really tired by long trip but Janie greeted us so warm as good friends which helped us to relax and to get closer to the secluded and absolutely fantastic atmosphere of this home.

The open space of the living room and kitchen was very cozy, the kitchen had everything we needed and Janie provided welcome package which helped us a lot as we were too exhausted to go out for shopping. The open windows: we were worrying a bit about this aspect before our arrival as it implied to be something new for us. As it turned out this was a real gift as we could hear the birds sounds, cycads and breath the pure air during and feel the fresh breeze the nights in contrast of noisy AC systems in the hotels. We have never felt as comfortable as there (now when we’re home with our cold springtime with closed windows we really miss this).

The view on the Falmouth Harbour from veranda is like you get into some post card – it’s simply unreal, the beautiful garden around home creates very private and secluded atmosphere, the home itself is remoted from the neighbors which makes impression of peaceful and quiet oasis but all restaurants and shops are very nearby (about 5 mins by car).

Thank you so much Janie and Geoffrey for the wonderful time we spent in your cottage for you support and hospitality which made our stay very comfortable and unforgettable.

Dima and Nata

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dima, It was a delight to meet our first Ukrainian guests and we were honored you chose us after such a long journey! We are so happy you enjoyed Antigua and hope that one day you might come back for a longer stay - more time to get over the jet lag!
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Bath,UK
5

What Holidays should always be!

  • 5 of 5

An enchanting environment, views to die and air conditioning supplied by the breeze.

If you can drag yourself away from the refreshing pool all the facilities of Falmouth and English Harbours are nearby and many of the islands best beaches within 30 minutes drive.

Not for 5 star 'all inclusives' but an authentic Caribbean experience with comfortable bedroom, adequate facilities and a living area opening onto a generous veranda where you can be fascinated by the antics of some very precocious birds.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Duncan, Thank you for your kind comments. It is always a real pleasure to have people like you to stay who appreciate our little piece of heaven! Do hope to see you here again soon. Kind regards, Janie
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Not what we expected

  • 1 of 5

We were really excited about coming to Antigua for our first time. We never utilized this type of property and always opted for resort style vacations. The property truly is beautiful, and secluded away from everything. Our first impression, driving up the long bumpy dirt road full of potholes was not an enjoyable ride after being terrorized by our car rental agent who drove like a NY cab driver on the narrow winding, very heavily populated 30 minute drive. Once we arrived at the cottage, were were greeted by two very sweet dogs, then Janie greeted us, however was not quite ready for our arrival as last minute cleaning was still underway. We were shown around the property and proceeded to the verandah where we waited for the cleaning team to complete. The view and the breeze from the verandah was absolutely amazing. The pool was very tiny, not inviting, or clean and sparkling as in the pics. After the housekeeping was completed we returned to the cottage to settle in. The towels in the bathroom were old and stained. The kitchen was dingy and felt unclean, the closet in the bedroom was musty. The netting on the bed had holes and then was greeted by two lizards on the bedroom floor! That was it for me. I just couldn't stay here knowing these creatures were roaming around freely. Since there were no doors or windows, security seemed inept as well. Living in our society (we live in rural Rhode Island, USA), it was difficult to get beyond that fact for us. Janie assured us that we were in a safe location, however we just could not get by no doors or windows and lizards in our bedroom. We left the cottage to search for a location that we would feel secure within one hour of our arrival. Janie seemed to not understand our sense of insecurity, kept our 50% deposit. Don't recommend this place if you like to sleep with locked doors and are skiddish about nature sleeping with you!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry Springhill did not meet your expectations. It is very different to stay in a open traditional style house set in a large garden full of flowers & trees than to stay in an Air Conditioned hotel. You arrived just after 1.30 and we only needed a few more minutes to get the cottage clean, as the previous guest had only left that morning. The cottage is kept to a high standard of cleanliness, however it is an old building with wood veranda, not a concrete building like most hotels. The pool is 25' x 15' which is a good size for a private house, it is only shared by the other cottage, and most people never meet up; however with the breeze, leaves blow in. The birds & lizards are one of the charms of the cottage, and I must say I have never seen a lizard brave enough to be on the floor. We have normal doors, but only shutters on the windows to allow the cooling trade winds through, it does also allow the birds to fly though. Springhill is a very safe area and the dogs are great security as well. By the way, there are no holes in the mosquito net, which is almost brand new, nor is the linen old and stained. I hope you enjoyed your stay at a hotel and went away with a good feeling about our lovely, friendly island.
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Singapore
5

Real-feel Antigua

  • 5 of 5

Hidden away at the end of a track, amongst the trees and flowers of a lush tropical garden, the Birds and Bees Cottage is a million-miles away from the cookie-cutter resorts. If you want to get to know the real Antigua, Birds and Bees Cottage is a great place to stay and use as a base to wander the beaches and villages of this wonderful island. Janie & Geoffrey are really welcoming and having lived on the island for a large part of their lives, can give great insights into what to see and do. The Cottage itself is spacious, airy and well appointed. A huge, comfortable four poster gave us great nights' sleep, to wake to the sun rising across Falmouth Bay and the hummingbirds drinking nectar on the verandah. And Janie established the stables down the hill where you can go for wonderful hacks across to Rendezvous Bay and swim in the sea with the horses - an unparalleled experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
V.C. Bird Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Falmouth Village
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Jolly Harbour
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Falmouth
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Pigeon Point
Car: recommended

Situated overlooking the sailing hub of English & Falmouth Harbour, only a few minutes drive away with all its historical sites, bars and restaurants, beaches and watersport attractions. Learn to sail at the Yacht Club, charter a daysailer, go for a wonderful canter on Rendezvous bay, or spend the day with the magical beach to yourselves. Or just lay back in the Gazebo by the pool with a good book!

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The cottage is available year round. In the summer from early May the rate is $100 a night with a minimum stay of 5 nights. In the High Season from 1st December until early May the rate is $140 a night, again with a 5 night minimum unless as a fill in between bookings. Over the Christmas period there is a minimum of 2 weeks stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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