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Traditional Antiguan Style House

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Saint John's House Rental Photos and Description

A self-catering beach lover's retreat

This lovely getaway with hillside location, nestling on the edge of beautiful Crabbe Hill Village, on the South west coast of Antigua. There are spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, Montserrat and Nevis from the covered wrap-around veranda. The beach is an easy 3-5 minute stroll. Water sports are available from Turner's Beach and boat trips can be locally arranged to Cades Reef for some of the best diving or snorkelling in the Caribbean. Numerous beach bars and restaurants are within walking distance and the local bus service into St. John's is only footsteps away.

Cable tv is already installed and free WIFI

We offer a friendly and reliable airport pick up and drop off service for just E.C. 80

Outside: My Brother’s House is covered in bougainvillea with humming birds regular visitors to the garden and veranda.. It is set in a landscaped garden among tropical fruit trees and flowering plants and date palms, with a separate gate and pathway leading to the downstairs room. The house has private parking and is approached by a short rising access road. It is not necessary to hire a car. Small 14-seater buses are frequent, great fun and a bus stop is 3 minutes walk from the villa.

Location: Though removed from the ever-increasing number of tourists and benefiting from a friendly, caring community, it is just a 7 minute drive to Jolly Harbour, with its first-class shopping, a bank, supermarket, casino, bars and restaurants and impressive marina. St. John’s town is 20 minutes drive which has fruit and vegetable markets, fresh fish and meat markets, and excellent shopping facilities.

Restaurants: There is a variety of most charismatic restaurants, Antiguan and International. Within easy walking distance is Turner’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, OJ’s with live music twice weekly, 3 Martinis and Gibson’s Restaurant’s excellent cuisine in Crabbe Hill. Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant is a few minutes drive and rates among one of the best five beaches in the world. Next to Darkwood is Ffreyes Beach, mostly quiet with Dennis’ Bar & Restaurant serving local food and situated on a hill with panoramic views.

My Brother’s House is a perfect house for friends or a small family (maximum 4), looking for privacy, seclusion and guaranteed relaxation. (Not suitable for people with walking disabilities.)

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Ian Goldsmith
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 2, 2016
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What makes this house unique

Owners live in the same village - great for local knowledge if needed and helpful pointers. Free WIFI. Airport pick up one way EC 80 details on request.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Traditional Antiguan Style House
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews
5

A Beach Cottage Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We were seeking a different experience from area resorts and All Inclusive offers that do nothing for local economies. We found oasis at My Brothers House.

Jenny was an absolute delight. From the moment we arrived and meeting her - we knew our stay would be special.

The home is the quintessential caribbean beach cottage. It is completely outfitted. We spent nights entertaining on the huge veranda and simply taking the moments in, lighting candles found throughout the home.

This is not a plastic experience. It is an island experience. But there are conveniences. Epicurean Fine foods market in Jolly Harbor was best resource for provisioning. Specialty stores are available in English Harbour but are aimed at the yacht crowd. Also, the washing machine in home was a treat. Yes, many have this as a feature in their rentals, but again, look at this price point and you will understand immediately! Amazingly, the fee for My Brothers House is impossible to find elsewhere. A true bargain.

The location is central to Jolly Harbor (north) and English Harbour (south). A car is absolutely necessary for this kind of vacation. We had another resource on island for vehicle rental, but Jenny has discount arrrangement with one of the larger companies. Be sure to ask about it.

OJ's and Gibson's restaurants are across the street. There is also a bright yellow shack on the corner called Carvell's Cook Shop, offering lunch daily until 3pm and Saturdays until 6pm. offering fantastic baked chicken, fried fish, fish "water". Amazing. Do not be alarmed by the simplicity of Carvell's. Fantastic food is prepared here. No sign, just look for the yellow hut.

We hope to return and will certainly ask Jenny, Ian and My Brothers House to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing view!!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a great place by the beach and close to restaurants. Let me say this was just perfect. It was on a hill and is a bit of a climb walking back from the beach, but it is so worth it to wake up to that view. Jenny was great and very helpful (even left us some goodies in the fridge). Thank you!!

We had asked Jenny for pick up service from the airport too (please ask her) it was great. Evie picked us up and even drove us to a seafood festival, he is great and a he knows everyone...lol

The pictures listed here do not do it justice, it is far better in person!! It does take a day or so to get use to the roosters down the hill, but you get to see the sunrise on the balcony. All in all it was a great trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much for making our trip great.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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13 days in Crabbe Hill

  • 3 of 5

My Sweetheart and I stayed at "My Brothers House" from March 20 - 31, 2016. We had many favourable experiences starting the moment a veteran Crabbe Hill local named Evy Johnson pick us up in town and delivered us to the house where Jenny met us personally. Jenny is the epitome of that great aunt everybody needs to have; She's an industrious, loving, gregarious, fountain of local knowledge and we had no doubt we were in good hands. The house is terrific with a view of the Caribbean that justifies the price alone. The house was certainly clean and tidy and had everything we needed (Note that it doesn't have a microwave as listed though!). The water cistern did run dry a couple days into our vacation and it was no surprise that we were invited to shower at Jenny's house and a water truck delivered fresh water the next morning. Jenny took good care of us.

If there is anything prospective renters need to know, its that the house is up a very steep narrow hill (think 45 degree plus) and the driveway comes off a narrow road (Charlotte Street) that is littered with derelict vehicles, dogs, chickens and goats. The chickens and goats are fine but the derelict vehicles don't say much for the neighbourhood. The dogs have plenty to say, and were the worse part of our stay as they rarely shut up, chased our vehicle (Don't even think of coming here without a rental car!) and barked nearly incessantly for the whole vacation. This included our "quiet time" reading on the verandah, while we ate and of course while we slept. The neighbor in front has a large husky type dog tied only a few feet below the verandah and it is neglected, hence it barks and barks and barks. This was very frustrating. I should add that it sounds like everyone in Crabbe Hill has at least two roosters which crow as much as the dogs bark, though not nearly as annoyingly.

That said, we had a good vacation with daily excursions around the island. Highlights were Devil's Bridge (and snorkeling at the beach just north of there), Nelson's Dockyard (including English Harbour and Falmouth), Darkwood Bay (Hands down; Best Beach) and Sunday afternoon/evening at Shirley's Heights (Steel drum band, rocknroll and a nice barbeque - pricey!). The kayak tour of the mangroves at Cades Reef was also highly enjoyable. We would highly recommend this property to couples, especially deaf ones. Hopefully, with tourism listed as the bread and butter of Antigua's future, locals will take care of their noisy dogs!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic stay in a very lovely traditional house

  • 5 of 5

From the very beginning we fell in love with this Traditional Antiguan house. We had a very warm welcome from Jenny. She is such a lovely person and lives just nearby.

The view is brethtaking. Having dinner on you terrace to watch pass the cruise ships in the distance after a wonderful sunset with the island of Montserrat right in front of you and the turqoise carribbean sea just cant be topped.

The house is located in a quied area with a lot of green all around. The place is clean and very well equipped, so you will find everything you need to have a lovely stay.

The whole house with the garden can be used at your own so there is plenty of space.

We recommend to rent a four wheel drive car because the road to the house is steep.

After a very short walk you will find yourself at a wondreful beach with the possibility to eat in a very good local restaurant.

This is one of the very rarely places away from sterile hotels where you will find peace in a local and save carribbean community from witch you can discover all the beauty of Antigua. We have been to a lot of places in past years so we now what we are talking about.

We would like to thank also Ian Goldsmith. He was always contactable and very friendly and professional.

All in all we can recommend this location a hundret percent !!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A real pleasure to host. Thank you for taking such good care of the house and welcome back anytime !
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5

So very wonderful to be part of village life

  • 5 of 5

This is a great cottage for experiencing traditional village life in Antigua just meters away from the best beach in Antigua and easy access walking to Darkwood Beach and Jolly Harbour for the shops by bus. A find.

The house is a designed so you can enjoy a cooling breeze over you at night, which means no need for a fan or air conditioning. And there is continual running hot and cold water. The cockrels and dogs barking in the early hours take a while to adjust to but it was also great waking earlier than I normally would to enjoy the morning hours.

I loved going to OJ's just down the road especially on Friday and Sundays and listening to Val and Roland playing Jazz, equally it was fabulous sitting on the balcony on these evenings listening to their music travel up to the cottage. I even made it along to some local cricket matches at Urlings Cricket Club meeting Andy Roberts, the first person to play Test Cricket from Antigua - such a great atmosphere and spirit there!

I love Jenny, a great host. Thank you so much for such a wonderful special stay. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a more authentic experience of Antigua with a few home comforts.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Ankommen und Wohlfühlen

  • 5 of 5

Schon beim betreten des Balkons wurden wir von der atemberaubend schönen Aussicht in den Bann gezogen.

Jenny die liebenswerte, sympatische Besitzerin hat uns eine Einweisung gegeben und stand uns jederzeit hilfsbereit zur Seite.

Wir haben alles so vorgefunden wie beschrieben, komplett eingerichtet, sauber und sehr charmant, einfach zum wohlfühlen.

Es war ein Urlaub wie wir es lieben - leben in einem Haus mitten in einem ursprünglich gewachsenen Ort - nicht in einem sterilen Touristenressort.

Der Aufstieg von dem wunderschönen Turners Beach ( mit 2 netten Restaurants) z. Haus war ziemlich steil aber da wir ein Auto hatten leicht zu bewältigen und der Ausblick über die Bucht hat uns mehr als entschädigt.

Alles in allem ein Urlaub wie er sein sollte.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
VC Bird International Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Jolly Harbour Marina
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Car: recommended

This unique holiday home, loved by family, is situated on the edge of Crabbe Hill, one of the only seaside villages in Antigua. Though removed from the ever-increasing number of tourists and benefiting from a friendly, caring community, it is just a 7 minute drive to Jolly Harbour, with its first-class shopping, a bank, supermarket, casino, bars and restaurants and impressive marina. St. John’s town is 20 minutes drive which has fruit and vegetable markets, fresh fish and meat markets, and excellent shopping facilities, along with a variety of most charismatic restaurants, Antiguan and International. Within easy walking distance is Turner’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, OJ’s with live music twice weekly, 3 Martinis and Gibson’s Restaurant’s excellent cuisine in Crabbe Hill. Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant is a few minutes drive and rates among one of the best five beaches in the world. Next to Darkwood is Ffreyes Beach, mostly quiet with Dennis’ Bar & Restaurant serving local food.

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Rates & Availability

Saint John's House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$452
$1,638
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A non-refundable deposit equivalent to 2 nights stay will be required to secure the house.
There will be a refundable damage deposit of 100 pounds.
Discount available for long term rentals of three weeks or more, please as for details..

ten percent deposit. balance one month prior to arrival.

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Amenities

Saint John's House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Upstairs WiFi connectivity in based studio accommodation comprising an open plan living room and kitchen with ‘eat-in-bar’, a partially enclosed double bedroom & separate bathroom. The floors are polished mahogany. Louvered windows throughout ensure a gentle south westerly breeze, cooling even the hottest days and offering sea view all around. Downstairs Approached by stairs off the veranda there is a second twin-bedded room with bathroom, attractively furnished with closet and fridge. There are delightful paintings throughout the house.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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