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Beautiful historic house with private pool and dock- a piece of magic

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Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Mercers Creek Plantation, The Great House . Mercers Creek Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean - Romantic Historic Plantation House Within Minutes Of 365 White Sandy Beaches

The Great House is a genuine romantic location filled with antiques, yet has independent air conditioning in each bedroom and over head fans in the formal rooms. A large swimming pool sits in tropical gardens, walk in the 26 acres and find the the sugar mill, plantation managers house and the creek itself. The location means that the Great House is cooled by the sea breezes and has the added benefit of thick walls to keep you cool in the tropical afternoons.

Our friendly house staff will show you the wonders of living in the Caribbean and ensure your stay is historic in every way

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 30, 2016
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lucky to have lived in such a beautiful home on such an amazing island and happy to share with others who can enjoy it as much as my family and I have

JANEY HOWELL purchased this villa in 1969

Why JANEY HOWELL chose Antigua

The Great House is historic, romantic and the most wonderful place to have a truely original holiday you will never forget. It is the only Plantation that has remained as a family home throughout its history and is still our home. This is a step into a living history

What makes this villa unique

If you want to see Antigua from a completely different perspective then stay in our historic plantation full of original antiques brought over by the Planters over the last 400 years. The Great House was built in 1660 and has remained virtually untouched except for the recent addition of electricity (and air conditioning in the bedrooms) and a swimming pool. You are mentally as far away from tourists and all inclusive hotels as you want to be and yet near enough geographically to 365 white sandy beaches and beach bars


2 traveler reviews

Beautiful historic house with private pool and dock- a piece of magic
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Magic, moonlight and Four Poster beds

  • 5 of 5

How does one start to describe what was almost a dream. The Great House is unique. Spacious grounds to explore. Fresh limes to pick from the trees. The whole place just oozed history. The Great House it self is just stepping back in time. I thought i should be wearing a dress out of Gone with the Wind. The very beautiful house is like staying on a film set. The view from the drawing room down a mahogany line of trees to the Bay. The dinning room, especially candle lit, was the most breathtaking experience. The fabulous four poster beds, in every bed room, well wow, true glamour. The beautiful swimming pool with its pool cabin with fridges reminded us the we were in the 21st century. Although a very very orivate property we could easily pop out to see other parts of the island. Shirley Heights especially on a Sunday with the steel band. Any one of the 365 marvellous sandy beaches. The unique capital, St. Johns. The market place with the fresh fish catch, or buying the nutmeg with the mace still on it. Or just out of town a fabulous sushi restaurant. Lots of opportunity for water sports, water skiing, diving, banana fun, or a cruise around the island with lots of rum punch served.

But The Great House is the biggest draw and i was hard pressed to leave. The owner ensures that you are well looked after and in a very professional but personal way by the full time staff at the house. At all times you were beautifully cared for but never intruded upon. The beauty of the property and the wonderful views across the bay and out to sea were just yours to enjoy. No chattering fellow tourists to impinge on your privacy. The house is more that big enough for you to each do your own thing with several reception rooms and fabulous outside areas for sitting, sun bathing or outdoor dining.

A very special place that we felt privileged to have called our home for three glorious weeks.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous - the real Antigua

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous week!

This is an experience of the real Antigua, whilst living in beautiful surroundings with wonderful staff to look after you.

The views from the terrace every morning whilst you sip your tea and coffee in the morning are second only to the views from the swimming pool terrace.

The house and estate are a reminder of the history of plantation life, and just opposite you can visit a similar plantation open to the public to learn the history and function of each building.

Nothing is far away in Antigua... beautiful beaches, the Capital St. John's, supermarkets, and so forth. But a car is absolutely essential, and a 4x4/jeep probably sensible.

The staff of Vivienne, Joe and Felix are so obliging and helpful.

All in all, a memorable, restful experience where we returned really feeling that we had visited Antigua, with all its history and culture, whilst enjoying a special time in a beautiful property.

If you would like to stay in a resort where you could be anywhere in the world.... this is not for you!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Antigua is famous for having 365 white sand beaches - there is a beach within a ten minute drive of where ever you are on the island. There is shoreline to the bay that you can walk to through the grounds, however swimming is not great - there are fab white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas just 10 -15 minutes by car or local bus


Antigua only has the one International Airport - car hire is essential


The island is 108 square miles so everything is close. The village of Pares has a local grocery shop and is a few minutes away. The capital St Johns has great supermarkets and local market for wonderful fruit and vegetables. Historic sites include Bettys Hope Plantation and sugar mill museum -10 minute walk and Nelsons Dockyard at English Harbour, 20 minutes drive. StingRay City is across the creek where you can swim or walk among Sting Rays

Further Details:

Antigua has many restaurants and beach cafes - explore the island and then come back to your own secret location ! If you are interested in sailing come and join us in April for the Regatta, or in August for Carnival.


Rates & Availability

Saint Philip Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 2
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
6 night minimum stay
Rate 3
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,223

Booking Notes:
There are no keys as the House is staffed. The reservation deposit is non refundable. However the date can be changed and any difference then accounted

Changeover Day:
Due to late flights we will have to charge a full day if your departure is after 12 noon
The housekeeper does not work on Saturdays but other staff will be on call to tidy the house.

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Saint Philip Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • Ensuite bathrooms with showers bedroom 1/2/4 Bedroom 3 with antique bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) All Four Poster Beds Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom Super King Four Poster bed. Mistress Bedroom King Four Poster bed, Bedroom 3 French Antique Four Poster Bed , Bedroom 4 twin Four Posters beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
services such as chef/chauffeur//boat rental etc can be arranged at a supplement The house enjoys the best of the leeward breezes. The property is treated monthly for mosquitoes. There is a extra guest house sleeping 2 available at an extra supplement In the grounds there is a live in caretaker for emergencies Outside: Situated in tropical gardens of 26 acres. With courtyards, patios and private swimming pool with lounge chairs, luncheon tables and chairs, Pool house with separate changing rooms and toliet facilities and outdoor shower Utility Room: The Housekeeper will be responsible for all house keeping and house washing Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The housekeeper will provide you with twice weekly change of bath towels and beach towels. The linens are changed weekly. The housekeeper is in daily except Saturday when other staff are available

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