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Secluded Caribbean Eco-Retreat with Stunning Sea and Mountain Views

Secluded Caribbean Eco-Retreat with Stunning Sea and Mountain Views
Caribbean
Property Type: Rental
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Cliffhanger Cottage was designed, built and loved by Peter Fernandez, the voice of Speed Racer in the original anime TV show. Situated in a National Park, the cottage is perched on a mountain high above the Caribbean Sea. There is a constant breeze and the views are stunning. To the east is Falmouth Harbor, to the south an exotic hillside garden and the open sea, to the west, the headlands and the island of Montserrat with its occasional volcanic activity. To the north, mountains tumble to the sea. All this is visible from the three sided deck. Visitors tell us that we have “the best view in the Caribbean.”

The house is on two levels. The top level has a well-equipped kitchen, living room with marble floors, large three way deck and master bedroom with a double four poster bed. Off the master bedroom is a bathroom and large shower open to the sea.

The lower level is very private with its own deck and a bedroom with twin beds together, comprising a king sized bed. This room has the option of air conditioning or doors open to the sea, garden and deck. Across the deck is a large bathroom with shower and more views to the sea. On a third level is an additional shady deck built especially for Yoga.

We designed our eco-friendly cottage to function off the grid. It runs on solar power and rain water from a cistern, leaving no carbon footprint. The house has cell phone signal and internet. With the sound of the sea in your ears, the stunning views you will be truly able to relax into the rhythms of the sea, the breeze, and the tropical birds.

Cliffhanger is perfect for hikers. Guides can be arranged through our friend Dassa of Footsteps Hiking. A 45 minute walk to the beautiful Rendezvous Beach begins in the garden. Another path goes down steps to private rock pools. Occasionally Humpback whales can be sighted just offshore from the deck. At certain times of the year Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the deserted beaches nearby. Frigate birds and brown pelicans soar past at eye level.

A short distance away is the Spring Hill Caribbean Equestrian Center where horseback rides can be arranged to Rendezvous Beach. Ten minutes away, the villages of Falmouth and English Harbour offer all amenities plus dive shops. A short distance over the hill is the beautiful Pigeon Beach. Sailing can be arranged at the Antigua Yacht Club, even lessons for beginners.

Many simply unwind, unable to leave the deck and its views. The sound of the sea joined by tree frogs at dusk makes for magic. In addition the magnificent sunsets, the night sky with all the constellations reveals itself with perfect clarity, unmarred by light pollution from other houses.

If however, you get the urge to leave the deck for a bit of night life, Falmouth and and English Harbour offer every kind of restaurant from gourmet to local cooking. After dinner, dance the night away to excellent reggae bands.

In the garden you may find a friendly feline lodger named Jasper. He may be a bit shy at first.

Here are some excerpts from our guestbook:

“Another wedding on your deck—seems to be the house of happiness.”

“We liked it so much we got married on your deck. We are still talking about your fantastic house in the sky.”

March posting by Antigua’s environmental group.

‘Yes, it’s that time of year again and there are whales aplenty being sighted on a daily basis in our waters.’

During April’s Classic Regatta and Sailing Week, racing yachts tack right below the house.

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    20 and over

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered:

    2 cats are in residence at the house

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    Canopy Double bed, full mosquito netting, adjoins shower

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    Twin beds can be consolidated into King-sized bed

  • Master bedroom features four-poster mahogany double bed and canopy swathed in mosquito netting, ceiling fan, two full sized closets with plenty of hanging and shelf space. Marble floors. Master bedroom integrated into the adjacent large shower room with outfacing Bermuda shutters. Open them wide and you can see the stunning views over to Rendezvous Beach and the Parkland mountains. Guest bedroom features king-sized bed draped with full mosquito netting, two large closets small desk. Ceramic tile floors, Air-Conditioning. Opens onto lower deck and gardens with charming yellow Alamanda flower trellis running along deck.

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower
  • Upper bathroom features imported marble vanity top, non-slip ceramic tile floors, full-length mirror. This bathroom is integrated into the large adjoining shower room. The shower features both a rain-shower ceiling shower and a hand-held shower wand. Hot and cold water. As mentioned, the outfacing Bermuda shutters can be opened to create a completely private open wall looking directly out to the ocean and the sunset views. A little laundry line strung outside the shower room provides an easy place to dry your suit and beachwear.

Other Amenities

  • Weekly housekeeping is included for cleaning and change of linen. Manager lives very nearby.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Small collection of novels

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    Small ipod player system

  • Television:

    We have a 20 inch flat screen TV but no cable.

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    View of the famous Rendez Vous beach against mountains.

  • Mountain View:

    Mountain view on two sides from deck

  • Ocean View:

    180 degree view of open ocean

  • Water View:

    View of Falmouth Harbor and entrance to English Harbor

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining table seats 6 is on West deck and looks out to sunset over the sea. 8 dining chairs.…more

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    One of the two bedrooms has AC

  • Internet:

    Wifi available free of charge.

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    House cell available for use.

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press coffee maker/thermos

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A full set of Austrian china; wine glasses.

  • Kitchen:

    Small-ish galley style kitchen has 4-burner gas stove, oven, refrigerator. Good quality pots, pans, strainers, bowls, electric mixer, cooking utensils, etc.…more

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Kitchen cabinets are stocked with basic staples such as oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, spices, some tea, coffee, sugar, flour.…more

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wrap-around decking on both levels

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Tropical gardens are planted with bouganvillaea, hibiscus, and palms.

 

Reviews

Write a review5

from 8 traveler reviews

  • Maggie C.

    Caribbean delight

    This was a return visit for us as the house has everything we wanted. The appeal being: the views, the decks, the location, the privacy, the breeze, the adventure of getting to one of the best beaches on the island and having it to ourselves, the sunsets, star gazing, the hammock, all the little extras, having Katherine close by to answer any question or give tips, watching hummingbirds while we had breakfast, a range of restaurants close by and the chance to chill and live outside all the time. Three bits of advice if you go for a visit; you need to be okay with cats, bring trainers for the walk to the beach, but it’s worth the walk and hire a 4×4 car. It’s definately a wonderful spot. Enjoy.
    • Stayed: February 2015
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Age 55+, Romantic getaway

  • EGM & GigiYork, UK

    Paradise

    We love Antigua & have been many times but this is the our first visit to Cliffhanger. It is a wonderful house with an amazing 180 degree view of the bay, including Falmouth Harbour. A perfect place to watch the yachts during Race Week. We love the cats, Tom & Jasper. Lovely boys & very soft & they enjoyed being with us & sleeping on the verandah. Katherine ensured that we had everything we needed & looked after us during our holiday. Cliffhanger is a very special place & we look forward to returning for another holiday soon.
    • Stayed: April 2014
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic getaway

    Manager response: It was a pleasure meeting you both. Very pleased that you enjoyed your time at Cliffhanger, the boys are missing you. Take care until we meet again. Katherine

  • Vicki S.

    Stunning views and so peaceful!

    My husband and I feel in love with Cliffhanger Cottage, very appropriately named, from the moment we arrived. It was late and Katherine, the caretaker, was patiently awaiting our arrival. She had the cottage open and we walked out onto the deck and had the most breathtaking view of the star filled sky. It was so peaceful. The next morning was even better, with views in all directions, Falmouth Harbor, Montserrat, the gorgeous ocean and her beautifully maintained gardens. It was so quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed relaxing on the deck drinking our coffee and reading. The temperatures were perfect 75-80 degrees F. with gentle breezes. It was such a gift! The cottage itself, is small but perfect and very well done. Very comfortable, clean, well maintained and equipped with everything you might need. We loved the open shower with the view of the ocean. The entire cottage was so open that we felt like we were hanging on the cliff. We enjoyed the cottage so much we were never in a hurry to leave. We did rent a car and needed it to drive to the beach every day. There are several to choose from and they are all beautiful! Our favorite is Valley Church, it is gorgeous and not crowded unless a cruise ship is in that day. We also enjoyed the hike to Rendezvous. It is a challenging 40 minute hike but worth the journey. We drove into Falmouth every night for dinner and had great meals. Our favorites were Catherines and Sunra. Katherine, the caretaker, is available, very helpful and a pleasure to know. We enjoyed our time at Cliffhanger so much we are returning next year!
    • Stayed: February 2014
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Age 55+, Romantic getaway

    Manager response: So glad that you are returning next year! All the best until then, Katherine

  • FayeDenver

    fabulous views

    This is a lovely property, with incredible views of both sunsets and sunrises. My husband and I love the beauty of the Caribbean, and this place really shows it off. It was great to relax and adjust to the simple pleasures. Although there’s no wi-fi at the house, we enjoyed a morning coffee at the Sea Breeze Cafe, which was very pleasant. I only wish we’d been able to try their homemade gelato. Katherine, the caretaker at Cliffhanger, was most helpful. Our one piece of advise is to get a good map of the island, though the street signs are few and far between, if you want to venture away from this beautiful property. On the other hand, we enjoyed cooking at Cliffhanger, and having dinner on the deck. And waking up to a beautiful orange sunrise was amazing!!
    • Stayed: November 2013
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Age 55+, Romantic getaway

  • TToronto,Canada

    i absolutely love this place…

    if i could, i’d spend the rest of my life here..
    • Stayed: November 2013
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway

    Manager response: Certainly is a piece of heaven, delighted that you too love Cliffhanger.

  • HollyConnectiut

    Restful and Romantic

    What a beautiful place this is. We could not believe it. We arrived in the middle of a hard New England winter and ready for a deep rest. We rested and relaxed and watched the boats and the water for hours from all the various decks. The sunsets were spectacular. Mosquito netting so romantic. We loved the shower room overlooking the ocean. Everything was just as it is pictured, and Katherine is such a wonderful host. She knows everything and pointed us to just the right places to explore. Highly recommended.
    • Stayed: March 2013
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway

    Manager response: Cliffhanger is the ideal place to catch up on the three ‘R’ …..rest, relaxation and romance. Very pleased to hear that your time here was enjoyable ! It was my pleasure to help facilitate for you a memorable time. All the best, and I hope you will visit us again. Katherine

  • Jill B.Monona, Wisconsin, USA

    Absolutely the vest views!

    We were fortunate enough to holiday here earlier this month and had the MOST relaxing island vacation. Katherine was so very helpful and pleasant in every question we had regarding our time there. The home was perfect, complete with the two cats. There were wonderful deck areas for every time of the day, whether you wanted sun or not. The home is well equipped with everything needed, and the kitchen even has many staples and spices. Watching the sailboats and yachts comes into the harbor was fun. There is a wonderful 45 minute hiking path right from the back yard to a deserted beach that you must not miss. Truly, the home and Katherine are a treasure!
    • Stayed: February 2013
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Romantic getaway

    Manager response: So pleased that you enjoyed your stay here at our little piece of heaven. It was great meeting you both, my hope is that you will come back to visit us again at CliffhangerAntigua. All the best to you both, Katherine

  • AlisterConnecticut, US

    So relaxing you won’t want to leave

    My husband and I stayed at this wonderful place this past December. The house brought on such a state of total relaxation that we had to get motivated to leave. The house is charming, sparsely and elegantly decorated, a comfortable blend of luxury and simplicity. We really like the flow of the house; it is small-ish but feels spacious and the energy flows nicely. We basically lived outdoors on the decks, moving from hammock to yoga deck to sun chairs to outdoor dining table. The place is high enough on the mountain that the views are amazing—you can see the plumes of smoke from the Montserrat volcano and once we saw the lights of Guadeloupe. The house is close enough to the sea that you hear the waves breaking, as well as lots of birds, and tree frogs at night. Bring your binoculars (or use the owners’) because there are always boats or birds to watch from the deck. The night sky was spectacular—we saw shooting stars several times. We ended up lying on the sun chairs late into the evening just watching the sky. We arrived to find some basic cooking supplies, and we recommend making a big grocery run on the way from the airport. We were happy cooking most of our meals and tried some of the local vegetables at nearby Bailey’s Market—the local avocado, spinach and arugula were delicious. We explored Nelson’s Dockyard, the Slipway with internet cafe and the Yacht Club restaurant. We almost signed up for sailing lessons there but were too lazy. Our favorite memory is hiking from the house to Rendez-Vous Beach first thing in the morning and being the only ones on the whole beach. It is a picture-perfect beach. The sand is classic soft and the surf is perfect for having fun but not working too hard against the waves. In the interests of full disclosure, we know the owner, who invited us to stay as a trial run before renting it out this time. She designed the house and really loves it, and it shows in lots of little details. Tips we would give: renting a car is a must and a 4×4 is recommended; the road is a bit bumpy and steep (well, it is on a Caribbean mountain.) You buy your own drinking water in gallons. Katherine, the manager, lives right nearby and is wonderful and has lots of good suggestions for restaurants and things to do. When my husband needed some minor medical care for his eye, Katherine directed us right to a very good specialist and even offered to drive us. Highly recommended for hikers, lovers of sailing, beaches, views.
    • Stayed: December 2012
    • Submitted: 
    • Source: VRBO

    Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway

    Manager response: It was a pleasure meeting you both, so pleased that you were able to relax, refresh and renew yourselves here at Cliffhanger, our little piece of heaven. Until we meet again take care, Katherine

Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Nov 15 – May 15, 2016
7 night min stay
$1,800
Antigua Race Week
Apr 23 – Apr 29, 2016
7 night min stay
$3,000
flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
$275

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • TaxesNot included

Notes:

Paypal (bank transfer)l preferred; personal checks accepted

$300 deposit required upon booking; balance is due 30 days before the stay

 


 

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