The Villa Nova Hotel is one of the last remaining Great Houses of Barbados. It is situated in the northeast of Barbados in Wakefield, St. John and is approximately a 20-minute drive from the airport.
This Palladian-style plantation house was built with hand cut coral stone in 1834 by sugar cane baron Edmund Haynes and is set high on a hillside, with approximately 15 acres of lush gardens surrounding the buildings. It has panoramic views, including a view across 7 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. The Barbados Government owned the property from 1907 until former Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Anthony Eden purchased it in 1965. During his residency, renovations were carried out until its sale in 1971.
After a multi-million dollar restoration project aimed at preserving the property s colonial heritage, in the spring of 2001, Villa Nova re-opened its doors to the public.
Villa Nova has hosted guests such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, British playwright Noel Coward,
Sir Winston Churchill and former Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair. The property s main buildings consist of the original building, the Great House, and a 12-room Park House. The Great House includes a grand dining room, bar area and 15 guest rooms with high ceilings, large bathrooms with bath tub and separate walk-in shower and private terraces overlooking the gardens or the pool. The Great House can also accommodate conference rooms, library and a fitness room. There is also a gazebo, a full length pool, two all-weather tennis courts, a security hut and a parking lot that can accommodate approximately 50 vehicles. There are 9 detached spa buildings of timber construction set within a tangled forested area of bearded fig, mahogany and mango trees.
Interior Designer Nina Campbell and a team of internationally acclaimed health professionals designed the spa area. This led Villa Nova to win the title of Caribbean s Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2004 World Travel Awards.
While in operation, the hotel offered several activities, all of which were arranged by the hotel employees. For the nature lover, there is a walking trail around Villa Nova, approximately 4.1 kilometers (2.4 miles) and a second trail using a different route which spans 6 kilometers (3.6 miles). Other organized activities included golf, deep sea fishing, heritage tours, horseback riding, tennis and watersports. On a quiet evening, one can relax and enjoy the ambiance and tranquil setting of a private terrace overlooking the lush gardens.
Before the transformation of the plantation house into a hotel, Villa Nova was used as an Open House where thousands of patrons would gather to explore the surroundings and view the grand architecture and the vintage furniture, each piece with its own historical significance. Cultural lessons on the antiquity, magic, serenity and ambience that surrounds the plantation house now restored into the Villa Nova hotel, were always the highpoint of the tour of this grandiose Barbadian property.
The Villa Nova Hotel is a superb property, offering a variety of revenue-making opportunities. The property has an extra touch of glamour, elegance, charm and sophistication that would make it amenable to many options: a posh five-star hotel, a serene medical retreat or a lavish setting for several special events, long or short term rentals. Although closed since 2008, the property has been reasonably well maintained. Minimal repairs, particularly to the roof, refurbishing work, redecorating and landscaping would return Villa Nova to a functional state.
Before its closure in 2008, Villa Nova was rated as a five-star hotel and the Barbados Hotels and Tourism Association classified it in the luxury category of hotel ratings.
Details of the site area are provided below are taken from the last property appraisal:
Main hotel site: 14.55 acres (633,798 sq. ft.)
Additional land: 0.034 acres (1,470 sq. ft.)
Total: 14.58 acres (635,105 sq. ft.)
Gross building area: 0.80 acres (34,827 sq. ft.)
Cockade House was originally built in the eighteenth century as a sugar plantation home set in 5.5 acres and was part of Bennetts Plantation. In 1971, it was later redesigned and transformed by the renowned English theatre designer, Oliver Messel. With Oliver Messel s reputation and tasteful decoration, Cockade House is now one of the most exclusive properties on the island. Messel reconfigured the interior of the house, raised the height of the ceilings, added the verandahs, redid the façade and incorporated a lovely swimming pool. Today, Cockade House can be marveled as a delightful country house hidden behind a driveway of Mahogany trees with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Sandy Lane Golf Course. The main house offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study, living and dining room, a large, well-equipped kitchen with pantry, terraces and an inviting swimming pool, beautifully framed by a delightful arched folly, lily pond and garden pathway. Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are available in the separate guest cottage and self-contained pavilion. The property, therefore, offers a total of 7 en-suite bedrooms. There is also a small office and staff quarters located behind the cottage. Retaining all its characterful charm whilst conveying a timeless idiosyncrasy in design, Cockade is not only an artful masterpiece but a long-standing luxury home, which so clearly tells an expressive story to its visitors without uttering a word.
Windward is a luxurious two-storey Villa on Cooper Hill in Sandy Lane Estate featuring 5 bedrooms suites and 5.5 bathrooms with a swimming pool. The villa sits on over 1.5 acres of carefully landscaped grounds. The property is private, fully enclosed and gated, with a main front foyer and a side entrance via the courtyard. Within the grounds there is a separate building housing a fully equipped gym, garage and storeroom. On entering Windward through the main entrance foyer, a beautiful designed double staircase finished with a wrought iron railing leads upstairs to the stunning master suite, study and two additional bedrooms. All bedroom suites are air conditioned with ceiling fans, safes and cable TV. The en suite bathrooms feature marble finishes, double vanities and rain showers, with the exception of the master which includes a tub, large rain shower. There is also a powder room by the main foyer. The main living area is open plan, with French doors extending the length of the room which, when open to the spacious covered verandah, creating an expansive space for combined indoor/outdoor entertaining. Steps from the main verandah lead out to the garden and pool. Windward comes complete with a private cabana at the Sandy Lane Beach facility alongside Sandy Lane Hotel. Restaurants and amenities of Holetown and Limegrove Lifestyle Centre are a short drive away.
This exclusive resort community, Schooner Bay, is idyllically positioned within a tranquil beachfront setting on the southern fringes of historic Speightstown. Positioned on the 2nd and 3rd floors, approximately 46-feet above sea level and boasting uninterrupted spectacular views of the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, Schooner Bay 302 penthouse apartment overlooks the beach to the west and the resort s swimming lagoon to the south. Covering just over 6,250 sq. ft. of living space, this amazing residence combines both classical tastes and tropical themes an urbane style just as appropriate for Barbados as it would be for London. The lower level features an entrance foyer, a library, powder room, study with daybed and en suite bathroom (3rd bedroom), sitting room, an elegant bathroom, an open-plan kitchen and a living room which leads on to a spacious dining terrace commanding breathtaking views of the ocean. An interior stairwell with brass handrail supported by elaborate bronze work detailing leads to the upper level which offers 2 master suites; both bedrooms feature glass sliding doors along 2 sides that open on to an expansive wrap-around balcony with Jacuzzi, wet bar, barbecue area and 2 outdoor showers. The property is completed with a laundry room and 2 full shower rooms located at basement level. Awarded the Five Star Bentley International Property award for Best Caribbean Property in 2004, Schooer Bay 302 penthouse is one of a kind. Just a few moments drive away you will find the world famous Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill golf courses
Olivewood is located on the prestigious Sandy Lane Estate. This luxurious property boasts 6 bedrooms and overlooks the third fairway of the Old Nine Golf Course at Sandy Lane. Its private ridge front location affords Olivewood spectacular views of the West Coast and Caribbean Sea. Olivewood, which sits on a beautiful elevated lot of approximately 2 Acres, was designed by Michael Gomes and completed in 2004. Its architectural style is Classical Barbadian presenting a unique marriage of two vernacular styles of architecture the Barbadian Plantation House, with its formal solid structures, wrap-around verandahs, plantation shutters and classical detailing, and the indigenous Chattel House, reflected in the use of the more whimsical timber gingerbread facia boards, turned timber posts and decorative brackets. Olivewood is ingeniously designed to afford maximum privacy. The layout of the villa is based on Balinese design principals, with a collection of connected pavilions and intertwined garden courtyards set around a swimming pool and garden water features. The planning and positioning of the various pavilions maximize views to the Caribbean Sea, the golf course and surrounding gardens while providing natural cross ventilation through the entire house. The main house consists of five pavilions. The first of these is the bedroom building which features four beautifully designed rooms including the phenomenal master suite which occupies the entire upper level. The other pavilions are the family room, the garden entrance foyer, the living room & main verandah building, the dining room building and the breakfast and service building. Designed to look like a ruin , the dining pavilion is a unique space, with covered breezeways connecting it to the adjacent service pavilion and main verandah/living room pavilion. Constructed in reclaimed old coral stone from a demolished sugar factory, its oversized space with rugged window and doorway openings, natural coral stone walls with broken away areas that allows the garden in, and the high exposed timber roof structure with crystal chandeliers all work together to create a magical setting for lunch or dinner. In addition to the main house, there are two other pavilions, the pool pavilion and a two-bedroom guest cottage that are set around the central swimming pool with terraced gardens cascading down to the golf course at the lower level. For the golf lovers, Olivewood is home to a custom designed Ian Woosnam putting and chipping practice green. The property is completely enclosed and has electronically operated main gates. There is a triple car garage and a cabana at the Sandy Lane Property Owners Beach Facility.