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Tranquility Villa Moonhole, Bequia, St Vincent and The Grenadines

from $2880/ week

  • TheGrenadinesCollection Sleeps 8
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Bedrooms
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Bedrooms
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Bathrooms
Description

Villa Description

Tranquility VillaMoonhole, Bequia St Vincent and the Grenadines

This acclaimed property has received numerous reviews and publications, with feature articles in such magazines as: House Beautiful, A Place in the Sun and a forthcoming Coastal Living Magazine.

Exceptional Location

Just a short stroll from a beautiful private sand beach, Tranquility Villa has open ECO architecture and a stunning, natural location. Staying here is an experience on every level - the construction is open and eco friendly, built in fantastic natural stone, with split levels and cool breezes. One brilliant feature of Tranquility is that it benefits from exceptional 360 views that guests can easily get lost in.

Open Plan Living Area

Tranquility definitely lives up to It's name. This is the perfect Bequia vacation base for those who wish to truly escape from the stress and noise of everyday life, and unwind in a fabulous, natural setting. The living area is an ideal place to chill out with big, comfortable cushioned sofas, a 32" flat screen TV and huge windows and archways that let in the breeze. There are also places to sit outside, where you can soak up the glorious Bequia sunshine in complete privacy.

Chef and Maid Service Included

The kitchen is very well equipped, with plenty of surface space, and you can look out through the big windows onto the beautiful surroundings.

The kitchen is equipped with a large electric refrigerator, gas stove, pots and pans, cutlery, glasses, plates, french coffee press, double sinks with solar water heater, and a gas barbecue.

Allowing you to relax even further, Tranquility includes a daily cook and maid service for your meal preparations and laundry service.

Private Tropical Pool Area

Tranquility Villa has a stunning private pool of a good size, that overlooks the turquoise ocean with some really beautiful greenery. The beautiful parrot 'Jed' enjoys some free flying in this superb tropical location. There are sun loungers to relax in, and from here you can truly appreciate the privacy and beauty of this special Bequia villa rental.

4 Peaceful en suite Bedrooms

The house has 4 bedrooms, all of which are ideal havens, where you can relax and recharge your batteries ready for the next day of your Bequia vacation. There are also mosquito nets to keep you even more comfortable at night.

Tranquility's bedrooms all benefit from en suite bathrooms - these are nice and cool with huge windows and natural stone throughout adding the finishing touches to the special experience at this remarkable property. The master bedroom also has a fantastic flat screen tv with It's own independent satellite system.

Recommended for Wedding Groups

Tranquility works well for large groups visiting Bequia for a wedding or family or friends reunion, especially when linked with other villas that are very close by, including Burke House & Moonrise. Contact the Team at Grenadine Island Villas for assistance with planning your groups accommodation.

Internet Connectivity

Despite it's quiet and secluded location in Moonhole, Tranquility Villa has good wifi internet.

Details

Villa Details

  • TheGrenadinesCollection Sleeps 8 Guests
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Bedrooms
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Beds
  • TheGrenadinesCollection 4 Bathrooms

Bedroom Details

  • 4 Bedrooms with en-suite
  • 2x Kings
  • 2x Doubles
  • An extra adult single fold away bed is available through our team for a hire / delivery fee.

Villa Features & Highlights

  • Eco friendly
  • Stunning architecture
  • Two flat screen TV's
  • Ocean Views

Regular Updated Information

The Grenadines Collection does its best to ensure that photos and descriptions of villas and surrounding areas are accurate. Some variation may occur as a result of changes made by owners and / or other conditions and activities in the vicinity of the villas. We work hard to give you the most up to date villa information and villa Calendars.

Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

Summer Season
1 May - 30 Nov

Guests
  • 4$2880
  • 6$4320
  • 8$5760

Winter Season
1 Dec - 30 April

Guests
  • 4$2880
  • 6$4320
  • 8$5760

Notes

  • Minimum 4 nights during high season & 6 nights during summer.

Rates Include

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    Location

    Villa Location

    Moonhole

    Splendid isolation, try off the grid Eco living and be well looked after in one of these intriguing rock houses...<br> ...enjoy spacious relaxed privacy in genuine harmony with the surrounding woods and headlands. <br><br> Settled in the landscape of Bequia's western peninsula, woods and the ocean all around, these properties are open to the breezes of the trade winds. <br><br> A stroll down along the woodland path brings you to one of Bequia's quietest beaches facing south across the sheltered Caribbean waters of Bequia's southern coast. <br><br> Escape to Moonhole far from the bustle of the harbour. <br><br><br> There is an abundance of wildlife here: Land and Sea Birds, Hawksbill and Green Turtles, Fruit Bats, Iguanas, Lizards, Manicou (a nocturnal marsupial),Tree Frogs ("Peepers"), Mollusks, Crustaceans, and a vast array of Insects. Do not disturb bird nests of any kind; they are often encountered "inside" the houses...they live here! <br><br> Flocks of Carib Grackles often visit during mealtimes, entertaining with their antics and distinctive call of "Bequia Sweet, Sweet!". They are very bold and will snatch food scraps directly from plates, forks and hands! <br><br> We often see Antillean Crested Hummingbirds, Bananaquit, Egret, Blue Heron, Ground Dove, Brown Booby, the Magnificent Frigate Bird, and many others including the ubiquitous Laughing Gull and Tropic Bird.

    Reviews

    Guest Reviews

    What a wonderful week in this heavenly place. Our thanks for Doro and Hyacynth for looking after us and Jed the parrot for entertainment. Beressi family England February, 2009 “The Flintstones meet Castaway, but with a gourmet cook and a pool.” Trip Advisor Review USA May 2013


    "Stillness and tranquility provide order. The limitless vastness of ocean and sky. Do nothing leave nothing undone. Without desire there is Tranquility. Doro is the best always with kind words and a warm smile." Jean and John Boston USA April 2008

    “Return to Tranquility
    I will add just a little to my lengthy review of Tranquility in May of 2013. We were so impressed with the place, and its appeal was such a good fit for us, that we returned a year later and extended a 4-day stay into two weeks. We were a bit earlier in the year this time so lobster was in season, and our ‘now-friend-and-almost-family-member’ Doro pampered us with many fantastic dishes made with it. Not a shred of delectable lobster went to waste. What didn’t get immediately eaten as a broiled or curried entrée, would end up in omelettes for breakfast or calaloo soup for lunch. Likewise, was her expertise with conch. Her conch fritters are in a league of their own. You will be spoiled for life.

    Every day at mealtimes, when Doro would sing-song her “Two minnotttts!” announcement, you’d never see four upper-middle-aged people move so fast out of a near coma around the deck, to take up positions at the tiled dining table or the little lunch spot on the balcony. She had us trained well.

    Desserts were as varied as coconut cream pie and orange soufflé. Orange. Souffle. From that little kitchen that looked like a pleasant garden shed, but with cooking pots. Doro kept a well-worn cookbook on the counter that I was half-tempted to steal, but I knew I’d never get the same results.

    Lest this become just a review of Doro, I need to say that the rest of the house was the same as last year. The pool was just as nice, the breezes just as constant, the beds just as comfortable. It was rather drier than last year, so we saw a lot more iguanas on the prowl for moisture, and the resident geckos were all there keeping us company.

    The experience here is still a one-of-a-kind, even though now we’ve done it twice.

    Fahrman visited May 2014

    "Best honeymoon"
    Thank you .
    My husband & I stayed here ( Tranquility Villa on Bequia) for our honeymoon. It was so relaxing. We became fast friends with the caretaker, Doro. She was a fabulous cook, very polite and kind. The people of the island were friendly. We had a cab driver Baldwin who took us to all of our destinations. A wonderful deaf man caught some fish for us. He even came to say goodbye to us when we left. The owner of the property stopped in and invited us for dinner. They made us feel at home.

    I can't wait to return to this island paradise.

    A&T Apr 2013


    This acclaimed property has received numerous reviews and publications, with feature articles in such magazines as: House Beautiful, A Place in the Sun and a forthcoming Coastal Living Magazine.

    "This community, including these old houses and the home of John and Lusan Corbett, is named Moonhole for the arch through which you can see the moon set twice a year. The island of Bequia is in the Grenadines.Fifteen years and 40,000 tiles later, the Corbetts have brought the 7,600-square-foot house back to life, adding a new master bedroom, a wraparound porch, a swimming pool, baths with hot and cold water and a terraced garden ? all on their own.

    The closest road ends at the beach a few hundred feet below the house. Footpaths shaded by the dense, tropical forest canopy connect the Moonhole houses to one another and the road below. Moonhole began in the 1960s, long before "green" architecture came into vogue. American photographer and conservationist Tom Johnston and his wife, Gladys, bought the 25-acre property with plans of building a few modest, low-impact dwellings.

    Tom Johnston, who had no architectural training, began sculpting their home with rocks, conch shells and any other available materials he could recycle. With the help of a few island masons, he'd build a wall here, another there, depending on the direction of the trade winds — the prevailing weather pattern near the equator — and his perception of each owner's individuality. He ultimately built 16 houses: Four are the property of his business, the Moonhole Co., and 12 are privately owned.

    John and Lusan Corbett have embraced the Moonhole founders' principles of sustainability. For water, they collect rain in tanks stored beneath the house. Supply is limited to what falls during the rainy season, typically 60 inches from June to November, so the Corbetts don't waste a drop on long showers or a dishwasher. They also recycle gray water from the sinks and showers to irrigate the garden.

    While the community's other homes still have no electricity, the Corbetts' home, Tranquility — where they live for part of the year — uses power generated by solar panels and a windmill on the property.

    "Before we added the solar- and wind-power systems, we had only kerosene lanterns, which are not very good to read by," Lusan Corbett says.

    The Corbetts don't really need cyberspace, TVs, phones or even roads to feel connected to the world. They rely instead on the sun, wind, rain and sea. A typical day goes something like this: "We get up with the sun. We watch it rise from the bed. When the dogs start moving, we take them to the beach for their walk. We come back and have breakfast, whatever is there: papaya, mango, salsa. We hang out a lot at the beach or the pool. We collect fresh fish, lobster or conch," Lusan Corbett says.

    "Not everybody wants to live so in tune with nature," John Corbett adds, "but we do."

    The house is positioned to take advantage of southeastern trade winds. The Corbetts hand-built the porch that wraps around the living room.

    By David Hanson of Coastal Living, March 2011


    Tranquility Villa is the most beautiful we have seen and views are unbelievable! We will miss Doro and her smile and her fantastic cooking. 
    (Dianne and Bob, London, March 2008)

    The view exquisite and food superb, Tranquillity Villa is unbelievably perfect.
    Doro is a gem and Harry is like the wind - rarely seen but always there. 
    (Jenni and Arthur Stitges, Philadelphia, USA March 2008)

    Thank you for a piece of paradise the views from your lovely home are like no others where we have been.
    At one with nature through the day and evening.
    Doro is truly a wonderful representation of the Bequian outreach to visitors. She was gracious always and presented our meals with a master chef's  style, we look forward to out return visit, how could you not. 
    (Nancy and Vershey, Minnesota, USA March 2007)

    Tranquility is a peaceful heaven on this island paradise.
    Combine this unique special home with glorious views, the sound of surf, a tropical breeze, and the gracious attention of Doro and Harry and it certainly makes for a wonderful vacation.
    Our family will forever treasure the memories of our time here. 
    (Schubert Family, Delafield, Wisconsin, November 2007)

    Tranquility is like a perfectly orchestrated symphony. Nature, architecture and the beautiful spirit of Doro make this place unforgettable.
    Tranquility has won a special place in our memory and hearts. 
    (Draper family, London, April 2007)

    What a wonderful second visit. Our family has fallen in love with this exotic paradise. Every thing from the beach and the food to talking to the free flying parrot “Jed” has been truly a memorable experience once again.
    Doro is amazing. 
    (Allie,  England, March 2007)

    I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we loved our time in your house over Easter .. Nothing that I write will be able to describe how truly wonderful and special our time in Tranquility was.. We have come away as an even happier and closer family than we were before and continue to share and take strength from our memories of breakfasts with Jed, of swimming for hours on the beach, of catching fish, of hunting for Iguanas, of exploring the woods, of hours gazing at the views and of nights lying staring at the stars whilst listening to your brilliantly eclectic music-taste on the i-pod that was permanently set to "Shuffle".. ( a particularly surreal moment was hearing the beautiful sounds of the Welsh Male Voice Choir as we listened to the waves rolling onto the rocks below.). Our boys were in absolute heaven for 2 weeks… and, as you know, there is no better judge of anything than a child… (and no happier thing for a parent than to see their children's faces alive with joy).

    In short, we totally fell in love with the house and all that was around it…. We loved the simplicity, the cooling breeze and the openness  - none of us have ever slept so well nor felt so refreshed and content.

    Hyacinth, Sasha and Harry (and the boys) were absolutely superb -- they made us feel so welcome and looked after us with such care and thought - Sasha's food was amazing (she is also a great singer, but clearly scared of crabs….) and she went to so much trouble to make us special things -- she really was incredible. Hyacinth was pure treasure…. the boys adored her (as did we) and we all miss her laughter, her kindness and wisdom. As for Jed… he flitted between us and the other English family but I think he favoured us in the end…. The boys loved him and I just stayed out of his way after Lusan's warning!! Rafferty particularly loved helping Harry and the boys to clean out the pool every morning.

    One of the many unexpected joys of our time was that we had a perfect vantage point from which to watch the Easter yacht racing every day… the double-enders rounded a mark just off the beach.. A wonderful sight. We were very sorry not to get out sailing with you.. I called a couple of times to try and take you up on your offer of a trip, but gather that you had (very wisely) sailed away for a few days. Maybe next time..

    As for the island itself -- we thought it was wonderful.. We loved some of the wilder parts of the East coast, watched some beautiful sunsets from Princess Margaret Beach, met some wonderfully kind and friendly people (loved the Rasta market), played great games of football and cricket on Lower Bay with some of the local kids and ate lobster at full-moon on Industry beach….. And the joy was that we always had Tranquility to come "home" to.

    Once again, thank you so much for everything -- we loved every second of it.

    We hope very much to return .. Next year looks tricky, but the year after is a definite.. I hope that we can return at the same time of year, but for longer!!

    Our best wishes to you and our eternal thanks
    paddy, cindy, joshua and rafferty

    Owner's message -
    WELCOME TO YOUR TRANQUILITY VILLA

    Thank you for choosing Tranquility. 
    Your housekeeper and cook Doro will be taking great care of you and if there is anything that you need please ask her. To help you get settled here are a few notes on Moonhole and your villa which I hope are helpful.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF MOONHOLE
    Moonhole was environmentally “green” before the term was coined. It was created by an American Tom Johnston, who like my husband John, knew Bequia through sailing here.
    Tom built the Moonhole House situated under the natural Moonhole arch and he and his wife Gladdie (who ran the business side) spent many happy years there.
    He later built houses for friends who passed the test of staying at least three times. If he still liked you (and you liked him and Moonhole!)  he then invited you to buy a plot of land where he would build you a home. No plans were drawn. Tom would sit on the land and instruct masons on what to build and where. Each house was Tom’s artistic creation based on his perception of the purchaser, his sailor’s knowledge of the trade winds, the sun and the seasons and his vivid imagination. Financial arrangements were casual. No budget and when money ran low he would request another $10,000.
    His key objective on the Moonhole peninsula was to create a few places to live for people he liked and to preserve the pristine natural environment. For example if a large tree was where he wanted to build a house he would build the house around the tree. You may see many houses with trees coming through holes in the roof. Sadly the Johnstons passed away a few years ago, but their love for nature and animals will always will be remembered. To this end Tom established the Thomas and Gladys Johnston Moonhole Conservation Trust Ltd. which now controls Moonhole land to ensure that his conservation goals are continued.
    There are 16 houses at Moonhole, twelve of which are privately owned and all built by Tom. If you would like to visit another house please contact Mrs. Kydd at 457 3277. She can organize a time for you to see a house if available and the owner approves. Please respect the privacy of the other Moonholers and please do not visit other houses without Mrs. Kydd’s approval.

    TRANQUILITY VILLA
    Tranquility was built by Tom Johnston in the mid 1960s and John bought it in 1992. It had previously been the home of Tom and Gladdie who moved there from the original Moonhole House.
    It had not been lived in for many of years and was in a terrible condition. The first thing we did was repair  damaged wood and stonework. We have since made improvements: terra cotta tiling the floors, adding a new bedroom and bathrooms with hot and cold water to make all bedrooms en-suite and a wrap around porch outside the living area. Going “green” one step further we replaced the former kerosine refrigerator and lamps and installed electricity powered by the sun and wind. We have also added the swimming pool.

    COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR STAY
    The villa has 110v electricity throughout. Guests from  Europe please check the voltage on your equipment before plugging in.
    As the power is produced from solar and wind and we would appreciate your helping us to conserve energy. If you are not using a light please turn it off. There is a flash light in each bedroom, use it when you are going to the bathroom and then there will be no need to keep the bathroom lights on all night, especially when there are children.  The last one to go to bed please check and make sure all lights are out if not being used.
    Parents, please be careful with the swimming pool especially with children who can not swim.
    A white bucket can be found on the steps coming up to the house this is a foot bath to wash the sand off you feet before going into the shower.
    The swimming pool pumps are also solar operated. Harry is the maintenance man and he cleans the pool once a day. There’s an outside shower by the pool, please rinse off before going in, especially if you have come from the beach with sand.
    Each house on Bequia has its own water tanks. Water is collected from the rain only, there is no mains water supply. Water stored in tanks has to last all through the dry season - December to June. Water is precious to us on the island. Please use what you need wisely. Here are some hints on conserving water.
    Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, shampooing and soaping your body.
    In the bathrooms downstairs, the hot water takes a minute or two to come through. Have your partner shower right after you to keep the hot water flowing through before going cold again.
    Each toilet has its own septic tank and they are the biggest users of water, please flush only when necessary. Also only your bodily wast and minimal toilet paper in the toilet please. There is a waste paper basket at each toilet.
    Linens and towels are changed every two days. Doro will be happy to do your personal laundry.
    Manchineel trees are found mainly on the beaches all over the island. The fruit from these trees look like small apples and are poisonous. The trees can be used for shade during dry days but you must move if it rains as its sap can cause a nasty rash.
    There are two safes at the house. One located in the master bedroom - it’s the only key please make sure it is kept secure. The other safe is in the turquoise bedroom  behind the wall hanging. I hope you enjoy your stay.
     
    From “COASTAL LIVING” February

    Amazing Caribbean Homes

    Steal some style cues from some of our favorite tropical homes.

    Home on the Rocks Tranquility Villa

    On the remote island of Bequia, in a community hand-sculpted out of stones and shells, John and Lusan Corbett live deeply connected to the sun, wind, and sea.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Secluded Oasis

    Fifteen years!and 40,000 tiles!later, the Corbetts have brought the 7,600- square-foot house back to life, adding a new master bedroom, wraparound porch, swimming pool, baths with hot and cold water, and a terraced garden!all on their own.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Environmentally Conscious

    The closest road ends at the beach a few hundred feet below the house. Footpaths shaded by the dense tropical forest canopy connect the Moonhole houses to one another and the road below. Moonhole began in the 1960s, long before green architecture became vogue. American photographer and conservationist Tom Johnston and his wife, Gladys, bought the 25-acre property with plans of building a few modest, low-impact dwelling


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Hand-Crafted

    Tom, who had no architectural training, began sculpting their home with rocks, conch shells, and any other available materials he could recycle. With the help of a few island masons, he’d build a wall here, another there, depending on the direction of the trade winds (the prevailing weather pattern in the tropics near the equator) and Tom’s perception of each owner’s individuality. He ultimately built 16 houses: Four are the property of his business, The Moonhole Company, and 12 are privately owned.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Following the Leader

    John and Lusan have embraced the Moonhole founders’ principles of sustainability. For water, they collect rain in tanks stored beneath the house. Supply is limited to what falls during the rainy season (typically 60 inches from June to November), so the Corbetts don’t waste a drop on long showers or a dishwasher. They also recycle gray water from the sinks and showers to irrigate the garden.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Sun Powered

    While the community’s other homes still have no electricity, the Corbett’s home, Tranquility, utilizes power generated by solar panels and a windmill on the property. “Before we added the solar and wind power systems,” says Lusan, “we had only kerosene lanterns, which are not very good to read by.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Naturally Connected

    But the Corbetts don’t really need cyberspace, TVs, phones, or even roads to feel connected to the world. They rely instead on the elements, like the sun, the wind, the rain, and the sea. A typical day goes something like this: “We get up with the sun. We watch it rise from the bed. When the dogs start moving, we take them to the beach for their walk. We come back and have breakfast, whatever is there: papaya, mango, salsa. We hang out a lot at the beach or the pool. We collect fresh fish, lobster, or conch,” says Lusan. “Not everybody wants to live so in tune with nature,” adds John, “but we do.”


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Smart Positioning

    The house is positioned to take advantage of southeastern trade winds. John and Lusan hand-built the porch that wraps around the living room.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    Scenic Outlook

    The pool deck looks out over Bequia’s airstrip and tiny town.


    Photographer Bruce Hemming, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler, , Writer David Hanson

    HOUSE BEAUTIFUL REVIEW :
    We love our barefoot lifestyle in the sun
    Lusan Corbett, 32, and her husband John have turned an unusual property on the tropical island of Bequia into a home that sizzles with Caribbean colour

    Main: To make the most of cooling winds and spectacular views over the sparkling Caribbean Sea, the multi-levelled house is built into a hillside. The music room on the top-but-one-level is a magical place for Lusan to relax in while John plays the piano

    Living abroad
    Living in this house is wonderful. On a clear day we can see 20 islands, and nothing beats lying in bed and watching the sunrise. I’ll never forget the day, 14 years ago, when my husband John, now 67, brought me to see it for the first time. He’d acquired the house just before we got together, and it hadn’t been lived in for years. Local fisherman had been storing their gear in it, and people had lit fires in some of the rooms – it was disgusting. After a look round I said, “If you think I’m going to stay in this house, you’ve got to be mad.” We were living in another house on the island at the time, but I didn’t like it because it got unbearably hot in the afternoons. One of the things that persuaded me to move here was that the southeast side of the house gets the trade winds and there’s always a cooling breeze blowing through. But there was a lot to do if we wanted to make the house into a home.

    John is from Birmingham originally and came out to the Caribbean, where I was born, to work as an accountant and management consultant. He bought a boat and got to know people on Mustique and Bequia as he sailed from island to island. Many ended up becoming his clients, and in time he set up his own consultancy on Bequia.

    Our house is part of a private development built in the 1960s by American photographer and conservationist Tom Johnston. It was Tom who chose the name for the house – Tranquility – and who called the development Moonhole, after the huge natural rock archway on the beach where the moon sets twice a year. Most of the houses are built from stone like ours and follow the natural contours of the land. If there was a tree in the way, Tom would simply build round it. He believed passionately in recycling and put any discarded materials he could find to good use, which is why you find whalebones and conch shells in the walls.

    Before his death, Tom formed a foundation (which John is now a director of) to conserve the buildings and protect the natural environment. But despite his best efforts, all the wood in our house needed treating or replacing. We also had to install new concrete beams because the cement used for the original ones had been mixed with saltwater and had deteriorated. The kitchen was just a dark hole. Luckily, we knew a group of fi ve guys who were crewing for a yacht and needed extra work. We gave them three months to fi x the house up and make it habitable. There’s no mains water on Bequia, so we have to do our best to be totally self-suffi cient. We have eight tanks to collect rainwater – they hold 50,000 gallons in all – and recycle everything. Even our shower water is used to water the garden. We haven’t had to buy any water yet, but during the dry season some islanders have to, and it’s expensive because it’s brought over by boat from the neighbouring island of St Vincent. A wind generator provides us with electricity, although we also have a generator as backup. Our hot water is heated by solar panels, and it’s so hot you can even make a cup of coffee with it.

    Lusan reveals the only downside to living on an otherwise idyllic Caribbean island. ‘Wherever you go on Bequia you get the salt-laden winds, and they make everything rust. We have to buy a new cooker at least every two to three years, which gets kind of expensive. Ours started to go after six months.’

    We’ve been improving the house for the last 14 years and I’ve done a lot of the work myself. DIY skills are passed on at an early age in Bequia. I worked with my parents on all kinds of house projects, from plumbing and planting to masonry. I even used to fix the Land Rover when it broke down. Since moving here I’ve laid 40,000 fl oor tiles in the house. I chose them not only because they’re cool but because they introduce some colour – the original fl oors were dull concrete and stone.

    John’s three youngest children grew up here. When they were small, we took each child down to the local paint shop and gave them a chart so they could choose the colours they wanted for their room. Joseph fell in love with a papaya colour so we called his bedroom The Papaya Room. Andreas liked the sea and chose blue for his bedroom, so his room became The Turquoise Room. And Naja opted for yellow, so hers is The Sunflower Room. Even though the children are grown-up now and living abroad, we’ve kept the colours. My happiest memories are of being with the children in this house, and laughing and playing with them on the beach nearby.

    Lusan shares her tips on where to go and what to see on Bequia

    Where to eat Try Fernando’s Hideaway. The atmosphere there is totally relaxed, with candles in sand-fi lled fl our bags for lighting. Nando catches and cooks some of the freshest fi sh, and that for me is what Bequia’s all about – quality without pretension.

    Best beach Moonhole, because it’s quiet, secluded and just yards from the house.

    Where to stay A stay in a private home is a great way to discover the island. For more information, visit www.bequia-information.com.

    Getting there: Virgin Atlantic fl ies to Barbados from Gatwick and Manchester.
    Flights cost from £532 return. SVG Air runs scheduled services between Barbados and Bequia. Flights cost around £162 return.

    Lusan and John rent their house out when they go away. For more information, visit their website at www.tranquility-bequia.com or email info@tranquility-bequia.com

     

    The living room opens on to a tiled patio, with views of Mustique and – on a clear day – Grenada. A local sailmaker made the cushions on the curved stone seating. Try Fired Earth for similar   
    Airy and cool, the dining room connects with a claytiled patio that leads to the pool and sundeck. The chairs were bought locally.

    Insert: Breakfast Caribbean style –
    pancakes and fresh mango. The pewter tea set belonged to John’s mother.



    In the music room – which is also home to an extensive collection of books – a roof light lets in beams of sun that bounce off the painted wood and cast ever-changing coloured shadows across the walls.

    The steps lead to The Papaya Room and The Sunflower Room on the next level down


    Coconut-husk candle holders flank a vase of ginger lilies from Lusan’s garden. Rough stone walls give the house a cave-like feel that keeps it cool.


    The air around the pool and sundeck is scented with the delicate jasmine-like fragrance of frangipani blossom throughout the long, hot summer .   


    Coconut plams destined for the garden sprout in terracotta pots from English potter Mike Goddard. His clients also include Sir Mick Jagger



    ADDITIONAL supporting REVIEW
    The following is a review for the neighboring property Burke House also owned by the owners of Tranquility and we feel is so well written in expressing the spirit and soul of Moonhole exprience it is worth including here as well .
    5 STARS ***** Overall Rating
    5 STARS ***** Comfort
    5 STARS***** Cleanliness
    5 STARS ***** Condition

    Truly a moving experience
    Our fascination with Moonhole has only just begun.. 6 days was not nearly enough time to satiate our desire for this magical place .. there is no way we will not be back We can not recommend this place strongly enough.. it is truly life changing

    We finally settled on Burke house as it seemed unique and private enough for us. My wife and I booked on a Tuesday to be in Bequia on the Wednesday We arrived in the dark of the night, exiting the ferry from the mainland in a rain storm and were quickly ushered into the back of a proper Bequian taxi. Off into the darkness .. after driving for some time on paved concrete roads we turned off onto a dirt road .. We were struck by how long the dirt road was and with no street lights for much of the drive. We wanted seclusion and we got it !!

    At the end of the drive we were greeted by friendly faces and a couple rum punches. The walk from the entrance to the house was done in absolutely pitch darkness and the path illuminated by phone lights .. It took us about 7 or 8 minuets to get to the house. Along the way catching glimpses of stone structures up on the hills, nestled among the trees .. we eventually passed the Burke House sign on a tree and in moments we’d arrived.

    Walking up the main staircase felt like ascending into a medieval fortress .. at the top of the landing is a patio that in the dark of night looked like an infinity edge to the stars of which possibly all that exist were visible.. massively oversized doors and windows offered practically a full view of the interior, bathed in dim warm light .. it was strangely inviting.. cold stark grey stone framing small pops of colour in pillows, doors and paintings .. perfection The bedroom to the left opened out into a very large room with a couch, dresser and a beautiful four poster bed with mosquito netting .. the feeling was medieval royalty on safari.

    When the sun came up the next morning it was an overwhelming experience.. past your feet was the views out of two almost floor to ceiling windows that frame the trees and the gorgeous sea views Further investigation revealed a house unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.. the views have to be experienced to be believed.. words can only do so much ...

    The following morning Dora made us breakfast and served it on the back patio high up on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea and in the distance St. Vincent After soaking up the views and marveling at the detail and beauty in all corners of the house (especially the bathroom and shower views ;) ) we went walking around the compound .. perched on hilltops and on cliff edges, along the water and on the beachfront there are houses .. if they can be called that .. they are more like sculptures that you can inhabit .. what is this place we wondered !??

    Later that day I happened across the “Moonhole” book by Charles Brewer (whom we had the pleasure of meeting and had a wonderful discussion with he and his wife Cornelia. Two fascinating, warm and very interesting people who live in one of the houses in Moonhole) on one of the many stocked bookshelves in the house .. I began reading and finally it all began to make sense. Buy the book .. Google Moonhole .. whatever you do learn more about this place .. catch the bug
    Marcus
    Honeymoon Guest
    November 22nd 2018




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