The three en-suite bedrooms are air-conditioned . The living/dining room opens onto a gorgeous wrap-around veranda with sea views over Stonehaven and Courland Bays and all the way to Plymouth Point.
The apartment provides a gross accommodation floor-space of around 215m2/2,300ft2, including the wrap-around terrace. The layout of the house is unusual, but works well. The bedrooms are located to the rear of the property. A wide corridor separates them from the central kitchen and large living room, which is at the front (sea-facing) side of the property. The living room is surrounded on three sides by the terrace. With a high cathedral ceiling and glazed doors and windows on three sides, the living room is light, bright and wonderfully open. Even under the full occupancy of six adults, this apartment would never feel cramped.
One of the most noticeable features of all three Bayview apartments is the beautiful decoration. The owner’s pride in the property is self-evident. The living room of Captain’s Quarters is beautifully furnished and decorated in a colourful and highly appropriate tropical style. Colourful Caribbean paintings and prints adorn the walls and complement the vibrant cushions of the rattan sofas and armchairs that are cosily grouped around a central coffee table, facing a 40-inch wall-mounted flat screen cable TV with DVD-player.
A stylish wooden, glass-topped table provides comfortable dining for up to six, whilst offering views over the bay. Nearby, a small cane bureau provides the perfect spot for those who need to keep in touch with home or work. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the villa. The apartment has a landline telephone and guests are welcome to use it for local calls.
There are no fears of getting bored in the Captain’s Quarters. The apartment has a bookshelf of novels, a pair of binoculars and a hi-fi unit with radio tuner and CD player, as well as cards, chess and assorted board games.
Three sets of glazed double doors separate the living room from the terrace. When fully opened, the two areas feel like one. The villa faces north. So, the un-shaded front terrace benefits from partial sun throughout the day, but at least one of the covered side terraces is always in shade.
The terrace is superbly furnished and even with a full complement of six adults, it should always be possible to find a quiet corner. In addition to the three comfortable padded recliners, there are two Adirondack wooden chairs and a very attractive and surprisingly comfortable wicker-style seating set with matching table and chairs. Both sides of the terrace have large all-weather tables and chairs and there is a medium-sized gas barbeque unit.
The living area benefits from a very efficient and quiet air-conditioner, plus an overhead ceiling fan. The air-conditioning proved a great way of cooling the room rapidly after returning from the beach or shopping. At other times, we found that the living areas remained comfortable throughout the day as long as we opened the doors as early in the day as possible. The kitchen was the warmest place, but we found that using a floor fan to supplement the overhead ceiling fan kept the room to acceptable levels even with the stove on.
The kitchen is well equipped and everything was spick and span and in perfect working order. The kitchen equipment included a large six-ring bottled gas stove with broiler and griddle; a large ‘American’ size fridge-freezer; electric blender, kettle, juicer and toaster; a small coffee filter machine, plus an extensive collection of pots, pans, kitchen utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware. There was also an abundance of cupboards in which to store groceries and supplies.
A small welcome tray consisting of tea bags and evaporated milk had been left. It was also nice to find a supply of basic essentials such as salt, pepper, seasoning, aluminium foil and cling-wrap.
All three bedrooms are fully en-suite. The 21m2/225ft2 master bedroom suite is undoubtedly the piece de resistance. The excellent, modern air conditioning unit is whisper-quiet and very efficient. The queen-sized bed is surrounded by a beautifully ornate mosquito canopy fastened with decorative tassels. The subtle ivory and gold colours of the furnishings are both romantic and tasteful. The duvet gives the bed a particularly cosy and welcoming look but we changed it for the light blanket we found stored in the wardrobe. We certainly didn’t need to disturb the beautiful folds of the artistically draped mosquito net. I know it can be different during the wet season, but during our February and March visits, mosquitoes are seldom an issue. Electric mosquito deterrent burners are provided in each room, but we certainly didn’t need them.
There is no shortage of storage for clothing – even the quantity required for our fairly extended visits. A total of 2.5m of wardrobe space provides ample full-length hanging space plus a row of shelves. A wide 6-drawer dressing table took care of the smaller items.
The spacious en-suite bathroom continues the theme of tasteful decoration. There is a full-size bath, with a wall-mounted showerhead, rather than a walk-in shower. Water pressure was reasonable, but the hot water could run out more rapidly than I would have expected. Despite this, the big 5-inch raindrop showerhead provided an all-encompassing and gentle showering experience. There is also a bidet.
The washbasin is inset into a decorative mosaic tiled vanity unit, with adequate storage space both on the surface, and below. A hairdryer is stored in the vanity unit. Both hand, bath and beach towels are provided. Like the bed linen, the towels were of good quality and immaculately laundered. The apartments are serviced six days per week and the cheery housekeeper, Cheryl, was both hospitable and efficient. Linen and towels are changed every two or three days depending upon needs. Private arrangements can be made with Cheryl for personal laundry. Guests can also use the housekeeping washer and dryer when Cheryl is not using it for household washing. An ironing board and iron are provided.
The 15m2/160ft2 second bedroom and bathroom is considerably less spacious than the master, but still perfectly adequate. Whilst lacking the decorative mosquito canopy of the master room, it is still an attractive room. It is furnished with two side-by-side single beds that can be configured as one king-size bed, or separate units. The more limited floor space allows for little but a 1.25m wardrobe and a small 3-drawer latticework chest of drawers. The very attractive half-tiled bathroom has the usual trio of pedestal washbasin, toilet and a walk-in shower. All three bedrooms are cooled by very quiet modern split unit air-conditioners.
The 18.4m2/200ft2 third bedroom is a little larger, but almost identical to the second suite. Again, it is furnished with two single beds mounted side by side. The third bedroom also benefits from direct access onto the wrap-around terrace.
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