Petit Careme - Review Page 3
Living, Dining Room & Kitchen
The main living, dining and kitchen area of Petit Careme Villa is totally open-plan. It measures 9x7.25m at the widest points and offers in the region of 50sq.m. of floor space.
The lounge seating area consists of two sofas and an armchair grouped around a coffee table and facing an entertainment centre with cable TV, a DVD and a radio/cassette/CD audio unit. Adjacent to this is a large daybed.
Next to the lounge area is a large glass-topped dining table with eight chairs. A children’s highchair was neatly tucked away nearby. Adjacent is the kitchen area, separated from the rest of the room by a large breakfast bar with four stools.
It is very obvious that Petit Careme Villa is a private home as well as a rental. The kitchen is equipped with every facility that a cook could want, rather than the somewhat standard sets of cutlery, crockery, pots, pans and utensils that one often finds in normal rental property.
The kitchen is equipped with an excellent range of equipment: oven/grill (broiler), dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Other items include an electric kettle, toaster, blender, coffee filter machine, microwave oven and sandwich-maker, etc. There are lots of cupboards, most stocked with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, etc. – in fact everything necessary to self-cater for a party of eight to ten people. Everything was in excellent condition, wonderfully clean and tempting to use.
The fact that the kitchen was so well equipped led us to be more adventurous in the kitchen. The environment was so lovely that we had no desire to eat out – it was simply so much more inviting to prepare something ourselves and enjoy our evenings on the wonderful veranda.
As at all the best villas, a welcome stock of essential basic groceries is provided.
Adjacent to the kitchen and accessed via a decorative arch, is a small utility area with a huge American washer and dryer.
In the best traditions of good Colonial design, Petit Careme’s huge 50sq.m. veranda soon became the centre of our life. Apart from the wonderful views over the lush and colourful gardens and out over the golf course, the veranda provided shade and breeze throughout the day.
The 12m L-shaped veranda wraps around two sides of the villa. It is furnished with a set of low, cushioned and very comfortable wooden chairs, positioned around a central glass table which features a wonderful display of pretty tiny seashells. We spent more hours than I care to recount in those wonderful chairs.
The veranda also featured a dining table with four chairs, next to a gas barbeque. Additional furnishings include a cushioned wooden sun-lounger and chair and a wonderful hammock. I must confess that the hammock caused a little friction in our party; I would strongly urge owner’s Rawle and Merilee to provide additional hammocks to avoid guests fighting over them.
Two bamboo birdfeeders hang above the veranda and provided us with constant entertainment. Our favourite visitors were the friendly and colourful Mot Mots who would visit several times a day to feast on the bread and cheese we left out. We once had a pair of them on the same feeder. What a sight!
There is also a 30sq.m. open terrace on the upper floor, with a second gas barbeque unit. This is an ideal place to sunbathe in private
Petit Careme Villa has a very private Jacuzzi/ splash pool measuring 3.4x2.3 metres with a depth of one metre. This is a wonderful place to soak and enjoy evening cocktails as the sun sets and the stars appear. Located next to the main veranda, it can be softly lit at night and represents a truly romantic spot. During the day, it is a safe place to let young children play while you sip a coffee (or whatever takes your fancy) in the cool and shade of the veranda.
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