The hugely spacious 235ft2 (5.6x3.9m) master bedroom is impressive enough, even before mentioning the attached 125ft2 (4.75x2.5m) en suite bathroom. The room is dominated by a charming reproduction upholstered chaise longue and romantic four poster queen bed with twisted decorative posts. There is no canopy, but this would probably have been overkill anyway. The intricately embroidered ivory and gold bedding add a distinctive finishing touch. Few guests are likely to fill the ten-feet of floor to ceiling solid teak wardrobes.
When we first stayed at Sheppy's Den, there was no separation between this bedroom and its huge lime-green tiled en suite bathroom. However, since that visit, half-height wooden double doors have been installed, overcoming any privacy concerns.
A large single washbasin is inset into an attractive vanity unit, which in turn is part of an extensive range of bathroom units offering more storage for cosmetics and toiletries than most people are likely to carry. Every bedroom features a wall-mounted electric hair-dryer.
In our last review, we made favourable comment about the master bedroom's impressive shower stall with its twin shower heads and double wall jets. Sadly, only one of the shower heads was working during our latest visit. Still, water pressure was good and there always seemed to be lots of hot water.
With a nice gentle shower taking care of sensitive sun-burnt shoulders, it would be a shame if the effect was spoiled by scratchy towels. No fear! The towels are thick and soft and fluffy. Like the bed linen, everything is of excellent quality and beautifully clean and well-laundered.
Although not quite as luxuriously appointed, the other bedrooms do not disappoint. Bedrooms two and three are on the far side of the kitchen/dining area and separated by a single shared bathroom with pedestal washbasin, toilet and large fully-tiled shower. The location of this bathroom means that is also ideally located as a general washroom for villa guests.
Bedrooms two and three are adequately spacious (4.2x3m). Both are furnished with a double bed, bedside tables and lamps and built-in wardrobes offering 1.2m of full and half-length hanging space, plus shelving and a large mirrored dressing table. The only difference between the two rooms is that one has windows (with elaborate and colourful drapery) on two aspects, whereas the other has only a single window.
Bedroom four is located to the rear of the property and is smaller than the others at 2.9x2.85m. It is a very cosy room, possibly due to its attractive 2.9x1.9m en suite bathroom. Like the other bedrooms, it is fully air-conditioned and furnished with a double bed plus bedside tables with reading lamps. The en suite bathroom features a large fully-tiled shower cubicle and a range of floor-to-ceiling cabinets offering dressing table and storage facilities, including 0.75m of full and half-length hanging space. Both an electric hairdryer and a liquid soap dispenser are installed.
The fifth bedroom is also located to the rear of the property and was originally designed as a self-contained studio apartment. It offers a gross floor area of 4.5x4.4m and should perhaps be described as cosy, rather than spacious. However, it is very attractively furnished with a double bed, wardrobe, 26-inch LCD television and a small kitchenette equipped with a four-ring gas oven, small fridge-freezer, microwave oven, kettle and blender. The attached en suite bathroom is small but immaculately equipped and maintained and features a pedestal washbasin, toilet and a good-sized fully-tiled walk-in shower.
Throughout the property, all windows and doors have secure, but discrete, security grills. Guests are large unaware of these as they tend to be hidden by the curtains, which are best left closed to aid cooling. The only entry to the grounds is via the entrance to the driveway, which has a large and easily-operated sliding gate.
Despite this, visitors should observe all normal 'sensible' precautions and ensure that doors and windows are locked before retiring at night, or when leaving the property. A large (13x11 inch) waterproof and fireproof security safe is provided. This is large enough for all valuables, including items like cameras and iPods, etc.
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.