This opulent Barbados beachfront villa is set within two acres of lush, tropical gardens, providing a magical setting ideal for families or groups looking for a more personalized holiday alternative to the larger hotels on the island. The timeless essence of LP08’s sophisticated yet unpretentious elegance is reminiscent of its past, when famed movie stars Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert dined under the Caribbean stars, and glamour juxtaposed effortlessly with relaxed island-style living. On entering the gates of LP08, one feels the pressures of the outside world gently slip away; the sound of waves breaking gently on the white sands, combined with the pleasant sea breezes and intoxicating scent of tropical flowers, creates an air of tranquillity that immediately embraces you.
Designed by Oliver Messel, famed English stage designer and architect, LP08 is a fine example of his distinctive style, expertly merging the interior and exterior living spaces to create an idyllic tropical setting for refined island living and entertaining. Messel discovered LP08 when he stayed at the villa in the 1950s; he found it so enticing that he persuaded his friends Dru and Jack Heinz (of Heinz Foods) to purchase the estate. Mrs Heinz then commissioned Messel to rebuild it, and his signature style transformed LP08 into one of the most stunning properties on the island today.
Recently renovated and refurbished, LP08’s meticulous décor blends luxurious furnishings, noteworthy antiques and personalized touches to make the villa truly one of a kind. The villa is filled with European and Caribbean-inspired artwork, including paintings, sculptures and hand-painted furniture, as well as artisanal finishes such as sculpted cornices and coral stone archways.
While LP08 is replete with architectural and design interest, intrinsically it is a home. The main salon, located at the centre of the villa, opens onto a large covered terrace with casual dining and living areas, suitable for entertaining large groups and parties, yet cosy enough for a more intimate tête-à-tête. Dark wicker furniture, overstuffed white pillows and billowing curtains create a breezy atmosphere ideal for outdoor living, one of the most enticing features of a Caribbean holiday villa. There is also a separate formal dining room, decorated in the Rococo style, featuring classical statues in corner niches framed by shells and coral, surrounding a stunning marble dining table with an antique mirrored top. Flowering trellises adorn the entrance ways, creating a romantic atmosphere ideal for candlelit dining on cool Caribbean nights.
Beyond the main terrace is the villa’s classically shaped swimming pool, where crystal waters entice guests for early morning laps, midday dips to escape from the heat of the sun, and evening soaks beneath the stars. Emerald green lawns flank the pool where chaise lounges await sunbathers, as well as two enchanting gazebos designed by famed local architect Larry Warren. Painted in the trademark ‘Messel Green’, the gazebos are topped by two lifelike cast lead Barbadian Green Monkeys and feature Messel-inspired copper chandeliers, both created by Barbadian craftsman James Barrow. The dining gazebo is ideal for casual dining or afternoon tea, while the other features an over-sized lounger, inviting chats with friends over a round of rum punches, catching up on the latest novel or sneaking in an afternoon nap.
The beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding the pool feature lush, tropical gardens with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, ixoras and ornamental palms. The well-established trees provide natural privacy, ample shade and a relaxed atmosphere. Whimsical bronze statues, a lily pond and inviting nooks for a few quiet moments to read, meditate or simply listen to the waves, help complete the garden’s charming allure.
The garden culminates with over 200 ft. of frontage to the Caribbean Sea, where immaculate white sands entice you to sink your toes in, and crystal blue waters hold treasures of a vibrant coral reef just a short swim from shore. Snorkellers can view stunning corals and tropical fish while cavorting with visiting turtles. For those who prefer land-based activities, there is a beautiful lawn tennis court and small fitness room on the premises, and golf enthusiasts can play the Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill courses, all within 20 minutes’ drive.
Leamington’s four air-conditioned bedrooms feature charming décor, fine-quality linens and hand-painted furnishings, enhanced by warm lighting, unique artwork and ample yet cosy space for private relaxation. Each features a spacious, en-suite marble bathroom, exquisitely decorated with crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling curtains and luxurious linens. Two of the guest rooms are located in one wing off the main salon, while a third guest bedroom and the luxurious master suite, featuring a stunning canopied bed, are located in another more recently built wing designed by Larry Warren. The master bedroom opens onto a trellised sitting area with comfortable seating, a flat-screen television and flowering vines, not to mention stunning views of the manicured gardens and swimming pool.
Beyond the enchanting surroundings and luxurious amenities, perhaps one of the most alluring features of LP08 is the five-star service provided by the villa’s experienced staff: there is a butler, chef, 2 housekeepers, laundress, gardener, night watchman and dedicated property manager on hand to ensure your comfort.
While the serene setting and luxurious pampering of the estate can make one feel miles away from the island’s pulsing lifestyle, its location near both historic Speightstown and vibrant Holetown, offers easy access to shopping, fine dining, charming beachfront cafes and vibrant nightlife. Full concierge services are available to assist with reservations and other arrangements.
An additional cottage, set just at the water’s edge, can be rented in conjunction with the main house should an additional bedroom be needed.
– Sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms (all of which have en-suite bathrooms)
– Outdoor private swimming pool
– Fully equipped kitchen
– Terrace with outdoor dining area & barbecue
– Tennis court
– Fitness room
– Cable TV
– iPod dock
– Air conditioned bedrooms
– Ceiling fans
– Watersports by request
– Estate manager
– Night watchman
– Concierge services