Bellevue is a newly remodelled plantation estate villa. The villa sits in secluded woods at the end of a modest, unmarked road, a real surprise for those who chance on it unexpectedly. The imposing gates, the many mature trees and sweeping lawns tell you that something special lies beyond. It is very likely that you will see a family of green monkeys in the grounds or surrounding areas!
On a ridge overlooking a gully, amidst 3 acres of land, the villa is now surrounded by tall trees, but must have once had a splendid view over Belle Plantation spread out below, hence the name, Bellevue.
The property was known as Anton Hall in the late 18th century and is believed to have been built between 1735 and 1750. Owners over the centuries reflect the classic Barbadian plantation names such as Dowdings, Connells & Collymores. The last owner was Dr. Arno Trieloff, who recently sold it to the present owners. They have done a fabulous job of modernizing and providing every luxury, while keeping the traditional Barbadian style.
The original house would have been the square Georgian block so common throughout the British Colonial islands however, the term 'Caribbean Georgian' was coined to describe the many delightful, tropical touches to this style that evolved in the West Indies ' the use of limestone, adding of verandahs and galleries, raising the house over a full basement, imposing exterior stairs, push-out windows and jalousies shutters ' all of which can be seen at Bellevue.
As you enter the grounds, you are immediately struck by the grandeur and grace of yesteryear, with a sweeping dual stairway leading to the large, wraparound verandah on the second level, from where guests can take advantage of the spectacular view of the Bridgetown Harbour and countryside and also watch the magnificent sunset while sipping cocktails.
The entrance hall and formal living area with polished wooden floors and several antique pieces is located on the main level of the property. There are two large dining tables that are great for elegant dining or holding board meetings. The formal dining room opens on to the dining terrace, unusual bar, casual eating and lounging patio. This patio looks out to the large pool and deck, surrounded by a lush garden and mature trees.
A new addition to the property is a cottage on the grounds, providing a further 2 air-conditioned bedrooms.
Bellevue is located just 10mins from Bridgetown & south coast beaches and has a lovely view across the Bridgetown Harbour.
The master suite and 3 guest suites are on the main level of the property. They are all air-conditioned and 3 open onto balconies. On the lower level are 2 further guest suites, a large family room, featuring a mosaic design of the island of Barbados and a study.
Two further air-conditioned bedrooms are in the cottage in the grounds.
The staff include a cook, a gardener, a housekeeper and a laundress.
The villa comes with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, Internet, a bar, outdoor dining and an ocean view.
Bellevue Plantation Estate is a great property for events such as weddings, incentive groups and retreats, as there are large entertainment rooms, spacious grounds with large swimming pool and bar area. It can be rented on a day basis, with additional rental for tables, chairs, glasses, staff, etc. Ring for rates.
Number of nights:7 nights