Barbados

Atelier House

Style

Modernist masterpiece

Setting

Hillside hideaway

Sleeps

8

Atelier House makes the most of its lofty perch with a hillside infinity pool, double-height ceilings and wall-to-wall glass to showcase jaw-dropping views of Barbados’ west coast. At times it feels more like a gallery than a residence – the light-flooded interiors are filled with abstract modern art and bespoke furniture. Days here are spent in splendid isolation – there’s not a soul in sight, except if you call for the house manager. The only question is where to take your next nap: under a parasol by the pool, in the outdoor lounge, or on the sun-baked roof deck. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, on the white-sand beach five-minutes’ drive down the road.

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First Glance

  • The architect designed Atelier House around the view, and nobody’s complaining. The building is angled south-west, sheltering the infinity pool and offering panoramic views of Barbados’ unbeatable sunsets. It’s clean-cut and contemporary both inside and out.
  • The double-height main pavilion has fully retractable patio doors, leading to an outdoor dining table and the pool area.
  • There's a sociable kitchen island.
  • Upstairs there’s a cosy mezzanine lounge and a roof deck.

Villa highlights

  • Sea-facing infinity pool
  • Art-laden interiors
  • Beach in reach

Sleeping arrangements

  • The upstairs master bedroom is 31sq m and has a sea-facing balcony. There’s a super-king-size bed and an ensuite with a double shower.
  • Hang on – there’s a bedroom downstairs that could claim to be the master, too. It’s the same size and also has a super-king bed and an en suite. Its special power is the bathroom, with an egg bathtub, outdoor shower, and direct access to the pool area.
  • The other two bedrooms are downstairs too, for easy access to the pool. One has a queen-size bed, while the other has twins which are well-suited to little Smiths. The two rooms share a bathroom.

Key kit

  • WiFi
  • Cable TV and DVD player
  • Bose sound system
  • Housekeeping six days a week
  • House manager
  • Laundry service
  • Private chef can be arranged (at an extra charge)

Poolside

  • The 9m by 5m infinity pool faces south-west
  • It’s 1.7m deep (1.2m at the shallowest point) and is flanked by sunloungers, parasols and tropical palms on the patio.
  • It’s not heated, but trust us, you won’t want it to be.

Grounds

  • The villa is set in half an acre of tropical gardens, with palms and pampas grasses lining a neatly-kept lawn.
  • The large gas barbecue is set up next to the outdoor dining area and pool.
  • There’s parking for three or four cars on the gravel inside the electronic gate.

Location

  • Atelier House is in tropical hillside gardens above Thunder Bay, on the A-list west coast of Barbados.
  • Grantley Adams International Airport is 30km away; that’s a 40-minute drive on the island highways.
  • It’s a five-minute drive down to the white-sand on Thunder Bay; for variety, head to secluded Gibbes Beach, or further north to Mullins Beach for watersports and Bajan roti at the popular cafe by the sea.
  • Holetown and Speightstown are salty, colonial-era settlements around 10 minutes away by car.
  • The Lonestar was once an idyllically-placed petrol station, but now it’s a stellar seafood restaurant and cocktail bar on the beach. Down the coast, John Moore’s rum shack is the locals’ hangout of choice.

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