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The Plantation House
of Le Sport

Cariblue Beach
P.O. Box 437
Castries
St. Lucia W.I.

Tel. + 1 758 450 85 51
Fax. + 1 758 450 01 02
Email: trmc@candw.lc


What more could you want than a house in paradise? Views of both the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea while sitting in the bath, perhaps? Then look no further than Manderley in St. Lucia.

Manderley House

St. Lucia is the 'Helen' of the Caribbean islands and situated on a hilltop, overlooking the Caribbean and the Atlantic, is Manderley &endash; an entrancing house combining old French Colonial style and late 20th century comfort.

Secluded on a private estate, Manderley is within 3 minutes reach of Hotel Le Sport, a luxury all-inclusive resort which combines all the pleasures of an active beach vacation with cares designed to tone the body and relax the mind.

Whether you're looking for a hideaway, or the hedonistic high life, Manderley can furnish a tailor made holiday for you.

Location.

The North West tip of St. Lucia, an island rich in rainforests, banana plantations and tropical birds. A few minutes drives from several secluded Caribbean and Atlantic beaches, and the Rodney Bay Yachting Centre.

Accommodation.

  • 3 double bedrooms with king size four posters. Bathrooms ensuite.
  • 1 twin bedded room with bathroom.
  • Dining Room.
  • Sitting Room.
  • Study.
  • Fully equipped Kitchen.
  • Laundry and utilities room.
  • Satellite T.V.
  • Verandah with eating area.
  • Private pool.

 

Services.

Two maids look after the housekeeping and cooking. Professional chef by arrangement and not included in the price.

Manderley dining room

Manderley bedroom

The cool and airy interior of one of the guest bedrooms exudes a clean, colonial feel.

A fine example of the lacy fretwork that has long decorated planters' great houses and cottages alike.

Manderley

Manderley interior

The Great Room showing its cool parquet floor and antique furniture.

The small pool, wonderful for a cooling dip, overlooks the Caribbean.

Manderley's hilltop site in the northernmost point of the island affords breathtaking views, here looking over the Caribbean Sea.

Manderley swimming pool


Rates

Please note that all rates, in US$, are subject to change.

Rates per week.

Summer
(16 Apr 1999 - 14 Dec 1999)

Winter
(15 Dec 1998- 15 Apr 1999)

Per week for 1 to 6 persons

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US$ 4800.00

Per week for 5 to 6 persons

US$ 2575.00

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Per week for 3 to 4 persons

US$ 2175.00

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Per week for 1 to 2 persons

US$ 1975.00

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Christmas surcharge of US$ 100.00 per day over the period 21 December to 4 January inclusive.
Millenium: Bookings after 14 December 1999, please use the above winter season rates and add US$ 200.00 per week

There is a fourth bedroom of a lower standard with access through the laundry/service room that is suitable for children. There is a charge of US$ 300.00 for this twin room in winter and US$ 200.00 in summer.

House services: Two maids are included in the above rates, and will look after the housekeeping, cooking, meal and drink service if requested.

There will normally be a servant staying up to greet late arrivals and help settle the clients. If service is required after 10:15 pm, clients must pay the cost of transfers home.


Manderley's history (by Didi Cavendish)

Gingerbread House.

Back in the late sixties, when California and Goa were beckoning most sybarites, Penny Barnard traveled to the Caribbean idyll of St. Lucia in search of her holiday of a lifetime. There, among vivid first encounters with the island's frangipani trees and heart-stopping sunsets, her eyes met a stranger's across the reception of what turned out to be his family-run hotel.

Twenty-two years on, Penny recalls the affair from the roomy recesses of Manderley, the veranda's gingerbread (the term used for this style of fretwork) house where she has made home with the same man - now her husband. "I had gone for a two-week break, but after meeting Craig, I rather liked the idea of a permanent Caribbean holiday and have been here ever since." Craig Barnard's family had done the same - 200 years before her - fleeing the chilly austerities of a Scottish existence for a new life in the American Carolinas, before progressing to St. Lucia by way of Jamaica and Antigua.

Plant such a pioneering spirit in so Utopian a setting and it can only prosper. Today, Barnard is the name behind a thriving banana business and a string of boutiques on the island. It is the name, too, behind Hotels Rendezvous and Le Sport, two flagship hotels of the family's other venture, which began 25 years ago with a scattering of bungalows on the beach.

With her creative talents, Penny plays an important role in the businesses. "Ever since I came to the island I've been involved with Craig's enterprises. Developing new ideas for the hotels is fun; I travel extensively, gathering information for the decoration, and have just completed a cookery book incorporating local ideas and ingredients." This is prolific work for someone with three teenage sons who has also fashioned and furnished this family home in the hilltops of St. Lucia's northernmost point. It is a textbook example of the island's fancy vernacular style. The exterior is weather boarded and laced with intricate fretwork, all played down with muted shades of paint. It is at once majestic, yet in quiet harmony with the natural colours of the location.

Inside, all is cool and airy. The house is built from wood, unlike St. Lucia's more modern concrete constructions which require air-conditioning, an addition that alters the whole aspect of the house. Entering from the balcony, you pass through a large reception area, which divides into dining room, sitting room and study, separated by traditional arches - a feature in themselves and far cooler than any wall.

Manderley interior

Furnishings and accessories - with the exception of upholstered furniture - were bought, found or made on the island: local wooden pots, plates, shells gleaned from diving trips, a sleek colonial chaise-longue carved by a blind St. Lucian. "It's very difficult to find anything old here," says Penny. "I rush to every auction I hear about, buying up old prints, plantation chairs and pieces of furniture that have suddenly come to light; our splendid mahogany table had been stacked in a barn for over 50 years." In fact, almost all they had to ship in were chessboard floor tiles from the island of Martinique, a George Smith sofa and chairs, and a Sanderson chintz for one of the four-poster beds.

Penny's association with the house is older than the building itself. The story begins when her interior decorating talents attracted the attention of her friend, the late Claudius Thomas, former St. Lucian High Commissioner to the UK. "It was his dream," Penny recalls, "to build a typical Caribbean house, with verandas, spacious living areas, high ceilings, cool places and pockets of shade outside.

I became fascinated with the project and when he asked me if I would help him with the research, I jumped at the chance." The first task was to find a select location - a place that came as close as possible to paradise, whichever way you looked. "Claudius wanted to be able to see both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean when lying in the bath," Penny explains.

The two of them envisaged something beautiful, colonnaded and authentic, incorporating indigenous woods like cedar, greenheart and angelique; a building that would embrace the essence of West Indian architecture. They combed the island, photographing its buildings, looking at gingerbread houses and old floor plans for ideas.

They sought out the experience of local carpenters and artisans with a view to employing them in the future. When they found the right site - a spectacular hilly setting with panoramic views of the island - four years of construction were to follow.

Sadly, Claudius didn't live to relax in his bath and marvel at the matchless view. The house was completed, waiting only for furniture and finishing touches when he died, leaving the Barnard family devastated. "Not only did we lose a good friend, but it was so sad to see all his aspirations blown to the wind."

Penny and Craig had fallen in love with the place by this time; unfortunately, so had the French consul, who took up residence there for over four years.

Only after his departure and a period standing empty did it come on the market - which is when the Barnards made their move. "I finished off the house as Claudius and I had planned," says Penny. "The West Indians have great colour sense and I went along with their way of thinking."

She painted the outside pink, the fretwork white, and subtly introduced other colours, like turquoise and lavender in the eating area on the veranda. Interior shades are muted and soft throughout. "All you need are a few flowers to add a dash of colour," Penny says, "and the various woods and flat white paint reflect the light and give a lovely cool, clean look." "We will always be grateful to Claudius for having his vision," says Craig. "I'm just happy we were able to keep it alive for everyone to look at and enjoy. I think Claudius would have been delighted with our achievements."

No doubt he would.

Manderley terrace view

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