THE HISTORY OF SOME OF THE BARBADOS BEST HOLIDAY HOMES
Barbados is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean for British, American and Canadian Holidaymakers. The destination first became incredibly popular when Concorde chose this stunning island as its only holiday destination. The first Concorde flight to Barbados was in 1977.
With a flying time of just four hours, Concorde passengers would land in Barbados before they took off in London! Famous passengers included Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, Pierce Brosnan and many members of the Royal family. Even Queen Elizabeth famously flew Concorde to Barbados.
It was around this time that some of the most iconic Barbados Holiday Rentals were built. Famous architect and artist Oliver Messel came to Barbados in the early sixties and built some of the most luxurious Barbados holiday rentals on the exclusive West Coast of the island.
Properties such as Leamington Pavilion, Crystal Springs, St Helena, Mango Bay and Fustic House were all designed by him.
Oliver Messel’s designs were unique, and his influences may be seen to this day in holiday rentals throughout Barbados and the Caribbean. He was greatly influenced by the traditional colonial houses and mansions from previous generations.
He was one of the first architects that really embraced the beauty of indoor-outdoor living in Barbados. His passion was to create the most exquisite outdoor space and then to allow that space to flow seamlessly inside.
He was also passionate about creating picture windows and archways that framed the incredible views of the turquoise sea. Almost all the original iconic Barbados Holiday Rentals were designed by him.
Maddox House was Oliver Messels first Barbados house. Originally a modest property, he transformed it into a beautiful Barbados home, and Maddox House, in turn, provided him with both the footprint for future designs and the perfect property to showcase his talent to all his wealthy friends and relatives who subsequently came knocking on his door to design holiday houses for them.
One of the best examples is Crystal Springs which is still to this day one of the most beautiful and iconic holiday rentals located on the West Coast of Barbados. Everything about Crystal Springs is exquisite.
The gardens have the romance and beauty one might find in an Italian Mansion combined with the lush green, colour and exotic smells that come with being in the tropics. With ten bedrooms, it is one of the largest beachfront holiday rentals in Barbados. Crystal Springs Barbados is most definitely an exquisite Messel masterpiece.
Leamington House and Leamington Pavilion were another one of Messel’s beautiful creations that continues to this day to be two of the islands most popular luxury holiday rentals. Leamington Pavilion is located directly on the beach with a stunning pool that flows beautifully from the covered terraces of the house to the sea. Leamington House is a wonderful example of a recreated colonial house and is just one minutes’ walk to the sea.
About Alexandra Baradi
Alexandra Baradi is founder and owner of Exceptional Villas. She set the company up in 1992. Alexandra is a hotel manager by background and is absolutely passionate about travel.