Many British colonist, builders and architects adapted prevailing Victorian fashions into homes far removed from ‘dear old England’.Nostalgia played a large part in colonial architecture around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia and NewZealand.
In St Lucia particularly, the ‘Gingerbread’ house – All lacy fretwork verandas, barge-boards and railings – became the traditional style. This fine example of the genre is in fact a late twentieth-century distillation of a great deal of research and planning by both its former and current owners.
Eminently suited to today’s lifestyle, the house nonetheless has all the atmosphere and ambiance of its historic antecedents. Loft-tray ceiling, hardwood floors and potted palms; blue-and-white china and oriental cupboards and rugs; fine bone china and sugary paint colours – all combine to create a real sense of history.
While most of the furniture in the house was bought in St Lucia and Barbados, some pieces, such as the four-poster beds, were designed by the owner and made locally. The tropical gardens are filled with palms and pink bougainvillea and the southerly views are the stuff of dreams.