“A staffed villa and cottage with gorgeous gardens and a sea-view pool, tucked away above a small, private beach (sleeps 4-12)”
There are 3 bedrooms upstairs in the main house: 2 with four-poster mahogany queensize beds draped in mosquito nets, and another with twin beds. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a shower and a huge walk-in wardrobe, while the other rooms come with built-in wardrobes and share a bathroom with a shower over the tub. All have the same simple and airy style: white walls with a pointed, white-panelled ceiling. There are mahogany bedside tables, terracotta floor tiles and small touches such as black and white photographs, driftwood arranged on a bookshelf and, when we stayed, bunches of flowers picked fresh from the garden.
Downstairs, there is a large sitting-cum-dining room with a table and wooden benches that seat up to 6, plus a couple of comfy wicker sofas with striped cushions arranged around a low coffee table and a TV. Oversized paper lampshades dangle from the ceiling, and muslin drapes hang by the windows. There’s also a kitchen, a small room with a shelf-ful of paperbacks, and a further shower bathroom.
The smaller cottage, set halfway down the drive, has 2 more bedrooms. The first has a queensize four-poster bed; the second has 2 double four-poster beds. The cottage also has a kitchenette, a shower bathroom, and a small terrace with a table and 4 chairs overlooking the garden’s lush vegetation.
Both the villa and cottage have air-conditioning and are stocked with towels, toiletries, hairdryers and baskets of magazines. Reduced rates are available if you only need to use 2, 3 or 4 of the bedrooms, and 2 floor mattresses can be provided if you need to accommodate additional people.
The kitchen is well equipped - fridge, freezer, oven, hob, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker - and you’ll find basics such as sugar, oils and spices in the cupboards; the cottage has its own small kitchenette (no oven or stove). You can cook for yourself if you wish, but housekeepers and chefs Dion, Lily and Gail - whose services are included in the rates and who all used to work here when Culloden Cove was a restaurant (“We came with the house,” jokes Gail) - are excellent cooks.
The welcome pack you’ll receive on arrival includes a list of possible menus, but you can also ask for whatever you fancy. One of the staff will do the shopping locally in Whitehouse (you just pay for the ingredients, plus the taxi there and back) and prepare meals which you can eat wherever and whenever you like. There is an outside dining table on the terrace, beautifully lit with candles and fairy lights after dark, but we loved eating on the second terrace at the end of the garden, right by the sea.
For lunch, we were treated to a delicious chicken salad with mango, papaya, pineapple and a homemade passion-fruit sauce; for dinner, we had roasted yellowtail snapper followed by a mouth-watering key lime pie. For breakfast, we ate a traditional Jamaican spread of ackee and salt fish with fried plantain and breadfruit - superb. You can also ask for more international dishes if you prefer.
If you want to eat out, just let staff know the night before so they don’t buy or prepare anything. There's a good restaurant within a 5-minute walk called Blue Waters, as well as more a short drive away - ask for recommendations. As nearby Whitehouse is the island’s main fishing port, the local seafood is particularly good.
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Children of all ages are very welcome, and the helpful staff mean parents really can relax without having to worry about cooking or cleaning. Culloden Cove is very well equipped with baby kit, and there are 2 wicker baskets full of toys. There are also board games in the cupboard under the stairs, plus the pool to splash around in.
The twin rooms are ideal for kids, and the cottage is very handy for teenagers or grandparents who want their own space. If you need to sleep additional kids, 2 floor mattresses can be provided (free for under 12s).
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by the hour - just give the staff some notice.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Staff will happily tailor meals to suit children - just let them know your requirements.
The pool is unfenced, but it’s 40m from the villa and cottage and in full view from the terrace.