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Cuillin: the villa

Cuillin is a modern three-bedroom villa constructed for its original owners to a design based on their forty years experience of the needs of Barbados life. Built about four years ago, it provides the perfect setting for anyone who wants a peaceful retreat, with breezes to moderate the Caribbean temperatures. It is a single-storey house set in three-quarters of an acre of mahogany groves on a hillside a couple of hundred feet above sea level, at Sion Hill in the parish of St James, the most sought-after part of Barbados. Its basic layout is roughly ‘U’-shape around a deck with a pool, west-facing, with the three-bedroom sleeping wing to the north and the living accommodation to the south. With a pool in the deck child safety has been a particular design concern.

Room by room description

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Click to enlargeLayout. Click on the floor-plan to enlarge it. The house is approached up a short driveway which leads to the main entrance and to a car port (with immediate access to the kitchen for easy unloading of groceries etc.) Directly ahead is the sitting room, from which a louvred door opens up onto the living and dining deck. A small passageway leads to a large and well fitted kitchen with granite worktops, and to the laundry room beyond. To the right of the main entry is the bedroom terrace, a large verandah which opens onto the pool deck but which can be separated from it by decorative grille gates which provide security when the house is unoccupied and when small children are present. At the far end of this terrace is the master bedroom suite, with a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, cleverly designed so that it appears to be open directly to the garden and forest, although actually screened by planting and another security grille. This bathroom is also accessible from Bedroom 3, currently being used as a children’s room. Bedroom 2 has its own bathroom with a full bath and shower, and again this has separate access in order to serve as a cloakroom for the living area.

The majority of the rooms are floored in Italian ceramic tiles, but hardwoods have been used in the bedrooms and the sitting room. All rooms have louvred cedar shutters and security grilles. The house is provided with ample hot water via a solar heating system which reduces utility bills.

The pool is an asymmetric octagonal design set in the hardwood (purpleheart) deck. The deck is fenced by traditional-style Barbadian decorative wooden railings, and an additional fence again separates the living area deck from the pool for child security. There is generous deck space for entertaining or pool loungers, or for al fresco meals under the shade of a mahogany tree, a dramatic feature which has been incorporated into the house design and which emerges from beneath the deck.  

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