The BBQ at Shirley Heights is a Sunday-afternoon staple on Antigua, the sounds of reggae and steel-drums reverberating above English Harbour long into the warm evening. Down in the harbour itself, a short distance from delightful Pigeon beach and with views of Montserrat and Falmouth Bay, is the lovely Pigeon Beach House.
Bordered by national park including the World Heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard, the five-bedroom villa is set in an acre of tropical gardens and comes with swimming pool, indoor and outdoor sound system and air-conditioning in the sea-facing bedrooms. The charming Dorothy provides a housekeeping service 5 day per week and a great cook can be arranged if required. Within a short stroll are Pigeon Beach, the restaurants and bars of English harbour, as well as the sailing school and local shops.
Tropical gardens are filled with palm trees, frangipani, agave, hibiscus, lime trees and vibrant bougainvillea. Large lawn areas lead down to a small gardener’s cottage at the bottom of the garden.
On the first floor, a large veranda runs the full width of the property with outdoor seating well-placed to take in the views over the bay and surrounding islands. On the ground floor, bedrooms four and five lead onto a covered loggia also with seating.
A gazebo leads on from the veranda and provides the main outside dining area with BBQ and a large circular table seating up to 12 guests. From there, steps lead down to the deck and large swimming pool (40’ x 18’), furnished with 8 sun-loungers plus two ‘steamer’ chairs and two large parasols.
The main driveway has an electric gate onto the Pigeon Beach road and English Harbour. There is also a pedestrian gate with access to the Falmouth Harbour road.
- Bedroom 1: king-size bed, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 2: king-size bed, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, access to the garden
- Bedroom 3: twin beds, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, access to the garden
- Bedroom 4: king-size/ two twin beds, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, balcony
- Bedroom 5: king-size/ two twin beds, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, balcony