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Romantic Tropical Hideaway - Birds & Bees Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

One bedroom en suite with lovely views from spacious verandah

Birds & Bees Cottage, as the name implies is a romantic stone cottage with shingle roof trimmed with white gingerbread. It has a king sized 4 poster bed draped in netting, antique furniture, a huge 30' x 8' verandah with a hammock for those afternoon naps. Lovely views across the tropical garden filled with an assortment of flowers and trees with many birds flitting through. There is a palm fringed pool shared with Sapodilla cottage also in the 2 acre garden. Both cottages are very private and peaceful and well separated from each other.

Member since: 2011
Speaks french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About The Owner

I sailed into English Harbour in 1967 and fell in love with the island. I built my house in 1969 in the old colonial style, and later built a cottage for my mother, and much later a small guest cottage. Unfortunately my husband and I lost our pensions to a very bad investment, and now I am renting out both cottages. My husband and I are both keen sailors, riders (I started the Springhill Riding Club just nearby in 1987) We love our three dogs and our 2 acre garden which we have filled with indigenous flowering plants and trees.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1969

Why The Owner chose Falmouth Harbour

We love Falmouth for its peaceful green location, it feels a long way from everywhere, but is only 5 minutes drive to lots of activities and night life - the best of both worlds.

At Spring Hill we have welcomed many guests who have enjoyed the rural life and tasteful open plan Caribbean Georgian style cottages set in lush tropical gardens overlooking the many beautiful yachts at anchor. These cottages are a short drive or hike to the many amenities of the Nelson’s Dockyard World Heritage historic site.

Spring Hill is set on a two acres site with very few neighbours. It is on the rural road to Rendezvous Bay Beach, arguably one of the best of Antigua’s 365. Access to this beach is best by foot, a 30 minutes hike, or by 4 wheel dive, visitors usually have the beach to themselves, alternatively a hack can by organised by the Antigua Equestrian Centre just a few minutes walk down the hill - swimming on the horses can be arranged as well.

We at Spring Hill live with open windows and doors. We are blessed by the ever present trade winds. Our home and three cottages capture these cooling winds. There are no screens, security bars nor is air conditioning necessary. There is no television. There is however Wi Fi and Internet access.

The Spring Hill 2 acre property is securely fenced to keep our 4 dogs inside and the roaming goats, sheep and cattle out. Our dogs, Ottalie, Bella, Ebony and Bandit provide pleasure to ourselves & our guests. The generous verandas used often for dining and relaxing, all have the option to exclude our K9 friends. Most of our guests however keep their homes open and welcome the visits for these precious tail wagging “Guard” dogs that provide companionship and the Security for Spring Hill.

Residential Tourism represented by properties such as Spring Hill, represent an alternative and a get away from the maddening crowds of hotels. Please read the reviews from our many happy guests. Many of whom return for repeat visits.

What makes this cottage unique

Birds & Bees (we have had several engagements happen here!) is peaceful and quiet and yet near so many lively bars, restaurants, etc. There is a Mediterranean port feeling to the Yacht Club Marina with its coffee bars & boutiques and mega yachts, and yet it is only a few minutes away! You can spend the day by the pool, swinging in a hammock or at the beach, and at night enjoy a delicious dinner and dancing under the stars in one of the many restaurants in the Harbour.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1) Four poster bed draped with netting, Baby Cribs (1) I have a drop side cot available to lend, and can get other equipment if necessary, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed for one person
  • Music Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Romantic Tropical Hideaway - Birds & Bees Cottage
average rating of 4.814815 based on 27 reviews
Central Point, OR

Quiet and a piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Birds and Bees was great. Between the birds and dogs we always had company while here. It's a charming place, close to English Harbor, but a taxi or car are needed for most excursions. Waking up to the sunrises were beautiful. The pool area is quiet and beautiful. We loved this place.

  • Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. You were a pleasure to have as guests, and I am happy that you enjoyed Birds & Bees! I hope perhaps to see you here again one day.
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Not what we expected

  • 1 of 5

We were really excited about coming to Antigua for our first time. We never utilized this type of property and always opted for resort style vacations. The property truly is beautiful, and secluded away from everything. Our first impression, driving up the long bumpy dirt road full of potholes was not an enjoyable ride after being terrorized by our car rental agent who drove like a NY cab driver on the narrow winding, very heavily populated 30 minute drive. Once we arrived at the cottage, were were greeted by two very sweet dogs, then Janie greeted us, however was not quite ready for our arrival as last minute cleaning was still underway. We were shown around the property and proceeded to the verandah where we waited for the cleaning team to complete. The view and the breeze from the verandah was absolutely amazing. The pool was very tiny, not inviting, or clean and sparkling as in the pics. After the housekeeping was completed we returned to the cottage to settle in. The towels in the bathroom were old and stained. The kitchen was dingy and felt unclean, the closet in the bedroom was musty. The netting on the bed had holes and then was greeted by two lizards on the bedroom floor! That was it for me. I just couldn't stay here knowing these creatures were roaming around freely. Since there were no doors or windows, security seemed inept as well. Living in our society (we live in rural Rhode Island, USA), it was difficult to get beyond that fact for us. Janie assured us that we were in a safe location, however we just could not get by no doors or windows and lizards in our bedroom. We left the cottage to search for a location that we would feel secure within one hour of our arrival. Janie seemed to not understand our sense of insecurity, kept our 50% deposit. Don't recommend this place if you like to sleep with locked doors and are skiddish about nature sleeping with you!

  • Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Real-feel Antigua

  • 5 of 5

Hidden away at the end of a track, amongst the trees and flowers of a lush tropical garden, the Birds and Bees Cottage is a million-miles away from the cookie-cutter resorts. If you want to get to know the real Antigua, Birds and Bees Cottage is a great place to stay and use as a base to wander the beaches and villages of this wonderful island. Janie & Geoffrey are really welcoming and having lived on the island for a large part of their lives, can give great insights into what to see and do. The Cottage itself is spacious, airy and well appointed. A huge, comfortable four poster gave us great nights' sleep, to wake to the sun rising across Falmouth Bay and the hummingbirds drinking nectar on the verandah. And Janie established the stables down the hill where you can go for wonderful hacks across to Rendezvous Bay and swim in the sea with the horses - an unparalleled experience.

  • Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

The property is as good as it looks and we had a really enjoyable 9 nights. It is very "open concept", with birds flying in and out and visits from the dogs. If you enjoy birds you'll love feeding the bananaquits, hummingbirds and bullfinches. The swimming pool is lovely with a view of Falmouth Bay and the surrounding hills. The kitchen is well outfitted and there were some supplies waiting for us. Our only problem was with insect bites, towards the second half of our stay, and we needed to close up the shutters on those buggy nights because there are no window screens. Once in bed you are fine because of the netting on the big four-poster bed. The sounds of tree frogs, cicadas etc. lull you to sleep. Janie and Geoffrey are very kind and helpful hosts!

Fran and Duncan, Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Fran & Duncan, Thank you for your review, and I am sorry that the mosquitos bothered you during your last few days. My other guests never had one bite, and I think it was because you didn't use the Citronella candles in the early evening. Anyway thank you for the comment and I will see if there is anything causing a problem, although we are always very careful. it was good to meet you, and thank you for your interest in the garden. You will be glad to hear we have had a couple of much needed showers! kind regards, Janie
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East Hampton, NY

Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Birds & Bees Cottage for a week after sailing. The cottage was a perfect fit after being at sea. It was like an oasis when we arrived and each time we came 'home' after driving about . . . From the wonderful variety of trees and bushes that Janie painstakingly planted and nourished along over the years, the sweet birds (including hummingbirds) flying in and out, the geikos spying on us, the dear dogs that would visit daily, the views from the veranda to the harbor, the comfortably designed & decorated cottage, the well-appointed kitchen, the lovely pool area, the constant refreshing island breezes and most of all our gracious hosts Janie and Geoffrey with their great knowledge of the island and its history. We couldn't have found a better island retreat. We could not have found a better place to stay in Antigua and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: 5-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We really enjoyed having you as our guests, and look forward to seeing you here again one day.
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Swanage, Dorset

Delightful, romantic cottage in a lush tropical garden, with glimpses of the harbour.

  • 5 of 5

Janie and Geoffrey are considerate hosts who made us feel very much at home. We appreciated the welcome pack and the vase of bougainvillea on the table. Thoughtful touches included a jar of homemade marmalade, and a local "pay as you go" mobile phone.

The cottage is charming, especially the veranda which has wonderful views of the lush garden and glimpses of the Harbour beyond. Living up to the name, we were entertained by numerous birds, but no bees! We loved our visits from the four dogs, especially Ingigo who has great charm.

Thanks to the breeze we found the cottage to be cool, despite having no AC. The kitchen is well equipped and a small BBQ is provided.

We enjoyed using the pool and when the sun became too hot, sitting in the shade under the gazebo looking out at the view.

The cottage is very well situated and there is a great deal to do around the area. We were in Antigua for the wedding of friends who live in Falmouth, so much of our time was involved with that event. However, it was wonderful to be able to retire to this oasis for rest and relaxation.

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
V.C. Bird Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Falmouth Village
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Jolly Harbour
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Pigeon Point
Car: recommended

Situated overlooking the sailing hub of English & Falmouth Harbour, only a few minutes drive away with all its historical sites, bars and restaurants, beaches and watersport attractions. Learn to sail at the Yacht Club, charter a daysailer, go for a wonderful canter on Rendezvous bay, or spend the day with the magical beach to yourselves. Or just lay back in the Gazebo by the pool with a good book!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 2 2017 - May 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 14 2018 - Nov 30 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

The cottage is available year round. In the summer from early May the rate is $100 a night with a minimum stay of 5 nights. In the High Season from 1st December until early May the rate is $140 a night, again with a 5 night minimum unless as a fill in between bookings. Over the Christmas period there is a minimum of 2 weeks stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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