Nestled on a Cap Estate ridge overlooking a swathe of emerald green golf course and the undulating coastline of northern Saint Lucia, Villa Moonsong is a Caribbean jewel of a property with the traditional charm of the islands updated to accommodate modern tropical living.
This 2,400 square foot two-bedroom bungalow with studio guest cottage is designed to capture the astonishing panoramic view that encompasses the northwest coastline, across Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay, towards the island’s interior to the south and the tantalising tip of Petite Piton peeping above the mountains.
Built and engineered to maximise the villa’s elevated hillside location, Moonsong’s open architectural style offers privacy and seclusion along with the cooling effect of the Atlantic breezes which ventilate the house all year round. The well-established garden has been planted with impressive tree-sized cacti and every colour of bougainvillea imaginable.
Moonsong’s gated driveway to leads to the main house and guest cottage, New Moon House, which is another charming feature of the property. The substantial natural stone retaining wall forms a solid first impression, with pretty fretwork, painted louvres and wooden detailing around the balconies of both buildings.
A family home by design, the main house has two wings leading from a pleasant entrance hallway, with bedrooms to the left and living space to the right.
Villa Moonsong’s spacious family room has two walls of French windows, one which faces the scenic panorama, and the other opening onto the villa’s rear walkway – another engaging feature of the design which also serves a practical purpose, connecting the two sections and offering and indoor-outdoor garden feel. Impressive cathedral ceilings with exposed rafters are painted white to add to the spacious, airy ambiance, while front and rear are screened for protection from mosquitos and other unwanted visitors.
The open plan living area features a breath-taking balcony with panoramic views which wraps around a bright, cosy dining room featuring shaded windows and UV protective blinds to control the heat of the afternoon sun. With neutral ceramic tile throughout, the lounge and dining area captures the entrancing view from dawn till dusk, enjoying stunning sunsets and the majesty of moonlight, as the property’s name suggests.
Separated by a granite-topped breakfast bar large enough to comfortably accommodate six casual diners, the family-sized kitchen has room for a large stove and refrigerator and is fitted with crisp, white cabinetry above and below warm beige granite counters, with a stainless steel sink overlooking the rear garden through modern top-hung windows reminiscent of jalousie shutters.
The left side of the villa is designed along the rear walkway, lined by a tropical indoor garden which takes full advantage of the natural light and rain. Opening off the corridor are two spacious bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, the first of which has a king-bed, built-in cabinets and a small walk-in closet. A modern, marble-tiled, pebble-floored shower and vanity complete the guest suite.
The roomy master suite, with its high tray ceiling and neutral ceramic floor tile, opens onto a private balcony overlooking the garden’s coconut palms and vast view of Cap Estate. To the rear of the bedroom, French windows open onto the rear walkway, providing natural ventilation and bringing in the sunlight. The ensuite bathroom has an over-sized shower, modern glass bowl sink on granite counter and generous built-in linen closet.
Down a few steps from the master balcony is a secluded swimming pool, surrounded by a two-level wooden sundeck tucked into the garden’s palms and shrubs to provide a sense of seclusion and privacy. The garden rises to the back of the house, accessed by a stone path leading to the pinnacle of the property, Moonsong’s picturesque private gazebo, perched high above the villa offering even more spectacular panoramic vistas.
Following the path down to the opposite side of the house completes a loop and comes back to the utility area at the rear of the kitchen – another clever design element that makes this property stand out as unique and engaging. The separate guest cottage, New Moon House, features a large bedroom with built-in cabinets and ensuite bathroom with tiled shower, as well as the private balcony with its own version of the view.
With Rodney Bay within ten minutes’ drive, golf, tennis and horse-riding within five and an array of hotels beaches on the east and west coasts even closer still, Moonsong is a private retreat with all the benefits of its convenient location. West Indian traditional charm blends with tasteful modern upgrades and the hillside locale has inspired hardy landscaping, including a beautiful bougainvillea-lined perimeter that also provides colour, privacy and security. The property is available with furniture included if desired.