Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
- french, spanish
The owners are very keen sailors, riders, gardeners and dog lovers. They have lived at Springhill since 1969 and know the island very well, and are delighted to help any guests find their feet with anything they wish to do, whether sailing, riding, hiking, bird watching, etc. etc. or just leave them to sunbathe and enjoy the pool!
Why Owner chose Falmouth Harbour
I sailed into English Harbour, Antigua in 1967 and after sailing up and down the islands there was no choice for me, but making a home here in my favorite island! I built the house in 1069 on a barren hillside with great views and wonderful breezes and my husband and I have enjoyed planting a garden filled with trees.
What makes this Studio unique
Peace, tranquillity,lovely views, great hiking,horseriding just outside garden gate.
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Children not allowed
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely hidden gem for relaxation
Lovely self contained unit close to lots lovely beaches . You do need car recommend Titi car hire they will collect at airport and take you to property where you hire car will be waiting For you. The pool area and gazebo are great . Wonderful relaxing time recharged our batteries . Thank you Janie
So happy you enjoyed Sapodilla Cottage. I hope you managed to do some painting whilst you explored.
Many thanks, Janie
The Birds and the Bees
Perhaps more accurately the birds and the lizards although we did rescue two bees from the pool!
A really beautiful setting and fascinating, interesting people that we wished to have more time to know. Their lovely dogds helped us not miss ours quite so much and the humming birds....well, not something you see too often in Blighty!
The local roads are......well, not really roads but the hire car survived although with a slow flat when we got back to the airport. This was a new experience for us despite being in Antigua every year (and sometimes twice per year) for twelve years or more. This, relatively out of the way location coupled with Geoffrey and Janie is a definite "must go" destination.
We enjoyed meeting you both, and are happy you enjoyed staying at Springhill. The road definitely needs some love, that was last month’s surprising amount of rain! Hopefully the government will patch it up before the season begins! On the bright side rain means flowers and happy hummingbirds!
What a great week we had in sapodilla cottage. The views, the sounds, the peacefullness, all magnificent. We enjoyed sitting on the veranda, watch the birds, and take a swim once in a while. Our kids were out sailing the optimist world championships in english harbour, Which was closeby to visit them Daily. Thanks Janie and Geoffrey for the wonderfull time!!
Magical Stay in Wonderland
My boyfriend and I spent 4 wonderfully peaceful nights at Sapodilla cottage in June 2019. The cottage is on the same property as the owners’ house and another rental cottage, but we felt total privacy and seclusion at the adorable, perfectly appointed cottage. The cottage is tiny, but it was exactly what we wanted: a perfect slice of paradise in a hand-built, curated garden Janie & Geoffrey have lovingly tended over the past 50 years. Hummingbirds, lizards, bougainvillea, plumeria, flamboyant trees provided a kaleidoscope of colors during the day, while at night we were lulled to sleep by the sound of frogs and crickets. The cottage has one of the loveliest outdoor showers of all time. It was very clean and we cooked almost all our meals on the electric burners or in the toaster oven provided. We used the charcoal grill for burgers one night. The pool is absolutely glorious and we only saw the other people staying there once. It is a 7-10 min drive from English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO world heritage site not to be missed, from where you can do a historical hike to Pigeon Beach (which was great). Galleon Beach was about a 12 min drive, and had fabulous snorkeling (turtles and lots of colorful fish in the shipwreck—google or ask where the pieces of sunken ship can be found). We walked to Rendezvous Bay Beach every day from the cottage—it’s about a 1.75 mile walk/hike from the house on a dirt Jeep road—and had the entire beach to ourselves most times, except for the time we had the brilliant luck to witness a local conservation team unearth a leatherback turtle nest (complete with a baby leatherback hatchling!). Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Communication with Janie was wonderful, she was very helpful and easy to get in touch with. (Ask her about rental cars as she has a friend with a company right down the street—we rented our own but hers would have been easier.) Geoffrey greeted us at the cottage and he is the kind of person you just love right away—on googling him I learned he is a renowned and revered sailor who holds racing records in the Caribbean and is very well loved by everyone he meets. We finally met Janie on our last night at the cottage (it truly is secluded there!) and she is wonderful, a true conservationist and a lovely, generous person with amazing stories. Ask her about riding horses in the ocean :) We could not have asked for a more perfect getaway. Janie, THANK YOU ENDLESSLY! We’ll be back ASAP! Xoxo
Dear Ali and George,
We were sad you had such a short holiday, as you felt like family immediately!
So happy you had such a good time. The summer here is one of our best kept secrets! The turtles are laying, the fish are out in force, and no one on the beaches, except perhaps on Sundays!
Do hope you are able to come back for longer next time!
A little corner of heaven
Our stay at Sapodilla Cottage was just incredible! Our hosts, Janie and Geoffrey, had thought of everything, stocking the cottage with everything you might need, from a cooler to fold out beach seats. We loved living amongst the incredible plants and birds that surround the cottage, and loved our daily check ins from the dogs! The pool area was lovely and accessing the property was easy - it’s in a great position for exploring the Harbour but also close to incredible beaches. We loved Pigeon Point Beach!
Both Janie and Geoffrey were a great help in our mission whilst in Antigua (researching my Antiguan heritage) but also gave us our privacy. We’ll definitely be back and will be recommending to other family members.
Serenity at Sapodilla
If you are looking for an island paradise of peace and beauty.....You need to book this studio cottage now !!! Janie & Geoffrey are warm and gracious hosts who willingly share their island property and knowledge of Antigua. My husband & I stayed at Sapodilla Cottage for 9 nights April 4-13th 2019.
The property is exactly as pictured and described with the cottage and pool featuring a view of Falmouth Harbour. You are surrounded by beautiful trees, flowering bushes, singing birds & several hummingbirds that visit the front porch. The cottage has everything you need for meal prep for dining on the front porch or at the table for two inside. The outside shower surrounded with stone and a roof of greenery is amazing!
Ammenities in Falmouth Harbour are nearby:Grocery shopping, Waterfront restaurants & clothing/gift stores. Gas station. Titi Car Rental. Roadside fruit/veggie stands, Bakery stand. Sweet T's Icecream/ Burgers/Fries etc. A short drive to English Harbour; Nelsons Dockyard,; Pigeon Beach to dine at Catherine's By The Sea: & Shirley Heights on Thursday evening for the steel drum's concert & BBQ.
We rented a Jeep Wrangler which was perfect for driving on the paved island roads, as well as offroading to Rendezvous Beach.
We had visited Antigua by cruise ship twice before & had desired to return for an extended visit. This was our first VRBO experience and we are 110% satisfied with the property. If you are looking for a place of serenity with a water view & beautiful foliage this is it !!
Thank you Janie & Geoffrey for sharing your property & friendly dogs with us. You have been working very hard for years building & planting to sculpt a "masterpiece of peace". Love & Prayers to you from us.
Thank you for your kind comments. I must say it was lovely to have such charming and enthusiastic guests, and do hope we will see you again one day.