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Villa Bequia, Bequia, The Caribbean

$10,000 Per Week

Situated overlooking an extraordinarily beautiful, wild and remote beach with turquoise coral reefs off shore.

It truly encapsulates the essence of the Caribbean - luxurious but not flash, private but not remote, unique but not just for its own sake. The property has been created out of a virgin piece of land (3 acres) on the edge of the Mount Pleasant, arguably one of the best and most exclusive locations in the Grenadines.

This property caters specifically for those more discriminating owners wishing to avoid a high density and artificial environment, with an emphasis on seclusion, build quality and ambience. Finished and decorated to the highest standards in a classical clean style. The Lodges all have coral stone tiled floors throughout, with green heart timber sliding/folding doors leading onto tatibu-decked verandas.

LAYOUT: A total of 6 guest bedrooms, a magnificent club house and a staff lodge spread throughout 6 lodges. The main building houses a stunning main hall for dining and living. Fifty foot length glass walls, are precision engineered to bring the outdoors inside - opening three sides of the main house in a single handed move. The main house also houses a kitchen designed for catering, stylish hard wood topped drinks bar, guest washroom, gracious separate sitting room. Paths through manicured gardens lead to separate accommodation lodges.

BEDROOMS: 6 beautiful ocean view guests bedrooms with large verandas. Staff Lodge with 2 bedrooms. 1st Master Lodge with Bathroom, Dressing Room and Study/Sitting Room, 2nd Master Lodge with Bathroom, Dressing Room and Study/Sitting Room, Family Lodge with 3 bedrooms - 1 Top floor huge double bedroom and Bathroom, 2 ground floor double bedroom and bathrooms. Guest Lodge with 1 bedroom, en suite, dressing room

BATHROOMS: Club House Guest Washroom Master Lodge 1 has a modern roll top bath and very large shower. Master Lodge 2 has a very large shower. Family Lodge 3 en suite bathrooms with showers and spa style fittings. Guest Lodge 1 en suite bathroom with showers and spa style fittings.

ENTERTAINMENT: TV room with a wide flat screen. TV with an Entertainment system. Kawasaki Mule. Freshwater infinity swimming pool. Cable TV, DVD player and ipod music station

OUTSIDE Gated entrance and staff lodge. Approach the main club house past a large lily pond. At the central court yard beyond the water feature through mahogany doors - hues of Walnut and Mahogany woods reflect on the expansive blue sea views. You are looking through the villas main house. From here garden paths lead to the pool, and shaded gazebo, coastal path and six accommodation private lodges. Water falls from the infinity pool toward the turquoise waters of Hope Beach. The freshwater in the pool is cleaned by a salt sanitizer. Beneath the pool is the plant room housing all the pool equipment.

FOOD AND WINE Fully Equipped staff will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bar service. Restaurants on the island are good and varied (Italian, Swedish, French, Caribbean, American)

GETTING THERE: Map: Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines, 10 km South of St Vincent and 8 km north of Mustique Air: Private Jet to Canouan island just 5 minutes flight from Bequia's airport. Fly to Barbados and Bequia airport has daily flights from here. Alternative with chartered plane would be Martinique, St Lucia, or Grenada. It is also possible to fly to Barbados - St Vincent and then take the ferry.

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS: " Sleeps: 12 in 6 double beds. (1 single staff bed available and 4 extra single blow-up mattresses are also available) " Practicalities: 2 washing machines, 2 tumble dryers and 2 dishwashers, ample parking " BBQ: Gas BBQ " Facilities: Outdoor fresh water swimming pool with 12 sun loungers, Kawasaki Mule " Audio Visual: Cable TV, DVD player and ipod music station " Internet & Communications: Wireless Internet in great lodge, fixed internet in all other lodges, landline for incoming calls and communication between lodges " Restrictions: No all male or female groups, no pets and no children under 6 years old. Please note that disabled access is limited.

RENTAL INCLUSIVE OF: Bed linen and towels A 'welcome pack' to include coffee, tea, sugar, milk, butter, marmalade, 2 bottles of wine, 6 bottles of beer Store cupboard essentials Gas and electricity Dinner will be provided on the day of arrival as well as breakfast the following morning, free of charge. It will then be up to renters to arrange with the chef purchase of food and drink. Use of Kawasaki Mule (diesel to be paid for by renter)

RENTAL INCLUSIVE OF STAFF: General manager and pool maintenance (full time and always on call) Cleaning maid (8 hours per day with Saturdays off) Gardener (5 hours per day with weekends off) Chef (5 days per week by arrangement with renter) Chef's assistant (working alongside the chef) Staff House accommodates the chef and housekeeping team for the estate. Whole Property: 6 Bedrooms (excluding staff lodge)

Low Season: 1st May - 15th Dec - $10,000

Mid Season: 1st Jun - 31st Aug - $12,000

High Season: 1st Dec - 30th Aug - $12,500

Easter: $15,000

Christmas/New Year: $20,000

2x sofa beds available. Plus staff lodge sleeps 2 price will be advised on request.

Rates for 7 nights rental and quoted in US Dollars

A BUYING GUIDE

The process of buying property in the Caribbean is straightforward. Below, as an example, we give a basic guide to making a purchase in Barbados.

  • Anyone can buy property in Barbados; there are no restrictions, but if you’re a foreign national you need to get the permission of the Central Bank of Barbados. This is a formality.
  • Your vendor pays a property transfer tax and the stamp duty. See below.
  • You can raise finance in Barbados as a non-national. But if you choose to bring the finance with you, it must be registered with the Central Bank.
  • For legal conveyancing of ‘unregistered’ land (which most is) you pay legal fees on a sliding scale:

Up to BDS $25,000 BDS*: $1,000
On the next BDS $75,000: 2.5%
On the next BDS $100,000: 1.5%
On the next BDS $300,000: 1.25%
Amounts above this threshold: 1%

  • Further fees will be payable if you’re borrowing for the purchase, based on the loan amount.
  •  You should also budget for an annual land tax. Rates range from 0%-0.75% of the value of the property. The tax has a ceiling of BDS $60,000.

 

 * As at 4May 2016, £1 = $2.90 Barbadian dollars

IF YOU’RE SELLING
  • The seller pays a stamp duty of 1%.
  • The seller pays a transfer tax of 2.5% for sales above BDS $50,000, or $150,000 if a building is part of the sale. 
  • To avoid both these taxes, many non-resident purchasers establish an offshore company to buy and own the asset. This also avoids any issues with withdrawing 100% of sales proceeds at once.
TAXATION
  • There are rules on repatriating the proceeds of property sales from Barbados. As things stand, you may withdraw the original purchase price, and a gain of 4-8%. Any further profit can only be taken at the rate $100,000 a year, although the Central Bank may exercise some discretion for senior citizens and emergencies.
  • There is no capital gains tax for non-nationals.
  • You may also leave your property to whoever you choose; there are no succession laws for non-nationals.

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in Barbados as at November 2015. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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