As soon as you enter through the gate, the tone is immediately set with this splendid property, Bel Esprit. A timeless atmosphere emerges from the buildings with traditional Caribbean architecture, reminiscent of the past splendor of the residences of the Caribbean and the southern United States.
Perfectly integrated into the natural site, a wooded plateau overlooking Lorient and its turquoise waters, the property consists of eight units, which blend comfortably with vegetation and relief.
Large trees provide a welcome coolness in an immense tropical garden and the impeccably maintained lawn also shelters a small orchard with mango and guava trees. Here and there, majestic Traveler’s trees and palms mingle with sweet scents of jasmine and the sparkle of bougainvillea, oleander and other hibiscuses. At the corner of a stone path, we discover a hammock for relaxing , lulled by the sweet birdsong in the shade of a Flamboyant tree and at the end of the day, what better than a pétanque game in a relaxed atmosphere. After a few days of heavy rain, the ravine, crisscrossing the property and crossed by small wooden bridges, becomes a river flowing into waterfalls along the cliffs below.
Completely renovated in 2009, some buildings have been redone yet maintain their original style with the use of wooden shingle, green roofs and stone walls – the essential elements of St Barth architecture.
Here, luxury and good taste are abundant. Lindy, the lady of the house, has attached special attention to the decor, where fine art and the large collection of objects from all around the world find their own place. Murano glass chandeliers, French limestone floors, bronze fittings, granite breakfast bar worktops and centuries-old wooden pieces of furniture are all the small details that refine this house.
The main house is in the heart of this large property that measures over 5,000 sqm, and it is surrounded by attractive airy verandahs. Inside, you will find the beautiful kitchen with its high ceilings and French doors, the comfortable living room and the master bedroom with two ensuite bathrooms , an outdoor shower and a bath.
A few steps lead to the pool and the deck - the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and ocean views. From here, a path leads to the guest bungalows each with two bedrooms with private bathrooms and a lovely lounge, ideal for to listening music or watching TV in peace. Continuing through the garden, you arrive at the office, a small traditional bungalow in the heart of the greenery. Lower down is the ceramic workshop, with its creations scattered around – ideal for turning into a caretaker's house. Finally, the last building houses a spacious bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
Luxury and comfort are also reflected in the high standard of the amenities and number of utility areas, such as several wine cellars, a laundry, a generator capable of powering the entire property and an invisible pool alarm system.
Unique in more ways than one, Bel Esprit is the perfect established family home, nestled in an idyllic environment and with luxury, peace and pleasure around every corner.
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