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A foot in the past, an eye on the future

Mercer’s Creek – Antigua’s only remain­ing plan­ta­tion house

It’s not often a visit to a pri­vate fam­ily home feels like an impromptu his­tory les­son that leaves one dis­tinctly over-​awed and thor­oughly richer for the experience.

With its orig­i­nal 17th cen­tury build­ings – com­plete with period fur­ni­ture and curios – you’d be for­given for mis­tak­ing Mercer’s Creek for a metic­u­lously cre­ated museum. It is in fact a wholly authen­tic relic, barely untouched from its centuries-​old heyday.

It also has the pres­ti­gious hon­our of being Antigua & Barbuda’s only remain­ing sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion house.

In addi­tion to the Great House, the prop­erty includes the orig­i­nal sug­armill which remains in excel­lent shape and even con­tains the wheel and some engine parts. There is also the boil­ing house, estate manager’s house – cur­rently used as a guest cot­tage – and var­i­ous other outbuildings.

Built by the Watkins fam­ily in the 1670s, the res­i­dence sits on a lime­stone bluff over­look­ing a beau­ti­ful arch­i­pel­ago of islets. It is con­structed of Cotswold stone brought from Eng­land as bal­last on mer­chant ships.

Span­ning 26 acres of land which stretches all the way to the ocean, the plan­ta­tion is ideal for devel­op­ment by a vision­ary investor – per­haps as an excep­tional bou­tique hotel and resort — and has no plan­ning restrictions.

His­tory buffs will delight in the fur­nish­ings, most of which date back sev­eral hun­dred years. The house is accessed by a stone court­yard, flanked by mature trop­i­cal gar­dens. All rooms have mul­ti­ple doors and large win­dows which keep the inte­rior light and breezy. The main floor houses a lounge and recep­tion area which gives way to a mag­nif­i­cent din­ing room with orig­i­nal can­dle sconces on the ceil­ing and walls. Elec­tric­ity was not installed until the 1990s – and in fact the can­dles pro­vide enough light to ren­der the switches unnec­es­sary here.

The din­ing room leads into a stun­ning draw­ing room with piano, an abun­dance of splen­did paint­ings, antique knick­knacks, and a 1930s bar set into the wall.

This floor also has two vast dou­ble bed­rooms, both with en-​suites, a sep­a­rate guest wash­room, and a pretty veran­dah over­look­ing the gardens.

The square com­pact kitchen, with mod­ern appli­ances and scenic views on both sides, was a later addi­tion. It backs onto the orig­i­nal cook­house which would have been a detached struc­ture in its day, due to the preva­lence of fires, and still con­tains the orig­i­nal char­coal burner and cupboards.

Down­stairs are two more behe­moth bed­rooms includ­ing the mas­ter suite which boasts three-​foot thick stone walls and would have been used as a refuge from pirates and hur­ri­canes alike. There are two more bath­rooms on this floor. All four bed­rooms are air-​conditioned.

Out­side is a large swim­ming pool, deep enough to dive, with a bar and ter­ra­cotta sun­deck. There is also a small jetty on the water’s edge which could be extended.

The entire prop­erty is for sale with much of the fur­ni­ture included, except the four-​poster beds. The one-​bedroom for­mer estate manager’s home is fit­ted with mod­ern appli­ances and has a shower en-​suite.

Exte­rior Ameni­ties
  • Swim­ming Pool
  • Land­scap­ing
  • Open Deck

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Beds: 7

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