An Artistic Vision of a Property in the BVI
- February 25th, 2014
- in Lifestyle
Creative Elegance – Exclusive Feature Property: Pineapple Place
Upon arrival, the colourful flora encompassing the property hints at the incredible interior within. Presented by Maritha Keil, Broker at BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, Pineapple Place appears as if conceived as a natural part of the surrounding environment.
The wide driveway leads past an enormous wall of flowers—an edifice defined by attentive craftsmanship—and up brick steps that complement the architectural design of another era.
A teak entrance door followed by a wrought iron gate with a ‘tree of life’ design accentuates the aesthetic splendour. Acting for security and ventilation, the exquisitely designed gate contributes to the fantastical appearance of the property whose design influences whisper of a romantic past.
On full observation of the property, the intricately carved teak furniture imported from India, Indonesia, China, France and Turkey, blend to create a charming and exotic retreat.
Brick courtyards and patios lined with a wide variety of palms, bougainvillea and the most unique and fantastic display of orchids—both imported and endemic—offer a year round kaleidoscope of colours.
Beside the pleasant, shimmering pool, the exterior provides several cool, sheltered living spaces and supplementing the placid ambience of the home is the sound of the surf at Smuggler’s Cove – a secluded beach minutes away that heightens the innate sounds and tropical views from the property.
Strong architectural features, bountiful flora and the northern facing of the home, catch and keep the healthy breezes at a moderate temperature in seclusion and privacy while enjoying the fantastic view of Smuggler’s Cove below and the islands of Little Thatch across to Jost Van Dyke. The natural cool air of the property, provided by the gentle trade winds transform this Caribbean paradise, and the sunset’s glistening light bestows a magical luminosity to the tremendous view.
The interior’s lavish attention to detail affords a feeling of relaxed, lived-in comfort, creating a romantic and cosy setting – a unique, physical vision as extravagant as a timeless, historic landmark.
The wood exterior doors have been custom made with French iron fittings. The antique teak interior doors have been meticulously carved by native woodworkers and transported thousands of miles to their new home. Examples of these carvings are everywhere on the property, alongside custom-designed, wrought-iron gates, antique Chinese furniture, old-brick paving, and granite countertops in the kitchen. Many crafted features throughout the property are creations of a local renowned artist.
The sensorial delight travels through the living area to the bedrooms, bathrooms and gardens also benefiting from a travelling collector’s acquisitions. All pieces are one-of-a-kind, fashioned by exceptionally gifted artisans and have been carefully transported to the house, manifesting and harmonising with the property.
The main house comprises four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The comfortable and spacious living area has a cathedral ceiling and is fronted by an extensive, sheltered deck and dining area. The vast kitchen is well equipped with all essential appliances and the granite countertops make for a luxurious, culinary preparation surface.
The fully screened guest house adjacent to the pool has one bedroom, one bathroom, a breakfast bar and a covered outdoor lounging area. It is within sufficient proximity to the main house to allow privacy, but close enough for accessibility.
Surrounding both buildings is a mature garden of fruit trees and indigenous plants. On the west side of the main house, under a covered patio, an intricately carved swing-chair provides a soothing spot to enjoy the view over the bay. From this tranquil seating area, a path leads to a garden retreat offering mangoes, key lime, papaya, orange and pineapple.
Pineapple Place is a timeless, creative and idyllic retreat, full of art and history, nestled in the desirable West End of Tortola.
For more information, please contact Sotheby’s International Realty BVI.