24 bedroom hotel for sale with 135,452m2 of land, Wakefield, Saint John
10,000,000 USD 8,900,000 EUR 7,900,000 GBP
REF: 194482 Show Map
- Bedrooms: 24
- Bathrooms: 24
- Floor Size (m2): 3,235
- Plot Size (m2): 135,452
- Work Required: Major
- Swimming Pool
- Gite / Additional Accommodation
In need of extensive renovation this hotel is one of the last remaining great houses of Barbados, located in Wakefield, just a 20 minute drive from the airport.
Grand dining room, bar area and 15 guest rooms with high ceilings, large bathrooms with baths, separate walk-in shower and private terraces overlooking the gardens/or swimming pool. Conference rooms, library and a gym. There is also a gazebo, a full length swimming pool, 2 all-weather tennis courts, security hut and a parking area that can accommodate approximately 50 vehicles. There are 9 detached spa buildings of timber construction set within a tangled forested area of bearded fig, mahogany and mango trees.
An interior designer and a team of internationally acclaimed health professionals designed the spa area. This led the hotel to win the title of “Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel” at the 2004 World Travel Awards.
The hotel is a superb property, offering a variety of revenue-making opportunities. The property has an extra touch of glamour, elegance, charm and sophistication that would make it amenable to many options: a posh five-star hotel, a serene medical retreat or a lavish setting for several special events, long or short term rentals. Although closed since 2008, the property has been reasonably well maintained. Minimal repairs, particularly to the roof, refurbishing work, redecorating and landscaping would return the property into a functional state.
Before its closure in 2008, it was rated as a five-star hotel and the Barbados Hotels and Tourism Association classified it in the luxury category of hotel ratings.
This Palladian-style plantation house was built with hand cut coral stone in 1834 by sugar cane baron Edmund Haynes and is set high on a hillside, with approximately 15 acres of lush gardens surrounding the buildings. It has panoramic views, including a view across 7 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. The Barbados Government owned the property from 1907 until former Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Anthony Eden purchased it in 1965. During his residency, renovations were carried out until its sale in 1971.
After a multi million dollar restoration project in 2001, aimed at preserving the property’s colonial heritage, the villa reopened its doors to the public.
The hotel has hosted guests including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, British playwright Noel Coward, Sir Winston Churchill and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The property’s main buildings consist of the original building, the Great House, and a 12 room Park House.
While in operation, the hotel offered several activities, all of which were arranged by the hotel employees. For the nature lover, there is a walking trail around Villa Nova, approximately 4.1km (2.4 miles) and a second trail using a different route which spans 6km (3.6 miles). Other organised activities included golf, deep sea fishing, heritage tours, horseback riding, tennis and water sports. On a quiet evening, one can relax and enjoy the ambience and tranquil setting of a private terrace overlooking the lush gardens.
Before the transformation of the plantation house into a hotel, it was used as an “Open House” where thousands of patrons would gather to explore the surroundings and view the grand architecture and the vintage furniture, each piece with its own historical significance. Cultural lessons on the antiquity, magic, serenity and ambience that surrounds the plantation house now restored into the hotel, were always the high point of the tour of this grandiose Barbadian property.
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