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VOLUME 15 ISSUE 3

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Toute Bagai Publishing Limited Neysha Soodeen [email protected] editor in chief Simone Gillette [email protected]

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Creative Director



International Sales

Marie-France Aqui Neysha Soodeen [email protected]

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Barbados Sales Julie Murphy [email protected]

Trinidad celebrates bicentennial of



artist Michel-Jean Cazabon Photography Geoffrey Maclean

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great escape

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zemi chic



The ridge in Barbados



New resort sizzles in Anguilla

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ten days, two events, one of a kind



WRITER JULIE CHALBAUD



WRITER JULIE GUAGLARDI



BVI hosts restaurant and lobster festival



PHOTOGRAPHER JULIE CHALBAUD



PHOTOGRAPHER THIERRY DEHOVE



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rebirth of saline reef

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star of kingston

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a french love affair



Wooden villa gets new life



Great house is Jamaica hot spot



St Martin hotel has best wine cellar



WRITER DEE LUNDY-CHARLES



WRITER Nicole Maraj - Pandohie



WRITER JULIE GUAGLARDI



PHotoGRAPHER DANIELLE DEVAUX



PHOTOGRAPHER Peter Ferguson



PHOTOGRAPHERs THIERRY DEHOVE,



Julie Guaglardi

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tale of nancy woods

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the blue lighthouse



Adventure brings artist to the landings



Lighthouse ship is hotel landmark



WRITER SAVANNA WEST



WRITER CELINE BARNARD



PHOTOGRAPHER DANIELLE DEVAUX



PHOTOGRAPHy Le Phare Bleu

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a growing heritage



Two centuries of St Vincent gardens



WRITER SARAH VENABLE



PHOTOGRAPHERS CHERYL HUTCHINSON,



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WRITER Dee Lundy-Charles PHOTOGRAPHER DANIELLE DE VAUX

rebirth of saline reef

A short visit turns into obsession for couple who re-design old-fashioned wooden house into a serene family home in Saint Lucia

When Mark Fullbrook bid on a Saint Lucian villa holiday at a charity silent auction in 2009, there must have been a little serendipity in the air.

When he and wife Lorraine won the two-week stay at Saline Reef, it started their passionate love affair with the island and the property. The couple, from England, were instantly besotted with the cliffside home, its awe-inspiring views over the north coast of Cap Estate all the way to Martinique, the spaciousness of the house and its gently sloping, very private location. Two years later the Fullbrooks were back in Saint Lucia and looking to buy a property, but despite working with local realtors, they were drawn back to Saline Reef, where they peered through the fence and wished that their dream home were on the market. “The one thing we were insistent on was that we were looking for a location to live up to Saline Reef,’’ Mark said. “What we really fell in love with were the incredible views from morning to sunset; every area of the home has its own spectacular panorama, so we were determined to find the right property with Saline Reef as our point of reference.” Ultimately, what they really wanted to do was purchase Saline Reef, and it became a bit of an obsession. The Fullbrooks (who have been married for 26 years) met specialised realtor, Tropical Villas, and explained how much they wanted to buy the property. Their patience was rewarded when the owner decided to sell, at which point, Mark put a covert plan into play, spending five months in secret negotiations, and just before Lorraine’s birthday, he surprised her with the gift of her dreams—the singularly wonderful Saline Reef. That was 18 months ago, and the start of a renovation project that would allow Lorraine to exercise her interior design skills and go to work on achieving the vision that Saline Reef had inspired since their first visit. The result is a an impressive fusion of old Caribbean charm with modern beach house, set in a quiet and exquisitely private garden,

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its exterior all white gingerbread , lattice -work and seaf oam green panelling , while inside , a luxurious, light and airy family home welcomes every visitor and is never pretentious

its exterior all white gingerbread, lattice-work and seafoam green panelling, while inside, a luxurious, light and airy family home welcomes every visitor and is never pretentious. Lorraine is humble about her design expertise, calling it more of a hobby. But she spent many months wandering around the property looking at every angle and deciding what changes to make, before getting the right team together to execute the final vision. The transformation required the skills of a great architect and project manager, Jean Mederick, and a high-quality, reliable builder, George Elisée. With Lorraine’s guiding hand on every detail from paint colours and sun loungers to bespoke furniture makers in London and Saint Lucia, the road was long and sometimes stressful, but the result was well worth the effort. ABOVE Breezy veranda at Saline Reef

The rebirth of Saline Reef took it from an old-

with garden view

fashioned, mid-20th century wooden house with

RIGHT Old wooden house with

dark-stained hatching, rainbow-painted balusters,

gingerbread detail is re-designed into modern luxury retreat

a proliferation of lattice and tropical décor theme, complete with pink parrots, to a serene and embracing getaway, where the inside and outside spaces blend seamlessly into a secluded, calm retreat.

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If the Caribbean lifestyle means outdoor living, Saline Reef offers Arriving at the unobtrusive rear of the villa, and

seemingly endless possibilities for capturing the 180-degree mountain

entering via beloved housekeeper Angel’s bijou but

and ocean vistas: the Crow’s Nest is a two-storey cliff-edge

practical kitchen and dining nook, you are greeted by sunlight and blue sky pouring through the four

gazebo overlooking the teal crystal sea and crashing surf

sets of french doors and cathedral-height windows of the lower ground floor living room. The eye is immediately drawn to the view of Pigeon Island, and the outdoor living space beckons irresistibly. To the right of the L-shaped layout, a jalousie shutter-lined corridor accesses the master and guest bedroom. Overlooking the pool terrace, you are enticed outside by the insane views and balmy breezes. Lorraine Fullbrook’s desire to make outdoor living the heart of Saline Reef’s redesign has paid off in spades, and the house offers access to its many exterior nooks and crannies at every opportunity. Outside on the pool deck, the afternoon sun plays beautiful tricks with geometric shadows thrown from the terrace pergola and open jalousie shutters. Around the two-level rounded pool, a pale cream stone deck is home to stylish and comfortable loungers, and a tiny balcony off the second guest bedroom is the perfect reading spot. The garden envelops the pool, providing welcome shade with rustling palms and blazing bougainvillea, and tall pots line the terrace with more palms and bushy ficus trees. If the Caribbean lifestyle means outdoor living, Saline Reef offers seemingly endless possibilities for capturing the 180-degree mountain and ocean vistas: the Crow’s Nest is a two-storey cliff-edge gazebo overlooking the teal crystal sea and crashing surf, just big enough for two comfortable armchairs—

TOP Nooks and crannies outdoors invite reading,

relaxation and conversation ABOVE Endless opportunities abound for soaking

up insane views and balmy breezes

Mark’s favourite spot for a morning emailing session.

RIGHT Around two-level pool is stone deck with

The entire outdoor area is covered by wifi, making

comfy loungers

it “the best place in the world to do a little work!” Tucked away in the garden overlooking the sea is a cosy dining deck, ideal for watching the lights of Martinique at dusk, and through the french doors of the lounge is a spacious terrace with comfortable seating and a large dining table with views over the Cliffside Cap Maison resort and Rodney Bay twinkling in the distance.

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And if you must go inside, Saline Reef’s large comfortable lounge is wired for all mod cons, and furnished in a modern beach house style complete with custom-made oversized sofas, sleek white cabinetry and an eight-foot locally built bookcase designed by Lorraine. Each bedroom is a cool, relaxing retreat, luxuriant in neutral tones of white and beige, accented with rich, textural fabrics, and furnished BELOW White and beige create crisp soothing

bedroom retreat BOTTOM Gazebo, a feature of the home’s inside-

outside style, with oversized chairs

with top- of-the-line beds and bedding from The White Company in London. All are en suite with walkin closets, and the master has a private balcony with

RIGHT Owners chose beach house aesthetic but

a bird’s eye view all the way to Mount Pimard, and

with modern upgrades

access to the upper Crow’s Nest—another example of the indoor-outdoor flow Lorraine has so successfully achieved. The restoration of the villa was not only cosmetic, and Mark reels off an impressive list of upgrades from foundations to electrics, roofing and hurricane proofing and a pool renovation, all of which the couple considers a vital investment in the future of the home, as well as the comfort and safety of all its guests. And what of the James Bond movie poster collection hanging in pride of place along the first-floor gallery? Mark joked: “We just love James Bond and wanted a theme. Lorraine happens to think Daniel Craig is the bee’s knees and the best Bond ever. I keep pointing out he has big ears.’’ One of the Skyfall posters is positioned so Lorraine can see him in his tuxedo through the open shutter while she floats in the pool. “Ian Fleming wrote his books overlooking the Caribbean. He clearly never found Saint Lucia and had to settle for Jamaica. We reckon Saline Reef’s view beats his villa, Goldeneye, hands down.” Lorraine and Mark are proud of all they have achieved as first-time renovators, and feel very passionate about the villa’s special-ness. Saline Reef, though architecturally outstanding, is a home and not a showcase. Mark put it this way: “We haven’t bought a rental property to rent, we’ve bought a family home which we want to share with other people. Saline Reef really soothes the soul.”M

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Mark put it this way: “We haven’t bought a rental property to rent, we’ve bought a family home which we want to share with other people. Saline Reef really soothes the soul ” MACO

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