When you live on Saba, it’s about the view, the architecture and Old World Caribbean lifestyle. Located in Lower Hells Gate, Nearly There Cottage has it all. This beautifully renovated cottage sits 1000 feet up a mountainside constantly caressed by cooling trade winds. From that magnificent vantage the horizon goes forever.
Your eye is immediately drawn to Saba’s charming little airport with the world’s smallest commercial runway; beyond are the crashing waves on volcanic rocks. The view expands with the endless azure of the Caribbean Sea dotted with the peaks and valleys of St Maarten, Anguilla, St Barth’s, St Eustatius, Nevis, and St Kitts and on a very clear day all the way to Montserrat. It is a perfect painting of a Saba view.
Yet the house sits in a very private enclave near a little traveled cul-de-sac with two other beautifully upgraded old cottages. Originally constructed as a land based hideaway in 1989 by an itinerate Caribbean sailor, the current owner has taken full advantage of the cottage’s very good “bones”. Over the past six years he has renovated the space into a real Caribbean dream. As he says, “Things move at a more comfortable pace on Saba, but once you’ve seen this spectacular home, you are indeed “nearly there”.
Enclosed by a white privacy fence, the grounds of Nearly There Cottage are as lovely and well thought out as the inside. You can relax in a beautiful lap pool surrounded by a 6’ high retaining wall crafted from native volcanic stone or luxuriate in an 8-person outdoor hydrotherapy spa. Dine or unwind on 2000 square feet of Italian terra-cotta tiled outdoor living space that overlooks the specular views.
There are two covered porches; one facing the sea and the other is leeward to provide a protected space for al-fresco dining and cooking in the custom outdoor kitchen and grill. After a long day of island activities, the totally private outdoor shower, built from native stone, provides a refreshing rinse off.
The interiors reflect a meticulous attention to detail. Italian tiles flow through from floors into the showers. Custom red oak millwork, vaulted cypress and cedar ceiling and custom Kraft-Maid cabinetry add practical beauty. Downstairs are two comfortable ensuite bedrooms. The master suite has a 12 foot vaulted ceiling, exposed structural wood beams, custom red oak shelving, a spacious walk-in closet and an impressive custom red oak sliding “barn door”. The second bedroom features an ensuite bathroom, spectacular views and built in closet. Additional sleeping quarters are available in an upstairs loft accessed from an old-fashion sliding “library ladder”. Rooms are cooled by the trade winds and ceiling fans.
The main living area is a large open plan room with high vaulted cypress ceiling that offers an inviting space for entertainment, relaxation, dining and cooking. The kitchen is beautifully organized with upgraded appliances and details. The room is cooled by elegant ceiling fans and ambiance lighting is provided by wall sconce artwork lighting.
Nearly There Cottage is “nearly perfect”. This beautifully renovated, atmospheric home surrounded by amazing views and loads of outdoor living is a perfect place to live the Old World Caribbean lifestyle. All you need to do to make Nearly There perfect is simply to move in!