Prime Caribbean beachfront provides the setting for a new and highly private compound combining centuries-old architectural styles.
A Pretty Site
This recently completed oceanfront estate sits on a 4-acre lot bracketed by rocky points, which create a cove-like setting that furthers the feeling of seclusion. The homeowners enlisted the Philadelphia-based interior designer Marguerite "Meg" Rodgers to create a multibuilding villa on what initially was an undeveloped double lot. Rodgers then designated Ernesto Buch as the project’s lead architect to help realize the highly private compound that blends Georgian and Palladian architecture with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living. The sprawling estate includes a 6,600-square-foot main home, a guest cottage, and a poolhouse and spa, all of which are connected by a series of courtyards, terraces, and gardens.
"We wanted this [property] to look very classic from the outside, and then on the inside, the goal was to honor a British colonial look but with a modern twist and an exotic feel," says Rodgers, who worked closely with the lighting designer Sean O’Connor and the landscape architect Charles Hess. The pool loggia anchors the property’s beachfront position, with the guest cottage in the background. Royal Botania chaises and Janus et Cie leaf-shaped loungers were selected for their "sculptural yet functional" appeal, Rodgers says. She and Hess designed the courtyard’s dramatic floor pattern: "The swirl is an unexpected touch," says Rodgers. The courtyard area leads to the pool loggia and the home’s hot tub with its dramatic shell-encrusted wall. Cold water cascades from the arched area into a trough behind the spa.
A private courtyard nestled between the main house and the guest cottage brings indoor comforts outside: Custom pillows made from Stark fabric grace McGuire seating, while a white marble 19th-century Chinese table from Liao Collection Asian Antiques in Philadelphia anchors the space. The poolhouse building includes the loggia, an indoor changing suite, and a kitchen, which leads to an intimate poolside dining area where the columns and flooring are made from coralina marine stone sourced from the Dominican Republic. All windows and doors in the poolhouse are made from hand-carved camphor and nan woods, which Rodgers imported from China through David Salkin Antiques. "We used antique carved doors and windows," she says. "When we couldn’t get the right size, we had them made in China to match the older versions." A "relaxation loggia", on the other side of the poolhouse, pairs Janus et Cie furnishings with custom-designed sconces made in Morocco. One door leads to a bathroom with shell-covered walls, while another opens to the steam room.
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