The cabin is remote, a walk through trees - totally off the grid.
Built on stilts it overlooks trees with a long view down a valley.
The cabin has a large bedroom with four poster bed, a full kitchen and open air bathroom with rain water shower.
The cottage is newly built, in 2014 .
Logwood is named after one of the trees that surrounds it - whose heartwood creates the only natural dye that is still used today. This dye was once so valuable that privateers would capture the ships that were taking this cargo back to Europe. The blossom of the Logwood tree also makes wonderful honey.
To build the cottage we used as many recycled materials as possible. The doors are all old and many of which have been left with their original paint work. The outside is covered in wooden shingles in the traditional Caribbean style.
We built the cabin in an area of trees, selecting the spot partly for its view, but also because there was a small clearing in the woods ( wonderful that we didnt have to cut many down!) and it was just asking for a little something. On a hill, and built on stilts the cabin overlooks the trees down a long valley that runs to the back of English Harbour, about 7 miles away. We have tried to preserve this little wood, so have not made a driveway to the cottage - It is a remote, but only a 2 minute walk from the car parking area, through the trees. You will need a 4WD to get to the cabin.
Although the cottage looks old fashioned - that is the only thing that is traditional about it! It is totally independent and is run only by solar energy, with 24 volt lights, pumps and fridge. There is 110v power as well with USA sockets. The rain water is collected from the roof, and is heated with solar.
The bedroom is large, 16 ft X 16 ft : white stained wooden floor, and a double 4 poster bed fitted with a mosquito net. There are old louvred doors barn doors that slide open to a side balcony, and shutter doors opening onto the main front balcony. All the doors and windows have mosquito screens.
There is a large wardrobe with plenty of shelving and hanging space - a desk under the windows should you feel inspired to write or draw, and also wireless internet.
Off the bedroom is the open bathroom with large rain water shower, basin and low water usage loo.
Antigua is a low lying island - which in turn causes a low annual rainfall - so we need to be conscious of water usage.
The Balcony is 10 ft x 24ft and forms the living and dining areas. The kitchen opens up with wide doors so the whole side is open to the balcony and the dining table is in easy reach. There is a solar run fridge with a good size freezer and 4 burner propane gas stove with oven. The kitchen has all the utensils you will need - and basic larder items. We will supply groceries for your dinner and breakfast, should you feel like staying at home for your first night.
The cottage is on over an acre of woodland, and has a small garden clearing around the cabin. Not very flowery I am afraid because of the lack of water.
Do throw your washing up water on any plant you see !There are walks nearby around the valley.
Interaction with guests
I live not far away - about 3 minutes walking, which is further than it sounds ! I tend to leave my guests alone - but am delighted if anyone wants to come and ask me questions, or have a cup of coffee.
Other things to note
We have a couple of dogs who are bound to visit. They are big and friendly, but please don't let them inside the cottage or feed them or you will never get rid of them!
WELCOME TO LOGWOOD CABIN
Any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at any time : ( (phone number hidden)
A few things to note please:
We have given you candles – mainly citronella candles against mosquitos. Please make sure that you don't leave them burning when you go out or when you fall asleep, or indeed have to close to the bed so that the net could get near the flames.
When the candles are not in use – please turn them over. They attract birds and mice to eat them !
There is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen !
The cabin is run by solar power. It's a new system and is running well, but it cannot run things that use more that 1000W of power – like an hairdryer !
The fan should be OK to run all night, but please turn off the internet when not in use as this pulls power.
If you hear an high pitched squeal and the 110v lights go off ( the LEDs run on 24 volt so will stay on ) – this is because the inverter is saying the batteries have got too low.
You can either call me on (phone number hidden) ( there is a local cell phone for you use )
Go under the house, use the brass key on the padlock and turn the inverter off.
The water is all collected rainwater from the roof.
We have been having a drought recently so please be aware of usage.
The water is solar heated, if it has been cloudy the water temp will be warm, but if a sunny day do watch out, it can get very hot!
INTERNET AND PHONE
The internet password is on the bottom of the black box itself. If it does not start straight away then turn on and off and take out sim. If all this fails call me and I will take it into Digicel.
The cell phone has some EC dollars on for you to make local calls etc.
To check how much is left dial *120#.
If this runs out let me know or top up at local shops.
Antigua at this time only recycles aluminium and plastics #1 and #2 – so its better to buy beer in cans!
There is a white enamel bucket in the kitchen (with lid) that can be used for this should you wish.
The cabin faces East so it get the breeze to its face, that also means it gets the rain from that direction as well. Should it rain while your here
there are blinds to roll down – these go behind the railings and pull tight and tie down to the cleat. They need to be tight – I am told by the maker they can stand almost anything but chaffing.
Please try not to roll back up when wet as mildew is a constant battle in the tropics !
If you see the rain coming towards you down the valley please also put the hammock out of the rain somewhere!
I am from England originally, but have been living in the Caribbean for 25 years.
I run my own business, a Production Service Company, which helps people coming into the Caribbean for filming or photography. When not traveling for work I live at home at Tranquil Farm with my daughter,
dogs, ducks, chickens - I love to garden and reading, and the peacefulness of my surroundings.