We are a British couple who, last year, bought a run-down Beach-front property on a Caribbean Island, to the north of Grenada in the West Indies and we have a number of projects in the house and garden which we need to complete to develop a Wellbeing Retreat.
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Our little house is situated right on the beach in what used to be a cotton plantation. Although our garden has mango, pineapple coconut and lime trees, we are aiming to plant more trees, herbs and shrubs. The birdlife here is incredible and humming birds, bananaquits and Sea birds, including pelicans and herons abound right next to the house. The island of Carriacou is steeped in history, especially boatbuilding. But most of all, it is a marine paradise, where opportunities for both scuba diving and snorkelling on the many reefs is plentiful. Learning from this environment is a real privilege and learning from our project to turn our little house, which has been neglected for a few years, into a tropical home adds to the experience.
We have recently purchased a property which needs a lot of work both inside and outside. Garden clearance is well underway but there is more clearing, planting and path building required and repair to/repainting of walls, including some cement work. Inside there is general redecoration (cleaning down, making good and painting). There are several other phases of work required in type house: We need to install a new bathroom and kitchen so plumbing skills would be good at some stage. Also there is a good amount of electrical work is required, so a trained electrician would be most welcome! Especially someone who has experience with solar power. There is a lot of wood in and outside the house on the veranda that needs cleaning/sanding down and treating or painting, so a keen wood crafts person would also be welcome! In fact anyone who enjoys working as part of a small team, has a good sense of humour and does a ‘proper job’ would be very welcome here.
Own double bedroom. Access to bathroom, but basic at present until we further develop the facilities! A hearty breakfast and sandwich lunch is available. Supper is also available but there are some interesting places to eat locally, which will help promote the cultural experience and learning on this beautiful island, so we would suggest sometimes getting an evening meal in town (about a 20 mins walk). Absolutely no smoking.
Time-off opportunities: LOADS of swimming, snorkelling and scuba opportunities; a boat trip to another island (Grenada, Union, Tobago Cays) and visits to the Marine Park at Sandy Island. There are loads of quirky local buses and taxis as well as local boats to take you around. Trekking on the island is fantastic! Chilling in the many little beach front bars and rum shops! We are both semi-retired (one of us from the Police and one from Teaching) but have spent the last 5 years sailing across the Atlantic and running Crewed Yacht Charters in the Grenadines. We have also travelled extensively in Africa. We are embarking on a new project here to develop a Wellbeing Retreat here and are passionate about delivering both good service to guests and an environment that is ‘naturally beautiful’. We embrace the Grenadian Codes of Conduct which include Respect and Courtesy to others, as well as ‘Always doing your best’. We would expect our guests to do likewise and to help keep our house clean and tidy whilst they are with us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week