“If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.” – Sir Walter Scott
|The Barn Villa is set within the grounds of the Oughterson Plantation Great House and was originally the stable for the mules that transported the sugar cane form the fields (or cane gardens) to the mill on the estate. More recently it is a conversion of ‘the Old Zoo’ stables. The spacious open floor-plan overlooks a coral stone pool with waterfalls and attached shallow pool for children. The design centers on the kitchen and conversation radiates outwards on the tropic breeze through the dining area, living area and out to the pool.The floor plan is necessarily oriented to the trade breezes which cools all in its path.
Peter Milne further designed and build the Villas with the idea that the kitchen was central to the Oughterson Villa experience. As Peter states, “It all flows from the kitchen, with a large prep-bar and serving area to entertain guests while cooking. Then moving to the actual serving and dining area which natural flows out to deserts and after-dinner-drinks by the pool or on the decks. All food and conversation are connected as they should be – food is relationship – food is life.” There is also a coral stone barbeque with outdoor lighting, and probably some interested dogs to keep you company.
The Island Of Barbados is or was, living coral. Everything on it is sitting on or made out of coral. It lends itself to the color, texture and even smell of the island. The Grand House at Oughterson was built out of blocks carved out of coral and the Villas are coral stucco. Even the pool is coral and bears the imprint of it’s living origins. Everywhere you look are the spirals and textural weave of coral. The beaches are coral sand that have been excreted by Parrot fish who constantly chew the living coral -parrot poop. Ever when diving you hear the background chewing noises of the parrot fish.
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