Amazing Grace - Turks & Caicos
How sweet the sound of a relaxing family escape amidst the unspoiled islands of Turks and Caicos.
Words by Caroline Key. Photography by www.tropicalimaging.com
Connecticut-based and with two teenage children, the Bakes had long desired a winter escape to share with friends and family. Initially looking closer to home, it was thanks to the recommendation from a friend that they turned attention to enchanting Provo. "There was so much to explore! Dusty roads would lead to the most phenomenal beaches; the people were lovely; the climate exceptional; the environment low-key and it was a short flight from New York. It ticked all the boxes," recalls Sandra. A remarkable first impression made, they soon returned in earnest to build their perfect Caribbean hideaway
Forever marking their unforgettable island discovery, the Bakes settled on a secluded 18-acre parcel on the eastern tip of breathtaking Grace Bay Beach. "We wanted the home to have a sense of permanence, a timeless quality," explains Sandra, who chose local architect, Simon Wood of SWA Architects, to help realise their vision. Taking cues from traditional Caribbean architecture, symmetrical lines, mottled coralstone walls, exposed timber ceilings and naturally etched limestone flooring artfully blend classic elegance with modern simplicity. Inside, neutral tones lend an air of sophistication while seaside accents and ocean hues add colour and depth. Light-washed wood has been used throughout, with heavier accents such as mahogany poster beds and bronzed lanterns anchoring the space they are in. "On advice from our designer, we splurged on a signature piece - a white wood antique chandelier that now hangs in the living room. From there, everything just fell into place," says Sandra on setting the style and tone for the home.
A luxurious family-style villa that brings loved ones together and offers respite from the demands of everyday life, the home also radiates a sumptuous beach house appeal. The oversize pool, lawns and pristine beachfront remain focal points throughout. With more than 9,000 square feet of living space - including five en-suite bedrooms and family-size living, kitchen and dining rooms each opening onto and a network of covered verandahs and breezeways - Amazing Grace strikes the perfect balance of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Designed to be open air and energy efficient, French windows and doors channel the prevailing breeze and harness the natural light, while sweeping archways perfectly frame the magnificent backdrop beyond.
The house is about discovery and exploration
"Amazing Grace is a true family escape, a place of adventure and unforgettable experiences." Follow the unpaved track down to the house and you soon understand. Ensconced in natural, awe-inspiring beauty, Amazing Grace offers peace, tranquillity and perfect island living. Qualities that captivated the Bakes all those years ago and can still be found in this secret slice of paradise.
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