This colonial-style house measuring 450 m2 is located on the north side of St Eustatius, a tropical island in the Caribbean. This magnificent house is locally known as 'Quill Gardens' and is surrounded by greenery. This secret delight was constructed in 2008, commissioned by the current owners, in one of the island's most beautiful locations. Quill Gardens has a panoramic view of the rugged Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the entire island. This unique house has six complete and extremely well equipped suites, spread over two storeys.
Each suite has its own bathroom, air conditioning and television, and they are equipped with 110/220V; one suite has its own entrance and terrace. In the extension of the terrace, there is a complete professional kitchen and laundry room. The expansive basement consists of a lockable garage with room for several cars and a boat and workroom. The current owners are avid travellers, and when they decorated the interior of the house they were primarily inspired by Indonesian islands such as Bali and Java. The entrance to Quill Gardens consists of a large, partially covered terrace, adjoining a smashing 10x4-metre swimming pool with a spacious sun terrace. The house is surrounded by a large, well-maintained garden with a wide variety of plants and trees. The garden is a fantastic place to sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day and enjoy the view.
Quill Gardens is located on a substantial private plot measuring 15,000 m2 and comes with permits for building four additional houses. The house is currently in use as a guest house, frequented primarily by high-ranking Dutch civil servants, because they prefer Quill Gardens' homely atmosphere to that of ordinary hotels. The estate is located just ten minutes by car from Oranjestad, and there are parking spaces for several cars just in front of the gate.
Sint Eustatius, also known as the "The Golden Rock", is a hidden jewel in the Caribbean. The island is located just fifteen minutes by plane from better-known islands like Saint Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, and Saint Kitts. Sint Eustatius has an impressive history. In the 18th century, the island was one of the most important transit ports and the most profitable property of the Dutch West India Company. In 1779, more than 3000 ships from Europe, the Americas, and Africa docked in the harbour of the capital city, Oranjestad.
There is a dormant volcano on the south-eastern part of the island, called the Quill. This volcano creates the fertile soil which has given rise to the island's rich, amazingly green vegetation. The island's coastline is also impressively diverse. The coastline on the northern side is rugged, while on the southern side the gentle coastline is a good place for swimming and diving. Diving is a popular activity on the island. The Statia National Marine Park encompasses the entire coastal area. Fishing is banned, so the underwater park is partially covered with coral. Seahorses, rays, sharks, and sea turtles are found in abundance. Sint Eustatius is on the migratory route of humpback whales. Zeelandia beach has been declared a nature refuge for sea turtles.
Statia was sighted in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Throughout a swaggering colonial era that followed, the island had changed hands at least 22 times. In 1636, near the close of the 80 year war between Holland and Spain, the Dutch took possession. During the 17th and 18th century, Statia was a major trading center with some 20,000 inhabitants and thousands of ships calling at her shores. It is hard for present day visitors to imagine that this tiny island once had one of the busiest ports in the region. During the latter part of the 18th century, St. Eustatius was the major supplier of arms and ammunition to the rebellious British Colonies in North America and the subject of conflict among the most powerful seafaring nations of the time.
For a while, Statia was the only link between Europe and fledgling American colonies. Even Benjamin Franklin had his mail routed through Statia to ensure its safe arrival. Statia remembered as the emporium of the Caribbean, was nicknamed "The Golden Rock", reflecting its former prosperous trading days and wealthy residents.
On November 16, 1776 the American Brig-of-War, the "Andrew Doria", sailed into the harbor of Statia firing its 13-gun salute indicating America's long sought independence. The 11-gun salute reply, roaring from the canons at Fort Oranje under the command of Governor Johannes de Graaff, established Statia as the first foreign nation to officially recognize the newly formed United States of America.
Each year, thousands of ships anchored on the roadstead of Oranjestad and the shore of the Bay was lined with hundreds of warehouses packed with goods. More trade (both legal and illegal) transpired here after the end of the American Revolution than on any other Caribbean island until Statia reached its economic peak around 1795.
As the eighteenth century drew to a close St. Eustatius gradually lost its importance as a trading center and most merchants and planters left the Island, leaving their homes and warehouses. Through the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries Statia became and remained a quiet island waiting to be discovered by history minded visitors.
Fortunately, in the 1960's and 70's, the people of Statia became increasingly aware of the cultural value of their unique heritage and initiatives were taken to preserve and maintain it. To promote the exploration and dissemination of the unique history and culture of this special island, the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation was founded. The founding members of the Historical Foundation and its subsequent boards have provided a vision that includes the creation of a world class Museum, the impetus for the Historic Core Renovation project and the establishment of the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR). New museums are also being planned.
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St. Eustatius, generally called “Statia” by its approximately 4,000 residents, is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Its land area is 11 square miles (32 square km). The island faces the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
The delightful climate is a comfortable 24º to 32º Celsius (75º to 89º Fahrenheit) year round. The languages on the island are English and Dutch. US Dollar is the local currency.
Winair operates 5 daily flights from St. Maarten. Flight time is approximately 20 minutes.
This service allows passengers to make connections in St. Maarten with regional and international carriers, including Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, KLM, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways and Air France.
The Airport code for St. Maarten is SXM & for Statia EUX.
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