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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
My House is a recently built home, conceived and designed with all modern comforts, but also with some elements characteristic of the Seychelles tradition.
The roof lined with the corrugated sheeting of Creole architecture, unmistakable feature of the houses in the Seychelles, high ceilings with their exposed timber beams and long-bladed fans in each room, the spacious veranda with the traditional bamboo curtains.The simple and comfortable furniture is wholly handmade by local craftsmen, a true tradition that has grown up thanks to the precious local timbers with their exotic-sounding names: Takamaka, Calice du Pape, Casuarina, Teak.
The house is surrounded by a private garden that gently slopes down to the sea. Its protagonists are coconut palms straining towards the light and the sea, framed by frangipani trees with their sweet-smelling flowers, hibiscus, and other tropical plants and shrubs.
With a soundtrack provided by the birds: the blackbird of the Seychelles, known in Creole as “pie chanteuse”, the Scops owl, the gannets, the partridges, all of whom will keep you company with their cheerful presence.My House is a spacious home, as snug and cosy as you could wish, but it is the sea, with its reefs of granite fashioned by the wind that sets its tone and atmosphere, the sea that renders its panorama unique, mutable and ever-changing throughout the day.
A sea that will rock you to sleep at night with its sudden rumbles, while its slow backwash will accompany you in the morning as you take your first coffee on the veranda, and also as dusk descends in the evening, when you can enjoy a shower in the midst of the garden's tropical vegetation and bid the sun farewell as it disappears beneath the horizon.Except when the sea gets too rough, you can always have a swim along the coast that stretches in front of the house, or go snorkelling and admire a multitude of fish of every imaginable colour and size.
A few meters from the house you can reach the beautiful beach of fine white sand that you see the photos below.A home that makes you live by the sea, but well protected by its walls. It is not an isolated house, for it is flanked by other houses with gardens, and yet is silent, reserved and wholly enveloped in its privacy. At any time and in all tranquillity, you can take the sun on the rocks or the deckchairs in front of the house, admire the star-studded sky at night and have your dinner by candlelight.As in all the Seychelles homes, the veranda is the most important part of the home, the place where social life runs its course, the transition space that harmonizes the within and the without. Where you feel protected and at the same time immersed in the light, the wind, the warmth, and the breezes and the odours of the sea. At the centre of the veranda there is the great dining table and, just a few steps away, the cane lounge suite, where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air sweeping in from the beach.
The ample drawing room is well equipped for many different activities: music, television, video recorder, a large table for games and writing (and also eating if you wish), a suite with divan and armchairs.The kitchen, equipped to meet all the culinary needs of the guests, is organized with a block consisting of a cook top with five gas-fired burners and an electric oven, kitchen utensils for preparing even the most elaborate of meals, a mixer/liquidizer, a toaster, a kettle for making tea and… a set of variously sized coffee percolators for espresso coffee.There are two bedrooms, one with two single beds and the other with a double bed, 2 m long by 1.80 m wide. The double bedroom looks out on the garden and the sea. The double curtains and the windows, which open either way, enable you to regulate the light and the air that come into the room just as you prefer. The two bedrooms have air-conditioned with the temperature in each room being individually controlled.The bathroom is equipped with a large brick-built shower cubicle, a bidet, hot and cold water, a hair drier.The house can accommodate up to 6 people, using the sofa bed in the living room. It's possible to add a folding bed for one child.
The car can be parked in the space set aside for this purpose in the courtyard of the house.
The stay includes, weekly changes of bed and bath linens, and the daily cleaning of the house from Monday to Friday (Holidays excluded).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||2 minutes by walking|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: 15 minutes by car or bus 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 1, Lounge seats for 1|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Mahe Island region
Mahé, largest island of the Seychelles, is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful islands thanks to its seventy-odd beaches of splendid white sand, each having a particular character of its own, its verdant tropical flora, hills and mountains covered by a luxuriant vegetation, and its striking rock formations of pure granite that often come right down to the sea.
The island covers an area of little more than fifty square miles, is some 17 miles long and has a width of about 4.5 miles; the highest mountain, Morne Seychellois, rises to some 3050 feet above sea level.
Victoria, the island's capital (about 15 minutes by car from our home), has about twenty thousand inhabitants and must surely be one of the world's smallest capitals. Heart of the economic and political life of the archipelago, its lively and ever busy streets with its wealthy of shops can be enjoyed on foot. At the centre of a picturesque neighbourhood full of old-time colonial houses, you will find Market Street with its covered market in typical Creole style, where the many stalls, full of fresh fish and vegetables, will convey to you the colours and the flavour of local life.
The market is open Monday to Friday from 7.00 a.m. to 4 p.m., while on Saturdays it opens at 6.00 a.m. and closes at noon. But Saturday morning is a particularly interesting moment for visiting it.
At the Seychelles you will find good weather all the year around. The climate is tropical, but is always pleasant thanks to a constant sea breeze, with average temperatures of the order of 25 and 30 degrees centigrade (77 to 86 F°).
The Seychelles are outside the cyclone zone and the rainstorms are therefore few and far between.
There are two principal seasons dominated by trade winds that blow in opposite directions: the period from October to April, touched by the wind of the north west is warmer, with more rainfall but of short duration and the sea is generally calm. From May to September temperatures are slightly lower and drier climate due to the winds of the south east.
The periods of calm between the trade winds in April / May and October / November, have a warmer climate without winds and the sea is calm and clear.
The best time to go depends on what you want to do.
•For diving and snorkelling the best times are from March to May and from September to November. In addition SUBIOS, the festival of underwater photography and movies is held on October each year.
•For bird watching the best times are in April to coincide with the season of love. May-September for the nesting of the terns and October for birds migration.
•For the deep-sea fishing the period from October to April is recommended while surfing and windsurfing are ideal in the months from May to September.
Within 15 minutes by car of our home, you will find the famous beach of Beau Vallon, two long miles of incredibly fine and white sand, where you can loll in the shade of its palms and Takamaka trees. Beloved and preferred by both locals and tourists, it is particularly suitable for families with children on account of its calm waters and is also a great favourite with those who love a stroll by the side of the sea and end it with a refreshing drink or by enjoying some fresh fish at one of the restaurants they will find on their way.
Here we shall mention only the beaches we love best, leaving you the joy of discovering and exploring the others:
Anse Soleil and Petit Anse, can be reached by leaving the car at a certain point and then covering the final short distance on foot. Two splendid beaches hidden by a dense vegetation and surrounded by granite rocks.
Anse Intendance, immense, spectacular and only barely known, a place where you can walk alone for miles on end.
Anse Royale, excellent for swimming and exploring the sea bottom, a hunting ground for fishermen with their characteristic pirogues.
Baie Lazare, a fine large beach surrounded by green promontories, with calm waters for a good swim and beautiful pathways that invite you to explore the interior.
Anse Takamaka, which takes its name from the typical leaf-lade trees that offer their shade all along the beach.
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