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“Perfect family-friendly home from home”

Review of Ffryes Villa

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Ffryes Pool - perfect to dive into!
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Ffryes Pool - perfect to dive into!
Modern, generous well equipped kitchen for the Man to cook in!!
Darkwood Beach - wow!
Spacious and light master bedroom tastefully furnished for a relaxing atmosphere
Ffryes outdoor living area with lounge seating ideal for reading and relaxing
Outdoor dining area -Perfect for al fresco meals
Comfortable airy open plan living area that extends out on to verandah
Valley Church Beach- what more could you want?
Valley Church Beach a  7 minute stroll -midday in February!
Adorable Antiguan Donkey - look hard
Antigua is not all beach.by any means....
Driftwood sculpture
Typical Caribbean Sugarmill by Ffryes Beach
Sunrise from Ffryes veranda enjoy with a glass in hand..
Neem Tree behind Ffryes Villa
Jolly Harbour
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Jolly Harbour, Saint Mary Parish, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

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LMYoung20...
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect family-friendly home from home”
Reviewed March 21, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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person found this review helpful

The home, the location, the amenities were all absolutely outstanding. We could not have wished for a better stay at this gorgeous property and we will most certainly be back (as often as we possibly can!!).

Ffryes Villa is part of an estate of four properties but with it's own driveway, lush private yard, private pool and wrap around multi-tiered porch you feel like you're in our own serene and exclusive oasis (but with the added comfort of knowing there are a few friendly folk nearby).

The three generous sized bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms and super efficient ceiling fans for those deliciously tropical nights. We picked up some plug-in mozzi repellers but the villa already had a few of these on hand and I would definitely recommend plugging them in at night as those pesky mozzi's like nothing more than to nibble on a tourist!

The kitchen is well equipped and fantastically laid out with a set of french doors opening straight out onto the patio where you can enjoy al fresco dining under the vaulted veranda. My favorite time here was first thing in the morning with a cup of fresh coffee (the villa has a great filtered coffee machine which was a huge bonus as soon many places we've stayed simply don't have any coffee making facilities!!).

Just a 3 minute drive (the villa has it's own car for hire! SO useful!) is the local supermarket, ATM's, bars, restaurants and Jolly Harbor where you can get all the supplies you need, enjoy fantastic food or rent boats / do water sports season depending. You can walk to the local beach but it takes about 20 minutes and as we often wanted to take a cooler with water etc we usually chose to do the 5 minute drive instead. There are really so many glorious beaches to explore so I'd recommend hoping in the car with your swims and going on a beach adventure! We certainly did! And if you're anything like me, who LOVES the sand on my feet at the beach, but HATES it between my toes when I get home, there is a great outdoor shower just inside the entry to the villa grounds which is both refreshing and fantastically efficient at sand blasting those lingering grains of sand for the OCD in me!

We really did have the most glorious time and just wish we could have stayed longer! All of the team who picked us up, dropped us off and were on call should we have needed anything were helpful and friendly and enhanced our trip no end. The owners, although we did not meet them have filled the villa with beautiful personal touches, hand crafted art and made sure everything is of the highest of standards. We fully recommend this villa to anyone considering spending time in Antigua and simply cannot wait to get back for some more 'liquid sunshine!' as the locals call it.

Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Mar 22, 2017
Thank you for these lovely comments and we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday (again!) in Antigua.
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catrionar...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb villa in great location”
Reviewed February 20, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
1
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This villa is in a great location being only 5 mins from the amenities of Jolly Harbour (shops, restaurants, supermarket) and also several great beaches only 5 - 15 minutes drive away.

The property is spacious and the outside areas are great with plenty of seating, separate eating area and a good sized pool.

There are 3 good sized bedrooms with ensuite facilities in each and plenty of wardrobe / storage space. The only downside we found was that two of the bedrooms had standard size double beds which would be fine for couples but we were just girlfriends so would have preferred twin beds that can be put together if required.

The kitchen is large and very well equipped so it was very easy to eat meals at the Villa if you don't want to go to one of th many good local restaurants or beach bars.

We had a super 2 week break here and had a fantastic relaxing time and can highly recommend it.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jenny P
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay at Ffryes Villa!”
Reviewed June 6, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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We rented Ffryes Villa for 2 weeks at the end of April with 4 adults and a 14 month old in tow as well.
Their approved taxi driver Lava met us at the airport, sorted our bags and took my parents and our little one back to the villa (A child seat was already installed in his taxi!) as my husband and I had to sort a rental car at the airport.
The villa is very easy to find and has a large parking space which accommodated the Mini van we had hired perfectly.
Ffryes Villa is beautiful...surround by wonderful planting and a lovely view of the rainforest behind. If you were very lucky you could spot Goats wandering around up there!
The villa has 3 very large spacious bedrooms (With the comfiest beds ever!) and a comfortable travel cot was provided and set up by the wonderful property manager Hazel. Showers took a little while to figure out but Dan the maintenance guy was happy to come along and show us how to use them!
The villa has a large kitchen/dining/living room area with big door that open out onto a lovely covered terrace. To stop our little one taking a tumble down the steps to the lower terrace and swimming pool we moved the outside sofa across the gap!
The upper terrace had a large table and chairs by the kitchen as well as a few rocking chairs, sofa and a coffee table.
The pool isn't heated but when the temperature was in it's 30's most days it didn't need to be!
The area that Ffryes is in is a brilliant location, there is a fantastic pizza place over the road as well as a few other eateries which we didn't try. A short walk away is Jolly Harbour which has a fantastic selection of restaurants as well as the very well stocked Epicurean supermarket (The get a container delivery every Tuesday)
We had a wonderful stay at Ffryes Villa and cannot recommend it enough as a self catering option, the booking here in the UK was swift and simple as was booking our flights with British Airways.
If you have any questions about this place please do not hesitate to send me a private message and I will answer as beat I can!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jun 7, 2016
Hi Jennifer
We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Ffryes Villa so much. We aim to maintain the villa to the highest standards and your lovely comments make all our efforts worthwhile! We hope you will return in the future! Marianne and Brian
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Sara W
Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful base for visiting island's beaches”
Reviewed January 24, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Ffryes Villa is a very comfortable home from home, with particularly comfortable beds! This was not our first visit to Antigua and knew the island quite well but the villa is in the best position to visit some of the loveliest beaches on the island. We had been given some excellent restaurant recommendations by Marianne, the owner, which all lived up to expectations.

There is a well equipped kitchen and brilliant BBQ for home cooking, although we went out a good deal to excellent eateries almost on our doorstep.

We went with friends of our age and our grown up daughter and friend. We all had the most wonderful holiday and are definitely considering a return visit next year.

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Liked best: The position of teh villa
Liked least: Mosquitos! A necessary evil in the tropics
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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HallFamil...
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb villa in excellent location - highly recommended and good value”
Reviewed September 14, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We returned to the wonderful Ffryes Villa in August this year, having enjoyed a brilliant holiday there last summer. We love this villa! The English owners have been very helpful and booking is easy (in our case by phone). We spent a lot of time finding the best place to stay for our family of four. Ffryes Villa is light, spacious and clean, with Wifi, air-conditioning and ceiling fans in the lounge-dining area plus all three double bedrooms (each en-suite - stylish master shower room recently upgraded), pleasant decor and all the facilities and equipment required, including BBQ. There is a sun deck beside the good-sized and well-maintained pool, as well as a large shaded seating and dining area, often having a cooling gentle breeze. (This is the more sheltered side of the island). All areas are quite private due to the pretty garden of fruit trees and bougainvillea, visited by hummingbirds. There is also a view of the rainforest on the hills behind. Apart from some early evening music from a local restaurant, this is generally a peaceful location.
Ffryes Villa is just one of three villas plus a house on the small 'Hamilton Estate', next to the luxurious Sugar Ridge Hotel and Spa (facilities available for use). One hidden benefit of this is that regular insect spraying nearby keeps any problems to a minimum. Another bonus is that the friendly, efficient Hamilton estate manager is just phone call away for any advice and the maintenance man/taxi driver is always willing to help out (but does not intrude if not required). This has helped us to feel safe and well-looked after. Jolly Harbour (1/4 mile) is convenient, with one of the best supermarkets on the island and there is a range of good restaurants open, even in low season. Some are right by the yacht harbour, bringing a great atmosphere. (This year we particularly enjoyed a fantastic meal with amazing sunset views at nearby 'Sheer Rocks'). There are also several beautiful beaches within 5-10 mins drive - in our view amongst the best on the island. (Several are within a few minutes walking distance). St John's (carnival first Mon/Tues August) is not far (20+ mins) and we have enjoyed many activities suitable for teenagers and others nearby, such as kayaking (Jolly Harbour/South Coast Horizons), snorkelling (e.g. at the famous Cade's reef), diving (Jolly Harbour or St James Club/Mamora Bay recommended - 1/2 hour drive), zipwires as well as rainforest hiking tours (Fig Tree Drive) and Eco-Tour boat trip (Jolly Harbour). Look no further - Ffryes Villa is the villa to book for your holiday!

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Liked best: Everything - just brilliant!
Liked least: Not a problem for us but there are a few steps up to the entrance from the driveway
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Mark299
2 reviews
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“Wonderful holiday home”
Reviewed August 18, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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This was our third stay in Ffryes Villa so obviously we love it. The 3 bedrooms all have spacious en suites and the accommmodation is of a very high standard throughout. We particularly enjoyed the outside dining and BBQ area and the pool which seemed to be in constant use whenever we were at the villa.
The villa is ideal for extended family holidays. The best beaches and Jolly Harbour facilities are a short drive away.
We particularly enjoyed Darkwood Beach for lazing, snorkeling or having a drink at the beach bar.
When we were there the Mangos were in season and you could buy them at the roadside for next to nothing. They have to be tasted to be believed. There is a Mango tree in the garden of the villa looked after by Don, and it was laden with fruit that were not quite ripe when we were there. I envy the people who came after us, they would have had a taste of paradise.

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Liked best: It fulfills the dream of a caribbean villa.
Liked least: Power cuts, but we only had 2 of short duration
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Anne W
London
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely pool and outside spaces”
Reviewed June 2, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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person found this review helpful

Just back from 8 days at Ffryes Villa. This was our first time renting a villa on Antigua, previously we always stayed at an all-inclusive resort. So it was with considerable anticipation and a little trepidation that we arrived for our stay. All went smoothly from our arrival at VC Bird, taxi driver Lava was waiting for us and Yasmine was at the villa to greet us. She had very kindly arranged for some basic supplies to be purchased for us as requested. First impressions were that the pool and outside spaces were very attractive and it was particularly good to have a proper sized pool for those early morning/late afternoon swims. The rooms were also fine, though the bathrooms en-suite to bedrooms 2 and 3 are rather put in the shade by the master bathroom with its lovely walk-in shower (they have the old-fashioned fixed showers above the baths). During our stay everything went well with no problems with any of the villa equipment. We were slightly worried to read in the villa Information pack that there was a limit on the amount of electricity included in the villa price (because, apparently, of excessive use by some guests) as this had not been mentioned in the lease agreement and we had not been shown the meter reading on arrival. However, nothing came of this and nothing further was said about it, so no problem. We hired the owners' car for our stay as suggested and would strongly recommend doing this. It may be true,if you are up for a bit of a trek, that at least one beach is within walking distance and even the supermarket at Jolly Harbour. However, it really is not practicable or pleasant to walk any distance in the heat and especially not carrying supplies. Eateries within sensible walking distance included the pizza place opposite (very good pizzas to eat there or take back to the villa), the fish and chip bus also opposite, Miracles Restaurant just along the road on the way to Jolly Harbour and Oceanos Restaurant a bit further along in the opposite direction. Also within walking distance (next door) is the Sugar Ridge resort where the gym could be used for a fee of US$50 a week. We drove to one of the beaches every day, hired loungers and sun umbrellas and ate lunch at one of the beach restaurants - perfect. The villa is quite well situated for beaches, shopping and restaurants though it is just off the main road and lacking a view, but it is well surrounded by palm trees and flowers that give a nice secluded feel despite this. All in all, a very enjoyable and relaxing stay especially given what I thought was an extremely reasonable price.

Traveling group: Friends
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