When we bought Strawberry House in June 2010 it was in need of some love and care. However whilst we wanted to update the accommodation, we desperately wanted to keep the old Bahamian Style and Character. Of course, being a former hardware store we could never want to claim that it had any former glory, but it was important to remodel and renovate sympathetically and add a dash of Elegance.

The Hall

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Above left, the Hall in 2010 - very dark and dominated by Mexican tiles. Today the Hall has been revitalised washing the old shelves from the Hardware Store, which were used on the walls, and tiling the whole floor with silver travertine. It is now light and welcoming and leads you to the living area upstairs.

The Upside Down Living Area

Once up the stairs you are greeted by a magical 800 square foot living area accented by two large double fans and a aged wine barrel chandelier, hung on a pickled pecky cypress ceiling with a ten inch matching coving and concealed lighting. The area is divided into two - a kitchen area with louvered driftwood cabinets with custom fit Kitchen Aid appliances and a living area with Drexel Heritage sofas around an original driftwood coffee table.

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The Veranda

Outstanding views are reached from three pairs of French Doors. One set takes you through to historic Bay Street on the Eastern side with views of Government Dock, historic Miss Lena's opposite and the early morning sun. The two main doors bring you to a covered area with dining for six affording views over the Little Board House over to the Bayside and Eleuthera. Watch the Saturday sailing, the hub-bub around the arrival of the weekly ship from Miami and of course the sunsets to the west.

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Widows Walk

From the South Western Veranda a small staircase leads to a third floor veranda affording breathtaking panoramic views of Valentines Marina, Eleuthera and Man Island.

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Master Suite

One of the most difficult areas to renovate was the dingy master bedroom and dated bathroom. The bedroom was large but the bathroom small and cramped. So we decided to reduce the size of the bedroom to make a master bathroom that reflected today's living.
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2nd Master Suite

The rather grandly called, second master suite has been extended with the addition of a full bathroom and a fully travertine tiled floor and walls. It has a marble top vanity, tub and shower. Through the twin louver doors there is a view of the pool and there is direct access to the pool. The bedroom is decorated in a pastel blue with giclees of Harbour Island and a triple canvas print of the pink beach. Large nightstands, an armoire and large cupboards offer enough storage for the visitor. A 26" flatscreen cable TV and individual a/c unit completes the suite.

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Guest Bedroom

The third bedroom has twin beds in weathered oak with matching shutters. Like the other bedrooms it has ample storage and an en suite shower room, wc and matching weathered oak marble top vanity unit. Again the shower room is fully tiled in travertine with large mirror.

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Outside Area
We have totally renovated the pool area and outside kitchen. The new areas provide loungers for four people, two large chairs and ottomans and six bar stools around the new granite topped bar. There is 37" flatscreen TV, refridgerator, water cooler and Nespresso machine. A 30" gas grill and full cocktail centre.
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