We decided to create a cool and quiet place for our guests to spend the day when they just want to relax and stay close to home.
Our brief to Conrad, our head gardener, was to use only local wood and reclaimed materials. Other than that we left it up to his creativity.
Conrad is not a master builder. But he is a native of the Kalinago tribe and learnt how to build structures in the traditional way from his grandfather.
Over several weeks he gathered fallen wood and cut small trees from our land until he had enough straight wood to build the frame. Making use of standing trees and natural rock formations, he crafted a small pavilion, stone BBQ and wooden deck overlooking the river. Some reclaimed galvanised tin for the roof finished it off.
The result is something that looks like it has grown out of the land and has always been there. It’s hard to remember that the space was once just a pile of rocks between the trees.
Then of course we had to have a little party with our team to test it out.
Good job Conrad.