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.
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.
Features of the house
The villa is situated in a locality known as Machabee, some 15 minutes by car to the north of Victoria, the capital. One of our colleagues will come to meet you at Mahe International Airport on the day of your arrival and accompany you to the villa.
We can help you to book a car from a care hire company. The cost for a five-seats car with air conditioning amounts to 40 Euros per day. If you wish, we can book the car for the length of your stay. You can then settle the bill directly with the hirer. Remember, however, that in Mahe you drive on the left.
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 5 people, using an extra bed. It is possible to add a baby cot for one child up to 3 years. 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).