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Plantation-Style Retreat

In his 1992 memoir, Reflections in a Silver Spoon, Paul Mellon, the late, American heir of the Mellon banking fortune, wrote that privacy is “the most valuable asset that money can buy.” Looking at the plantation-style Antigua hideaway that he built with his wife Rachel, it’s clear how much he valued seclusion. In the island’s ultra-exclusive Mill Reef community, the jet-set couple — art collecting, race horse breeding friends of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Queen Elizabeth — surrounded themselves with 27 resplendent acres of flower gardens, beaches and bougainvillea trees. Now, over sixty years after it was designed, the $14.5 million property — with an orchid nursery, three-bedroom guest cabin and music house — is for sale.

Architect Robertson Ward designed the home to take advantage of Antigua’s tropical trade winds, and as a result, the place doesn’t need air conditioning. The stone for the structure was quarried on the site.

The great room opens onto a generous terrace with spectacular ocean views. The French doors punch through foot-thick walls, creating a luxurious, old world feel.

Imagine how relaxing it would be to stay in this guest bedroom. The checkered, wide-plank wood floors are both casual and sophisticated. (Get instructions on how to paint your floors like this.)

For more information on the house, contact Christie’s International Real Estate.

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