Whether as Thomas Crown, the suave confounder of investigators or as 007 James Bond, Pierce Brosnan would fit right in at Il Sogno, a house seated atop the crest of a tinyIsland in the Grenadines.
On the isle of Canouan, this house towers above the five-star Canouan Resort and Golf Course (formerly Raffles Resort). Perched on the perfect peak with an almost 360-degree view of the archipelago of islands known as the Grenadines, this property is considered one of the most magnificent on the island.
After selling their property in Mustique, John and Anne Clarke searched for the perfect hideaway to build their next tropical getaway.
Canouan can almost be considered a private island as 1200 of the 1800 acres on island are owned by the Canouan Development Corporation, a private company, which developed and owns the The Canouan Resort. As Il Sogno is within the development, guests have full access to the ’s amenities, including a Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course, The Canouan Resort Spa, gourmet restaurants, fitness centre, and water sports.
Il Sogno (Italian for the dream) is not so much a house but a 4.5 acre property, encompassing individual pods, each containing a different living space. (Picture rich playboy Thomas Crown stalking his adversary, following only the wafted scent of her perfume.)
The entrance of Il Sogno leads to the centre of the property and directly to the most spectacular view of the Grenadines. Centre court is surrounded by a wet bar, gazebo, pool, and great room. The 60-foot infinity- edge pool lining the south end of the property blends seamlessly into the blues of theSea.
The wet bar with its Granite background is ingeniously placed, turning the centre of the property into a natural entertaining area. The bar can easily be hidden with a slide of a door, but why bother, as it perfectly suits the décor. (This is where Pierce would pause, enigmatically, and mix another martini, stirred, not shaken.)
The two-storey gazebo contains an outdoor 12-seater round dining table on the ground level with two simple hammocks serving up possibly the best view in the Grenadines.
The living and dining pods with disappearing walls bring the indoors in. Anne’s vision for the property stipulated that Nature had to be the focal point at all times, and in all rooms. The great room is inviting, unpretentious and comfortable, with views of both north and south sides of the island. The eye-catcher, however, is a contemporary painting of a naked woman adorning a wall and illuminated by a modern stainless steel swing-arm lamp.
A chunky copper top, which in time would patina and become more beautiful, is supported by four wooden blocks almost inviting guests to perch themselves on the edge. This seating area is one side of the pod, with another table and seating area adjacent, dividing the pod into two separate social areas.
An extended covered area off this room provides a shaded deck area outfitted with Dedon furniture for loungers.
The indoor dining room, which is un-obscured on three sides, is austere and allows guests to simply enjoy the garden and the views. A glass-top dining table is supported by a modular wooden base, forming the only other focal point of the room. Two large globe pendant lights accentuate the scale and proportion of the table within the space. Large glass sliding doors barely separate the lush gardens from the indoor space.
A small children’s playroom is perched on the highest point of the property. It’s a simple room with large open windows allowing the Grenadine breezes to pass through.
The four private 1200-square-foot en suites are all identical in design but uniquely decorated. Anne’s stunning photography hangs on the wall but the views take precedence. Each bedroom has an adjacent TV room, which easily doubles as extra accommodation for children. All rooms are fully equipped, with a working desk (all rooms are wireless), state-of-the-art sound system, bar fridge, coffee maker and kettle.
The bedrooms flow onto a large wraparound patio with lounge chairs. Tucked away on the patio and adjacent to the bathroom is an outdoor tiled shower, which forms a sexy addition to the big comfy room which can easily sleep four or five.
The kitchen is convivial and charming. With its grey granite walls and countertops, the room plays camouflage with the grey blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean outside. Long, symmetrically placed glass panes on the south side of the kitchen invite in a wash of natural light. As theis fully staffed, guests need never visit this room, except maybe to admire its beauty.
The gardens of Il Sogno are stunning and purposeful. An array of colourful wild flowers and crotons surrounds the property with the only meticulously manicured part of the garden being the grassy area in centre court. A majestic flowering orchid tree takes command over the children’s pool and flutters in the constant breezes. Il Sogno gardens seem to include every possible fruit tree—papaya, orange, banana, mango, plantain, lime, avocado.
Il Sogno stands alone, in all its beauty on a hill, superbly private yet only a five-minute golf cart ride to one of the sexiestin the .
With access to a motor yacht for cruising the Grenadines, and a private jet to whiz adventurers away on a whim, Il Sogno is where Pierce Brosnan would be if he had your luck.