The Ridge, situated in St. Peter, is an exquisite classical residence boasting 11 bedrooms. Designed by the esteemed architect and interior designer, Mr. Peter Inston, who is renowned worldwide for his exceptional talent, this home stands as a testament to his iconic status in the field. Mr. Inston’s illustrious portfolio includes renowned establishments such as the Ritz Carlton, Champneys, the Savoy Hotel in London, Taymouth Castle in Scotland, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, and Gleneagles in Scotland. He has also played a pivotal role in the design of the palace belonging to the Emir of Qatar.
The Ridge is a stunning and distinctive property that underwent an extensive five-year construction process. No expense was spared in its creation, with many exquisite features sourced from around the globe. Italian marble, a centerpiece fountain, and courtyard statues are among the imported elements that contribute to the property’s allure.
Every detail of The Ridge has been meticulously attended to, including the magnificent dome in the main house, which was painted by an internationally acclaimed artist flown in from the UK.
Sprawling across 2.68 acres of land, this palatial estate boasts a total of 11 bedrooms. The main house accommodates five bedrooms, while the charming “chattel house” offers four, and the cottage adds an additional two.
The Ridge is the epitome of an entertainment haven, featuring fabulous outdoor spaces suitable for any occasion. The property includes exceptional amenities such as a temperature-controlled wine room, a cinema, a spa, a hairdresser’s salon, a gym, and a tennis court. With a total floor area of approximately 19,000 square feet, luxury country and beachfront living seamlessly blend at The Ridge.
Over the past decade, a treasure trove of carefully selected and unique contents has been curated within the property. Many of these items have a strong connection to the Caribbean, with notable highlights including exceptionally rare film memorabilia. Among the collection are personal items belonging to Charlie Chaplin, including his cane, as well as an incredibly rare vintage film poster collection. Notably, an original poster from the Hollywood film “Island in the Sun” (1957), starring Harry Belafonte and Joan Collins, showcases one of the few movies shot in Barbados.
The interior of The Ridge also boasts exceptionally rare furniture pieces by renowned designers Carlo Bugatti and Viscount Linley, alongside scarce sketches from the acclaimed artist and designer Oliver Messel, who created designs for many of Barbados’ most illustrious houses. Furthermore, works by the esteemed celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill grace the property, and it houses the largest known Caribbean painting collection by the English playwright Noel Coward. This collection is complemented by pieces from the world-famous Russian-born French artist Erte, who made numerous visits to Barbados throughout his distinguished career.
Adding an extra touch of uniqueness, there is even a special painting created by the Lord of the Dance star, Michael Flatley, who applied paint to his tap shoes and danced on canvas to create a one-of-a-kind artwork.
The Ridge also features numerous other priceless pieces and collections that have been lovingly assembled over many years, culminating in the truly magnificent home it is today. Representing a rare gem among Caribbean classical-style residences, The Ridge stands unrivaled by few other homes in Barbados.