Work started at Cigatoo in Governors Harbour.

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This week I am going to tell you about the work that we have started on the old Cigatoo Hotel right here in Governors Harbour. But first I want to thank all of you who sent messages and emails wishing us well for the impending visit of Hurricane Irma.

Well thank goodness, as you all know by now, she passed us by – barely even brushing us. We got some fair winds – a few branches down here and there – but nothing to speak of – not even any rain apart from one heavy squall that came during the early hours of Thursday morning. We were so very lucky – she was a monster – and our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those in the Caribbean and Florida who were not so lucky.

Roofs off the single story - these will be the one bedroom apartments
Roofs off the single story – these will be the one bedroom apartments

Preparing for , and waiting for a hurricane to hit is a horrible business. You just don’t know what to expect – it can be a really terrifying experience so much gratitude abounds around here right now.

Now down to business. I am busy working through the snagging lists for the Duck Inn properties – such a pain and so long winded. I feel like all I am doing is calling back the guys to finish this and that – but all of you who have ever renovated an old property – or built a new one for that matter – know just what it is like ….. And this is to the power of 3 !

The 2 bedroom units - 3 rooms knocked through - a bedroom each side and the living room in the middle
The 2 bedroom units – 3 rooms knocked through – a bedroom each side and the living room in the middle

Meanwhile Bob has started work on renovating and remodeling the old Cigatoo Hotel at the top of the hill – just across from Governors Estate. The existing old hotel rooms are being opened up and turned in to one and two bedroom apartments – there will be 4 one bed and 4 two bed. All the bedrooms will have ensuite bathrooms and all the apartments will have a full kitchen and laundry closet. The living rooms are spacious and will be beautifully appointed.

Bob with lumber supplier Julian Carey from Tarpum bay Shopping Centre.....
Bob with lumber supplier Julian Carey from Tarpum bay Shopping Centre…..
Looking out over the tennis court where the new swimming pool will be located.
Looking out over the tennis court where the new swimming pool will be located.

There will also be a restaurant and bar on the site as well – yippee ! The original restaurant will probably become the bar – and the original bar will probably become the restaurant – plus there will be some outside dining in the inner courtyard.

The old swimming pool which will become a water cistern .....
The old swimming pool which will become a water cistern …..
The courtyard where there will be outside dining
The courtyard where there will be outside dining

A new 50 ft by 16 ft swimming pool will be built on the site of the old tennis court. The old swimming pool will become a storage cistern with a new courtyard peace garden over it. Work will continue for the next twelve months with hopefully an opening next October…….

First coat of white paint on the roof of the restaurant.
First coat of white paint on the roof of the restaurant.
Opening up the interior
Opening up the interior

It is an exciting project for us to be involved with and of course I am particularly thrilled that there will be a new restaurant on the island !

I never normally make deserts but the other week we had friends round and actually managed to bake a fruit pavlova ! Kathy does desert !!!!
I never normally make deserts but the other week we had friends round and actually managed to bake a fruit pavlova ! Kathy does desert !!!!

 

12 thoughts on “Work started at Cigatoo in Governors Harbour.

  1. Glad to hear that you had no damage. Yes waiting to have a hurricane hit and waiting to see what happened is scary not knowing what to expect.

    Luckily we did not have any damage to our home, only suffered some downed trees and other miscellaneous damage.

  2. Watching all the television reports about the hurricanes Governor’s Harboour was surely on my mind. I am so glad to hear from my friend Ian Gray that you sort of missed the storm. It is heart breaking to see the devastation of so many islands. It must be so hard to loose your house , cleaning up the mess and then rebuilding. Many of my neighbours in my community have places near Fort Myers.

    1. It truly is a very distressing time – the islands in the south of the Caribbean will take years to recover from this. Irma was an unprecedented storm for sure. We have contacts in Fort Myers as well – most fared pretty well…… Hope that your neighbors did too….. Thanks for your comments…..

  3. What a relief. So happy to hear that Governor’s Harbour was not seriously affected by Irma. We thought about you and Bob often, and of course, your lovely pets and beautiful properties. We hope to visit Governor’s Harbour this coming spring.

  4. So relieved!

    Thanks for the update on GH activities, very inspiring!

    Oh, and I’ll take the two bedroom on the second floor overlooking the Peace Garden!

    All the best,
    Friedrike

  5. What an exciting project! I have no doubt it will be spectacular when you are finished. What a wonderful addition to our little island! Thanks for the peek.

    1. I have heard the that the Griffins did own the house and at one time someone in the Griffin family in the US had a lovely little history of Buena Vista – but no-one knows who has it now ….. One day !

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