A worn leather Paddington Bear suitcase complete with peeling P&O stickers sits in the corner, a signed Donald Bradman photo on the side, the Don’ts for Husbands/Wives are as relevant today as they were when first published in 1913. These are just some of the eclectic mix of collectables that sit wonderfully in the context of 5-bedroomed Villa M. With its white washed walls, picket fenced balconies, wood floors and graceful columns the villa is gloriously reminiscent of some colonial outpost of some bygone era. The roof-top jacuzzi with palm-top views over Bo Phut Bay and down the beach of Fisherman’s Village, the 46-inch Sony TVs, mood lighting and top-of-the-range air-conditioning, and the crisp modern bathrooms and kitchen bring the villa very much up to date. Bookshelves lined with Grisham, Paterson and Pictionary contrast delightfully with photos from the 30s. The house throughout is white with dark wide-planked wood floors - bathrooms are tiled in white, have white fixtures and the latest fittings. The kitchen has white cabinetry with modern stainless appliances. Furnishings have a touch of India with black and white inlayed tables and chairs and hand crafted silver draw sets. Spread over three storeys, the villa is right in the heart of Fisherman’s Village, Koh Samui’s quaint and quiet street of beachside restaurants, bars and boutiques. The location is very different to the hustle and bustle of Chaweng, the island’s tourist centre 15 minutes’ drive away. Sitting right on the beach, the calm waters of Bo Phut Bay are a short step off the terrace and pocket-size lawn studded with tropical coconut palms. Alternatively there is a 6.5 x 2.5m pool for respite from the hot sun. This is definitely a Gin and Tonic house, served by the villa staff of course, (the villa comes with a manager and cleaner and, for an additional charge, can supply an accomplished chef) – don’t worry if you should forget to pack your Panama hat and cane they are supplied!
Villa M benefits from a very convenient village and beachside location. To the right of the villa is a small resort with its sun loungers spilling out onto the beach and to the left is a small local fisherman’s house backed by shops. In front is Bo Phut Beach and bay with the islands of Koh Phan Ngan and Koh Som off in the distance whilst behind the villa is the narrow road which is lined with quaint coffee shops, small boutiques, low key resorts and pleasant restaurants overlooking the beach. The one-way street stretches down through Fisherman’s Village for about a kilometre and is usually popular with tourists keen to avoid the bustle of Chaweng, Koh Samui’s more frantic tourism centre. The Friday Walking Street market has become a regular draw for locals and tourists and sometimes sees the village packed to the gills.
The entrance to Villa M is from the rear through large studded wooden gates and tall glass front doors. From the hall a study/maid’s room (ensuite shower) leads off to the left, open stairs head up, whilst ahead is the ground floor living room. Here, three sets of doors open onto a recently refurbished and polished teak sun terrace with a 6.5 x 2.5m swimming pool. A short flight of steps takes you down to a small lawn which blends into the beach. The sea is only 15m away. The living room features a lounge with casual couches, satellite TV and DVD player, dining for eight and a modern well equipped kitchen. Also downstairs is a bedroom (queen-bedded) with ensuite bathroom (bathtub and hand held shower). The landing of the first floor has another lounge area, again with satellite TV, DVD player and casual couches. Floor-to-ceiling doors open out onto a sea facing balcony furnished with easy chairs. Three bedrooms lead off – all queen-bedded, all ensuite (two with showers, one with tub) and all air-conditioned. The front bedroom has sea views and opens onto the balcony and the back bedroom has a private terrace overlooking the quiet one way street at the back. Up another flight of stairs is the air conditioned master bedroom, again with queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom with shower. It has a private terrace at the back and access to the front roof terrace which incorporates a jacuzzi, sun loungers and a casual bar from which to enjoy the view.
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