Home on the Grange

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 22 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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22 May 2014

Theresa & Andrew Roberts talk about Hanover Grange, their modern villa on Jamaica’s Tryall Club.

Andrew says “I am a London based former leveraged buy out lawyer who now runs our family businesses and property interests.”

Theresa has looked after our property interests for many years but is also a philanthropist and an active supporter of all things Jamaican. In particular she promotes Jamaican Art via www.art-jamaica.org.

“Theresa is Jamaican although she has lived in the UK since she was 8 years old. We started holidaying in Jamaica about 10 years ago and Theresa very quickly decided to buy.

“We wanted a plot of land to build on and The Tryall Club was simply the best place on the island to do this. Nothing else comes close in terms of facilities and location. We were extremely fortunate to get about the last remaining plot where it was possible to build a property of this size.”

Describing the villa and its décor, Andrew says “The villa is unashamedly modern and reasonably minimalist although we had to incorporate local architectural style and regulations which had a great influence on the look. Left to my own devices I would live in a white box but I agree that would look odd in this location!”

It reflects their own lifestyle. A big consideration was creating spaces for pieces from Theresa’s art collection. The house also hosts a lot of high profile parties and functions and we designed it with entertaining in mind. Most importantly though it is a family house and functioned well when 13 of us - children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren stayed at the same time. Andrew’s favourite part of the poreprty is:

“The wrap around terrace where we spend most of our time. It is fantastic from early in the morning to very late at night.

We probably spend about 6 weeks of the year at the property. This will probably increase over time. We use the villa in 2 distinct ways. We often fill our home with adult guests (mainly from Europe) who we invite out to experience the best Jamaica has to offer. Those weeks are real party weeks which are great fun but pretty hectic. At other times we spend family weeks when we just relax and hardly leave the house.

For Theresa Jamaica is home and for both of us it is great to escape winter in London”.