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Have you ever noticed the fascinating old building on the left when you drive down the hill into Sandy Ground, the one with the big staircase and the three gable roofs? . . .

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The Old Manse

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Well, that is the "old manse" building of the Methodist church, and it isn't derelict anymore.

While searching for a a better location for her realty business, Lindy Tamn realized the possible potential of this wonderful old building and brought it to the attention of a local contractor, Luke Thomas. Luke assessed the damages and agreed that, after much work, the building indeed could be brought back to have a charming new life.

The work began for Mr. Thomas with negotiations with The Methodist Church for a lease and the work followed fairly quickly. Within approximately 6 months, the Grand Opening took place on November 17, 2000. The Old Manse building is fully occupied by 6 diverse and complementary businesses.
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Re/Max Realty

Re/Max Anguilla manager Lindy Tamn from the U.S. has been affiliated with Anguilla since 1989 and has made Anguilla her home for the past 5 years. She is assisted by another agent, Ms. Jackie Pascher who also resides on Anguilla. The office administrative assistant is Indira Salisbury-Rey.

The company deals with real estate sales, commercial, residential, land, business sales and seasonal and long term rentals as well. Re/Max Anguilla has its headquarters in St. Maartin and the company also has other offices in several of the neighboring islands.
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Glass Island

Italian artist, Gianni Bracciali’s new working art glass studio in Anguilla.

The studio creates, (on the premises), original, one-of-a-kind large platters, dishes of varying sizes, fish, frames, ornaments and a unique line of jewelry set in sterling silver.
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Stone Alley Art Studio

Painter Lynne Bernbaum, a 5 year resisdent of Anguilla, opens her new studio to the public 11:00- 5:00, Monday-Saturday.

She continues painting her variety of watercolors and presents her new work in oils. Her latest art print of her award winning painting about Anguilla called ‘August Funday’ is now available as a print.
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Kobbe Design

Interior designer and architect Adrian Kobbe was born in Munich. After studying in Paris, he worked ten years as a partner for a leading fashion representative, Barabooth & Co, in Europe. Then came brief spells with Conde Nast in New York, Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles and Pemex in Mexico City. At the end of the 70’s he settled in the Caribbean. For many years he covered the Formula One World Championship as a journalist for different South American publications. He also writes on Caribbean artchitecture and design and classic automobiles. In the Caribbean, Adrian designed projects in Tortola, Grenada, Carriacou, Anguilla and Venezuela. He lives on Anguilla and in Caracas.
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Luke Thomas: L. T. Ltd.

Luke Thomas has lived on Anguilla for over ten years, doing construction and construction management for high-end residential and commercial projects.

Luke undetakes projects large or small, but always aims for consistent on-time and on-budget performances. Resume and reference available upon request. The most recent project just completed is the Old Manse Building restoration.
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Old Manse Shop

The Old Manse Shop is located up the grand staircase in the center room and has a beautiful restored tray ceiling (not for sale). On its wooden floor stands a traditional Anguillian fishing boat (also not for sale).

But what is In the boat, On the floor, On the shelves and On the walls is all for sale: a collection of handmade items from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and South America (paper, wood, ceramic, metals, straw, wax, cloth, a variety of unique gifts).

Weather in Anguilla

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Weather Summary Satellite
Sunny 79F 26C 58% Humidity, Jan 6
Low temp since last news report 73F 22C
High temp since last news report 81F 27C
Low humidity since last news report 53%
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Anguilla Diary: December 11, 2000 to January 7, 2001

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Sunday, January 07, 2001

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Altamer Resort.

Here is a photo of Altamer taken in early January, 2001. The first phase villa is open and has guests. Chef Maurice Leduc is overseeing the meals in the villa. Until the new waterfront restaurant at Altamer opens, Leduc still has his Leduc's restaurant on the main West End road open for fine French dining.

Saturday, January 06, 2001

Tilly Needs a Home.


Tilly is a very lovable 8-10 week old mixed breed black and white puppy. She gets along well with big dogs and holds her own. She is very easy to train and asks to go outside when necessary. Tilly is free to a special home!

Call Pat or Amy at Morlen's Vet Clinic: 264-497-4600

Heritage Museum Moves. Colville Petty has moved his extensive Heritage Museum from East End to the South Hill Plaza on the main road. Much easier for tourists to find and visit.

Opening Hours are as follows:

Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday 1:PM to 6:PM
Entry Fee:
Adults US$ 5.00
Children under 12 US$ 3.00
Fascinating collection of items from Anguilla's past. Tel: 264-497-8737. Fax: 264-497-4067. E-mail address: - for the web site, Click Here.

Blanchards on TV? According to NBC web site, Melinda and Bob Blanchard are scheduled to be on the Weekend Today show on Sunday morning Jan 7, to discuss their book about moving to Anguilla and opening a restaurant.

Friday, January 05, 2001

Hotel Tax Up. The latest Government budget in Anguilla raised the room tax for hotels and villas from 8% to 10%, but it won't go into effect until the last quarter of 2001.

Thursday, January 04, 2001

Kelly Villa at Seafeathers Bay. Perfect for two to six guests, Kelly Villa has two bedrooms and two baths and a web page at Click Here

More Pictures of Carnival. Jackie Cestero has a picture story of Anguilla's carnival celebration on her web site: Click Here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2001

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ATMs on Anguilla. Paul Lowerre ( writes:

Hello: I returned from Anguilla yesterday and I had to come up with some US dollars for tips and exit fees (I am a "non-belonger"). I tried the CCB and Anguilla National cash machines to no avail. Then I found the Scotiabank ATM in a mall in The Valley. This ATM is hooked into the PLUS system and is good for VISA and MASTERCARD and others. Maximum withdrawal is US$ 600 (better than at home). Best regards, Pual Lowerre.
Good news - 3 years ago we didn't have any cash machines. Now there are several ATMs and at least one is usually working!

Sunday, December 31, 2000

Build Your Own:

Looking for Land in West End? Here is a local family with two lots for sale on Firefly Lane, just behind Cap Juluca, same street as Tainos villa. The lots can be subdivided. Perfect location for a holiday villa. For more information, check their web page (which now has a correct email address): Click Here.

Memories of Anguilla. Here is an entertaining web page by a Japanese couple with two young girls who visited Anguilla during August, 2000. Lots of pictures and fun stories: Click Here.

CaribeSearch Anguilla Page. A survey web page on Anguilla: Click Here.

Saturday, December 30, 2000

Boat Racing Story and Pictures. Jackie Cestero ( has created a web page describing Anguilla's traditional open sailboat racing, including the sizes of the boat classes, the schedule of races, and lots of pictures: Click Here

Friday, December 29, 2000
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

More on The Pavilion. Recently we posted a story on the Pavilion Hotel in Blowing Point. Here is some more information. Their penthouse suite is on the third floor and has a Jacuzzi, three bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen and 2 twin beds), a fully equipped kitchen, dining set, a big living room and two bathrooms. Plus a balcony in the front and the rear (actually, all the units have this too).

Thursday, December 28, 2000

Last Minute Escape…Splash! Villa has one week available from January 15 – 22, 2001. Check and email Janine at

Tuesday, December 26, 2000
Private villas for rent.

Villafay. This three bedroom, four bath luxury villa has a swimming pool and a dining/living area of almost 2000 sq ft.The web page is at and includes many pages of pictures of the villa (keep drilling down): Click Here.

Sunday, December 24, 2000
Restaurants and menus.

Top of the Palms. The special New Year's eve dinner at this restaurant in La Sirena Hotel will consist of:

La Sirena's assorted Hors-d'oeuvre, Clear oxtail soup with meat cubes, Home made Crayfish ravioli served with Lobster butter and garnished with caviar, Lime Sorbet Colonel (with Vodka), either Beef Tenderloin "Wellington (plus Fresh Egg Spatzli) or Poached Filetof Red Snapper (Champagne sauce and wild rice), cheese selection around the world, and chef's sweets on buffet.

Complete menu is US$79 , $69 without the ravioli. Boss and his band are playing from 10pm until ...

Saturday, December 23, 2000

Taino Wellness Centre. Jill Walker ( announces the opening of her new wellness clinic:
Time to Relax -- Time to Rejuvenate -- Time to Feel Well

I am happy to introduce a brand new 'Health & Wellness Place' for Anguilla. The Centre offers an Inviting Variety of Healing Therapies and Beauty Treatments. Our Therapeutic services include Acupuncture, Rehabilitation Therapy, Deep Tissue and Stress Management Massage, plus many more. Yoga/Stretch, Optimum Back Health, Body-Rolling and a variety of Meditation classes can be individual or group sessions. Our Spa Services incorporate natural healing elements from the Sea and Botanicals, Hydrating Facials & Exfoliating Body Treatments. Rehabilitation Therapy is available at $30 (30-40 min.) and $50 (45-75 min.) when requested with a Doctor's prescription or referral. 'Soul Medicine' workshop led by Guest Therapist from Canada (late January or early February). Local Residents enjoy $10 off all Services during December and January. Warm wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season Phone: 264.497.6066

Friday, December 22, 2000

Community House Painting Contest. Anguilla has just completed a contest where one tradtional building in each of four villages was repainted. The contest was sponsored by Berger Paints. To see the results and the winner, visit Chris Mason's Click Here.

Thursday, December 21, 2000

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Christmas Tree Lighting. Sunday night, December 17th, 2000: fifty trees were lit with Christmas lights in The Valley, all at the same time. Spectacular. Great job by the young men of The Valley.

For more pictures of the lighting ceremony, visit Chris Mason's Click Here.

Making a Koal Keel. Jackie and Rafael Cestero ( have recorded in pictures the Anguillian process of producing charcoal (called a "koal keel"): Click Here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Charter Boat From St. Martin to Anguilla. Eric Drai ( operates the Scorpion powerboat from St. Martin to Anguilla. He offers day trips to Anguillian beaches and airport transfers. Telephone: (590) 500648. To visit his web site: Click Here.

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World Art & Antiques Gallery. Nik and Christi Douglas ( operate this gallery in The Valley (across from Wallblake House). They write:

We feature art, antiques and collectibles from all over the world and our decor galleria has a wide range of furniture and accessories for the home and office.

Please come and visit us!

Their web site is Click Here.

Vacation Photos. Bea and Marvin Jones ( have posted the pictures from their November 2000 Anguilla vacation on their web site: Click Here. Even some underwater shots of conch and a fish trap: Click Here.

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Mariners News. New manager Andre Morris announces special re-opening rates until February 15, 2001:
King-size room, $175
Queen room, $150
Twin room, $150
2 bedroom unit $300
3 bedroom cottage $400
For more information on this waterfront complex of cute West Indian cottages visit their web page at Click Here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Christmas Eve at La Veranda. La Veranda Restaurant a special Christmas eve dinner on Sunday the 24th:
Acclaimed Calypso king "the mighty Springer" and his band "Smooth" will be entertaining you as you wine, dine & dance. Complimentary Champagne cocktail in the lounge followed by a sumptuous feast of.....
  • Duck breast pate stuffed with Chanterelle mushrooms & duck foie Gras then baked in a pastry case. Served hot with a light rosemary & meat reduction sauce.
  • Smoked Salmon rolled around a tangy filling of fresh salmon, mascarpone cheese, capers & baby onions, drizzled with a dill & pinenut dressing.
  • Chilled grapefruit segments tossed with angostura bitters & cane sugar.
  • Deer / Venison tenderloin sauteed with a port wine & shallot coulis, roasted new potatoes, buttery green beans and baked cherry tomatoes.
  • Traditional West Indian Xmas cake served with a medley of wild forest fruits and rum-toddy butter.
US$90.00 per person, 15% service charge not included. Please call 497 - 2225 to make your reservations

Happy Holidays everyone, Stacey & Didier

Note: We will be closed on Monday the 25th, Xmas day
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Honeymoon. John and Laura Abett have posted a page of nice pictures from their honeymoon in Anguilla: Click Here.

Baby Sea Turtles. Jackie Cestero ( has created a story with pictures about the birth of baby sea turtles on Shoal Bay: Click Here.

Sunday, December 17, 2000

Gee Wee's Bakery and Pastry.

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Gee Wee's offers bread, snacks, rolls, sandwiches, catering and more. A good place to stop for provisions or just a quick lunch to go. Location: on the main West End road. If you are heading west you will see if between the Shell station and the La Sirena hotel, on the left side of the road. Telephone: 264.497.6462.

Garage Sale (Continuous)

For Sale: Too many items to completely list, but most of the home is being sold except some personal items plus basic furniture for the eventual buyer of the house (which is for sale, too..see Serenity Villa):

Linens towels, blankets, many women's and girls' clothes (many never worn), purses, chessboard, lots of art, antiques, Flokati Rug as well as many other rugs, pots and pans, dish sets, glasses, cups, shoes, desk, small bookcases, snorkel, fins, beach chairs, patio furniture, Christmas lights and other Christmas gifts and wrappings, Electropedic Mattress, two futon mattresses with red covers, mugs from Germany fax machines, two 65-foot US Tower Crank-up towers, books, videos, baskets, and MANY other things. Please call Dorothea for an appointment at (264) 497-5603. It seems to work well if groups of 2-4 people come together, friends who can help each other decide.

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Hibernia Restaurant. Raoul and Mary Pat have a new web page with a full menu and lots of pictures at Click Here. And here is their New Year’s Eve Menu for this year:

Chilled lobster & tomato soup, Salad of smoked tuna with melon & pine nuts, Seafood medley roasted in an onion shell, Gratinee of Marc de Bourgogne, Crayfish sauteed with girolle mushrooms, served with polenta baked with fresh dates. Choose from the dessert selections, then tea or coffee. US$77.50 + 10% service charge

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Anguilla Red Cross has a new facility on Crocus Hill in the old Cottage Hospital Building. And six Anguillians have completed the Advanced First Aid training of the Red Cross: Andre Harrigan, Mary Wilson, Kaye Belle, Doreen James, Dana Ruan and Elvet Hughes.

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Import Duties in Anguilla for Tourists? Steve Tonini asks a question that I don't know the answer to.

My wife and I are avid windsurfers/kitesurfers, and will be bringing our own equipment to Anguilla.

Someone mentioned to me that Customs charges for bringing in sporting equipment. Now, I hope this is not the case because I don't see the point in it if we do not plan on selling the equipment (which we will not). Nevertheless, do you have any indication if this is true? Is it a deposit that is paid to customs which is then reimbursed upon departure with the goods? Or, and I truly hope this is not the case, is a non-reimbursable fee charged? Do you know if they charge a percentage based on the value of new?

Thanks for the help - your website gave me the indication to send you this note, since I assumed you must know quite a bit on the ins and outs of Anguilla!


Dandy Richardson used to have windsurfers to rent on Shoal Bay, but he has gone to the USA to get married. So that limits the choices on the island. If anyone knows the answer, email it to Steve and to

Overlook Restaurant Update. I ran into Deon Thomas at the bank - he is still Chef de Cuisine at Overlook Restaurant and he and Chef Shamash have a great new menu for this season. I like the sound of "Aunt Maud's Arugula with Gorgonzola and Red Onions" and "Macadamia Crusted Mahi with Roasted Bananas". To read their new menu, Click Here.

Thursday, December 14, 2000

Adorable Adopt-a-Pets Available for the Holiday Season 
The following animals are available immediately to a good home
Contact Amy at Morlen's Veterinary Clinic
264-497- 4600
Five female puppies ranging in age from 8 to 12 weeks.
The black/white puppy and white/brown eye patch puppies come with pre-paid spaying
at 5 months of age.
All are quite loveable and playful.

In the archive

New Glass Studio. Italian artist Gianni Bracciali and his working glass studio produce original platters, tiles, jewelry and decorative objects. Studio located in the renovated Old Manse building, on the road into Sandy Ground, on the left. Telephone: 264.497.3882. Web page: Click Here.

Wednesday, December 13, 2000

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Caribbean House For Sale.

Views of St. Martin to the south. 3 bd/2ba house upstairs, apartment downstairs. Almost an acre of fenced grounds. Fully furnished. The web page is Click Here

Tuesday, December 12, 2000

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Anguillian Registrar. Mr Lanston Connor, 27, has been promoted to the position of Registrar of Commercial Activities at the Government’s Financial Services Department. He succeeds Alan Jones who is returning to the United Kingdom after a three-year stint in Anguilla. Mr Jones’ was primarily involved with ACORN, the world’s first on-line company registration system. Mr Connor will manage the company registry, as well as develop other commercial activities including trademarks and patents. Backed by a team of five, Mr Connor reports to John Lawrence, the Director of Financial Services.

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Anguillian Dive Master. Douglas Carty (email: writes:
I am Douglas from, the Dive Master of the well know Dive Shop on Sandy Ground. As you may know, the Dive Shop is permanently closed, therefore I have started my own business taking up where the Dive Shop has left off.

I have purchased a boat from Neville Connor, which was Shauna Four and am now doing diving and boat trip and charters. The name of my boat is DESHA.

My rates for diving are US$50.00 for a single Tank Dive, US$90.00 for a Double Tank. I also have 6 dives, 8 dives, 10 dives and 12 dive packages.

For charter and trip rates persons can contact me at 264-235-8438 or 264-497-4567/8438 or email me at

Cap Juluca Beach - Dec 11, 2000.

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I had to go to the West End for a haircut today, so I stopped to take a walk on the Cap Juluca beach at Maunday's Bay. Looked fine to me.

Monday, December 11, 2000

Art Tour of Anguilla. Looking for an excuse to poke your nose into every corner of Anguilla? Try the "Art Tour". Jo-Anne Mason has printed a helpful map of Anguilla that locates all of the art galleries and describes them as well. The map is available at most hotels and galleries. And she has a web page: Click Here.

Shoal Bay Villa: Casa Alfredo.

If you have ever driven from Shoal Bay to Island Harbour, you may have wondered about the house with the beautiful mural painted on the wall.

That is "Casa Alfredo", a private villa with pool and two master suites. The decor and furnishings are quite nice. You can rent it for a vacation if you wish: Click Here.

Answer on Xmas Music.
Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Recently we posted a visitor question about the Christmas song "How Will Santa Get Here". Roger Fenn (email: sent an answer:

Last year we were on Anguilla for Christmas and really liked "How will Santa Get Here" so we bought a CD with it and many other neat holiday songs. Unfortunately, unless you're in the Caribbean or a really big metropolitan area, you probably won't be able to buy it state-side. It's Caribbean vocalist named King Obstinate on the CD "A Christmas Blessing" from Antigua on Greenbay Records GS 0002: check online (search artist: King Obstinate) also distributed in the US by both VP records, Jamaica NY 718 291 7058 and JW Records, Brooklyn, NY 718 693 9261.

A couple of other good CD's for the Holidays are Ruff & Reddy from Dominica on their CD "Sunshine Christmas" and "Caribbean Christmas St. Maartin" (HNM002) produced by Deniscio "simply the best" Brooks for Heineken Music recorded on St. Maartin. We found these at the Anguilla Drug Store in The Valley and at the Record Shop just a couple of doors down the road.

Visitor Feedback. Pam Livingston (email: writes:
We love getting your Anguilla news, it is a great source for us to keep in touch with what is going on.

We just returned from the Island on Nov. 10th and are already planning our next trip. We love the Island and the people. This past trip we stayed at Frangipani Beach Club and truly enjoyed it. The grounds and staff were the best.The room we had was immaculate, tons of space with full kitchen and living area, large bedroom, 2 baths and right on the beach. What a luxury to listen to the roar of the waves every night. We will definitely return to Frangipani and highly recommend it.

We also enjoyed dinner at Blanchards, the Pump House (favorite for pizza and burgers), Olivers, Roy's Place, La Sirena and Trattoria Tramonto. I have just ordered the Blanchards book on line and am looking forward to reading it.

We cannot say enough about Anguilla to our friends. I can truly understand why people come again and again. I am throwing away all my travel books because there is no where else I wish to travel. Besides there is no better place to see such beautiful beaches!!!

Happy Holidays to all.

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Little Bay Pavilion Hotel
Madeariman Beach Club December Diary
Climb a Palm Tree October Diary

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Recommended Vacation Villas

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And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth, that is totally secluded and private, but only a short walk to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.

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