Jamaica-based Peter Proudlock is the owner of La Casita and spends as much time there as possible. His late wife, Annabella, found the property by sheer coincidence and good chance on holiday in 1998, and loved it until the day she died - a love shared by Peter.

The original house was a tiny Caribbean shack, probably built over 50 years ago when the area was totally inaccessible by road. The road and electricity came in the 80’s and mains water in 2003. The former French owner had built La Casita in the early 90’s; it was very simple; using local hardwoods and thatch, but he lavished time and love on it and the garden, planting a wide variety of plants and fruit trees.

In 1999, Casita Grande was built from an idea and rough sketch on paper. Antonio, the Italian builder created a masterpiece of finely crafted wood and thatch with its stunning upstairs suite. He also changed the roof line on La Casita, creating the upper bedroom. Casita Nueva was the final house to be built, certainly causing the most frustration and cost, and was completed in 2009.

There have been constant other improvements; bathrooms were added upstairs in La Casita and Casita Grande; the amazing Palmex roofs were put on at considerable cost, but the savings in maintenance and replacement are invaluable; and the installation of a 2,500 litre tank has solved the problem of frequent water lock-offs.