When it comes to living arrangements, we know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spare no expense for comfort. After all, they did sink a reported $3.8 million into renovating their new primary residence, Frogmore Cottage. That’s just the type of lifestyle afforded members of the royal family, so who are we to judge?
So we were hardly shocked to learn that the Duke of Sussex once stayed in an ultraluxe villa in Barbados that recently hit the market for a whopping $40 million. Harry reportedly stayed there in January 2010, when he was in town to launch the Sentebale Polo Cup, a charity event that raises money for young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. Harry founded the charity Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of the royal family of Lesotho.
With spacious interiors and views of the Caribbean Sea that rival the best resorts in the world, the Cove Spring House is literally fit for royalty. Here’s the inside scoop on this one-of-a-kind villa and its mind-blowing amenities.
The Caribbean villa where Prince Harry stayed
Cove Spring House was built using coral stone, which, according to the Hardings International listing, is “the hallmark of Caribbean aristocracy.” The Palladian and Georgian open architecture let natural light and the trade wind into the approximately 20,000 square feet of living space, which includes 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms (seven of the bedrooms are spacious suites in the main house).
The incredible panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea is the star of the home, so most bedrooms have verandas that open onto the sweeping patio.
“Properties around the world on or near water, or simply with water views, have more value over those that don’t,” says agent Noemi Bitterman of New York’s Warburg Realty.
The breathtaking home also has a media room, fitness center, commercial-grade kitchen, and a three-bedroom guest cottage.
If the house didn’t already have enough to brag about, it also comes with designer and one-of-a-kind furniture.
The stately living room is appointed with one-of-a-kind furniture.
The pool of the villa looking out to the Caribbean Sea
The magnificent villa, which has hosted such A-listers as Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Sir Elton John, sits on a cliff set within 1.3 acres. If you feel like taking a dip, you can stroll down to a secluded beach at the base of the cliff. Or you can lounge by the free-form pool and spa. Lush tropical gardens encircle the property to ensure no prying eyes will encroach on your privacy. Bonus: There’s also a koi pond!
A seaside cove on the estate grounds
An estate of this size requires all hands on deck to keep everything in tiptop shape. But don’t worry, you won’t have to put up a “Help Wanted” sign. The property’s lucky buyer will inherit a full-time, 19-person staff, including a manager, butlers, chefs, maids, gardeners, and security.
According to the listing, “Cove Spring’s staff ensures an incomparable level of personalized attention guests deserve.”
Will it sell?
For expensive properties like this one, it can be a challenge to find the right buyer. There are only so many people who would even consider a property with an eight-figure asking price. But its celebrity pedigree and stellar location certainly make it an attractive piece of real estate.
Could we potentially see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their newborn son, Archie, making this a warm-weather getaway? Never say never.
Care to take a look around the rest of the estate? Scroll through the photos below.
A grand foyer looking out to the sea
A private dining area on the veranda makes meals even more memorable.
A bedroom with a high ceiling and view of the sea