Sir Richard says he is thrilled with the results of the restoration work, which signals a \”new dawn\” for Necker Island.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s Caribbean island home has been rebuilt after being destroyed by fire two years ago. The actress, Kate Winslet, and her two children, were among 20 guests staying at the The Great House on Necker Island when flames razed it to the ground.
Winslet carried Sir Richard’s 90-year-old mother, Eve, to safety after the property caught fire when it was struck by lightning during a tropical storm in August 2011.
Speaking after the fire Winslet said: “I will never forget Richard placing his arms around both my children as we were there watching the flames.” She said he told her: “At the end of the day, what you realise is that all that matters is the people you love. Everything else is just stuff. And none of that stuff really matters.” The rebuilt house has been remodelled on the original design, with a few innovations. It now has a 1,500 sq ft master suite with spectacular views of the ocean.
Sir Richard said: “Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world. “The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I’m thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I’m very excited about.”
When he is not staying there himself, Sir Richard rents out the house – for £37,500 a night. It accommodates up to 30 adults and six children.
As well as the master suite, there are eight bedrooms and a separate bunkroom together with six Bali houses.
Necker Island, which covers 74 acres and is located in the British Virgin Islands, is normally hired out exclusively.
However, on a selected number of weeks during the year it is possible to rent an individual room. These are known as ‘Celebration Weeks’.