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Copper & Lumber Store Hotel


Copper & Lumber Store Hotel

A Unique Hotel of the 18 Century

In the early days of the European colonization of the Caribbean, the British Navy was required to patrol and protect British economic interests. English Harbour on the south coast of Antigua was ideally suited for careening ships for cleaning and repairs. The naturally deep and narrow bays that are surrounded by hills also provided shelter during the hurricane season. To this end, the British Navy established a Dockyard to careen, repair and provision their ships patrolling the Eastern Caribbean.

The Copper and Lumber Building was built in 1789 to store the lumber and sheets of copper required for repairing and maintaining the wooden sailing ships of the time. Sailors from ships being repaired were at times permitted to sleep upstairs when space was available.

Today, the structure has been fully restored and converted into a small hotel. It is without doubt one of the finest Georgian Period Structures in the Caribbean. Its walls are three feet thick and built entirely of yellow bricks imported from Britain as ship ballast. Its interior timber construction is post and beam.  When you enter through reception the beautiful wooden floors lead into a surprising and delightful open courtyard.

The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel is a unique country inn with extraordinary charm. Throughout the length and breadth of the Eastern Caribbean there is no more romantic place than beautiful English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard.

Each room is superbly furnished, with authentic antiques and period pieces which perfectly enhance the weathered brickwork, hand-hewn beams and mellow brass.

Each suite or studio is uniquely individual in decor and most have exquisite views of the harbour & has the following facilities & offers:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower / Bath
  • Kitchenette
  • Separate Living Room (Suites)
  • Living Area (Studios)
  • Television
  • Telephone
  • WiFi Internet

The Mainbrace Pub provides, breakfast, lunch, dinner and a quiet relaxed atmosphere to absorb the historical setting of the Dockyard. The gardens around and within the hotel are filled with lush tropical palms and flowers and there is easy access to a number of forts, nature trails, and historical ruins.

The ideal location of the hotel ensures that guests can enjoy a holiday with a superb choice of bars and restaurants, two of which are in the hotel, as well as sailing, sports, hiking, shopping and numerous tours by road, water or air. Although the hotel does not have a beach, you can visit Galleon Beach nearby, and would take only a few minutes by water taxi.

Ideal for tropical weddings

The hotel provides a gorgeous back drop for weddings, parties or as an excellent base for Antigua Sailing Week and the April Sailing Regattas.


The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel is situated within the walls of the historic Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour, Antigua. It is approximately 14 miles from V.C. Bird International Airport and 12 miles from Antigua’s capital, St. John’s

English Harbour is a major Caribbean yachting destination and Nelson’s Dockyard has been restored as an historic site and the center of activity for Antigua’s renowned international Sailing Week in late April / early May.


Taxis are available at the airport upon arrival and the drive to the hotel takes about half an hour. If you wish to hire a car this can be arranged at the airport or at the hotel. Taxis are available on call at the hotel.


14 Suites or Studios, all individually decorated, many with an authentic Georgian period furnishings and styling. All of the accomodations have kitchens and private bathrooms (showers only). Ceiling fans add to the cooling effect of the trade winds. Please note that Antigua’s electrical supply is 220/120 volts.


Breakfast and dinner are served in the Wardroom Restaurant which borders a courtyard full of tropical plants and overlooks the Harbour yachting activity. The restaurant is cooled by the trade wind breezes and ceiling fans, 18th Century classical music provides background. Informal dress (no shorts in the evening).

A casual intimate atmosphere are the hallmarks for our Mainbrace Pub which serves lunch and evening meals.


Beaches are nearby and can be accessed via the harbour ferry or by taxi.

Dive programmes feature the traditional Caribbean underwater attractions, nature trails that lead to historic sites, and charter sailing are availble within the park.


Address: The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel, English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Telephone: (268) 460-1058 / 460-1160

Fax: (268) 460-1529

Email: clhotel@candw.ag

Website:  www.copperandlumberhotel.com