Tim And Faith Put 'Finishing Touch' On Their Private Island Mansion, Step In

Tim And Faith Put ‘Finishing Touch’ On Their Private Island Mansion, Step In

By Danielle Hathcock | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-12-20    4 min read

Dreaming of a tropical escape away from the winter blues? How about a private island? No problem. Let’s just take the private jet. Oh wait– we aren’t country royalty. Reminding us once again why they are the envy of the entire western world. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill actually do have their own private island home. And it is stunning.

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw private island retreat (photo from Go Country 105)

“We had to build everything”

It started as a tiny shack situated on 20 acres in the Bahamas. Actually a private island they named L’île d’Anges. Nine years after they bought it, their home is finally complete. In an interview with Architectural Digest, the two shared the trials and triumphs of their creation.

They set out to build a house but plans changed. And at the end of it, they didn’t have a house. They had a compound of eight separate pavilions connected by thatch-roofed loggias.

And they admitted that they completely underestimated the endeavor. “We were a little bit naive, possibly,” Hill admitted, “as to what——” “——what the undertaking really meant,” McGraw concluded.

First of all, there was no infrastructure on the island. 

As Faith explained, “We set out to build a house. We had no idea we had to build everything else.” She laughed. “We basically had to build a little town.”

“You’ve got to have staff houses,” McGraw said, “You’ve got to have infrastructure.” This included water and electricity, neither of which was present.

Camping

Tim and Faith are used to spending long days and nights crisscrossing the continent. So it wasn’t foreign for them to rough it a bit. And building the house definitely required a bit of that. While the house was being built, the couple and their three daughters (Gracie, Maggie, and Audrey) set up seaside yurts. These they lived in while the permanent structure was being constructed.

But the couple said they didn’t mind as long as they were together.

“As long as our family is together,” Hill says, “we can pretty much make a home anywhere.”

She that living in the yurts “was like camping.” “The kids loved it,” McGraw added.

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One of the bedrooms from Tim and Faith’s private island home (photo from The Today Show)

Romantic Ideas

Faith and Hill selected the architecture and interior design firm of McAlpine to bring their vision to life. This is the firm that had previously worked on their homes in Nashville and Frankin, Tennessee. The two principal architects, Greg Tankersley and Bobby McAlpine, first took into account the setting of the home.

“What does paradise look like for a couple of creative people like them?” Bobby McAlpine asked.

He noted that the island “was already otherworldly, with this clear water and white, white sand.” He continued, “I thought, ‘In paradise, you live in ways you can’t live in civilization.’ So every room is a separate building. You can bathe outdoors or climb a tower and feel that you’re being lifted up into the air. All these sort of romantic ideas, we got a shot at doing here, and we took them.”

When it was finished, L’île d’Anges contained was an architectural triumph that encapsulated the paradise of its natural surroundings.

“We wanted to feel connected to the outside,” Hill explains. “When the breeze comes through the room, it’s just life-changing.” She continued, “It’s something for the soul.”

“And we wanted it set up so that when we brought people down, they’d get the same feeling that we got when we first came,” McGraw continued. “The same reaction to the pristineness of it, to how relaxed it feels. The house is functional, but it really blends into the environment.”

A Shipwrecked Interior

Not only does the structure of the home fit perfectly into its tropical setting, but the inside also feels organic and whimsical.

Interior designer Ray Booth admitted that he wanted to blend the house with the natural elements. As he described it, “I think the beach has always represented, to the McGraws, a simplicity that their everyday life lacks. So this house needed to offer a real clarity and cleanliness in its aesthetic. It’s essentially a bleached-out white [throughout]; where there is color, it’s pulled directly out of those beautiful Bahamian waters.”

And besides the simple and fresh color scheme, the inside isn’t anything formal. There is an “organic” tree trunk table in the music room with twine-bound Indonesian lanterns above it. Booth said the interior design was sort of like a shipwreck.

“We wanted everything to feel a bit cobbled together,” Booth said, “as if you washed up on the beach and had to figure out a way” to decorate the house.

One can only imagine the difficulties of building the house, but also the beauty of the finished product. For most of us, a private island is just a pipe dream. So thank you to Tim and Faith for giving all of us a vision of that dream.

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Danielle Hathcock

When Danielle Hathcock isn't obsessively reading country music news to write about, you can find her on a horse, a hike, or hitching a ride to travel anywhere!

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