Schelling House

Banda Islands


This massive columned house, owned by the daughter of the last Banda king, has a leafy courtyard, high ceilings and, in the the master bathroom, a stone tub resting against an exposed coral wall. Make sure to wander up to the special shuttered loft in the rear courtyard. The house is sometimes open for community events and exhibitions. Otherwise, look for the key-holder.


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