Tiger Rock is owned by David and Rebecca Wilkinson. For David, Pangkor Island was an annual family holiday and so as a child he knew it well. David's grandfather also had a house on the island in the 1920's. When Rebecca and David joined forces and set up Owen Rebecca Designs, their design company promoting Malaysian culture, flora and fauna in the form of prints on fabrics and resort clothing, they worked with Pangkor Laut Resort. These visits brought David back in touch with some of the local people he met as a child. This resulted in finding a piece of land behind the Dutch Fort, then another and then another! The new house they had built in Kuala Lumpur was sold and they decided to move with their 2 young boys to Pangkor, taking them back to an environment reminiscent of their own childhoods on plantations around Malaysia.
David plotted out the land and designed the houses on Tiger Rock to fit into the landscape around the trees, rocks and slopes. Villagers from Teluk Gedung, the bay off which Tiger Rock is located, built the Main House in the traditional style, with coins left under the main tiang of the house, with no heavy machinery, all pure manpower and sheer will did they get the main pillars of Main House up. We used local attap for the roofing material and bamboo matting for the outside walls of the Main House.
The bridge between Main House and Hill House was built by the Chinese contractors from Sungei Pinang Besar and they stayed on to build Hill House, based on a tea planters home we had seen in Pahang. The central living pavilion at Hill House was based on a building we had seen on a visit to Kenya, allowing the outside in but giving plenty of shelter.
The Pool House and Pool was also built by the team from SPB. All the stone walls on the property were built by Pak Khalid from Teluk Gedung and he single handedly put all these walls up for us all around Tiger Rock.
We used materials that were available locally- timber from a yard in Setiawan, the rock barged over just form the mainland and we sourced all our bathroom fitiings locally from the island and Setiawan. Our Pool expert came from Ipoh but he worked with our SPB guys and they did all the building.
Our first paying guests stayed with us in 1996. Since then we have had Tessa Silver our little girl and in 1999 David got a job based in Penang in plantations, coming full circle. As a family we moved up to Penang because schooling for the kids was another issue we had to face. Mohan and Bavanni have taken on the full time jobs of caretakers and managers and in Penang, we continue to work on other projects such as China Tiger, going back to Tiger Rock as much as we can.
Tiger Rock is decorated with Rebecca's paintings and artwork and she works as a full time artist in George Town, Penang working out of 29, her gallery on China Street.