Carlisle House has an interior and exterior that has been artistically rendered in such a way that both museum qualities and the comforts of home mix together. Board games will keep the children entertained while you start up the outside barbeque grill, and when you need time to cool off, there's an outdoor shower and satellite TV indoors. The villa looks over the beach since it sits on the hillside, and driving down to the water line doesn't take long at all. If you'd rather not do your own cooking, restaurants are only five minutes away by car, and the evening can be enjoyed in the pool with its artistic ledge.
High on a breezy hillside overlooking the beach and Caribbean Sea below, Carlisle House offers a sweeping view of St. Croix's north shore. Terraced landscaping and a bubbling fountain surrounds this very private home.
The heart of Carlisle House is the large covered verandah with dining table, a gas grill, and outdoor kitchen. French doors usher guests into the cool interiors of this substantial villa furnished in tropical rattan and teak. Floors are cool Saltillo tiles, and bathrooms all offer custom tile and glass brick showers.
Just off the verandah are the villa's well-equipped kitchen, living area, and master bedroom which open to the covered terrace.
Bedroom two, with a queen bed, and bedroom three, with two twins, have individual baths en-suite and are accessed from the deck; they can also easily be made adjoining by unlocking the interior door.
The fourth bedroom/bath suite is an air-conditioned queen bedroom on the second level.
The pool area is reached by steps made from local stone and the vista of ocean views as far as the eye can see continues from the pool deck.
For entertainment and gaming, it's a 5-minute drive from Carlisle House to the Divi Carina Bay Casino. Several restaurants and small grocery stores are a short drive away.
Carlisle House has an apartment located under the house; it is very private with two quiet longtime tenants. Its entrance is camouflaged by landscaping and a privacy gate. The tenants have no access to the pool or grounds thus assuring your complete privacy at the villa.
Beds & Baths
4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 1 half bath Bedroom 1: 1 King, Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bath with Shower Bedroom 2: 1 Queen, Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bath with Shower Bedroom 3: 1 Queen, Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bath with Shower Bedroom 4: 1 King/Twins, Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bath with Shower, Twins can be converted to King with advanced request Bathroom 5: Half Bath
A/C in bedrooms
Pool at Villa
BBQ Outside (Gas)
Overlooking the beach. A short drive to the water.
5 minutes by car
Villa representative will meet and escort guest to villa, car rental or taxi is required.
Carlisle House, St. Croix, USVI reviewVisited: March 2012
I highly recommend this rental. My family rented Carlisle House for nine days in early spring. The house commands fantastic views in three directions, two of which are the north and south shores of St Croix.
The location at the east end of the island means that the house falls in a "rain shadow" of sorts, and is surrounded by arid, rocky hills spotted with tropical cacti and shrubs. As a result, when the western half of the island (promoted as a "rainforest") was inundated with rain-showers, we had clear skies and sunny weather.
In fact, in nine days we had a few nighttime showers, but no rainy days on the east end of the island. We also had five nights of clear, nearly full moons which lit the surrounding hills and seas below us.
Its high elevation permits you to open the windows and doors to take advantage of the ocean breezes, too. The entire week, we never used air conditioning in the great room and kitchen.
The house comfortably sleeps eight. With three and a half bathrooms, there were no problem getting ready for an evening out.
The house offers a well-equipped kitchen with a gas stove, and also has an external stove a gas grill. The local rental agency ensured that we had two tanks of fuel. We prepared the vast majority of our meals in the house; cookware, service, and other amenities provided were more than ample. We did include a good bit of bottled water in our grocery list.
The house is big enough and well designed so that everyone can come together at the pool or on the veranda, or people can find their own space for some down-time.
If there is a downside, it is the very seclusion of the home. My family did not have a problem with this. However, we rented two cars for the duration of the week from an agency at the airport.
Carlisle House is approximately 25-30 minutes from Christiansted and 40-45 minutes from the airport. We asked locals where to purchase groceries.
This is important because the closer stores on the east side of the island tend to cost 50-70% more and seemed to offer less selection. As a result, we purchased groceries on the way back from excursions to the west side of the island. This required some forethought and planning, but was not a big deal. We didn't use cabs. I think the location of the house and the reported price of cab rides would have made the use of cabs impractical.
A caveat to this is that Crucians drive on the left side of the road. However, after two days of practice this didn't matter for the drivers in our family. To get comfortable with left-lane driving, try driving between the airport and the home on the south side of the island. There is less pressure from traffic, fewer turns, and fewer twists in the roadway when compared to the north side of the island which takes your through town.
Also, study the road maps ahead of time. Christianstead and Frederickstead are comprised of one-way streets and Crucian roads have far more potholes than road signs. Although said to be on "island time," a few locals clearly have a low threshold for tolerating tourist drivers, and few obey posted speed limits of 35-45 mph.
If you have never been to St Croix, I would recommend getting a travel book on the Virgin Islands. St. Croix is a very "livable" island. In one week, there is something for everyone to do; and everything is in reasonable striking distance from Carlisle House.
The rental staff is quite nice. While we asked little of them, they were quite willing to help with questions. They came mid-week to clean and launder linens as necessary.
Overall, my entire family was pleased with Carlisle House. We felt we received a good value for our expenses. I would definitely rent the home again, and recommend it for anyone seeking semi-luxurious seclusion with wonderful views.
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