LOCATION. Gull Cottage is located in a highly desirable beachfront setting a few feet from the tranquil, sparkling waters of Great Cruz Bay. Because Gull is surrounded by lush vegetation you can barely see its neighbor, the lovely villa Splash, but the location
description for Gull is pretty much the same as that for Splash. Both villas are located in an upscale neighborhood of luxury villas, but only a handful of these villas are fortunate enough to be beachfront properties.
The views from Gull are superb, with sailboats floating peacefully on the palm fringed bay in the foreground, and picturesque views of Great Cruz Bay, Pillsbury Sound, St. Thomas and blazing sunsets in the background. It's a short drive (5 minutes) on paved roads to the restaurants and boutiques of Cruz Bay. It’s also a short walk (5 minutes) to the three restaurants, beach, fitness facilities and shops at the Westin Resort, but Gull remains a world removed from this upscale resort. For those who love to be in and on the Caribbean, this is one of our favorite settings.
DESIGN. After 16 months of construction Gull Cottage was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1995. The new Gull resembles a picturesque chateau of the French countryside that has been blended with the best design features of an elegant island home. You enter into the living room, which is the center of the house, and the kitchen, dining room and study all adjoin the living room. The two master bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the living room and offer excellent privacy, a/c and gorgeous stone baths and showers. A large study adjoins the left master bedroom and also serves as an extra bedroom. This is essentially a one level home, with only the third bedroom on the upper level. The large deck is located outside the living and dining rooms and has exquisite views, comfortable furniture, dining for 8 and an oval pool.
A small, very sunny sand beach is located between the deck and the sea wall. The stone sea wall was built for storm protection and part of the top of the wall is tiled to create a cozy sunset patio. There is an opening in the seawall for access to the 82 degree, tranquil Caribbean waters. Surrounding the villa are paved and sand walkways that weave through very lush, carefully maintained tropical gardens.
LIVING/DINING. With its varnished mahogany floors, stone walls, mahogany French doors, Ficks Reed wicker and antique furniture, and cathedral ceilings with skylights, this is the very essence of casual tropical elegance. An antique armoire contains a 25" cable color TV/VCR and a stereo/cassette. There are with 3 sets of wall mounted speakers including deck speakers. High speed satellite internet access is provided.
An ocean front dining room was added to Gull in the fall of 2000. Screened windows on three sides give this beautiful dining area an indoor-outdoor atmosphere and the wooden table seats 6-8. Another lovely place to dine is on the deck, 5 steps from the BBQ grill at a table also seating 6-8.
KITCHEN. Except for the stone walls, the beautiful kitchen looks like it was handcrafted for an elegant yacht. It includes terra cotta tiled floors, custom built mahogany cabinets and first class appliances, including a 4-burner gas stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, garbage disposal, blender, coffeemaker, anodized commercial cookware and quality dinnerware. A gas BBQ grill, telephone and washer/dryer are also provided.
BEDROOMS. The 3 air conditioned bedrooms (2 queens, 1 set of twins that can convert to a king) were designed to insure lovely views and maximum privacy. The romantic French countryside master bedroom on the left has a beautiful view of the harbor from the antique bed. A large private office/study with a 9' mahogany desk and a futon couch adjoins the left bedroom and can serve as a fourth bedroom for kids. The master bedroom on the right continues the French theme with handsome stone walls, antiques and a queen wicker bed. The guest bedroom (twins) on the upper level is accessed by exterior stairs, has a private deck and is loved by older children. Each bedroom has a private tiled bath and the two lower baths have gorgeous hand cut stone showers trimmed in mahogany.
PHONE SERVICE/CELL PHONES: Local phone service is interrupted regularly and in spite of our efforts to reinstate service it can some times take weeks. AT&T is the only cell service we find operates efficiently on the island. If you do not have AT&T we strongly suggest you bring a pay as you go AT&T cell phone with you as we do not provide cell phones should the local phone service be interrupted.
Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile. There will be no refunds due to the internet not working.
Pool Floats: Pool floats are not guaranteed with your villa rental. If you want access to them, please bring them with you.