More formal than other island villas, Heaven's Gate is ideal for a family reunion, an off-site corporate retreat, or even a small, private island wedding. Conveniently situated, the villa gives guests easy access to a number of beaches, local shopping spots, and great dining areas around the island. This is a great place to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. Whether you're enjoying cocktails on one of the six private decks or sitting by the pool watching the sun set over Hurricane Hole, this home away from home will certainly help erase the stress of a daily commute.
Heaven's Gate Villa sits hillside overlooking Hurricane Hole and the southeastern coast of St. John. Hurricane Hole is one of St. John's most sheltered harbors, and the harbor and hillside are part of the VI National Park. The villa's unique location is due to its proximity to the National Park, and the forethought of the owners in purchasing a large piece of land (which at the time was accessible only by foot and with great difficulty). This land that was once so remote now waits for you to discover it as an amazing vacation experience! The privacy, tranquility, and natural beauty of this location are the best St. John has to offer. Your view can take in more than 180 degrees and looks down into Hurricane Hole, Round Bay, and the south shore of the National Park. Glimpses of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and other British Virgin Islands are also visible in the distance.
The pool and large pool deck face east and south and enjoy sunshine and trade winds from sunrise to late afternoon. This is definitely a villa for sun lovers or those who crave a harbor view. It's less than a 5-minute drive to the restaurants, bars, grocery stores, gas, and boat rentals in Coral Bay, and it's a 10 -15 minute drive to the north shore National Park beaches, the Park beaches at Salt Pond, or Lameshure. Cruz Bay is a 20-30 minute drive, depending on whether you take the scenic North Shore Road, or the very scenic Centerline Road. You have good snorkeling below you in Hurricane Hole, or you can take a hike on a National Park hiking trail over to Leinster Bay for even better snorkeling opportunities.
Heaven's Gate Villa is a Mediterranean-styled two level home that is a modern classic. The paved private drive leading to the villa is gated and bordered by stone walls and landscaping, much like you can see in coastal Italy or Greece. All interior and exterior floors, decks, walkways, and stairs are tiled with imported and rare Jerusalem limestone. Combined with the tiled roofs, Doric columns, arched covered decks, and white house colors, the look is decidedly Mediterranean.
You park on the upper level and enter into the spacious Great Room, which contains the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The two master bedrooms and baths on the upper level are located on each side of the Great Room, ensuring privacy. The other two master bedrooms and baths are on the lower level and are accessed by exterior stairs. The lower bedrooms and baths are also located on both ends of the villa to maximize privacy. On each level, a large covered balcony separates the two 150-square-foot bedroom balconies and offers a nice place to read.
On the south side of the villa, the pool and sundeck are bordered by tropical gardens and plantings. There is parking for 5-6 cars off the primary entrance to the villa.
The Great Room, which contains the living, dining, and kitchen areas is 800 square feet with a 17-foot beamed cathedral ceiling. The living and dining areas are furnished with plantation era, antique mahogany furniture that contrasts with the French doors and the white Jerusalem tiles, white walls, and dark cathedral ceiling. A piece of stained glass, wall hangings, and valance lighting gives the Great Room a special atmosphere, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV/DVD/CD/stereo plays through a 5-speaker Sony surround-sound system for fun TV and movie watching. A satellite dish provides more than 100 channels for your favorite TV programs, and high speed wireless is available throughout the house.
The formal (interior) mahogany dining table seats eight. There is also a table for eight on the deck and there is seating on the entrance balcony.
In keeping with the rest of the villa, this kitchen is well-equipped with mahogany cabinets and granite countertops, a curved mahogany and granite bar with 4 mahogany bar chairs, stainless steel appliances, including a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, a 4-burner gas stove and oven, double sink, microwave, dishwasher, a blender, toaster, and a coffeemaker with a coffee grinder. All dishes, dinnerware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and dining linens for a party of 8 are provided.
All the bedrooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TV/DVD, privacy, 800-thread Egyptian cotton sheets, and a granite and mahogany bath, with 3 baths having exterior stone showers. They are all furnished with plantation era bedroom sets with 4-poster mahogany beds (3 kings, 1 queen) and pillow views of the Caribbean Sea below you. All the bedrooms open to a private covered balcony and each level shares a larger balcony, for a total of six balconies.
After a lengthy and expensive build-out, Heaven's Gate was completed and began renting in January 2010. There are some special villas hidden among the hills and harbors of St. John, and Heaven's Gate Villa is one of them. This villa is a Peter Bay-style luxury home, but in a much more private and undeveloped setting than what Peter Bay offers.
In addition to its location, many other features make Heaven's Gate an outstanding vacation home, such as the fact that the owners of Heaven's Gate live on St. John (in another home) and give constant attention to Heaven's Gate (but not when it's occupied - they respect your privacy). They are completely committed to maintaining this home and keeping it in wonderful condition.
For full body tanners, this is heaven. The pool and sundeck get full sun all day and the visual privacy is well-maintained, or you can relax in the shade on one of six private covered balconies.
There is a deeded right of way to the Caribbean, so you can swim and snorkel with the turtles that can be seen from your deck on an almost daily basis in the calm 82-degree waters of Hurricane Hole. A half-mile down the road is the trailhead for the National Park hiking trail to Leinster Bay, where you will find great swimming and snorkeling. Tropical landscaping and gardens surround the estate and are cared for by one of (if not the) most talented landscapers on St. John. For a very interesting surprise, start up a conversation with the (lady) boss of the landscapers.
For elderly or handicapped persons, the parking area, pool and sundeck and upper level of the villa are on one level. There is a private drive with a gated entrance and security cameras to protect your privacy. Heaven's Gate is recommended for families, couples, and small business groups. With its large lot, lack of neighbors, and its ideal location, this is one of our top choices for a wedding or special function.