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If you have ever dreamed about the perfect family beach vacation or getaway for several couples, St. Bernard's Hill House is the ticket. This house is designed for luxurious living and pampering from sunup to sundown. There are four separate houses on the property. All are located on a hilltop for that perfect ocean view from all angles. The main house has a heated infinity pool where you can relax and watch the waves of Tortola's Long Bay Beach. The other three houses are set among beautiful tropical landscape close to the main house. There is a Chef,and a Maid service and onsite staff allows you to spend every minute enjoying the 30 foot speedboat, bikes and snorkeling gear that come with the property. This is truly a dream vacation destination!
Private 8-acre hilltop estate with 300-degree bird's-eye view!
Surrounded within a lush oasis of stately Royal palms, this private 8-acre hilltop estate provides an amazing 300-degree bird's-eye view of the Virgins and miles and miles of azure sea and sky to the distant horizon. Exclusive St. Bernard's Hill House is the top of the world for those who seek privacy and a catered holiday in cool and breezy seclusion; your stay includes the talents of a gourmet chef for your dining pleasures.
This five-bedroom property consists of four gingerbread-trimmed pavilions set within bowers of colorful bougainvillea, bird of paradise, tall Royal palms and sea almond trees. St. Bernard's spacious Main Pavilion comprises the richly-decorated Great Room, a dining room which seats 10, a spacious well-equipped kitchen, an air-conditioned study with a computer and a powder room, with a sleeper sofa. Arched doorways open out to a wonderful deep covered verandah which spans three sides of this Pavilion, overlooking the Caribbean and Atlantic's blue majesty dotted with green islands and cays. Various seating and alfresco dining areas are scattered around the wrap-around shady deck, ready for convivial gatherings, cocktails, or a game of chess or cards any time of day or night. On the lee side are a bar and cushioned seating for watching the big flat-screen satellite TV.
The Main Pavilion also houses a large king bedroom/bath suite. This sequestered master suite offers a carved mahogany four-poster bed and West Indian antique desk; screened french doors lead to a private verandah, a cool outdoor area with pool and sea views set with chaise lounges for two. A hallway leads from the bedroom to its spacious ensuite master bath, featuring a double-sink vanity, a big tiled shower and bathtub, and a second hallway into the Main Pavilion.
On the south side of the Main Pavilion is a manicured lawn which borders a wonderfully unique terrace overlooking the yachts coming and going below in Sopers Hole and a panoramic vista of islands and sea clear to the distant horizon. Dark polished imbuia wood, cushioned teak furniture and a canvas umbrella give this terrace a distinct luxury-yacht flavor. A few stairs from the lawn area descend through tropical plantings and past a private grassy nook with a hammock to the pool and tiled sun deck below, a totally-private haven dotted with chaise lounges and umbrellas. The superb infinity-edged pool is heated 24/7; the pool and deck overlook Tortola's Long Bay Beach, the sands of Smugglers Cove and the salt pond, where occasionally pink flamingos are spotted. A shaded alcove sitting area is just off the deck, adjoined by a full bath and an outside shower.
From the main entrance of the Main Pavilion, a walkway meanders through lovely gardens and tropical trees to the separate Oriental Cottage, tucked just far enough away from the Main Pavilion to provide romantic privacy. This air-conditioned Cottage features a king bed (which can be made up as two twins, with advance notice), a roomy covered hardwood verandah which wraps around two sides of the Cottage, a bath with large tiled shower, separate WC, TV and DVD player, iPod dock/CD player/radio, and a coffeemaker, microwave and mini-fridge for private breakfasts or snacks for just two.
The Double Cottage is just adjacent to the Main Pavilion. This unique, two-bedroom, two-bath air-conditioned Cottage is just perfect for parents and small children. It offers the Contemporary and Caribbean suites, two bedroom/bath suites under one roof joined by an interior hallway. Both suites have a TV with DVD player and an iPod dock/CD player/radio. The Contemporary suite has a king bed and its own ensuite bath, and a cool, shaded L-shaped verandah via screened french doors. The adjoining Caribbean suite, with a king bed (which can be separated into two twin beds with your advance request), also has an ensuite tiled bath and a verandah overlooking the bustling marine activity below in Sopers Hole and St. John beyond. Both imbuia-wood verandahs are connected at the front of Double Cottage for easy access to both adjoining suites.
Next door to Double Cottage is the charming Colonial Cottage, a separate air-conditioned bungalow with a four-poster queen bed, ensuite bath, TV and DVD player, iPod/CD player/radio, a coffeemaker, microwave and min-fridge for your early-morning convenience and privacy, and a wraparound verandah furnished with chairs and tables overlooking expanses of ocean and green islets and cays. Below Double Cottage is the new air-conditioned home gym, well equipped with varied fitness gear, mirrors, a TV, DVD player, an iPod dock/CD player, and beautiful bamboo flooring.
St. Bernard's Hill House offers serene seclusion in a very private, lush setting within an electronically-gated enclave. It boasts some of the most mesmerizing wide-angled views of ocean and islands to be seen anywhere. Its lofty hilltop location invites cool tradewinds wafting through the 8 acres of tropical landscaping and sweeping across the generous verandahs - this estate celebrates pampered outdoor island living in style. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and screened, and are very well situated on the estate for maximum privacy for couples. Eclectic and pleasing decor from around the world graces this unique property, with antique pieces, original Caribbean artwork, white gauzy curtains blowing in the breeze all adding to its charm and natural beauty - this is perfection from sunrise to sunset, and into the balmy island night with a sparkling canopy of stars overhead.
3 satellite TVs with DVD players + 4 TVs with DVD players (a 42-inch flat-screen satellite TV in covered outdoor bar/lounge area, a 40-inch flat-screen satellite TV in Main Pavilion's king bedroom suite, a 26-inch flat-screen TV in all four Cottage bedrooms, a 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV in the study, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV in the Exercise Room), Bose Surround Sound in Main Pavilion with indoor + outdoor speakers; books, games, movie + an iPod music collection; Wi-Fi throughout the property; air-conditioning and full screening in the study + in all bedroom suites; binoculars + telescope. IN STUDY IN THE MAIN PAVILION: Air-conditioning, 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV + DVD player, an LG PC computer with Skype long-distance, + a printer/copier/scanner. DINING ROOM: wine fridge + mini-fridge in sideboard. IN EACH BEDROOM SUITE: Air-conditioning, a 26-inch flat-screen TV with DVD player, an iPod dock/radio/CD player + alarm clock, hair dryer, monogrammed bathrobes + beach bags for guests' use, a mini-fridge and microwave, a safe for valuables + complimentary bathroom toiletries. EXERCISE ROOM: Air-conditioning, a 32-inch flat-screen TV + DVD player, iPod dock; Sole TT8 Treadmill, Sole E95 Elliptical Trainer (with heart monitors), Bowflex weight bench + assorted weights, Apex JD-3.1 Roman Chair by Impex, Weider Power Switch weight + dumbbell set (2.5-12.5 lb. barbells) with barbells, Perfect Pushup hand grips + 2 Weider exercise balls, + yoga mats. POOLSIDE: mini-fridge, covered sitting area + full bath; pool floats + foam noodles. ALSO AT ST. BERNARD'S HILL HOUSE: Gas BBQ grill, assorted snorkel gear, hammock, 2 mountain bikes, wooden baby crib, electronic gate at estate's entrance, automatic generator, dishwasher. There are two small, groomed dogs at the estate, which you may have restricted to the Manager's house if you prefer. PROFESSIONAL CHEF SERVICE, AS WELL AS DAILY USE OF THE ESTATE'S CAPTAINED 30-FOOT POWERBOAT "BVI BEVERLEY" FOR 6 to 10 GUESTS (depending on the day's destination and the seas).Cost of food and beverages is not included.
Chris, St. Bernard's Hill House's resident manager (a seasoned and personable boat captain), lives nearby on the estate, completely out of sight - He is just a phone call away should you need him. Fuel and dockage fees are extra.
YOUR RENTAL AT ST. BERNARD'S HILL HOUSE INCLUDES THE TALENTS OF ONE OF THE ESTATE'S PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CHEFS: Superbly-talented Chefs. Cost of food and beverage is at an additional charge.
ALSO INCLUDED IN YOUR RENTAL: Daily use of St. Bernard's Hill House's powerboat "BVI Beverley," a 30-foot luxury RIB tender with Captain. The Captain, an experienced sailor, guide and PADI Dive Master, will take 6 to 10 of you (depending on the seas that day) out to enjoy fabulous hours of snorkeling, watersports and sightseeing in these beautiful warm, clear waters, as part of your relaxing St. Bernard's Hill House total experience. Snorkel gear, water skis, a wakeboard, foam noodles and floats, a sun canopy and fridge are yours to enjoy while out boating. SCUBA gear may be arranged for qualified divers at an additional cost; if diving, no more than 4 guests on "BVI Beverley" is recommended (for more than 4 divers,The Captain can arrange for the local dive company to take you on an underwater SCUBA tour (additional cost). Snacks, drinks and picnics can be arranged. Boating is weather-permitting, and will be within the British Virgin Islands' islets and cays: take a trip to Jost Van Dyke to visit world-famous Foxy's, sip a refreshing Painkiller on the beach at Soggy Dollar Bar; have a picnic on Sandy Cay, visit Norman Island's infamous bar-boat, the William Thornton, and snorkel the Caves and the Indians. Stop at Peter Island's stunning beach for lunch at their excellent seaside restaurant, then head to Cooper Island for more snorkeling and beach time! The Captain will share his wealth of knowledge with you. He has lived in the British Virgin Islands for over a decade, and will be happy to assist you with sightseeing, diving, snorkeling and secluded beaches. Your staff at St. Bernard's Hill House will offer you a personalized service that is second to none.**additional fuel and dockage fees for the speedboat “BVI Beverley" will apply
Your St. Bernard's Hill House's housekeeper takes great pride in the house and care of her guests. Every day she will ensure that your accommodation is kept beautifully clean and fresh at all times, so your room is always a haven of relaxation. Personal laundry service, washing and ironing, is available upon request at $25 per hour.
The estate's gardener will be happy to take you on a tropical garden tour during your stay. Ask him about the local fruit and vegetables, and try some too! Keep a watch out for the different species of birds that make their homes in the grounds of St. Bernard's Hill House.
**PLEASE ADD A 15 PER CENT STAFF GRATUITY TO ALL ST. BERNARD'S HILL HOUSE RATES (additional tipping is entirely at your discretion).**
For a property as large as St. Bernard's Hill House, we must ensure adequate time between rentals to allow the staff to make the villa perfect. So, rentals where there are guests both departing and arriving on the same date cannot be considered. There are NO same-day turnarounds at St. Bernard's Hill House.
We recommend that you rent only 4WD vehicles for this hilltop estate.