St. Bernard's Hill House
Caribbean / British Virgin Islands / Tortola
Surrounded within a lush oasis of 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, s spacious well-equipped kitchen, an air-conditioned study with a computer and a powder room. 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 en-suite 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 en-suite 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 en-suite 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, en-suite 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 trade winds wafting through the 8 acres of tropical landscaping and sweeping across the generous verandahs - this estate celebrates pampered outdoor island living in style. Eclectic and pleasing décor 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. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and screened, and are very well situated on the estate for maximum privacy for couples.
One of the estate's professional house chefs stands ready to prepare and serve a delightful selection of sumptuous meals for you. You'll be superbly cared for by St. Bernard's Hill House's gracious and attentive staff. Five luxurious stars!
5 Bedrooms, 6.5 Bathrooms
Sleeps 10 People
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 be
Bedroom Details4 king-sized beds + 1 queen (3 of the kings in Oriental, Caribbean and Contemporary Cottage bedrooms can be changed to 2 twins - please request in advance, before your arrival)
Bathroom DetailsA powder room is in the Main Pavilion, plus there is a full tiled bath with shower just off the pool deck. Main Pavilion's king suite also has a bathtub and a spacious dressing room.
Beach DetailsSmugglers Cove Beach, just a quick drive down the hill (about 7 minutes)
Pool DetailsHeated pool with infinity edge, 18' x 25' x 4'-7' deep, with shaded alcove with seating, full bath + mini-fridge at pool area.
Staff and ServicesYour 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 our 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.
One of the estate's superbly-talented chefs will lay out a continental breakfast, and prepare a gourmet lunch and dinner for you every day. You pay for all groceries (all food and beverages) you order.)
St. Bernard's Hill House’s chef will help you plan your meals and will present you with a menu catering to your tastes well before your arrival, so all of your meals will be prepared and served according to your desires. You’ll provide your chef with your provisioning list of groceries, so that your food and drink is ready and waiting for you on the day you arrive. A $3000 to $5000 deposit, to be credited towards your food and drink order, is required with your final payment (the actual amount will depend on the number of guests renting St. Bernard's Hill House).)
NOTE: premium fine wine vintages and champagnes can be ordered well in advance to your specification, at an additional cost. Special food / meal requests such as Kosher meats, daily lobster, or even fresh flown-in shellfish can be ordered in advance at an additional cost; please request further details). The chef will help you plan your meals and will present you with a menu catering to your tastes well before your arrival, so all of your meals will be prepared and served according to your desires. Dine on delectable dishes prepared fresh every day using local ingredients and herbs picked straight from our tropical gardens. Enjoy fine dining at its very best, complimented with freshly-baked breads, homemade pasta and homemade ice creams and sorbets. There are also two attentive stewardesses - you can look forward to inventive table settings, fine service and delightful cocktails - let them know if you have any favorites, or try something new concocted from our wide array of local tropical fruits! Meals will be served on a mutually-agreeable schedule.
Villa NotesNo smoking
Children are welcome (please request setup of villa's wooden baby crib and of any other baby gear, if needed, well before your arrival)
Square Footage: Approximate interior: 5200 + exterior: 5500 = TOTAL: 10,700 sq. ft.
We recommend that you rent only 4WD vehicles for this hilltop estate.
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Tax Service Charge Details *Please add 10% tax and 15% staff gratuity to all rates.
Security Deposit Details
$60 non-refundable damage waiver
Minimum Stay Details
2014 - Minimum stay is 5 nights during low season, 7 nights during high season and Thanksgiving, and 10 nights during Christmas/ New Year.
2015 - 7 Night minimum stay except for Christmas/ New Year which is 10 nights.
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