British Virgin Islands Villa 1230
This villa is located in: Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
- Ocean View
- Air Conditioning
- Maid Service
A magnificent 5-1/2-acre peninsula is the site of this historic island property - Villa 1230's exceptional location within a private estate on this promontory provides a profound sense of peace and solitude. The very top of the villa was long ago used as a cannon emplacement which fired out to sea at pirate ships venturing too near the coastline. Now a nature trail leads to this serene and breezy spot for cocktails at sunset, with superb sea views of passing yachts and green islets and cays. This very English estate was built in 1969 around the villa's original 18th-century gunpowder store; as there were no roads in those days, all building materials had to be brought in by sea to the jetty and then trotted to the site by a donkey named Liz.
This dock nowadays is the perfect spot for snorkeling and swimming, and the estate is still in the family. The property was completely renovated in 2005 to a high standard of updated luxury, reviving the holiday magic enjoyed decades ago. Villa 1230 now offers five air-conditioned bedrooms in two pavilions, all facing out to sea and built adjacent to the new state-of-the-art, low-chemical pool. The Main House comprises the living area, equipped with a high-end media system, and a custom kitchen which opens out to a covered living/dining terrace with a built-in gas grill. This spacious terrace looks out to the beach at Smugglers Cove.
The air-conditioned bedrooms are all named in a British family tradition: in the Main House, the king master bedroom/bath suite, which is built within the original gunpowder store, is "Union." This suite has its own private terrace and also accesses the main terrace. "Jack" is the other bedroom/bath suite, which also has french doors opening to the main terrace. Steps from the covered terrace lead to the infinity-edge pool and sun deck, an outdoor pool shower, and to three paths. One path leads you to your own private dock, 150 feet from the house, with steps for easy access into the ocean. The dock house is full of amenities for fishing and snorkeling, and a deck on the dock house roof is perfect for lunch or sundown cocktails. The second path takes you to the top of the Point where the cannons used to be, and the third path threads through tropical landscaping to Smugglers Cove beach.
A native stone walkway connects to the Pavilion, with three more bedrooms and a study: "Fish," a king suite, and "Chips," a suite with a king or two twin beds, both have air-conditioning, ensuite baths and private terraces. And "Salt" is the double-bed bedroom which shares the bath with "Chips." On the slightly-lower level is "Pepper," offering a study with air-conditioning, a home office with computer, a double sofabed and a half bath with a covered alfresco shower just outside - perfect for teenagers.
The villa also includes a half day's boat trip around the nearby British Virgin Islands on a fast powerboat captained by J.C., an experienced and entertaining sailor who is extremely knowledgeable about this part of the Caribbean (please see Rental Notes, below, for details).
This wonderful, electronically-gated family estate offers serene, secluded luxury for guests of all ages, a sense of history, and a spacious and relaxing island hideaway for groups large and small. Enjoy the Caribbean seascape in one of Tortola's most peaceful and private homes - gourmet magic in the kitchen, superb snorkeling, sun-kissed days at the beach and romantic nights of stargazing, the sound of soothing waves, and the natural beauty surrounding this very special place will enchant you.
2 satellite TVs (a 32" TV in Great Room + a 21" TV in master suite), DVD player, Bose surround sound system, Bose outdoor-zoned sound system, Bose CD player with iPod connection, movie collection, books, games, Bose Wave Radio with alarm clock in master bedroom suite, A/C in study + in all bedrooms, DSL line with Wi-Fi throughout villa + at pool for your laptop, office with computer, printer, + an ethernet connection for your laptop, answering machine; wine fridge, hair dryers, safe for valuables, built-in gas grill + portable charcoal grill; 2 full size wooden baby cribs, 2 highchairs + child rails for bed; hammock, Mosquito Magnet, large selection of snorkel gear for guests, automatic generator, electronic entry gate, dishwasher.
Personal laundry will be done at no extra charge by housekeeper.
The villa's private dock is just 150 feet from the terrace for excellent snorkeling.
Walk to the white sands of Smugglers Cove beach via a shaded path from the house (just a 5 or 6-minute walk, approximately 600 yards away).