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; the stay will include the talents of a gourmet chef.
This five-bedroom property consists of four gingerbread-trimmed pavilions set within bowers of colorful bougainvillea, bird of paradise, tall palms and sea almond trees. St. Bernard's spacious Main Pavilion comprises the richly-decorated Great... Room, a dining room which seats 10, the tiled 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, on the lee side is a bar and cushioned seating for watching the big flat-screen TV.
The Main Pavilion also houses the large master king suite. This sequestered suite offers a carved mahogany four-poster bed and West Indian antique desk; screened french doors lead to the verandah and a cool outdoor area with a sea view, with chaise lounges for two. A hallway leads from the bedroom to its spacious ensuite bath with double vanity, big tiled shower and bathtub, and another hallway into the Main Pavilion.
On the south side of the Main Pavilion is a small manicured lawn which borders a unique terrace overlooking the yachts below in Sopers Hole coming and going, and a panoramic vista of islands and sea clear to the horizon. Dark polished emboia wood, cushioned teak furniture and canvas umbrella give this terrace a distinct luxury-yacht flavor. A few stairs from the lawn area descend through tropical plantings to the pool and tiled sun deck below, a totally-private haven set with chaise lounges and umbrellas. The infinity-edged pool is heated 24/7; the pool and deck overlook Tortola's Long Bay Beach, Smugglers Cove and the salt pond, where pink flamingos are occasionally spotted. A shaded alcove sitting area is just off the deck, adjoined by a full bath.
From the main entrance of the Main Pavilion, a walkway meanders through lovely gardens to the separate North 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, and a bath with large tiled shower, separate WC, its own washer/dryer, and a coffeemaker, microwave and toaster.
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 two bedroom/bath suites under one roof, joined by an interior hallway. One suite has a king bed and its own ensuite bath, and a cool, shaded L-shaped verandah via screened french doors. The adjoining suite, which has a king bed that can be separated into two twin beds with 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 emboia-wood verandahs are connected at the front of Double Cottage for easy access to both suites.
Next door to Double Cottage is the charming South Cottage, a separate air-conditioned bungalow with a four-poster queen bed, ensuite bath, a washer and dryer, coffee maker, microwave and toaster for 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, TV and DVD player, and beautiful bamboo flooring.
St. Bernard's Hill House offers serene seclusion in a very private, lush setting within an electronically-gated enclave, with some of the most mesmerizing wide-angled views of ocean and islands to be seen anywhere. Its lofty hilltop location invites cool trade-winds through the 8 acres of tropical landscaping, sweeping across the generous verandahs, this estate celebrates pampered outdoor island living in style. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and screened, and are well situated on the estate for maximum privacy for couples. Guest will be well cared for by St. Bernard's Hill House's gracious and attentive staff; Chef Joss stands ready to prepare and serve a delightful selection of sumptuous meals, included in the rental rates. Eclectic, 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.
2 satellite TVs with DVD players (a 42-inch flat-screen TV in covered outdoor bar/lounge area, + a 26-inch TV in study), Bose Surround Sound with indoor + outdoor speakers; books, games, movie + music collections; binoculars + telescope; air-conditioning in study + in all bedroom suites. IN STUDY IN MAIN PAVILION: Air-conditioning, satellite TV + DVD player, Dell PC computer with Skype long-distance + printer/copier/scanner. DINING ROOM: wine fridge + mini-fridge in sideboard. IN EACH BEDROOM SUITE: Air-conditioning, an iPod dock/alarm clock, hair dryer, a mini-fridge, microwave, toaster + dishes (except in Main Pavilion suite), a safe for valuables + complimentary bathroom toiletries; North + South Cottages + one suite in Double Cottage have a washer and dryer. EXERCISE ROOM: Air-conditioning, TV + DVD player, 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 lbs.) with barbells, Perfect Pushup hand grips + 3 Weider exercise balls. Wooden baby crib (set up with your advance request, please), booster chair for dining, baby monitor, some toys, safety netting for Main Pavilion's and Double Pavilion's verandahs (with advance request!) + removable child gates in Main + Double Pavilions to prevent child's access to pool level + to driveway. POOLSIDE: mini-fridge, covered sitting area + full bath. Gas grill, assorted snorkel gear, electronic gate at estate's entrance, automatic generator, dishwasher. PROFESSIONAL CHEF SERVICE and SOME MEALS (INCLUDING A DAILY CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST) ARE INCLUDED IN ST. BERNARD'S HILL HOUSE'S RENTAL RATES, AS WELL AS A ONE-DAY POWERBOAT TRIP TO JOST VAN DYKE, BVI FOR UP TO 8 GUESTS.
Johnny, St. Bernard's Hill House's resident manager, lives nearby, but completely out of sight on the estate - he is just a phone call away should you need him
YOUR RENTAL AT ST. BERNARD'S HILL HOUSE INCLUDES THE TALENTS of a HOUSE CHEF, your accomplished private chef; chef services are included in your rental rates. The chef will prepare 2 complimentary meals for you (food included) during your stay, and will set out a complimentary continental breakfast for you every morning. In addition, the chef will prepare 4 lunches and 2 more dinners during your one-week stay (4 days of lunches and dinners for 7-night rentals; 6 days of lunches and dinners for 10-night rentals), on a mutually-agreeable schedule. Dinners must be served no later than 8 p.m., please. The chef's services are included in St. Bernard's Hill's rental rates; you pay for your groceries (except for the 2 complimentary meals) and all beverages, wine and liquor. The chef can also provision St. Bernard's Hill House with groceries for you, so that your food and drink is at the villa the day you arrive.
ALSO INCLUDED IN YOUR RENTAL FOR 8 GUESTS MAXIMUM: A full-day's trip to and from Jost Van Dyke, BVI, on St. Bernard's Hill House's powerboat "Little Beverley," a 56-foot Viking Sport Cruiser, for up to 8 persons. Johnny, an experienced sailor and guide, is your boat captain. Enjoy a glorious day of snorkeling, fishing, and sightseeing in these beautiful warm, clear waters as part of your relaxing St. Bernard's Hill House experience.
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