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Bedrooms 6 / Bathrooms 6 / Sleeps 12 / Villa
Bedrooms: 6  Bathrooms: 6   Sleeps: 12  Type: Villa

1 Half bath, 5 Attached (ensuites)

Summer Heights. A perfect,affordable choice for larger groups. Owner direct.

Summer Heights is nestled high into the southern slopes of Tortola. Accessed from the main south shore road, your adventure begins as you drive upwards along a winding country road through the breezy green hills of the private residential area known as Havers Estate. As the vista begins to unfold, islands come into view - Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island and more, separated by a sea of blue with sleek yachts tacking majestically up the channel. It’s just a foretaste of what Summer Heights has to offer. As you pass through the entrance doors, you will surely gasp at the panoramic views before you. They are simply breathtaking, and they are yours from sunrise to sunset for a whole week or more. On a clear day, you can even see St Croix, over 30 miles away. If you are an early riser, the sunrise is spectacular! At night, the clear, uncluttered sky offers a wonderful opportunity for stargazing.

Summer Heights was designed with rentals in mind, treating each guest equally with bedrooms that have stunning views and easy access to the pool and living area. A genuine Caribbean holiday home managed with care and maintained with pride. The English owners have lived and worked in the British Virgin Islands for over 30 years, so it was with insight and experience that they carefully chose to build on the island of Tortola for its shops, restaurants, ferries, airport and the 'happening' events. It’s the perfect hub from which to visit Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and other smaller islands; all are just an easy day-trip away.

On arrival, a broad staircase of Mexican coral tile leads through the double entry doors onto a sunny enclosed courtyard with an expansive deck of crushed coral and cobalt blue tiled swimming pool. A roofed poolside loggia provides a beautiful setting for casual dining, with the adjacent gourmet kitchen and bar immediately at hand. A curved glass brick wall separates the kitchen from the very spacious lounge. Here, a white leather wraparound sofa allows you to sit in comfort to watch TV or play cards at the glass topped teak coffee table. Two reclining leather chairs, with footstools, are in front of the large picture window where you can relax and enjoy the ever changing sea vistas. A corner desk holds the desktop computer which has Windows 8 as well as WiFi. Long distance calls can be made by VOIP using Skype or MagicJack. The lounge decor is completed by beautiful solid teak furniture, imported from Bali, and artwork on the walls. There is a wide selection of board games, for both adults and children, as well as an extensive library of books, covering all genres.

Just along the deck from the lounge, are four similar bedroom suites. The two lower suites open onto a semi-shaded deck hung with a double hammock while the upper two open to private balconies. The fifth suite, the Turtle Dove, is in the east wing and opens directly onto the pool deck. This room also features a sitting area and a walk-in closet. Each of the five suites has a beautiful ocean view and features an impressive teak king bed with deep comfortable mattress, en suite bathroom, air-conditioning and flat screen TV / DVD combo. Above the poolside suite, and accessed by a staircase leading directly from the room, is a twin bedded loft, ideal for children. This room shares the large bathroom with the room below.

Summer Heights is a luxury Tortola villa rental property and a relaxed and restful haven conveniently located to town, shops, restaurants and West End beaches. It is an easy fifteen minute drive to Road Town where you will find the main fully stocked supermarkets. The closest beach is at Long Bay, a ten minute drive west and Smuggler's Cove, which we think is Tortola's best beach, is just another few minutes further on. Nanny Cay Marina, a water sports and boating centre, is less than five minutes from Summer Heights. From here, you can rent snorkel gear, arrange SCUBA diving or rent a powerboat.

Barry & Rosalind Rice, the owners of Summer Heights, personally built and now maintain the villa in immaculate condition. Originally from England, their own accommodations are tucked away on the lower eastern side of the property, completely separate from the villa's amenities. They are always available to offer advice on where to go and what to do, respecting your wish for total privacy if you so indicate.

The villa is perfect for just one couple and surprisingly affordable for a group of friends or a family holiday with the children. Summer Heights offers simple luxury, packaged with the warm sun of the Caribbean.

TripAdvisor property ID 4299675

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Book this 6 bedroom villa in Road Town today! A total of 12 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 21 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $5600 to as high as $7700, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 60% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 22, 2019.

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About the owner

About the owner

Rosalind R.
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Calendar last updated:
22 Feb 2019
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Languages spoken: English



Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.

Damage deposit: $500.00
No smoking at this property



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Road-town Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Pool / Spa

  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • Stereo system
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking not allowed


  • 1 Half bath
  • 5 Attached (ensuites)


Reviews (21)

Excellent – based on 21 reviews Excellent
21 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 31 Mar 2014

We have stayed multiple times at this home overlooking Drake's channel. It has a spectacular view of the surrounding islands, and the pool is in the sun most of the day which kept our grandchildren thoroughly entertained. The bedrooms all have a king size bed with ensuite bathroom, as well as a bathroom by the pool. The kitchen is well supplied for meals at home, and has an outdoor grill which is great for lobsters or burgers.Maid service is provided twice weekly, and there is access to a washer and dryer. We have enjoyed our stay every time, and plan to return again next year

“Summer Heithts”

Reviewed 31 Jan 2014

Summer Heights was an excellent place for a winter couples getaway. The view was spectacular. Hope to return again sometime.

“Beautiful and exciting stay.”

Reviewed 6 Jun 2013

The villa was wonderful and the owners were delightful. Beautiful views good service and very comfortable accommodations. Barry and Ros gave excellent advice that enhanced our stay. Would highly recommend this villa to anyone.

“Beautiful location!”

Reviewed 25 Feb 2013

A lovely location with a great view! Barry and Roz were wonderful.

“A fantastic vacation!”

Reviewed 3 Apr 2012

This is a wonderful home for 5 couples or a family of 10.We have vacationed here on 3 occassions. The house has the perfect layout to accommodate friends and family, while still providing privacy and relaxation. It has a well equipped kitchen, great pool, and all the amenities of home. The view of Drake's channel and the adjoining Islands is unsurpassed. We will definitely visit again.

“A Very Happy New Year”

Reviewed 12 Jan 2012

2 of us enjoyed the beautiful house so much that instead of going out for New Years Eve we all stayed in, enjoyed using the wonderful large kitchen, and ate a four course meal next to the pool with the amazing view over the sea. The sound system allowed us to play music outdoors and dance in the new year. Five bedrooms were large and spacious with en-suite bathrooms, the sixth is best used for children. The service was fantastic with mid-week housekeeping and I would recommend using George the taxi driver for all trips to town. Definitely a holiday home to remember and come back to!

“epic villa on Tortola”

Reviewed 7 Nov 2011

Just got back from a grand weekend on Tortola. Summer Heights was the highlight by far. Amazing views, great layout and amenities. And, wonderful owners! They had the fridge stocked with drinks, helped with car rentals and ferry service. Very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend the place to anyone...

“Excellent villa for a vacation”

Reviewed 18 Jul 2011

My family consisting of 6 adults and 3 children spent 11 days at Summer Heights. We had a wonderful time enjoyed by all. The view over the Channel is outstanding and we spent many happy hours appreciating that. The villa is superbly equipped for cooking or activities. This is the 6th vacation my my family has had together and definetely one of the most enjoyable. Tortola is a lovely island with great beaches especially Smugglers Cove. I highly recommend the island and Summer Heights villa for a vacation.

“We had a great time!”

Reviewed 9 Jul 2011

Our extended family of 10 recently returned from a family vacation at Summer Heights, and were very pleased with the accommodations. The grandchildren enjoyed the pool and the internet and the games, and the adults enjoyed the comfortable beds and the spacious and well-appointed bath rooms adjoining each room. The kitchen was well equipped with all the items necessary to prepare and serve our food. The dining table was large enough for us all to gather around, and was well protected from the rain, provided the wind was not blowing strongly. The views are magnificent, and the outdoor furniture was very comfortable. The only real surprise for someone not familiar with the terrain were the roads. But Roz will guide you up and around the 4 hairpin turns to the villa, where you will descend through a short 45-degree driveway into a courtyard where your rental car can be parked. And from then on, part of your vacation excitement will be as you traverse the "roads" up and down the Tortola hilside. Roz and Barry are excellent hosts, remaining discretely hidden in their downstairs rooms until you need them, and then they will provide assistance and information as you require it, including which taxi to call if you need one(not all of them wish to travel over that road!). Our family all agree that the accommodations were first-rate, and we certainly would entertain the possibility of staying there again, if we are able to return sometime.

“3rd stay at Summer Heights!”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2011

What a great time we had at Summer Heights! This was our third time staying with Barry and Roz and their hospitality was wonderful! Each trip, we have brought a new person along with our family and they have each been completely "wowed" by Tortola and the views from Summer Heights. Driving up the road to the villa is crazy but after doing it numerous times we are used to the climb and our son loves the 4-wheeling adventure. We love gazing out at the Channel from the pool deck and our son loves seeing the sailboats passing by. And having a pool right at the property is so nice. Some days, we just stayed at the villa and relaxed and other days we voyaged to beaches at Smuggler's Cove, Long Bay, and Cane Garden Bay. Another day, we took the ferry over to Jost Van Dyke and just hung out at White Bay. Using Summer Heights as our base worked great for all that. We also enjoy the close proximity to Nanny Cay for groceries, restaurants and shopping. Our family definitely recommends Summer Heights. We love it there!

Review 1-10 of 21

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