An electronic gate ushers you into Estate Belvedere's magnificent four acres, past a fenced formal garden with a fountain, and back into a part of St. Croix's Danish history of centuries past. The centerpiece of this Estate is the sugar mill dating back to 1763, a place where sugar cane was refined into precious sugar and the molasses into Cruzan rum; other ruins of the old plantation still grace this lovely island property. Extensive historical research was done by the current owners in both St. Croix and Danish archives, and after several years of careful and loving restoration, Estate Belvedere is now receiving guests fortunate enough to enjoy its unique history, spectacular landscaping on spacious grounds, and its beautiful interiors.
The sugar mill is the central gathering place for everyone. The entry into the mill opens to an art gallery in the round, complete with the old Danish brick floor, showcasing the owners' collection of Caribbean art and historical memorabilia.
A powder room with a handpainted tropical mural is tucked off to the side. Built to encompass the curve of the sugar mill are the living area, gourmet kitchen and home office area, which open through french doors onto an expansive terrace looking out to the sea, set with cushioned furniture for the cocktail hour and lazy stargazing when night falls. A covered pavilion is just off the kitchen on this terrace, with a handy pass-through/bar to the kitchen for easy serving, providing a shaded, cool spot for alfresco dining. Three air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites on two levels of the mill (named Sunrise, Hibiscus and Jungle Suites) offer luxurious privacy.
Outside, a staircase winds up and around the sugar mill to its very top and to spectacular long-distance vistas in every direction. A handpainted mural maps the islands you see in the distance from this high vantage point. Off to one side of the Estate are old plantation ruins of long ago where vivid bougainvillea now bloom; part of this area has been made into a lovely patio for conversation or quiet reading, where cool tradewinds prevail. Estate Belvedere's extensive and beautifully-preserved ruins include a classic Caribbean welcoming arms staircase and graceful arches framing the lush gardens, providing a fascinating look at sturdy Danish stonework done over 200 years ago.
Accessed via one of the old stone staircases is the Tower Building, a modern two-story pavilion with two very spacious, air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites (Ocean and Coral Suites), each suite with a large living area, a full kitchen and two queen beds. These colorful and completely equipped suites are perfect for family privacy, and further enhance the child-friendly nature of the Estate. Just beyond is the Garden Cottage, built as a new extension of the ruins; its entry patio incorporates some of the old stone rubble walls. This air-conditioned and very private suite also offers a sitting room with a small kitchen and a queen bedroom. Chad, the Estate's caretaker, lives close to the entrance in a removed, separate cottage.
Walkways connect the buildings and the ruins, meandering under tall, shady trees, past fruit trees and glorious tropical gardens fenced by elegant wrought iron, displaying riots of vivid flowers and exotic plants, and through green manicured lawns. The Pool House, the generous swimming pool and the air-conditioned home gym are situated beyond the sugar mill and Tower Building; the pool area and surrounding lawn are screened by trees and shrubbery for complete privacy.
Estate Belvedere is a masterpiece, an important bookmark in St. Croix's colorful history. Every modern convenience and amenity is here, the decor is today's classic Caribbean, but the spirit of early island days prevails. A perfect place for families or for building more memories with close friends, time spent within this elegant Estate will be relished and remembered by all fortunate enough to find this very special property. Five stars.
1 to 6 persons have the use of the 3 bedroom/bath suites in the Sugar Mill Main House only. 13th + 14th persons sleep on 2nd queen bed in the Ocean and/or Coral Suite - or 1 twin rollaway bed is also available.
Estate Belvedere's caretaker, Chad, occupies another cottage on this 4-acre historic plantation. Chad is on property for your convenience, should you have questions or problems, but of course, your complete privacy is always assured at Estate Belvedere.
A 7-night minimum rental is required at belvedere estate all year around (except during Christmas/New Year's, when a 10-night minimum rental is required).
Estate Belvedere is also available for weddings or parties for up to 50 guests maximum. Please inquire for further details.
Rates vary based on the number of bedrooms being used, please contact us for a quote. Exclusive use of the villa is yours regardless of the number of bedrooms rented. Unrented bedrooms will remain locked for the duration of your stay. Note that rates are based on double occupancy.
Experience year round summer cooled by tradewinds in St. Croix. Though St. Croix is the largest of the 3 U.S. Virgin Islands, it is not overly populated giving you lots of breathing room. St. Croix is surrounded by an elkhorn coral barrier reef which serves as home for a multitude of fish and other sea life. Snorkelers will enjoy navigating the underwater trail on the eastern side of the reef. Tour old sugar plantations, hike through rainforests, get great bargains at shops in Christiansted and Frederiksted or try the fabulous island dishes that St. Croix has to offer.
Additional amenities include: music library, board games, movie/video library, air conditioning throughout, second kitchen, 4 queen beds, hammock, dining room/area/table, outdoor bar, holiday such as thanksgiving/christmas/new years/easter & island events have specia, pool chairs, 7 night minimum stay high season, 2 king beds, outdoor furniture, housekeeping once per week, office/study, 7 night minimum stay over american thanksgiving (november 20-29), suitable for children, 10 night minimum stay festive season, cd player, alarm/security system, fitness room/equipment, note distances to amenities are approximate, events and weddings considered. inquire for details and rates, crib, patio deck or balcony, 5 minute drive to beach(es), staff lives on the property in a separate home, hairdryer(s), gated, water feature, 7 night minimum stay festive season....Read more
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