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.<br /><br />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, 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 TV.<br /><br />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 en-suite bath with double vanity, big tiled shower and bathtub, and another hallway into the Main Pavilion.<br /><br />On the south side of the Main Pavilion is a small manicured lawn which borders a wonderfully 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 superb 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.<br /><br />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 for private breakfasts or snacks for just two.<br /><br />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 en-suite 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 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 emboia-wood verandahs are connected at the front of Double Cottage for easy access to both suites.<br /><br />Next door to Double Cottage is the charming South Cottage, a separate air-conditioned bungalow with a four-poster queen bed, en-suite bath, a washer and dryer, coffeemaker, microwave and toaster 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, TV and DVD player, and beautiful bamboo flooring.<br /><br />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 wafting 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. You'll 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 for you, 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 - this is perfection from sunrise to sunset, and into the balmy island night with a sparkling canopy of stars overhead.<br /><br />Bedroom / Bathroom Description<br /><br />Bedroom 1 – Main Pavilion<br />King size bed, En-suite bathroom with double vanity, tub, and shower, Hairdryer, Air conditioning, iPod dock/alarm clock, Mini fridge, Microwave, Toaster, Veranda, loungers<br /><br />Bedroom 2 – North Cottage<br />2 Twin beds, Bathroom with shower, En-suite bathroom, Hairdryer, Air conditioning, iPod dock/alarm clock, Washer, Dryer, Mini fridge, Coffee maker, Microwave, Toaster, Dishes, Veranda<br /><br />Bedroom 3 – Double Cottage<br />King size bed, En-suite bathroom, Hairdryer, Air conditioning, iPod dock/alarm clock, Washer, Dryer, Mini fridge, Coffee maker, Microwave, Toaster, Dishes, Shaded veranda<br /><br />Bedroom 4 – Double Cottage<br />2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom, Hairdryer, Air conditioning, iPod dock/alarm clock, Veranda connecting with bedroom 3<br /><br />Bedroom 5 – South Cottage<br />Queen size bed, En-suite bathroom, Hairdryer, Air conditioning, iPod dock/alarm clock, Washer, Dryer, Mini fridge, Coffee maker, Microwave, Toaster, Dishes, Verandah<br /><br />Additional Bedding<br />Study Room – Queen sofa bed, Powder room, Air conditioning, Computer<br /><br />Features & Amenities<br /><br /> * Air conditioning<br /> * Satellite TVs<br /> * DVD players<br /> * Flat screen TVs<br /> * Bose Surround Sound<br /> * Indoor/outdoor speaker<br /> * Books<br /> * Games<br /> * Movie collection<br /> * Music collection<br /> * Binoculars<br /> * Telescope<br /> * Dell Computer<br /> * Skype long distance<br /> * Printer/Copier/Scanner<br /> * Wine fridge<br /> * Mini fridge in sideboard<br /> * Baby crib<br /> * Booster chair<br /> * Baby monitor<br /> * Toys<br /> * Safety netting for main Pavilion’s and Double Cottage’s veranda<br /> * Removable child gate for pool access<br /> * Gym<br /> o Air conditioning<br /> o TV<br /> o DVD player<br /> o Sole TT8 Treadmill<br /> o Sole E95 Elliptical Trainer with heart monitor<br /> o Bowflex weight bench with assorted weights<br /> o Apex JD-3.1 Roman chair<br /> o Weider power switch weight<br /> o Dumbbell set with Barbells<br /> o Perfect Pushup hand grips<br /> o 3 Weider exercise balls<br /><br />Outdoor Features<br /><br /> * Infinity pool<br /> * Outdoor dining<br /> * Covered sitting area<br /> * Mini fridge<br /> * Gas grill<br /> * Dishwasher<br /> * Automatic generator<br /> * Snorkeling equipment<br /> * Electronic gate<br /> * Driveway<br /><br />Staff & Services<br /><br />Included<br /><br /> * Daily maid service except Sunday and holidays<br /> * Daily Continental breakfast<br /> * 2 Complimentary meals (Food included)<br /> * 1 Day powerboat trip to Jost Van Dyke, BVI for up to 8 guests<br /> * 4 Lunches and 2 dinners with a minimum 1 week stay (Food cost is extra)<br /> * OR 6 Days of lunches and dinners with a minimum10 night stay (Food cost is extra) <br /><br />At Extra Cost<br /><br /> * Sunday maid service<br /> * Food cost<br /> * Pre-stocking of groceries<br /><br />Villa Policies<br /><br /> * Maximum 10 guests<br /> * Children Welcome<br /> * Non Smoking Villa<br /> * Pets are not allowed <br /><br />Getting There<br /><br /> * Rental car recommended</p>...Read more
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