Very, very occasionally we are fortunate enough to be asked to list for sale a truly spectacular home that exceeds all expectations. St Bernards Hill House in the West End of Tortola is just such a property.
With road access from the prestigious Belmont Estate, the estate encompasses 8.22 acres of hilltop with a lookout location offering views south across St John, west to St Thomas and north over Jost van Dyke. Originally built as a private residence, in recent years this five-bedroom property has been successfully operating as an exclusive “all-inclusive” vacation retreat for the fortunate few.
The elegantly-furnished colonial style main house and four gingerbread-trimmed bedroom pavilions are set within lush gardens of palms and bougainvillea. All accommodations are well situated on the estate to offer maximum privacy. A self-contained manager's residence is located in a private area away from the main house.
The main house has been designed to take advantage of the abundant breezes and outstanding views with extensive covered dining and living areas on three sides. The great room has high arched doors that can be left open to create the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience. A formal dining area with seating for ten, leads to the state of the art kitchen complete with two pantries and stainless steel appliances. An outdoor dining area can be reached from the kitchen. The spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, children’s playroom and guest half-bathroom complete the main house.
Each guest cottage is decorated and furnished in a different but equally tasteful style and all have wraparound, hardwood verandas. Two guest cottages contain one bedroom each and a further two bedrooms are housed in a duplex cottage, separated by an interconnecting door but still with their own private verandas. Large en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, kitchenettes and walk-in closets are included in each guest bedroom.
An infinity-edge pool can be reached down a stone staircase from the main house. The surrounding pool terrace has plenty of comfortable loungers, umbrellas to provide shade, a wet-bar and bathroom. The gardens have been carefully landscaped to create several areas of lawn separated by stone walkways and riotous shades of bougainvillea and hibiscus. A half-hidden lawn is home to a hammock shaded by a canopy of trees and a wooden viewing deck shaded by royal palms complete your choices for enjoying the view no matter where you are.