St. Bernard’s Hill House
St. Bernard’s Hill House
St. Bernard’s Hill House is a five-star all-inclusive, catered rental; a professional chef, food and drink, and a speedboat with captain are all included in the rental rates.
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.
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.
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 manicured lawn which borders a wonderfully unique terrace overlooking the yachts coming and going below in Sopers Hole and a panoramic vista of islands and sea clear to the distant horizon. Dark polished imbuia wood, cushioned teak furniture and a 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 dotted with chaise lounges and umbrellas. The superb infinity-edged pool is heated 24/7; the pool and deck overlook Tortola’s Long Bay Beach, the sands of Smugglers Cove and the salt pond, where occasionally pink flamingos are spotted. A shaded alcove sitting area is just off the deck, adjoined by a full bath and an outside shower.
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.
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 the Contemporary and Caribbean suites, two bedroom/bath suites under one roof joined by an interior hallway. Both suites have a TV with DVD player and an iPod dock/CD player/radio. The Contemporary suite has a king bed and its own ensuite bath, and a cool, shaded L-shaped verandah via screened french doors. The adjoining Caribbean suite, with a king bed (which can be separated into two twin beds with your 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 imbuia-wood verandahs are connected at the front of Double Cottage for easy access to both adjoining suites.
Next door to Double Cottage is the charming Colonial Cottage, a separate air-conditioned bungalow with a four-poster queen bed, ensuite bath, TV and DVD player, iPod/CD player/radio, a coffeemaker, microwave and min-fridge 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, a TV, DVD player, an iPod dock/CD player, and beautiful bamboo flooring.
St. Bernard’s Hill House offers serene seclusion in a very private, lush setting within an electronically-gated enclave. It boasts some of the most mesmerizing wide-angled views of ocean and islands to be seen anywhere. Its lofty hilltop location invites cool tradewinds wafting through the 8 acres of tropical landscaping and sweeping across the generous verandahs – this estate celebrates pampered outdoor island living in style. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and screened, and are very 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; the estate’s chef stands ready to prepare and serve a delightful selection of sumptuous meals for you, included in the all-inclusive rental rates. Eclectic and 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.
3 satellite TVs with DVD players + 4 TVs with DVD players (a 42-inch flat-screen satellite TV in covered outdoor bar/lounge area, a 40-inch flat-screen satellite TV in Main Pavilion’s king bedroom suite, a 26-inch flat-screen TV in all four Cottage bedrooms, a 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV in the study, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV in the Exercise Room), Bose Surround Sound in Main Pavilion with indoor + outdoor speakers; books, games, movie + an iPod music collection; Wi-Fi throughout the property; air-conditioning and full screening in the study + in all bedroom suites; binoculars + telescope. IN STUDY IN THE MAIN PAVILION: Air-conditioning, 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV + DVD player, an LG PC computer with Skype long-distance, + a printer/copier/scanner. DINING ROOM: wine fridge + mini-fridge in sideboard. IN EACH BEDROOM SUITE: Air-conditioning, a 26-inch flat-screen TV with DVD player, an iPod dock/radio/CD player + alarm clock, hair dryer, monogrammed bathrobes + beach bags for guests’ use, a mini-fridge and microwave, a safe for valuables + complimentary bathroom toiletries. EXERCISE ROOM: Air-conditioning, a 32-inch flat-screen TV + DVD player, iPod dock; 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 lb. barbells) with barbells, Perfect Pushup hand grips + 2 Weider exercise balls, + yoga mats. POOLSIDE: mini-fridge, covered sitting area + full bath; pool floats + foam noodles. ALSO AT ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE: Gas BBQ grill, assorted snorkel gear, 2 mountain bikes, wooden baby crib, electronic gate at estate’s entrance, automatic generator, dishwasher. There are two small, groomed dogs at the estate, which you may have restricted to the Manager’s house if you prefer. PROFESSIONAL CHEF SERVICE and THREE FULL MEALS, PLUS AFTERNOON TEA AND SNACKS, ARE INCLUDED IN ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE’S ALL-INCLUSIVE RENTAL RATES, AS WELL AS DAILY USE OF THE ESTATE’S CAPTAINED 30-FOOT POWERBOAT “BVI BEVERLEY” FOR 6 to 10 GUESTS (depending on the day’s destination and the seas).
Chris and Joanne, St. Bernard’s Hill House’s resident managers (a seasoned and personable boat captain and chef duo), live nearby on the estate, completely out of sight – they are just a phone call away should you need them.
YOUR ALL-INCLUSIVE RENTAL AT ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE INCLUDES THE TALENTS OF JOANNE, THE ESTATE’S PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CHEF
Superbly-talented Chef Joanne, Chef Charlotte or Chef Kellen will prepare three meals per day plus afternoon tea and snacks. All food and beverages (sodas, mixers, house wines and spirits) are also included in your all-inclusive rental rate (NOTE: premium fine wine vintages and champagnes can be ordered well in advance to your specification, at an additional cost. Special food/meal requests such as Kosher meats, daily lobster, or even fresh, flown-in shell fish can be ordered in advance at an additional cost; ask for further details). Jo will plan your personalized menu in detail, tailoring it to your tastes. Jo will also provision St. Bernard’s Hill House with your groceries, so that your food and drink is waiting at St. Bernard’s Hill House when you arrive. Download Jo’s current St. Bernard’s Hill House menu here. A stewardess is also on St. Bernard’s Hill House’s staff. She will set your dining table, serve your meals and afternoon tea, and mix drinks for you. Meals will be served on a mutually-agreeable schedule.
ALSO INCLUDED IN YOUR RENTAL: Daily use of St. Bernard’s Hill House’s powerboat “BVI Beverley,” a 30-foot luxury RIB tender with Captain Chris at the helm. Captain Chris, an experienced sailor, guide and PADI Dive Master, will take 6 to 10 of you (depending on the seas that day) out to enjoy fabulous hours of snorkeling, watersports and sightseeing in these beautiful warm, clear waters, as part of your relaxing St. Bernard’s Hill House total experience. Snorkel gear, water skis, a wakeboard, foam noodles and floats, a sun canopy and fridge are yours to enjoy while out boating. SCUBA gear may be arranged for qualified divers at an additional cost; if diving, no more than 4 guests on “BVI Beverley” is recommended (for more than 4 divers, Chris can arrange for the local dive company to take you on an underwater SCUBA tour (additional cost). Snacks, drinks and picnics can be arranged (included in the all-inclusive rental rates). Boating is weather-permitting, and will be within the British Virgin Islands’ islets and cays: take a trip to Jost Van Dyke to visit world-famous Foxy’s, sip a refreshing Painkiller on the beach at Soggy Dollar Bar; have a picnic on Sandy Cay, visit Norman Island’s infamous bar-boat, the William Thornton, and snorkel the Caves and the Indians. Stop at Peter Island’s stunning beach for lunch at their excellent seaside restaurant, then head to Cooper Island for more snorkeling and beach time!
(FOR GUESTS WHO DO NOT WANT THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE AT ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE, HERE ARE THE MODIFIED BASIC RENTAL RATES:
* Winter (through April 3, 2012): $26,502 per week, for up to 10 guests.
* Summer/Fall (April 14-November 16, 2012: $21,497 per week, for up to 10 guests.
* Thanksgiving Week (November 17-23, 2012): $23,499 per week, for up to 10 guests.
* Autumn (November 24-December 14, 2012): $21,497 per week, for up to 10 guests.
* Christmas 2012-New Year’s 2013 (December 15-January 4, 2012): $32,998 per week, for up to 10 guests.
(Please ADD a 15 per cent staff gratuity to rental rates).
**WITH YOUR BASIC RENTAL AT THE ABOVE RATES, you and your party will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail and a delicious dinner chosen from the chef’s menu above on your first night. In addition, a complimentary continental breakfast will be set out for you every morning consisting of a fresh fruit platter, chilled juices, cereal, pastries, and freshly-brewed tea or coffee. If desired, the staff can also provision St. Bernard’s Hill House with your list of groceries for you at a charge of $25 per hour, plus the cost of the groceries and beverages you order, so that your food and drink is ready and waiting for you on the day you arrive. 6 to 10 guests (depending on the seas)will also have two half-day (OR one full-day) outings within the BVI on “BVI Beverley” with Captain Chris).
St. Bernard Hill House accepts major credit cards – a 5 per cent surcharge will be added.
**PLEASE ADD A 15 PER CENT STAFF GRATUITY TO ALL ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE RATES (additional tipping is entirely at your discretion).**
THERE ARE NO SAME-DAY DEPARTURES/ARRIVALS PERMITTED AT ST. BERNARD’S HILL HOUSE. A 24-HOUR PREPARATION PERIOD IS REQUIRED BY THE ESTATE’S STAFF TO GET EVERYTHING PERFECT FOR THE NEXT GUESTS!
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