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 daytrip 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.
Hi Roz and Barry,
Just a note to let you know how wonderful your Summer Heights rental made our vacation to Tortola and the BVI.
The views toward Virgin Gorda and Peter Island were spectacular and the layout of your home gave our large family(12)a great place to gather around the pool yet provide privacy when we needed that also.
We have been to the BVI many times and rented homes but Summer Heights gave us the greatest value for our money. We will be back soon.
Bob and JoAnn
* Swimming - just 10 minutes from the closest beach at Long Bay
* Snorkelling - Brewer's Bay offers good snorkelling straight from the beach
* Surfing - two surfer beaches at Apple Bay & Josiah's Bay are particularly good during the winter months
* SCUBA diving - arrange diving with one of the many dive shops in Tortola
* Hiking - Sage Mountain national park has trails through the rain forest
* Sailing - take a day charter to exlore the outer islands and find superb snorkelling
* Explore - visit the Botanic Gardens and the Old Government House museum, as well as other interesting places around the island
* Day trips - take a ferry to neighbouring Virgin Gorda or Jost van Dyke. If you have time, spend a day in Anegada
* Dining out - there are several very good restaurants close by
* Or simply laze around the villa, sun bathe and do absolutely nothing!