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Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, 12 Sleeps

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.

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  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Summer Heights was a wonderful villa to stay in. It was extremely well equipped with loads of towels, including beach towels & many other extras. All the rooms were beautiful & the beds & pillows so comfortable. It was a joy to wake up in the morning to the amazing views. We all loved the pool & the 3 year old learnt to swim in it while we were there. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who came in twice a week & changed the towels & bedding. I would certainly come again & we were all very sad to leave.
Apr 2015
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Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands

epic villa on Tortola!

  • 5 of 5
Just got back from a grand weekend on Tortola. Summer Heights was the highlight by far. Amazing views, great layout and amenities. And, wonderful owners! They had the fridge stocked with drinks, helped with car rentals and ferry service. Very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend the place to anyone...
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands
Pittsfield, Mass

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5
My family (6 aduilts,3 children) spent 11 days at Summer Heights villa in Tortola and had a wonderful time. The villa is a great place to spend a vacation. Gorgeous views, very well equipped kitchen everything anyone needs for a vacation home. Roz cooked us a truly great meal and helped make our vacation a memorable experience. I would highly recommend Summer Heights and Tortola to anyone planning on visiting the Caribbean.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands
Bowie, MD

We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5
Our extended family of 10 recently returned from a family vacation at Summer Heights, and were very pleased with the accommodations. The grandchildren enjoyed the pool and the internet and the games, and the adults enjoyed the comfortable beds and the spacious and well-appointed bath rooms adjoining each room. The kitchen was well equipped with all the items necessary to prepare and serve our food. The dining table was large enough for us all to gather around, and was well protected from the rain, provided the wind was not blowing strongly. The views are magnificent, and the outdoor furniture was very comfortable. The only real surprise for someone not familiar with the terrain were the roads. But Roz will guide you up and around the 4 hairpin turns to the villa, where you will descend through a short 45-degree driveway into a courtyard where your rental car can be parked. And from then on, part of your vacation excitement will be as you traverse the "roads" up and down the Tortola hilside. Roz and Barry are excellent hosts, remaining discretely hidden in their downstairs rooms until you need them, and then they will provide assistance and information as you require it, including which taxi to call if you need one(not all of them wish to travel over that road!). Our family all agree that the accommodations were first-rate, and we certainly would entertain the possibility of staying there again, if we are able to return sometime.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Summer Heights is perfect for an extended family vacation. The six bedrooms all have very comfortable beds and their is plenty of space for everyone.
Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands
Evansville, IN USA

Tortola spring break

  • 5 of 5
Our recent spring break trip to Tortola in March,2011 was one of the best vacations we have had there. We have been visiting
Tortola annually for the last 23 years and have stayed in several different villas. Summer Heights was perfect for our family including two of our grandchildren. The house is so comfortable and family friendly with the pool, great king size beds, and well equipped kitchen. The view and location are exactly as pictured! Barry and Roz were so helpful, and although we hardly knew they were there, they responded to all our needs. We certainly plan to return if the house is available. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful home!!! Jon and Jane
  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. It was lovely to meet you all. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands
Cortona, Italy

A beautiful oasis tucked away on a tropical island

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Summer Heights for a week in October. The property is well tucked away on a lush hillside seemingly far away from the cruise passengers who come in for daily visits (but only 15 minutes from Roadtown). The house is beautiful and well equipped with everything and more you will need during your stay. Although all of the rooms have air conditioning we never had to use it because there was plenty of breeze coming in from the screened windows and sliding doors. The pool was an added benefit, we loved hanging out in the pool in the mornings while planning our day and in the afternoon after long days at the beach. Bonus, you can hook up your mp3 player to their stereo that also had outdoor speakers next to the pool. The view overlooking the sea at Norman and Peter Island is absolutely breathtaking and we often just hung outside in the poolside chairs, drink in hand, taking it all in. Nanny Cay Marina and Soper's Hole are both close and good for a little shopping and Smuggler's Cove was only a 15 minute bumpy ride and turned out to be our favorite beach. Barry and Roz were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed, knew how to get around and gave us some wonderful suggestions for local places. Thanks again for providing such a lovely oasis!!!!
  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to spending time with you in Tuscany next year.
Affordable 6 Bedroom Luxury Villa With Pool & A/C
+1284 -4943656
Tortola British Virgin Islands
Steamboat Springs CO

Oh, what a VIEW!

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed at Summer Heights several times and each stay is the same, if not better! This was our first trip to the BVI with both of our young children and they LOVED the home! Plenty of shade and great times in the pool.

As we like to take a couple long vacations each year, it is important to us that the internet works flawlessly to be able to continue to work from time-to-time. The shade, the internet access, the pool and the view made this our best family vacation ever.

Barry & Roz are there to make sure your vacation is perfect. They are there when you need them and, otherwise, you will never see them during your vacation.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

* 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!


From $500 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 23 2015 - Nov 20 2015
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $500 - $1000

Weekly Rate: $3500 - $7000

Monthly Rate: $6000 - $19000

Summer & Autumn: April 26th to November 21st 2014 AND November 29th to December 12th 2014
1 - 4 guests $3,500; 1 - 6 guests $3,850; 1 - 8 guests $4,200; 1 - 10 guests $4,900; 1-12 guests $5,600
US Thanksgiving: November 22nd to November 29th 2014
1 - 8 guests $4,200; 1 - 10 guests $4,900; 1 - 12 guests $5,600
Christmas/New Year 2014-2015: December 17th 2014 to January 6th 2015
1 - 12 guests $8,400
Winter: January 7th to April 10th 2015
1 - 4 guests $4,200; 1 - 6 guests $4,900; 1 - 8 guests $5,600; 1 - 10 guests $6,300; 1-12 guests $7,000
Summer & Autumn: April 11th to November 20th 2014 AND November 28th to December 15th 2015
1 - 4 guests $3,500; 1 - 6 guests $3,850; 1 - 8 guests $4,200; 1 - 10 guests $4,900; 1-12 guests $5,600
US Thanksgiving: November 21st to November 27th 2015
1 - 8 guests $4,200; 1 - 10 guests $4,900; 1 - 12 guests $5,600
Christmas/New Year 2015-2016: December 16th 2015 to January 5th 2016
1 - 12 guests $8,400

* 1 to 8 persons in 4 king bedroom suites in Main Villa
* 1 to 10 persons in 5 king bedroom suites plus Turtle Dove Suite
* 1 – 12 persons in 5 king bedroom suites including Turtle Dove Suite plus kids loft with twin beds, sharing the bathroom below & accessed through the Turtle Dove Suite
* When rental is less than 5 bedrooms, the Turtle Dove Suite can be included for a $490 pw supplement.
* All rates are per week and are subject to a 7% government tax
* $500 refundable damage deposit, held on a credit card
* 4WD rental vehicle suggested

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Updated: May 22, 2015


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 5200 sq. ft.


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet, shower
  • Half Bathroom - toilet, Wash basin
  • 5 bathrooms are ensuite. The 5th bathroom is shared with the twin room above.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single, This loft bedroom is accessed directly from the suite below.
  • Twin or Single Beds (2) in loft bedroom which has a separate seating area and is linked directly to the poolside Turtle Dove Suite below. This room shares the bathroom with the suite below and, so, is best suited for children or very close friends! One wooden full size crib (age 0 - 3 years).


  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * 5,200 square feet of living room * Air-conditioning in all 6 bedrooms * King size teak beds with deep pillow top mattresses in 5 suites * Twin beds in loft room above the poolside suite * Flat screen TV/DVD combo in all 6 bedrooms * 40" flat screen TV with cable in the lounge * Cable TV in poolside suite * DVD with library of over fifty movies * Music system with a selection of 100 CDs, outdoor speakers and iPod docking * Windows 8 desk top computer with WiFi& MagicJack for long distance calls * Free long distance calls to the USA & Canada * One mobile phone for guest's use with free incoming calls * Library of books and games * Swimming pool with toys * Double hammock * Loungers with padded mats * Two outdoor seating areas, one shaded by a retractable awning * Outdoor dining table * Weber Gas BBQ * Fully equipped kitchen with gas oven, fridge/freezer, ice maker, coffee maker, dishwasher, microwave and grocery staples * Washing machine and clothes dryer in utility room next to kitchen * Weekly maid service * Stunning views from St John in the west along the St Francis Drake Channel to Ginger Island in the east

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