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Luxury Six Bedroom Villa with Pool in British Virgin Islands

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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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villa rental amenities

  • 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




activities and attractions in British Virgin Islands Caribbean

  • 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!



vacation rental rates

Winter: January 4th to April 25th 2014

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 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 28th 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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Top things to do in British Virgin Islands
  • Relax
  • Sunbathe on a beach
  • Swim & snorkel
  • Explore other islands
  • Spend a day on the water
Top things to do on a budget
  • Relax
  • Swim
  • Sunbathe at a beach
  • Hike the Sage Mountain trail
  • Shelling & beach combing
Top things to do with a family
  • Build sandcastles
  • Swim & snorkel
  • Visit the rain forest at Sage Mountain
  • Laze by the villa pool
  • Explore the Baths at Virgin Gorda

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..... wish we could do this every year!

Review submitted: November 24, 2013   Date of arrival: October 22, 2013

Our family recently spent two wonderful weeks at Summer Heights on Tortola. The property and amenities are exactly as shown on their website - - and the view over the Francis Drake Channel towards Peter Island is simply spectacular. Individual king bedrooms with bath insure everyone's comfort and privacy and the well equipped kitchen will please those who enjoy preparing an occasional meal at home. The owners are especially attentive and were a pleasure to deal with. Be sure to schedule a dinner at Brandywine Estate and brunch at Frenchman's Cay.

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December 20th - 29th 2012

Review submitted: January 2, 2013   Date of arrival: December 20, 2012

Even if you are an experienced visitor to Tortola (which I consider my wife and I to be), you will be happy to discover the many benefits of a stay at Summer Heights versus other alternatives (i.e.; a week long sail boat charter, hotel, etc), such as:

1. Location. Not only the BVI, but Tortola, and finally, Haver Hill provides the best of the "location, location, location" adage. Essentially equidistant to both Road Town or West End (which we found very handy when sailing), it is also quite easy to get to Cane Garden Bay which we happily did, twice (not to mention Virgin Gorda, Peter Island and a two-night BVI sailing tour to "The Bight" and Jost Van Dyke). One thing to those who come is to heed your advice regarding the 4-wheel drive vehicle; coming from someone who had never driven in Tortola, driving proved easy to adjust to with your expert advice and a bit of experience.

2. Comfort. Summer Heights provides so much comfort to your guests. Bedrooms provide not only fabulous views, but wonderfully comfortable beds/linens; the "lounge" (i.e., living room) provided a nice place to watch an evening movie with room for all. Even with 12 people in our group, we never felt too crowded. We made maximum use of the kitchen and it proved up to the challenge. Numerous meals for 12 (breakfasts & dinners) were easily facilitated by a complete array of appliances, utensils and the awesome Weber gas grill! Finally, those numerous meals were served at the dining table on the terrace. Whether it was morning or night, each meal was enhanced by the sea breeze, captivating views of Peter and Norman Island (among others) and the joy that comes from dining with friends and family.

3. Service. What separates a Summer Heights visit from the options has to be the personal service you and Roz provide. Your attention to detail - especially prior to our arrival - and personal service was the difference between a "good" experience and "wonderfully memorable". Your advice and effort on our behalf on many important topics (that only a person with significant local knowledge could provide) saved us untold grief, wasted time, and money. The age range in our group was "grade school age" to "octogenarian" (two octogenarians, actually) and all found Summer Heights to be a special place - and the perfect choice for our holiday vacation.

Thank you so much for helping to make it so. Lee & Carol S, MI

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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Review submitted: January 2, 2013   Date of arrival: December 21, 2012

Beautiful! Barry and co. could not have been more welcoming and helpful! 12 of us - from 9 to 84 years old all enjoyed Summer Heights for 8 days in December 2012. The beds & rooms were spectacular. The view was terrific and the villa was nicely decorated and had everything we needed. Highly recommend! Joe L & Family, Birmingham, MI

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