Beach Front on Secluded Bay (See Our Video)
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Estate Dorethea condo description
(Click on our video on the left) Our condo, located on the beautiful unspoiled north shore, is just 15 minutes from the airport, although it seems much further, is by no means your typical Caribbean beach front condo. First of all you are 50 feet from the surf! The sound is incredible, especially while lying in bed. This is by far the best unit in the complex because of the location, view, size, and it was just fully remodeled and furnished.
Next, all but two of the 32 units there are lived in year round by it's inhabitants. All the neighbors know each other and are very friendly. Most will realize you are staying in our place, so don’t be shy asking for directions or a beer. This is not a resort, but absolutely feels like a sanctuary or retreat. There are wild chickens and roosters, as well as the occasional iguana running around. Don’t worry they all get along fine with each other and with the horses on the edge of the property. Well kept but not manicured, nothing feels forced. This is island living. It’s all natural.
The beach, 50 feet from our living room, is usually deserted, as everyone living there in Dorothea is at work. If there happens to be a horse on the beach or in the water don’t worry, sometimes they break out to go for a swim! If you want to hike to another beautiful quiet, deserted beach where there are no buildings or anything but white sand, you can hike to Neltjeberg (pr. nelteeberg). It’s a little less than a half a mile walk on a spectacular forest trail that includes an ocean cliff section directly adjacent to the property. It’s a local’s favorite, deserted most weekdays. If you want something more traditional, world famous Megan’s Bay is only two bays over, about a 7 minute drive from Dorothea. There are 53 other public beaches. Typical this is not.
It’s a small island so everything is close, including the ferries to St John, Tortolla, Virgin Gorda and many others. Day trips are easy and inexpensive. We provide beach towels and coolers for your use.
Owning this exact condo was Dori’s dream before ever meeting me in Connecticut, so after we got together I bought it for us. I now understand why it was her dream and I think you will too.
One more thing, if Violeta, a little orange cat comes by for breakfast, there is food in the refrigerator for her, and please keep the foot bath water fresh because she will drink out of it when you are not looking!
- Vacation Rental
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Location & View
- Sight Seeing
- Water Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Loved every minute!
Loved every minute!
We were immediately blown away the moment we stepped off the airplane. The VI as a whole are extremely beautiful. As we weaved in and out of the tiny little roads to get to our condo, you would catch a glimpse of beaches and other islands. The north side of the island is by far the least populated section and provides some of the best views as well. We arrived at the condo and were immediately greeted by Deb. She welcomed us and told us to let her know if we needed anything at all. All of the locals that live in the other units are extremely friendly and very eager to help when needed. The unit was just as described...right on the water, and in great shape. We watched the pelicans catch fish the entire time we were in the condo. There is a hidden secrete to this location, a completely secluded beach about 1 mile from the condo. We took the walking path through the jungle, which provided some breathtaking views itself, to the beach one morning, and spent about 4-5 hours snorkeling and playing in the sand all by ourselves. We also took trips to St. John and Virgin Gorda. Everything is easily accessible by rental car, and is usually less than a 15min drive (if you don't get lost). My family loved every minute of it, and I am sure you will too.
- Guest Leslie S.
- Date of stay 06/04/13
- Review Submitted 06/20/13
Relaxing with ocean view
Relaxing with ocean view
Secluded condominium with ocean view. Quiet and relaxing. Jeff was very accommodating and helpful. Jeff went out and got a pack and play for our eight months old son. Greatly appreciated !!! The waves can be rough but Magen bay is a short drive away. The condo is clean and well kept. Fulltime residents are friendly and helpful as well.
- Guest Han N. (Roseland, New Jersey)
- Date of stay 11/20/12
- Review Submitted 12/11/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers.
My husband & I aren't tourist/resort types, we prefer local rentals when we vacation. Jeff & Dorie's condo was perfect for us. Located on the quiet North Shore we loved having the ocean right outside the unit and the view from the great room was terrific. Hearing the waves was lovely. Jeff couldn't have been more helpfull with providing directons and helpfull tips. We would definately stay again.
- Guest Carey D. (Tolland CT)
- Date of stay 06/18/12
- Review Submitted 07/05/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
10 Whole Days of Paradise
10 Whole Days of Paradise
After a relatively stressful beginning to 2012, the four of us (2 couples who have known each other for over 30 years) were overdue for this trip. Having been to St. Thomas for a day here and there on various cruises, we decided that it was time to explore the island in depth. In retrospect, we didn't venture too far out too often. Everything we could possibly want was here at this condo. Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, beach and pool...and several super-friendly resident cats! We toured every second day or so, but didn't venture too far away from our home away from home! Thanks Jeff, you'll be hearing from us again!
- Guest Fans of Dorothea Bay (Milton, ON)
- Date of stay 02/29/12
- Review Submitted 05/14/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
For off the beaten path and secluded beach type of experience, this place can not be beat. Very comfortable (nothing fancy) unit virtually right at the beach.
- Guest Tom (Idaho Springs, CO)
- Date of stay 03/12/12
- Review Submitted 03/28/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Thankyou for opening you gorgeous home to my family. It was exactly what we needed to unwind. I do have to say that my favorite part of the house was at night when i was getting ready to go to sleep, as soon as i heard the ocean waves at the window, i went straight to sleep. It was a great change from staying at a resort. The little store at the top of the hill by the house was a bit expensive compared to other stores close to town, but they have just about anything you could think of. If your looking for toruisty parts of the island, this is not the place for you. Quiet, relaxing, peacefull. Couldn't have asked for a better vacation! I cant wait to come back
- Guest Relaxed69 (Reno, Nevada)
- Date of stay 02/23/12
- Review Submitted 03/09/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Our family of 4 stayed at Estate Dorethea the week after New Year's. The property was exactly as described and we found it to be clean and comfortable. We were not looking for a resort experience (been there, done that), but something off the beaten trail where we could get into the rhythm of island life. The kitchen is updated and well stocked with appliances and utensils. The bedrooms are a good size and equipped with AC, which are a must to knock down the humidity levels. The beds are adequate. There are two generous sized bathrooms, though enough hot water for back-to-back showers was sometimes a problem. A TV with DVD is available, though the satelite service was not working during our stay - which was not much of an issue since we didn't come to St. Thomas to watch TV. This is a quiet location with a great view of the bay. Swimming is limited due to the rocky shoreline, but definitely possible. Another bay is accessible via a 20' hike through the woods, that is deserted during the week and offers beautiful sandy beaches. Hull Bay is a short drive away and was a nice diversion from the more popular beaches that are favorite of the cruise ship tourists. Given the remote location of the property, a rental car is highly recommended. We enjoyed our stay and for the money, it is a great value compared to other VRBO sites and especially compared to the resorts. For a family of 4, our other option was two hotel rooms at $300-350/night. Since we were able to prepare our own meals, this property was a bargain in comparison.
- Guest RS (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 01/02/12
- Review Submitted 01/21/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Heaven on Earth!
Heaven on Earth!
Words cannot do this place justice. Truly paradise on earth. Dorthea Bay offered the perfect retreat off the beaten path, yet was only a short drive to restaurants and public beaches for exploring. However, both the beach outside the front door and the ten minute walk to secluded Neltjeberg beach, were our favorite parts of this location, as well as cooking lovely meals here to be enjoyed on the ocean front balcony. This property was comfortable and totally relaxing, a retreat away from the world, yet we met many friendly locals who made us feel completely welcomed. The condo was equipped with everything necessary to have all the comforts of home plus an amazing view and a pounding surf to sleep to. WARNING: if you are allergic to palm trees, whites sand, clear azure water, pelicans, fishing, snorkeling, relaxation or bliss- do not rent!
- Guest Kendra & Shaun (Connecticut)
- Date of stay 04/06/11
- Review Submitted 06/19/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
A View of Paradise
A View of Paradise
This condo was clean and comfortable. The view is spectacular. The pictures on the website are accurate but nowhere near as beautiful as the reality of watching the bay. The sounds of the waves just transported us. We had a sense of peace and calm just being there. The owner of the condo was also helpful and responsive. The challenge was the driving through the hills!! However, it was well worth it since those views were also gorgeous. St. Thomas is simply a wonderful place to be. The people are friendly and helpful. All in all, we had a great time and came home renewed.
- Guest Delighted (Long Island, NY)
- Date of stay 04/26/11
- Review Submitted 05/06/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
dream vacation spot
dream vacation spot
Loved this place and highly recommend it. Everything was just as promised and even more delightful. Jeff made booking it easy, answered all questions promptly, and checked in with us to make sure everything was perfect. The setting is great particularly for quiet and seclusion, and really is only about 50 feet to the ocean and the fascinating diving pelicans and boobies, with a fantastic view and sound of the surf. It's the Atlantic, north side of the island, and well away from the crowds from the cruise ships. We couldn't believe, especially for this price, we could be this close to what amounts to a private beach. The apartment is clean, tasteful, and extremely comfortable. The photos are accurate but can't express the lovely feeling the place has of being very relaxed and having just exactly what you need. There's plenty of space for our family of 4, and having 2 bathrooms is such a plus because we have 2 teenaged daughters. Kitchen is well appointed, nice appliances, etc. and it's nice that Jeff stocks condiments and a few basics like oil and vinegar. Everything was very clean and well maintained inside the apartment. Many things to do on the island, and everything is within a 20 minute drive. We particularly enjoyed Coral World where you can pet stingrays, sharks, and starfish, and see a sea lion do his thing up close and personal, also Eco Tours where you can kayak with a guide the mangrove lagoons, race hermit crabs, and snorkel quiet spots. As well as of course there are many more than you can visit in a week fabulous beaches where they bring you drinks, plus great restaurants and shopping. We also loved our daysail with Capt Kathleen on the sloop HighPockets, and she took us to prime snorkeling on neighboring islands and provided a delicious gourmet lunch. Perhaps best though was knowing we could also really enjoy just kicking back at the apartment, playing in the surf or in the pool, or just gazing at the ocean, palm trees, and birds, having a genuine island experience, without going anywhere. Since this place is a bit off the beaten path, you are going to want to rent a car, and brave the left hand driving on narrow twisty steep roads. Also, it's one flight of steps up to the apartment, so not handicapped accessible. We truly loved this place, shed a tear to leave, will be telling everyone we know about it, and hope to come back.
- Guest Connie (Great Barrington, MA, the Berkshires of Western MA)
- Date of stay 03/08/11
- Review Submitted 03/20/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
$250-$300/night (six night minimum) Depends on the number of people and dates
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Dori and I live in Connecticut where we each have businesses. Dori is a psychotherapist in private practice in West Hartford and I have a mortgage company in Farmington. In fact, I recently received my lending license from the Virgin Islands so I can work as well as vacation in Saint Thomas now. We were recently married right on the beach in front of the condo!
Why the Owner Chose Estate Dorethea:
Dori fell in love with this place 20 years ago after a friend of hers moved here permanently. When we got together she took me here to introduce me to the island and her friends. The rest is history.
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Living Room View
Condo consists of the entire 2nd floor (1,100 square feet)
Master opens onto its own balcony overlooking ocean
Neltjeberg beach on Sunday during MLK holiday weekend
Our condo is 50 ft directly behind me
The whole outside wall is glass
Two of the locals next door
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