Drake's View - Luxury Villa with Stupendous Views-Great Rates!
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Bordeaux Mountain villa description
Welcome to Drake's View, St. John, US Virgin Islands.
Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. The villa has been voted 'Top Vacation Rental' by TripAdvisor/FlipKey for two years in a row now.
Drake's View is a four bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a tile patio, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. Five additional tile decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging areas. One bedroom is in a separate cottage.
The traditional architecture of the house entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. No matter where you look in the house or cottage, you see Coral Bay, the valley of Estate Carolina, Drake's Passage, and the British Virgin Islands.
On a clear day, you can see the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Rainbows, mangrove cuckoos, kestrels and red tailed hawks are common sights. Drake's View has the ambiance of a home rather than a rental. The large great room is furnished with Indonesian, American antiques, and comfortable, plantation style furniture. The villa is filled with local art and a large reef painting and mobile by Robert Tharsing.
The well equipped kitchen is very spacious and includes one of two dining areas. Three bedrooms have queen sized beds and one has a king, convertible to twins. Each bedroom has air conditioning, private bath and Swedish TempurPedic mattresses.
One to four couples or a large family will have ample room for privacy, different activities,and for relaxation at Drake's View.
Drake's View is centrally located, on Bordeaux Mtn., the highest point on St. John. The roads leading to Drake's View are all paved. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and a large, tropical garden with lime, coconut and mango trees. It is a six minute drive to the Northshore Beaches; three minutes to the Reef Bay Trail; ten minutes to Coral Bay; and fifteen minutes the Cruz Bay. From the front door, you can hike the Bordeaux Mountain Trail to Lameshur Beach in one hour.
St. John has fabulous snorkeling, diving, and hiking. The snorkeling is among the best in the Caribbean. Since 2/3 of the island is National Park, many beaches have amenities but no developments mar the expanse of sand and palms. From St. John, it is easy to take day trips to visit other islands such as the popular yachting destinations of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Peter, and Norman Islands.
The Park Service also offers snorkeling tours, hikes, birding tours, sails, archaeological digs, and lectures. Numerous park trials lead to stone ruins of old sugar mills and plantations, petroglyphs, and even waterfalls if rainfall is plentiful.
St. John is reached from St. Thomas via a twenty min. ferry ride. St. Thomas is primarily serviced by Delta, American, US Air, United and Continental Airlines from the states.
Keywords: Luxury Villa
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Child's Highchair
- Catering Available
- Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Guests are met at St, John ferry by the agent, Complimentary beverages, cheese, and crackers on arrival, Phone & Answering Machine, Wireless Internet, Air Conditioned bedrooms and ceiling fans in every room, Full Kitchen with cooking utensils, Blender, Coffee Grinder, Drip Coffee Maker, Coffee Presspot, Tradtional expresso Pot, Toaster, Refrigerator with ice Maker, 'Pack and Play', High Chair, Linens, Ironing Board & Iron, Private Heated Pool, an Outdoor Shower, Beach Chairs, Coolers, Beach Towels, Paved Road with Paved Driveway...moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Hot Tub
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Wood Deck
- Porch / Veranda
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Fly Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
- Eco Tourism
- Recreation Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Miniature Golf
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
ReviewsWrite a review
Just got home and already can't wait to get back! The view, breezes and LACK of mosquitos were outstanding!. We started everyday sitting on the balcony watching the sun over Coral Bay and usually ended each evening looking out over the Bay as well. Very relaxing, beautiful home. Great location for visiting different beaches everyday. Pool and hot tub were refreshing although view was somewhat limited in the back of the house and location didn't allow for sunsets. House had just about everything except a good ice maker! Definitely hope to get back again soon!!!
- Guest Kevin M. (Forest Hill)
- Date of stay 08/05/13
- Review Submitted 08/16/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Manager response: So glad you liked the house. Sorry about the ice maker. We have a new refrigerator and dishwasher due in October. We hope you will return soon and we will be sure that you have ample ice.
Wow ~ Incredible, Gorgeous View!
Wow ~ Incredible, Gorgeous View!
Our family stayed at Drake’s View 6/13 – 7/1, 2013. We needed a villa with 4 bedrooms and the photos of the view from Drake’s View is why we chose it and wow...what an incredible, gorgeous view of Coral Bay and the BVI’s…better than the photos!!! The kitchen, living room and dining areas are on the upper level and flow into each other so you always feel a part of what’s going on but with several seating areas, can have your space too! There are 3 bedrooms on the lower level in the main house and a 1 bedroom private cottage. All bedrooms are equal with A/C and king beds with 1 in the main house able to be made into twins…this worked out well since friends joining us 1 week brought their teenage son who shared a room with our son. The kitchen was well equipped and used as so was the BBQ grill. We ate about half our meals at the villa while enjoying the view! The pool and hot tub were refreshing after a day at the beach! The pool gets good sun until mid-day, is larger than most with a gradual slope to deep end and a built-in bench all along the length of the pool. You can sit there or in the hot tub and enjoy the view! There is plenty of sun and shade seating outdoors to gather as a group or find a quiet space to yourself! A couple villas on other hillsides can be seen but they are far enough away and situated to where we felt complete privacy surrounded by beautiful landscaping! In the evenings we enjoyed listening to the tree frogs or music on the stereo…speakers worked great…while playing Scrabble and card games. The villa managers are wonderful to work with…1 rainy day we rented a couple of movies and were disappointed to find out the DVD player didn't work. We called Dorothy the next day just to make her aware and she had Fernando deliver a new DVD player that day! A large capacity washer and dryer are conveniently located on the lower level near the pool’s ½ bath and the bedrooms. They were used often and worked great. Our Sprint cell phones did not have service at the villa but the Wi-Fi worked and was reliable so we used email and facebook for communication! We loved Drake’s View and the Bordeaux Mountain location…the view, close to Maho Bay and close to our family’s favorite Coral Bay restaurant…Shipwreck Landing! We would recommend Drake’s View for anyone wanting a luxury villa with a gorgeous view! We will visit St. John again and hope to find Drake’s View available at that time so we can once again make Drake's View, OUR View!
- Guest The Biggs Family (Kansas City, MO)
- Date of stay 06/13/13
- Review Submitted 07/07/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Thank you so much for your comments! We arrived at Drake's View after you and were pleased you enjoyed the house as much as we do. Dorothy and Fernando are fabulous and they maintain the home as the would their own. We try to have back up items for all possibilities but it is difficult on an island. Glad they had a DVD. We hope you will return to St John and Drake's view soon and enjoy the breezes and view. We offer a 10% discount to returning guests.
A Memorable Family Vacation at Drake's View
A Memorable Family Vacation at Drake's View
Drake's View was the perfect villa for our family vacation of six adults and three children. The open floor plan on the main floor allowed for family activities, group cooking in the spacious kitchen and gathering for our meals and games around the large kitchen table, all with a spectacular view of Coral Bay and the Drake Channel. Each bedroom was private, very comfortable with a private bathroom and outdoor deck with the same beautiful view and breezes. My husband and I had the detached cottage bedroom with private veranda and spectacular views. There was a constant breeze and we never needed the air conditioning. The grounds are lovely with orchids and other beautiful tropical plants, including lime, papaya and coconut trees, all of which contributed to our localvore cooking with locally caught fish. Beaches are easily accessible and just 10 minutes away. On days we hiked we were content to come back to the villa and hang out at the pool and hot tub. The owners have provided comfortable furnishings and beautiful original art. The property manager was helpful and just a phone call away if we needed her. This was a memorable vacation at a lovely villa and we would love to come back again.
- Guest Betsy (Cambridge, VT USA)
- Date of stay 04/10/13
- Review Submitted 05/09/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Thank you for the lovely review. We do find it hard to convey the view and the peace on Bordeaux. We love it when guests use the garden. We have our first crop of mangos that should be ripe this week. Limes, sour orange, papayas, lemon grass and various herbs are also available. Dorothy and Fernando are the best in managers. Wonderful people and always responsive. Please come back and enjoy more of St. John and Drake's view. There is a 10% discount for guest who return within the year. Best- Ellen (owner)
The Drake’s View home exceeded our expectations, very private, tastefully decorated and providing generous viewing of the surrounding islands. Like previous visitor reviews, the photos do not capture the breathtaking views of the Coral Bay area from the home (just beautiful). Our group of 7 found the home roomy and comfortable. The mountain breeze was a pleasant surprise. The kitchen area was so accommodating that we dined at home most of the week vs. going to restaurants. We hope to return soon.
- Guest NC (NC)
- Date of stay 04/28/13
- Review Submitted 05/08/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the house and island. I wish photographs could convey the spectacular vistas. We hope you will return soon. Repeat visitors receive a 10% discount if they book within a year. Thank you for renting Drake's View.
So glad we chose the Bordeaux Mts. over being close to the shore, perfect location between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. This villa has everything you would need and so many wonderful touches. We thought we would not use the hot tub but spent more time there than in the pool. The wonderful breezes keep the air delightful when Cruz Bay was hot. We used every inch of this outstanding home, front and side balconies, back veranda and lovely candle light dinner at the grand table. Great smoothies close by and a short trip to the north shore beaches. We had a 2 year old and it was great for her.We would love to go back!
- Guest Ellen M.
- Date of stay 04/03/13
- Review Submitted 04/12/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Thank you for staying at Drake's View and your kind comments. We also love to sit in the hot tub at dusk and watch the shadows fall on the valley below and see the glow of the sunset in the clouds. We are glad you enjoyed the house. We hope you will consider a return visit. There is a 10% discount if you book within a year. Ellen R. (owner)
Fantastic, and then there is the view....Guest comment entered by manager
Fantastic, and then there is the view....
The villa is totally fantastic and then there is the view... We enjoyed the back deck, front patio,pool, hot tub,kitchen/breakfast table, the living room and the dining area- plus, everything else!
- Guest Diana and Steve
- Date of stay 12/08/12
- Review Submitted 03/06/13
Drake's View - A Wonderful Family Vacation Home
Drake's View - A Wonderful Family Vacation Home
My husband, children, and grandchildren stayed at Drake's View over Thanksgiving, and it was a wonderful stay. The home is beautifully decorated and extremely clean. Everything we needed for a day at the beach was provided, (except some paper products). Plenty of beach chairs, towels, floats, coolers, and beach toys for young children. The guest house provides a little space for one couple, away from the rest of the family. There is no other house on St. John with such beautiful, lush, landscaping. Every morning we woke to the most incredible view on the Island. The home is very convenient to the National Park beaches. Each day we went to a different beach in the park, and returned to the hot tub and pool at the end of the day. The kitchen is well stocked and open to the great room with plenty of space for eating and socializing. We have stayed many times on St. John and Drake's View is by far our favorite. The location is 5 miles from Cruz Bay and 2 1/2 miles from Coral Bay, and a security gated entrance made us feel very safe at night. The property is well managed, and the were very responsive about any needs we had. We also recommend an excursion with Captain Fernando to snorkel the Mangroves or go tour the BVI's. We would love to stay at this exceptional home again soon!
- Guest Shannon (Mt.Sterling, KY)
- Date of stay 11/16/12
- Review Submitted 12/06/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
A piece of Paradise!Guest comment entered by manager
A piece of Paradise!
Thank you for sharing your incredible piece of paradise with us! We visited St John for the 1st time to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Both the island and the house were more than could have been imagined. Well cherish the memories and look forward to a return visit in the near future.
- Guest Patrick and Susan
- Date of stay 08/15/12
- Review Submitted 08/30/12
"Perfection Itself"Guest comment entered by manager
"Yet again, perfection itself. This year, we availed ourselves to several magnificent trails and really got bitten by the hiking bug. It's extra great to have earned the right to sit and take the wind-cure in the afternoons. We also discovered the delights of Donkey Diner! We put it up there alongside Miss Lucy's and Sweet Plantains for delicious eats. We all feel our batteries recharged and, sad as we are to return to reality, we are prepared! Our thanks "
- Guest Nina
- Date of stay 03/22/12
- Review Submitted 08/16/12
"You have created a masterpiece..."Guest comment entered by manager
"You have created a masterpiece..."
"What a wonderful and relaxing week this has been! Ellen and Edward, you have created a masterpiece by embracing not only a spectacular view, but also capturing a feeling of welcome and natural beauty inside...elegant, but tastefully simple to reflect upon. We have enjoyed the hot tub and morning swims - the few rains have not stopped us one bit from exploring the trails and beaches. ... We enjoy the view so much here at Drake's View, we decided to grill and prepare meals at home - Why venture to an "inside" restaurant? A relaxing week was had by all. Thank you to Dorothy - she made us feel so welcomed to the island and introduced us to many points of interest and so many wonderful people! Dorothy and Fernando's warm hospitality add much to all the amenities available at Drake's View. Thank you again for sharing your lovely home. It has been a memorable and fun vacation."
- Guest Carolyn and Steve
- Date of stay 12/06/11
- Review Submitted 08/16/12
High Season(mid Dec-Sat after Easter).. Up to 8 Guests $6200/week $895/night Christmas/New Year's ........... Up to 8 Guests $6950/week 1 week minimum Low Season(Sat after Easter -mid Dec)....... 1-4 Guests $3700/week $550/night 5-6 Guests $4100/week $600/night 7-8 Guests $4500/week $650/night Thanksgiving.................... Up to 8 Guests $5250/week 4 night minimum stay ... $300 refundable damage deposit required
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Year Purchased: 2000
About: We have been traveling to St. John for over thirty years, and our children have come with us since they were born. St. John is home for us: the moment we stepped on the island in the 1970s it just felt right, and we've been coming back every year since. We look forward to sharing our dream home with you!
Why Bordeaux Mountain:
We fell in love with the Bordeaux Mountain site for Drake's View because of the breathtaking views. We knew that we would build on the site as soon as we saw the vista from this incredible spot(it used to host a hang gliding launch pad!). The villa is located in a perfect central location on the island: close to both the ferry dock and restaurants in downtown Cruz Bay, and to the more relaxed vibes and great snorkeling in Coral Bay.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Drake's View has the view voted by Caribbean Travel Magazine as 'the best in the Caribbean,' and ample patios and terraces from which to enjoy the vista, stargaze, and enjoy the sunset. Drake's View has incredible terraced gardens on site, great birdwatching, and is walking distance from the famous Reef Bay Trail and other hiking on Bordeaux Mountain. It is a short drive to both the North Shore beaches (5 min. to closest beach) and the more secluded beaches on the East End. Also, unlike some beach-side rentals which are often buggy and hot, Drake's View is blessed with a constant breeze!
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Dine & lounge overlooking the award-winning vista at Drake's View
The great room with doors to the covered porch and view of the British Virgins
The wraparound Bar Area in the Great Room with vista
Mango bedroom with kind size Tempurpedic, private bath, & stunning views
The White Bedroom, with King Size Tempurpedic bed and private bath & patio
Turquoise Bedroom: featuring King size Tempurpedic or two singles & private bath
Cottage bedroom with king size Tempurpedic, and private bath & patio
A view of the front side of the villa (& solar panels) from down Bordeaux Mtn.
The view from the hot tub
The entrance to Drake's View complete with lush tropical landscaping
This is one of the dining areas overlooking the East End and the BVI's
The spacious kitchen: ample counterspace, Corian countertops, & breakfast area
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
Each ensuite bathroom features a custom tiled walk in shower
View of the private cottage through the lush plantings around the villa
Gorgeous terraced gardens surround the villa
Local art is featured in each room of the villa
Sunrise from the Mango bedroom
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