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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

Vacation villa; 5 king bedded suites; 1 twin bedded room; 5.5 Baths; AC

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 day-trip 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. Long distance calls can be made using Skype. 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 Turtle Dove 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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Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice

We always had a sense of adventure and were lured away from England in the 1970's by the sea. We sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in our 32' sailboat. Planning to be away for just one year, we never returned! Working as crew on charter yachts introduced us to the hospitality industry. When our daughter, Susanna, was born in 1986 settling in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, with their easy access to the US was a no-brainer! In the mid 90's we decided to build our villa Summer Heights. Situated on a hillside on the southern shore of Tortola with easy access to all attractions and with awesome views it has proved extremely popular with guests who return year after year. We would love to share our little bit of paradise with you and introduce you to 'Nature's Little Secrets' - the hidden gems of the British Virgin Islands!

Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice purchased this villa in 1997

Why Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice chose Tortola

We chose to build Summer Heights on Havers because of its central location, the constant breeze and the amazing views. We haven't been disappointed - the position is everything we hoped for and more! The ambiance is one of peace and tranquility. I can think of nothing better than sitting on the deck absorbing the ever changing vistas - I hope you will too!

What makes this villa unique

Summer Heights is one of the very few six bedroom vacation villas on Tortola and is priced to make it affordable for larger groups and families. The large deck area provides plenty of space to spread out and the six comfortable bedrooms ensures that everyone is treated equally.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Definitely it was an unforgettable experience. The villa surpassed our expectations and the service received was superb
Jul 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews
Stoney Stanton UK

BVI June 2016

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Summer Heights as the location is wonderful for us a couple of doors away from my cousin and to enjoy the peace and serenity of the BVI and magical views. We were celebrating our daughters 21st Birthday and therefore wanted everything to be special. Indeed it did not disappoint

Everything in the Villa that you could possible need is there for you too enjoy. The large ensuite bedrooms with air-conditioning and Mosquito blinds comfortable double beds with the option of two single beds in one bedroom. Games Cd’s and a computer in the lounge was also another added bonus. There are plenty of books to cover every literary taste and plenty of local magazines offering very useful information about the Islands, boat hire and restaurants.

The large utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer are very useful if you don’t want to pack too much to take with you. Although we did not cook that much we had the use of a cooker microwave and very large fridge freezer. Had we of wanted to we could have probably catered for the whole Island with the amount of crockery and cutlery in the Villa.

The pool is a must in the heat and we made good use of it the friendly pool technician maintained this twice a week for us. A particularly good feature was that it had pool lights on all night just in case of sleep walkers I guess or youngsters wanting a midnight dip!

We left Summer Heights with sadness that we could not stay longer but we have met and made many friends and our memories of a wonderful holiday here will live on.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything promised and more!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what an adventure we just had!!!

My Zoetic Adventure group of 9 of us just returned from a 2 week fun filled trip to the VI's and BVI's! We chose to stay at Summer Heights Villa in Tortola for 11 of the nights. We had booked this trip a year in advance and had many many many conversations with owners Barry and Roz! (Thanks guys for putting up with us for a whole year and helping in anyway possible!)

Summer Heights Villa was EVERYTHING promised and more! Starting with TOP NOTCH meet and greet service! Dian met our group at ferry, then took us to the rental car company, then took us to the store all before going to the villa. Once at the villa more top notch service was provided. Dian gave a great walk through of the whole property, explaining everything we needed to know and more. We didn't even have to call her during our 11 day stay because we were given all information up front. Now, you may think this is normal? But our adventure group has stayed at many other vacation villas in many other Caribbean Islands for years prior, and while we were given great service in the past, we still had to call and ask "Where is this?" "How do you work that?" "Where's the pool lights?" and so on...

Lets talk about the property now. Beautifully maintained, very clean, very spacious. The rooms were awesome, all having an En Suite and ample room and very private! The pool was very enjoyable and our group used it all the time! We ate most dinners outside at the dinning table and shared fun and laughter! The views were amazing! Very apparent that every little detail had been thought out for the villa. All the kitchen equipment you would need. Even a lot of coffee carafe's that you could bring to your private quarters and enjoy the balcony and/or patio. (See, every little detail!) The home had a great energy! We had a chance to look through the many photo albums they had available and again, WOW, what an adventure Barry and Roz and many others had a chance to experience. Great Host! We met many people on the island and off the Island and when we told them where we were staying, they knew Barry and Roz, or had worked with them in the past! Very well respected and very much loved. You can feel it in the home!

So to conclude, you cant pick a better villa than Summer Heights!

Thank you Barry and Roz for your hospitality and care!

P.S. The roads and driveway are also everything said! One of our group never opened her eyes! Ever!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Laura for your wonderful review. We are delighted you found Summer Heights was all you had hoped and more. We hope to see you back one day soon! Barry & Roz
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Just perfect !

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is just perfect. The view is absolutely breath taking, the rooms are fully appointed and there is everything you need to be instantly comfortable. The property is centrally located so everywhere you want to go is no more than 20 minutes away. Barry and Roz are the best hosts; attentive if needed, invisible if not needed. They made the vacation easy and enjoyable. We are definitely going back- this is the place to stay on Tortola.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you, Paul. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Summer Heights!
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Breathtaking Views

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot express the many thanks I have for you all for our comfortable

and most memorable vacation yet. From the moment we got through customs

the people of the island were so friendly. Dian meet us right on time and

took us immediately to a little market. We got food and and head to the

villa. Dian was so helpful throughout the whole stay. She was right there

with a quick response to solve any problem.

The villa:

The villa is absolutely beautiful. Besides getting over the terrain of

getting to the villa, I will never say we have steep hills back here at

home, it is just perfect. We had a big group (13 of us) and it accommodated up

perfectly. If someone wanted to get away they could because of the grand

size of the villa. I stayed in the master's suite in the little house of

the pool. Do any of your know the brand of the mattress?! That was the

most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on! Likewise, the rest of the

group said the same about their mattress. The views were just


Dian and pool guy (I forget his name):

Thank you so much for the greeting at the dock, the pit stop at the store,

and the patience with our group. You were a great help answering any

question we had during the stay. Thank you for immediately solving problems

while we were staying at the villa. When we got to the villa it was clean,

the beds were made, and the pool was ready. Thank you again for being

there during our stay.

I would recommend this property to anyone. Perfect location to all the beaches. Cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Summer Heights is Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We had never been to the BVI before and I have to say that Roz and Barry really took great care of us with this fabulous home. The home is sizeable and allows for extreme comfort for 12 people. The views were unbelievable and the staff was willing to help with anything. The roads in Tortola and up to the house are not for the lax driver, so you definitely need the 4 wheel drive (we used it all the time on the hills) but it sure made for some great adventures all around the island. Thanks to all at Summer Heights we recommend it highly and would love to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Glenn Skrynecki

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations and beautiful location.. Have visited Summer Heights twice and would consider a third. Barry and Roz are very informative and pleasant.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Tortola (EIS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mulligan's Sports Bar, Nanny Cay Marina
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
West End, Tortola
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Peg Legs at Nanny Cay Marina
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Long Bay Beach
Car: necessary

A 4WD vehicle is recommended. All the sea and land activities that the BVI has to offer are a short distance from Summer Heights. Along with your own private pool for swimming, the beautiful beach at Long Bay is just a short distance away.


Rates & Availability

Havers Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Apr 22 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / New Year
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 21 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $500 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

BVI government tax is presently at a rate of 7%. This is subject to change.

A damage deposit is secured on a credit card at the time of the balance payment.

Payment can be made by credit card through PayPal or by wire transfer. Details will be included on your invoice which will be sent, along with a contract, once a rental has been decided.

All rental rates are based on two persons per bedroom. The rates quoted above are based on 4 persons using 2 bedrooms, except for Thanksgiving and Holidays.
Rates for larger groups using more bedrooms are available and work out at $50 per night per extra person.

There is no charge for children under 2 years of age.

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Havers Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 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 directly accessed from the suite below
  • King size beds (5) Teak king size beds with deep comfortable mattresses in each bedroom suite. 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 is best suited for family, children or close friends! One wooden full size crib (age 0 - 3 years).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Automatic 20 Kw generator that will guarantee the supply of electricity at all times. Books & games. Computer with high-speed DSL + Wi-Fi & free Skype VoIP. Bar in kitchen with refrigerator for drinks. Cooler & beach chairs. Highchair for babies & toddlers. Double hammock, lounging chairs & love-seat under a retractable sun awning. Housekeeper visits once a week to clean the common areas and bedrooms. She will change the bed linen and do laundry The swimming pool & grounds are maintained by the gardener who visits once a week. With advance notice, groceries and drinks can be stocked at Summer Heights for your arrival. Beauty treatments, massages and spa services may also be arranged. Accommodations: Up to 8 people in 4 king suites in the Main Villa; Up to 10 people in 5 king bedrooms including the Turtle Dove Suite; Up to 12 people 6 king bedrooms including the Turtle Dove Suite & twin bedded loft above.

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