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East End St John, Tortola and Virgin Gorda beyond

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Last updated: 07/04/2016

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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Castle St John is a unique villa within the Virgin Islands National Park boundaries. Built by the owner over eight years, it boasts the most extraordinary seascape panorama.

Two very separate bedrooms, king and queen, each with adjoining full baths. Besides the fully-equipped, modern kitchen and mahogany great room, there is a tiled outdoor shower, expansive decks and balconies, an observatory sundeck with giant chess on the fifth level, and a whirlpool spa nestled in a tropical garden.

Ceilings, furniture, and cabinetry are custom made of Cyprus and Mahogany with a feeling of casual elegance and artistic refinement... relics in the walls... fine mosaics... sculptures and a Zen sand garden. This unusual decor is accented by local paintings, masks, crafts, and statuary.

This is a romantic destination for your anniversary or honeymoon vacation! However, kids of all ages also love the mix of fantasy with the power of nature.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • The castle tower suite is a full bath on the second floor above the kitchen...private staircase to rooftop sunbathing, stargazing, giant chess....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

    ...moreless

  • The First bathroom adjoins the lower bedroom, and is mostly open-air. The second bedroom is part of the tower suite of rooms, above the kitchen....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Giant chess on the parapets,, Native drums, hammock, hummingbirds, anole lizards, goats and donkeys visit...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    To the west Bordeaux Mountain rises a few hundred feet further...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    You canalso eat al fresco on the lower decks, in the courtyard, or on the balcony...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    There are AC units in the two bedrooms, but everywhere else is open air....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

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

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
Sep 8 - Nov 19, 2016
4 night min stay
$311
$1,475
Shoulder (holiday more)
Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2016
4 night min stay

$2,175

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest

High (holidays more)
Dec 21 - Apr 9, 2017
5 night min stay
$329
$2,300
Shoulder 2 (holidays more)
Apr 10 - Aug 28, 2017
4 night min stay

$2,175

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$330

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Holiday and school break dates have a premium rental fee. see our home page for details

50% in a personal check holds the dates, final payment due one month prior to arrival


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
STT
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Aqua Bistro
11 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cruz Bay-Red Hook, Cruz Bay-Tortola
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Miss Lucy's
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Salt Pond Bay

Car: Necessary

Other Activities: Donkey rides, National Park tours and programs, giant chess, deep sky viewing

 

Owner info

About the owner: I first came to St John as the general manager of Maho Bay, an upscale camping resort. I was lucky (or fated) to buy this exquisite land in 1977 and built a small wooden house for myself in the Japanese Sukia style. The house was entirely off the grid, with solar panels, a wind generator, solar hot water, and gravity fed shower. It was novel to mix the techie survival elements with the spiritual power of the wind on the mountaintop and the calming simplicity of the tea house.

Why the Owner Chose Johns Folly, St. John, USVI:
When the house burned down in 1983, I was persuaded to build again...so naturally I followed the Three Little Pigs story and made my house out of stone. Dozens of talented people helped over the years, and I acknowledge a considerable debt to their generosity and patience with me.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The little castle combines one of the island's most fabulous panoramas with complete privacy. It is elegant where nature calls for that, but it is not deluxe. Folks who want no adventure in their visit probably should choose another dwelling.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • East End St John, Tortola and Virgin Gorda beyond

    East End St John, Tortola and Virgin Gorda beyond

  • Play giant chess on the parapets

    Play giant chess on the parapets

  • Castle Tower and great room, from the South

    Castle Tower and great room, from the South

  • Please send us your art!

    Please send us your art!

  • Facing East from Castle parapets, near sunset

    Facing East from Castle parapets, near sunset

  • One of Dozens of weddings at the Castle

    One of Dozens of weddings at the Castle

  • Our villa under the stars

    Our villa under the stars

  • Not kidding about privacy

    Not kidding about privacy

  • Castle Tower, time lapse (not retouched)

    Castle Tower, time lapse (not retouched)

  • Castle Gate to Courtyard

    Castle Gate to Courtyard

  • Castle Archway to Hot Tub Garden

    Castle Archway to Hot Tub Garden

  • Anoles (like her), hermit crabs, hummingbirds, goats & donkeys at The Castle

    Anoles (like her), hermit crabs, hummingbirds, goats & donkeys at The Castle

  • The Castle on the mountaintop

    The Castle on the mountaintop

  • Castle Great Room, East View

    Castle Great Room, East View

  • Owner Eve Abrams with family

    Owner Eve Abrams with family

  • View south from the Castle Courtyard

    View south from the Castle Courtyard

  • Hand made Mexican clay tiles

    Hand made Mexican clay tiles

VRBO #284414

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english
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