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The stone arches looking toward Virgin Gorda


Last updated: 08/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Stargazer, which is near the top of the tallest hill on Great Camanoe, was originally built in 1967 by world renowned astronomer Dr. Fred Whipple and his wife, Babette. The site was chosen both for its unobstructed view of the heavens, and for the heavenly beauty of the islands surrounding it. Stargazer, formerly known as 'The Porthole', is consistently cooled by fresh trade winds from the East, so that air conditioning is not required. It overlooks Marina Cay, with a sweeping 280 degree panorama from Virgin Gorda all the way round to Beef Island and Tortola.

Gt. Camanoe is a private, completely residential island that has no shops, restaurants or business, just lots of peace and tranquility. After many years of serving as a site for sugar, cotton, and indigo plantations in the 1800's, the island had been uninhabited until about forty five years ago when two small communities of residential, mostly vacation, homes were begun. Some interesting ruins and gravesites still remain from the past.

To start your rental, you will be picked up at Trellis Bay by our local manager, Andy Gordon, who will take you over to Great Camanoe & drive you up to the house. There either he, or our housekeeper, Maline, will show you around the house & answer your questions. You will also have the use of our 4-wheel drive, 4-door Chevy Tracker to get back & forth from the dock to the house, which is about a 10 minute drive. As noted below, the use of our outboard 17' Boston Whale, which you will need to get to and from Great Camanoe, is also provided in the rental fee.

The jetty sits a mere 1 mile away from Trellis Bay and the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, easily reached by the 17 ft Boston Whaler with the 70HP outboard motor that belongs to the house. (Boating skills essential.) Stargazer is located in Privateer's Bay, the eastern settlement on the island, which boasts a community building with a library and bathroom near the jetty and community beach. There are several miles of sometimes steep roads and paths that connect you to other houses, beaches, great snorkeling reefs, and the Nature Preserve. Stargazer sits on 4+ acres and is the perfect place for those who crave adventure, seclusion, and luxury.

The 3-bed, 3-bath residence is comprised of 4 structures and has recently undergone a major renovation, including imported teak furniture from Bali, modern appliances, and completely new kitchen and bathrooms. Featuring an open Caribbean Colonial style, stone paths abound and private wooden decks extend from each bedroom and living area. Wonderful indoor/outdoor living spaces with Mexican tiled floors have been created that form the heart of this secluded retreat. The redesigned kitchen opens onto two covered, but open-air and spacious dining areas - one facing east and the other facing west. Loblolly trees and mature vegetation provide shade and resting spots for songbirds and the occasional kestril, while large boulders and orchids bring tranquil beauty to the footpaths.

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 08/26/2016

Property Type

  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Available


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children under 2 years old are free....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    Either 1 king or 2 twins, w/full bath & oceanview porch...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    w/ensuite full bath w/shower & oceanview covered porch...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    w/ensuite full bath, outdoor shower & oceanview porch...moreless

  • 1 King size four-poster bed in the Master suite, with en suite full bathroom with shower, as well as a private covered lanai. The twin beds in the 2nd bedroom can be made into another king bed. This room also has an ensuite full bathroom and a private covered lanai. The 3rd bedroom has a queen bed with ensuite full bathroom (outdoor shower) and a private wood deck....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ocean view...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, outdoor shower


  • All the bathrooms were remodeled in 2008. There's a hair dryer in every bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • An automatic 4-wheel drive, 4-door GMC Tracker for use on the island is included in the rental fee....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a number of books on fish, birds and flora of the area at the house, as well as a few random novels. There is a library at the community building where you are welcome to borrow books....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    is attached to the TV....moreless

  • Games:

    We have jigsaw puzzles, Taboo, Scattergories, Scrabble, Set & playing cards....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is an IPhone/IPod speaker system for music listening, as well as a stereo CD player. (no CD library)...moreless

  • Television:

    In the living room (no cable)...moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have a small collection of movie DVD's....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Breathtaking 280 degree view of the ocean and islands of the BVI. You can see the ocean from every room and porch in the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There are 2 covered, open-air dining areas. One is just off the kitchen with a garden & ocean view. The other, more elegant, has a large teak table with 8 chairs and a ceiling fan....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    The constant trade winds along with ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, the living room & the porch dining area make air conditioning not necessary....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes dryer in laundry room & easy-use outdoor clothes line next to the laundry room....moreless

  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided including beach towels....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Enjoy the 280degree view of ocean & islands day & night. The room is comfortable & cozy at night with couch, TV/DVD, games, music & telescope....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    A local prepaid (pay-as-you-go, 'top-up') mobile phone is supplied. Calls to USA are $0.20/minute....moreless

  • Parking:

    The car can be parked in the driveway circle, although there is a garage also if you wish to use it....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    The boat is tied to the community dock....moreless

  • Telephone:

    The house has a land line for local calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bathroom towels, beach towels, and beach chairs are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A washing machine and clothes dryer are for use in the laundry room....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    A 4G Mifi unit provides wifi to 5 devices at once. It's signal is via the Digicel mobile phone 4G network....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee type and French press with handheld coffee grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A full complement of stoneware dishes, serving bowls, salad bowls, placemats, wine glasses & insulated drinking glasses...moreless

  • Dishwasher


  • Boat:

    Our 17' Boston Whaler with 70HP outboard engine is available for your use as part of the rental....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The central house is surrounded by a large covered tile patio from which you can walk onto a open wooden deck and patio for sunset viewing and sunbathing....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Bedrooms 1 & 2 have private covered wood-decked lanai/porches. Bedroom 3 has it's own uncovered wooden deck....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is an attractive, native garden with stone pathways surrounding the house....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A movable propane grill with a 24' cooking area is kept conveniently on the patio next to the kitchen....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season 2017
Jan 9 - Apr 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Economy Season 2017
May 1 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000


Rates apply to 2 guests. Add $29 for each additional guest/day. Children under 2 yrs. old are free.

All rental rates include use of the owner's 17 ft. Boston Whaler with 70HP outboard motor & the 4-door Chevy Tracker. The BVI Hotel taxes of 7% are included in the rental fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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0.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Terrance Lettsome Airport, Beef Island, BVI
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pusser's Marina Cay or Scrub Island Resort
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Road Town, Tortola, BVI
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pusser's Marina Cay or Scrub Island Resort

Scuba diving & scuba instruction as well as snorkeling trips available with Dive BVI at nearby Scrub Island Resort. Endless opportunities for exploring inhabited and uninhabited islands, beach-combing, and swimming at beaches off the beaten path.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1967

Why the Owner Chose Other Islands, British Virgin Islands:
When we inherited Stargazer and decided to completely renovate the house in 2008 we fell in love with it for the second time.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
We love this spot because we enjoy a relaxed warm-weather rest in a gorgeous hilltop paradise with easy access to beautiful swimming beaches, fantastic snorkeling reefs, most forms of water recreation, and a lively restaurant and shop scene.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 08/26/2016

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  • The stone arches looking toward Virgin Gorda

    The stone arches looking toward Virgin Gorda

  • The kitchen seen from the breakfast area.

    The kitchen seen from the breakfast area.

  • The living room with it's view of Beef Island & Sir Francis Drake Channel.

    The living room with it's view of Beef Island & Sir Francis Drake Channel.

  • The front bedroom with it's porch.

    The front bedroom with it's porch.

  • Second bedroom with it's porch looking east.

    Second bedroom with it's porch looking east.

  • The Guest House bedroom with the door to the en suite bathroom & open air shower

    The Guest House bedroom with the door to the en suite bathroom & open air shower

  • Our automatic Chevy Tracker

    Our automatic Chevy Tracker

  • The common area coming off the dock.

    The common area coming off the dock.

  • The breakfast and dining 'rooms' with a view of the 'sunset' porch to the right.

    The breakfast and dining 'rooms' with a view of the 'sunset' porch to the right.

  • Inside the kitchen looking east.

    Inside the kitchen looking east.

  • The living room with the sunset porch & Tortola beyond.

    The living room with the sunset porch & Tortola beyond.

  • The porch off the front bedroom overlooking Marina Cay

    The porch off the front bedroom overlooking Marina Cay

  • The path to the Guest House

    The path to the Guest House

  • The Guest House private porch.

    The Guest House private porch.

  • Our 17' Boston Whaler.

    Our 17' Boston Whaler.

  • The patio above the swimming beach

    The patio above the swimming beach

VRBO #288520

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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