About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Villa (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms) Sleeps 9
The house is located on the quiet east side of Jost Van Dyke, overlooking many smaller islands and cays (Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Green Cay, Little Jost Van Dyke). Your arrival to the villa will ideally be via water taxi, and is the beginning of a memorable and relaxing vacation.
You will be met at the Sandy Ground dock by our caretaker, who will assist you with your luggage and provisions, and transport you the short drive up the hill to the house. From here you will encounter far reaching views, welcoming ocean breezes and a serene sense that all your troubles are all far behind you.
Two of the four bedrooms are situated in a two storey unit (one upstairs and one downstairs), each with its own en-suite and an upstairs living room with TV, DVD's, etc. Both bedrooms open up onto large wooden decks which wrap around the unit. This deck extends out to the pool area where sun loungers, rocking chairs, bbq, and a 270 degree view of ocean and islands await you. The third bedroom is in a seperate unit and consists of a kingsize bed with study and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and shower. This bedroom has wrap around glass windows with views over the ocean. The fourth bedroom is situated closer to the living area and contains a double and a twin bed, ideal for the children or another couple. The kitchen is fully stocked with modern appliances. A seating area with butcher block counters and teak bar stools separates the kitchen from the second living room. Three sets of double doors lead out to another large deck where you will find the covered dining area.
A dinghy is available as a complementary service for those wishing to explore the surrounding islands and beaches. All beach bars and restaurants on Jost are accessible by boat. The mangroves in the bay are a wonderful, safe place to explore on a kayak. One can also kayak, hike or dinghy to nearby beaches and restaurants. A double kayak is available for our guests to enjoy.
Jost Van Dyke has its very own dive shop if you are an avid scuba diver, or looking to get certified. There are some great dive locations nearby.
The shallow 'flats' in the adjacent bay are considered a great place for fly fishing.
Provisioning needs to be done ahead of arrival. You should arrive with all your groceries. You can always get a few emergency supplies in Great Harbor.
Great House Villa is your ideal getaway. This rental is suitable for a romantic escape or honeymoon, as well as a family and friends vacation.
Keywords: guest house, vacation villa, luxury accommodation
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- Apr 19, 2018
About Cathryn Hempel
In 2003 my husband and I purchased a house on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. We have since completed extensive renovations, creating what is now a beautiful luxury vacation home, with lots of added creature comforts to ensure that being on an out-island doesn't necessarliy mean roughing it. The main form of transportation to and from the villa is by boat, which creates an exciting and diverse lifestyle.
Cathryn Hempel purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Cathryn Hempel chose Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is the perfect place to have a vacation rental. The island is frequented by a multitude of sailboats and charter yachts on a daily basis and has some world class beaches and beach bars. Vacationers come from far and wide to sail our waters and soak up the relaxed atmosphere on the beaches of Jost.
What makes this Villa unique
Snorkeling the unspoiled reef in front of our property offers some wonderful sightings of sea life, including turtles, stingrays and hundreds of colorful tropical fish and corals. The nearby islands offer some exciting day trips on the dinghy. Sipping cocktails on the pool deck while the sun sets over the ocean and the pelicans swoop for their supper, one is inclined to believe that life can't get any better. Getting on a boat to transport us to and from the property is truly unique. Personally, my favorite time of the day is early morning, when I get to spend some quiet time doing yoga on the shaded pool deck.
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The Perfect House
As every year so far we had a wonderful time again in your Villa on Jost. The noticeable changes were greatly appreciated. Our “grill team” had a few drinks around the grill station each night while preparing delicious dinners. The new stove worked well. It really does feel like home. We admired the corn hole game but had no time to play, imagine that! Saga took good care of us and I thoroughly miss the fresh Okra and Passionfruit. Looking forward to next year.
Blessed to spend a week in paradise with my fians! The Great House Villa certainly lived up to all the hype I had read on these reviews. As mentioned by many - Cathryn was great to work with and Saga was awesome. Saga stopped by every day to make sure we had everything we needed. It was our first time to the Virgin Islands and I can’t imagine a better location. The peacefulness and beauty of Jost east side is perfection. This combined with the dinghy, is really the key to the perfect blend of relaxation and amazing adventures . With calm seas each day we were able to visit each of the places Cathryn points out in her day trip ideas (Bubbly pool, Great Harbour, White Bay, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay). We loved them all - hard to pick out a favorite! It’s hard to add to what others have said - the grounds of the house are gorgeous - sweeping views, beautiful gardens, starlit nights - gosh, I really miss it! The interior of the house is wonderfully decorated throughout and really does have all the amenities - topped off by amazing views from every room (even the bathrooms!).The plunge pool and outdoor showers were a perfect complement to the tropical weather. I can't even express all of my gratitude to Kathrn and will be back very soon!
Amazing in every way!
Blessed to spend a week in paradise with my wife and our best friends (another couple)! The Great House Villa certainly lived up to all the hype I had read on these reviews. As mentioned by many - Cathryn was great to work with and Saga was awesome. Saga stopped by every day to make sure we had everything we needed.
It was our first time to the Virgin Islands and I can’t imagine a better location. The peacefulness and beauty of Jost east side is perfection. This combined with the dinghy, is really the key to the perfect blend of relaxation and amazing adventures . With calm seas each day we were able to visit each of the places Cathryn points out in her day trip ideas (Bubbly pool, Great Harbour, White Bay, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay). We loved them all - hard to pick out a favorite!
It’s hard to add to what others have said - the grounds of the house are gorgeous - sweeping views, beautiful gardens, starlit nights - gosh, I really miss it! The interior of the house is wonderfully decorated throughout and really does have all the amenities - topped off by amazing views from every room (even the bathrooms!). We cooked breakfast on the grill outside every morning (mainly just because we could and it was beautiful out there!) The plunge pool and outdoor showers were a perfect complement to the tropical weather.
Can’t say enough about this vacation and our stay at the Great House!
We had a wonderful vacation! Catherine provided all the information we needed to coordinate the details of our stay. Saga was truly AMAZING. The attention he gives to the villa and its grounds was evident. Saga also went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying our time on Jost. He helped us coordinate a day trip to The Baths and a hike to the Bubbly Pool.
The Villa is perfect: exquisite views, sea breezes, a plunge pool, and space for everyone. Waking up to the sunrise was a great start to each day. Even though it was warm in August, the constant breezes, as well as the ceiling fans kept us comfortable. The mosquitoes I read about weren’t an issue until we had a rainy day…then they were out in force, but the bug spray we brought did the trick.
Following Catherine’s instructions and with Saga’s help, provisioning was accomplished without a hitch. The kitchen was well stocked, so we enjoyed cooking and using the grill. The washer and dryer also came in handy.
The dinghy was a blast; we used it to go to Foxy’s in Great Harbor, Taboo and Bee Line Bar across the way. We were also able to kayak one day, but we stayed near the dock. The beach is beyond amazing. I worried about having shade, but there were ample trees near the water. We were able to snorkel from the beach; the reef was incredible.
We were sad to say goodbye to the starlit nights and peaceful quiet, but we will definitely be back!
Quite and calm with all the luxuries
I have been coming to Jost Van Dyke for many years and stayed in many places on the island. Great house is perfect for people that want all the calm and quite that side of the island has to offer with all the quality amenities that many island villas don't have (large kitchen, washing machine & dryer, etc). Catherine was wonderful to work with. She was quick to respond to emails and very accommodating. The care taker, Saga, was very attentive and helpful with whatever we might have needed. He came and checked in on us most mornings and would cut up a fresh coconut from one of the trees around the house (very tasty!). I would highly recommend a stay in great house for a quite and 'off the beaten path' stay while having all the luxuries.
Best Villa on Jost
We rented The Great House last week an had an amazing time. The home is idyllically set on a hill above the water on the east end of Jost. Saga, the caretaker, is wonderful and does and amazing job with the property and the lush landscaping. If you want relaxation away from the congestion of St. Thomas or Tortola, this home has it all!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
An additional charge of $50 is added for one full tank of fuel for the dinghy. The dinghy is complementary, but can only carry a max of 6 passengers. For additional dinghy hire ask the owner.