About the property
- Villa4800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 10 nights
5 Ensuite Bedrooms, 6 Baths, Large Pool, Sea Views From Every Room
Anam Cara Villa is a unique vacation home located directly on the water in Little Bay, South Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. The Villa's spectacular private waterfront location is in a BVI designated marine sanctuary and near one of the last undeveloped landscapes on Virgin Gorda. The views off the decks and balconies range from looking directly down at sea turtles, various tropical fish and the occasional mantas swimming below to stunning views out to sea with endless waves rolling up on the offshore reef. To the sides and behind you are views of the surrounding mountains and hills of Gorda Peak National Park. Your closest neighbors are the parade of marine life below, pelicans and seabirds above and cows grazing serenely on the distant hillsides.
Anam Cara Villa is comprised of just under 5,000 square feet of tropical modernism architecture spread over two buildings designed for seamless indoor outdoor living. The five bedrooms are all en-suite. The three large master bedroom suites all have king size beds and large spa bathrooms complete with both indoor and outdoor showers, double vanities and soaking bathtubs. Upstairs in the main house are two additional en-suite bedrooms with private balconies directly over the water below. The main floor features a large gourmet kitchen connected to the outdoor living area through large 8ft by 10 ft doors and a unique breakfast bar with an 8ft by 5ft serving window. The kitchen/dining area merges into the living area which has two separate seating areas and stunning sea views. The lower level hosts a media room for watching movies or just hanging out.
Outside living features 12 separate decks and balconies each with it's own unique views. The centerpiece of the outdoor living area is your own resort like horizon edge pool complete with a swim up bar and outdoor sunken kitchen with barbecue. The saltwater pool has both a waterfall and laminar flow water features with fiber optic lighting. Pool lighting colors can be changed with a wireless remote control. All of the indoor and outdoor areas are tiled with natural travertine stone. You can choose to relax on the deck letting the marine and bird life of South Sound entertain you or simply hang out by the pool.
Just a short one mile drive away is the North Sound welcome center and dock where the various free water taxis will take you to the many restaurants, resorts and yacht clubs for drinks, lunch, dinner, shopping, or entertainment. North Sound is a destination unto itself whether it is Biras Creek resort, Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock Resort, Leverick Bay Resort or the new Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda clubhouse!
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
Why Michelle Hodges chose Virgin Gorda
It was love at first site when we first ventured off the main road into South Sound. The drive was like nothing we had ever experienced. The road first passes along the waterfront beach with palm trees, then past a horse stable and working farm with cows grazing. At the end of the this short drive we arrived at the unspoiled Virgin Gorda we were seeking. The road opens out onto a stunning sea view facing into the gentle trade winds. We knew we had found our own Caribbean paradise, our 'Anam Cara.' So in 2007 the adventure of building began. Our goal was to create a retreat where families and friends could gather in an unforgettable setting. A place for renewal and sharing. A place for remembering the important things in life like laughter and love. At the same time we wanted to respect and minimize the impact on this very special setting. We were the first house in the BVI to use the environmentally friendly ICF building process. We also wanted to take advantage of the natural cooling and refreshing trade winds in the architectural layout. Other 'green features' include dual grey water recycling systems for the gardens, cool roof technology and other 'green building' systems. All the rain water from the roof is captured for reuse in a large cistern. We wanted to keep the electric usage (and our bill!) low by using energy efficient water systems and lots of LED lighting. There is very little night time light pollution which makes for spectacular star gazing as well. There is no noise pollution as the only sounds are from the birds above and the sea gently rolling along the offshore coral reef.
What makes this Villa unique
Anam cara is an Irish language term meaning 'soul friend.' According to Celtic spiritual tradition, the soul shines all around the body like a luminous cloud. When you are very open, appreciative, and trusting with another person, your two souls flow together. This deeply felt bond with another person means you have found your anam cara, or 'Soul Friend.' Your anam cara always beholds your light and beauty, and accepts you for who you truly are. In Celtic spirituality, the anam cara friendship awakens the fullness and mystery of your life. You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy, and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home. We hope that our home in Virgin Gorda will become your own 'Anam Cara'.
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A Magical Week for Two Families!
We had an amazing week at Anam Cara!! South Sound is an incredible place to unwind and completely relax. The snorkeling and scuba diving right from the beach in front of the house were the best we found on Virgin Gorda, there were tons of fish, lobsters, sting rays, and anything else you might want to see. We walked from the beach closer to the point where you can see the coral beds from the shore. The house and pool were in immaculate shape. Given that Irma hit the island just 6 months ago, I was amazed. There was no signs of any damage at all to the villa. We cooked most meals at the house and thoroughly enjoyed all of Virgin Gorda. We had 9 people total and had more than enough space and privacy.
Escaped to Paradise
This was my wife and I's 9th trip to the British Virgin Islands, but the first time on Virgin Gorda. We also brought two other families and a total of five teenagers. Hard to imagine a more perfect home base than Anam Cara. The floor plan is perfect for multiple families. None of us ever felt crowded at all. The secret is how their are so many balconies. I lost count, but there were several. My favorite is the front balcony overlooking the South Sound and recipient of constant tradewinds. Spectacular.
The furnishings were nice and even with so many people there, you still had ample privacy to use the three outdoor showers - nice touch which reminds you that you are literally in paradise.
The bonus is that you can literally walk less than 100 feet and put your feet in the ocean. No this isn't the beach you will want to stay, but for a pleasant swim and even some snorkeling, it's great for it's location. Several of us snorkeled out to Conch Point (you can see it from the house). Very doable and the effort is worthwhile as you reach the nearby point and see mountains of conch shells where the fisherman harvest the conch meat and dispose of the shells on the beach. We secretly exported about six spectacular conch shells back to Nashville.
The location is also ideal. We were nervous about the reviews of the driveway, but it was perfectly fine. 7 tenths of a mile of dirt road which was fine with our oversized 12 passenger van. A bit bumpy for the folks in the back, but I volunteered to drive so it was fine. You could be in nearby Leverick or Gun Creek (for ferries to Saba, Bitter End, and Fat Virgin) within 10 minutes of leaving the house.
Savannah Bay which took top honors in our competition for best overall BVI Beach is right at a 20 minute drive. Hogs Heaven (best ribs in the BVI) is less than 15 minutes and The Bath's (best hike) is less than 25 minutes. Best mental escape in the BVI was Saba Rock (Take your favorite beverage of choice along with an order of conch fritters and grab a comfy chair on the beach behind the bar - Absolute paradise watching the kite surfers and day dreaming about being 20 years younger.
Let's see, the only criticism is - hmmmmmm, maybe black out curtains if anyone wants to sleep in. Maybe having a TV in the living room on the main floor. Pretty Dang Nice!
Final point - Andy with BVI Rentals was superb. Met us at the ferry dock, answered all questions!
Christmas atAnam Cara
Our family stayed at Anam Cara for 11 nights over Christmas 2016. Marie was an outstanding host helping us secure a private chef, giving us ideas on boat rentals and dive shops. She was there when we reached out when the power went out on the island - there is a back-up generator so we never missed a beat. The home is stunning and perfectly suited for three couples and children or just large families. The views from the house overlooking Little Bay were mesmerizing. The kitchen was fully appointed in case you want to stay in and cook - we used the grill by the pool often along with the swim up seating and bar. The home has air conditioning in each room which we used mostly in the main part of the house and at nights in our rooms.
There would only be two things that I would say was not what we expected - not big things though. First, The bay is not easy to just walk down and swim in. After you get out 10-15 feet, it is great but you need to get over rocks so bring water shoes. Second, our group seemed to be susceptible to getting bitten on the back patio. However, no one else remarked on this in other reviews so it may have just been our timing.
The house is close to Gun Creek so we took the water taxi over to Saba Rock and Bitter end for dinners. Lunches or just to hang out.
Overall, it is a fantastic place to stay and see Virgin Gorda.
Glad you had such a wonderful time at Anam Cara Villa. The views are great and there is no place like it on the planet to relax and enjoy time with family and friends! Hope we see you again soon for another vacation.
Stunning Views from a Perfect Getaway
My husband and I joined 3 other couples for a wonderful getaway at Anam Cara Villa. The setting is very private, and the house has spectacular views. The bedrooms are well-appointed and each delivers privacy and outdoor space. The common rooms are spacious, and there is plenty of room to get away, both inside and outside. The pool, deck and swim-up bar are perfect to enjoy the sun and ocean breezes. The people of the island are friendly and so accommodating. Our arriving ferry was over an hour late, but the car rental folks and the housekeeping staff waited for us. The folks at Hog Heaven stayed open just for us - and we went back there later in the week for lunch, drinks and the amazing view! One could spend the entire week at Anam Cara Villa, but there is so much to do on Virgin Gorda! We visited Saba Rock, The Bitter End and enjoyed the Jumbi stilt dancers at Leverick Bay. We rented a couple of kayaks which were delivered directly to the house. We shopped at Bucks and cooked in almost every night. The kitchen is a cooks dream, and the huge windows open to the counter and stools outside, providing a very communal feel. We also chartered a boat for a day of snorkeling and had a great time! Thanks so much to Barry and Marie - your advice and pre-visit information was spot-on, and the house is even better than we expected. We would definitely go back!!
We had a group of 4 couples that rented this beautiful house. I can't say enough about the layout and how great it works for large groups. There are plenty of little nooks to hide and read a book in the sun or shade. The pool was a wonderful reprieve from the Caribbean sun, and all rooms in the house were wonderfully appointed. This is the kinda place to get away from it all. It is one of only two house on the entire bay, and while there is a close by grocery store and a few restaurants you'd never know unless you go looking. If you have a large family or group of couples that don't need the constant tourist trap activities and distractions you can't find a better place in the BVI.
Amazing Caribbean getaway!
I had such an amazing trip to Virgin Gorda and the the villa Anam Cara was more than I imagined. Every room has an amazing view of the crystal blue sea and a very nice ensuite attached. The pool was perfect with the swim up bar which was great for socializing. Along with the multiple places to sit and relax outside or inside to take in the gorgeous weather and views! No complaints with the house at all. I can't wait to go back!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates quoted are for 1 to 4 persons, add 15% for 5 to 8 persons and 30% for 9 to 12 persons. There is also a $500 refundable damage deposit. More details and answers to any questions upon inquiry for availability. Christmas New Years holiday 7 day minimum stay applies. Christmas Holiday rate is $2,000 per day with 7 day minimum stay.