About the property
- Villa2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 10 nights
2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,000 sq ft deck, tropical living, water and sunset views
GREETINGS FROM POST HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA. The beaches are still beautiful though may be as deserted as decades ago due to lack of accommodations. Virgin Gorda's residents are as vibrant as ever and happy to be alive following the worst storm in living memory. Indeed, everyone feels blessed. The most popular restaurants have reopened.
Crosswinds Villa is now a two bedroom villa. The garden level is occupied by the owners as was the case for decades until a few years ago. Somehow Crosswinds withstood the storm to an inexplicable degree. You will be most warmly welcomed.
On land littered with elephantine boulders, rustling palm trees, and glorious gardens, Crosswinds Villa is a fully furnished, three bedroom escape just a four-minute walk from the beach at Spring Bay. With daily maid service, all you need do is relax and enjoy the views of Sir Francis Drake Channel from the 1,000 Sq. foot deck, or bathe in crystal blue-green water at the white sand beaches of Spring Bay, Spring Bay National Park, Little Trunk Bay, Valley Trunk Bay, The Baths and Devil's Bay.....all within walking or snorkeling distance.
The 1,000 Sq. ft. deck is Caribbean living at its best. Partially covered, affording lots of sun and shade places, the west-facing deck is furnished with living room furniture, dining table for 6-10, a large gas grill, chaise lounges, rocking chairs and a spacious hammock. It is all surrounded by potted plants, lush gardens, coconut palm trees, panoramic views, spectacular sunsets, and privacy
Built across the prevailing tradewinds, Crosswinds Villa enjoys natural air conditioning regulated by ample louvered windows on all sides of the house. The cathedral ceilings add to an especially airy feeling. The center of the 1,600 square foot villa is an open living/kitchen/dining area, while two of the en-suite bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the house. A 14' opening to the 1,000 square foot deck pleasantly blurs the lines between inside and outside.
The two upstairs bedrooms have screened, louvered windows on 3 sides, allowing these rooms to take full advantage of the Caribbean Tradewinds, rustling palms and balmy nights. Each has its own bathroom with oversize shower, as well as plenty of closet and shelf space. One room has a large table and both modem and WiFi connections for those not able to leave the laptop at home. The other has a chair and ottoman for those who can! The tiled bathrooms are difficult to photograph without knocking a wall down but both are of an appropriate size, have modern fixtures and are as clean as a whistle.
The newly renovated garden level apartment has a queen size bed in a large ensuite bedroom, an open galley kitchen, living and dining area opening to a private patio filled with potted tropical plants, market umbrellas, and privacy. Like the upstairs main living area, this private apartment features louvered windows throughout, cross breezes, cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans and lush tropical manicured gardens outside every window. This area offers privacy and comfort for the multi-generational family, or simply three couples traveling together.
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- Apr 26, 2018
About Chip McLaughlin
Lifelong New Englanders and world travelers, we split our time between the coast of Rhode Island and Virgin Gorda, as well as hoping to discover one new destination each year. We chose to spend five months a year in Virgin Gorda after experiencing the perfectly warm water, clean uncrowded beaches, great snorkeling, personal safety and a welcoming local population. Virgin Gorda is constantly improving both through government guidance and visitors appreciation of its unique benefits. Virgin Gorda has ended our search for the best place to spend every winter.
Chip McLaughlin purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Chip McLaughlin chose Virgin Gorda
We purchased our home in Virgin Gorda after vacationing here for nine consecutive years. Crosswinds was originally a 1600 foot house with a rental of 1,000 sq ft on the second floor with a small wooden deck. We added a 1,000 square foot deck to the second floor with equal amounts of covered and sun-filled spaces. The experience of renting led us to create the vacation rental we always wanted, from an over equipped kitchen to upscale furnishings, an outdoor living and dining room, lots of potted tropical plants, a great gas grill and a large Brookstone hammock for reading! We wanted a place we would live in full time, a place that is truly a home and not a place that felt like a business. Add to this, Crosswinds is in a private enclave of 11 homes, the third house back from Spring Bay, adjacent to two national parks, within walking distance of six beaches including The Baths and Devil's Bay. The other beaches are very quiet and nearly private. The beaches are clean, the sand is white and granular, the water is crystal clear and always refreshing and warm. Given the tiny population and stable, well-run government your personal safety is unmatched in the Caribbean. So stroll about, to beaches, beach bars, local and tourist restaurants. Live unguarded and have fun!
What makes this Villa unique
Everything in Virgin Gorda revolves around the water and beaches. Leave the golf clubs home and forget about gambling. Plan on snorkeling and relaxing by the water all day. There are ample opportunities to explore other islands for the day or half the day on a variety of sail and motor boats. Rent a car and explore a large number of beaches, snorkeling spots, hiking and natural beauty. Take advantage of the high-end spas and resorts though you will then be glad you have Spring Bay and her sunsets to return to.
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Another perfect trip to VG
This was our sixth stay at Crosswinds, and it once again it was a perfect home away from home. The house is beautiful and has all of the accommodations you may need on vacation. As many other reviewers state, we lived on the deck, as it really is the most wonderful place to relax at the end of the day and enjoy the views of the island. The island is returning to normal, and now is a perfect time to visit! All of the grocery stores are well stocked, and the restaurants are open (we spent several nights at Coco Maya and more than a few afternoons at hog heaven). The beaches are still beautiful and we were often the only people on them. I was so glad to see the progress being made in VG, and look forward to our next stay at Crosswinds!
Thanks, Kendyl. Special thanks for the post-Irma good words. Everyone on the island is incredibly grateful for long-term guest's return and support. The island continues to improve every day thanks in part to folks like you and your family. Thank you again for the review and your return visit. We look forward to many returns, especially with little Kendyls and baby Marios!
Excellent In All Respects
This was a very special 2 bedroom unit with a centrally located living/dining/kitchen. Nice privacy. Exceptional in terms of amenities and nicely decorated. Huge second story deck with a view toward Beef Island and Tortola. Perfect for two couples.
Just an easy walk down to the beach, very near the Baths. One of the nicer beaches on the planet, beautiful sand and magnificent granite batholiths. Close enough to Spanish Town to walk to dinner or the grocery, if you're so inclined.
Chip and Keith were super hosts, very gracious and helpful and great communicators. I recommend their property highly.
Virgin Gorda is recovering from the terrible storms of 2017 and it's a good time to return, if you were wondering
Thanks so much, Anne. We are glad you found the island as comfortable post-Hurricane Irma as it was before. We are coming back stronger every day and will be better than ever should you return.
Awesome Villa, Amazing Hosts!
We were most fortunate to connect with Chip and Keith and their spectacular property Crosswinds after our "usual" rental on Spring Bay was damaged by Irma. If you are a long-time Virgin Gorda visitor or if you are checking it out for the first time, do not hesitate to consider staying in this incredible home. The outdoor living space is the heart of this home, and the panoramic view of the Sir Francis Drake channel is a wondrous daily sight. And oh, the sunsets!
When you manage to get out of the deck hammock and go inside, you find a well-appointed and stocked kitchen, and a most comfortable indoor space including private bedrooms with tasteful furnishings and linens, and modern baths. Housekeeping is flawless. A highlight during our stay was a most gracious tour of the grounds and gardens by the longtime groundskeeper, who shared his knowledge and love of the natural world with us.
The walk from the house to beautiful Spring Bay is a 3-minute floral feast for the senses, and there is easy access to several adjacent beaches, all stunning.
Warm thanks to owners Keith and Chip, who were most attentive to our needs, and who reflect the friendliness of the people of this Island Paradise, Virgin Gorda.
Thanks so much Adrienne. We appreciate the good words for all and especially appreciate the care with which you took care of our house. As we know you've been coming for more than a couple of decades we look forward to seeing next season. Best wishes with all the positive changes ahead of you.
Everything We Could Ask For and MORE!!!
We've vacationed annually on Virgin Gorda for 30 years - and even though we'd not stayed at Crosswinds, we'd had the pleasure of meeting Chip and Keith and visiting their beautiful home. Sadly, Hurricane Irma damaged many homes on the island; including our "usual" villa. With that unavailable to us, Chip and Keith came to our rescue and saved our vacation plans. Their house is EXACTLY as described in the other reviews; it's clean, well-maintained, has an incredible, lovely deck and beautiful grounds. Chip and Keith are excellent hosts and their dedicated staff spoiled us with their many kindnesses during our stay.
The house is tastefully furnished, comfortable in every way; with a kitchen more than well-equipped. Only a few restaurants are open on the island right now, so we put the kitchen to great use and enjoyed meals from a deck that offers panoramic views of Spring Bay/Sir Francis Drake Channel and the islands beyond. We LIVED on the deck! Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all enjoyed there. Crosswinds bedrooms are well-furnished and comfortable - as are both bathrooms. Chip and Keith are gracious hosts who made sure our stay was one we'll remember gratefully and fondly! If you are coming to Virgin Gorda for the first time, or the 30th, we would highly recommend Crosswinds - it was everything we could ask for and more.
Donna, Thank you so much for your kind words. We were glad to shelter you while your usual villa is put back together. You so well describe what we strive to provide. We are very happy when guests use the house to it's best potential. You folks did it best strolling back and forth between the deck and beach to the max! Loads of beach time and hammock time! Thanks again. See you next March!!
COULD NOT ASK FOR A MORE RELAXING VACATION!
We had a wonderful 10 days at Crosswinds in Spring Bay Virgin Gorda BVI. The home was the best equipped I have stayed in. It was like walking into a high end resort, and we just kept walking right out of the house to see that covered deck with the water, islands and sunset views. We wanted for nothing. The house cleaners and grounds keeper are wonderful and helpful, all was pristine. The owners were prompt with any questions we had. The sandy beach nestled among the boulders is a 3 minute walk! If you want it all....this is it! We cooked in most nights( our choice, local restaurants are available) and local groceries are close by. I highly recommend!
Thanks so much Kris. This review means you and Dave got home safe so that is good. Thanks so much for the kind words and the shout out for our team. Have a great summer and we'll see you again next year! Us.
Great house; fantastic deck; gorgeous view.
Cross Winds was a great place to stay. Two big bedrooms with lots of closet space and a modern bathroom in each. House was clean and well maintained. Owners are nearby and responsive to needs. The cherry on the house is the great deck - large (~1000 Sq. ft.) with a great view and lots of places to laydown, sit and relax. Kitchen was well equipped and there was both an indoor and outdoor dinner area. Stay here! You'll be glad you did.
Thanks so much Bill. It was a pleasure meeting you and we'll see you next year!
Our enclave of 11 homes is on Spring Bay, situated between Spring Bay National Park and The Baths National Park. Four beaches are within walking distance, the furthest 12 minutes. The Baths and Devil's Bay are within easy snorkeling distance. This luxury of easily accessible beaches allows everyone in your party to come and go to the beach as they are ready rather than being dependent on one car. There is also a great wealth of beaches and reefs around the island for exploring, too many to see in a week, or maybe even two! You can fill a week's busy schedule all within a three mile radius from daily snorkeling excursions to food shopping to elegant tropical restaurants.
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