Save 10% Jan. 27 - Feb. 3! Rara Avis-Waterfront, Pool, Private, Romantic(4 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathroom (Sleeps 8)
Rara consists of three distinct buildings – a 2-level stone house, plus two bedroom cabanas on both sides of the great house. Courtyards, gardens and walkways connect the three buildings and the pool. The upper level of the great house contains the great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas, plus a half bath, and a laundry room. A 450 sq/ft tiled sun deck with magnificent views runs along the waterfront side of the great house. The two bedrooms and the deck on the lower level are accessed by two sets of exterior stairs on either side of the great house. In addition to the pool’s sun deck there are four other private sun decks including two off the great house, and one off each bedroom cabana.
The two bedrooms cabanas are spacious (370 sq/ft) with queen beds, excellent privacy, lovely views and an intimate setting. Each cabana includes a tiled bath and a private deck or patio. The two guest bedrooms (twins that convert to a king) are located on the lower level of the great house and also offer romantic ocean views. The lower level guest bedrooms share a bath, and a fourth half bath is located off the kitchen in the great house
The living and dining rooms have been artistically finished to look like the interior of a centuries old Spanish or Italian villa. They are furnished with a combination of antiques and designer furniture that blends comfort with function. From either room screened sliding glass doors open to warm breezes, a spacious deck and sweeping views of the south shore National Park. A cable 32” flat screen TV/DVD, an AM/FM stereo//CD with iPod connection and wireless internet are provided. You can dine inside at the stately mahogany table seating 6 - 8, or outside on the sheltered garden patio.
The complete kitchen includes a 4-burner stove and oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, coffee maker, toaster and a fine selection of dinnerware, cookware, and server ware. There is a gas barbeque grill in the courtyard.
- 2800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- The two bedrooms cabanas are spacious (370 sq/ft) with queen beds, excellent privacy, lovely views and an intimate setting. Each cabana includes a tiled bath and a private deck or patio. The two guest bedrooms (twins that convert to a king) are located on the lower level of the great house and also offer romantic ocean views. The lower level guest bedrooms share a bath, and a fourth bath is located off the kitchen in the great house...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- The home includes beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler.
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Ocean View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
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In Season (2-6 person rate)
Jan 7 - Apr 14, 2017
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Off Season (2-4 person rate)
Apr 15 - Dec 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 17.5%
WEEKLY RENTAL RATES BASED ON # OF PEOPLE PER SEASON:
IN SEASON: Dec 17, 2016 - April 15, 2017
$3950/wk for 2-6 guests, $4370/wk for 7-8
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: $5224/wk for 2-8
OFF SEASON: April 9, 2016 - Dec 16, 2016
$1925/wk for 2-4 persons, $2310/wk for 5-6, $2625/wk for 7-8
THANKSGIVING - Off Season rates apply
12.5% hotel tax/5% service charge
$500 Damage Deposit
50% is due within 7 days of booking, final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. For Christmas/New Years bookings- final payment is due 120 days prior to arrival.
Manager's cancellation policy:
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Year Purchased: 1997
About: We are a family from Connecticut and we have had a home on St. John for more than 25 years. We were the first to build on Hart Bay and we had lots of land to choose from, so we bought the finest lot on the water. We built the first Rara Avis, which I call Rara v.1, and Hurricane Marilyn came roaring in and Rara v.1 vanished in the wind. But we love this island and this land too much to walk away, so in 1997 we built Rara v.2, which is a bigger, stronger and much more beautiful version of Rara v.1. We have traveled extensively in Spain and Italy and we love the aged look of European homes, so we imported a skilled artisan to St. John to give the new Rara the aged look of a centuries old villa in Tuscany. It’s an alluring concept – a European style villa on a beautiful waterfront site on St. John – and it certainly works well for Rara. At night, with the great house doors open and the soft glow of the valence lights, you could well imagine yourself on the coast of Italy or Spain. Twenty-five years and four children later, we’re still in love, with our island, our land and with the Tuscan villa we built here,with the memories we’ve shared here, and with each other. If you ask us why, the answer is easy - like the poet laureate of St. John said – “there is magic here” There really is, so spend a week or two at Rara, and you'll agree.
Why Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI:
We bought our land in Hart Bay before the real estate boom so we had plenty of choices for fine properties. This particular location was just more appealing than any other location we looked at. We wanted a waterfront lot where you could walk down to a small beach for beach walks and swimming and snorkeling, and over the years we have seen a lot of rays and colorful fish on snorkel expeditions in Hart Bay. Where else can you snorkel until you’re tired and then walk back to your villa and sit on your deck with a cold drink and look out at the places you were just mingling with the tropical fishes. We also love the way this location constantly invigorates and refreshes you. You are surrounded by and immersed in the elements of nature – the sun, the sights, sounds and smell of the sea, moonlight on the bay, lush vegetation, the constant music of gentle surf and the refreshing trade winds blowing off the water. For a family of New Englanders who spend a lot of time indoors, this is where we come to appreciate the simple, but glorious, wonders of Mother Nature. After enduring a long winter, a week or two in Rara Avis is a totally revitalizing and energizing experience. There’s nothing quite like it.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The uniqueness of Rara all stems from this location on Hart Bay. When you spend time here you can’t fail to be renewed, re-energized and invigorated from the subtle but constant forces of nature that envelop you and massage you. For anyone who spends a lot of time within four walls, this villa, this location on Hart Bay, and this island, will reboot your spirit
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Rara Avis, a waterfront home above the beach at Hart Bay
The pool and its deck are private and sunny
The view from the sun deck of the great house
The great house of Rara Avis
Looking from the living area into the dining room
The dining room seats eight
Looking at the great house from its sun deck
A flattering view of the beach just below you
The left cabana bedroom
The cabana bedrooms are very private
Pillow view from the lower left bedroom of the main
Sunrise at Rara Avis
Is that you on the pool deck?
This shows the right cabana bedroom and the great house
The living area
The view from the living room
The dining room view
The kitchen view looking into the patio garden.
The beautiful view from the sun deck of the great house
The right cabana bedroom
Pillow view from the left cabana
Pillow view from the lower right bedroom of the main house
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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