About the property
- Villa2529 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum StayNone
Bella Rosa is a waterfront Spanish style inspired castle with 2 turreted spiral staircases , complete with boat and 2 x jet ski dock plus floating dock to sit and fish to your hearts content. Situated privately on the Inter coastal Waterway with breath taking views from all balconies and lush garden terrace. I have remodelled and rebuilt Bella Rosa after Mathew and Irma spending a small fortune.
Although not greatly affected I took this opportunity to carry out all the building modifications I had in my mind (as usual went over the top) installed brand new large kitchen with all new appliances, new top of the range furniture, 100% interior repainting, new background lighting, new concrete driveway, new solid wood floors, new giant TV cabinet and bookcases filled with books in master living room.
Over 400 glass window tinted to keep out summer heat, poured new patio decks on roof and IC side decks, new sliding patio doors on all floors, and in particular in rear IC side garden built a large wooden deck and Pergola/s with lattice roofing to shade you as you sit and take dinner on new garden dining room furniture and watch vivid sunsets on the water. Now also completed a new stone patio filled with plants where you can lounge and watch the wildlife together with a new pergola covered BBQ area all with night time outside lighting. In all the rear garden dock area can seat 20 people
Boasting views of the ocean and Matanza River, this 3-story dream house includes a rooftop deck, many sun balconies and patios, and a gourmet kitchen. So luxurious! Indoors and outdoors delightfully purr in the layout and design of Bella Rosa.
Walk up from the boat dock (for you should certainly arrive by water) our covered dock can accommodate a boat (16 foot max) and 2 jet skis plus floating dock - we do NOT provide boats or jet skies - into the large, fenced garden lush with plants. Sit in the large covered Spanish-style patio with casual garden furniture and ceiling fan -- the perfect place to enjoy that first cup of coffee in the morning or toast the sunset with a glass of wine.
When it's time to go indoors, slip through the sliding-glass doors and find yourself in the large open plan kitchen and dining area. It's so convenient to have the kitchen on the ground floor -- no carrying groceries upstairs, no toting platters of food down to the patio when you want to dine Al fresco! And our kitchen is beautiful, with stainless-steel appliances, stone counters, and a large central island with range. You'll feel as though you're in a fine restaurant as you open the cabinets to find stacks of dishes, rows of glasses, drawers of utensils, and shelves of cookware. Do a quick grocery run and you can prepare and serve just about anything in this large open well-equipped space!
The central island in the kitchen doubles as a breakfast bar, with comfy island chairs, and a main dining table that easily accommodates 8. For entertaining, throw open the sliding glass doors and set up on the patio, wooden decks, pergola, stone patio dock or lush gardens if you like too, all in all room for about 25 people!
With bathrooms (3 full 2 half) on all floors the first floor has a full bathroom in the main living room. One first floor bedroom is tucked into a sunny corner with door entry to gardens and dock and stairway to main living room. Here find 2 sturdy bunk beds great for kids or for singles in your group. Sunlight pours through the big windows, with a door leading into the fenced garden. It's a great bedroom for the early riser in your group, who like to be up and paddling a canoe or kayak enjoying the wildlife along the Inter coastal before breakfast.
Walk up to the second floor and enter the amazing great lounge room at Bella Rosa set up as a TV cinema room with spacious plush seating for 10. This space was designed for a big, active group -- there's room here for hundreds of books, DVD movies, Lego, chess, yoga mats, a twister game and more. Set up a game or puzzle at the table and gaze through the huge plate-glass window at the water and sunset. The huge circular sectional sofa reclines, and the 60'' HDTV includes cable TV and DVD player. Everyone can stay together in this room and do exactly as they like without getting in each other's way!
The second floor contains 2 bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom tub and shower: one with a queen. The other with 2 sets of bunks, sleeping 4 and leading out to a lovely balcony plus spiral staircase to the roof deck. A full bathroom and a half-bath are here for your convenience.
Take the spiral staircase up to the third floor, where the luxury master suite awaits to soothe and refresh you after a busy day on the water or in historic St. Augustine. The bed is king-sized, the TV is flat-screen with DVD player, and the en-suite bath contains both a Jacuzzi tub and a walk-in shower, so nobody has to wait! Best of all, the master bedroom contains a separate small sitting room area overlooking the water with luxury recliners . Magnificent views lots of space, - you will fall in love with the master suite!
Finally, an extra large rooftop deck with garden furniture awaits you at the very top of Bella Rosa leading from the master suite! From here you have 360-degree views of the ocean, the Matanza River, and the Inter coastal. It's a great private space to sunbathe, bird watch, and enjoy both sunrise and sunset.
Bella Rosa is an extremely large immaculately maintained family house with a washer and dryer, all linens and towels, free WiFi, and plenty of great spaces to keep your whole group happy and comfortable, double garage and outside parking spaces. Won't you stay here soon bring the kids and see for yourself?
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 21, 2018
About Alex Gallagher
I am a worldwide traveler myself and fully understand the needs of a family or indeed singles for space, comfort, privacy, and the chance to chill relax and sit and watch nature take its course. Watch the endless array of Florida teeming bird life diving for fish, watch the shoals of fish and dolphins swim past the dock to welcome you and relax in the comforts of this extra large home where everyone can have his/her privacy. I reside in Florida, Scotland and SE Asia and try to install in Bella Rosa all the comforts that I would expect myself in any part of the world. Nothing is left to chance for your comfort and enjoyment and IF IT IS... well call me and I will put it right. Enjoy Bella Rosa (named after my wife) as I do, and make it your home while on holiday be my guest we look forward to welcoming you and want you to return. I also own and rent a wonderful extremely large family property in Scotland United Kingdom located in the Scottish countryside and on the ocean edge 40 mins from the amazing capital city of Edinburgh. The house was rebuilt from a ruin and extended by me 33 years ago with no expense spared. Dene House is a 220 year old former coach house where coaches on the Edinburgh to London route changed horses. Surrounded in history as only Scotland can be the world famous John Muir walk way is at my door step plus glens, hillsides, castles, Lairds estates and beaches. The house has extensive beautiful landscaped gardens with a large horse paddock and wild wood. A large private car parking area with beautiful unimpeded views of sea and countryside, the house sleeps 10 and is fully fitted and furnished to 5 star standards - the home will shortly be on VRBO and is available for rental today, don't hesitate to contact me!
Alex Gallagher purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Alex Gallagher chose St Augustine
Bella Rosa is uniquely situated at the end of a beach road with total privacy on the inter coastal river yet only 10 mins walk from the nearest amazing ocean beach's of St Augustine(always empty unlike the more populous beaches near St Augustine) and 10 mins from wonderful live music and amazing food at the famous Matanza Bar and Restaurant. Privacy quietness and nature here, yet great live music and wonderful food and beach beauty are only a walk away. The size of Bella Rosa means that families can all be together yet have total privacy when required. Everything is here to make you welcome. If its not tell me I will put it right!
What makes this Villa unique
I purchased the property after only one viewing and that after arriving after a long plane journey from SE Asia. I immediately fell in love with the light and space as I walked through the front door into the cavernous dining room and kitchen. And was able to look from the from door right through to the flower filled gardens, docks and water with the sun streaming through endless glass doors and windows. Utter peace and tranquility meet you as you enter with cool ocean breezes that enter through large glass sliding doors cooling you in the summer heat. Inside, the size of Bella Rosa and the endless glass doors and windows lets you find privacy whenever you have the need. A double garage plus car space in the driveway means all can be accommodated.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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Perfect for our family!
We were very pleased with our house rental. The house was absolutely perfect for our family. The location was beautiful and so peaceful. It was everything thing we needed and more. Thank you!
Great place for fisherman / fisherwomen
The dock is well protected and easy to access. The boat lift only hold a 16ft boat so if you have something bigger you will need to tie off to the floating dock. Great sunsets, great fishing area. We'll be back.
great guests and always welcome back anytime
A unique and enjoyable escape
It takes a little bit of time to wrap your head around the layout and there are some on-going improvements to deal with but the house quickly grows on you and becomes a welcome respite from a crazy world. Somehow isolated and private yet close to the wonders of St Augustine at the same time. Beautiful beaches just minutes away by car or boat, a handful of good restaurants within 5 to 10 miles, and plenty of space to spread out and relax even with 9 (+2 dogs) staying in the house. Come with an open mind and leave with a bunch of good memories.
We enjoyed our stay very much. Plenty of room for our group of eight.
Alex even let us check in early when we arrived to town.
Would definitely stay here again.
A castle that will take you away from reality for the weekend
We rented this home for a weekend getaway and couldn't have been happier or more impressed. 8 of us slept very comfortably, but to be honest the house is so spacious it could easily accommodate more. Alex was, without a doubt, the best owner that I have dealt with, coming from a seasoned VRBO renter. His correspondences were not only timely but detailed. The house does have a few unfinished/"work-in-progress" areas but rather than being a negative we viewed this as Alex taking the time and resources to constantly update and better his home. Also, the canoe was a great surprise! Would absolutely rent this or any other property Alex owns in the future.
Wonderful review from Steven and family it just makes my hosting jobs easy dealing with personable and excellent guests like Steven. Please come back again we want you to thanks so much
We rented this home for our family to get together for Mother's Day and it was such a memorable time for all of us! Our daughter, our son and his wife along with their 3 boys - ages 3, 7 and 10 we able to join us and this house was perfect. Alex was great in corresponding with me and his home is beautiful! He is still fixing up the home in some areas, but we could overlook most of that! The landscaping is impeccable and the plants are beautiful! We spent most of our time on the back patio and enjoyed our coffee while watching the beautiful views and relaxed with wine while watching the sunset! The steps were somewhat of a challenge for me (I am a two time cancer survivor and not as agile as I used to be!) however, by the third day I was better at the challenge! We walked the beach (across the street) and collected some beautiful shells. We ate at Columbia's twice and the food is excellent!! The grand boys LOVED the "castle" and played hide and seek endlessly! Our oldest grandson wants to live here :) Alex's home is beautifully decorated but the views that come with it are calming and peaceful and we had a wonderful breeze the whole time we were there! Thanks, Alex!
Connie and family not only provided a wonderful review of my home but also some constructive ideas I will jump on this is the kind of feedback home owners dream of. Connie please come back you were a pleasure to deal with
Situated 5 minutes walk from the ocean, boat, kayak or jet ski straight from the dock. Enjoy the gorgeous coastal beaches of Florida. 97 miles to Disneyland, 30 miles Daytona airport and speedway, 90 miles Orlando airport, 55 miles Jacksonville airport. 20 mins from the oldest city in America with endless history. Bella Rosa is surrounded by water where right outside the back garden complete privacy is assured as you fish off the floating dock, sit eat and drink off the boat dock or the several balconies of this Spanish castle. Or relax indoors in the excessively large lounge TV cinema room with space for 10 to chill and recline on the multi seat reclining sofa. The A1A is a straight beach road drive from the house to amazing live music restaurants and bars on every corner as you drive 25 minutes to beautiful scenic downtown. Grocery stores banks are in abundance on the A1A plus cafes and diners with beaches the length of the drive to town. The beauty of St Augustine and its beach roads are the lack of traffic as you join in the Florida way of life, chill relax lay back and put your cares away as you meander the roads and side roads to endless beaches. Clue, the ocean beaches less than 10 minutes walk from Bella Rosa are normally empty even in high season, no need to join the crowds no need to drive!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed, pet fees may be $100 extra cleaning fee. NO PARTYS and no renters under the age of 25. Long term renters particularly welcome and WILL be offered special rates deal!