Frenchman’s Lookout -Tortola – BVI

5 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)

Frenchman’s Lookout, one of Tortola’s best properties, is on a small cay connected to West End by a charming bridge. Electronic security gates lead to this completely private estate, which is surrounded by mature and lush tropical foliage. Originally an infamous pirates’ lookout, Frenchman’s Lookout offers sweeping 300-degree views over Sir Francis Drake Channel of turquoise water and some 12 islands and cays. Because of its location, sultry and silky tradewinds are constant and the sight of passing sail and motor boats adds to the sublime visuals. Two of the islands prettiest beaches, Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach are about 10 minutes away by car. There are also shops and restaurants nearby.

This Caribbean plantation-style house has been completely renovated and the results are an absolutely wonderful combination of grace and great style. All the large rooms on both floors, including the bathrooms, have high ceilings and mahogany French doors, which open onto a wide wraparound verandah with hammocks, seating areas and water views. Throughout the house are Mexican saltillo tiles, seagrass mats, antiques and fine art. Furnishings are sumptuous and comfy and all five of the romantic bedrooms have air-conditioning. Set in a lovely garden, and also overlooking the water, is an L-shaped 25′ x 50′ pool with a shallow area for small children. Adjoining it is a very fun gazebo with a large gas barbecue, fridge and a wet bar with seating. Also within the garden is a 6 person hot tub overlooking the harbor and a children’s play area. Down a stone path is a separate cottage with a state-of-the-art gym and game room.

Rental of Frenchman’s Lookout includes breakfast 6 days a week and one full day on the house’s power boat. When bringing this marvelous property back to life, no expense was spared. And to make arrival and departure totally painless, guests can charter the owner’s Lear Jet!

Main Floor

  • Large and gracious entry hall
  • Great Room
  • Dining room with a banquet table
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and a table and chairs
  • Bedroom with a queen-size four-poster bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

Upper Floor

  • Master bedroom with a wrought iron king-size bed, sitting area, TV and large bathroom en suite with an old-fashioned tub with claw feet and a shower
  • Guest master bedroom with a four-poster king-size bed, TV and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Bedroom with two four-poster double beds and TV
  • Bedroom with twin beds (can combine for a king)
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Office with a computer with DSL service, fax and answering machines and a printer/scanner/copier

Gym/Games Cottage
Exercise bike, full weight machine, treadmill and free weights – all on a rubber floor. Games include a  billiards  table, foosball and table tennis. It also has a  ceiling fan, cable TV, stereo and a small porch with a table, chairs and great  view.

Amenities
Rental includes freshly-prepared breakfast with table service 6 days a week, one full day on the house’s 35-foot power boat with its seasoned captain, security gates and alarm system, A/C in all bedrooms, cable TV, DVD/CD player, VCR, radio, movie and music collections, books, games, gas grill, hair dryers, safes for valuables, mini-fridge on the upper deck; 4 hammocks, children’s toys and outdoor play area, baby crib; dishwasher, snorkel gear, a separate staff workspace and transfers to and from the airport or ferry dock. The house also has Skype so guests can call around the world at no charge.

Staff
Maid service six days per week

Services Available at an Additional Cost

  • Professional chef
  • Extra maid service
  • Use of the owner’s 6 person Lear 35 jet round trip and nonstop to Tortola from any U.S. East Coast airport for an unbeatable fixed price (gas and pilot costs are extra)
  • Spa treatments (massage/facials/body wraps/reiki/yoga etc.) at the house
  • Advance grocery shopping

Notes

  • No smoking inside, please
  • Frenchman’s Lookout is on the same property as 3 bedroom Frenchman’s Paradise but it has the same seclusion and privacy as its sister property. Together they’re perfect for a larger group.
  • During the Christmas/New Year’s period, a 10-night minimum rental is required.Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos & contact

Isla Vista – St. John, USVI

2 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite (Sleeps 4)
Tucked in its own private enclave behind an electronic gate, Isla Vista has sweeping sea views from its breezy hillside location. Lushly landscaped grounds surround this two-bedroom house, which is bordered by the gorgeous Virgin Islands National Park. The property offers wonderful seclusion yet it’s just a few minutes’ drive into Cruz Bay, Caneel Bay Hotel’s beaches and Hawksnest Beach. A few minutes farther are all the truly beautiful north shore National Park beaches. Isla Vista features a spacious two-level floor plan with beautiful custom interiors, expanded by dramatic island views stretching to the horizon.

Isla Vista’s breezy and secluded Caneel Hill location and amazing views are impressive, but the interior design and the attention paid to detail puts this house in a class by itself – from cool travertine floors throughout; vaulted cypress ceilings; rich mahogany cabinetry, windows and doors; custom lighting inside and out to the artistic stained glass windows. The motif of grand arches continues all through the house allowing each spacious room to flow into one another. Designer furnishings are absolutely top-notch and good looking.

Outside richly landscaped grounds and stately palms surround a spectacular 35’ heated swimming pool, adjoining Jacuzzi with a waterfall into the pool and a tiled travertine deck for sunbathing. The view from here is like a panoramic postcard of sky and sea, Cruz Bay, the unspoiled National Park and St. Thomas in the distance.

Ground Floor

  • Gallery opening into the Great Room with 16’ ceilings, a seating area, mahogany and marble wet bar and a dining area
  • Gourmet kitchen on the other side of the entry hallway.  Lots of space for chefs and onlookers, this grand area is beautifully crafted in mahogany cabinetry, granite countertops, a professional gas cooktop, lots of cooking and serving pieces and small appliances, including an ice cream maker, a 24” TV and an office nook. Adjoining the kitchen is a separate open-air covered barbeque room with a stainless steel gas grill.
  • TV room with a 58” flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD and CD player. An arched door opens to the pool deck right outside.
  • Bedroom with king-size bed, air-conditioning, a 36” TV and bathroom en suite with double sinks and a separate WC. Mahogany French doors open to the pool and sun deck.

Second Floor

  • Master bedroom with a mahogany four-poster king-size bed, a 36” flat screen TV, curved balcony set with table and chairs for two that overlooks the pool and the sea (perfect for sunset cocktails), separate air-conditioned fully-equipped home office and large bathroom with a sleek travertine vanity with double sinks, a separate WC and a step-out balcony. Just outside, the private “al fresco” shower pavilion is bordered by serpentine walls that curve around manicured gardens and a private tiled terrace.


Amenities

Air-conditioning in both bedrooms and in master suite’s home office, Wi-Fi Internet access, 4 satellite TVs, iPod dock and radio, movie/music collections, books, games, all-in-one printer and answering machine in home office, binoculars, wet bar with wine/beverage cooler, very well-equipped gourmet kitchen, gas grill, safe for valuables, hair dryers, dishwasher, laundry, automatic generator and electronic gate into the property

Staff

Maid service once weekly

Services Available at an Additional Charge
Cook and extra maid Services

Notes

  • Children over age 15 only
  • A tenant may occasionally stay in the apartment above the garage, outside the house. She cannot see into the villa or to the pool, so one’s total privacy is assured.
  • No smoking indoors

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Castello di Pergolato – Bargino – Tuscany – Italy

11 Bedrooms and 9 Bathrooms (Sleeps 19)
Castello di Pergolato is a beautiful example of a Medieval Tuscan castle. This extraordinary estate is set high on a hillside in the Chianti wine region just south of Florence on the road to Siena. It was originally built in the 10th century on the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement by the Buondelmonti family, who owned the castle for nine centuries. During the Renaissance (between 1450 and 1500) the inside of this feudal castle was converted into a villa and recently it has been beautifully restored by its current owners. No detail has been overlooked. The castle is filled with fine Italian antiques, gracious, comfortable sofas and chairs, gorgeous canopy beds and all modern conveniences including an elevator.

A huge central reception room divides the castle into two sections, the Conventino and the Torre. This magnificent room also opens on to an arched patio that overlooks the elegant swimming pool and out over the sweeping valley of the Pesa River. In all there are a total of eleven bedrooms (six with bathrooms en suite): two masters, six doubles and three singles. There are also two powder rooms. Castello di Pergolato offers a unique and wonderful experience as well as an ideal location only 15 minutes from Florence.

Ground Floor
·  Entrance Hall
·  Living room with fireplace
·  Dining room with fireplace
·  Kitchen
·  Master bedroom suite with a canopy bed, living room and bathroom
·  Powder room
·  Elevator
·  Laundry room
·  Loggia overlooking the pool and garden

Mezzanine
·  Super large living room with fireplace
·  Bedroom with twin beds and a adjacent bathroom
·  Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite
·  Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite

First Floor
·  Large hall/ game and television room
·  Master bedroom suite with a canopy bed, living room and bathroom
·  Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite
·  Library
·  Bedroom with a single bed
·  Bedroom with a single bed
·  Bedroom with twin beds
·  Double bedroom
·  2 bathrooms shared by the above 4 bedrooms
·  Bedroom with a single bed and bathroom en suite
·  Loggia overlooking the swimming pool and valley

Amenities
Telephone, fax, modern kitchen, elevator and weekly linen change

Staff
Daily cleaning, except Sunday, and grounds/pool maintenance

Services Available at an Additional Cost
The cook with an assistant/server for breakfast and/or lunch and/or dinner

Distances
Bargino (village shops) 2 kms., San Casciano (bank, post office, shops) 2 kms., Florence 14 kms., Siena 45 kms., Pisa 90 kms.

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VILLA EMERALDA – Porto Rotondo – Sardegna – Italy

Bedrooms 6,  Bathrooms 6,  Sleeps 12
An impressive private villa, Villa Emeralda offers guests a wonderful location in northern Sardinia, Porto Rotondo, well known as Smeralda coast. Technology and great comfort make this villa very special, apart from the area in which it is situated, immersed in the countryside along with other villas on one of the most exclusive coastlines. There is private access directly from the villa to the beach, 150 metres away. The beaches in Italy are never privately owned but in this case the only people using this beach are guests of Villa Emeralda and other occasional guests of the nearby villas. The well maintained garden, slopes gently towards the swimming pool, which is equipped with a swim against the current system and is heated by solar panels which allow the temperature to rise 4 ° or 5 ° C higher than the environment. An outdoor kitchen area with barbecue, built in granite table and benches is close to the pool. The large open-plan living/dining area is simply, but stylishly decorated with light coloured, modern furnishings and terracotta tiles throughout. In particular, the dining area is very light thanks to a large window which extends nearly the whole wall and allows you to admire the sea from indoors. This room opens onto a large terrace with outdoor sitting and dining area with views towards the sea and garden. The property has sheltered parking for 4 cars and a private gym, a personal trainer can be arranged on request. A car, Kia Carnival, 7 seats with full insurance coverage and unlimited mileage is available and included in the weekly rate.
ground floor living-dining room with fireplace, glass wall with sea view and glass table for 8. Kitchen with direct exit to outdoors. Double bedroom with Jacuzzi bath-tub in the bedroom and sat Lcd tv, en suite bathroom with hydro massage shower. Twin bedroom suitable for children, 1 bathroom with shower. Very large porch with dining area, sitting area (table for 10/12) and sea view.
lower ground floor laundry room master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, sofa, sat TV, and French windows leading to the porch with sitting area opening to garden 1 bathroom with shower and direct access to the pool side garden. 1 small twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom with bathroom with shower and independent entrance. 1 double bedroom with hydro massage shower, with direct access to the garden.
outdoor Gym and bathroom in a separate room near the pool, open air kitchen area near the pool with BBQ, fridge, electric hob, and a stone made table.

Facilities: Irregular shapped 40′  swimming pool with swim against current system. A/C in all the rooms, small gym, Internet,  Fax & printer, satellite TV, Home cinema system, CAR KIA CARNIVAL 7 SEATS AND SCOOTER YAMAHA 125CC INCLUDED IN THE RATE, 2 Mountain bikes etc…

amenities Tennis court, PEVERO GOLF CLUB 10km/6miles, RESTAURANT 5 min walk, BEACH AT 150mt, CLUB MARINA PICCOLA AT WALKING DISTANCE.

Main distances
: PORTO ROTONDO HARBOUR 1,2 km/0,7miles, PORTO ROTONDO 1.2km/0,7miles, PORTO CERVO 15km/9miles. BY BOAT: MADDALENA ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK 45min, CORSE (FRANCE) 1h30min.

Notes: COOKING SERVICE INCLUDED(COST OF THE FOOD EXTRA), , CAR KIA CARNIVAL 7 SEATS AND SCOOTER YAMAHA 125CC INCLUDED IN THE RATE. A  PERSONAL TRAINER CAN BE ARRANGED ON REQUEST. NO SMOKING VILLA.

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Belvedere – Santa Teresa di Gallura – Sardegna – Italy

5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, sleep 10
This beautiful mediterranean-style villa sits in an outstanding position, high on the rocks, and surrounded by “macchia mediterranea”, in northern Sardinia. It is a quiet and tranquil location, yet just 2 kms from Santa Teresa di Gallura with its yacht harbour. From the house and its garden there are breathtaking views of the Corsican “Bocche di Bonifacio”, the impressive white cliffs of Bonifacio, and the small islands just off Corsica. The villa is very well furnished and equipped with all modern comforts. A particular feature of the house is the lovely verandah to the front of the house, with outdoor dining area. The house has several entrances and is planned in such a way to be ideal for people holidaying together, requiring some independence and privacy. The lower ground floor is not of the same standard of the main part. This area is less crowded than the nearby famous Costa Smeralda, and is a good base for exploring the beautiful Sardinian coastline, and also for taking day trips to Corsica. For those looking for smart restaurants and lively nightlife, the Costa Smeralda and its resorts such as Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are within 30/50 minutes drive. A beautiful boat with skipper is available at extra cost.

G RO U N D F L O O R Entrance; sitting room with fireplace, opening onto a covered verandah with dining table and chairs, ideal for al fresco meals; kitchen opening onto the same verandah. L OW E R G RO U N D F L O O R Self contained apartment comprising: Double bedroom with independent access to the garden; bathroom with separate shower. Sitting room opening onto a covered terrace, with kitchen corner and fireplace; double bedroom; bathroom.

F I R S T F L O O R
Twin bedroom; bathroom with shower only; small twin bedroom ( in an alcove), suitable for children; bathroom; master bedroom with independent access, via stairs to the garden.

S TA F F Maid service is included 6 hours per week.

D I S TA N C E S (approx. kms), Santa Teresa di Gallura (nearest village with shops, PO);2, Olbia (nearest airport);61, Costa Smeralda;40

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Villa Gabriella – Porto Rafael – Sardegna – Italy

5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleep 9
Villa Gabriella is situated in the exclusive residential village of Porto Rafael, located in the centre of the Arcipelago della Maddalena National Park, on the northern coast of Sardinia. The villa is surrounded by a 4000 m land rich with lawns and macchia mediterranea. The beach is only 80 m from the villa, on the opposite side of the small road which goes past the villa. The position of Villa Gabriella lets the observer enjoy a breathtaking panorama including the scattered islands belonging to the Arcipelago della Maddalena. This property was designed by a famous architect in pure Mediterranean style. A particular feature is the external cooking and dining area with a barbeque and wood oven that is placed in a circular, partially covered patio where guests can enjoy their lunches and dinners. Alternatively, guests may choose to have their meals on a large round terrace in front of the house with views over the sea. The interiors are functional, and modern comforts have been installed to ensure a relaxing experience. The famous Piccolo Pevero Golf Course with its enchanting views is only half an hour away. The Costa Smeralda, with its smart restaurants and nightlife, is also within 30 minutes drive.

ACCOMMODATION: 9 people

AMENITIES: bedrooms: 5, bathrooms:3
Main Floor: living room; dining room; kitchen opening to the barbeque area; master bedroom with en-suite bathroom; double bedroom with en-suite bathroom; double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower only); double bedroom; single bedroom; bathroom. All rooms have a small terrace and open through French doors onto the garden.

STAFF Maid service is included 6 hours a week.

DISTANCES (approx. Km) Beaches; 80 m, Bar restaurant and grocery shop; 1, Palau; 2.5, Arzachena; 16, Santa Teresa di Gallura; 26, Olbia Airport; 40

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