Estate Belvedere Specs
|Villa Name||Estate Belvedere|
|Location||St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Location Region||Estate Belvedere, near Cane Bay, north shore|
|Bedroom Specs||Sugar Mill Main House* (Sunrise, Hibiscus + Jungle suites): 2 kings + 1 queen. Tower Building (Ocean + Coral Suites): 2 queens in each Suite. Garden Cottage: 1 queen; + 1 twin rollaway available on request|
|Bathroom Specs||plus additional full bath with shower in Pool House|
|Pool Specs||20' x 50' x 3' - 6' deep, with Pool House|
|Nearest Beach||Cane Bay Beach + Carambola Beach (5 minutes' drive past Cane Bay)|
|Maid Service Frequency||Once per week|
|Smoking||Not permitted in the house. Outside only.|
|Square Footage||Interiors: approx. 8400 sq. ft., on 4 acres (2 acres are landscaped)|
Description of Estate Belvedere
An electronic gate ushers you into Estate Belvedere's magnificent four acres, past a fenced formal garden with a fountain, and back into a part of St. Croix's Danish history of centuries past.
The centerpiece of this Estate is the sugar mill dating back to 1763, a place where sugar cane was refined into precious sugar and the molasses into Cruzan rum; other ruins of the old plantation still grace this lovely island property. Extensive historical research was done by the current owners in both St. Croix and Danish archives, and after several years of careful and loving restoration, Estate Belvedere is now receiving guests fortunate enough to enjoy its unique history, spectacular landscaping on spacious grounds, and its beautiful interiors.
The sugar mill is the central gathering place for everyone. The mill's entrance opens to an art gallery in the round, complete with the old Danish brick floor, showcasing the owners' collection of Caribbean art and historical memorabilia. A powder room with a handpainted tropical mural is tucked off to the side. Built to encompass the curve of the sugar mill are the living area, gourmet kitchen and home office area, which open through french doors onto an expansive terrace looking out to the sea, set with cushioned furniture for the cocktail hour and lazy stargazing when night falls. A covered pavilion is just off the kitchen on this terrace, with a handy pass-through/bar to the kitchen for easy serving, providing a shaded, cool spot for alfresco dining.
Three air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites on two levels of the mill (named Sunrise, Hibiscus and Jungle Suites) offer luxurious privacy. Outside, a staircase winds up and around the sugar mill to its very top and to spectacular long-distance vistas in every direction. A handpainted mural maps the islands you see in the distance from this high vantage point. Off to one side of the Estate are old plantation ruins of long ago where vivid bougainvillea now bloom; part of this area has been made into a lovely patio for conversation or quiet reading, where cool tradewinds prevail.
Estate Belvedere's extensive and beautifully-preserved ruins include a classic Caribbean welcoming arms staircase and graceful arches framing the lush gardens, providing a fascinating look at sturdy Danish stonework done over 200 years ago. Accessed via one of the old stone staircases is the Tower Building, a modern two-story pavilion with two very spacious, air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites (Ocean and Coral Suites), each suite with a large living area, a full kitchen and two queen beds. These colorful and completely equipped suites are perfect for family privacy, and further enhance the child-friendly nature of the Estate.
Just beyond is the Garden Cottage, built as a new extension of the ruins; its entry patio incorporates some of the old stone rubble walls. Air-conditioned and very private, this suite also offers a sitting room with a small kitchen and a queen bedroom.
Walkways connect the buildings and the ruins, meandering under tall, shady trees, past fruit trees and glorious tropical gardens fenced by elegant wrought iron, displaying riots of vivid flowers and exotic plants, and through green manicured lawns.
The Pool House, the generous swimming pool and the air-conditioned home gym are situated beyond the sugar mill and Tower Building; the pool area and surrounding lawn are screened by trees and shrubbery for complete privacy.
Estate Belvedere is a masterpiece, an important bookmark in St. Croix's colorful history. Every modern convenience and amenity is here, the decor is today's classic Caribbean, but the spirit of early island days prevails. A perfect place for families or for building more memories with close friends, time spent within this elegant Estate will be relished and remembered by all fortunate enough to find this very special property. Five stars.
(Chad, the Estate's caretaker, lives close to the entrance in a removed, separate cottage).
7 Cable TVs, 5 DVD players + 3 VCRs (TVs in all 6 Suites + in Sugar Mill living area), 5-CD player in Sugar Mill living area, radio, books, games for children + adults, croquet, puzzles, movie + music collections, A/C in all Suites + in Sugar Mill's kitchen + LR; phones with intercoms, DSL line + Wi-Fi for your laptops, color scanner/fax/copier/printer, answering machine; gourmet kitchen with granite counters, gas cooktop, double ovens, wine cooler, ice cream maker, All-Clad cookware, Cuisinart, mini-fridge, pass through to alfresco dining area, + much more, plus 3 more fully-equipped kitchens (in both Tower Bldg. Suites + in Garden Cottage); hair dryers, bathrobes, iron + ironing board in each Suite; 2nd wine cooler in Hibiscus Suite, 2 nylon Pack 'n' Play crib/playpens + 1 highchair; security system in Sugar Mill, hammock by pool, Pool House with changing area + full bath; home gym in separate A/C'ed building near pool (with Club Weider C720 Smith Machine (multi-purpose workout station), Health Rider H110i treadmill, misc. free weights + scale), 200+-year old historic ruins on property, including the Sugar Mill with its staircase to 360-degree viewing deck at top of Mill; gas grill, generator, electronic entry gate, dishwasher, laundry
For a property as large as Estate Belvedere, it is necessary to ensure adequate time between rentals to allow the staff to make the villa perfect. So, rentals where there are guests both departing and arriving on the same date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please inquire!
A 7-NIGHT MINIMUM RENTAL IS REQUIRED AT BELVEDERE ESTATE ALL YEAR AROUND (EXCEPT DURING CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR'S, WHEN A 10-NIGHT MINIMUM RENTAL IS REQUIRED).
*1 to 6 persons have the use of the 3 bedroom/bath suites in the Sugar Mill Main House only. 13th + 14th persons sleep on 2nd queen bed in the Ocean and/or Coral Suite - or 1 twin rollaway bed is also available.
Estate Belvedere's caretaker, Chad, occupies another cottage on this 4-acre historic plantation. Chad is on property for your convenience, should you have questions or problems, but of course, your complete privacy is always assured at Estate Belvedere.
*ESTATE BELVEDERE IS AVAILABLE FOR WEDDINGS or PARTIES for up to 50 guests maximum. The villa rental rates charged for this special week are, for 1-14 persons during High Season: $9604/week, OR rate for 1-14 persons during Low Season: $8162/week, plus 10% Government Hotel Tax. Also, please add a $1500 event surcharge (plus 10% Government Hotel Tax) to the rental rates above for weddings or functions, and increase the fully-refundable damage deposit to $1500. McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas also requires that you give us, well in advance, complete details of all wedding or party plans, including all names of wedding personnel and/or catering persons who will be at this villa for your function. This information must be provided to us at least 2 weeks in advance of your arrival, as part of your rental Terms & Conditions, and all arrangements are subject to the approval of Estate Belvedere's caretaker. Guests and their event planner are fully responsible for placement of tables, chairs, decorations, break-down and return of all event items – the Estate caretaker is NOT available to assist with such event duties. Guests will be held completely responsible for any damages, missing items, and guests will be charged if their caterer/chef does not complete a full clean-up of the villa property inside and outside, including removing all trash from the villa property. ALL WEDDINGS, PARTIES or FUNCTIONS MUST BE HELD AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE DATE! Please ask to see our agreement for these functions held at our villas.