|Location||Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands|
|Location Region||Princess Quarters|
|Bedroom Specs||Main Level guest bedroom: queen. Upper Level master suite: king.|
|Bathroom Specs||Each bedroom has a beautiful custom bath with double vanities + private alfresco rain showers. Powder room on Main Level, and a full bath with a rain shower on the pool level.|
|Pool Specs||Chlorine-free pool (irregular shape, 30' x 15' x 0' - 6' deep, with a walk-in seamless edge + a fountain. Privacy at pool is provided by large boulders + lush landscaping.|
|Nearest Beach||Spring Bay Beach (about a 5-minute drive from Symbio); also Savanna Bay Beach + Devil's Bay.|
|Children Welcome||Yes - over 10 years only, please|
|Maid Service Frequency||Every other day (except Sundays and public holidays. Additional maid service may be arranged with advance notice, at an additional charge).|
|Smoking||Not permitted in the house. Outside only.|
|Square Footage||Approx. Interior: 3500 + Exterior (including terraces, verandahs, decks, patios, breezeway on Upper Level + walkway to gym: 1100 = TOTAL: 4600 sq. ft.|
Description of Symbio
A fanciful pedestrian gate ushers you through Symbio's lushly-landscaped grounds and into the entry foyer, which is inlaid with a polished stone compass rose. So very sophisticated and elegant, Symbio celebrates superb artistic design and detailed fine-craftsman execution throughout every space of this stunning two-bedroom, fully air-conditioned villa set on two-thirds of an acre.
On Symbio's main floor, a beautifully-furnished Great Room shares space with a stunning open-plan gourmet kitchen and dining area. In the high-ceilinged Great Room, handsome mobile wood panels are hung on rails in the Great Room so that you may slide them around to cover sections of the glass slider doors to prevent glare while watching the large flat-screen satellite TV during the day. The backs of the Great Room's ingenious upholstered designer sofas easily rotate around to the other side of these couches so you can either face the TV or enjoy the view outside without moving any furniture.
Glass sliding pocket doors open completely around the Great Room to incorporate the adjoining wrap-around covered terrace, furnished with a large modular sofa and hung with draperies to draw as you please to keep out sun or rain. More cushioned seating on the terrace overlooks the pool and gardens below, and beyond, azure sea views and fiery tropical sunsets. Angled concrete stairs descend from this terrace to an interim hardwood deck fitted with benches and a picnic table, and continue down to the pool, garden and gym level.
Alongside the Great Room and terrace is Symbio's magnificent kitchen, featuring custom cabinetry lined with bar stools and a domed barrel ceiling done in warm graceful curves of exotic Ipe and maple hardwoods, polished concrete countertops inlaid with sea glass, and equipped with stainless steel Viking appliances. At one end of the kitchen is a bar/coffee nook, and at the other end, a convenient door opens out to Symbio's fully-screened alfresco grill kitchen and wet bar, another comfortable and convivial spot furnished with bar stools at the sleek counter.
Through an archway from the Great Room and kitchen is the dining area. This alluring room boasts curved handcrafted Ipe-wood cabinetry and a large glass dining table with seating for six. Pocket glass slider doors fronting one side of the dining room disappear into the wall, opening up the screened grill kitchen and bar just outside as a bonus space for cocktails and grilling.
Down the hallway is a convenient powder room enhanced with a very unique door - original art sandwiched between glass and hardwood - and a chef's pantry with a large Viking refrigerator and workspace.
Symbio's air-conditioned queen guest suite is at the far end of the corridor, a restful retreat with a bay window seat, a spacious desk, light-blocking window treatments which allow you to sleep as late as you wish, and glass slider doors which open to a private covered verandah hung with pull-draperies for privacy. A concrete staircase conveniently spirals down from this terrace to the pool and gym level, perfect for a private midnight swim and stargazing. This suite's bathroom features a handsome double vanity of polished concrete and wood, and an alfresco rain shower sheltered by an arc of curved glass blocks.
The air-conditioned king master suite is an alluring and very private space, showcasing superb design. Accessed by a contoured staircase ascending near the villa's entrance and completely secluded on Symbio's upper level, this serene suite has a covered breezeway porch (perfect for yoga and massage, or a game of cards) and adjacent, a small step-out balcony which overlooks the pool area. The master suite offers a desk, and from the king bed, an ocean view. The ensuite bath features a richly-designed double vanity of warm wood and highly-polished concrete. For privacy, the WC is tucked behind an artful half-moon wall of tinted glass block; adjoining is the semi-alfresco rain shower, also partially enclosed by opaque glass block.
Down on Symbio's pool level are gardens and giant boulders providing privacy for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. Sun umbrellas and awnings are placed throughout the grounds, providing shady oases for reading and private moments. The freeform pool has a graduated walk-in entry just like a beach, is chlorine-free and features a fountain. From the pool deck, a wooden walkway leads past an ancient ficus tree to Symbio's well-equipped and air-conditioned gym, which also boasts a shady covered patio with more cushioned seating.
Creatively constructed within and around Virgin Gorda's renowned smooth granite boulders, Symbio offers a bounty of artistic custom-designed features. Arced contours, domes and arches create a soothing serpentine flow of organic color at Symbio enhanced by warm exotic woods, peaked wood-beamed and bamboo-lined ceilings, contemporary designer furnishings, lighting by Murano and Aqua Creations and an eclectic collection of art ranging from original paintings to carved African and ethnic sculpture. Every corner, every space and every detail were carefully laid out and ingeniously accomplished in grand style, resulting in a harmonious, elegant, yet cozy home.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use." Symbio combines both with sublime originality, inspired style and luxurious comfort...five stars!
4 satellite TVs with Dish Network (42-inch flat screen in Great Room with HDTV Sony Home Theater, 32-inch flat-screen TVs in guest suite, 36-inch flat-screen TVs in master suite, + 24-inch flat-screen TV in gym (all are equipped with DVD/CD players), satellite radio; Speaker Kraft sound system inside and outside, iPod docks in Great Room + in both bedrooms; books, games, DVD movie + CD music collections; full A/C throughout entire villa; custom gourmet kitchen with Viking gas cooktop, Viking stove with oven, Viking wine cooler, 2 Sub-Zero refrigerated drawers, Viking dishwasher, prep sink + garbage disposal. Pantry has Viking refrigerator + Viking commercial icemaker; fully-screened chef's grill kitchen (adjacent to dining room) has built-in Viking stainless steel gas grill with rotisserie + wok, a pot-filler faucet + a wet bar. Wi-Fi throughout entire villa for your laptop; BVI cell phone for guests' use (loaded with $30 starter credit); 4-in-1 printer/fax/copier/scanner, answering machine; safe for valuables, sarongs for guests' use, hair dryer + complimentary Elemis toiletries in each bedroom suite. IN AIR-CONDITIONED GYM: Universal Vectra Gym, Nautilus Hip Abduction, True Treadmill, Schwinn Stationary Bike, free weights, wall-to-wall mirrors, 24-inch flat-screen satellite HDTV with DVD/CD player + mini-fridge. Hammock chair in Upper Level's covered breezeway; foam pool floats, assorted snorkel gear, beach chairs, umbrellas + cooler. Tyent water purification system for drinking water; automatic generator; manual pedestrian gate at entry to property. Laundry service available (on the 4th day of your stay, the housekeeper can do your personal laundry for $10 per load, which you may pay directly to the housekeeper). Arriving Symbio guests will receive gifts of flip-flops, a Symbio beach bag, a Camelbak water bottle, and a complimentary welcome snack basket.
Please add a 12% mandatory service charge to all rental rates for Symbio (non-commissionable).Symbio has an accomplished private chef available with advance notice. You may wish to book personable and talented Chef Margaret Paul to prepare and serve your breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners for you just once, or for your entire stay. CLICK HERE FOR CHEF MARGARET'S SAMPLE MENUS and RATES. You pay for your groceries and all beverages. Chef Margaret Paul can also provision Symbio with your list of groceries, so that your food and drink are at the villa the day you arrive - just send us your shopping list.