Greenbanks, Tortola, northwest - 4 bedroom villa
One of Tortola's most elegant homes, stately Villa Delle Palme (formerly known as Quantock House) sits on nearly two acres on Tortola's lush northwest side overlooking Brewer's Bay, and boasts some of the most spectacular landscaping we've seen in the islands. An electronic gate ushers you into the palm-lined driveway and covered parking area of this Caribbean classic.
Built on three levels and just refurbished inside and out, this superb villa's main floor offers the rich and beautifully-furnished Great Room with a formal dining area and an office with a powder room. Red tile floors are strewn with oriental rugs, walls are accented with antique prints, and tasteful attention to detail and lavish furnishings is delightfully evident throughout the house. Handcrafted mahogany windows and doors open out from Villa Delle Palme's Great Room to a classic West Indian covered verandah with informal dining and sitting areas with views of the glorious gardens and the sea, where you can relax to tropical bird song and cooling tradewinds.
The large kitchen is detailed with custom mahogany cabinetry and granite countertops. Just outside the kitchen windows is a picture-perfect garden courtyard with magnificent tropical plantings such a pink torch ginger, ferns and towering traveler palms.
In the east wing of the main level is the very private San Gimignano Suite, a beautifully-furnished and air-conditioned king bed master bedroom/bath suite. A half-flight staircase leads to Villa Delle Palme's west wing and to the Firenze and the Genova Suites, two charming air-conditioned queen bedroom/bath suites. All three of these fully-screened suites enjoy private balconies overlooking the gardens and the wide-angled blue ocean views beyond. Another half-level down is the very private, air-conditioned Patio Suite with two queen beds, perfect for children and nanny.
Five steps below the Patio Suite level is the just-remodeled pool (which may be heated for an additional charge). The pool is surrounded by an expanded pool deck and features an alfresco dining area with a stainless steel gas grill; the deck and pool are surrounded by lush gardens. Just off the poolside dining patio is the cabana kitchen, boasting a sink, mini-fridge, a blender, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and dishes and silverware for convenient poolside cocktails and casual dining. A path leads down the hill from the dining patio into the hillside garden.
First class and well tended in every way, Villa Delle Palme is highly recommended...five stars!
Weekly Rates (excl. 7% tax): # of persons: 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 April 10 - December 17: $ 3,400 $ 4,800 $ 5,200 $ 5,600 Thanksgiving Week: $ 5,600 $ 5,600 $ 5,600 $ 5,600 January 9 - April 9: $ 6,000 $ 6,000 $ 6,600 $ 7,200 Christmas/New Year's: $ 8,800 $ 8,800 $ 8,800 $ 8,800 Rates are based on two persons per bedroom. For 9th and 10th person in pool level Patio Suite add $50 p.p.p.n. (*see below)
Maximum number of guests: 10
Bedrooms: 4 [1 king + 4 queens (the lower-level Patio Suite has 2 queens* in it)]
Pool: 11' to 14' x 27.5' (curved), 3' - 7' deep, with optional heater (pool may be heated for an additional charge of $500, paid IN ADVANCE of arrival).
Nearest Beach: Brewer's Bay Beach or Cane Garden Bay
Kids welcome: Yes - with a notarized liability waiver for children under 6 years
Entertainment and Amenities: 5 satellite TVs with DVD player + VCRs, 5-CD player, sounds sytems (iPod compatible) in both Great Room + outdoors on the pool level, large movie collection, books, games, A/C in all bedrooms, computer with DSL line, Wi-Fi for your laptop, printer, answering machine, fax machine; honor bar with assorted liquors (replace what you use), hammock, safes for valuables in all bedrooms, gas grill, cabana kitchen with mini-fridge, dishes, appliances + sink; free weights + exercise equipment for pool aerobics, some assorted snorkel gear for guests, full-size wooden baby crib, high chair, electronic gate into property with intercom, automatic generator, dishwasher, laundry (available any time for guests' use). A complimentary, simple cold supper with a bottle of wine is provided for your arrival night, along with a complimentary starter pack with some breakfast fixings for the next morning.
Maid service included: Two days per week
Smoking: Not permitted in the house. Outside only.
Miscellaneous: *The Patio Suite on the lower (pool) level of Villa Delle Palme has 2 queen beds. As long as an adult is also occupying this room, 1 to 2 children up to 12 years old (9th and 10th guests) may also sleep in this bedroom suite at an additional cost of $50 per child, per night.
PLEASE NOTE that there is a small cottage on the property where quiet, long-term tenants live. However, they have their own gate and their own road to the cottage, and will not interfere with your privacy at Villa Delle Palme.
Delle Palme was formerly know as Quantock House. Photography by Don Hebert