|Minimum Stay||3 - 10 nights|
Magic Castle is a spacious, open and airy two bedroom villa perched on the side of a valley overlooking Little Bay Beach, Guana Island, and the Caribbean Sea. This red tile roofed far-eastern pagoda is like a fairy tale from another land. Magic Castle is surrounded by a 2 1/2 acre estate of tropical gardens and natural woodlands, entered by electronic gate and long shaded driveway. Fruit and vegetables grow on the property in season.
The entrance opens into the living and dining areas, with a well equipped gourmet kitchen. Doors open all around onto the garden-edged pool terrace and wide covered al fresco dining deck. Soaring vaulted ceilings throughout add to the expansive feeling. There are ceiling fans in every room.
The Master Bedroom Pavilion is separated from the rest of the villa by a sparkling 8x30 ft. SOLAR HEATED swimming pool and is wrapped by a covered deck with hammock and seating areas enjoying the magnificent panoramic view. Screen sliders on opposite sides of the room allow the balmy Caribbean breezes to pass across the pool and right over the King size bed in the middle of the large room. Adjacent is the Hot Tub, romantic under the sun or stars.
A second bedroom and bath is located in the main house where either twins or a king bed can be requested. Relaxing and comfortable, this Magical setting is perfect for couples or small families. Children over 8 years old welcome.
The Little Bay Beach, just below, has been declared the best beach on Tortola by my guests. Usually deserted except for weekends. It is a few minutes walk or drive downhill. Many excellent restaurants, grocery stores, shopping and water sports activities are within 5-10 minutes drive. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Most rental cars are 4WD.
The owner/manager of Magic Castle and her cat Ming and good watchdog Rocket live in an apartment below the villa behind a curtain of flowering vines. No part of the villa can be seen from there, assuring your privacy. She's there if you have questions.
Keywords: Villa, Hot Tub, Heated Pool, Spacious, Cool
For 20 years, Eva, and her now late husband Alan, owned and operated Baskin in the Sun, a scuba diving facility in the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Haiti and then Tortola. Currently, Eva is the science lab manager at the local community college HLSCC, in addition to managing Magic Castle as a rental villa. She is active in local eco and conservation groups, such as Reef Check and the Association of Reef Keepers, as well as a member of the college's Green Committee and advisor to student environmental clubs. Gardening is a hobby she pursues, when there is time! Having spent many years in the tourist industry, she enjoys getting to know the many different guests she hosts, and ensuring they have the best time ever.
Eva Baskin purchased this villa in 1994
Little Bay is a quiet valley with a magnificent and nearly private beach. The view from the villa overlooks Guana Island and the Caribbean Sea. Magic Castle was built as our home. At first, the studio apartment below was rented, and my husband and I lived upstairs. Now, as a single, I live in the apartment, and rent the spacious home on the main level. Luckily, it has the location and design that is perfect for a vacation rental! You have complete privacy, but I am nearby if you need me.
The villa is surrounded by natural woodlands on a 2 1/2 acre gated estate. This not only ensures your privacy, but is a natural habitat for chirping birds and other harmless critters. The night sounds will lull you to sleep! There are watersports facilities, restaurants, grocery stores, and other beaches and activities within 10 mins drive. An island tour will bring you to many beaches, trails on Sage Mountain National Park, marinas with many shops, busy Road Town, and much more. Other BV Islands are accessible by ferry, including Virgin Gorda where a trip to the Baths is a must. The villa is cool, airy, and very relaxing.
This was my 2nd visit to the Magic Castle and it was just like the first visit....Perfect.
The location is beautiful overlooking Little Bay, very private and the house is VERY well equiped with everything you would need from bathroom essentials to kitchen applicances, spices, utensils, beach towels, cooler, snorkel equipment and more. We found ourselves enjoying our evening meals overlooking the caribbean and then relaxing in the hot tub along with a beautiful nights sleep. The hillside location of this home provides constant tradewinds. Eva is available should you have any questions, she is a very gracious host who holds a special place in our hearts. We have already booked our next vacation to return. This home has something very special about it, the name says it all.
We spent 5 days on our family trip (children 9 and 12 years). We highly recommend this property. The location is extraordinary, very private, on a hill overlooking the sea. The house is spacious, we loved the pool and the hot tub. The grounds are beautiful. The beach is a short walk down the hill and it was our preferred beach on the island - great sand, virtually deserted most of the time, reasonable snorkeling and gentle waves good for some boogie-boarding.
Eva is a great host and made all the arrangements seamless.
Hope to be back.
Magic Castle was a "Dream Come True"! The house and grounds were absolutely beautiful. The kitchen was well equipped and Eve was a fabulous hostess. The view overlooking Little Bay was breath taking. Little Bay beach was one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island. Close to home and very private with lots of sun and shade if needed. There are great restaurants nearby and grocery stores if you decide to home cook . The pool and the hot tub were wonderful to relax in after a fun day at the beach. Can't wait to come back again!
How to begin? There is something so truly special about this place, it's almost impossible to describe. You feel it the moment you set eyes on it. What you see is truly amazing. The home itself is spectacular; beautiful architecture, crazy views everywhere you turn, the kitchen, the pool, the outdoor shower. To wake up in the Master Bedroom and look out over Little Bay from your bed, is totally spectacular. The beach was basically private, a short walk or very short drive down the hill. Tortola itself is a lovely little island - the residents were friendly and always helpful, driving was an adventure to be sure, there was a convenient grocery store and plenty of good restaurants.
Here's the thing though, the Magic Castle Villa is so much more than a list of its attractive parts and amenities. First there's Eva. We love Eva. As all the other reviews have said, she really is the heart and soul of the place. In addition to being very helpful and knowledgeable, she's so kind, such a warm spirit, and it's that spirit (at least we've decided this) that gives the place that special something. Rocket and Stanley (the totally cool and not at all intrusive dogs) were great also! My girlfriend was skeptical at first when I found this place, and then when I sent her to the website she was thinking "Magic Castle? Oh come on." The pictures were pretty amazing, but she's a skeptic by nature, and needed to see it for herself. We turned that corner onto the property, and we could literally feel stress melting off of us. We had a difficult few months before our visit and to see Tiff lay in the hammock and truly relax all week, was worth ten times the price.
I'm telling you, do whatever you have to do to visit this place. If it's booked for the next 200 days, get in there on day 201 - I promise you won't regret it. I've been a lot of places in my life, and this was the highlight.
We were there for five days and I can honestly say that the last moments were as magical as the first. We look so forward to returning to this wonderful place and seeing our new friend Eva (and Rocket and Stanley). Tiff and I talked about this before we left - how much we wanted to come back - and we decided that we'd try, but even if we couldn't it would be okay. We had to leave, but we knew that this was one of those places that, even when you walk away from it, it always stays with you.
Of all the places I've been in my well traveled life, I can honestly say that this is the only place I actually dream about. (That's gotta tell you something right there.) I absolutely love this place. And, I love Eva, too. She's definitely a big part of this place and your experience. (I can hear her laugh as I write this. She's got a genuine laugh that you won't soon forget.)
Also, in my opinion, it's the best value you will find, anywhere. (I've ben staying there for around twenty years. I even got married there!) You'll come back home raving about how much you enjoyed yourself and how you can't wait to go back as soon as possible.
I say this, truthfully, and I live in a beautiful home in Kona, Hawaii!
This villa is perfect for a romantic, private get-away. And for what you pay (very reasonable rates) you get Eva, the villa owner, thrown in, who lives very nearby. Her advice for dining and activities is a plus and she is just a wonderful, friendly person as well. She made our stay more special.
The beach is nearby, (better to drive than to walk). But better to explore this tourist friendly island. We would go back in a heart beat as they say.
Day trips by ferry or small aircraft to adjacent islands--each one unique, helicopter tours, world acclaimed Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay or Bomba Shack, Performing Arts Series at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Oct to May, sailing regattas, Botanic Gardens, Sage Mountain National Park, historic sites.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 21 2015 - Jan 3 2016
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
The rates given are for 1-2 persons, except for the Holiday Season when up to 4 persons are permitted. For 3-4 persons, a $300 surcharge is added during Standard Season, $500 during Winter Season. Rates may change without notice. The minimum age for children is 8 yrs, due to the unprotected pool. I already have a dog, so pets are not accepted. Damage deposit waived if Honor System is accepted.
One-half the rental amount is due immediately to hold the dates, sent directly to owner. The balance including tax will be due 60 days before the arrival date. I currently do not have the ability to accept credit cards. Any form of bank check will do, or bank transfer.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.