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Drake's View - Luxury Villa with Stupendous Views-Great Rates!

Ellen Roberts

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Drake's View - Luxury Villa with Stupendous Views-Great Rates!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Bordeaux Mountain Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Drake's View, St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. The villa has been voted 'Top Vacation Rental' for two years in a row now.

Drake's View is a four bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a heated swimming pool, and hot tub. Five tiled decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging areas. One bedroom is in a separate cottage.

The traditional architecture of the house entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. No matter where you look in the house or cottage, you have a fantastic vista of Coral Bay, Drake's Passage, and the British Virgin Islands.

On a clear day, you can see the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Rainbows, mangrove cuckoos, kestrels and red tailed hawks are common sights. Drake's View has the ambiance of a home rather than a rental. The large great room is furnished with Indonesian, American antiques, and comfortable, plantation style furniture. The villa is filled with local art and a large reef painting and mobile by Robert Tharsing.

The well equipped kitchen is very spacious and includes one of two dining areas. Three bedrooms have king sized beds and one has a king, convertible to twins. Each bedroom has air conditioning, private bath and Swedish TempurPedic mattresses.

One to four couples or a large family will have ample room for privacy, different activities,and for relaxation at Drake's View.

Drake's View is centrally located, on Bordeaux Mtn., the highest point on St. John. The roads leading to Drake's View are all paved. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and a large, terraced tropical garden with lime, coconut and mango trees. It is a six minute drive to the Northshore Beaches; three minutes to the Reef Bay Trail; ten minutes to Coral Bay; and fifteen minutes the Cruz Bay. From the front door, you can hike the Bordeaux Mountain Trail to Lameshur Beach in one hour.

St. John has fabulous snorkeling, diving, and hiking. The snorkeling is among the best in the Caribbean. Since 2/3 of the island is National Park, many beaches have amenities but no developments mar the expanse of sand and palms. From St. John, it is easy to take day trips to visit other islands such as the popular yachting destinations of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Peter, and Norman Islands.

The Park Service also offers snorkeling tours, hikes, birding tours, sails, archaeological digs, and lectures. Numerous park trails lead to stone ruins of old sugar mills and plantations, petroglyphs, and even waterfalls if rainfall is plentiful.

St. John is reached from St. Thomas via a twenty min. ferry ride. St. Thomas is primarily serviced by Delta, American, US Air, United and Continental Airlines from the states.

Keywords: Luxury Villa

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  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Ellen Roberts (Property Manager)
Member since: 2001
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About Ellen Roberts

We have been traveling to St. John for over thirty years, and our children have come with us since they were born. St. John is home for us: the moment we stepped on the island in the 1970s it just felt right, and we've been coming back every year since. We look forward to sharing our dream home with you!

Ellen Roberts purchased this villa in 2000

Why Ellen Roberts chose Bordeaux Mountain

We fell in love with the Bordeaux Mountain site for Drake's View because of the breathtaking views. We knew that we would build on the site as soon as we saw the vista from this incredible spot(it used to host a hang gliding launch pad!). The villa is located in a perfect central location on the island: close to both the ferry dock and restaurants in downtown Cruz Bay, and to the more relaxed vibes and great snorkeling in Coral Bay.

What makes this villa unique

Drake's View has the view voted by Caribbean Travel Magazine as 'the best in the Caribbean,' and ample patios and terraces from which to enjoy the vista, stargaze, and enjoy the sunset. Drake's View has incredible terraced gardens on site, great birdwatching, and is walking distance from the famous Reef Bay Trail and other hiking on Bordeaux Mountain. It is a short drive to both the North Shore beaches (5 min. to closest beach) and the more secluded beaches on the East End. Also, unlike some beach-side rentals which are often buggy and hot, Drake's View is blessed with a constant breeze!

Guestbook comments from the manager

The villa is totally fantastic and then there is the view...

We enjoyed the back deck, front patio,pool, hot tub,kitchen/breakfast table, the living room and the dining area- plus, everything else!
Dec 2012
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Drake's View - Luxury Villa with Stupendous Views-Great Rates!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Louisville, KY


  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to St. John was simply AWESOME, and made much more so by our stay at Drake's View. Aptly named, the views from this magnificent home tucked into the side of Bordeaux Mountain were spectacular, and the plush accommodations and private surroundings of this incredible find were more than we expected.

From the island's various hiking trails, numerous choices of aquamarine bays with beautiful beaches and incredible Drake's View's fabulous landscaped pool and hot tub, spacious living environment, and sleeping to the open-windowed breezes off Coral Bay, this was truly "a little bit of paradise".

For family gatherings, groups of friends, Drake's View and St. John has it all. We would return in a heartbeat, and very much look forward to planning our next trip down.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Louisville KY

Jane and David

  • 5 of 5

Drakes View JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER ! How can that be? 14 years ago we were one of the first renter's in this amazing HOME! I bet Drakes View is one of the TOP 10 best rental properties in the Virgin Islands ! This was our 5th time at Drakes View. We were w 3 other great couples and once again we were granted the "LOVE SHACK ", This is the 4th bedroom, it is a separate home just around the patio. We ENJOYED everything from the wonderful landscaping on the property to our fabulous view of

Coral Bay. Our ? of the days and nights was "WHAT AND WHERE SHOULD WE GO? So many options !

Water aerobic in the heated pool or a hike up or down the many mountain trails with so much history. Then to the beach and snorkeling w a picnic. Shopping always a option! Not only at the famous Moongoose Junction but several "watering holes" have fine shopping ie Shipwreck ,!Skinny Legs , Aqua Blue. Dinning is also Fll of options, you can go to High end Zoe Zoe and so many other lovely resturant's or enjoy grilling out at Drakes View and enjoying this fabulous home ! Love going w my drear friends and hope to get my whole family here soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Louisville, KY

One of a Kind

  • 5 of 5

This is by no means your typical rental house!! It was our fourth time renting Drake's View and as always, we were not disappointed! In fact, it just keeps getting better. The view is absolutely spectacular and honestly, we forget how beautiful it is until we walk through the front door and look out the many windows and french doors, and it truly takes our breath away. The view is like no other and is visible from every part of the house as well when sitting in the hot tub or swimming in the pool. Each morning of our trip starts with coffee (or a diet coke for some!) on the porch looking out to Virgin Gorda and there is nothing more relaxing.

The house is most comfortable and works for groups small and big, old and young. Each bedroom with its own bathroom provides privacy and such comfortable beds and surroundings. The living areas are beautifully decorated with furnishings like you would find in your own home and the art throughout the house is so unique. There is nothing more relaxing then to start the day with the amazing views, spend the day at one of the many beaches, and return to Drakes View for swimming, hot tubbing and an easy dinner in the lovely villa.

The property grounds and the gardens are unbelievable and they certainly show that a lot of work has gone into making them truly a tropical paradise. They have grown so much since the first time we stayed at Drakes View and honestly, it is really hard to leave the house some days because sitting by the pool, reading a book on the porch or taking a nap on the hammock perfectly placed among the beautiful trees and flowers is already a vacation within itself!

St. John is a special place to us with its many wonderful beaches, snorkeling, fabulous restaurants and the island life and atmosphere that make it such fun. However, we also know from having rented another place one of the five times that we have come to St. John that one of the MAIN reasons that we want to always come back is because of Drakes View. It truly provides us the ability to escape the hectic everyday life we lead at home, leave the office behind, and truly rejuvenate. It is perfect for traveling with family or friends, but it is always hard to leave. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us - you have helped to make it another memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

The Perfect Villa on St. John

  • 5 of 5

Drake's view is truly the perfect place to stay on the magical Island of St. John. It is difficult to choose the best aspect of this fabulous villa, but the view probably wins. You see down the whole of the Sir Francis Drake Passage to Virgin Gorda, and the huge glass windows and porches attached to every bedroom and the great room make the view an ever-present feature of life at Drake's view. The view also enhances the wonderful gardens, on which the owners have worked hard for many years, and the beautifully located hot tub and heated pool. As avid snorkelers who have found St. John's the best snorkeling site in the Caribbean, we loved the central location, which allowed us relatively quick access to every beach and snorkeling site (and restaurant) on the island. We snorkeled every day, and loved it, returning to relax at Drake's View to read or just enjoy the pool, gardens, and, always, the fabulous views. The architecture is also outstanding: not the usual rental villa, but a carefully thought-out set of buildings inspired by Caribbean architecture, with a great room (including kitchen, living spaces, and more formal dining area) that is the most beautifully designed and decorated spaces I've seen on the entire island. Add to this the tireless updating of the many amenities (no small feat on this isolated island) and the unmatched skill and helpfulness of the managers, and you have the perfect destination on St. John. We hope to return, and would recommend this villa most enthusiastically to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for our family plus my mom and dad that joined us. The rooms were perfect for our boys and the separate house was great for my parents. The view was beautiful and the pool was great for the kids. Nothing can explain the sounds at night, which later we found were tiny frogs as one was trapped behind a door, how cool seeing lizards regularly outside were. My husband and I love St. John so we wanted to share with our family. We had a great stay here!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that Drake's View worked as well for you as it does for us. The tree frogs are the "island crickets" and lulls us to sleep. We are glad that you enjoyed all the things we love- the view, the pool and the space in the house. We hope you return soon.
Louisville, KY

Wonderful villa on beautiful St. John

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Drake's View and absolutely loved the house! This was our fifth trip to St. John and our fourth timing renting a house, and this house is our favorite. It is even more beautiful than in the website pictures and had everything we needed to make the stay enjoyable. The views from the decks are spectacular, and we really enjoyed the open kitchen/living room on the main floor. The house is well-appointed and we were happy to have a so many amenities, including plenty of beach towels, chairs, and coolers, fully-equipped kitchen, AC in the bedrooms, and a large washer/dryer. It was perfect for our family of four (with elementary-age and teenage boys), but definitely could accommodate more comfortably. Dorothy, the house manager, was extremely helpful and available to solve any problem (though we really did not have any). We loved the central location of the house -- an easy drive to North Shore Beaches, the East End, Cruz Bay, but also very private. (We also were excited that it was so easy to get to - all paved roads and driveway, not always the case on St. John.) We love Drake's View so much, we have already booked our trip back for next year! We would highly recommend this house!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful place. We can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


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"My last meal at Zozo's was excellent. The view from the bar where you can reserve for sunse..."
U.S. Virgin Islands National Park
"Drake's view is adjacent to National Park land. From the door, you can hike to Lameshur, Re..."
Francis Bay
"We swim at Francis in the morning before the beachgoers arrive. We have seen dolphins, mant..."
Woody's Seafood Saloon
"This cafe overflows with people at Happy Hour. Many are day visitors waiting to catch the fe..."
Ocean Grill
"This pleasant restaurant is in Mongoose junction. We have had many excellent lunches and di..."
La Tapa
"This chef owned restaurant is one of our favorites. The Argentinian chef-owner is there cook..."
Skinny Legs Bar & Restaurant
"A 12 minute drive from our house in the Republic of Coral Bay. This bar is filled with loca..."
Reef Bay Trail & Petroglyphs
"Beautiful trail with petroglyphs and a waterfall if it has been wet. there are actually 2 m..."
Sweet Plantains Restaurant Rum Bar and Spice Shop
"Haven't been here in a while but their curries have always been good. They have great East a..."
"A short walk and you are at a stony, small beach. Use your fins to swim to the Cay and snor..."
"Good pizza and a nice breakfast. They also have some specials like BBQ. Very casual and re..."
"This small grocery has a decent variety of canned goods and beer and wine. There is limited..."
Elaine Ione Sprauve Library & Museum
"Check out the traditional architecture in this historic building."
Salt Pond Beach
"Nice snorkeling along the points. These beaches can be hot, with limited shade so get here ..."
The Fish Trap
"I cook a lot at home so I go to the Fish Trap Fish store for excellent fresh fish. I haven'..."
Aqua Bistro
"Friday night is ponzu tuna night and chef MJ does a great job. The fish with varied sauces ..."
Shipwreck Landing
"Reliable and a local favorite. They have a varied menu and usually have fish and pasta spec..."
Pickles in Paradise
"This deli is on the road to Salt Pond and is on the right, just after you turn right at the ..."
Trunk Bay
"Lovely beach . We go here when the crowds leave, about 4. The large tarpons are feeding on..."
Cinnamon Bay Beach
"A beautiful beach that changes yearly. The archeology museum at the beach states that it lo..."
Rhumb Lines
"This restaurant has been reasonable and reliable. I like the tuna app and the ropa vieja."
Maho Bay
"This beach is great for people who can't walk far. It is just off the road and parking has ..."
Miss Lucy’s Restaurant
"I love the location of this restaurant, right on the beach. The full moon parties are fun a..."
Vie's Snack Shack
"We go here for the ambiance. East End has a different feel and eating with the chickens is ..."
Mongoose Junction
"I love to look around here. RI Patton's jewelry is a must. The art gallery, Bajo el Sol is..."
"Where the guest is considered an inconvenience......Haven't been here in several years after..."
Hercules Pate Delight -- CLOSED
Car: necessary

Clay works, Glass Blowing, Painting classes, Yoga and holistic lectures nearby. Live Music and dancing. National Park hikes, boat rides and lectures. Surrounded By National Park: Hiking from the front door. Bird Watching, Relaxing


Rates & Availability

From $575 Per night

Bordeaux Mountain Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 1-4 persons
Apr 11 2015 - Dec 11 2015
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 1-8 pers
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 28 2015
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas 1- 8 pers
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years 1-8 per
Dec 26 2015 - Jan 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Off Season rates: $3900 wk or 575/nt for 1-4 guests, 4250/wk or 625/nt for 5-6 guests, 4600/wk or 675/nt for 7-8 guests
plus tax and damage deposit. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.Cancellation policy: Reservations canceled up to 60 days before arrival will incur a 20% handling fee. No refund for cancellations made within 60 days of your arrival unless we can rebook
A 50% deposit of the rental is due at the time of booking and the balance of the rental plus the tax and the damage deposit are due 60 days before arrival. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
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Bordeaux Mountain Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3740 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are equal and have a tile shower, plenty of cabinet room and hairdryers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Tempurpedic mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Tempurpedic mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twins can be made into a king. Tempurpedic mattresses
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Tempurpedic mattress
  • King size beds (3) Tempur-Pedic mattresses 2 twin beds, convertible to a king, Twin or Single Beds (2) Tempur-Pedic mattresses, Baby Cribs (1) 'pack-n-play'
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Guests are met at St, John ferry by the agent, Complimentary beverages, cheese, and crackers on arrival, Phone & Answering Machine, Wireless Internet, Air Conditioned bedrooms and ceiling fans in every room, Full Kitchen with cooking utensils, Blender, Coffee Grinder, Drip Coffee Maker, Coffee Presspot, Tradtional expresso Pot, Toaster, Refrigerator with ice Maker, 'Pack and Play', High Chair, Linens, Ironing Board & Iron, Private Heated Pool, an Outdoor Shower, Beach Chairs, Coolers, Beach Towels, Paved Road with Paved Driveway

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