CIELO VISTA, BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM/DECK

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Chris and Harriett Bast

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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CIELO VISTA, BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM/DECK

Gift Hill Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Private Baths, Plus loft (Sleeps 1 to 8)

Cielo Vista (Heavenly View) is a modern hilltop villa, of white stucco and Caribbean blue roof and shutters. The interior is pristine clean white plaster with rich mahogony wood trim and special Mexican tile flooring. When people come to Cielo Vista their first reaction is awe of the views and appreciation of the cleanliness and architecture. The central Great Room with its vaulted two story space with loft and catwalk is the hub. There are three private bed suites with their own beautiful baths and special showers. There is a sleeping loft/ reading nook in the Great Room connected to an elevated balcony with even more expansive vistas. The modern, full kitchen is well laid out for efficiency and company. The large enclosed outdoor veranda with its proximity to the pool is a place of easy comfort, viewing, reading, and visiting. The pool is private and inviting, surrounded by a deck affording sunbathing, sunset viewing, and morning coffee venue, And always, there is the view.

Cielo Vista can easily accommodate 4 couples in privacy and comfort yet provide for group gatherings for meals, drinks, and conversation in the Great Room, screened-in veranda, and pool deck. The bed suites are all separated so the villa can be a cozy bed room for the single couple as well. The Garden Suite, the third bedroom, was originally conceived by the owners as an independent apartment for visiting family. As such it has its own full kitchen with dinette, separate outside entrance, TV sitting area, screened-in porch, canopied patio and sun deck. Occupants of the Garden Suite can join the group via a short brick garden walk along the side of the pool. The Garden Suite is used when villa guest groups are larger than six and is included in the quoted price. This suite is never rented separately when the villa is rented by guests. However when the owners are in residence and the villa is not leased they rent this suite out separately under the name of ' St John Apartment with View'

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Singles
  • Weddings

Chris and Harriett Bast

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Chris and Harriett Bast were married in the autumn of their lives on tiny Henley Cay just off Caneel Bay in 2010. This was the joyful, improbable union of two recent retirees,a Southern belle from Charleston,SC and an Upstate NY contractor. Chris is a West Pointer with a tour of duty in VN. He started his company with his childhood sweetheart, his deceased wife-Nancy.. It was she who chose the site, selected the name and did much of the physical work of the building. We dedicate this to Nancy with love

Chris and Harriett Bast purchased this villa in 2005

We had been stymied in our 3 year search for just the right property on St John.during the real estate boom in the early 2000's

We had made many offers but were always 2nd bidder or too late. Returning stateside after one especially frustrating trip during which we had tendered two unsuccessful proposals we received an urgent phone call from our realtor which needed an immediate response. A property was about to be listed and already offers were queuing up. We would have to bid 'sight unseen' if we wished to be in the hunt. We bid based on trust and and the agent's detailed description-- An unbelievably great view, nice neighborhood, buildable lot, well treed, convenient location, good assess roads, quiet surrounds, great topography, ample space, and immediate availability. Obviously we were the successful bidder. We hurriedly returned to St John with 3 days of grace if we wanted to withdraw our bid. There was no need-It was love at 1st sight.

Many St John locations can boast of great views but CV has one of the best. In the dark of night the vista continues. No featureless black seascape here. The lights of St Thomas twinkle in the distance. We can watch the the big cruise ships as they steam in from or out to sea from Charlotte Amalie. On clear days we can see the PR islands of Vieques and Culebras. But the best is the spectacular sunsets from the deck or balcony as we review the day.

All rooms have the great view, proximity to the pool, and easy transparent access to the outdoors. The Great Room, a two story, vaulted space with catwalk and loft, houses the functions as a group -visiting/cooking/ TV/ games, etc. The bed suites with their own verandas are get-away spots for reading or napping with privacy. The bathrooms are spacious with special showers which feel like you're outdoors. Originally the villa was built with a large open veranda tying all the areas together around the pool. To reduce the suns rays in late afternoon a special rollup screen was installed in front of the Great Room. This proved so successful that they entire veranda was screened in with overhead fans and comfy cushioned chairs. This room has become a focal point in the villa. It mimics the outdoor living spaces of Charleston, SC.

The pool is central to the villa. The surrounding deck is great for private sunbathing, It is often cool at night for cocktails and visits as the twinkling lights of St Thomas emerge after the sunset. Morning coffee or crossword puzzle are done there also.

The 2nd floor balcony provides an elevated cafe and hammock-enjoy.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Map

Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Car: recommended

St John does not have the run-away commercialism of so many beautiful subtropical Caribbean islands. Over 2/3 of the island has been set aside as a National Park. As such the beaches remain close to pristine with easy access for snorkeling and other water sports. All the beaches have 'swim or wade to' reefs supporting schools of colorful fish.

Day trips to the British Virgin islands are easy to arrange in downtown Cruz Bay with ferry service to these differing islands.

Sometimes on rainy days the south side of the island is still clear. Try Salt Pond near Rams Head should you have some rain, (Think of the cisterns)

Waterlemon Bay almost always has turtles and rays for the viewing. It is worth the hike (20 minutes).

Wednesday nights at Mongoose Junction the local musicians jam. Great fun.

Sunday afternoon there is music at the Beach Bar in Cruz Bay. Bring a beach chair.

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Availability & Rates

Gift Hill Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Dec 15 2013 - Apr 26 2014
$3,000
5 nights
 
 
Low Season
Apr 27 2014 - Dec 14 2014
$2,700
5 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Low $2800.00 High $3000.00
Please call owner for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. These weeks will require a 7 night minimum.
No Pets
No Children under 6


*2014 LOW SEASON: April 27 - December 14;
1-2 people $2,700;
2-4 people $3,150;
4-6 people $3,500;
*Contact owner for Thanksgiv

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Gift Hill Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Free Local Calls
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Extra Large with view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Each bathroom is very spacious with an open window and spectacular view of Pillsbury Sound. Please review photos.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Exceptionally comfortable bed by Front Gate
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Third Bedroom private bath and studio apartment
  • Three bedroom suites each with a large private bath and a private entrance. Additional sleeping space in loft on a Front Gate portable bed. Loft is perfect for children or teenagers. The loft does not have a private bathroom but there is private access to a bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Raft
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Singles
  • Weddings
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • forests
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • churches
  • reefs
  • festivals
  • library
  • rain forests
  • ruins
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surf fishing
  • tennis
  • jet skiing
  • deepsea fishing
  • paragliding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • basketball court
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • water skiing
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
In the event of a power outage, you are protected by Cielo Vista's generator that comes on immediately without intervention from the tenant and without interruption in your power service. We love children but due to the open access to the pool we have implemented an age limit of 5. No pets. Maid service can be arranged if ordered prior to visit. Maid service is at the expense of the guest.
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