The 3-bed, 3-bath residence is comprised of 4 structures and has recently undergone a major renovation, including imported teak furniture from Bali, modern appliances, and completely new kitchen and bathrooms. Featuring a Caribbean Colonial style, stone paths abound and private wooden decks extend from each bedroom and living area. Wonderful indoor/outdoor living spaces with Mexican tiled floors have been created that form the heart of this secluded retreat. The redesigned kitchen opens onto two covered, but open-air and spacious dining areas - one facing east and the other facing west. Loblolly trees and mature vegetation provide shade and resting spots for songbirds and the occasional kestril, while large boulders and orchids bring tranquil beauty to the footpaths.
Stargazer, which is near the top of the tallest hill on Great Camanoe, was originally built a little more than forty years ago by world renowned astronomer Dr. Fred Whipple and his wife, Babette. The site was chosen both for its unobstructed view of the heavens, and for the heavenly beauty of the islands surrounding it. Stargazer, formerly known as 'The Porthole', is consistently cooled by fresh trade winds from the East and it overlooks Scrub Island and Marina Cay, with a sweeping 280 degree panorama from Virgin Gorda all the way round to Beef Island and Tortola.
The jetty sits only about 1.5 miles away from Trellis Bay and the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, easily reached by the 17 ft Boston Whaler with the 70HP outboard motor that belongs to the house. (Boating skills essential.) Stargazer is located in Privateer's Bay, the eastern settlement on the island, which boasts a community building with a library and bathroom near the jetty and community beach. There are several miles of steep roads and paths that connect you to other houses, beaches, great snorkeling reefs, and the Nature Preserve. Stargazer sits on 4+ acres and is the perfect place for those who crave adventure, seclusion, and luxury.
Gt. Camanoe is a private, completely residential island that has no shops, restaurants or business, just lots of peace and tranquility. The settlements are all on the south end of the island.
That said, you are only a short boat ride away from the Scrub Island Resort & Marina with several restaurants, a grocery with many epicurian delights, Dive BVI with scuba diving, snorkling rentals & sales, boat charters & trips to other islands and scuba/snorkling sites.
Marina Cay, even closer, has a Pusser's Store & Restaurant that serves meals, drinks & wifi on a swimming beach next to their reef.
In Trellis Bay, where you are picked up on your way from the airport, there is a small grocery store that has just about anything you really need along with liquor, beer & a ----- stand. There are several restaurants - The Last Resort, De Loose Mongoose, and the Internet Cafe - as well as two local craft stores & a clothing store.
On Camanoe itself there is a lovely swimming beach with reefs on both sides within an easy swim for very good snorkling. There are two other beaches that you can walk to on the island - Cam Bay & Lee Bay. They sit on the eastern & western edges of a BVI Salt Pond Nature Preserve with good birding opportunities.
If the seas are calm, you can take the Boston Whaler & travel to other islands such as Guana, the Dogs, Virgin Gorda & Cooper. If the weather is rougher, there is a ferry that can take you to the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Diana's Baths on Virgin Gorda is probably the most famous natural marvel of the BVI - enormous boulders piled atop one another at the edge of the ocean making gloriously beautiful hidden 'baths'.