Ewing House is on a hillside, 60 feet above sea level, bordered by the ocean on two sides and overlooks the ‘mile-long” Long Bay Beach. From all bedroom and common rooms you can see a number of other islands, the most well known being Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas while enjoying views of endless sailboats, various birds and fish in the waters below. You are a 1-3 minute walk to the water as the beach begins at the foot of our driveway- about 50 yards from our house. We are one of only a few houses on the island that are really located right on a usable beach. This is a very beautiful beach, which you may recognize as our view often appears on calendars and other publications on the Caribbean. We do feel that we have the most beautiful view on the island. Others must feel the same way as we have had one couple take the house for a month each year for 25 years and a number of other couples who have come in the area of five years or more. We rent the house as either a 2 or 3 bedroom house. We do not rent the third bedroom separately if you only need the two bedrooms. The rates at the top or our listing are only for the two bedrooms. Please see the rates section for the three bedroom prices. We are unable to show them at the top of this listing.
Located on Tortola’s West End, Ewing House has walking access to excellent beaches for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and surfing. West End has many excellent restaurants, a number of running/walking loops along the ocean, tennis and sailing as well as scuba diving day trips leaving from nearby Soper’s Hole. Of course, one can also just read in the shade of the porch or sun bathe and watch the waves roll by. The house has 3 bedrooms, each with the same view and size. We had rented numerous houses and generally someone was disappointed when their room was smaller. Each bedroom has its own bath and dressing area. While we prefer ceiling fans and open windows, the bedrooms now also have air conditioning so you have the choice.
The house comes with daily maid service and the maid always gets great reviews. Dion Stoutt manages our house. He has been one of our neighbors and friend for many years. He is very easy to deal with and has an amazing knowledge of the island. Both he and the maid can help you with any problems or questions that you might have. There are so many things to do on the island and ferry trips to numerous other islands are possible. We always visit at least one other island every time that we are there.
For information on using the amenities of the nearby Long Bay hotel, including pool, tennis and gym, see the section on amenities. Also, please look at our web page www.ewinghouse.com
We originally built the home as a family with my husband, myself, my sister and my mother. The house was managed by my mom who was a pediatrican in Ohio and although she died in 1994, the house is still sometimes referred to as Dr. Ewing's house. My husband and I live in Greenwich Connecticut and my sister lives in New Rochelle, New York. I have two children, ages 32 and 34, and my son, Chris Relyea, has helped with the rentals of the house for several years. He designed our web site at www.ewinghouse.com and he is in the process of updating this. The pictures shown on this site are currently more up to date than on our web site but the web site has lots of nice information on the island. My children have each come to the island since they were a few months old. It was a great place for children as they could play in the house during the day and as the living room is open to the sea side, you had the feeling of being at the beach without the sun. We would take them to the beach in the early morning and afternoon and then maybe have lunch in some protected restaurant in between.
We first visited the island as a family in 1973 and left the island 9 days later having purchased our site. The island really opened to tourists in 1966 when a small bridge was built connecting the small island called Beef Island to Tortola and an airport was built on Beef Island. We were one of the very first non-native families to build on the island and feel that we bought a particulary beautiful sight. We walk down our driveway to the beach. We are off a good paved road. This was important to us as so many homes are not on paved roads and we don't mind bouncing around sometimes, we don't want to do it constantly. Also we are in walking distance to a number of good restaurants and hotels with their amenities. As we are on a point, we have a lot of privacy.We like being just above the beach as we don't have a sand fly problem if there is one and we get more breeze.
We do have the view that we have seen on many calendars. It was on the Costco brochure last year for cruise travel. My mother was once in the dentist chair and saw it on his calendar hanging before her. While we don't have a pool ourselves and have not wanted one, we are steps from the Long Bay Hotel where one can use their fabulous pool with its swim-up bar and inexpensive lunch service plus their lighted tennis courts and gym for a small fee. We don't do this very often as we just swim in the ocean below us. As I said, this is all an easy walk. We are very close to a number of good restaurants.