About the property
- Villa5200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum StayNone
Vacation villa; 5 king bedded suites; 1 twin bedded room; 5.5 Baths; AC
Summer Heights is nestled high into the southern slopes of Tortola. Accessed from the main south shore road, your adventure begins as you drive upwards along a winding country road through the breezy green hills of the private residential area known as Havers Estate. As the vista begins to unfold, islands come into view - Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island and more, separated by a sea of blue with sleek yachts tacking majestically up the channel. It’s just a foretaste of what Summer Heights has to offer. As you pass through the entrance doors, you will surely gasp at the panoramic views before you. They are simply breathtaking, and they are yours from sunrise to sunset for a whole week or more. On a clear day, you can even see St Croix, over 30 miles away. If you are an early riser, the sunrise is spectacular! At night, the clear, uncluttered sky offers a wonderful opportunity for stargazing.
Summer Heights was designed with rentals in mind, treating each guest equally with bedrooms that have stunning views and easy access to the pool and living area. A genuine Caribbean holiday home managed with care and maintained with pride. The English owners have lived and worked in the British Virgin Islands for over 35 years, so it was with insight and experience that they carefully chose to build on the island of Tortola for its shops, restaurants, ferries, airport and the 'happening' events. It’s the perfect hub from which to visit Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and other smaller islands; all are just an easy day-trip away.
On arrival, a broad staircase of Mexican coral tile leads through the double entry doors onto a sunny enclosed courtyard with an expansive deck of crushed coral and cobalt blue tiled swimming pool. A roofed poolside loggia provides a beautiful setting for casual dining, with the adjacent gourmet kitchen and bar immediately at hand. A curved glass brick wall separates the kitchen from the very spacious lounge. Here, a white leather wraparound sofa allows you to sit in comfort to watch TV or play cards at the glass topped teak coffee table. Two reclining leather chairs, with footstools, are in front of the large picture window where you can relax and enjoy the ever changing sea vistas. A corner desk holds the desktop computer. Long distance calls can be made using Skype. The lounge decor is completed by beautiful solid teak furniture, imported from Bali, and artwork on the walls. There is a wide selection of board games, for both adults and children, as well as an extensive library of books, covering all genres.
Just along the deck from the lounge, are four similar bedroom suites. The two lower suites open onto a semi-shaded deck hung with a double hammock while the upper two open to private balconies. The fifth suite, the Turtle Dove, is in the east wing and opens directly onto the pool deck. This room also features a sitting area and a walk-in closet. Each of the five suites has a beautiful ocean view and features an impressive teak king bed with deep comfortable mattress, en suite bathroom, air-conditioning and flat screen TV / DVD combo. Above the Turtle Dove suite, and accessed by a staircase leading directly from the room, is a twin bedded loft, ideal for children. This room shares the large bathroom with the room below.
Summer Heights is a luxury Tortola villa rental property and a relaxed and restful haven conveniently located to town, shops, restaurants and West End beaches. It is an easy fifteen minute drive to Road Town where you will find the main fully stocked supermarkets. The closest beach is at Long Bay, a ten minute drive west and Smuggler's Cove, which we think is Tortola's best beach, is just another few minutes further on. Nanny Cay Marina, a water sports and boating centre, is less than five minutes from Summer Heights. From here, you can rent snorkel gear, arrange SCUBA diving or rent a powerboat.
Barry & Rosalind Rice, the owners of Summer Heights, personally built and now maintain the villa in immaculate condition. Originally from England, their own accommodations are tucked away on the lower eastern side of the property, completely separate from the villa's amenities. They are always available to offer advice on where to go and what to do, respecting your wish for total privacy if you so indicate.
The villa is perfect for just one couple and surprisingly affordable for a group of friends or a family holiday with the children. Summer Heights offers simple luxury, packaged with the warm sun of the Caribbean.
Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice
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About Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice
We always had a sense of adventure and were lured away from England in the 1970's by the sea. We sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in our 32' sailboat. Planning to be away for just one year, we never returned! Working as crew on charter yachts introduced us to the hospitality industry. When our daughter, Susanna, was born in 1986 settling in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, with their easy access to the US was a no-brainer! In the mid 90's we decided to build our villa Summer Heights. Situated on a hillside on the southern shore of Tortola with easy access to all attractions and with awesome views it has proved extremely popular with guests who return year after year. We would love to share our little bit of paradise with you and introduce you to 'Nature's Little Secrets' - the hidden gems of the British Virgin Islands!
Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice purchased this Villa in 1997
Why Barry Rice and/or Rosalind Rice chose Havers
We chose to build Summer Heights on Havers because of its central location, the constant breeze and the amazing views. We haven't been disappointed - the position is everything we hoped for and more! The ambiance is one of peace and tranquility. I can think of nothing better than sitting on the deck absorbing the ever changing vistas - I hope you will too!
What makes this Villa unique
Summer Heights is one of the very few six bedroom vacation villas on Tortola and is priced to make it affordable for larger groups and families. The large deck area provides plenty of space to spread out and the six comfortable bedrooms ensures that everyone is treated equally.
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Summer Heights has an incredible view!! Dian (the housekeeper) is a sweetheart and definitely wants to please. The pool was nice and the pool deck was great. The 10 of us (two families with young adults in their 20's) spent most nights eating at our lovely table overlooking the Caribbean. So awesome!! The bedrooms and beds were comfortable and the air conditioning in the bedrooms was great and very much appreciated. The common areas aren't air conditioned and we sometimes got hot while cooking if there wasn't a breeze. The island was having trouble with their cable so we weren't able to watch any TV but it's not that we needed to (except for NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs). We also had trouble with being able to use the music provided so we bought a small speaker. Overall, the accommodations are very comfortable and clean although a bit dated. After visiting numerous Caribbean islands, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent grocery store in Roadtown (the 'big" Rite Way). You get used to the Summer Heights' driveway but it's a bit scary at first! We enjoyed diving, a catamaran sail, trips to various beaches (including trips to Jost van Dike via the West End Ferry at $25 round trip) and some excellent local restaurants. The customs people at the ferry are nice but incredibly slow so be prepared for a long wait if you use the ferry system. Some of our group flew in and didn't have that problem but the airport is 45-60 minutes away. You definitely need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get around (lots of hills!!). Overall, Summer Heights is an excellent and gorgeous place to stay and we had a fantastic vacation!
Our stay at Summer Heights was everything we had hoped for, and more. The panoramic views from the villa are breathtaking and the pool was very refreshing after a long day of adventures. Our teenage girls spent hours playing in the pool and hanging out on the pool deck. The bedrooms are all very comfortable (we echo what others have said about the beds!!), the kitchen is well stocked, including a gas grill which we used several times, and the living room is great for hanging out and watching a movie. We spent countless hours in the hammock enjoying the views to the neighboring islands.
Thanks to Dian who met us at the ferry, helped us locate the rental car and led us up the steep winding road to the villa. She also took us to a local market so we could stock up for our trip.
One note of caution regarding the Tortola Fast Ferry (Smiths). We unfortunately missed our morning ferry because they decided to depart 20 minutes early, which resulted in us missing our flight back to Miami. In spite of this, it was overall a great experience and we would stay at Summer Heights again and strongly recommend this venue for other visitors.
Beutiful villa in Tortola with an AMAZING view!
Summer Heights Villa was the perfect vacation home for our group of 11 in the BVIs. Barry made us feel right at home from the moment we got off the ferry and was available and helpful through out our stay. The house had all the amenities you could ask for, and the view was breathtaking. We spent many nights poolside watching sunsets over the islands. The villa is in a great location; a 20 minutes drive to most of the restaurants, beaches and other attractions. The house itself was plenty big for our group of 11 adults. The beds were very comfortable, kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need to prepare meals at home, but the outdoor area steals the show. The pool was essential for dips during the hot afternoon hours but the location of the house and the breeze kept us cool at night. The housekeeper, Dian, cooked for our group one night, which was excellent! Summer Heights is truly a special place and you can tell that Barry and Roz have put a lot of love into creating a wonderful space to relax and unwind. We had a wonderful vacation here and couldn't have asked for anything better!
BVI June 2016
We returned to Summer Heights as the location is wonderful for us a couple of doors away from my cousin and to enjoy the peace and serenity of the BVI and magical views. We were celebrating our daughters 21st Birthday and therefore wanted everything to be special. Indeed it did not disappoint
Everything in the Villa that you could possible need is there for you too enjoy. The large ensuite bedrooms with air-conditioning and Mosquito blinds comfortable double beds with the option of two single beds in one bedroom. Games Cd’s and a computer in the lounge was also another added bonus. There are plenty of books to cover every literary taste and plenty of local magazines offering very useful information about the Islands, boat hire and restaurants.
The large utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer are very useful if you don’t want to pack too much to take with you. Although we did not cook that much we had the use of a cooker microwave and very large fridge freezer. Had we of wanted to we could have probably catered for the whole Island with the amount of crockery and cutlery in the Villa.
The pool is a must in the heat and we made good use of it the friendly pool technician maintained this twice a week for us. A particularly good feature was that it had pool lights on all night just in case of sleep walkers I guess or youngsters wanting a midnight dip!
We left Summer Heights with sadness that we could not stay longer but we have met and made many friends and our memories of a wonderful holiday here will live on.
Everything promised and more!!!
Wow, what an adventure we just had!!!
My Zoetic Adventure group of 9 of us just returned from a 2 week fun filled trip to the VI's and BVI's! We chose to stay at Summer Heights Villa in Tortola for 11 of the nights. We had booked this trip a year in advance and had many many many conversations with owners Barry and Roz! (Thanks guys for putting up with us for a whole year and helping in anyway possible!)
Summer Heights Villa was EVERYTHING promised and more! Starting with TOP NOTCH meet and greet service! Dian met our group at ferry, then took us to the rental car company, then took us to the store all before going to the villa. Once at the villa more top notch service was provided. Dian gave a great walk through of the whole property, explaining everything we needed to know and more. We didn't even have to call her during our 11 day stay because we were given all information up front. Now, you may think this is normal? But our adventure group has stayed at many other vacation villas in many other Caribbean Islands for years prior, and while we were given great service in the past, we still had to call and ask "Where is this?" "How do you work that?" "Where's the pool lights?" and so on...
Lets talk about the property now. Beautifully maintained, very clean, very spacious. The rooms were awesome, all having an En Suite and ample room and very private! The pool was very enjoyable and our group used it all the time! We ate most dinners outside at the dinning table and shared fun and laughter! The views were amazing! Very apparent that every little detail had been thought out for the villa. All the kitchen equipment you would need. Even a lot of coffee carafe's that you could bring to your private quarters and enjoy the balcony and/or patio. (See, every little detail!) The home had a great energy! We had a chance to look through the many photo albums they had available and again, WOW, what an adventure Barry and Roz and many others had a chance to experience. Great Host! We met many people on the island and off the Island and when we told them where we were staying, they knew Barry and Roz, or had worked with them in the past! Very well respected and very much loved. You can feel it in the home!
So to conclude, you cant pick a better villa than Summer Heights!
Thank you Barry and Roz for your hospitality and care!
P.S. The roads and driveway are also everything said! One of our group never opened her eyes! Ever!!!
Thanks Laura for your wonderful review. We are delighted you found Summer Heights was all you had hoped and more. We hope to see you back one day soon!
Barry & Roz
Just perfect !
Everything about this property is just perfect. The view is absolutely breath taking, the rooms are fully appointed and there is everything you need to be instantly comfortable. The property is centrally located so everywhere you want to go is no more than 20 minutes away. Barry and Roz are the best hosts; attentive if needed, invisible if not needed. They made the vacation easy and enjoyable. We are definitely going back- this is the place to stay on Tortola.
Thank you, Paul. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Summer Heights!
A 4WD vehicle is recommended. All the sea and land activities that the BVI has to offer are a short distance from Summer Heights. Along with your own private pool for swimming, the beautiful beach at Long Bay is just a short distance away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
BVI government tax is presently at a rate of 7%. This is subject to change. A damage deposit is secured on a credit card at the time of the balance payment. Payment can be made by credit card through PayPal or by wire transfer. Details will be included on your invoice which will be sent, along with a contract, once a rental has been decided. All rental rates are based on two persons per bedroom. The rates quoted above are based on 4 persons using 2 bedrooms, except for Thanksgiving and Holidays. Rates for larger groups using more bedrooms are available and work out at $50 per night per extra person. There is no charge for children under 2 years of age.