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Langarra: Contemporary, Pristine Estate w/2 Private Beaches, Endless View

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5BR 5+ Baths. Expansive, peaceful, restorative.

Langarra Estate, with its green lawns and constant, welcoming breeze, is part of a historic 300-acre sugar plantation, now the prestigious, secluded 'Preserve at Botany Bay.' Langarra's very private hilltop site overlooks the Preserve's forested slopes and bays, to the dramatic necklace of surrounding, uninhabited small islands -- a 30-mile view, uninterrupted by any sign of modern life, except the occasional sailboat passing by.

European simplicity combines with West Indian sensuality in furnishings, paintings and details throughout the house. With soaring ceilings above, and cool coral-stone floors underfoot, the light-filled interiors maximize the expanses of sky, sea and garden-green seen from every part of the house.

There are four spacious bedroom suites, all with ocean views, large bathrooms and closets, and outdoor terraces. A fifth, queen bedroom/bath suite has its own adjacent living area and mini-kitchen -- perfect for teens, nannies, family elders, or those who may want a bit of separation.

Indoor living spaces extend outward onto the oversized, umbrella-shaded terraces. Sunlight enlivens the site from dawn until soaked-sky sunset hours... and our night skies are peppered with stars.

A large infinity edge pool overlooks the sea...and moments away on the private grounds of the Preserve, two unique beaches are yours to enjoy, often with no one else in sight: pristine, exquisite Sandy Beach (for sunning, bodysurfing, picnicking) ... and Mermaid's Chair, the dramatic, delicate double-beach (good for swimming, exploring, beachcombing), where the Atlantic Ocean and the warmer Caribbean Sea converge and blend. Close by, the folding lines of waves at Botany Bay are the envy of surfers, and the bay's protected, coral-rich shores are a snorkeler's delight. Here, under the filtered canopy of a deep grove of tall coconut and mango trees, are the evocative ruins of the 18th century sugar mill buildings that created rum from the sugar cane harvests brought down from the terraced slopes of these hills, two centuries ago. (Note: current construction in the Botany Bay beach area temporarily limits guest access here).

Newly completed, Estate Langarra gently combines its fresh spirit with nature's age-old sensibilities.

Just a short 20-minute drive away are the attractions of town: world-class shopping, gourmet and casual dining, grocery stores, ferries, entertainment, nightlife, and tours.

Each day your choice becomes to enjoy the peace, space, sun, and utter privacy of Langarra and its beaches ...or take time beyond the gates to savor more 'connected' first-world pursuits, albeit island style.

More Details

Robert Schmidt
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Robert Schmidt

Bob Schmidt and Kim Holdsworth were young when they came to live and raise a family in St. Thomas, thirty-some years ago. Bob, the President of Zenith Development Corp., grew up in Chicago, working in his father’s construction-based business. He earned degrees in economics and philosophy before moving to the Virgin Islands in 1983 to run a mid-sized St. Thomas building company, and has owned this company since 1988. During the past three decades he has become St. Thomas’s premier builder of high end custom homes. He enjoys golfing, meditation, family travel, and he is a talented chef. He and his wife Kim Holdsworth live in Estate Peterborg, St. Thomas.

Kim grew up in Virginia, holds degrees in Third World History and art, and is the former Director of USVI Kids Count and the annual Kids Count Data Report for the US Virgin Islands. Her ties to the Virgin Islands go back to the early 1960’s when her father, falling in love with the islands’ warm, clear waters, bought land here. A writer, traveler, and a working artist, her paintings often interpret the varied traditions of tropical living, including its langor and humor.

Bob and Kim's son and daughter count themselves native St. Thomians -- and also citizens of the world. They live in San Diego and Sydney, Australia, respectively.The family still takes time to travel and be together whenever possible.

Robert Schmidt purchased this villa in 2014

Why Robert Schmidt chose Estate Little Saint Thomas

In a few words: the ridgetop property's perfect peace... the slow-motion views of surf quietly exploding onto the sea-set islands' ancient cliffs... the wild deer on our lawns... the trails from the house into the tropical woods... meandering stone walls that were built as crop terraces in the 1700's... parrots flashing through the leaf canopies... fruit trees... gold light throughout the house... abundant sunsets giving over to star-filled skies... symphonies of insect music at night... the tropics as it used to be, yet within workable reach of today's chosen necessities.

What makes this villa unique

And combine this with the security and support provided by the community resources of the Preserve at Botany Bay: a manned, gated entrance ...paved roads to the beaches ...a Preserve property manager on-site daily... ...sidewalks lining the hills and inviting exercise walks ...access to pristine, private beaches... Botany's many miles of unspoiled nature...this is a perfect place for friends and family to come together for simple and abundant living -- with few distractions, except the surf.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"My family has been coming to St. Thomas for nearly 3 decades. From infancy I could recognize the beaches of Meagan's Bay, or the outline of St. John from a hilltop, with ease. St. Thomas has always been there when my family needed it most, serving as a shelter from brutal Michigan winters, a place of rest and relaxation in busier months, and in 2012, after my mother passed away, we used it as an escape from heartbreaking grief and trauma. As is the unfortunate norm here in the Virgin Islands, our go-to rental homes are always sold or repurposed while we're away. Consequently, we've scuttled from house to house over the years, leaving precious memories and imprints behind on each location. Needless to say, St. Thomas is dear to our hearts, and when it comes to the island we are hard to impress. Yet despite how high the bar was raised as a result of previous expectations, Langarra still managed to impress. Putting you at what feels like the edge of the earth (sometimes literally if you float too close to the end of the infinity pool), it served as a marvelous retreat for my family. Far away from the noise pollution we're used to in the city, Langarra offers serenity and bliss in it's private hiding spot. During the day, one can escape the sun's harsher rays on the pool deck, or the hot springs at Mermaid's Chair. After sunset, the sky is blanketed with stars even on the cloudiest night, and from any balcony you can clearly make out at least a dozen constellations. In a word, it's enchanting. For large families like ours, the spacious kitchen and ample seating allows you to dine outside or in, comfortably. Stocked with all the necessary appliances to make one feel as though they are in a new home, Langarra certainly charms and puts one at ease the moment they walk through the door. For the first time I haven't felt like a complete stranger in someone else's home, but rather a welcome guest who became easily aquatinted with the grounds. Never a dull moment in this house, which even Hugh Heffner would envy. Spectacular views, reception, and ambience. For someone who's hard to please when it comes to living arrangements on the Island, I cannot speak highly enough of this tropical getaway. Will absolutely return in years to come."
Mar 2016
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Estate Little Saint Thomas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • All 4 main bedroom suites have large bathrooms, with granite counter tops, double sinks, spacious showers overlooking ocean view, and with hair dryers supplied. 5th bedroom bathroom is smaller, with a single sink, slimmer shower. A powder room is on the home's main level.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master - 1 King Bedroom 2 - 1 Queen Bedroom 3 - 1 Queen Bedroom 4 - 1 Queen Bedroom 5 - 1 Queen, with its own large lounge area, including a Queen sofa-bed which can accommodate up to two extra children or teen guests. There are also 3 roll away beds that accomodate extra persons in the bedrooms. All bedrooms except Bedroom 5 have walk-in closets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Portable crib available. High chair. Child safety gate.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fabulous week long stay at Langarra. It is truly magical - secluded beaches, unobstructed views and breathtaking sunsets. The owners have thought of everything, from plenty of extra towels to a well equipped bar. The yoga enthusiast among us even came across a mat for her sun salutations. Thank you for helping create some lifelong family memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Amazing! Isolation at it's finest!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you walk on the property, there is peace and quiet. The front sliding glass doors open up to a spacious, casual living room that opens right up to the infinity pool and the amazing views. The house itself was so thoughtfully stocked, every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen was labeled, every room had a stack of books to chose from, even the pool was supplied with rafts, noodles and snorkels. Every room was spacious and beautifully decorated, whether family or couples, there is no "least desirable" room. What this house doesn't have is a television in every room, only 1 in a side den which is perfect for the kids when you want to sleep in. The beach within the gated community is rarely occupied and we felt like we were the only ones on the island! The concierge was so completely helpful with booking boat trips, food suggestions, directions, you name it, she was just a text away.

The house is alone on the side of the hilltop (really, I promise. We found it on our boat ride), perfect for complete isolation, disconnection, recharging at it's finest.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Langarra is Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with a breathtaking view over the Atlantic and Caribbean. The owner has equipped the house with everything imaginable - dishes, pots, pans, outdoor grill, drink ware, 4 different types of coffee makers - they really thought of everything. All of the bedrooms are beautiful, and each has a terrific water view - even from the shower! All bedrooms have their own bath with shower - no need to wait in line for a shower even when we were getting ready to go to dinner. Comfort, style, beauty, amazing view with everything we needed for the best vacation ever! We have visited Langarra multiple times and we are in heaven every time we come. We are already looking forward to our next trip back to this beautiful paradise location.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Stunning, relaxed time with friends

  • 5 of 5

Words and photos are limited as to how much they can convey about Langarra (although they do provide an excellent preview). This property truly must be experienced to be believed. Our group of 7 enjoyed a week of bliss here. The spacious modern feel of the house was complemented by the tropical furnishings, the entire property had a seductive indoor/outdoor vibe, the infinity edge pool was gorgeous whether one was in the water or at the edge, the well-appointed kitchen and covered grill area made meals a convivial event, and there were spectacular sunsets from the pool deck each night. It was beyond amazing, and ideal for a group or extended family, since the house is so spacious. Our group never felt constricted or confined, even when we all clustered in the kitchen (as so often happens). The adjacent beach was amazing, with beautiful clear water and a level of privacy that seemed truly decadent. This is the sort of property that is absolutely ideal for a true island escape

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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  • 5 of 5

It's not easy to describe Langarra without coming across as being completely over-the-top enthusiastic. The house itself is beautifully designed with comfortable open spaces for relaxing, dining, sleeping, all beautifully appointed with subtle furnishings and artwork (eclectic pieces, some Asian art), shelves with good books to read or games to play, etc.--all meticulously maintained. The outdoor space is equally inviting, with a manicured landscape and a pool overlooking a spectacular view of secluded beaches and islands. Our large group of friends happily occupied all of the spaces and thoroughly enjoyed the large well equipped kitchen and outdoor barbecue, often dining al fresco as the sun set over the ocean view. We had one of the beautiful nearby beaches all to ourselves most days. I recommend this place to any large group of family or friends who want a relaxing getaway in paradise.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Stunning modern retreat

  • 5 of 5

It's truly an impressive and relaxing getaway. We arrived to the house and actually decided the pictures hadn't done it justice. It is stunning, we couldn't stop running around and exploring every corner. Once we had done that, we could not stop being in awe of the pool and the sunsets. We had a group of people, some couples, some not and everyone had their own personal enclave. We watched the sunset by the pool every night before cooking dinner. We cooked every evening in the huge and well furnished kitchen or out on the grill and could enjoy our meals at the indoor or outdoor dining tables. The owner took great care to make sure the house was clean and everything in working condition while also going above and beyond with things around the house, like snorkel gear for the beach, instructions for several things pertaining to the property, books and games on hand, etc. I would absolutely recommend this (and have) to anyone looking for a beautiful and relaxing tropical vacation with friends or family.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. Thomas airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Charlotte Amalie downtown; Red Hook (East End)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Mahogany Run
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Any in Frenchtown; Thirteen (Northside)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Sandy Bay
Car: necessary

Langarra enjoys seclusion yet is just a 15-minute, winding ride by car from St. Thomas' world-class shopping and daily activity downtown, from the University, and from Reichhold Center for the Arts where nationally-acclaimed musicians, dance and theater companies perform throughout the season. Further on, find public beaches, golf, eco-tours, sailing, deep-sea fishing, and ferries to St. John. Meanwhile, a vibrant, bi-weekly farmer's market and cultural fair enlivens Fortuna, the small village within a half mile of Langarra.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Over 10 guests: $/each $300
Security (refundable) $1,000
Cleaning $400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.