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Langarra: Calming, Graceful West End Estate w/Endless Views, 2 Private Beaches

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
5
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

West End Villa Rental Photos and Description

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 quiet and private hilltop site overlooks the Preserve's forested slopes, over its inlet bays, and out over the dramatic necklace of surrounding, uninhabited ocean cays and islands -- a 30-mile view.

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 in December 2014, 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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Robert Schmidt
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About Robert Schmidt

Bob Schmidt and Kim Holdsworth were young when they came to live and raise a family in St. Thomas, thirty 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 – the precursor to Zenith Development, which he incorporated in 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 a former estate 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 St. 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... dawn's 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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Langarra: Calming, Graceful West End Estate w/Endless Views, 2 Private Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
5

Idyllic

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated my birthday at Langarra with 6 of our closest friends, what a delightful place. The views from the pool deck are breathtaking, I enjoyed having my coffee at sunrise and my cocktails at sundown every day.

You have 2 beaches near you, Sandy Beach and Mermaid's Chair. If you enjoy challenging walks the beaches are within 20 minutes walk, or an easy 5 minutes drive. I preferred by far Sandy Beach over Mermaid's Chair. The latter was way too rocky to access the water but beautiful to hang out.

The kitchen is equipped with all you need to make delicious meals. I am talking Wusthoff knives, anodized pots and pans, top of the line range and stove, an additional ice maker for those cocktails and all this with a great view.

If you choose to use the concierge service, Corrina is fantastic. She is extremely responsive, punctual, and pleasant.

In short, I strongly recommend Langarra for a one of a kind vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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5

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Our week-long stay at Langarra was everything we anticipated and more. Our family of nine (three couples, a single, a toddler and an infant) had more sleeping accommodations than we needed, and ample room to eat together, socialize, catch-up, and enjoy the many amenities of the estate and private beaches. We reluctantly ventured out a couple of times to visit Charlotte Amalie, St. John, and to visit some of the surrounding islands, but always looked forward to the return to our temporary 'home'. The sunset views from the pool were nothing short of spectacular, the private beaches (particularly Sunset Beach) rivaled anything on the island (albeit without the crowds), the privacy, security and serenity of the home and location were comforting - in short, Langarra represented the best of what St. Thomas has to offer. The estate itself offered every amenity we wanted and needed - pool, gas grill, dining areas inside and outside, extra icemaker, unbelievable 6-burner gas stove, all major and minor appliances, multiple washers and dryers (for those bulky beach towels), cable and wifi service, ceiling fans (to gently blow those evening breezes across you as you sleep), beach chairs and snorkeling equipment, and so much more. I actually hesitate to make this place sound too good, for fear that it won't be available the next time we wish to vacation here. That being said, I cannot 'bad mouth' this place - it was simply wonderful!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Beautiful vacation home - inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved staying at the West End Estate! The house was laid out perfectly with a large open area for all of us to gather. Each of the (5) bedrooms felt like an oasis from the others! All bedrooms had their own bathrooms, closets, comfortable beds and some type of seating area. The pool overlooking the view gave us a wonderful place to escape when the beach got too hot or at night when we just didn't want to rest! The kitchen was perfect to navigate and prepare meals for our large group. The beaches were a short drive and staircase away - and the gated neighborhood was beautiful to drive through. Make sure you check out where the grocery stores are located - as one of our guests is a chef by trade, island grocery shopping is a little different - plan to use what you find - much easier than searching for specific items!! There were extra cots in the laundry room which was helpful to have for the children. This house was a perfect escape and we found ourselves relaxing and not making too many plans other than to enjoy the beach, pool and each other's company! Located on the west end, far from the hustle and bustle of the east end, this place is a sanctuary!!! We all hope to get a chance to visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Amazing and unbelievable!

  • 5 of 5

All I can say WOW from the moment we walked through the gate. We were there, all 11 of us for my 60th birthday for 2 glorious weeks and did not want to leave. Bob and Karen do such a fantastic job of furnishing this house, you don't have to leave. The pool was what was did it for my grandkids, they were in it day and night, How nice it is to be able to go from the pool to the kitchen to get a bite to eat; can't do that at a resort. All we bought was food and beverages and we were set. We had our own private beach at Sandy Beach, we didn't have to stress over where the kids were.

The house was the perfect layout for our family. We all had our own bedroom and bath as well as the kids. It is even more beautiful than the pictures. We loved having the media room for the kids, so the adults could play cards at night. The house is very well kept and having washer and dryers both upstairs and downstairs was very helpful with our group. Pack light cause all you need are your swimsuits and a couple outfits. We all over packed! We cooked our own meals and went out a few times, but we never wanted to leaved this beautiful house. Loved Megans Bay and also went to Dinghy's. Both were a lot of fun. Sorry if I spelled them wrong! I would highly recommend this Villa to any family looking for a getaway, and Bob is very helpful and great to deal with. he was very prompt in getting back to me when I called him with a small issue while we were there and took care of it right away. Great service, and Corrina was great too! Thank you for a memorable vacation our family will be talking about for years.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful house with Majestic Views

  • 5 of 5

Langarra exceeded all of my expectations. This house has everything you would want from majestic views, to spacious open rooms and of course a beautiful infinity pool. We loved the openness of the house. The house also had all the amenities you need for your stay, whether it be for the kitchen, the bathrooms, the bedrooms, the beach, the pool, your entertainment, etc. Bob thought of everything and I mean everything! It truly felt like a home away from home.

Sandy Bay was the most beautiful beach! It is just a 5 minute drive from the house. We took a day trip to Trunk Bay in St. John, which I always thought was the prettiest beach as I had been there previously on another trip. I was mistaken-Sandy Bay beats Trunk Bay! We snorkeled in Sandy Bay and saw more fish there than we did in Trunk Bay. We also had the beach to ourselves at Sandy Bay. Speaking of snorkeling, there was some snorkeling equipment at Langarra that we were able to use.

I highly recommend coming to this house. My family and I can’t stop talking about it. It is the best place we have ever stayed! We can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5 Stars

  • 5 of 5

Such and amazing property. We stayed in June 2016 with 3 other families. From the start Bob was friendly & quick to respond. Upon arrival we were thrilled. It looked better than the photos, if that is even possible. We loved the open kitchen and the common spaces. The pool was amazing!! And there was even space for the kids to play ball on the grass. Each room had its own entry and bathroom and they set up the downstairs as a dorm with rollaway beds for the many kiddos we had with us. Oh yes, let me not forget to mention the private beaches. Amazing house, amazing island, great memories.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. Thomas airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Frenchtown
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Charlotte Amalie downtown; Red Hook (East End)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Mahogany Run
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
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

West End Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2016 Off season
May 1 2016 - Dec 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 
 
2017 high season
Dec 25 2016 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$9,500
 
 
2017 Off Season
Apr 30 2017 - Dec 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Over 10 guests: $/each $500
Cleaning $400
Security (refundable) $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

West End Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Portable crib available. High chair. Child safety gate.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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