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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property


Hurricane Irma Update - Rebuilding is complete and we are open for business!

This 3 bed/3 bath Villa is all yours (NOT SHARED) and is very quiet and PRIVATE. You will have your own POOL, THE BEST BEACH and your own KAYAKS (we even give you SNORKEL GEAR)! From the villa, you with have breathtaking VIEWS of the Caribbean Sea, Lambert Beach and Guana Island Resort off in the distance. The villa is minutes away from Tortola's 7 other beaches, great restaurants and beach bars.

At Gryphon’s Lair overlooking Lambert Beach, you will be hypnotized by the two most soothing sounds in the tropics—the breath of the sea and the chatter of wind through palm leaves. The view from Gryphon’s Lair across the wind-patterned sea to Guana Island will leave you feeling spellbound by the sensations surrounding you. Each lapping wave and rustling breeze will send you deeper into a calm trance enhanced by the visual pleasures of pink oleander, red hibiscus, golden butterflies, periwinkle skies, white clouds, multicolored sailboats and turquoise waters.

The same sights and sounds can be experienced from different settings on the property— balconies with white railings; ceramic-tiled patios; and an open-air, covered breezeway that operates as the nucleus of the home. The breezeway, overlooking Lambert beach and Guana Island, connects the two buildings, the balconies, the outdoor cooking deck and the in ground pool. In addition, the breezeway also features a beautiful teak dining table with seating for 10. Behind the breezeway extends a large wooden deck accommodating a new outdoor shower area allowing sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea while cooling off with a tropical rain shower. There is also a new Weber grill for outdoor cooking on this deck. Don't feel like cooking? No problem, there are several great restaurants within a 5 minute drive including: Calita's Turtle Bay at Lambert Beach (beachfront dining under the palm trees), The Tamarind Club at Josiah's Beach and Brandywine, consistently rated #1 in the BVI each year.

While the home faces the sea, it is protected by the surrounding hillsides, so outdoor areas remain comfortable year-round. The ebullient flow of light and breeze through the main house originates from the exquisite, hardwood floor-to-ceiling windows and doors imported from Dominica that open to the sea-facing balcony and open breezeway. The great room includes a newly remodeled kitchen, indoor dining area and living room with a couch and chair for relaxing in front of the television—that is, if you can pull your eyes away from the mesmerizing panorama.

Off the great room, a bedroom with a brand new king size bed and the same tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings also boasts the same view, either from the room or from the intimate adjoining balcony. Past the breezeway and up a few stairs, the balcony shares the view as well and also looks over the property’s in ground pool and deck with 4 new chaise lounge chairs.

Beyond the pool deck, a sunning platform is tucked away between mature fruit trees and the BVI’s trademark granite boulders in a private side lawn. The spacious bedrooms offer new king size beds, white cathedral ceilings, immense storage space, and white-tiled bathrooms with hand-painted cobalt blue designs. The newly painted white ceilings and soothing blue-grey walls add to an overall sense of crisp freshness that pervades the entire property.

The secluded Gryphon’s Lair sits on over a half-acre of land and is a short walk or drive above Lambert Beach Resort and has access to all the amenities of the property—including Tortola’s best and most beautiful beach, the resort’s pool, swim up pool bar (serving a great lunch), restaurant and tennis court. The airport, east side restaurants and shops, and the best surfing beach in the Caribbean are all between five and ten minutes away.

Since taking ownership of this property, we have completed many upgrades including installing new air conditioning in each bedroom, completely renovating the kitchen and installing all new appliances as well as new pots and pans, plates, glassware, utensils etc... We have also added new furniture throughout the villa as well as numerous pieces of artwork by the local artist Isabell Smith, renowned for her art work depicting local island life on Tortola.

Please take a minute to view the attached video which shows the property in greater detail.

Why Gryphon's Lair?

We give you everything you need for fun at the beach:

2 new "RTM" Ocean kayaks with paddles and life jackets

Beach chairs and umbrella

Swimming noodles

Snorkeling gear

Even a surfboard!

In ground pool with 6 chaise lounge chairs

Unlimited high speed WiFi internet access

3 King size beds with 100% cotton sheets

Ceiling fans in all rooms

A/C in all bedrooms

Cell phone for local calls

Flat screen TVs in the Living room and 2 bedrooms with DISH SAT TV

Stereo with Ipod / ipad / cell phone docking

Gas range, dishwasher, microwave

BBQ Grill

Outdoor shower overlooking the sea

Hair Dryer

Ironing board

Beaches: 1 minute drive (5 minute walk) to Lamberts Beach. Most locals regard this as the most beautiful beach on Tortola with its many palm trees, beautiful sand and "Baths" like boulders in the water, providing excellent snorkeling. Sea turtles nest here each year which is why the owners of Lambert Beach Resort named their restaurant "Calita Restaurant at Turtle Bay". The restaurant is on the beach and will give you fantastic views of the Caribbean sea while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. After lunch, go for a " pain killer" at the resorts swim up pool bar.

5 minute drive to Josiah"s Beach (Best beach for surfing on the island) Here you will find a younger crowd and a beach front bar and resturant serving good food, cold beer and tropical drinks

5 minute drive to the islands best kept secret, Little Bay. Here you will most likely have the beach all to yourself and you will be in awe of the beauty of the cove shaped beach with soft white sand and gin clear water

10 minute drive to Long Bay (Beautiful beach) / Trellis Bay / Beef Island and the airport

The North Shore and the more crowded beaches are a short drive away. Close enough for a day of exploring or checking out the party scene at night before returning to the peace and tranquility at your villa.

Just a note: There is no longer cable TV service on Tortola following hurricane Irma so we have installed DISH SAT TV for our guests.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

We came to Tortola for a vacation from the cold weather and it didn't take long to love the island. It's hard to resist, the British Virgin Islands are truly beautiful.

The Villa was featured on an episode of House Hunters International in 2015

(Season 85 Episode 11 "Part-Time in Paradise").

Unfortunately, we can't be here all the time, so we decided to share it with others.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2014

Why The Owner chose Other Islands

We first started our search for a property on Tortola in the North Shore area but soon realized that the area surrounding Lamberts / Josiah's / and Little Bay was better suited for us. There are no crowds here. Cruise Ship guests are transported to the other side of the island. The beaches here are the best that you will find in the Caribbean. It's close enough to shopping and restaurants for convenience yet far enough away from the crowds for peace and quiet and If your like us and want check out the party beaches occasionally, the other side of the island is only a short drive.

What makes this villa unique

Beach toys! We supply you with everything you need for a good time at the beach. Kayaks, surfboard, noodles, beach chairs, beach towels, umbrella, snorkeling equipment and we even include a cooler and cozies to keep your brews cold at the beach! You also get all of the benefits of Lambert Beach Resort which offers all of it's amenities free of charge to guests staying at Gryphon's Lair, including the pool, swim up pool bar which serves a good lunch and their restaurant.


Other Islands Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • In addition to the showers listed above, there is a new outdoor shower area allowing sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea while cooling off with a relaxing tropical rain shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , New bed / linens / AC
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New bed / linens / Dish SAT TV / AC
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , New bed / linens / Dish SAT TV / AC
  • 3 Bed Rooms with dedicated bathrooms for each and all have new King size beds and air conditioning.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We supply everything you need to have fun at the beach. If you are considering another property, ask if they provide this: 6 new beach chairs, beach umbrella, cooler for cold beverages, snorkeling, gear, 2 kayaks with seating for 3 adults and 1 child (life jackets incl), beach towels, surfboard, and swimming noodles.


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Another wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Gryphon's Lair. We came with our two adult children, and had a marvellous time. The only trace of hurricane damage around the villa that we could see was the defoliation of some of the palm trees., but the views are still amazing. The villa suits our needs perfectly, with enough communal space indoors and out, but also separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms for three couples (or mom, dad and two kids). The villa is very well equipped and has fast wifi, which we really appreciated. Guy, the host, is very responsive to any and all inquiries. I'm sure we will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing View - Great Veranda!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from two weeks at Gryphon's Lair. We had an amazing time. The best part of the villa was the open air veranda with its beautiful view of the ocean and Guana Island. We ate all of our meals there and in the evenings just enjoyed sitting outside conversing about our day on the island. The bedrooms were large and the beds were comfortable. Kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. We would highly recommend Gryphon's Lair for your next stay on Tortola.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Villa

  • 5 of 5

Gryphon’s Lair was very nice and just as described. My husband and I enjoyed our time spent onTortola very much. I think we are the first people to rent the Villa after hurricane Irma. The Villa is completely in tact, but unfortunately not so for the rest of the island. Lambert Beach that is just below the Villa is beautiful but the resort is not open and will not be for sometime. There are plenty of restaurants open in Road Town but very few on the East End. I would recommend Red Rock Restaurant at Penn’s Marina, excellent food but a little pricey. If you are planning on cooking breakfast at the villa as we did, no need to purchase syrup there are 2 unopened bottles and 2 - 1/2 bottles! If you are wondering about the other islands, Peter, Norman, and Cooper for day trips nothing is open on any of these. At the Villa there is no TV service and one day the electricity was off all day, but the WiFi was working as long as there was electricity. We did not have any cell service but depending on your carrier you may have service. Not to worry, it was a nice break to be unplugged. Considering the destruction Irma caused only 4 short months ago we still had a nice vacation and several locals thanked us for helping put some money back in their ecomony .

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and lovely just as described and couldn't have had a better time.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at Gryphon's Lair

  • 5 of 5

Our party of five adults just completed a wonderful week at this beautiful villa. The location is perfect, both for views and proximity to beautiful (and mostly deserted) beaches. The villa worked well for our group, with three king bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The living space was fine for five of us, and we especially enjoyed eating all our meals outside on the patio. Guy, the owner, was very responsive to my many questions. As a bonus, the villa has a resident cat, Mr. Kat, who will stay outside if you don't want him around but is very affectionate if you like cats (as we do). We loved this place and have already reserved for next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular tropical vacation destination!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Gryphon's Lair for a week in February and the place is even more beautiful than the pictures show. The views are outstanding and the villa itself is clean, comfortable and just perfect in every way. Gus and Laura thought of everything, provided top quality amenities, and were always readily available to answer the few questions we had (i.e. will be able to watch the Superbowl? Yes and Go Pats! ) If you are looking for a peaceful, beautiful, and comfortable place to spend your vacation, you will not be sorry if you choose Gryphon's Lair.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Lettsome Airport Beef Island Tortola
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tamarind Club
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Road Town
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tamarind Club
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Lambert Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 10.0%

I would be happy to help you with any questions you have regarding car rentals, ferry information, best places to food shop and things to see and do.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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