Villa Mango Hill Greathouse
Estate Shoys, at The Buccaneer Hotel - 4 bedroom villa
True to St. Croix's heritage of celebrating its long and colorful history, Mango Hill Greathouse has been lovingly designed and built to replicate a Danish Colonial greathouse of 150 years ago, but is replete with all the modern conveniences of today. Completed in 2006, this stunning and beautifully-executed estate home is sequestered on a breezy knoll within exclusive gated Estate Shoys. Mango Hill embodies West Indian traditions brought into today's world: two-foot thick walls in island style keep the houses cool, traditional shutters trim all windows and doors, hip roofs gracefully top both the Main Villa and the adjacent Kumquat Guest Cottage, and long covered verandahs border both sides of the Main Villa's upper and lower levels.
A Caribbean "welcoming arms" curved entry welcomes you into Mango Hill's entry foyer, featuring carefully-chosen antique pieces and a grand mahogany staircase. Tall french doors and paned windows meld the vivid flowering gardens and blue skies outside with Mango Hill's serene, cool interiors. The main level offers a large, formal Great Room executed in a pale blue and enhanced by built-in shelves full of leather-bound books, original paintings and an artful mix of family heirlooms, Crucian and West Indian antiques collected over the years. The floors in Mango Hill are both traditional stone pavers and stunning Peruvian cherry overlaid by sisal area rugs.
The formal, air-conditioned dining room adjoins the Great Room, with seating for eight. Beyond is the gourmet kitchen, a modern wonder of stainless steel and an array of chef's tools; at one end of this sleek, functional room is a charming breakfast/sitting area with french doors opening to the gardens and a covered patio just outside, perfect for coffee or cocktails. Mango Hill Greathouse's main level is bordered on its entire seaward side with a deep colonnaded verandah, set with a second dining area for alfresco meals and cushioned wicker seating. Just steps away is the large pool, surrounded by gardens and sun deck. The colonnade and pool deck overlook the Buccaneer Hotel's golf greens and sweeping ocean views. Toast a tropical sunset, and then dine with a backdrop of the twinkling lights of Christiansted across the bay.
On the upper level are three air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites and the beautiful library, furnished with so much history, including a 17th-century wooden chest. The grand master suite has its own private sitting room with centuries-old family treasures on display, a large bath featuring blue granite, and a carved West Indian four-poster king bed. The heart of the queen suite, next door, is a graceful mahogany four-poster bed and a spacious bath done in travertine tiles. The cheerful third bedroom suite offers two twins (which can be made into a king bed with advance notice). All three suites have an ingenious cross-ventilation system which makes air-conditioning almost unnecessary - the french doors can be swung wide open and pocket screened doors pulled together, allowing cooling island tradewinds to pass through. Each bedroom's french doors open out on both sides to covered verandahs.
Returning to the pool deck below, adjacent is Mango Hill's charming Kumquat Guest Cottage, built in West Indian style. Fully air-conditioned and charmingly furnished, Kumquat features a living area and a king bedroom/bath suite complete with step-out balcony. Typical West Indian shuttered windows provide privacy and breeze, and french doors frame picture-postcard views. Kumquat is just steps from the pool.
Although only a very short drive from Christiansted, this substantial home is sequestered within the prestigious Shoys enclave, offering secure privacy and tranquility. Mango Hill provides an unusual opportunity to experience the style of a Crucian manor of long ago - the owners are happy to share their family heirlooms and centuries of history in this beautiful setting with their appreciative guests. Elegant interiors, serene and restrained, and the sublime combination of old and new in a luxurious, secluded setting make Mango Hill Greathouse one of the most unique and treasured properties we've had the pleasure to offer...very highly recommended.
Weekly Rates (excl. 8% tax): # of persons: 1-8 April 26 - December 17: $ 8,650 Thanksgiving Week: $ 8,650 January 9 - April 25: $10,190 Christmas/New Year's: $13,250
Area of Island: Estate Shoys, at The Buccaneer Hotel, north east
Maximum number of guests: 8
Bedrooms: 4 [Main Villa: 1 California king in master suite, 1 queen + 2 twins (OR 1 king, your choice). Kumquat Guest Cottage: 1 California king]
Baths: 4.5 [Baths are oversized, with granite counters + tiled showers. Private outside shower by Kumquat Guest Cottage.]
Pool: 20' x 40' x 4.5' - 5' deep (pool can be heated, with your advance request, at an additional charge of $750 per week)
Nearest Beach: Drive (1 or 2 minutes) to Grotto or Mermaid Beaches at the Buccaneer Hotel, or to Shoys' own Whistle Beach
Kids welcome:Yes - over 6 years (children younger than 6 years may be accepted with a notarized Liability Waiver, if traveling with a nanny or babysitter)
Entertainment and Amenities: 3 satellite TVs, 2 DVD players + 1 VCR (32" flat screen in kitchen's sitting area, a flat screen TV in master suite's sitting room, + flat screen TV in Kumquat Cottage's living room), 5-CD player in Great Room, movie + music collections, extensive library, games, central air-conditioning in all 3 Main Villa bedrooms (each with its own separate control), + in Main Villa's formal dining room, + full A/C in Kumquat Cottage; DSL line for your laptop with Wi-Fi in Main Villa, + fax/printer/scanner, all located in the kitchen seating area, answering machine; gourmet kitchen with commercial icemaker, Wolfgang Puck cookware, large Sub-Zero refrigerator, pull-out freezer drawers, beverage cooler + adjoining breakfast/sitting area; Kumquat Cottage has a mini-fridge + icemaker; terry bathrobes, hair dryers; gas grill; automatic generator, electronic gate into property, dishwasher, laundry. Complimentary bathroom amenities + welcome basket of snacks. 24-hour manned security gate into Estate Shoys, + night patrols within the enclave.
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Maid service included: Once per week
Smoking: Outside only
Villa Size: Interior: 4300 + Exterior: 2500 = TOTAL: 6800 sq. ft.
Miscellaneous: Mango Hill Greathouse is the undisputed premier private villa on St. Croix for a wedding, family reunion, small-scale conference or a corporate retreat.
WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS: For the discerning couple who are looking for the perfect get-away wedding, Mango Hill provides ultimate privacy, spectacular ocean views and an unforgettable romantic setting for lifelong memories. A party or reception for UP TO 40 PEOPLE can celebrate and share your special milestone. The four ensuite bedrooms at Mango Hill Greathouse can accommodate up to 8 guests; additional guests can stay at the nearby Buccaneer Luxury Resort Hotel. For weddings and all gatherings at Mango Hill Greathouse, there is a five-night minimum stay required, a $1500 event surcharge (plus 10% Government Hotel Tax on both the total gross rent and on the $1500 event fee), and a $2000 fully-refundable security deposit. The services of a wedding planner are mandatory to ensure a flawless celebration. The wedding or event must be held at least two days prior to your departure. Please contact us for further details and a Terms and Conditions Agreement.
CORPORATE CONFERENCES AND RETREATS: Mango Hill Greathouse is also the ideal setting for a smaller-scale conference, corporate retreat, family reunion or a special group celebration. There is a spacious air-conditioned boardroom with a conference table seating up to 16 people. The villa's attentive and experienced property manager can, with advance notice, arrange customized services, tours, provisioning, catering and entertainment. A private chef and daily maid service may also be arranged. For corporate conferences and retreats at Mango Hill Greathouse, there is a five-night minimum stay required, a $1000 conference surcharge (plus 10% Government Hotel Tax on both the total gross rent and on the $1000 event fee), plus the $1000 fully-refundable security deposit.
Buccaneer Luxury Resort Hotel next door to Shoys offers two beaches, watersports activities and rentals, health spa services and sauna, tennis courts, shopping arcade, both casual and fine dining, and an 18-hole golf course.
A 5-NIGHT MINIMUM RENTAL IS REQUIRED for MANGO HILL GREATHOUSE ALL YEAR AROUND. (EXCEPT during Christmas/New Year's, when a 10-night minimum rental is required, and during Thanksgiving Week, when a 7-night minimum rental is required.)