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Drake's View: Voted Best View in the Caribbean

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The award-winning view from Drake\'s View
View of Coral Bay from front deck
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Overview
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
8 guests
4 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. Drake's View is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a tile patio, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. One bedroom is in a separate cottage. The spa area includes a restroom, floats, and outdoor lounges for relaxing or dining. Five additional tile decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging and dining areas, all in eyesight of the exquisite view. The traditional architecture of the villa entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and terraced gardens. No matter wher...Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. Drake's View is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a tile patio, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. One bedroom is in a separate cottage. The spa area includes a restroom, floats, and outdoor lounges for relaxing or dining. Five additional tile decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging and dining areas, all in eyesight of the exquisite view. The traditional architecture of the villa entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and terraced gardens. No matter where you look in the house or cottage, you see Coral Bay, Drake's Passage, and the British Virgin Islands. Drake's View has the ambiance of a home rather than a rental. The large great room is furnished with Indonesian and American antiques, as well as contemporary and comfortable plantation-style furniture. Bright European posters, local art, and a Caribbean painting and mobile by artist Robert Tharsing are all part of the decor. The kitchen is equipped for gourmet cooking, is very spacious, and includes one of two dining areas in the villa. A wraparound bar beside the kitchen includes a bar sink, ambient lighting, and of course, a blender. Three bedrooms have king sized beds and one has a king, convertible to twins. Each bedroom has air conditioning, private bath, and TempurPedic Cloud Supreme mattresses. One to four couples or a large family will have ample room for privacy, different activities, and relaxation at Drake's View. Drake's View is centrally located, on Bordeaux Mountain, the highest point on St. John. The roads leading to Drake's View are all paved, and it is an easy 15 minute drive from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. It is a 6 minute drive to the Northshore Beaches; 3 minutes to the Reef Bay Trail; and 7 minutes to Coral Bay. From the front door, you can hike the Bordeaux Mountain Trail to Lameshur Beach in one hour. See a video tour of Drake's View in our Photos section.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Smoking is allowed outside only.
Bathrooms
4 Full baths, 1 Half bath
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About the Owner
Ellen/Dorothy R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2009
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Reviewed 6 January 2019

We had a FABULOUS vacation at Drake's View. With a 2 year old and 5 adults we had plenty of space. Fernando took great care of us. He made sure everything was working great and that we were comfortable the entire week. The view is...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Happiness398835, VR Owner at Drake's View: Voted Best View in the Caribbean, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed the house and we look forward to having you return in the near future.

Reviewed 4 January 2017

Where do I start... Drake's View is everything you read in the description.. and then some. The home is immaculate! We could not find a scratched tile in the whole house!! From the Tempur-Pedic beds, to the walk-in custom tile showers... this is a hidden...More

Date of stay: December 2016
Thank rangetim
Management response:Responded 6 January 2017

We appreciate our guests and strive to make their stay at Drake's View as enjoyable as possible. Thank you for your great review!

Reviewed 27 June 2016

Wow, is all I’ve got to say. My husband and I brought 3 other couples to St. John for a week to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Drakes View was the perfect villa for our group of 4 couples to enjoy for a week. Everyone...More

Date of stay: June 2016
Thank VAOldGirl
Reviewed 28 June 2015

Our 8 day stay at Drake's View was flawless and started with timely responses from Dorothy who, with Fernando, manages this property. Our family, ages 7 to 60something, found the beautiful view as described, and the property well maintained. The kitchen was equipped with everything...More

Date of stay: June 2015
1  Thank RickGus
Reviewed 9 February 2015

This is by no means your typical rental house!! It was our fourth time renting Drake's View and as always, we were not disappointed! In fact, it just keeps getting better. The view is absolutely spectacular and honestly, we forget how beautiful it is until...More

Date of stay: January 2015
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We loved Drake's View Villa! Our flights were running late and we were worried we may not be able to get our car. Fernando talked to the car rental company to make sure they'd hang around a little extra as we were running close to...More

Date of stay: April 2014
Thank Bostontravels
Management response:Responded 28 April 2014

We are so glad that you enjoyed Drake's View and the island. We appreciate your comments and hope you return to explore the island and relax at Drake's View. It...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

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Date of stay: June 2013
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Charlottesville Va
Reviewed 1 December 2013

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Date of stay: November 2013
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We had the privilege to stay at Drake's View villa in March 2013. This villa is absolutely amazing! From the superb view, to the spacious property, there is everything you need or want in a vacation here. When we arrived on the island, we were...More

Date of stay: March 2013
Thank misterpei
Reviewed 26 September 2012

We spent a glorious week in St. John at Drake's View. We can't recommend it enough for just about every reason you can imagine...every thing that you would want out of a vacation home is here for your enjoyment. We did a LOT of research...More

Date of stay: September 2012
1  Thank Benzaiohio
Management response:Responded 26 September 2012

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad that you enjoyed Drake's View and the island. We think that St. John is a special island with it's unspoiled...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Books
Ceiling Fans
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Hot Tub
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Porch
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Private Garden
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
The house is perched on Bordeaux Mt, the highest point on St. John and enjoys cooling breezes and fabulous eastern views of the British Virgin Islands and Coral Bay and the East End. It is very private but is only 1/8 mile to the main road. The house is adjacent to National Park. You can walk to the Bordeaux Mt. Trail to Lameshur and the Reef Bay trail. There is an extensive garden with bromeliads, orchids,and banana, meyer lemon,lime and numerous other citrus trees. It is 5 minute drive to the North Shore beaches.
Getting around
We recommend renting a 4wd for the island. You won't need it to get to and from Drake's View but it comes in handy when you are exploring the island and it's raining.
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