Scottland House Villa, Tortola
- August 26th, 2015
- in Resorts and Villas
In deciding where to take their next vacation, adventurous global travellers are often torn between a coastal escape to the historical setting of the Mediterranean, or a tropical paradise in the tranquil Caribbean. Though the destinations are separated by the world’s second largest body of water here in Tortola, the magic of both is offered at holiday home Scottland House, proudly presented by Villas of Tortola,
Hidden down an adventurous private road in the hillside above Smuggler’s Cove, the architectural masterpiece boasting Mediterranean character is an ideal hideaway for a couple or family wanting to escape the busy tourist spots of Tortola.
Its refreshing white exterior surrounded by stone walls features the classic design of a Greek villa; curved archways and large pillars, fitted by a burnt orange Spanish tile roof are enclosed by a wooden porch.
Guests immediately get in the old-world spirit upon entering their vacation home by unlocking the antique wooden door with a traditional large metal key. Stepping inside, an immediate illusion of time travel is created as the home is filled with one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor, selected by the owners to perfect the Mediterranean theme.
A cosy living area invites guests to lounge on spongy sofas and peruse the numerous artefacts and local paintings which adorn the space, or check out the ocean views with a state-of-the-art telescope.
The kitchen is a blend of period and contemporary, as it perfectly fits the Mediterranean style with antique pots, pans, and crockery, yet the appliances are modern to efficiently prepare all types of cuisine.
Meals are served al-fresco style on a patio table where guests can relish the Scottland experience while eating on pottery plates and sipping wine from goblets under the light of a medieval chandelier.
Scottland House comfortably caters to up to four guests and is the perfect place to spend time close to your loved ones. It more often accommodates honeymooners or a couple looking for a relaxing get-away-from-it-all.
On the ground floor, the lower bedroom contains a cosy queen bed with a half bathroom, and a vast library of literature catering to all preferences. Additionally, it is stocked with a collection of DVDs to be enjoyed in the upstairs master suite, while relaxing in the comfort of a spacious four-poster king-size bed. Its en suite bathroom positioning gives the unique option to bathe inside or in a natural stone outdoor shower.
Outside, the capacious deck area is tastefully adorned with unique antiques and landscaped with banana trees, wild orchids, and fuchsia bougainvillea flowers. Choose to read on the covered porch on a wicker chaise-longue, bask in the sun on a lounger, or retreat to a private hammock for a snooze, secluded behind the master suite under the shade of a wooden pergola. This followed by a refreshing dip in the 25 foot swimming pool and a delicious barbecue cooked on the gas grill nestled within a concrete alcove.
Relish an alluring sunset on the patio with the sound of wooden wind chimes harmonising with the breeze as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
Looking out to the horizon, Jost Van Dyke and its neighbouring islands are visible to the West, extending east to the northern tip of Tortola. Down below, Smuggler’s Cove’s sandy shores lined with tropical palms can be seen next to the Belmont peak and salt pond where flamingos can be sighted on occasion.
The peaceful location is just a four – five minute drive or 15 minute walk from Smuggler’s Cove, a calm beach with soft waves and prime snorkelling conditions. Explore the coast heading east and you’ll pass Long Bay Beach, moving into Apple Bay, a surfer’s paradise with welcoming dining establishments. Continue along to Carrot Bay for a true taste of local culture and cuisine. Arrive at Cane Garden Bay, Tortola’s most popular tourist beach, lined with beach bars and plenty of music and nightlife when the sun goes down.
The West End Ferry Dock is a short 10 minute drive from the home, with options to take a ferry for day visits to the neighbouring islands. Beside, Soper’s Hole Marina offers essential amenities including shops, restaurants, spas, and additional activities to enjoy the water.
Scottland House grants an immediate sensation that you are inside a home you’d find when exploring the historic streets of Spain or Portugal, yet its luscious tropical surroundings quickly affirm that you are in another kind of utopia.
Presented by Villas of Tortola
bedroom: 2 (1 king, 1 queen)
bathroom: 1 1/2 (+ 2 outdoor showers)
max guests: 4
pool: 29 x 5 x 4.5 deep
beach: Smugglers Cove (5 min drive)
maid service: once midweek