East Bordeaux, overlooking Coral Bay
Pool, Hot tub
6 Bedroom(s), 6 Bath(s)
Chateau Margot, a 6-bedroom, 6-bath luxury villa with pool. Securely snuggled into the verdant green hillside of Bordeaux Mountain, Chateau Margot is situated on Bordeaux's eastern slope, approximately 1,000 feet above sea level. Overlooking the quiet community of Coral Bay, the impressive 4 1/2 acre villa estate affords majestic views of St. John's East End as well as the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, and several smaller cays along the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This property is only 1Ĺ miles from the turn off Centerline Road that leads straight down to the amazing Maho and Francis Beaches and only 3 miles from the center of Coral Bay. To reach the estate, travel 5 miles from downtown Cruz Bay, halfway through the Virgin Islands National Park. Only 3/10 of a mile after passing the historic Reef Bay Trail entrance, the road to the estate forks off just to the right of the famous Ch‚teau Bordeaux restaurant complex. From there, a 1/2 mile paved drive curves around and down to the grand white gates of Chateau Margot.
Chateau Margot, like its nearby neighbor Chateau Bordeaux, shares a name with one of the world's best wines. Margot, a red claret wine of "truly incomparable distinction and class", always "well-balanced and unsurpassed by any other wine on earth" makes an appropriate namesake for this estate. Chateau Margot stands out and above most other St. John properties. This villa estate's classic quality and style are impossible to deny when noticing the warmth of carved teak and mahogany woods; the lasting beauty and strength of polished granite, coral and marble tiles; and the innovative appliances, fixtures and electronics found all throughout Chateau Margot. The artistic blending of a rich regal decor, set within coolly casual curves and angles, adapted to the middle of a secluded tropical forest, gives this villa estate the well-balanced "premier grand-cru" classification that it truly deserves.
Completely renovated under the conception and direction of St. Johnís talented interior designer Adette Irish, Chateau Margot showcases original art from local artists such as Amy Tracer, Les Anderson, Elaine Estern and Janet Cook-Rutnik among others. Designer linens, rugs and furnishings are artfully arranged against St. John handcrafted doors, cabinetry and native stone walls.
Enter Chateau Margot through 8 ft. high wrought-iron gates, set between a towering 20 ft. White Bird of Paradise plant and a chiseled rock mountainside, into a parking area large enough for four vehicles. Plenty of space and easy parking. Vivid orange and deep pink bougainvillea spill over a high stone wall on the left, and massive blooming cactus, agaves and Crown of Thorn plants create a natural barrier on the right. A side path leads down to terraced groves of trees. Grapefruit, orange, pomegranate, mango, avocado, papaya, banana, guava and star fruit grow on the grounds of this hideaway. When itís in season, you are welcome to pick the fruit. From the parking area, a confluence of terraced stone pathways leads to the Chateau Margot. Areca palms, Dracaena Marginatas, Monsterra Philodendrons and fluffy mounds of Philippine Violets fill planters along the way. Their varying shades of green contrast brightly with the warm honey gold exterior of Chateau Margot, a color that seems to glow all day in anticipation of reflecting the perfect sunset light. The Great House atrium entrance is straight ahead.
Winding terraces, railed wooden decks, native stone paths, gardens and koi ponds connect Chateau Margotís three large masonry buildings. The interior living space is an amazing 6,165 square ft. and the exterior decking is 2,300 square ft. for a total of 8,465 square ft. of pure St. John paradise. The main level of the three-story Great House holds the living, dining and kitchen areas, as well as the infinity pool and sundeck. Three bedrooms with ensuite baths are in the Great House -- the Master bed/bath Suite and the Pineapple and Parrot bedrooms are on the upper level. Situated beside the Great House is the 2-level Guest House, containing both the Orchid and Bamboo bed/bath Suites. Overlooking the Great House is the free standing Coral Cottage, a very private bedroom/bath that also has a kitchenette. All bedrooms contain ceiling fans, and each has its own A/C. This countryside villa estate is ideal for one, two or three families -- Each can have a separate housing area. The arrangement of the three upper bedrooms in the Great House is perfect for parents with younger children.
Chateau Margot has a fully-equipped office area for your convenience. The office has abundant built-in desk space with two chairs, a computer with wireless satellite hookup, phone, fax/copier, scanner and set of encyclopedias for those guests who just can't leave their work behind. Next to the office is a laundry area. The laundry room contains a washer and two dryers, iron, built-in ironing board and a working table. A small powder room is located between the other two rooms for quick and convenient access from the most used living areas of the house.
Enter into the Great Room at Chateau Margot and let your senses be caressed by the soft breezes flowing around and down the hillsides into this magnificent airy space. Radiant tropical light glows through six sets of 8'x 8' screened sliding glass doors that wrap around three of the walls. Look out to see the glistening infinity pool and lounge deck. Look a bit further and gaze at a most spectacular view of emerald crowned hills tumbling down to serene Coral Bay. Inside the Great Room are two oversize sofas made from golden sea grass. The sofas are covered with plump cushions, with fabrics woven in tones of ruby red, gold and teal. Two large chairs add additional seating. A mahogany armoire holds a 36-inch big-screen cable-TV with CD/DVD player and a remote-controlled Bose CD/cassette stereo. Videos and CDs are included for your enjoyment. A crimson colored bookcase contains novels, board games and binoculars for all to enjoy.
Over to the side of the Great Room, a stately mahogany and maple dining table sits in front of a floor-to-ceiling native stone wall. Mahogany chairs provide seating for 12. A beautiful plantation-style sideboard buffet, set against the wall, echoes the dark graceful lines of the dining table. Inside the buffet are tasteful table linens that display a tropical motif. The walls of this room, as all the interior walls of the main house, are painted with a pale amber shade, reminiscent of sweet ripened pineapple or well-aged rum. The floors throughout both levels of the main house are laid with creamy white tiles.
The gourmet kitchen, with all appliances, can be accessed from three different entryways -- a hall from the living/dining room, a door near the grill on the pool deck, and from a utility door near the parking area. A state-of-the-art Kitchen-Aid flat surface cook-top is situated on a large dark-wood center island. The cook surface is surrounded by a gold and brown granite countertop, with storage areas built-in below. All new Kitchen-Aid appliances, including a convection oven, microwave, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator are handsomely enclosed in pale creamy cabinetry. The beautiful speckled granite also tops off a lengthy curving counter, surrounded by more cabinets, all built into a graceful J-shape. A multitude of drawers and cabinets provides extraordinary storage space. The kitchen also contains a full array of small appliances, and complete dinnerware for 20. Five windows above the counter survey the hillside and Coral Bay town view.
In a small alcove off the service hall, there is more pantry space and a second refrigerator for overstock. Put your favorite beverages here. A louvered glass door at the end of the kitchen opens into a dining nook. Tiled floors and a short stone wall base give rise to a viewing wall of twelve 6-foot-tall screened window frames set side by side in a circular pattern. Great breezes and majestic views of two forested mountains reaching down to the sea make dining at the four-seat wicker table an exhilarating treat.
The outside at Chateau Margot is just as exceptional as is the inside. The tiled pool deck wraps around a 14 x 28 foot infinity pool that has corner steps for easy entry. The depths of the pool go from 4 foot to 13 foot. For toddler safety, a nylon mesh barrier may be installed around the pool, by advance request. Six lounge chairs and six sitting chairs, placed around poolside tables, can be arranged in many directions to capture the sun. Whip up a frosty blender drink and relax as you cook some fresh local-caught fish or other delicacies on the Weber gas barbecue grill.
Three bedrooms and two baths occupy the second story of the Great House. The Chateau Margot Master Suite is accessed two ways -- by private entrance from the upper terrace garden by the koi pool, or through a door and staircase from the pool deck.
The garden entrance opens into the luxurious and extremely large ensuite master bath, which is open, airy and light. A 13-foot handmade granite-topped vanity, with double sinks, bronzed lighting, bronzed fixtures and a 10-foot mirror are perfectly built into a sidewall. An alcove with picture window views to the lily pond and Guest House. The alcove contains a platform Jacuzzi tub and a separate granite-topped vanity with mirror, drawers and a round padded stool. Off to the side, behind a privacy enclosure, there is a toilet and bidet. Besides both vanity's storage areas, there are beautiful built-in floor to wall cabinets, which add to the master bath's tremendous storage space. Sleek tasteful accessories, silk plants and two ceiling fans, plus A/C, add the final upscale touches to this magnificent room.
Beyond, enter an archway into the two-person semi-circular shower. Made of cut polished coral and cream-colored tumbled marble tiles, the shower includes two sets of water fixtures, three arched windows and a built-in seat. You'll love it -- this shower makes bathing an otherworldly experience.
From the bath, pass through two large arched dark-wood slatted doors into a hall that opens into Chateau Margot's Master Bedroom. Each side of the hall is composed of a large walk-in closet, creating the perfect his and hers storage. Entering the bedroom itself, your focus is drawn to the carved mahogany four-poster king Tommy Bahama bed. A Bauer International hooked wool rug lies in front of the great mahogany armoire, holding a 27-inch cable TV/VCR. Shades of burgundy and gold are utilized throughout the decor. When you open the woven sea grass patterned drapes, the floods in from two perpendicular walls that each contain 8' by 8' sliding glass doors. The sliders open out to an L-shaped deck that overlooks the spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands. As with all bedrooms on the villa estate, there is a ceiling fan and A/C with remote control. Several silk plants and two cushioned armchairs complete the regal ambiance of this room.
From the Master Bedroom, a door enters into a high ceiling hall. A numbered Paulson print of a Bird of Paradise hangs on the wall across from an intricate woven wood railing. The stairs here lead down to the pool deck, and there is a door to another slim observation deck. Both the Pineapple and Parrot bedroom entrance doors are located in this hall. Each of these bedrooms is decorated with luxurious neutral colored linens and coordinating floral draperies.
The Pineapple and Parrot bedrooms share one connecting bathroom. The bathroomís full tub/shower is set under a picture window overlooking the wonderful eastward view. Each bedroom contains a queen bed, ceiling fan, A/C and telephone. The 8' sliding glass doors in the Pineapple room open to the adjoining L-shaped deck of the Master bedroom. The Parrot roomís sliding glass doors open out to a large 9 x 13 foot semi-circular tiled deck. This deck faces west, and has tables and chairs for afternoon sun tanning and evening stargazing.
The two-level Guest House at Chateau Margot, with two bedrooms and two baths, sits angled to the side of the Great House. Tucked into the sloped hillside, it is shady and quiet. The entire interior is painted a cool jungle green that reflects the wild ferns and fan palms that rustle right outside the walls. From the ground level of the Great House atrium, follow the railed wooden walkway four steps down as it curves to the lower level of the Guest House. A triangular shaped deck, bordered by Sego Palms and Monsterra Philodendron, overlooks the treed terrace below. Sliding glass doors open up into the Bamboo suite.
The Bamboo Suite at Chateau Margot has a queen split bamboo-framed bed, bamboo wood furniture and shades. Palm print linens complete the island decor. There is a ceiling fan, A/C, telephone, 14-inch cable TV/VCR, a stereo CD player and large walk-in closet. The ensuite bathroom has a six-foot white tiled vanity and a spacious U-shaped tiled shower. Arched windows inside look out upon a very private, lush forest.
The upper story of Chateau Margot's Guest House, next to a soothing a koi pond, is accessed from a terraced stone path leading from the main house's central entrance or from side steps near the lower Guest House bedroom. Here, the Orchid Suite contains a four-poster queen bed, A/C, ceiling fan, cable TV/VCR/DVD and telephone. Blue and white cattleya orchid print drapes cover two walls of 8 x 8 ft. sliding glass doors. These open to an observation deck. There is ample closet space and a 4 x 8' wooden storage cabinet. A back-slanting plantation-style chair, bookcase and floor lamp decorate a cozy sitting area in the corner, perfect for reading. The attached ensuite bathroom has a four-foot tiled vanity and a large U-shaped tiled shower with windows similar to the one downstairs.
Comfortable Coral Cottage at Chateau Margot perches above both the Guest House and the Great House. Coral Cottage offers an even more elevated, awe-inspiring view over Coral Bay and the down island chain from its roofed, tiled front porch. Walk up the native stone paths that curve and meander their way through terraces of exotic plants. A tall Turpentine tree plays host to staghorn ferns and dozens of wildly spreading epiphytic orchids. Among the delicate native blooms, purple, fuchsia and cherry red Vanda orchids bloom intermittently.
Enter Coral Cottage and find yourself in a romantic private retreat. A bedroom/bathroom/kitchenette suite all in one, it becomes the perfect getaway. A couple with a young baby, or a guest couple preferring a quiet space away from the action of the main house will appreciate this spot. Inside Coral Cottage, the interior color scheme matches the Guest House, cool jungle green walls with large cream-colored floor tiles. A wrought-iron four-poster king bed, A/C, dark mahogany dressers, a 19 inch cable TV/VCR and two cushioned armchairs decorate the sleeping area. A round pedestal table, with four cushioned teak chairs on top of a black floral rug, defines the kitchenette space. Cabinets and a counter hold a small refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffeemaker and dinnerware for four. The attached ensuite bathroom contains a shower with full tub. Gentle light streams in from the plentiful windows that wrap around Coral Cottage. The side window by the kitchenette, shaded by a giant alocasia elephant ear plant, looks out to the second smaller goldfish pond containing orandas and guppies. Cyperus and water lettuce grow in the water, while frilly ferns and red hibiscus hang nearby. Outside, on the tiled porch, there are two wicker chairs and a small love seat for your comfort and relaxation.
Around the corner of Coral Cottage is another slim railed observation deck that overlooks the beautiful island and ocean views. Sit on the porch alongside the 15' tall White Bird of Paradise plant and the forever-fruiting Key Lime tree and admire the calming picture postcard scene. Look around and be amazed at the shapes and colors of the red and pink gingers, yellow hellonconias, and spiky bromeliads. Areca, Fan and Christmas palms sway gracefully. Step down from the small front yard of Coral Cottage to the next terrace where a free-form pond with a cascading waterfall waits. Cyperus plants stretch upward from the depths while Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinths grace the surface. Pale blue lilies bloom occasionally, and their pads give constant shade to small guppies, koi and orandas.
Listen to the stirring of the palms from the breezes that also brush gently across your skin. Since Chateau Margot is in a wooded area, you'll hear the birds peep, trill and chirp up and down the bountiful hillside. Wake up early in the morning to see the mountains veiled in mist. At night, turn on the beautiful outdoor lanterns, found affixed over doors and on building corners. In their soft glow, primitive shaped shadows dance around as wispy winds play through the leaves. Know how captivating it can be to live completely surrounded by Caribbean nature. St. John has much to offer -- pristine beaches and crystalline water, world class dining, exotic and upscale shopping, historic ruins and rugged trails for exploring. Yet, when your day is done, Estate Chateau Margot offers a quiet castle-like retreat away from the rest of the world. Being her own little universe of serenity, Chateau Margot may entice you to skip the day trip, and stay comfortably home, daydreaming in her warm embrace.
Summer 2017 -- April 15 - December 15, 2017
1-4 Guests - $4,400 Great House
5-6 Guests - $4,900 Great House
7-8 Guests - $5,700 Great House & Cottage
9-10 Guests - $6,500 Great House, Cottage, Guest Suite
11-12 Guests - $7,200 All Suites
Winter 2017 -- January 5, - April 14, 2017
1-6 Guests - $7,300 Great House
7-8 Guests - $8,250 Great House + Cottage
9-10 Guests - $9,450 Great House, Cottage + GS
11-12 Guests - $10,300 All Suites
Please send inquiry for holiday rates.
Children of all ages are welcome!
Weekly rates are based on double occupancy, un-rented bedrooms will remain locked & unoccupied during your stay .
Wedding/Reception or Catered Dinner/Party for 13 or more guests will pay an additional fee above the maximum house rate.
This is a non smoking villa, however smoking is permitted outside in the exterior deck areas.
V.I. tax is 12.5%.
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