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Written by Dan O'Connor   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A Retreat from Reality
The Estate at Spring Bay

The Estate At Spring Bay offers a true oasis, an escape from the otherwise bustling landscape of St Thomas. The gate sweeps open to a vast 10-bedroom property on 20-acres on its own private bay, hideaway five minutes from Red Hook, the perfect reprieve from the real world.

A manicured landscape, complete with an array of indigenous vegetation, welcomes guests from the gate to the great house. There, surreal panoramas open from Spring Bay’s sheltered cove. The great house stands as a testament to evolved architecture, combining more than fifty years of renovation—eaach responsible for what the owners describe as a “labour of love.” Between the immaculate man-made beauty evident in the main house, and the undeniable natural splendor encompassing the property, The Estate at Spring Bay finds a perfect balance within its surroundings.

The Estate cuts out a private retreat within Spring Bay. All Photos by Don Heber

Spacious verandahs sprawl outward in a beckoning motion toward the easily accessible waterfront. Areas designated for intimate lounging, dining or lively entertaining are everywhere. The opalescent waters, blended in hues decorated by the intricate reef system and white sands below, become almost too much to resist.

The shore’s edge offers effortless access to inviting waters for swimming, snorkeling, diving and a myriad of other marine activities. A spacious storage room currently houses an array of toys, from glass-bottom kayaks to paddleboards. The soft beach and rocky shorefront are divided by a lengthy pier—a true rarity in the Virgin Islands. There are also two moorings in the bay; one can accommodate an 80-foot vessel, the other a 30-footer.

The main house welcomes guests with a cathedral ceiling designed from cypress wood—which blends in unique harmony with the original blue bit stonework. Within the tri-level main house, modern elegance abounds. Mahogany, Brazilian walnut, linum vitae and cypress woods come together to create a blend of rugged and refined. The spacious great room connects the house with an ideal setting for impressive dining and entertaining. I was taken aback at every turn: A sound-proof theatre, lined with cozy couches; a master bedroom suite equipped with its own spacious sitting room and wet bar; a gourmet kitchen, with custom cabinetry built by renowned VI woodworker, George Munzar.

Spacious verandahs line the waterfront property.

In addition to the seemingly effortless elegance of the great house there are, as one wanders the stone driveways and paths, a myriad of functional, state-of-the-art mechanicals. The de-salinization plant, generator, security and communications systems are definitely 21st century musts. The Estate at Spring Bay is totally self-sufficient—a world unto itself.

Other indulgences include a wine cellar, the envy of any discerning oenophile, and a gym kitted out for an overachiever. Outside, past another spacious verandah, perfect for tented events or live entertainment, a staircase led to what could only be best described as a man-cave complete with a large flat screen TV, stocked wet bar, pristine billiard table and several gaming tables.

The luxurious main house is flanked by three very private cottage counterparts, each with a unique personality. Seven Pillars is a two-bedroom residence with large deck and charming vista overlooking the bay toward the great house; the Gatehouse spacious two-bedroom home, currently used as a family office, near the entrance to the property; and a third, Stone cottage, with its panoramic view of the bay.

The great house at Spring Bay acts as the anchor to the surrounding, gently sloped, undeveloped acreage. The entire property is electronically gated and connected by beautifully constructed estate roads built of stone and antique brick, that wind from the entrance down to the welcoming port cochere at the main residence. With its endless amenities and room for ultimate expansion, it’s hard to categorize this extraordinary estate. Without a doubt, it exists as one of the most significant properties in the Virgin Islands.

A peak into the great house’s main living room.

Spring Bay Estate Waterfront Property on 20 acres with pier
Location - Spring Bay, St Thomas
Edifices - Main house & three private cottages
Amenities - Gym, theater, billiard room, wine cellar, two pools & a beach.
Size - 20 acres with a private pier

For more info contact:
Rosie Nichols
t (340) 642 8981
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