6 Bedrooms | 6.5 Baths
From $1,172 per Night
Estate Belvedere, Cane Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
An electronic gate ushers you into Estate Belvedere's magnificent four acres, past a fenced formal garden with a fountain, and back into a part of St. Croix's Danish history of centuries past.
The centerpiece of this Estate is the sugar mill dating back to 1763, a place where sugar cane was refined into precious sugar and the molasses into Cruzan rum; other ruins of the old plantation still grace this lovely island property. Extensive historical research was done by the current owners in both St. Croix and Danish archives, and after several years of careful and loving restoration, Estate Belvedere is now receiving guests fortunate enough to enjoy its unique history, spectacular landscaping on spacious grounds, and its beautiful interiors.
The sugar mill is the central gathering place for everyone. The mill's entrance opens to an art gallery in the round, complete with the old Danish brick floor, showcasing the owners' collection of Caribbean art and historical memorabilia. A powder room with a handpainted tropical mural is tucked off to the side. Built to encompass the curve of the sugar mill are the living area, gourmet kitchen and home office area, which open through french doors onto an expansive terrace looking out to the sea, set with cushioned furniture for the cocktail hour and lazy stargazing when night falls. A covered pavilion is just off the kitchen on this terrace, with a handy pass-through/bar to the kitchen for easy serving, providing a shaded, cool spot for alfresco dining.
Three air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites on two levels of the mill (named Sunrise, Hibiscus and Jungle Suites) offer luxurious privacy. Outside, a staircase winds up and around the sugar mill to its very top and to spectacular long-distance vistas in every direction. A handpainted mural maps the islands you see in the distance from this high vantage point. Off to one side of the Estate are old plantation ruins of long ago where vivid bougainvillea now bloom; part of this area has been made into a lovely patio for conversation or quiet reading, where cool tradewinds prevail.
Estate Belvedere's extensive and beautifully-preserved ruins include a classic Caribbean welcoming arms staircase and graceful arches framing the lush gardens, providing a fascinating look at sturdy Danish stonework done over 200 years ago. Accessed via one of the old stone staircases is the Tower Building, a modern two-story pavilion with two very spacious, air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites (Ocean and Coral Suites), each suite with a large living area, a full kitchen and two queen beds. These colorful and completely equipped suites are perfect for family privacy, and further enhance the child-friendly nature of the Estate.
Just beyond is the Garden Cottage, built as a new extension of the ruins; its entry patio incorporates some of the old stone rubble walls. Air-conditioned and very private, this suite also offers a sitting room with a small kitchen and a queen bedroom.
Walkways connect the buildings and the ruins, meandering under tall, shady trees, past fruit trees and glorious tropical gardens fenced by elegant wrought iron, displaying riots of vivid flowers and exotic plants, and through green manicured lawns.
The Pool House, the generous swimming pool and the air-conditioned home gym are situated beyond the sugar mill and Tower Building; the pool area and surrounding lawn are screened by trees and shrubbery for complete privacy.
Estate Belvedere is a masterpiece, an important bookmark in St. Croix's colorful history. Every modern convenience and amenity is here, the decor is today's classic Caribbean, but the spirit of early island days prevails. A perfect place for families or for building more memories with close friends, time spent within this elegant Estate will be relished and remembered by all fortunate enough to find this very special property. Five stars.
(Chad, the Estate's caretaker, lives close to the entrance in a removed, separate cottage).
ESTATE BELVEDERE IS AVAILABLE FOR WEDDINGS or PARTIES for up to 50 guests maximum. The villa rental rates charged for this special week are, for 1-14 persons during High Season: $9604/week, OR rate for 1-14 persons during Low Season: $8162/week, plus 10% Government Hotel Tax. Also,please add a $1500 event surcharge (plus 10% Government Hotel Tax) to the rental rates above for weddings or functions, and increase the fully-refundable damage deposit to $1500
Check in 3PM
Check out 11AM
Prices based on two persons per bedroom
Should a group become larger, they will be required to pay for additional guests for all excess persons
No Pets Allowed
Non Smoking Home
5 Night Minimum During Low Season
7 Night Minimum During High Season
Holds are for 3 business days
Cellular phone number required
Arrival information is due no fewer than 2 weeks before arrival
Half of your rent is due here within 10 days of booking
Rentals for Christmas/New Year’s must be paid in full by September 30th
Damage deposits are fully refundable within 45 to 60 days as long as there is no breakage
Manager reserve the right to be allowed several hours (up to 24 hours) to cure a reported problem
Failure to check out of your villa at 11 am sharp may result in a $250 Penalty
Villa Manager reserves the right to substitute for better or same in case of emergency repair problem, weather issue, or management issue
Villas shall charge Guest $35 for each set of lost or mishandled keys
Noise Ordinance after 10PM
DON’T FORGET to BRING PROOF of CITIZENSHIP!
$1,000 Damage Deposit
50% down to book
50% (balance) due 60 days prior
Please Ask us About CSA Travel Protection
Rates and fees subject to change without notice
**All starting rates are low season rates. Rates are now quoted based on occupancy and use. Please call or inquire for individual group rates.**
5 Bedrooms Main house
1 Bedroom Cottage
6.5 Bathrooms (6 Ensuite)
approx. 8400 sq. ft
2 Kings Beds
6 Queens Beds
A/C in all Suites + in Sugar Mill's kitchen + LR
iPod docking station
CD music collection
Once per week maid service (except Sundays and holidays