POST IRMA/MARIA UPDATE: Some damage to roofs and windows and doors. Owners are keen to sell 'as is'.
Tropical design with European sophistication, superb standard of finish and attention to detail all combine to create this intriguing retreat located on 1.46 acres in a private hillside setting on Tortola's south coast. The property certainly captures some of the more spectacular ocean views on Tortola, spanning from Virgin Gorda all the way to St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, on a clear day.
Recently completed and immaculately maintained, this luxury residence is built as two pavilions separated by an infinity edge pool and connected by a covered loggia. The main house is entirely occupied by the open plan Great Room with dramatically high ceilings. The gourmet kitchen is set center stage at a slightly higher level blending seamlessly with the beautifully decorated living and dining areas. A breakfast terrace is located to the rear of the kitchen. The private office loft with companion terrace is accessed by a beautifully crafted wooden staircase. Wide verandahs surround the main house and provide additional areas for relaxation and entertaining. Across the swimming pool area is the second pavilion, which features a spacious master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room on the upper level while two guest suites occupy the lower level. Lush vegetation and beautifully landscaped grounds flank the gated entrance driveway and complement this elegant home. Conveniently located within short driving distance to a popular marina, this impressive property is only a scenic drive away from the beaches of the North shore and West End.
Turpentine House was built to an impeccable specification and has been immaculately maintained ever since. It encompasses approximately 3,250 square feet of interior space and 3,860 feet of covered areas. The house has been designed as two pavilions separated by the swimming pool deck and connected by a covered loggia.
The main house has the shape of a stretched octagon with dramatically high ceilings. Its majestic open plan Great Room incorporates a gourmet kitchen set at centre stage at a slightly higher level which blends seamlessly into the beautifully decorated living and dining area. A breakfast/BBQ courtyard shaded by a Kabucalli pergola adjoins the rear of the kitchen. The private office loft with companion terrace is accessed by a beautifully crafted wooden staircase. Wide verandahs surround the main house and together with the swimming pool deck provide additional areas for relaxation and entertaining.
Across the swimming pool terrace is the second pavilion, which features a spacious master bedroom suite on the upper level while two guest suites occupy the lower level.
Below the main house, a substantial workshop with bathroom could be converted for further private and independent accommodation.
The gated entrance is flanked with lush vegetation and leads to the ample parking area and to the main entrance enhanced by beautiful hardwood teak doors. Indigenous tropical landscaped grounds surround this elegant home.
The striking beauty of the house lies in the careful choice of the materials all complementary to each other framing the magnificent views. The warmth emanating from the property comes from the rich earthly colours and hues which have been used consistently throughout the house together with the latest interior designing trends. South African slate floors go hand in hand with the tadelak stuccoed walls, painstakingly finished with hand applied wax. Ipe, garapeira and kabukalli woods are complemented by hand made copper light fixtures. No effort was spared in the thoughtful planning of this stunning residence and together with exceptional workmanship has resulted in a property that is unique on Tortola.
Hand carved teak entrance doors opens up into the covered loggia with steps down to the infinity pool terrace and the magnificent views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Views are framed by the wide verandahs flanking the swimming pool terrace. A truly breathtaking introduction to this beautiful property!
The loggia connects the main house to the bedroom pavilion and also provides a shaded area adjacent to the swimming pool.
The shiny hardwood Ipe pool deck is furnished with elegant wood loungers with white cushions.
Accessed from the covered loggia, the main house has the shape of a stretched octagon which comprises a spacious Great Room. The main architectural feature of this amazing space is the dramatic suspended mezzanine floor supported by 12" x 12" hardwood (Ipe) columns and accessed by a beautifully crafted wooden staircase. The kitchen is set, beneath the mezzanine floor, at the centre of this elegantly furnished room at a slightly elevated position and overlooks the living and dining areas.
The dining area with its extensive rectangular table is located three steps down from the kitchen and offers spectacular views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The living area furnished with a white Roche Bobois sofa and Indonesian coffee and side tables is positioned to enjoy the cooling breezes. A guest bathroom is located off the entrance from the loggia. The room is surrounded by wide verandahs and decks with stainless steel fittings providing additional areas for relaxation and entertaining.
The Great Room is graced by high shingle faced ceilings whose ridge has an height of approx. 30 feet, South African slate floors and Garapeira wooden doors opening onto the covered verandahs. The walls are tadelak stuccoed and hand waxed in earthly tones of burnt orange and ochra which are used throughout the house.
Situated at a slightly higher level in the centre of the Great Room, the kitchen blends seamlessly with the surrounding living and dining areas. Cast in situ concrete countertops with hardwood garapeia cabinetry. Centre island with prep sink and wooden counter top. All appliances are of the Viking stainless steel designer series. A delightful enclosed courtyard covered by a Kabucally pergola, adjoins the rear of the kitchen. It houses a stainless steel BBQ and is also ideal as a breakfast area.
Accessed by an impressive wooden staircase, the loft is currently used as an office. Overlooking the great rooms' living area, the office opens up into a delightful terrace with easterly views of Tortola and the Channel to Virgin Gorda.
Master bedroom suite
A private staircase off the loggia leads to the master bedroom suite which occupies the upper level of the bedroom pavilion. The bed is surprisingly positioned in the center of the bedroom (21' x 13') affording spectacular views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel from the screen pocket doors and wide verandahs. Unlike the rest of the house, the master bedroom has Ipe hardwood floors. The bathroom (21.5' x 6.5') replicates the character of the rest of the house with cast in situ waxed sinks and counter tops and stainless steel fixtures. The walking closet/dressing area (6.8' x 8.5') is open to the bedroom.
Guest bedroom 1 & 2 (13.5' x 13.5' each)
The lower level of the bedroom pavilion comprises two guest bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom, wide verandahs and direct access to the swimming pool deck.
- Loggia (41' x 11')
- Swimming pool deck (540 sf)
- Main House (45' x 38')
- Floors South African slate
- Interior floors and stairs Ipe hardwood (Brazilian walnut)
- Outdoor Decks Ipe hardwood (Brazilian walnut)
- Rails Kabucalli Hardwood (Guyana)
- Posts Kabucalli Hardwood (Guyana)
- Doors Garapeira Hardwood (Brazil)
- Wall/ceiling lights nickel finish (from Italy)
- Kitchen appliances Viking stainless steel designer series
- Barbecue Viking stainless steel designer series
- Exterior lights Copper, hand made
- Wall finish tadelak finished with hand applied wax
- Stainless steel custom made brackets for cantilevered deck
- Stainless steel fittings for posts
- Stainless steel hurricane bracket for roof
- Saltpool system with Autopilot
- Entrance door Teak hardwood
- Furniture Teak hardwood
- Roof Treated shingles
- Beams and rafters Treated pine
- Cabinets Garapeira Hardwood (Brazil)
- Faucets chromed from Italy