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Peaceful Romantic Caribbean getaway on the 'secret' Virgin Island

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Barbecue

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms plus separate master bedroom casita. 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Our classic beach cottage and master suite casita provide a rustic, peaceful, private, romantic, and truly off the grid getaway. On 5 private acres which ends on our mountaintop--Its charms are simple and unpretentious. We hope you find peace and tranquility as well as perfect beach days every moment of your visit. Private dead end road, gated entrance, double sized deck, endless water and mountain views. One of a kind. Relax and recharge in paradise.


Owner
Hilary Vartanian
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About Hilary Vartanian

We are a New York City family who is passionate about the beach. Having traveled the world we have found a true peace and a slice of paradise here on Culebra.

Hilary Vartanian purchased this house in 2004

Why Hilary Vartanian chose Culebra

This house is one of a kind on a peaceful, protected part of the island. The house has always drawn great people and our repeat renters are a testament to the comfort and beauty of the island and our home.

What makes this house unique

a large property with neighbors few and far between, a friendly helpful caretaker and a home that has every amenity needed for a relaxing beach getaway.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Flamenco in Culebra

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Second full bath is in the casita
  • 2 beautiful, modern bathrooms with shower built for two with Rainfall showerhead, terracotta tile and sandstone. Please note second full bathroom is in casita outdoor shower (hot, warm, and cold water) with natural privacy through landscaping.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 3 full, spacious bedrooms (one is master suite casita next to main house) Master bedroom has sweeping views of ocean and St. Thomas and full deck. Casita has separate bathroom kithenette and deck. 2nd bedroom has private entrance queen bed and day bed. All bedrooms have direct access to decks. additional sleeping alcove is perfect for a child, babysitter or additional guest and has one twin bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Wifi is a challenge on the island. We are installing cable this summer and hope to have very reliable wifi soon. Until then, library and bakery in town have wifi.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Peaceful Romantic Caribbean getaway on the 'secret' Virgin Island
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews
5

Lovely retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four rented this lovely hilltop home over Easter break. It has been lovingly decorated and has an AMAZING collection of DVDs, CDs, and coffee-table-style art, reference, and fiction books! We really enjoyed exploring these in our down time at the house and also enjoyed the gardens around the entryway.

Most of our time at Culebra was spent at the various beaches, with a new snorkel adventure every day. The snorkeling directly from the beaches was better here than any other Carribean Island we have explored! (We have been to many). The Coral were in excellent condition and the plant and animal life was so diverse, with very dynamic terrain. We saw turtles, rays, and squid on multiple days and even found an Octopus! The reefs that required hikes to assess the beaches allowed us nice options to escape the Easter weekend crowds as well.

This home is in an excellent location for exploring the island with a lovely view of the bay and hillside from the deck. The jeep ride up to the house was a bit intense the first time through, as it is very steep, but we got used to it after a couple of runs. :)

The only set-backs for us were that we had anticipated having access to the laudry machine (and packed lightly for the Flamenco flight to the island) but found out on arrival that we could not do laundry or take showers more than rinsing off the soap/conditioner since the island was experiencing a drought. As it turned out, it was not at all a big deal, but something to be aware of as a possibility.

Also, we had not noticed from the pictures and description that the master bedroom did not have a door and was open to the main space (and twin bed alcove). These are just items that could be important, depending on the group you are traveling with.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience at this house and my husband especially loved all of the open natural space that the property offered for him to practice his Thai Chi! This home had such a personal touch and a very playful personality to it that made it very unique! We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! We pride ourselves on creating a comfortable environment for our guests. The island does go thru periods of draught and we were happy to accommodate your request to use the washer dryer during your five day visit when you requested it. Most houses on the island practice the same kind of water conservation. In terms of the layout of the house, homes in the Caribbean are open concept as is ours and we have always found people have enjoyed the flow and design of the house. Although it is true there isn't a "door" to the master bedroom it was a design choice to have a step down into the master where you turn a corner to a completely private master bedroom with direct access to the deck. The twin alcove is described as such and the picture also represents that. Our guest casita provides a separate master suite as well which can be added to the rental. Thanks for your comments and we were glad you enjoyed your stay.
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5

Spectacular private setting for those seeking peace and solitude.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casa Estrella. It's perched very high on a steep hill with spectacular views and the most wonderful breezes. You must rent a 4WD to reach the house. as its completely private location is at the end of a steep dirt road. There's nothing more wonderful than breakfast on the big deck or dinner under the stars. We especially love this special house doesn't feel like a sterile rental unit. Rather it is a beloved family home with many wonderful books, great CDS and DVDS, games, art, etc. We love returning there after a day at the beach, taking an outdoor shower and savoring the complete peace here. The kitchen is very well appointed and there's a huge gas grill. Very special is a network of protected nature trails above the house. Hilary is a very experienced host and offers thorough information and support.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer! There is nothing we value more than repeat visitors such as you. We like to say the house "draws great people" and you are a wonderful example. We look forward to your next visit!
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5

Perfect Honeymoon Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Great house with sunrise views! We loved the location as it was minutes from a beach to snorkel at sunset! Easy to get to (4WD required) from town but very secluded and private. The property manager went above and beyond upon our arrival by bringing us to the beach when our rental car wasn't ready. The house had everything you could want and exceeded our expectations! We will be staying here again on our next trip to Culebra for sure!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Culebra is a mixture of physical activities with the most peaceful and beautiful environment.

  • 5 of 5

The house was secluded at the end of a dirt lane with gate. Be aware a four wheel drive is definitely needed. We enjoyed the solitude and away from it all environment. It is exactly what we wanted. The house has no HVAC, and you don't want it or need it. It was equipped with everything we needed. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house, beautiful view! Very comfortable and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

This was a rare vacation with my grown children and we had a wonderful relaxing time. It was also perfect that my husband and I could go to sleep early in the beautiful casita above the main house while the kids could stay up and watch movies. There was a varied and wonderful collection of books and films as well. The best part of the stay was being surrounded by nature and having a spectacular view! The drive up to the house is an adventure, and a four wheel drive sturdy vehicle is required. We rented from Carlos car rental. The golf carts you see puttering around the island are not appropriate for this location!

we would love to come back here!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful, Private Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great five days at Hilary's vacation home on Culebra. We were greeted at the airport and led to a wonderful home at the top of a lane. Our teenage daughter and a girfriend stayed in the casita next to the house and my husband and I enjoyed the well-appointed vacation home that has the amenities of home, but none of the pressures of it. Great view! We enjoyed the restaurants, beaches, and snorkeling of Culebra and hope to return someday. Thank you, Hilary!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you! We feel lucky that our home draws wonderful families like yours. We hope you will join us again!
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Location

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Culebra International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
dinghy dock
Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Dewey Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Dinghy dock
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Flamenco
Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Flamenco, Puerto Rico

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,198
for 5 nights
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£193
£1,778
£4,870
 

Additional pricing information

caretaker meet and greet £77.3
Housekeeping £154.61

$350 housekeeping and caretaker meet and greet fee and free wifi.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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