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Frances Stokes

Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

Waterfront, stunning views all rooms, best reviews,small/large groups

34 Reviews
People20
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 8 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday villa in Northside - Serendipity Villa

Sleeps 2-20, always yours only, waterfront privacy, near Magens Bay

Serendipity Villa is a luxury rental villa on St. Thomas with the dizzying grandeur of nature on view from every gorgeous room and terrace.Full ocean aspects, fantasy sunrises. Our first season is just ending and all our guests loved it, with super full starred reviews from every one. A proven winner for family and group vacations, the compound is for you alone- no matter what your group size. Our friendly and experienced staff have been working on the most exclusive villas for over 25 years and can help you with anything you need.

Serendipity is a peaceful luxurious retreat, the perfect base for discovering the Virgin Islands.

3 pavilions and 7 bedrooms offer privacy and togetherness and suits groups from 2-20 people. On the waterfront, there is Oceanside, with 3 terraced king bedrooms and a library with sofa bed. Also a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and dining room ( with sofa bed) , living room with zinc bar, and quiet zen room with 4 single beds, large outdoor dining and living terraces, pool with large sundeck and cushioned loungers, all newly and impeccably furnished and decorated. Just above the pool, nestled among hibiscus and frangipani trees inhabited by chirping frogs and meditative iguanas,Caribbean-themed Hillside, offers 1 king bedroom with a viewing deck and a Queen bedroom/King bedroom apartment with kitchen and a large eating and living terrace.

We are excellent for weddiing parties, off-sites, family reunions. Perfect mix of togetherness and privacy with large entertaining and dining areas.

Also on Facebook, search Serendipity Villa.

Floor plans available upon request.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Frances Stokes (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

About Frances Stokes

We are lovers of good books, nature, birds, permaculture, oceans and all their related sports, local food , sustainability and unending good weather. St. Thomas gives us the chance to partake in all of these in a real international crossroads with an amazingly resourceful and diverse population.

Frances Stokes purchased this villa in 2005

Why Frances Stokes chose Northside

Weather, nature, American Paradise, sailing, golf, birdwatching, snorkelling, stand up paddling, scuba diving, fresh mangoes, papayas and .... so much more

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow What a wonderful setting. So much more than we expected. Look forward to the week ahead.... The week has been a wonderful adventure . We have been to the Caribbean many times. But this setting is truly the most breathtaking. Many Thanks!

It’s time to return to reality. Family recipe: Drink of the week: Island Time:

Rum, cointreau, tonic water, splash of fresh lime.
Dec 2011
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Reviews

5
based on 34 holidaymaker reviews

Waterfront, stunning views all rooms, best reviews,small/large groups
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews
5

Great views, great rooms and wonderful living area

  • 5 of 5

Serendipity is a wonderful hideaway. When you arrive and descend the driveway, you know you are somewhere special. The views are magnificent. We brought in family for a 5 day wedding celebration. Serendipity provided the perfect balance of togetherness and ability to get away. We used all 7 bedrooms and nobody was disappointed. We had meals prepared by local professionals and our own amateur team. Both experiences are well accommodated at Serendipity. The kitchen is very well stocked and there is plenty of space for group meals.

We had a small maintenance issue and it was quickly resolved by the on call maintenance.

This is a great place for families or groups to relax. It creates a good base from which you can experience all of St. Thomas. Many family members asked if we could make this an annual event.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

20th Anniversary Trip

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a group of friends. Stayed 5 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The property is great, the location is awesome - hovering over the rocks on the north side of the island. Impossible to get tired of the views - morning, day and night. You can hear the waves as you sit out on the porch enjoying a morning coffee or an evening cocktail. We had 5 couples and two singles. Everyone said their beds were comfortable and enjoyed the views from their room (note: two rooms - Hans Lollick and St. John don't have quite the view other rooms do, but still nice). We catered a few meals from PassionFruitCatering which was recommended by the owner, Frances. They did a great job. A bit pricey for what you get, but that's more a reflection of costs on an island. We bought groceries and prepared most of our own breakfasts/brunches. We thought Cost U Less was best for supplies - middle of the island. Kitchen is very well stocked re pans, equipment, etc. We like to cook and found everything we needed. Had a few meals out, The Grille at Mahogony Run was very close and good casual spot, Old Stone Farmhouse was best meal of the trip - lives up to the hype, Fresh Bistro at Yacht Have Grande was nice lunch spot. Once again all recommended by Frances. In fact, every recommendation she made was spot-on. We also arranged for a spa day. Boel with SpaToGoVI and her therapists came to the villa for an entire afternoon and were wonderful. Back to the property - follow the owners recommendations and be sure to rent 4X4 vehicles. While we did arrange for a taxi to get us to and from dinner a few nights, you'll want to have your own vehicles for the duration of your trip. Roads and driveway at the villa are steep A little intimidating at first, but totally manageable and safe. Magens Bay is an easy 5 minute drive from the property. Here again, we went with Frances' advice and rented from Amelie Car Rental - cars were new, clean and service was excellent. Decor and furnishings of Serendipity are nice throughout the property. A little dated in some rooms, but in good condition. The place was spotless when we arrived, all spaces and bathrooms very clean. There were some basic supplies (TP, shampoo and bodywash, towels, etc) but nothing fancy. We made good use of the beach towels and coolers provided. Overall, the place is fantastic and a good price. We looked at many villas to accommodate our group of 12, so glad we ended up at Serendipity!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing private villa with breathtaking views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 14 was easily accommodated in this spacious, well appointed villa. Every detail had been thought of and every preparation made to make our stay memorable and special! Frances went out of her way to decorate for Christmas and even left the ornaments in a basket by the tree so our kids could decorate it themselves! One of our very favorite outings was to Water Island at her recommendation. Any questions that came up before or during the trip, Frances or her property manager were immediately available to assist.

The property itself was immaculate and beautifully furnished and decorated. We never got tired of wandering from one comfortable chair or hammock to another, taking in the different breathtaking views from each one. We also enjoyed some extra special touches like the library with over 600 books, the outdoor shower, the very well equipped kitchen (in terms of appliances, cookware, bakeware, and dishes), and the ice maker and coolers for extra food storage and beach days.

We would wholeheartedly recommend this property to any family or group of friends looking for a truly luxurious experience at an affordable price! Thank you Frances from the entire Joslin family in New England! We hope to see yo again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Thanksgiving stay at Serendipity!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Serendipity. Josée, who we met up with to show us around the place, was very accommodating and upon discovering we had brought a case of champagne and couldn't find a bucket, ran out to buy one and bring that and several more flutes for us. The views are great from every room and everyone had a lot of space for themselves if they wanted to be alone. We had the room with the outdoor shower, which I didn't enjoy each time I wanted a shower (my husband liked it but I had to shower in a bathing suit because folks outside could see you) and would recommend you put kids in there maybe since they loved it and kept asking to use it! Overall, it was a great trip and I'd recommend Serendipity to small or large parties - great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Retirement/Anniversary family event

  • 5 of 5

Had a FABULOUS time at Villa Serendipity this past May for a 7 day period. The pictures do not do this Villa justice. The scenery is totally breathtaking as you awake to the sunrise and the waves crash against the island. There are not enough words to express how wonderful it was to sit on the deck with the constant breeze from the Ocean. Did I mention the views from every bedroom - I cannot say enough about the amenities that the house offers from the kitchen having everything you will every need to cook a meal. And definitely get the house stocked with provisions so that you do not have to venture out the first night there looking for groceries. And a other travelers have mentioned, get a 4 wheeled drive car. As the roads are very steep and narrow including the driveway. But after a couple of times of going in and out of Peterborg we got use to the inclines. The first time driving was an eye opener as you had to also stay to the left. But all in all you will be very happy with the Villa rental. There were 16 of us and there was plenty of room.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Piece of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

If you’re reading reviews looking for the perfect place to stay on St. Thomas, then stop now and book Serendipity Villa! We were here for a week in March 2015 to celebrate our daughter’s destination wedding and to enjoy the USVI. The villa was spacious enough for our group of 17 with room for us to all be together or to gather in small groups in one of the many sitting areas inside and out. The villa is even more wonderful than the pictures! Words simply can’t describe the awesome views! Being on the north side of the island, we were treated to beautiful sunrises and cooling trade winds. Sitting outside in the evening was so relaxing! The layout of the villa with its three separate buildings is unique, and every bedroom has a wonderful view. The amenities at the villa were numerous - everything we needed for cooking the fish the guys caught, the grills outside, several dining tables inside and out, coolers to keep drinks in at the villa or to take to the beach, beach towels, comfortable seating throughout, and beautifully decorated. The beds were so comfortable, and it was nice to sleep with the balcony doors open listening to the waves. The pool area was great with comfortable lounge chairs. There was even an outdoor shower that was awesome at 8:00 in the morning in 70+ degree weather, when we had come from North Carolina where we had one of the coldest winters on record.

I can’t say enough about the hospitality of the owner Frances (Swazi) and her staff! She had everything ready for us, Josee’ who met us at the airport gave us so much information, the maid service mid-stay was great, and William was friendly although we didn’t need to call him for anything. From the first email to the last, with phone conversations in between, Frances answered all my questions and was always accessible.

One note of advice: you need to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle because the roads are rough all over the island and the driveway to the villa is very steep. We rented a Jeep Wrangler (Discount Car Rental) and had no problems. Driving on the left however was a challenge! If you are looking for any type of catering, Laura and Cassandra of Passion Fruit Chefs are fabulous! We also enjoyed the Old Stone Farmhouse and Mahogany Grill, not far from the villa. Megan’s Bay is the closest beach, and it is beautiful. We definitely want to go back to St. Thomas and Serendipity Villa would be our first choice of where to stay!

The Snow - Matthews Wedding Group

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Serendipity Villa is a 3 pavilion waterfront villa in one of the most spectacular settings on St. Thomas. It offers a peaceful haven with stunning views, luxurious accommodations, and total tranquility.

Located on the Peterborg Penninsula, in an exotic and unspoilt site,the villa faces out to the British Virgin islands, Hans Lollick and the famous Devil’s Triangle at the nearby Mahogany Run Golf Club.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Northside, St. Thomas

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
17 Apr 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£3,617
for 5 nights
£5,064
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £63 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
18 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016
8 night minimum stay
£13,868
 
 
Winter
7 Jan 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£4,119
for 5 nights
£5,766
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £63 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer18
17 Apr 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£3,617
for 5 nights
£5,064
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £63 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £764
Tax Rate 10.0%

The above rates are the starting rates for 2-4 people, please see www.serendipityusvi.com for more detailed rates. Holiday rates from December 18, 2016 to January 6, 2017 are $20,000 per week.

Starting rates are shown above for 2-4 persons, please see www.serendipityusvi.com for more detailed rates for larger groups

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Northside in St. Thomas

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet
  • Also one Outdoor Shower for coming home from beach and one of the king bedrooms has an upper floor level outdoor shower with amazing views
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New Oceanside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New Oceanside
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Old Oceanside
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Hillside Lower
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Hillside Upper
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , Hillside Upper
    Bedroom 7 - 4 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Zen Room
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Library
    Bedroom 10 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Library
  • All Bedrooms have terraces and full panoramic views.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • Fax
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 24 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Treadmill and free weights No smoking inside Indoor dining table seats 10, outdoor table just nearby seats 12, both can be extended by request

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