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You have found the vacation property whose name says it all GEMSTONES, located in Southampton, Bermuda. Gemstones is a luxury villa on its very own private beach. Upon arrival as you approach the property all you can say is 'WOW!'. This three bedroom accommodation has an open plan design with a large balcony off the dining room where you can enjoy panoramic views of the south shore. With another balcony off the master bedroom, fresh coffee and the sunrise will start your day off just right. In the master bedroom a king sized bed, Jacuzzi, and the walk through closet will make you feel right at home. The loft serves as a forth bedding area with a king size futon that can be converted to two single beds. This property has all the comforts you will desire. Wifi available. A fully appointed Viking kitchen and a Sub Zero refridgerator, full laundry and a large back patio area for those summer bar-b-ques. Enjoy your favorite beverage as you nestle by the fireplace in the sunken living room. The breakfast nook is an additional area allowing you further relaxation. Perfect place to read a good book as you watch the waves wash in and roll out gently over the pink sand. Reverse air conditioners are located in selected areas throughout the house. This resort area has the finest restaurants and a major bus route for convenience at the top of “de hill” all within walking distance. Golfers as an additional feature this is probably the only property you can practice your driving range before you hit the courses. Greg would love to show you how to do it. Do not forget to inquiry on our private dining. Chef Greg is at your service.
Due to popular demand, we have brought our two bedroom apartment online as another vacation rental alternative. Baby Gem is located on the same property as our listing 450166 with VRBO. This two bedroom apartment accommodates 4 guests. The queen size sofa allows our maximum guest count to be 6 persons. Families of more than 8 has taken advantage of this opportunity but you must book early for this convenience. With French doors off the kitchen and another opening onto its own large covered private patio. As you gaze out to sea, this unobstructed view of the south shore leaves you in “awe”. If you yearn for peace, tranquility and space you have come to the end of your search. This reverse air conditioned unit has a full bathroom along with laundry facility which will make your vacation perfect. This resort area has the finest restaurants and a major bus route for convenience at the top of “de hill” all within walking distance. Yes, your own private beach to enjoy – Crossbay Beach only steps away.
Married 28 years with an adult daughter and a teenage son. Our family loves boating and cooking. Greg is a professional chef and is very passionate when it comes to food. As his assistant I select the wines.
Lorna Wilson purchased this villa in 1992
We built this home from the ground up. Completed 1998.
Location, location, location.
We had a peaceful five day visit. This time of year (September) the water was 85 degrees, and WONDERFUL! The beach is right there, just like in the pictures; crystal clear water, wonderful coral reef on one edge of the beach (Crossbay Beach) for snorkeling. (Lots of fish on that reef, on the side of the beach.) No rocks, fish or reef in the central (95% of) the large sandy beach. My in-laws, age 77and 80 had no trouble going up and down the path to the beach, but they are fit for that age. It would be hard for the frail elderly to walk to the beach. It was easy for us and we did it several times a day.
It is only a short walk to the Fairmont South Hampton hotel restaurants on the hill or their beachfront cafe and formal restaurant at the Fairmont beach.
Immediately next to the Fairmont beach is beautiful Horseshoe Beach and next to that is miles of smaller secluded beaches surrounded by large rocks for privacy. We enjoyed playing in the waves there, and when a brief 20 minute rain shower hit, while we were swimming, it was even more fun in the waves, as the raindrops played with the ocean's surface.
Less than a mile walk in the other direction is Church Bay Beach with best snorkeling I have ever done, although Lorna's beach is still my favorite.
Lorna is a wonderful host. The house is well appointed, the AC is ice cold, and although she advertises it as a three bedroom plus a loft, the loft is like its own suite! The master bedroom and bath are spacious with a wonderful jacuzzi tub, separate shower and private deck. We had 3 and 1/2 couples in the four bedrooms. The house can comfortably accommodate 8 people and its surroundings are beautiful. No need to tour the rest of the island, but we still spent one day doing that, by bus, cab and ferry.
So much more affordable than the resorts for four bedrooms, when the rent is divided by multiple couples. Given it has a great kitchen, it is even more affordable, as Lorna's mother-in-law is a cab driver who will meet you at the airport, take you to a grocery store on the way to the house, and wait while you shop, then deliver you and your food to Gemstones. We made one , two or rarely three meals a day at the house, and enjoyed eating on the beautiful deck or in the dining room. (Restaurants are so expensive in Bermuda, cooking at the house, or making the occasional sandwich saves both time and money.)
Plus, it's just a short 2 hour nonstop from Boston!
We rented both Gemstones and Baby Gem for 5 nights. The property was perfect for a nice family reunion and our wedding.
We couldn't have imagined any part of our stay to be more perfect. Our families also couldn't stop praising the property. We would definitely recommend your property for similar family functions or weddings. The property is large enough to fit 12 people which made it perfect to spend all of our time with family. We also held our wedding there - the ceremony was down on the private beach, and the reception was up at the house overlooking the beach. I may be biased but it was a beautiful wedding :) It's a great property, and the Wilsons made us and our guests feel very welcome.
We recently had the wonderful experience of Gemstones for a week! My wife, sister, cousin and his wife and another friend stayed for a week. Our grandson visited us daily for snorkeling while he stayed with my sister in law. The views are breathtaking! The beach was fabulous! We're in our 70s and the path to the beach was a bit of a climb but we didn't let it deter us. We brought food with us and shopped locally for whatever else we needed in the local markets. We met a local fisherman on the beach who brought us several pounds of delicious local fish for a great price! We had a minor problem with a clogged bathroom drain and there were no towel holders in the downstairs bathroom. Outside of those minor inconveniences Gemstones was thoroughly enjoyable. We even witnessed the boat races around the island from our balcony! Several people from the hotel beach chose to come over to our beach instead of theirs! The weather and the water were absolutely wonderful. We met the people in Baby Gem who had kids that our grandson had a great time swimming and snorkeling with! We have friends and family on the island so we used a combination of cars/bus/taxi travel. Henry VIII is nearby and we had a ball dancing! Beautiful view from the Lighthouse of the island! We took the local bus to Dockyard for some shopping for the ladies and lunch. We'd stay again if it were available on our next visit!
I went on vacation with my girlfriend and we both agreed that it was the best trip of our lives. The house was clean, and in perfect condition. Very big and spacious, with beautiful views throughout every room. The best part was access to the private beach which is just steps away. Lorna and Greg were very generous and very easy to communicate with before and during the stay. I highly recommend the private dining experience, as it was our best meal of the weekend! Looking forward to coming back and staying again!
The Wilsons have a lovely vacation rental. They are very welcoming and helpful and the property and the views from the house are fabulous. Property was beautifully maintained, clean and space was much larger than expected. The space was perfect for our party of six - four adults, an 8 year old and a teenager. All were comfortable and each couple and child had a private space in the house. We loved the beach which was accessed by a path in front of the house. Might be a little treacherous for some, but we are in our 60's and had no problem. It is actually a good little work out coming back up. We also used our scooters to go down and pick up beach stuff to bring back to house. The snorkeling was great, especially early in the morning when the sun is shining directly into the water. You have restaurant/food availability within walking distance. Since we had scooters, we shopped at several local markets and cooked a lot ourselves. The outdoor grill was very nice and the kitchen is stocked with whatever you need for cooking.
For reasonably priced restaurants we recommend Portofinos in Hamilton for a great Italian meal. If you get to St. Davids/St. Georges, there is an ice cream, hot dog, hamburger place in the former security shack (front gate) at the old US Navy base that is excellent for lunch or a snack. There is also a nice little restaurant at the old base which once housed the McDonalds which has good pizza, sandwiches and chicken.
"Sylvia" was helpful and wonderful, arranging transportation for our luggage first, so we did not waste any island time on our scooters and again on our trip to the airport on the sad day we had to leave, when some of the cab drivers were on strike. We most highly recommend GEMSTONES and hope to stay there again.
The photos do not do justice to the views but the home is incredibly true to the photos making for a spectacular first impression!
We were especially impressed with just how private the beach was. On the Sunday that we arrived there were maybe 15 people on the beach, other than that, I would say that 90% of the time we had it all to ourselves. Even when others were present it was no more than 3 or 4 people at any given time.
There was plenty of room for our group of 7 to spread out, beds were very comfortable, the kitchen had just about everything you would want or need for the week. The location was perfect for our purposes and the convenient bus stop meant that we only took taxis for airport transfers and a trip to the grocery store. We had made arrangements to have bus passes waiting for us at the house and had more than enough to roam from one end of the island to the other with day trips through the week.
Though it was not an issue for us, potential renters should know that the bedrooms and bathrooms are on multiple levels and both the natural path to the beach (which is the most efficient route) and "de hill" up to the bus stops are fairly steep.
Overall I would recommend Gemstones without question to family and friends and would certainly choose it again for us as well. We also got to sneak a peak at Baby Gem and would certainly consider that unit if traveling with a smaller group. The mid-island location, ease of bus stop, private beach, views and general comfort really do make this rental a Gem!
Located within a 2 minute walk you will be at Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. The perfect place to see the entire islands of Bermuda. The view is amazing. Perched in the middle of two of the best resort properties in Bermuda (Fairmont Southampton and The Reef's Resort) is GEMSTONES. Another attraction is your own private chef at your request. Chef Greg is not only the owner but will be honored to prepare a meal especially for you in the privacy of your home away from home here at Gemstones. Also I invite you to view our lower unit for small groups listing 450166. Or bring another family along. (smile)
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Property Service Fee||£215|
|Cleaning Fee (1)||£115|
One Cleaning Fee: $150.00
Service Fee: $40.00 per day
(Electricity, cable, WiFi, phone and water service
Maximum number of guest is limited to 6 person. An additional charge of $60.00 per person per night for guest in addition to 6 will be assessed. Standard short term rental agreement will require your signature.
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Payment in full inclusive of fees due 30 days of the Check-in Date.