Lush landscaping surrounds the home providing the privacy you deserve and desire. The pool deck and outdoor dining area which can only by accessed from inside the villa provides a stunning setting afforded usually by just the rich and famous. It is perfect for entertaining large groups or the couple on a special getaway. The waves crashing onto the beach of Hart bay can be heard from the deck or the roof top star gazing lounge.
Upon entering the villa you are dazzled by the slate floors and sleek design features that immediately draw you into the living room area where the pool can be seen through the 20 feet tall, floor to ceiling, hurricane rated glass walls! Comfortable and modern furniture make this the perfect place some to lounge the day away while others enjoy pool never feeling separated. The big screen tv and entertainment center can be viewed from the living room or the pool, and pool deck. The perfect setting to catch the big game!
Catch another view of the stunning pool on your way to the chef inspired kitchen and dining areas. The Kitchen is stocked with the tools you will need for meal preparation and the appliances are industrial grade. The wine fridge has room for 32 bottles of your favorite blend and is located in the dining area for easy access during meals. There is seating for 8 both inside and outside on the deck.
The master suite is on this end of the house and has a king platform bed with a floating headboard, large walk in closet, and a private balcony. the en suite bath is equipped with dual sinks, plush robes, bath mats, and indoor and outdoor showers. The indoor shower has 8 shower heads for a spa-like experience. There is a tv connected to Dish network located in this bedroom.
Adjacent to the living room there is a large den with plush furniture set up for the ultimate group board/card game setting. Enjoy a view of the pool as you and your group play everything from Apples to apples to Yahtzee. We are still gathering games so let us know what games you like and we will do our best to track them down!
The three other bedrooms have queen platform beds, large built in closets, a desk and tv's connected to Dish Network as well. The en suite bathrooms all have indoor and outdoor showers with ocean views.
The top floor has a comfortable indoor seating area that is set up as a reading nook. it has great natural light and very comfortable furniture. Once you reach this level of the house you can exit onto a second floor roof top terrace perfect for gazing into the Milky Way, viewing the lights of St. John and St. Thomas, and listening to the waves crash into the shore at Hart Bay.
The laundry room is fully stocked and has dual washers and dryers to assist you on getting your clothes clean, packed, and ready for the trip home.
My partner and I stayed at Casa Mare for a week in April 2012. Just the two of us... The house was completed in 2005 after six years of design and construction by the owners. It's a very modern house on St John, where there are not many houses this new or this contemporary. It is well conceived and designed, with four completely separate bedroom suites, all with queen beds and all with great views. The master bedroom has a deck (unfurnished) and one of the other bedroom suites has a terrace with a table and chairs. There are large living areas, including a living room and dining room/kitchen with double height ceilings and an office (next to the living room) and a loft (overlooking living room). The house is painted white inside and out and has stone tile floors throughout. There is glass everywhere, but the nearest neighbors are far across chocolate hole (pond), so privacy is not an issue. The house is furnished in a contemporary style, largely with furniture from Ligne Roset. It's feel is more like a NYC urban penthouse than a cozy vacation home, so if you are looking for something that is warm, traditional, or Caribbean in style, this is not the right house for you. There are nice touches for a vacation house like two pairs of oversized washers and dryers, lots of beach towels and beach chairs, and The location is very good, close to the Starfish Market (which has the best selection of items on the island) and to all of the Cruz Bay restaurants (try Fatty Crabs!). You definitely need a rental car (try Breeze; i was not impressed with Paris rentals, which the agent recommended). On the downside, the wireless internet is slow (as it seems to be throughout the island). Luckily, my unlocked AT&T phone worked fine as a wireless modem; otherwise, the slow internet speed would have been a problem. And I personally felt the bed in the master bedroom was too soft; I preferred the firmer beds in the other three bedroom suites. I would also add a few umbrellas or other ways of creating shade on the pool deck and the roof top deck to make them more useable throughout the day. And i will add one warning: The car parking area (for two cars) is at the very top of the house and there are lots of steps going down to the front entrance, so this house is not good for people who have difficulty going up and down steps. But, that's not a lot of criticism. The house is quite nice. I would stay there again.
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at Casa Mare. The house far exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. We loved the modern and minimal decor, the slate floors and the large comfy living room which we had a hard time extracting ourselves from. Movies and games were always being played in there and when they weren't, books were being read and children were snuggling with their parents on the couch which could seat our whole family of five. The real treat for us was that each of our kids had their own bedroom and bathroom. With such a quiet and widespread house we were all able to sleep late without disturbing each other. The pool and the deck were perfect at the end of a beach day and the view from the deck made us feel as though we were in the top of the forest. Every amenity was present from kitchen to bathroom and delivered in a way that made it hard to leave. We are still dreaming of the day that we can build our own Casa Mare. If you are thinking about staying here, don't think anymore. The house is perfect and the location is too. Close to town, not too high up in the hills like some other houses and just fifteen minutes to the North Shore beaches, if you can manage to leave the house.