Tortola - Shannon Estate

About Shannon House

POST IRMA/MARIA UPDATE: This is a truly stunning and unique property which did suffer some damage in the storms of 2017. Selling 'as is' this presents exceptional value for money and it is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a breathtaking property in one of the BVI's most desired locations. The property is selling with 2.6 acres but there is the option to acquire additional land totaling 8+ acres (priced separately).

Dramatic property built amongst large boulders and lush tropical gardens overlooking Jost Van Dyke, and the US Virgin Islands. This unique residence includes 5,700 square feet of covered space located within a premier residential estate at an elevation of 1100 feet above sea level.

The property consists of a great house with three full bedroom suites, large living and dining room with fully fitted kitchen. Electronic shutters open the lounge and dining areas to breathtakingly northerly views. The great house is accented by a dramatic two tier swimming pool off of which is a barbeque terrace with wet bar and wine cellar. The main living quarters, pool and pool decks form the central feature of the estate and are designed to encompass the panoramic views. The buildings are on three levels providing privacy and space. Two spacious Balinese guest cottages are situated below the main house and to the rear of the property is a self-contained caretaker's cottage suite.

Famed for its dramatic island scenery set in an azure sea, the Virgin Islands are amongst the most picturesque of the Caribbean destinations. Within this setting, Shannon House, commands a magical position in the hills overlooking Cane Garden Bay and has the most spectacular views encompassing Tortola's north-western coast line, Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay and the US Virgin Islands. 

The property built in 1980, is approached by a winding driveway fringed with tall palm trees. Stone steps lead from a parking area to the main house, which, together with the master bedroom cottage and swimming pool terraces, form the central feature of the estate. The home is surrounded by lush tropical planting, colourful fruit trees and mature landscaped gardens.

The residence, extending approximately to 5,500 square feet of covered space, has been designed around the many boulders found on the site and consists of a main house with large living and dining room, fully fitted kitchen two guest bedrooms, Electronic shutters open the lounge and dining areas to breathtakingly north-westerly views. A mezzanine floor, overlooking the lounge and dining areas provides a comfortable media/entertainment room.

The main house is accented by a dramatic two tier swimming pool and extensive terraces. The master bedroom cottage is connected to the main house by a stone walkway and has direct access to the swimming pool.

Two spacious guest cottages were added in 1990 and are situated at a lower elevation to the east of the main house. To the rear of the property is a self-contained caretaker's cottage suite with an additional full bedroom suite below. 

Shannon House is set in a commanding position with utmost privacy and beautiful sunset views. Its extraordinary architectural design and character sets it apart from many others within the Virgin Islands.

Main Level (1,285 sf)
The central living quarters of the main house form the central feature of the estate and are designed to enjoy the panoramic views. The building comprises three levels: the lower guest bedrooms, main living area and upper living area. Access to the building from the car park to the rear is on two levels with the lower entrance leading to the main living area. Steps lead from here to the pool terrace, down to the lower bedrooms and onto the two guest cottages. The upper entrance foyer accesses the upper living area and a path leading to the master bedroom suite. Constructed in 1980 of concrete and rendered concrete block under exposed timber beam roof covered with Brazilian hardwood shingles. Mexican Saltillo tiles are used for the floors in the main house, master bedroom and guest cottage # 1.

Living/Dining Areas 
Open plan living and dining area with a double height ceiling level to maximise the feeling of space. Open bays to the front of the living area offer north-westerly views towards Jost van Dyke and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Electrically operated mahogany roller shutters enclose the bays for security and protection against the weather. The unique architectural design of the main house is enhanced by large boulders forming an integral part of the room. 

A fully fitted kitchen is adjacent to the main living area and is accessed from the dining area. The kitchen is equipped with fitted units and centre island, commercial size stove, refrigerator and freezer. Ceramic tile countertops.

A full bathroom/cloak room with WC, shower, and basin with tiled vanity unit is also located on this level and is adjacent to the lower entrance.

Upper Level (511 sf)
Stairs lead to the upper level entrance foyer where a small bridge connects the foyer to the gallery situated on top of the central kitchen core. 

This informal living area is located above the kitchen and overlooks the living and dining areas. It is currently used as a media/entertainment room.

Lower Level (746 sf)
Situated beneath the main living area, this spacious suite is independently accessed from the lower deck area adjacent to the pool terrace. It includes bedroom, bathroom, and an additional bedroom with living area 

The striking feature of this guest bedroom (13' x 13') is a large boulder forming one wall. It is an example of how the natural features of the site have been successfully incorporated into the architecture. French doors open onto the deck area and the stunning panoramic views.

This room combines living room and bedroom which is currently used as an office. A corridor leads to the bathroom shared by the two bedrooms.

Located to the south of the main living area and of similar construction, the master bedroom cottage is accessed from the upper level of the main house via a path finished in local stone. The building mirrors the architectural design and detail of the main house and consists of master bedroom, upper living area, bathroom and walk-in closet. The central split level room (236 sf) comprises a bedroom on the lower level with sliding glass doors opening onto a balcony with timber steps down to the swimming pool. The upper level has been designed as a study area with built-in desk. The bathroom suite (210 sf) comprises toilet, bathroom and closets. The bathroom contains twin basin set in vanity units and sunken bath.

This two story guest cottage/caretaker's cottage is located approximately 100 feet to the north of the main living area and of similar construction. Access is via a beautiful stone finished path to the rear of the building which comprises a full bedroom suite and kitchenette together with a laundry and store room. The upper level consists of an open plan bedroom, living area and kitchenette with ensuite bathroom. Sliding glass doors lead to a private timber balcony. A laundry/store room with independent access is also located at this level. 

GUEST COTTAGES #2 and #3 619 sf each
The most recent additions to the estate, these two delightful cottages were built in 1991. Identical in size and design, the two cottages each offer a core bedroom with walk around covered balcony, bathroom with sunken shower area and dress room. They boast marble floors, mahogany window and door frames, Brazilian hardwood decking and cathedral ceilings with exposed timber beams under clay tiled roof. The bathrooms have marbled surfaces throughout with double sinks and sunken shower area.

Forming a central feature of the residence, the swimming pool has been constructed on two levels which are connected by a waterfall and waterslide with large boulders incorporated into the design between the two levels. Both the pool and terraces take advantage of the views along the north coast of Tortola to St. Thomas and Jost van Dyke. The pool is accessed from the main house with terraces at each pool level. The partially covered upper terrace has steps leading to the mid-terrace level which also accesses the lower bedroom suite. An enclosed bar area is located at the west end of the terrace. A temperature controlled wine cellar (209 sf) extending under upper level terrace is also accessed from the mid terrace. Steps lead down from here to the lower terrace which provides an ideal area for lounging and entertaining.

The land surrounding the residence has been attractively landscaped with terraces, stone finished steps and pathways connecting the various buildings. 

The original paths from the main house to master bedroom, guest cottage # 1 and car park are all stone finished with stone walls. The steps connecting the main house to guest cottages 2 & 3 are coral stone finished with concrete walls. Mature trees remain throughout the developed area to retain privacy and shade.

The existing development has taken place in the south east area of the estate with the northern and lower elevations of the property (approx. 3.75 acres, remaining undeveloped. This area remains essentially untouched, with lush vegetation as well as the large boulders which characterize the developed part of the estate.

- Mains Electricity with back-up generator.
- Water: By roof catchment of rainwater to cisterns below the house with a capacity of approximately 80,000 gallons. Grey water system (approx. 25,000 gallons)
- Drip irrigation system
- Gas: by cylinder for cooking purposes
- Sewerage: to septic tank
- Cable and Wireless telephone system, Internet connection.




Shannon House Details:
  • 6
  • 6
  • 2
  • 2.630 acres

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