Langarra Estate, with its green lawns and constant, welcoming breeze, is part of a historic 300-acre sugar plantation, now the prestigious, secluded 'Preserve at Botany Bay.' Langarra's very private hilltop site overlooks the Preserve's forested slopes and bays, to the dramatic necklace of surrounding, uninhabited small islands -- a 30-mile view, uninterrupted by any sign of modern life, except the occasional sailboat passing by.
European simplicity combines with West Indian sensuality in furnishings, paintings and details throughout the house. With soaring ceilings above, and cool coral-stone floors underfoot, the light-filled interiors maximize the expanses of sky, sea and garden-green seen from every part of the house.
There are four spacious bedroom suites, all with ocean views, large bathrooms and closets, and outdoor terraces. A fifth, queen bedroom/bath suite has its own adjacent living area and mini-kitchen -- perfect for teens, nannies, family elders, or those who may want a bit of separation.
Indoor living spaces extend outward onto the oversized, umbrella-shaded terraces. Sunlight enlivens the site from dawn until soaked-sky sunset hours... and our night skies are peppered with stars.
A large infinity edge pool overlooks the sea...and moments away on the private grounds of the Preserve, two unique beaches are yours to enjoy, often with no one else in sight: pristine, exquisite Sandy Beach (for sunning, bodysurfing, picnicking) ... and Mermaid's Chair, the dramatic, delicate double-beach (good for swimming, exploring, beachcombing), where the Atlantic Ocean and the warmer Caribbean Sea converge and blend. Close by, the folding lines of waves at Botany Bay are the envy of surfers, and the bay's protected, coral-rich shores are a snorkeler's delight. Here, under the filtered canopy of a deep grove of tall coconut and mango trees, are the evocative ruins of the 18th century sugar mill buildings that created rum from the sugar cane harvests brought down from the terraced slopes of these hills, two centuries ago. (Note: current construction in the Botany Bay beach area temporarily limits guest access here).
Newly completed, Estate Langarra gently combines its fresh spirit with nature's age-old sensibilities.
Just a short 20-minute drive away are the attractions of town: world-class shopping, gourmet and casual dining, grocery stores, ferries, entertainment, nightlife, and tours.
Each day your choice becomes to enjoy the peace, space, sun, and utter privacy of Langarra and its beaches ...or take time beyond the gates to savor more 'connected' first-world pursuits, albeit island style.
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Bob Schmidt and Kim Holdsworth were young when they came to live and raise a family in St. Thomas, thirty-some years ago. Bob, the President of Zenith Development Corp., grew up in Chicago, working in his father’s construction-based business. He earned degrees in economics and philosophy before moving to the Virgin Islands in 1983 to run a mid-sized St. Thomas building company, and has owned this company since 1988. During the past three decades he has become St. Thomas’s premier builder of high end custom homes. He enjoys golfing, meditation, family travel, and he is a talented chef. He and his wife Kim Holdsworth live in Estate Peterborg, St. Thomas.