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“Very relaxing, perfect place to kick back.”
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The Main House
Welcome!  Say hello to the sea turtles swimming below your deck and the pelicans soaring by!
Kitchen and indoor dining area with indoor breakfast bar
Your kitchen window view and outdoor breakfast bar...'more coffee anyone?'
Looking down from the secong floor railing
View from upstairs inside balcony
Outdoor breakfast bar looking to south sound
Breakfast bar outside kitchen
Main deck outdoor seating area
view from one of the outdoor dining areas with seating for 12.  'Let's dine out tonight under the stars and watch the...
View from twin bedroom side window
View from kitchen
Balcony  in main house
Outdoor dining area
Horizon edge pool with BBQ area to the left
One of the seating areas in the living area
twin bedroom in main house
Virw from pool suite master bedroom
Pool suite view
View from pool suite bedroom
Patio and pool from corner of property
Media room
Horizon edge pool
One of the many decks
Stairway to the villa
Bathroom in the main house lower level
Rainbow from the main deck
Bedroom lower level main house
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Villa -
5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
South Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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c21patm
NC
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Family”
Reviewed 27 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015


The home was definitely a beautiful home and very secluded. In short if your looking for a large and secluded home with amazing views and just need a place to relax with no distractions then this is the place for you. Only negatives are no pool heat, no beach, no laundry and no internet. It shows some normal wear and tear with a rental but overall was very clean and very comfortable. This home is extremely secluded so if your looking to to avoid humans it is perfect for you. Do not be scared as you wind down a long and secluded dirt road for almost 1 mile. There are only two homes on this road. Unfortunately the beach was unusable due to the extensive seaweed that has built up down the entire cove/beach. It has been there for some time. Pool is not heated therefore was quite cool to use during our stay. The internet is via a mobile 3G hotspot and spotty at best therefore if internet is a priority this property will not work for you. Hope this helps!

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Management Response
27 Dec 2015
Glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your compliments on the beauty of the villa, it's wonderful location and its cleanliness. We agree and also love the scenic one mile drive along the flat road through the unique waterfront farm area - one of the last active farms in the BVI! Regarding the Internet in the BVI we do clearly mention in our welcome brochure sent to guests that speeds and capacity are not equal to those enjoyed in the USA. However it does work fine for email use as long as you avoid the usual "rush hour". Capacity issues are being addressed by the carriers and will be improving over the next couple of months but we can't expect to stream TV just yet. Enjoy the digital holiday while you still can...remember you are "in da islands mon!" As a "Green" property Anam Cara Villa has a solar heated pool with temperatures kept between the low to mid eighties Faranheit. This is the recommended healthy temperature range for US indoor recreational pools. Sometimes in the hot Tropical sun entering the sea or a heated pool in the eighties can feel cool until you get in and swim. It is a large swimming pool, complete with a swim up bar, waterfall and fountain. The monitored temperature during your stay had a low of 82 degrees. There is a complete laundry facility at the Villa. The rental agreement details that wash, dry and fold service is provided to guests by staff upon request. We have found through experience this is the best way to ensure that the on site laundry facility is always functioning and available. Regarding the sink back up we do apologize. This issue was addressed by maintenance staff when reported. The villa does have 10 showers, 3 baths, and 11 sinks. We are sorry to hear that seaweed washed up on the villa beach during your stay. The sargasso seaweed is a natural seasonal occurrence. It does provide essential cover for sea turtle hatchlings when they leave the beach for the open water. The tropical storm season usually washes it out to sea. The colorful tropical fish population in front of the Villa has never been better as long as we can remember. The South Sound Marine sanctuary is protected by the offshore reef that results in clear and calm water at all times. Great for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding etc..
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Kris W
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very relaxing, perfect place to kick back.”
Reviewed 16 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

If you want the perfect place to unplug and relax this is it. The views of the ocean are incredible and are available from just about every room in the house. The breeze is constant so be prepared, but it keeps you cool and refreshed. The pool is large enough for multiple floats and still room for swimmers. The grill was easy to use and well maintained. The reef was incredible with multiple ray, shark and barracuda sightings. The seaweed was thick and the entry rocky, but once in the water the snorkeling was amazing. There are so many places to sit, read, relax, you can be as social or anti-social as you wish. The internet was poor so don't expect to get any work done, but a perfect excuse to not even try. Don't be alarmed when you find a chicken in the pool or a cow on the beach,it made it charming. Virgin Gorda was a beautiful island and truly a snorkelers paradise.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Breezy_10
McKinney, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice but Not What We Expected”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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I really, really wanted to love Anam Cara. I had looked forward to being there on it's beautiful balconies and in the inviting swimming pool for months. What we got upon arrival, however, was not quite what we had been expecting.

First the good stuff. Anam Cara is a beautiful, well-kept home on both the interior and exterior (with the exception of a well-worn sofa in the media rom). The kitchen was beautiful and very well-appointed, everything we needed to cook a meal was there, they even had a Brita water pitcher at the ready. We were exhausted from our travels so we chose the first bedroom we came to and it was spacious with a very nice master bathroom with both a tub and shower. There were plenty of towels for both indoor and beach use and the home's décor, furniture and fixtures were very nice.

The owners have thoughtfully provided soft-sided coolers and fold-up chairs to take to the beaches and there is a really nice, clean outdoor grill to use. The outdoor furniture looked fairly new and the views were very dramatic. I can see where a group of people would be very comfortable sitting there and unwinding after a good meal.

Although we were the only two people there, I can see where the layout would be great for a large family or couples traveling together. The bedrooms are spread out and on separate levels. I wouldn't recommend it for people with very small children or those with mobility issues, there are several levels to this home and lots of stairs.

The drive to Anam Cara was very secluded and is what we had expected. It is next to a piece of farmland and there is only one other villa on that bay. The property is within close driving distance to the Gun Creek ferry, Leverick Bay and Hog Heaven and is about a 20 minute drive from Spanish Town and all the activity there.

Gloria, the housekeeper, was very nice and a good source of information of area attractions. Having her come in the middle of the week to tidy up was wonderful.

On the flip side, there were several areas where we were, quite frankly, more than a little disappointed with our choice of villas. One of those areas was a lack of washer/dryer. I understand water/electric conservation and am all for it. However, I don't like packing home two suitcases full of smelly, dirty beach clothes and it is nice to have fresh clothes during the week. It was mentioned as an available feature on two other websites, although admittedly not on the villa website, so it was frustrating to find the washer/dryer locked behind a "staff only" door.

The other let down was the pool. I don't know when the maintenance was scheduled, but the filtration pump and the beautiful fountains featured on the website never ran the entire week we were there. Lots of debris in the pool the one afternoon we decided to use it (well, we paid for it, so might as well as enjoy it once) and on more than one occasion, we had to run chickens out of it (that was kind of funny, now that I'm thinking of it). :)

The outdoor shower that was a must for us (we loved that quirky, island feature on our last villa) was not quite as private as I had hoped as the opening for the shower faces a "private" dirt road next to the villa. On several occasions, we looked out to see a vehicle parked there within eyeshot of the shower. This may sound nit-picky, but my husband wasn't too happy about having to make a quick dash inside mid-shower. Live and learn.

These were all issues that would have been easy to overlook had it not been for the main issue, our biggest disappointment: the beach. It wasn't that the beach was a rocky beach, we were perfectly fine with that and had expected that from reading reviews and looking at the pictures. It was the overwhelming mass of seaweed that invaded the bay in front of the property. It was evident from the moment we got out of our Jeep in the driveway, the smell was overwhelming: rancid, putrid, decaying seaweed. There are no words to describe how miserable we felt when we stood on the balcony of the villa to start a vacation we had planned for, spoke about and dreamed of for 5 months and couldn't even stand to be outside for more than a few minutes, the smell was that overpowering. This left the beautiful balconies, the pool and the beach nearly unusable. My husband came up with a "charming" name for our home's location: Poo Poo Bay. Yes, it was that bad.

I understand this is not in anyone's control - I want to recognize that fact. Also, the seaweed problem is in many areas, not just in front of this home. However, I do wish we had been told of this before we traveled a day and a half to arrive to find that putrid mess. Compared to other villas I had almost booked, I feel we didn't get what we paid for when all is said and done. Would I book it again? Possibly. Would I recommend it to others, yes if you are looking for a secluded location. However, I would want to clarify the use of the washer dryer, the maintenance schedule for the pool, and would want to confirm that the area wasn't experiencing the issues with the seaweed again.

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Liked best: The home's amenities
Liked least: The smell.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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captainbo...
Niantic, Connecticut
2 reviews
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed 16 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Absolutely gorgeous Villa perfectly appointed. Beautiful infinity pool with heavenly views of torquoise seas. Wonderful night time breezes thru out the Villa make for perfect sleeping weather. A car is a must and the driving is easy. Don't be intimidated. Have chef Puck come in at least one night and cook up a feast at a very affordable price. Plenty to do & see. Can't wait to go back.

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Liked best: Privacy
Liked least: Only one week
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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PSY01930
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“My 3rd Visit To Anam Cara”
Reviewed 3 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

My title says it all. Often times I ask people who have returned from Holiday "Would you go back?"...or.... "Would you do it again?"

My answer for Anam Cara? Yes...and ...Yes.

Many lovely, fun things to do on Virgin Gorda. Check out the Baths, a must experience on Virgin Gorda. Anam Cara is very private but also very accessible. Gun Creek is 5 minutes away from the Villa. There is a grocery store there (Bucks Market) where you can purchase everything you need. Also at Gun Creek you can get on a free water taxi, which will bring you to The Bitter End and Sabra Rock. Both great places to dine.

We're figuring out when to book for next year.

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Liked best: Very Private and very accessible.... all in one.
Travelling group: Friends
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