This 2-bed, 2-bath villa, a secret hideaway offers a tranquil, serene vacation
About Mark Chapman
I am a business consultant, principally serving cross border financial services clients. In 2014 my family and I took a year out to build our vacation villa at Cooten Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Outside of work, family comes first and my boys, Tom, Ben and Joe respectively work in Property, Film and Professional Squash. Heather, who I have been married to for 30 years, does charity work and helps all of our lives run smoothly. Additionally I spend time at Tortola Sports Club, where I play squash and I work on BVI Olympic Committee and Old Government House Museum matters as the Treasurer of both organisations.
Mark Chapman purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Mark Chapman chose East End
The family saw the hillside where the villa is located when we first came to live in the British Virgin Islands in 1995. We decided that if development lots ever came on the market, we would build our dream villa here in Cooten Bay. That finally happened 19 years later in 2014.
What makes this Villa unique
The Chapman family, which is Mark (husband), Heather (wife), Tom, Ben and Joe (3 sons) have been involved with the Surfside Gardens dream from inception to the day our first guests arrived in late 2014. Every facet of the villa has been hand-picked, uniquely designed or tailor-made by one of the family members, from the chimneybreast, to the chandeliers, to the indoor/outdoor stone spa bathroom, to the stone and tiled patios, to the panoramic windows, to the french doors, to the gourmet kitchen and even down to the spectacular surrounding lush vegetation and fruit trees. We collected stones, rocks and boulders from the property as we built it and fashioned them into pillars, walls, pathways, and both bathrooms are entirely constructed of stone, making for the most natural environment imaginable. For the four years preceding the build we nurtured a vast array of fruit trees, palms and shrubs, ready for the day in 2014 when we would landscape the property. We designed the villa for Caribbean living - no air conditioning, just the sea breeze and fans in every room to circulate the air - no pool, just the ocean a few meters from the front door and panoramic windows and french door to brighten and lighten the indoor features.
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The beautiful scenery and home made for a wonderful stay. We rode out Dorian on our first day and Heather was incredibly attentive throughout the storm. The house is made with incredible care and craftsmanship which made it so hard to leave. We enjoyed every moment here and look forward to coming back soon.
Surfside Gardens is a beautiful home with stunning views!! Our family enjoyed a restful stay at this lovely property after a bareboat charter around the islands. It was the perfect way to finish our two week vacation in the BVI. Heather was super helpful with meeting us and guiding us to the house which was well equipped with everything we needed. Lava Flow beach was super private and absolutely beautiful with crystal clear water, incredibly soft white sand and super close to the house. We hope to be able to return one day to this tranquil spot! Thanks for the hospitality!
The house was amazing and location was great. It was easy to get to the grocery store and there are great beaches a short drive away. Rent a jeep if you can as the drive is steep but well worth it.
Heather was very helpful and attentive. Would definitely recommend and hope to be back soon.
Thanks Helga. You were fantastic guests, it was a total pleasure to go into the house after you left and find it so beautifully clean and tidy. Hope to see you again.
Everything about this home Is beautiful. We enjoyed hearing the sounds of the ocean and waking up to beautiful sunrises. We also loved being so close to such a beautiful beach to watch gorgeous sunsets.
The owners were awesome to work with. They communicated very well to all of our texts through VRBO.
The details of the home amazed us. We loved the beautiful flowers and all the thought that went in to building this spectacular home.
We look forward to returning here again one day soon!!!!
This house is amazing! You feel like you are the only person on the hill. Walk down to the rocky beach right below the house, drive over to the sandy beach on the estate or simply sit on the patio and enjoy the breeze and the sound of the waves. Heather is by far the most responsive host I’ve ever had as well. Met us, made sure we got to the house, checked our grocery delivery and was available for anything and everything through our stay. If I were to go back to Tortola this would be the only place I’d stay!
Very few vacation rentals exceed expectations, but this house blew ours away. My fiance and I booked this house for our honeymoon. It is an amazing place with unique features and incredible views. Also, the Chapmans were amazing hosts. We will definitely be coming back ASAP.
Three sandy beaches are within minutes from Surfside Garden. The Cooten Bay ruins are extraordinary, perched beside the Cooten Bay surf break, just a one minute walk from the villa.
The is a zipwire experience within a five minute drive and Dolphin Discovery, where you can swim with the dolphins, is about 20 minutes from the villa. Horseriding lessons or trail rides are available within a ten minute drive from the house.