The Mt. Washington Great House and Plantation is considered by many to be the most beautiful historic restoration in the Virgin Islands – and perhaps the entire Caribbean.
In 1986, the owner sought to undertake a painstaking restoration of the 1700‘s two-story great house built from stone, brick and cut coral. His attention to detail and dedication to authenticity is evident at every turn, and the home currently houses a renowned collection of the owners’ West Indian antiques, perfectly complimenting the rich historical setting. In addition to the great house, the 12+ acre estate includes a separate two bedroom guest house, two fully renovated, detached cottages that serve as rental property, an orchard and historic ruins from the 18th century.
Among banana, avocado and citrus trees on the tranquil grounds below the great house are the 18th century stone ruins of a sugar factory, boiling shed, molasses cistern, two story dungeon and stone remains of a 17-cottage village. The center piece of the ruins is the restored “cock-pit” animal mill complete with 18th century wooden crushing machinery. The original animal stables were restored for the owner’s antique shop and have been more recently used as a yoga and art studio.
A labyrinth, an ancient walking path of prayer and meditation built by the present owners, is positioned among the ruins and the fruit trees. A stone bell tower, housing an 18th century bell, overlooks the peaceful plantation ruins and landscaped grounds. Century old trees grace the property and provide cool shade, amazing color and nice breezes on hot summer days.
Over the years the great house, grounds and ruins have been the background for photos of brides and models, films and catalogs. Mt. Washington has been featured in many magazines including Colonial Homes, Traditional Home, Gourmet, Architectural Digest, Coastal Living and British Vogue. The grounds and great house were a site for a Danish film and featured in a major Copenhagen newspaper, and most recently were featured in an episode of the American TV show, The Bachelor.
This very special property is currently listed for sale with Kim Lucas of United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International for $3,900,000 USD. Click here to request more information or schedule a tour.