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Longford Hideaway Cottage: 1BR, pool, organic farm

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
6 nights minimum
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Longford Hideaway is a very private eco-lodging: 1 bedroom 500 sq. ft. rural cottage, with swimming pool and deck, full kitchen with open plan living and dining areas, set on the ARTfarm: a working organic Caribbean fruit, vegetable and sheep farm. (Because of the farming operations, there is a strict no-smoking and no pets policy - children are welcome!) The friendly owners live on this historic Danish-built property – the modern pool was originally the plantation cistern! With over 40 years of living on the island, we are always ready to offer assistance and suggestions. Our location on the south shore of St. Croix makes a great base for exploring the island. Resort beaches are as close as two minutes by car, or take a mile walk, jog or 4x4 drive through pastures to our secluded two mi...Longford Hideaway is a very private eco-lodging: 1 bedroom 500 sq. ft. rural cottage, with swimming pool and deck, full kitchen with open plan living and dining areas, set on the ARTfarm: a working organic Caribbean fruit, vegetable and sheep farm. (Because of the farming operations, there is a strict no-smoking and no pets policy - children are welcome!) The friendly owners live on this historic Danish-built property – the modern pool was originally the plantation cistern! With over 40 years of living on the island, we are always ready to offer assistance and suggestions. Our location on the south shore of St. Croix makes a great base for exploring the island. Resort beaches are as close as two minutes by car, or take a mile walk, jog or 4x4 drive through pastures to our secluded two mile stretch of wild beaches. Cattle roam the nearby hills. Our south shore beaches are a snorkeler's or surfcasting fisherman's delight (permit fishing guide available). The Cottage sleeps 2-4 adults, with full kitchen, linens, pool, WIFI access, TV with local channels, ceiling fans, A/C, BBQ grill. The sister vacation rental on the property, the Longford Hideaway Greathouse, has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 6. St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, has a relaxed and rural vibe. Home to many artists, dancers, jazz, latin and reggae musicians, poets, farmers, and other “culture bearers”, there is a strong sense of “Crucian” identity here to be enjoyed at street festivals, parades, performances and gallery exhibitions. There are also fine dining restaurants, beautiful beaches, resorts, golf courses, rainforest hikes, scuba and snorkeling adventures, sailing, kayak and paddleboarding excursions, and many other Caribbean attractions! Driving on the left can be a challenge for the first day or so, but easily mastered. Friendly locals are always ready to help, and nothing is more than 40 minutes drive from tip to tip of the island. Weather is generally 85ºF and sunny! Inside the Cottage you'll find local art on the walls, some by family members. Windows look out onto gardens. The kitchen includes a full-sized fridge and freezer, gas range, pots and pans, blender, toaster oven and microwave. The living area has a dining table, couch and easy chair. Closets are spacious with basic cleaning and tidying supplies as well as a cooler for the beach and other details to make your stay comfortable. The full bath includes bath and beach towels. The bedroom has a full size and a twin bed. There is a safe in the closet. Air-conditioning is available if desired, but the bedroom is situated on the breeziest side of the house with a shaded porch outside. With the ceiling fan on, it is generally quite comfortable. At night you can hear the waves rolling in on the barrier reef of the beach to the south. The interior of our cottage was completely repainted in summer 2014. We also recushioned the couch, and freshened up a few other furnishings. We're adding lots of new photos to our website and this listing, and are very proud of how fresh and bright the cottage is with this update! Outside, the Longford Hideaway Cottage has mature trees, shady decks, with the pool deck a few steps up offering a peek of the sea beyond and the hills surrounding the farm. The barbecue grill with propane tank, chairs and tables, and shaded roof areas offer outdoor dining options. Tropical flowers and orchids that owner Valeria has cultivated on the trees surround the cottage. Hummingbirds and wildlife abound in the gardens. Ask the farm staff for a tour! The Longford Hideaway property and adjoining farm use a solar power grid for electricity, grey water systems for irrigating ornamental plantings, organic growing techniques for food crops and livestock, non-toxic formulas for cleaning, a salt-chlorinator for chemical reduction in the swimming pool, fuel efficient vehicles, and waste-stream reduction practices. You can learn more about our eco-friendly efforts on our website. Estate Longford is decidedly rustic. The plantation-era buildings are modernized but established in the mid 18th century and well-loved. Our ecologically minded philosophy means we maintain rather than replace things. We find that visitors appreciate the 'farm thrift' that allows us to share our home and way of life. If a guest finds that an amenity of the rental is no longer serviceable and lets us know immediately, we are quick to respond and remedy the situation. On a small island where nearly everything must be imported, our family has learned to minimize, to care for things and make them last. Not everything in the rental is brand new, but it will be clean, pleasant and functional or, in the case of an oversight, we will make it so! Longford Hideaway is a unique vacation experience, and over the 20+ years we've had rental guests come, we've found that people are relaxed, happy and entranced by this quiet nature preserve of a bygone era! We look forward to your visit!More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Private Fishing Lake/River
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Porch
Alarm Clock
Washer
Water Views
Safe
Blender
Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Freezer
Paper Towels Provided
Books
Iron
Ceiling Fans
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
TV
Microwave
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Toaster
Deck
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

The wife and I stayed at the Longford Hideaway for a week in August 2018. It was a great cozy place to stay. It felt like a home away from home within a day of being there. That would be due in part to our...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank jbb19822018
Relax399143, VR Owner at Longford Hideaway Cottage: 1BR, pool, organic farm, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

James, Leah, Thank you for posting a review of your stay at our cottage. It makes us happy that your first visit to St.Croix and your stay with us was a very positive one. Valeria

Reviewed 27 March 2017

The natural beauty and welcoming nature of our Italian host's was incredible. 2 weeks of fun, education, and laughter. Touring the farm and learning how to manage this massive undertaking in an eco friendly way was amazing. We were just minutes from the historical downtown...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank Karen W
Management response:Responded 29 March 2017

Karen, Ralph: you were the best :) ! Enough said!

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Reviewed 12 July 2015

My husband, adult daughter, and I stayed in the cottage. It was exactly as pictured on the website. This is off a main road so it's easy to get to, but the buildings are set back with lots of trees and shrubs so it's fairly...More

Date of stay: July 2015
1  Thank Esther P
Reviewed 13 June 2015

If you want to stay in a quiet location, away from crowds and not in a "cookie-cutter" box resort, Longford Hideaway is the place to go. There were no other guests when we stayed and we loved it. Valeria and Chicco were so hospitable but...More

Date of stay: April 2015
1  Thank Bernadine L
Management response:Responded 5 July 2015

It was our pleasure to have you as guests. Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our cottage and your stay. May all your future vacations be as great :)!

Reviewed 29 May 2015

We booked the cottage for a week for our honeymoon. In the months between booking and our actual stay, Valeria's correspondence with us was prompt, warm, and informative. The booking process was straightforward, all fees were upfront and there were no surprises. Luca and Christina...More

Date of stay: May 2015
4  Thank Mary J
About the Owner
Valeria G
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2011
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Our Longford Hideaway property is tucked away on the rural and undeveloped south shore of St. Croix, USVI, but very easy to get to. We're on the South Shore Road (Rt.62), directly south of the major town of Christiansted. Route 62 runs east to west along the south side of the island on its east end, and we're on the on the sea side of the road. Our driveway is also the parking area for the ARTfarm organic vegetable stand. The rental cottage is tucked behind our fruit orchard and spacious yard, beyond the farmstand buildings. You'll have shady parking under some native flowering trees, about 200 feet from the main road. You won't need four wheel drive to get to us (although adventurous drivers may wish to rent a jeep for exploring more undeveloped roads on the island). Driving from Longford...
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