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“Best view on the island” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Peter Greathouse Estate & Gardens

St. Peter Greathouse Estate & Gardens
Rte. 40 | P. O. Box 11711, 00801-4711, St. Thomas
340-774-4999
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Ranked #3 of 3 attractions in Magens Bay
Type: Gardens, Tours, Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Viewing foliage
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Owner description: Follow a nature trail that leads you through nearly 200 varieties of tropical plants and an orchid jungle, wander through a gallery displaying local art, or take a sip of complimentary rum punch when you visit these scenic botanical gardens that are perched on a mountainside 1,000 feet above sea level.
Bent NM
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277 reviews 277 reviews
62 attraction reviews
Reviews in 180 cities Reviews in 180 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Best view on the island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

This north-side attraction is perched on the cliff overlooking Magen's Bay and a number of islands. It was open but deserted (no staff) during our visit. There is an observation deck, a short nature walk with many flowers identified, and a glorious little garden. Billed as the birthplace of the banana daquiri, it had only an igloo can full of help-yourself rum punch.
Many stairs. No handicap access. Allow 30 minutes.

Visited May 2012
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English first
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Glorious view - everything else just okay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I've been on St. Thomas twice and both of my tours have taken me here. If you come here you will be able to overlook Hull Bay and Magen's Bay Beach (if you can - go to Magen's Bay Beach instead). In the overlook you also have the opportunity to see multiple islands such as St. Johns, Tortola, Tobago and more. The view is quite breathtaking and this house seems to be well setup for weddings with the gazebo in the overlook deck and the banquet area. Other areas to explore is the souvenier shop, the aviary (I do not remember this part in my first visit) with multiple birds flying around that are quite chatty, the interior of the house and the botanical gardens area that has some nice plants and that are labelled. This second go around, they also offered water and punch for self-serve to guests. Overall, I still love the view, but that time that it takes to get all the way up the hill it may not be worth it to some as this view overlooking Hull Bay and Magen's Bay Beach can be viewed in many other places on the island. I would suggest just going to Magen's Bay or over to St. John's if you are on a cruise excursion.

Visited April 2012
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

This was included on our tour, but would never go again. The "gardens" are an over-grown back yard. It was billed as "home to many tropical birds". There were 3 or 4 parrots, etc kept in very small, filthy cages. Yes, there is a nice view, but that is all the place has.

Visited April 2012
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Moncton, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“NICE VIEW”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Stop there with our tour ,lots of other tours stop there .We enjoyed the scenery and saw some of the garden,cannot understand why the macaws are in such a small cage .There is a small shop so you can buy souvenirs .It was ok but would not return .

Visited March 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Amazing place that takes St Thomas to a new level”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

I didn't know what to expect from our visit to this unique property. The long drive up the mountain is well rewarded with unprecedented views of the island. The sunset was a must see and the bar made a few great drinks I had never heard of and can't remember either, wonder why?! It made for a magical evening for my wife and I.

Visited June 2011
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