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Orchid Hill 06/03/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
Orchid Hill is a two bedroom, two bathroom house located in Chocolate Hole. The wraparound style of the home means that you will enjoy a variety of views, from the hills of Chocolate Hole, down the South Shore all the way to Ram Head, and ocean views over Pillsbury Sound. The house is high up on the hill, and gets excellent breezes, which makes air conditioning unnecessary.

Entering the villa property, you first encounter the pool deck. The pool gets full sun and is a good size, with an infinity edge looking out over Pillsbury Sound. Attached to the pool is a stone spa, with seating for 4. A fountain runs from the spa to the pool. The pool deck has a table with seating for four, as well as various chaise loungers and other seating.

Entering the house brings you to the main living area. This space consists of a great room with seating for six, a dining area, and the kitchen. All of these spaces are open to each other and have views out to the South Shore. The laundry is also located in this area.

Off the great room is one of the two bedrooms. Both bedrooms have king sized beds, attached baths, and lots of storage space. This bedroom has the south shore and Pillsbury sound views. The mattress is two twins attached to make a king bed.

Heading out of the main living pod, you come to the outdoor living room. This space is completely covered with a roof that is angled to keep the rain out. Close to the house there is a dining table with six chairs, and beyond that there is a living space with two very comfortable couches, two large chairs, and a hammock. We spent most of our time at the villa hanging out in this “room.” The breezes were wonderful, and we had no problems with bugs.

A door behind the couch area leads out to the grilling patio. From here, you can also access the outdoor stone shower, and/or continue down to the pool deck.

Beyond the outdoor room is the second bedroom. It is identical in size to the other—the main differences are that this room has a king mattress, there is an outdoor shower beyond the interior attached bathroom, and the views are of the mountains/Chocolate Hole villas.

Orchid Hill is fairly close to town and the roads are paved all the way. There is some construction noise in the neighborhood right now because of the Pond Bay development. There is also a villa being built directly below Orchid Hill, but it is pretty far along.

We really enjoyed our stay at Orchid Hill. The beautiful pool and comfortable outdoor living area were our favorite features of this home.

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