Cane Garden is an iconic historic estate, traditionally a sugar plantation, sitting on over 80 acres of pristine land with a little over half a mile of coastline on St. Croix’s south shore. The estate consists of a great house and three cottages. The impressive six-bedroom great house, built in 1784, was extensively remodeled in the 1820’s in the classical style with grand Doric columns added on the northern portico as well as on the south. Richard Hampton Jenrette, noted preservationist, purchased the estate in1985 and lovingly restored Cane Garden to its former grandeur. Along with early 20 th Century photographs and research from Danish and St. Croix sources, Jenrette’s team unearthed valuable architectural drawings from architect Herbert Nelthropp that also helped steer the rest of the restoration, which included rebuilding the original high hipped roof, a notable characteristic of island architecture.
The magic of Cane Garden starts at a pair of the plantation’s original tall Danish gates that lead you to a long winding driveway shaded by cascading ancient tamarind trees. The impressive entrance with a grand stone staircase leads to an oversized portico. The portico, framed by eight Doric columns, opens into the parlor connecting to the great hall with a dramatic 24-foot high tray ceiling adorned with a handsome, Dutch Baroque brass chandelier. To the west of the great hall is a spacious formal dining room that stretches from north to south. The kitchen, west of the dining room, is complete with marble counter tops, a large center island and beautiful natural light, streaming in from the north and west. On the main level are two bedrooms both with en suite baths. The master suite opens to sparkling Caribbean Sea views and a covered porch. The seaside southern veranda, opening to the great hall features an arched, Doric colonnade and a welcoming-arms staircase with steps of cut coral that descends to the beautiful front lawn. Below the main floor of Cane Garden are four additional guest bedrooms, all with natural light and en suite baths, and some with their own doorway to a private courtyard. A salt water swimming pool, garlanded with vibrant flora including crimson bougainvillea, sits a discrete distance away from the great house with ample deck space for entertaining.
The estate also has three cottages, romantic ruins including remnants of a bell tower and sugar mill just steps from the sea. The two cottages closest to the great house have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and the waterfront stone house adjacent to the historic sugar mill (on plot 6) has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. All have their own charm, full kitchens and outdoor living space.
Additional structures on the property include a workshop/two-car garage mimicking the great house design and a waterfront temple; currently used to house island toys such as paddleboards and surfboards.
The magnitude of Cane Garden is simply unexplainable; one must visit to experience its grandeur and romantic ambiance.
For additional details about the history and the restoration project see this article here: https://coldwellbankervi.com/2019/11/01/confessions-of-a-house-aholic-estate-cane-garden/
Additional Information and features:
Solar hot water for the great house
Reverse osmosis system cistern that is split into two seperate chambers. One chamber holds 25,000 gallons and the other chamber holds 50,000 gallons (50,000 gallon chamber needs repair)
Irrigation system that holds 12,000 gallons
The greathouse cistern is divided into two – 20,000 gallons per side/ 40,000 gallon total greathouse cistern capacity
Guest Cottage (yellow) – 15,000 gallon cistern
Stone House – 6,000 gallon cistern
Caretaker Cottage – 6,000 gallon cistern
Each house has its own septic tank and drain field
Each house has washer/dryer – Stone house Washer and dryer are tenant owned and will not convey in sale, but the hook ups are there.
28KW generator capable of powering majority of Cane Garden plot 1.
Great House: Interior: 5,169 sq.ft./ Total including pool deck, front portico, back veranda and garage is 9,000 sq. ft.
Unit 1 (Caretaker Cottage): interior: 1,814 sq. ft.
Unit 2 (Yellow Cottage): Interior: 1,594 sq. ft.
Unit 3 (Stone House): Interior upper and lower: 2800 sq. ft.
Plot 1 of Cane Garden: Tax Parcel 208500030200 $4412.03
Plot 6 of Cane Garden: Tax Parcel 208500030300 $785.29
View: Ocean,Pastoral,Sea,South,South Shore,Water
Exterior: Terrain: Beach Front; Color: Light yellow; Fence: Other; Gallery: Portico/Veranda; Landscape: Professional; Road: Paved; Roof: Pre-Fin Metal; Storm Shutters: Wood
Appliance: Fans: Yes; Range: 4; Refrigerator: 4
Year Built: 1784
Water Front: Yes
Miscellaneous: Approx. Cistern Size: 40000.00; HO Assoc$$: No; PWD Dt: 6/5/1948; PWD#: 144; Sewer: Septic; Water: Reverse Osmosis
X-Amenities: General Condition: Excellent; Off Street Parking: Yes; Remodeled: 1820 and 1985; Security: Gate
- Beds: 6
- Baths: 6
- Half Baths: 0
- Living Area: 5169.00
- Lot Size: 84.18
- Quarter: Queen
- Status: Pending