About Us

Relaxation, comfort, cool breezes and extraordinary views await you at this tropical retreat on the island of St. John, USVI.. Stonegarden Cottage nestles within a shady, tropical forest, high up the steep slopes of St. John's Bordeaux Mountain. At the foot of the mountain lies picturesque Coral Bay harbor; beyond unfolds a panorama of peninsulas, islands, beaches and glowing turquoise channels that run east as far as Virgin Gorda and the Anegada Passage. This is the spectacular view that Islands Magazine chose as the top spot in the world to watch the sunrise of the new millennium.  Cooling trade winds flow off the Caribbean year-round.

Accessibility:  Sailing, snorkeling, scuba-diving and beachcombing are all just minutes from this beautiful mountain cottage. The house is easily accessible without 4-wheel drive via a smooth new concrete road, and is convenient to the restaurants and shops of Coral Bay (two minutes) and the beautiful  beaches of the Virgin Islands National Park (10 minutes).  Now equipped with high-speed wireless Internet service. 

Accommodation Options:  The Upper and Lower Levels can be rented together or separately, accommodating up to eight guests. The two levels are connected by a gated outside staircase, with separate parking and access for privacy. Click on the links above to see pictures and read detailed descriptions of the Upper and Lower Levels.

Cool Retreat:  Steady tradewinds, an easterly view and the lush surrounding forest make 
Stonegarden Cottage a comfortable tropical getaway year-round  -- cool, quiet and peaceful. After a day on blazing white sand beaches or out on the glittering sea, it is delightful to return up the mountain to your forest retreat, savor a frozen drink while enjoying the view or gaze into a lily pond while hearing the breeze rustle the treetops. 

Here's what our guests say:

"Another Wonderful Stay at StoneGarden"
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"We've stayed here 3-4 times now and love it more than ever. What I look forward to most is the beautiful view from the deck, the garden path and the garden shower. Thia is wonderful to deal with, and everything is made very easy in planning and getting to the cottage-- this year they upgraded some of the furnishings, windows, etc. and the cottage was always beautiful and comfortable and now has a little extra polish--- and we had some new beach chairs. The old ones were in fine shape, however it was nice to have a variety of heights of chairs to take to the beach-- there are plenty of supplies here, a great kitchen, grill, games, wonderful books about the island and no need for a/c, the breeze and fans make it cool to sleep.  I love this place- it's my first choice of accommodation every time we go to St. John and we've stayed at 6 other villas/B&B's, etc. in the past 15 years."
​-- Renate and Sasha, Kensington MD
Dec. 2016

"(The managers) were great! They were both very welcoming and take great pride in the property. They seem to take care of it as if it were their own. I loved how they interacted with our kids and made them feel so at home!
The grounds and paths were lovely! This was a real bonus to the property and a real advantage over other places we’ve stayed/read about....
I can’t thank you enough for sharing your home with us. We had a lovely stay and would definitely return. I have already recommended Stonegarden to others who are thinking about planning a trip. St. John is a very special place and I’m blessed to have been there!"
-- Erica and Allen of Dyer, IN
March 2015

"Thank you for inviting us to your lovely and charming home. I can understand how you decided to raise your family here. From the moment we stepped thru the door and crossed the threshold onto the deck, we could feel our busy divergent schedules slowed and braided into one, based on sand and sun. Thank you for the memories we have made as a family. And as we leave this oasis once again, strengthened and renewed in spirit, we hope to see you again next year, on our 25th anniversary of first stepping onto St. John."
--Jose, Loretta and Alyssa of
Warrinton PA, July 17, 2013

"Our last morning at Stonegarden, sad and beautiful. We were lucky to be back again this year to celebrate our 25th anniversary and to celebrate our first visions of St. John. It was a pleasure meeting you, Thia and Raf, talking about family and your love for this island and your home. Stonegarden is a welcoming treasure, a place to rest our bones from a busy day and recharge for the next. These memories will get us through the tough Pennsylvania winters, and give us hope for new ones.
We hope to see you again, God willing. Until then, remember, when preparing your trip to St. John – bring half the clothes and double the money!"
--Jose, Loretta and Alyssa of
Warrington, PA, July 23, 2014

The charm and beauty of Stonegarden Cottage's entry trellis and artistic stonework greet you.
The cottage has a relaxed, tropical decor and offers plenty of room for eight.
The spacious kitchen will entice you to make your meals at home in relaxed comfort. 
The view from Stonegarden Cottage is unforgettable!
(561) 529-6655 cell, Atlantic time, 9am - 7pm 
Copyright 2005 to Present, Thia Muilenburg

The owners, Raf and Thia Muilenburg,  with their daughters, Missy & Allegra
Stonegarden Cottage
St. John USVI Vacation Rental

The spectacular moon rise over Coral Bay Harbor as seen from the Stonegarden Cottage deck.
One of the many beautiful winged visitors to Stonegarden Cottage, thanks to Deb and Dave's feeder! 
From our Guest Book: