A Beautiful, Relaxed & Comfortable Space
Offering the privacy, comfort and views of a villa, this unique rental home beckons many of our loyal guests back year after year. Upgraded with all new windows & screens, decking, interior decor and more! The Upper Level offers a great space for a couple or a couple with two children.
The fully-equipped, eat-in kitchen opens out onto the deck where you will dine or just relax while gazing at one of the most beautiful views in all the Caribbean, with an ever-changing light show of turquoise water and sundrenched islands.
Walk out the kitchen onto a dining deck with a phenomenal view of the islands and harbor below, where you will want to spend every evening gazing up at the constellations or to watching the moonrise over the VI National Park and Coral Bay Harbor. There is a full-sized dining table and 6 chairs, a chaise lounge and 2 deck chairs on the deck for your use, as well as four yoga mats to spread out for your morning yoga routine.
A large living room space has a picture window looking out over the islands and harbor below, as well as a pass through to the kitchen with counter height stools. The cottage is decorated with beautiful Caribbean art and stained glass windows designed and built by the owner.
The master bedroom with queen-size, four-poster bed and private, fully tiled bath has an expansive island view through a picture window. The enclosed Caribbean garden shower blends traditional stonework with the tropical environment.
Off the living room, there is a 2nd bedroom (called the bunk room ) with twin sized bunk bed and ample closet space. It has its own tiled bathroom - the open shower ceiling lets in the Caribbean sun and balmy breezes.
The Upper Level is not air conditioned, simply because there is so much breeze at 500 ft above sea level, and with the house facing due east to catch the trade winds all year round, there is no need for energy consuming AC. The cottage has ceiling fans in every room to keep the air flowing, and create a comfortable environment.
Outside amenities: Walkways from the front door lead you to our NEW HOT TUB/SPA, a spa deck for lounging and the stone paths and trails of Guavaberry Woods, where you'll enjoy bananas and papayas, tropical flowers and native shade trees. There's also a tire swing for the kids and plenty of trails to explore.
Amenities on Upper Level
Solar power with Tesla Powerwall battery back-up which provides power to the house when power outages occur, Hot Tub/Spa, whole house UV water filtration, High-Speed Wireless Internet, Ceiling Fans in every room (including bathrooms), Fresh Flowers, Flatscreen, smart TV w/DVD, DVD Collection, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Microwave, 4-burner Gas Range and Oven, Side-by-side Refridgerator/Freezer with ice on the door (Additional Deep Freezer in workshop), Cooking Utensils, Blender, Toaster-oven, Automatic Coffee Maker, coffee grinder, 100% Cotton Linens and Blankets, Beach Towels & Chairs, Coolers, 4 Yoga Mats & Blocks, Iron and Ironing Board, Hair-dryer, Kid-sized Air-mattress and Bedding ($25 extra, available upon request), Washer and Dryer (for rentals of 10 days or more), Gas Grill (BBQ); No Smoking, No Air Conditioning.
What Our Guests Are Saying About The Upper Level:
"Million dollar view!"
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful stay in Coral Bay!! The cottage was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 3 kids- using both levels. Amenities were great, views from the deck AMAZING, and accommodations comfortable and well decorated. Bathrooms were beautiful and so fun! Gwen was super helpful - she made sure our stay was perfect and we had everything we needed. Thank you! We hope to return to St. John and would definitely stay here again!
~ Lindsey, Rockville, MD, April, 2017
"Breathtakingly Peaceful Setting!!"
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Dear Thia and Raf, We just want to thank you for allowing us to experience your wonderful hilltop home. This was our first trip to St. John and while we fell more in love with the island every day, we truly could not wait to get back "home" to our deck after our excursions and relax in the beauty, sights and sounds of the mountain. The cottage had everything we needed to cook up some great dinners "plen aire". It is such a happy and inviting cottage and it's our hope that we make this an annual event. Enjoy the hummingbird feeder as our thank you gift for your guests. Gwen was also terrific and got us settled in quickly. Thank you so much and see you next year!
~ Deb & Dave, Pt. Saint Lucie, FL, Dec. 2016
"Another Wonderful Stay at Stonegarden"
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"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
"We Wanted to Keep it a Secret"
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"We loved Stonegarden Cottage so much we almost didn’t post a review because we wanted to keep it a secret. This was our second year renting this cottage (the upper level) and it was even better than the first year. We’ve already reserved it again for next year.
Frequent visitors to St John eventually learn that Coral Bay is the best place to stay if you like a laid-back vacation. No hotels, no casinos, no traffic, no worries. You’re close to the north shore beaches but also close to the east end of St John which is much less developed than Cruz Bay at the west end. The pace is slower but the basic necessities are all there including great markets, restaurants and friendly people everywhere.
Stonegarden Cottage is located about a quarter mile up Bordeaux Mountain above Coral Bay. The pictures of the view on the website don’t really do justice to what you actually see. Coral Bay looks much closer and you can watch the boat traffic going in and out of the harbor. But it’s also high enough, about 500’ above sea level, to see over the east end of St John across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the British Virgin Islands. Quite a view, especially on a starry night.
The managers of the house, Thom and Jackie, couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. The place was spotless when we arrived after a long day of travel and Jackie had even put together a bouquet of flowers hand-picked from the nearby gardens to greet us when we got there. The owners are also very nice. We’ve known Thia for years now but finally got to meet Raf on this trip because he happened to be on island.
If you happen to rent the cottage and like to read, be sure to find the copy of “Adrift on a Sea of Blue Light” written by Raf’s dad Peter. It’s in the bookcase to the left of the front door. You’ll love it as much as you love Stonegarden Cottage."
~ 3/15, Roger & Jacky, Portsmouth, NH (had their 5th stay in 2/18)