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The one or two bedroom Island Orchid Cottage on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands has everything you need to have a great vacation without a high cost. It is perfect for the family or a couple. The cottage or artist house is nestled in a Tropical forest by the National Park off of a country road that leads to great hikes and views of the Caribbean sea.
The owners, who have been on St. John for 30 years, live nearby and enjoy growing their own food like bananas, papaya, passion fruit and orchids.
This island home has three unique island style pods that are joined by covered decks. This allows privacy for the separate bedrooms; a private bathroom with hot water shower,etc., is in the center. The dining area and kitchen are off to one side.
The cottage is an oasis away from the busy world. It offers a lot of serenity. It is perfect after a long day at the beach or hiking to come home to this ideal spot. Everyone that has stayed here was delighted that they found this comfortable treasure in the middle of the most beautiful island in the Caribbean.
Bordeaux Mountain, where the cottage is located, features pleasant breezes and temperatures usually about 75 degrees year round. The cottage is surrounded with interesting Tropical trees and plants.
The Main bedroom has a Bali island theme. It has three windows, one of which is a large skylight, and a delightful four poster hand carved king size Balinese bed. Orchids are everywhere in the tall curtains and on the bedspread.
Every room is uniquely decorated with Balinese furniture that the owners brought back from one of their excursions, along with unique St John creations. You can snuggle up on the extra comfortable Queen futon couch or chairs and catch a movie after a long day at the beach. A large mahogany desk for business or internet action is in this room along with a lot of closet space. This spacious room has a large TV, DVD, games, books, and an Ipod player/charger.
The bathroom is secluded and allows you to enjoy the wooded area view in its private location.
The dining area and kitchen is surrounded by forest-gardens so when you are cooking you can see the red hibiscus or cedar trees. The dining table is in the center and is a great meeting spot to check out the hummingbirds feasting on orchid nectar. Island paintings are hanging everywhere to capture your imagination.
A short raised deck takes you to another bedroom that has two twin beds (convertible to a king), a mahogany chest, hanging closet, large TV, and DVD. Adjoining this is a bathroom that has a hot rainwater shower overlooking the lush tropical forest canopy.
Island Orchid Cottage is located mid island above the most beautiful beaches that are only 6-8 minutes away. It is also a scenic 12 minute ride to either the town of Coral Bay or Cruz Bay for duty free shopping and a range of inexpensive to gourmet restaurants.
Starting from Cruz Bay, drive along Route 10 to Bordeaux Mountain which is the highest peak at about 1000'. There are awesome views of the ocean and other islands. Beware of donkeys in the road!
Travel for 5 minutes on Bordeaux Mountain Road until you reach a country lane on the left: go 200 ft and park on the left. Breathe the fresh forest and sea air.
Your cottage will be a short distance away along an easy flowing path through ancient Bay Rum and Tyre Palm trees. Many island birds make this area their home. You may see parrots, red tail hawks, hummingbirds, banana quits and cuckoos.
Jay and Viki will be happy to help you out with all of your vacation needs. If you do not hear from them in 24 hours please give them a call. (The INTERNET is occasionally cantankerous.) Call 340 642 2424 or 340 227 9397.
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The owners of Island Orchid Cottage are fine art painters and have lived on St. John for over 30 years. We love this island and are raising our daughter here. St. John is what we were always looking for. We are happy to be here because of the beauty you see everywhere you look. There is the crystal clear ocean, that heals every pain you can imagine. Lots of turtles, colorful fish, squid, whales and dolphin. You will see adorable donkeys, geckos, hummingbirds, and beautiful flowers. We have owned the Colombo Café since 1988 and it has become a popular meeting spot on St. John. We have sailed to all the islands and this is the best!
Viki and Jay purchased this house in 2002
The property is in a central location close to the best beaches and the shopping in Coral Bay or Cruz Bay. It offers a relaxing canopy of tropical trees and flowers in the forest situated on the highest peak. We get the cool easterly breezes in the summer and are shaded by the largest trees on the island. It is a picturesque cottage nestled in the woods that allows you to commune with nature without intrusions. It offers an inexpensive base to be able to visit 10 of the best beaches and some are a few minutes away.
It is a quiet atmosphere that is home to a variety of birds and flowers. It is also an artist residence. The homeowners are artists and display their work at the cottage and at the Colombo Cafe'. Hiking on Bordeaux mountain is a joy, there are mammoth trees everywhere. The views near the cottage, look down into Coral Bay and the British Virgin Islands. You can see the islands Tortola, Peter, Norman (Treasure Island), and Virgin Gorda. An Island ferry can take you there for about $30 in an hour.
Thank you so much. We have loved staying in your cottage and hopefuylly will stay again when it is just the 2 of us.
Very peaceful and comfortable. Eleanor and Clive Bole Maidstone, UK. April 2010
This was a wonderful vacation. I could never have imagined such a neat place to have mydaughter,son-in-law ,son and one year grandson relax and experience nature at it's most beautiful. My husband and I said we wanted to have a vacation that we could be close to nature not tourists traps....Viki and Jay's was perfect. We enjoyed all the wildlife, but the modern conveniences were available. The house was clean and well appointed. I really want to return soon!!
One with nature -- what a cool little cottage in the jungle of St John! We didn't even need to break out our sound machine, as the birds and wind gave us pleasant background sounds. Our 3 young children loved exploring and found hermit crabs, lizards, critters, flowers, vines, the list goes on and on. Being in the middle of the forest was just what we wanted to jump start our trip. Jay and Viki are perfect hosts and it was obvious that our comfort was a priority. The place was spotless and had just what we needed in terms of kitchen supplies, etc. We would love to return!
We really enjoyed our seven-week tropical vacation on idyllic St. John. Our cottage was conveniently located on Bordeaux Mountain with easy access to the North Shore Beaches, East End, Coral Bay and Cruz Bay.
Island Orchid Cottage was tastefully decorated with soft aqua walls with a calming white netting-draped Balinese poster bed and a quaint Dutch door, allowing the cool breezes to waft through in the evening. In the morning we would awaken to the pleasant chatter of tropical birds in the forest canopy. The weather was heavenly - 80's during the day and cool 70's at night.
Jay and Vicki were very accommodating and gracious hosts. They made sure our stay would be a time to be remembered.
We have an affinity for islands and St. John is the most beautiful and safest we have encountered.
Fred and Louise
The price for this cottage was reasonable and not bad if your on a tight budget. It is a bit primitive but private. If you desire luxury then I wouldn't recommend this place. If you don't mind nature and camping then you will be happy. For us it was more of a pit stop as we didn't hang out at the cottage. We were too busy doing other things.We enjoyed our stay there and wished we had another week. Jay was very nice and helpful. St. Johns is gorgeous and we loved the off beach snorkeling, lot's too see. We had a great time in St. Johns and didn't spend a fortune.
My wife and two adult children have nothing but praise for our experience at Jay and Viki's rental cottage. We all have a great appreciation for nature, and this place put us smack dab in the middle of it. Nestled in the forest, we often felt like we were staying in a tree house.
Our wonderful experience started with meeting Jay at the cottage. He was very friendly, making us feel welcomed. Jay imparted necessary information and made it clear that the cottage was our space to enjoy during our visit and that he was available if anything was needed - which there wasn't because everything was so well taken care of.
The cottage itself was a delight. We especially liked that the second bedroom was in a separate structure but connected to the main cottage and bathroom by common decks. Like most people we found ourselves congregating around the kitchen table where we thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds of the forest made possible by screened walls. The kitchen lacked for nothing.
The cottage was well equipped, very clean, and artistically decorated. Much to my surprise, the tourist information was all current and very helpful. One guidebook in particular provided great insight to the island's history, beaches and hiking trails.
The cottage's secluded feeling added to the experience without being an inconvenience. After a short drive to one of the island's main roads we had easy access to great beaches and restaurants.
We definitely would stay at the cottage again and certainly recommend it to others who appreciate nature.
This place is extremely secluded. We typically try to stay somewhere on the beach for our Caribbean vacations, but we wanted to give something new a try. This place was a great find, not only is it extremely affordable compared to most St. John property's, it had everything we needed. We spent most of our time at the beach or hiking the beautiful trails of the USVI National park, so we were only looking for a clean place to eat and sleep. This place provided that and much more. A couple nights we were so tired from hiking and snorkeling all day that we actually came back to the cottage and watched a dvd. This is something we never do on vacation, but the cottage was extremely comfortable and allowed us to completely relax.
There was plenty of hot water, but you do have to walk outside of the main sleeping area to use the bathroom, which can be a bit of a pain in the middle of the night. If you are not comfortable with the sounds of nature at night, this might not be the place for you. For us, it was very peaceful and just what we were looking for.
Quick note: You will absolutely need to rent a car if staying here as you are 15-20 minutes from both Cruz and Coral bays.
Tropical, Away From the Crowds, Close to Beaches, Market just down the hill. The Cottage is located on a quiet out of the way, rarely used road with parking just a few steps from the entrance. Large restaurant nearby and best smoothies and gifts just down the road, look for Colombo's Smoothies.
We can show you Quiet hiking trail to Lameshure Beach (http://www.seestjohn.com/trails_bordeaux_mountain.
html) and Little known trail to Reef Bay Beach.
We offer an ipod or mp3 connector with speakers so that you can play your own tunes. The Cottage also comes with a CD player along with a radio, DVD player and TV.
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Apr 15 2015 - Dec 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Summer Rate April 15 -Dec 15 2015 One Bedroom @ $100/night and two bedrooms @ $125/night.
Winter Rate Dec 16 -April 15 2015 One bedroom @ $150/night and two bedrooms @ $195/night.
A stay of four nights is possible and will incur a Cleaning Fee of $45.
Rates subject to change until confirmed by contract.
When you reserve only the master bedroom the second bedroom is vacant and locked.
We prefer Paypal, we pay all fees. We also accept most credit cards or Money Orders.
All rates are two persons per room. Extra people $20 per night per person.
Call 340 642 2424 or email us to place a deposit to reserve.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.