Jonathan Back

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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THE CASTLE ON ST. JOHN ISLAND

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Castle St John is a unique villa within the Virgin Islands National Park boundaries. Built by the owner over eight years, it boasts the most extraordinary seascape panorama.

Two very separate bedrooms, king and queen, each with adjoining full baths. Besides the fully-equipped, modern kitchen and mahogany great room, there is a tiled outdoor shower, expansive decks and balconies, an observatory sundeck with giant chess on the fifth level, and a whirlpool spa nestled in a tropical garden.

Ceilings, furniture, and cabinetry are custom made of Cyprus and Mahogany with a feeling of casual elegance and artistic refinement... relics in the walls... fine mosaics... sculptures and a Zen sand garden. This unusual decor is accented by local paintings, masks, crafts, and statuary.

This is a romantic destination for your anniversary or honeymoon vacation! However, kids of all ages also love the mix of fantasy with the power of nature.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jonathan Back (Owner)
Advertiser since 2004
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About Jonathan Back

I first came to St John as the general manager of Maho Bay, an upscale camping resort. I was lucky (or fated) to buy this exquisite land in 1977 and built a small wooden house for myself in the Japanese Sukia style. The house was entirely off the grid, with solar panels, a wind generator, solar hot water, and gravity fed shower. It was novel to mix the techie survival elements with the spiritual power of the wind on the mountaintop and the calming simplicity of the tea house.

Why Jonathan Back chose Coral Bay

When the house burned down in 1983, I was persuaded to build again...so naturally I followed the Three Little Pigs story and made my house out of stone. Dozens of talented people helped over the years, and I acknowledge a considerable debt to their generosity and patience with me.

What makes this villa unique

The little castle combines one of the island's most fabulous panoramas with complete privacy. It is elegant where nature calls for that, but it is not deluxe. Folks who want no adventure in their visit probably should choose another dwelling.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars Reviewed on FLIPKEY for a stay June 23, 2014



The Castle St. John was an absolute dream! The initial ride up to the castle can be a bit daunting, but it is definitely worth it and easy after you adjust. (My husband says after the 2nd time he didn't find it an issue at all, and by the end of the trip I was even willing to try it out!) The building itself is beautiful, with a nice, large deck with lounge chairs, a hammock, and a regular table and chairs--not only was it a perfect place to relax with a book, but it was also a great spot to eat in the evenings and enjoy the view, which is beyond marvelous. We also really loved relaxing in the hot tub after a long day of hiking and snorkeling. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking on your own, and the upstairs bedroom has the bed situated so that you wake up to gorgeous views of the island. The open-air aspect was actually one of my favorite things as well--we had visits from birds, lizards, caterpillars, and hermit crabs all week long :) If you are looking for secluded yet conveniently located for your honeymoon, this is an ideal spot: peaceful, beautiful, private, and close to oodles of yummy restaurants and beautiful beaches. In addition, the new property managers, Cathy and Clark, were extremely helpful. As brand new visitors to the island, we were a bit lost at first, but they met us in Coral Bay, guided us up to the castle, and even offered some very spot-on recommendations for dining and other activities in St. John. We are already trying to figure out when we can go back and take some friends along to experience the castle!
Jun 2014
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
STT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Aqua Bistro
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Cruz Bay-Red Hook, Cruz Bay-Tortola
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Miss Lucy's
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Salt Pond Bay
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Donkey rides, National Park tours and programs, giant chess, deep sky viewing

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Availability & Rates

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Coral Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Base Rate
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,470
 
 
Low Tourist Season
Aug 25 - Nov 15
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,470
 
 
First Shoulder Season
Nov 16 - Dec 13
5 night minimum stay
$310
 
 
High Tourist Season
Dec 14 - Apr 27
5 night minimum stay
$355
 
 
Second Shoulder Season
Apr 28 - Aug 24
5 night minimum stay
$310
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes The VI Hotel Tax is 10% of rental fee. Note that Holiday/ school break dates are higher, and the rates are higher for more than 2 persons.
Notes Note that Holiday/ school break dates are higher, and the rates are higher for more than 2 persons.
50% in a personal check holds the dates, final payment due one month prior to arrival
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Amenities

Amenities

Coral Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The First bathroom adjoins the lower bedroom, and is mostly open-air. The second bedroom is part of the tower suite of rooms, above the kitchen.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The castle tower suite is a full bath on the second floor above the kitchen...private staircase to rooftop sunbathing, stargazing, giant chess.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Giant chess on the parapets,, Native drums, hammock, hummingbirds, anole lizards, goats and donkeys visit
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