Jonathan Back

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

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Jonathan Back

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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:
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
An amazing way to experience St John

We're Castle Addicts! My wife and I have stayed at the castle two years in a row and plan to make this the third. The location is fantastic - amazing views, absolutely peaceful, very private. The Castle is a wonderful work of art in itself, and the deck is a slice of heaven. Every part of the villa has the best views on the island. It's a completely unique experience! Visit their website - castlestjohn.com - for more info and search YouTube for "Castle St John" for some videos.

The Castle is perfect for couples or a pair of couples. Particularly folks looking for a bit of an adventure. The drive up the mountain is very rough and can be nerve racking for some. Once you're there, you are literally on top of the world.

We got into a good groove of waking with the sun, taking an easy breakfast, going to a beach for the morning with a picnic lunch, taking a nap and reading books on the deck in the afternoon, then going out for dinner.

Note that the Castle is fairly rugged. There aren't many doors, and the ones there don't seal - but they're beautiful heavy doors like you'd expect on a castle! You'll need to be friends with small wildlife. The lizards particularly like to watch your vacation. The A/C is marginal at best, so if you're there in the summer, be prepared to dress light and stay in the breeze. There's always a fresh wind up there! The Castle is incredibly open, but that's never a worry. Most of the days had perfect weather. When we had storms, we actually preferred to stay in the great room and watch!

The kitchen has everything you'd expect and there is a gas grill. We cooked over half our meals at the Castle. There is a TV - we turned it on just to see if it worked.



My wife left part of her soul in Maui with the whales, I left part of mine on the Castle's deck. Must go back regularly to visit.
Jan 2009
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Jonathan Back

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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.

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.

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
STT
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Cruz Bay-Red Hook, Cruz Bay-Tortola
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Salt Pond Bay
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Aqua Bistro
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Miss Lucy's
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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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Base Rate
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,470
 
 
Second Shoulder Season
Apr 28 - Aug 24
5 night minimum stay
$310
 
 
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
 

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.
50% in a personal check holds the dates, final payment due one month prior to arrival
Notes Note that Holiday/ school break dates are higher, and the rates are higher for more than 2 persons.
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Amenities

Coral Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • 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:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • shelling
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • mountain biking
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
  • basketball court
  • snorkeling/diving
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
Notes:
Giant chess on the parapets,, Native drums, hammock, hummingbirds, anole lizards, goats and donkeys visit
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