Mountain Eyrie, Coral Bay, St. John U.S.V.I.
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I High up on a mountain ridge a sweet cottage overlooks a spectacular vista. The view extends past the eastern part of St. John, Hurricane Hole all the way up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda and beyond. The archipelago of islands looks like a blue velvet carpet running East to infinity. Directly below, sailboats bob in the harbor. It's so striking that even the land-tax assessor, coming onto our deck, exclaimed, “You have the best view on the island!” We were quick to demurr, though we often get that response.
II Eight hundred feet up, tranquillity rules under the canopy of the high trees. Coming up from the seashore the temperature is noticeably cooler. Here one can relax in peace and quiet surrounded by tropical hardwood forest with native plants, fruit trees and wonderful birdlife.
You'll delight in watching hawks fly overhead, the sailboats in the harbor, and the constant movement of clouds over islands stretched out as far as the eye can see. Watch the moon floating beyond the trees from the hammock!
III Route 108, the old Bordeaux Mountain Road, is paved up from Coral Bay past our lane. The final loop of Rt. 108 has recently been paved. Now we are more centrally located, as you can drive over Bordeaux Mountain toward the center of the National Park or to the town. Our quiet little lane is safe and removed yet near the town. We always feel peaceful when we arrive here.
Mountain Eyrie is located a short ride to the small but lively village of Coral Bay, with its varied nightlife, shopping and restaurants: see Google Earth -- 18 deg 20’ 18.25” N by 64 deg 43’ 7.5” W.
The cottage offers complete privacy, with a covered back deck furnished with comfortable furniture and a dining table. Inside contains a well-appointed kitchen, queen-sized bed, sofa and lounge chairs, all with vaulted ceilings to offer an airy, spacious ambience; the interior is amply cooled by ceiling fans and mountain breezes.
Peter and Dorothy Muilenburg
Keywords: St. John Rental, Coral Bay Rental, Private, Cool, Retreat
We came to St. John as newlyweds 40 years ago, camping on a beach. Dorothy worked as an educator in the public schools, and co-founded the Gifft Hill School. Peter built the “Breath” our sailboat/home where we raised our children. We've sailed all over the Caribbean and to Europe and Africa. We feel St. John is the most beautiful place we've seen and the people are the most genuine.
We wanted to live and build in Coral Bay because it's the quietest, least developed part of St. John. We are on Bordeaux Mountain, overlooking Coral Bay. views, our yard has exceptional botanical qualities! The paths to the cottage takes you past the towering plum trees, guavaberrry trees, and a great variety of local bushes, flowers and vines. Guavaberry wine is the traditional Christmas drink, but the slow-growing hardwood trees are now few. We have one of the densest stands on the island. Well-watered by our bordering ghut, the abundance continues throughout the dry season.
The Tradewinds come right at our East-facing Eyrie and with the tall trees enhance the cooling. In the heat of Summer or the hot sun of the dry Winter, our place remains cool.
Our house has a nautical theme. In the cottage you will find many books about the sea, a sextant, old bronze ship's bell from a wreck in 1678 ( Peter might be hoarding that in the house. Ask!) nautical charts, and paintings.
Aware that we had a responsibility to our indigenous hardwood forest, we carefully built wooden houses with small footprints.
Being close to the National Park There are morning bird calls and evening birds, tiny frogs you rarely see but hear in the night. In the open spaces beyond our high deck, you can see and hear the calls, cries of hawks. We've grown to love the sights and sounds here, as much as we loved living on the sea.