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Cool, Affordable Cottage w/ Awesome View for Couple or Family, From $125/night

Thia Muilenburg, Owner

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Cool, Affordable Cottage w/ Awesome View for Couple or Family, From $125/night

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Coral Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8 on 2 levels, rent sep. or together)

The cottage consists of upper and lower levels which can be rented together or separately, sleeping two to eight guests.

NOTE: Regarding availability in the Lower Level - see VRBO listing # 506984 for more detailed information about the Lower Level, including an active availability calendar.

Stonegarden Cottage offers you a private retreat where you will enjoy your dream vacation on Saint John in the US Virgin Islands. Offering the privacy, comfort and views of a villa, this unique rental home beckons many of our loyal guests back year after year.

This beautiful St. John vacation rental offers a gorgeous island view and on-site nature trails, close proximity to pristine National Park Beaches and restaurants and shops of Coral Bay - the peaceful side of St. John.

The cottage nestles within a shady, tropical forest, high up the steep slopes of St. John's Bordeaux Mountain. At the foot of the mountain lies picturesque Coral Bay harbor; beyond unfolds a panorama of peninsulas, islands, beaches and glowing turquoise channels that run east as far as Virgin Gorda and the Anegada Passage. This is the view Islands Magazine chose as the top spot in the world to watch the sunrise of the new millennium.

The Upper and Lower Levels of the cottage can be rented together or separately.

Upper Level: 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.

The living room offers sleeping accommodations for two adults or children on the comfortable queen-size sofa-bed. There is a 2nd bedroom (called the 'bunk room') with bunk bed and ample closet space. It has it's own tiled bathroom - the open shower ceiling lets in the Caribbean sun and balmy breezes.

The master bedroom with queen-size, four poster bed and private, fully tiled bath has an expansive island view. The enclosed Caribbean 'garden shower' blends traditional stonework with the tropical environment.

Walkways from the front door connect into the stone paths and trails of Guavaberry Woods.

Lower Level: For the couple looking for a combination of affordability and comfort, the Lower Level is a perfect choice. Private and quiet, this charming apartment has tasteful decor, art by Caribbean artists, stained-glass windows and beautiful views to the British Virgins.

Enjoy the comfortable amenities of a queen-size bed, private bath with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette, dining table and chairs, and comfortable reading chair and lamp. You'll especially enjoy the private dining deck with its bistro table and chairs, lovely harbor view and direct access to the trails of Guavaberry Woods. The Lower Level has its own separate entrance, driveway and parking space.

The unit was built underneath the deck of the main house and with solid cypress ceiling panels to ensure you peace and quiet. A perfect getaway for the couple looking for affordable comfort and privacy.

Onsite Nature Trails: The best of St. John's natural beauty and astonishing biodiversity lies on-site at your doorstep. A trellised archway of hanging tropical flowers greets you as you enter and walk down a short stone stairway to the front door. The large (2/3 acre) hillside property is an ecological wonderland that invites wandering -- beautiful hand-crafted stone paths and gravel trails on several different levels lead you through the lush hardwood foliage of Guavaberry Woods, where picturesque and unique ponds, a meditation garden, bridge and benches, plus gardens of orchids, frangipani, hibiscus, bouganvilla, citrus and tropical fruit trees delight the eye.

Cool Retreat: Steady tradewinds, an easterly view and the lush surrounding forest make Stonegarden Cottage a comfortable tropical getaway year-round -- cool, quiet and peaceful. After a day on blazing white sand beaches or out on the glittering sea, it is delightful to return up the mountain to your forest retreat, savor a frozen drink while enjoying the view or gaze into a lily pond while hearing the breeze rustle the treetops.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Thia Muilenburg, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2015

About Thia Muilenburg, Owner

Raf is a native St. Johnian, who grew up in the quiet village of Coral Bay. Thia came to live on St. John in the early 90's and eventually they met and fell in love. After pursuing careers in California for fourteen years, they've just returned to their beloved island with their two daughters, Missy and Allegra, in order for their children to be closer to their grandparents and to grow up in the wonderful community and natural environment that St. John offers.

Thia Muilenburg, Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Thia Muilenburg, Owner chose Coral Bay

Buying property on St. John allowed us to pursue our dream of returning to St. John with our children. It took us almost 4 years to bring that dream to fruition, and renting the house to travelers in the meantime helped us save the funds necessary for the move. It's been great fun to help travelers with accommodations, while lending a hand with travel advice and suggestions for what to do on the island.

What makes this cottage unique

Stonegarden Cottage is a unique, mountainside retreat for nature lovers, with a gorgeous view of Coral Bay Harbor and extensive nature trails throughout the surrounding property. The cottage is quiet, safe and private, yet close to Coral Bay village and the VI national park beaches. Cooling tradewinds keep the cottage comfortable all year round. You can enjoy a hike up Bordeaux Mountain from the cottage, just one of many hikes nearby; the cottage is easily accessible from a smooth, paved road.

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 19 traveler reviews

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Cool, Affordable Cottage w/ Awesome View for Couple or Family, From $125/night
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews
5

Wonderful Family Vacation Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for five nights at Stonegarden Cottage. From the beginning, it was a wonderful place for our family to stay on St. John. The hosts, Thom and Jackie, were very helpful and accomodating for our first visit to the island. The Cottage receives cool mountain breezes and has an amazing view. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen and the outdoor grill was brand new. We found it very relaxing to cook and eat all our meals at the Cottage. Our first stop after picking up the rental Jeep was Starfish Market to buy food in Cruz Bay. We loved the beautiful grounds of the Cottage. Our son caught lizards and a crab. We used the beach towels, chairs, and cooler provided by Stonegarden for our daily snorkeling trips to the beach. We snorkeled Maho bay twice (sea turtles), Trunk Bay (arrived before 9 am to beat the crowds), Princess Bay (mangrove snorkeling), and Waterlemon Cay (the 0.1 mile snorkey was not difficult). Stonegarden Cottage is very conveniently located for Maho, Princess, and Waterlemon. The Cottage beds are comfortable, and the bathrooms have a unique tropical feel with lots of plants and shells. At night, we enjoyed playing games and watching videos that are in Stonegarden. One night we even had a goofy concert with the musical instruments. We loved staying in quieter Coral Bay. Relative to Cruz Bay, Stonegarden Cottage offers a very relaxed Caribbean getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review of Stonegarden Cottage! It sounds like you really enjoyed everything the house has to offer - from being so close to the national park beaches and the quieter side of the island, cooking and eating comfortably at home, to the peaceful surroundings. We're so glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable vacation, and we hope you'll make it back someday soon! Warm wishes, Thia Muilenburg Owner
5

Loved it - Again!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Stonegarden Cottage so much we almost didn’t post a review because 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.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to read your detailed review of the Upper Level of Stonegarden Cottage, and very happy that you've chosen to return for a third time next year. The cottage's great location and view, as well as the level of care by the managers seem to be a perfect fit for you. Personally, I certainly love having you as guests, and am glad that you're happy with us too! Thia Muilenburg, Owner
St Croix, VI
5

island girl

  • 5 of 5

Stonegarden Cottage was so much more then described! I could have spent the entire time in the river stone bathroom. View is breathtaking (I live in the Caribbean so I see the sea all the time but this place/view is exceptional)! The cottage had everything one could ask for - kitchen has it all, even a blender for local fruit smoothies (and Cruzan Rum pina coladas). The gardens with amazing stonework and meditation trails an added plus! A wonderful retreat for me and a perfect spot for our Cranial Sacral Therapy workshop that was held there during the day. Supper friendly/helpful owner and very professional property manager. Great location near Coral Bay with great restaurants and water sports. Stonegarden will now be my first choice every time I visit St John!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Great getaway at Stonegarden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time on St. John, staying at The Stonegarden Cottage. We had a party of eight, and rented both levels. It worked out great for us. It was such a treat starting & ending our day by peering out over beautiful Coral Bay. What a view! The rental was clean and accomodating. We will definitely return to St. John, and plan on staying at The Stonegarden Cottage when we do.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

View was gorgeous. Furnishings were lovely.

  • 5 of 5

Good if you are ecologically minded since they strongly encourage you to use water very sparingly and dispose of won trash. Need a car to get around. Upper Driveway is tricky to exit. Gwen gave us good tips about the Coral Bay portion of island. Bridge/Road is partially out to Cruz Bay. Deck has partial roof which is nice since it rained several times on our trip. No clothes dryer for use for stays of shorter duration so make sure to have plenty of bathing suits since mine did not dry. Island is beautiful. TV screen is quite small for today's standards but adequate.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, We're very glad you stayed at the cottage and thanks for your review. As is with mostly all the cottages on the island, we collect our water from the roof, so in the dry season (the time that you stayed) water is scarce, despite some occasional rain. Thanks for being careful! Our hope is that the road to Coral Bay will be fixed by the summer, as they are working on it now (at long last). In the meantime, they've set up a safe system of lights for driving the small, temporary one-way section of the road. Thanks again, we hope you make it back again next time! Thia Muilenburg, Owner
5

Very nice and confortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and confortable cottage, well equipped and clean, at reasonable price

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy you enjoyed the cottage and your stay on St. John! Please come again, Thia Muilenburg, Owner

Map

Available right out your door is access to Bordeaux Mt. Trail, which you can hike to from Stonegarden Cottage. This national park trail leads you to some of the more remote beaches in the VI National Park (Lameshur, Reef Bay; There is a library of guide books and trail maps available for your use right in the unit, as well as a guest information book with directions on finding the best beaches and hiking trails on the island.

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Rates & Availability

From $245 Per night

Coral Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season - Upper Level 2015
Apr 15 2015 - Dec 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
$245
$1,550
 
 
High Season - Upper Level 2016
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
$320
$2,050
 
 
Low Season - Upper Level 2016
Apr 15 2016 - Dec 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
$260
$1,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Tax Rate 15.0%
Notes Additional High Season Rates 2015:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1200/week - $190/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2650/week - $415/night

Additional Low Season Rates 2015:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $900/week - $140/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2250/week - $355/night

Additional High Season Rates 2016:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1250/week - $195/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2850/week - $450/night

Additional Low Season Rates 2016:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $950/week - $150/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2450/week - $385/night

Holidays: Please inquire.

Tax quoted includes 10% VI hotel tax & 5% booking fee.

Rates & availability subject to change; confirm w/ owner.
50% deposit required upon booking a reservation; balance due 2 months prior to arrival date; $300 damage deposit refunded within 3 weeks of departure; 5 night minimum stay required. Payments and refunds through Paypal.com, (not VRBO.com or Homeaway.com).
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Amenities

Coral Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upper Level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upper Level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Lower Level
  • Upper level bathrooms have screened openings in the ceiling to let in the Caribbean sun and balmy breezes. They are fully tiled, and the master has a beautiful garden lined with stone walls. Both are adorned with stained glass windows designed and built by the owner.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master Bedoom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk Room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lower Level Studio
  • 1 Queen size Bed in Upper Level (1), 2 Child Beds in Upper Level (2 bunks), 1 Queen sized sleeper-sofa in Upper Level living room, 1 Queen size Bed in Lower Level (1); Kids air-mattress can comfortably accommodate 2 small children; one single air-mattress
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Filtered Drinking Water, Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Umbrella and Coolers, Child Safe Deck Railings; nature trails, beautiful stonework, tropical fruit trees and flowers.

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