Catch and Keep is just what so many budget-minded travelers dream of finding. For less than the price of a condominium you can experience living in a real island home. The cottage is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and best of all, authentic. The affordable pricing may let you stay longer, or treat yourself to a day sail or massage. With today's emphasis on 'eco-tourism' you can experience how a 'traditional' island-style home fits into its environment in ways that appreciate the culture and architecture of the island and respects it unique environment.
In scenic Coral Bay, 'Catch 'n' Keep' is a charming, West Indies-style home. Just ten to 15 minutes from nearby white sand beaches, the cottage sits on a half acre of wooded hillside, with a panoramic view of the Carolina valley and its stone sugar mill ruins. Plants and trees native to the environment have been encouraged and a large variety of native birds feel at home in the neighborhood.
Catch 'n' Keep is nestled in a quiet cul de sac off a secondary road with only neighbors passing by, and there is shaded parking right next to the entrance. Two small markets nearby make life easier, as do a choice of eateries for those who really want to relax! Well-sited to catch the Tradewinds, the cottage is fully screened and has Hunter ceiling fans. Six large double doors open onto two covered decks where you can grill out with a Weber gas grill and dine in the fresh air. Or lounge in the hammocks and enjoy the country view, tropical breezes, and beautiful evening sky.
The full kitchen is charmingly decorated with folk art and hand-painted ceramics collected by the owner in her travels. The bathroom features native stonework in the shower and full amenities. A comfortable queen-size bed with four pillows and lovely cotton linens awaits you.
The cottage is thoughtfully appointed for your comfort, and includes guidebooks, WiFI,Cable,DVD and a CD collection, lots of vacation reading, and games. You will also find beach chairs, beach towels, and coolers for your beach days. A variety of restaurants, eclectic shopping, kayaking, hiking, and live music are conveniently nearby in the Coral Bay area. Less developed than the Cruz Bay side of island, you will find Coral Bay less trafficked, more relaxing and exactly your dream of what an island get-away should be like!
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"All will be revealed" was the last answer to our many questions when my husband and I were deciding where to spend the month of February, 2003. We were met at the dock and transported to your lovely mountain home overlooking the valley on St. John. We loved the spacious open one room home with a large two-sided deck with a table (seating 4 or more), hammock, and full laundry facilities. The Weber gas outdoor grill and full
kitchen made cooking and eating at home a pleasure. The
king-size bed was wonderful and Cable TV helped us enjoy the sports channel. We appreciated Judy's maps and helpful tips on places to visit, eat, and find out of the way beaches. The beach chairs and coolers were a plus when we wanted to be away for the day. We enjoyed our stay with you so much we came again in 2004 and you made us very welcome. Now we are
good friends! I highly recommend your home to anyone who wants a romantic, lovely, quiet getaway!
Joan and John Hunter
Originally from Massachusetts, retired to St. John after 30 years teaching Northern New Mexico. Travel and learning from different cultures (at heart, we are more the same than different! in what we want for our children, our lives, our world).
I have tried to keep the cottage comfortable for your visit, while offering you the chance to experience something different, 'island-y' and respectful of the local St. Johnian culture. My guest reviews affirm it succeeds.
Located on the less-developed side of island, private-feeling yet close to all Coral Bay has to offer, this is an opportunity to EXPERIENCE what living in an actual West Indian style 'island house' might be like, rather than a concrete condo-style rental. 'Green' living is highlighted (working with native plants only, adapting to terrain rather forcing it to fit building plans, plus simpler, timeless solutions to daily living. Birds abound and so does peace and quiet.
I provide information on Virgin Island National Park outings, hikes, lectures, cultural demonstrations and Ranger Guided Educational activities.
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May 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
1 night minimum stay