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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool

Tom Buttermore

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Tom Buttermore

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Calendar last updated:
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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Mamey Peak Villa Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful Villa - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Apito is a casually elegant home on the island of St. John located within the National Park boundaries. Completed in June of 2009, this home was built and furnished with the complete comfort and relaxation of guests in mind. Fully air conditioned, it is ecologically sensitive yet delightfully fun and upscale. Located high atop Mamey Peak at approximately 940' above sea level, it is near the geographic center of the island and less than a five minute drive to the famous North Shore beaches. As you enter Apito though its exquisitely carved entry door, you'll be greeted with extensive travertine tile work, rich mahogany and pear wood furnishings, quality finishes and oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

Be sure to check out the web site for pictures and our Construction Blog on how Apito was conceived and constructed!

Interior square footage of 1,185 sq ft plus 1200 sq ft of outside living area.

Additional Tidbits...: Apito has 2 large master suite bedrooms and fully tiled bath rooms. Each bedroom has a king sized bed and pillow top mattresses to insure a peaceful nights sleep. The very private pool and pool deck area offer spectacular views of Bordeaux mountain, Coral Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. The mountain breezes typically make this area many degrees cooler than the lower lying areas of Cruz and Coral Bay.

The kitchen has all of the modern conveniences. A full size dishwasher, energy efficient Liebherr refrigerator, microwave, 5-Burner, dual fuel stove and double oven and a garbage disposal (one of the few on St. John!), along with virtually every cooking utensil a gourmet cook could desire. Because we know how aggravating it is to buy every day items when you stay at a villa, Apito maintains a supply of sugar, flour, herbs, spices , and cooking oils along with dish towels, paper towels, trash bags, baggies, dish and clothes detergents, etc. so you DON'T have to spend hard earned vacation money on the simple necessities of everyday life.

Apito is a very private villa while at the same time being very conveniently located to all St. John has to offer.

We hope you'll decide to stay at Apito!

Tom & Lori Buttermore

Denver, CO

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tom Buttermore (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2015

About Tom Buttermore

My name is Tom. Lori, my beloved wife of 26 years, and I have two boys Alex and Conner, although they were much younger when all of this began. My first trip to St. John was in 1978 when my parents chartered a bareboat out of Tortola for a two week vacation. Needless to say, I fell in love with the islands, and the hook was firmly set. While Lori and I have always loved the Caribbean and have traveled to several islands over the years, after the kids were born, we were not able to afford a trip back to the Virgin Islands for a long time. Our first trip to the Virgin Islands as a family finally occurred in 1997. This is the year we finally reached a station in life that allowed us to show our kids the beauty of St. John. We chartered our own boat the following year and have been returning as often as we can ever since. Over the years, we have always dreamed of owning a little piece of this rock, and that dream became a reality late in 2005.

Tom Buttermore purchased this villa in 2005

Why Tom Buttermore chose Mamey Peak

We began looking for property on St. John in 2005 and decided to purchase a lot on Mamey Peak for its stunning views, cool mountain breezes and geographically central location. We didn't want the crowded, hustle, bustle of Cruz Bay, but also didn't want to be as far out as Coral Bay or the East End. We wanted the best of all worlds and we think we found it on Mamey Peak.

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 31 traveler reviews

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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews
5

Excellent--exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly as described.

It is beautiful.

It is well maintained.

Tom off site and his son (on site) were excellent. Very responsive, attentive and proud of their home.

Would strongly recommend it.

We will go again.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your return!
5

Just Excellent Overall

  • 5 of 5

I say overall because even though the house is as described (and then some), dealing with the owner(s) and son was flawless, and also because of the amount of helpful information and leads they provided, online and in person. Communication prior and during our stay was top notch!

The house is darn near perfect for 2 couples, with full suites up and down. The layout and floor plan is very efficient, with a warm, super SOLID feel. Top notch materials and as mentioned in other reviews, incredible attention to details...check out the fit and clearance of the bathroom door/countertop! The construction, the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms are all 5 star...but then it keeps going down to the silverware, plates, cookware, you name it.

Then the extras: beach chairs, soft-side coolers, beach towels...even plenty of consumables like sun screen and insect repellent, it's there and available. Ziplock bags even! Who else provides those? Spices and sauces too.

I keep trying to come up with an idea for improvement, but all I can suggest is some way to communicate between floors. The couple downstairs had no cell reception, and the house is so well soundproofed it was difficult to coordinate showers and plans (what a first-world "problem"!)

The location was just right for us, more oriented to Coral Bay and the north beaches, but it meant we cooked our own evening meals rather than deal with the roads after dark - 1st week of January it got dark early. We usually count on more restaurant meals, but the well-equipped kitchen and the gas grill made it more treat than chore.

We've always treated St. John as a day trip (or two) from St. Thomas in the past, but this trip has changed our itinerary for good.

Thank you Tom, Lori, and Conner!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! We appreciate the kind words and hope to have you see us again!
5

Excellent Stay at Apito

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (including 2 young children) stayed at Apito in December. The villa was everything we expected and more. The location was fantastic. Five minutes to Maho beach, 15 minutes to Cruz Bay: perfect! The views were awesome. The layout was great for us.

But what made this villa truly special was amount of thought and love that was put into it's design by it's owners; Tom and Lori. Most rental homes have relatively modest furniture, artwork, etc., as the owners do not want to invest in something that will get a lot of use. However, Tom and Lori thought of every last detail on this home and furnished it with the most exquisite details we have ever had in a rental. From the hand carved doors, to the "flying pig" sculptures that held a single flower, everything was perfect.

All this, coupled with a perfect location, made for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for noticing! It is our goal to make every guest feel like they are staying at someone's home, not just another sterile rental. We hope to see you again soon!
5

50th Birthday Surprise

  • 5 of 5

We had been looking for a year for the perfect vacation spot and through much research on the internet, Apito was it and did not disappoint. We met Tom at Maho Beach. The home was clean and exactly like the pictures on the website, no surprises. The kitchen was well stocked with spices and various condiments, dishes, etc., we lacked for nothing. The view was gorgeous and never tired to view it. A new garden was underway and though it was not finished, was a nice addition. We tried out the double hammock too. Pack light! Seriously, no need for all the shoes and extra clothes you think you are going to need. We are so happy we stayed at Apito and hope to visit again. Thanx Tom!

Steve and Cathy, Hatfield, MA

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Blythewood, SC
5

Fantastic, as Always

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time staying at Apito. Apito is the perfect size home, in the perfect location. There's two of us - husband and wife. We only utilize the main floor, which has the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. The pool deck is the perfect spot for lounging after a day at the beach. The upper level porch / deck is also a favorite hang out spot, from cruising online to eating to taking in the scenery. Apito is on Mamey Peak, which is IDEAL for our favorite beaches - Francis and Maho, as well as super close proximity to our Coral Bay eats - Skinny Legs, Shipwreck, Aqua Bistro, etc. Lori and Tom are so accommodating, and have thought of everything you'll need for an amazing stay. Tons of dvd's and books, pool (beach) floats, beach chairs, spices galore, handiwrap, ziploc bags, coolers, coffee filters, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish wash detergent, toilet paper, and on and on. If there is anything you need (which I doubt), Tom is a quick text or email away. Already looking forward to our 4th trip! Thanks for an amazing stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words guys. We look forward to having you back next year!
5

Fantastic Home

  • 5 of 5

We are frequent visitors to St. John and this is by far the best home we have stayed in! The home is very well thought out and was perfect for our family of 5. The high end finishes are just lovely. This is the first time we have not had to fight the ants for our tooth brushes in the morning because the house is extremely well-maintained. Everything that you could need is at the house and ready for you. The owners were very helpful, friendly, and accommodating. Our kids even adopted the neighbor's sweet dog during our visit. Beyond the actually house, Apito's location is superb. You are less than 5 minutes from Maho Beach. Coral Bay and Cruz are 15 and 20 minutes away (we have stayed near Lameshur and Calabash Boom and it is hard to face that drive to Cruz some days). The view is wonderful and the trade winds actually were cooling. The owners took obvious care to ensure that Apito takes great advantage of the natural surroundings. While we were there we visited our favorite restaurants: La Tapa, Waterfront Bistro, Shipwrecks, Sweet Plantains, Skinny Legs, and High Tide (our traditional arrival and departure spot by the docks). Unfortunately, we missed Jake's because they were closed for vacation and Aqua Bistro has really declined and suggest you skip the food but their bar is still good. We hiked several trails, took a day sail around St. John and snorkeled some spots around Lovango Cay and saw several spotted eagle rays. The beaches are always spectacular and we saw so many turtles on this trip. The Apito website has some great links, including to the book: St. John Feet, Fins, and 4-wheel Drive. I recommend it! Even though we have been many times before, we found lots of new adventures on St. John. We loved our stay and hated to go home. We hope we are able to return very soon and will stay at Apito!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having great families stay at our home and appreciate your love of St John and all it has to offer! We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and look forward to having you back again soon. Tom & Lori

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Rates & Availability

From $340 Per night

Mamey Peak 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
 
High Season
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 25 2015
4 night minimum stay
$650
$3,950
 
 
Low Season
Apr 26 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,800
 
 
Sept - Oct Special!
Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,240
 
 
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
$2,950
 
 
Christmas Vacation
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
$5,750
 
 
High Season 2016
Dec 29 2015 - Apr 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
$650
$3,950
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Prices are for 1-2 people - Additional Charges for > 2 people.
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Amenities

Mamey Peak Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1185 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upper Master - 1 king
    Pool Side Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size sleeper in Living Room -
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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