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GECKO HOUSE: 1, 2 or 3 Bedrooms in Artist's Home with Ocean View

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

MAY – NOV: 3 BEDROOMS for 2 - 6 people DEC – MAY: GUEST COTTAGE 2 people

Gecko House is only three miles from Cruz Bay yet nestled into a lush, quiet hillside, affording spectacular views of Fish Bay and beyond.

Close to many beautiful, white sand beaches and numerous scenic hiking trails, most within the National Park. Thus you can enjoy the unspoiled, natural beauty of our small island. Relax on our open screened in decks and absorb the tranquil sights & sounds of the birds, frogs and brilliant, turquoise waters as well as our vibrant gardens of many fruit trees. Soak in our outdoor hot tub, located amidst our tropical gardens.

From Gecko House, it is an easy five-minute walk down to Fish Bay, where you'll find a quiet and private shallow water beach perfect for beach-combing and walking along paths through the mangroves.

Gecko house is at the end of a road, making it private, quiet, peaceful, and restful. You'll enjoy being away from hectic life in Cruz Bay, but close enough to go and enjoy dinner, shopping and nightlife, in only a 10-minute ride. With so much to do just in Fish Bay and the many other bays that make up the south shore of the island, you'll never want to leave. Come experience the undiscovered St. John - your vacation paradise


Gecko House is a fully appointed and spacious three bedroom / three bath home with an adjoining screened in porches. Guests have full access to the hot tub situated on the lower deck which is surrounded by key lime, sour sop and banana fruit trees.

The home has cypress-vaulted ceilings with Mexican tile floors throughout lending a cozy and open-air feeling. The home is filled with natural light and is richly textured with colorful ethnic fabrics complimenting the owner's paintings and prints which grace the walls. Step outside onto the private, screened in deck overlooking Fish Bay to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, a relaxing cocktail after a day at the beach, or simply to watch the moonrise over the mountain ridge. The main house has an open air living / dining room with attached fully screened porch, a full bath and separate spacious bedroom with a king size bed.

Only steps away on the same level is the guest cottage furnished with a queen size bed, two comfortable chairs for watching television, reading or relaxing, a kitchen table and chairs next to the fully appointed kitchen, a full bath, and an outside screened in porch with additional seating and eating area.

The third bedroom is down a short series of steps on the lower level beneath the main house. This bedroom is furnished with a queen bed, screened in porch, full bath, small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker.

Gecko House may be rented to sleep 2 to 6 persons, making this a quiet, comfortable vacation home. All bedrooms are air-conditioned.

From December - May 2017 only the Gecko Cottage which sleeps 2 will be available for rent during that time period. Please inquire and clarify with property manager.

More Details

Tammy Donnelly
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2017

About Tammy Donnelly

The Lelands have been traveling to the Caribbean for over 30+ years. Ms.Leland is a documentary filmmaker / artist who has made a number of award-winning films about Caribbean culture. Dr. Leland is retired radiologist.

They purchased Gecko House as a way to share their love of the islands with others, as well as their family.

Tammy Donnelly purchased this villa in 2002

Why Tammy Donnelly chose St John

We purchased Gecko House because it offered a beautiful view of Fishbay. In addition, the house is at the end of a road and thus proved to be a quiet, restful home in the most lush tropical surroundings. We wanted a private retreat in the Caribbean and Gecko House was the perfect choice.


Fish Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This bedroom is in the main house, separate from living room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This bedroom is in the adjoining studio / cottage
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom is on the lower level
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Toaster, Coffee maker, Blender, Washer, Beach Chairs and Towels, Cooler, Hair dryer, Iron and Ironing Board, High speed internet connection, Binoculars, games, books.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

GECKO HOUSE: 1, 2 or 3 Bedrooms in Artist's Home with Ocean View
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful cottage close to Cruz Bay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two weeks on St. John, with a week in Coral Bay and a week at Gecko House. As small as the island is, we had totally different experiences and both were totally enjoyable. Gecko House was a perfectly comfortable home and Andrea and Joel were wonderful hosts. We especially appreciated the close easy access to Cruz Bay which allowed us to sample the night-life, yet have an easy drive back home after dark. The cottage itself had all the amenities we needed and then a little more. We were surprised how much we enjoyed the hot tub in the tropical climate, providing a perfect place for star-gazing, enjoying the garden, and relaxing weary muscles after a challenging St. John hike. Before arriving we questioned whether we would like having a screened porch rather than a deck but it was great - very private and you still felt like you were outside with a great view of Fish Bay. Although the cottage is close to the main house, they are situated in such a way that it is still very private. Andrea and Joel always respected our privacy but were handy if we needed some equipment, directions or recommendations. Andrea even arranged a sailing trip with friend Ken and they joined us for a fun day of sailing and snorkeling. We plan to return in the future, hopefully for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation Cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 10 fabulous days at Gecko House in February 2014! This was our 5th trip to St. John, previously staying with our children at Cinnamon Bay campground. For our 35th anniversary we wanted something a little more comfortable and private and found the perfect spot at Gecko. Andrea was a wonderful host, sharing information on the island, good snorkeling spots and "out of the way" beaches. While Andrea was always available next door if needed, she was never intrusive and we felt we had total privacy. Gecko is just as described - well equipped, comfortable, clean and private. The kitchenette was equipped with everything we needed to prepare meals, although we chose to eat at least one meal per day out, sampling the wonderful restaurants and bars on St. John. We had a beautiful view of the water from our screened porch and every morning we would enjoy our coffee every while watching the sun rise. The fish bay area is also very quiet and safe and we never worried about our personal belongings and always slept with the doors wide open. We would highly recommend Gecko House to anyone looking for a cozy and less expensive place to stay on the island-its an excellent value and you won't be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed your time here in paradise and hope to see you at Gecko House again next year!
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Our new St.John getaway

  • 5 of 5

Gecko House was just perfect! What a gift it was having such a beautiful place as a home base for our trip. Neatly tucked away on a hillside overlooking Fish Bay, this cute, clean and affordable piece of paradise had everything we needed to enjoy St.John. Andrea was so helpful letting us know about some out of the way points of interest (beaches, trails etc.) We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you and hope to see you here next year.
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Honeymoon in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Gecko House for one week right after Thanksgiving. We were extremely comfortable staying at the Gecko house, although small, pictures accurately reflect the villa. Gecko House was clean and tidy, and if you want to cook we recommend you bring/buy staples (seasoning, oil) We loved the lush garden below where we enjoyed a juicy ripe papaya one morning. Andrea has a great selection of books which provided great information about St. John. We found that renting a Jeep was necessary to explore the island as it's extremely hilly and 4WD is needed. The driveway up to Gecko house was easy to drive up with 4WD. 10 Minute drive to Cruz Bay was easy and about 25 minutes to Coral Bay. The only gas station on the island is in Cruz Bay. If you're looking for a cool sports pub, check out Skinny Legs in Coral Bay and you can get some great vegetarian food a Rhumb Lines in Cruz Bay. For the money, Gecko House is an excellent value!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed having you as my Gecko House guests. It is always fun to see the island and Gecko House from the guest's point of view. I hope to see you again on St. John, in Fishbay and at Gecko House. Warm holiday greetings from your friends at Gecko House!
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Perfect low-key honeymoon retreat

  • 5 of 5

Gecko House was perfect for our honeymoon. We stayed for a week, and made full use of the full kitchen, hot tub, and outdoor deck. While small, this "studio apartment" was all we needed. And it was great having Andrea around to recommend restaurants, activities, and the best beaches. We would definitely recommend this place and would stay here again if we ever go back to St. John.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming St. John Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Gecko House is a delightful, tastefully furnished place to stay on St. John. We were there for a week and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It is very comfortable, well-appointed, and the end-of-road location means it is quiet. The screened in porch is a lovely place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner or just hang out and read, and in the evening lounging around in the hot tub is perfect! The views from the house are truly beautiful - one can see both sunrise and moonrise over Fish Bay (we were there for the full moon). The house has a ceiling fan and as the porch is screened, one can just leave the door open and let the breezes blow in. It is very much an open air existence which is the way it should be in such a beautiful place. The owner of Gecko House is gracious, very knowledgeable about the island and has great suggestions for day trips by car or on foot. The house is close to Cruz Bay and so going out to dinner is just a matter of a 10-minute drive. We highly recommend the walk along Reef Bay to the ruins of the Sugar Refinery and then up to the petroglyphs. We'd return to Gecko House any day!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Cruz Bay
Car: necessary

There are many local bars and restaurants in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay with live music each evening.


Rates & Availability

Fish Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring - Fall
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100

There is a cleaning fee to be added to the price of the rental. Amount determined by length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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