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Gorgeous views of Tortola and beyond from High atop Cool Bordeaux Mountain

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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Upper Carolina Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio with outdoor screen room, located on lowest level of home, Sleeps 1-2.

"The "Studio" at Bella Vista, is true to it's name. A mountain retreat with spectacular views of picturesque Caribbean Sea & British Virgin Islands, this newly renovated Studio allows for lots of privacy & sliding doors that open onto their own deck and screen room. You can enjoy the breeze as well as the views, which extend from Jost Van Dyke across Tortola & out to Virgin Gorda. From the parking area of this St. John vacation rental, follow the winding steps through beautifully terraced gardens to a private outside staircase to access the studio on the first floor. From the entry, step in to this quaint Studio with an Eat-in kitchen, Queen Bed and bath with shower and double vanity.

NOTE: This home is managed by its owners Mark & Annie, who reside in the main house on the upper level, with separate entrance. You will rarely see the owners, but they are readily available to address your needs.

Luxurious decorating and wonderful art have been combined with beautiful tile floors to create a quaint, yet comfortable interior in this very special island Studio.

A full kitchen, has a full stove, microwave, and refrigerator and coffee maker. Beach chairs, beach towels, coolers and an umbrella are available.

There is a queen bed and a private full bath and both the bedroom and kitchen have ceiling fans, or leave the sliding doors open and enjoy the tropical breezes.

The Studio at Bella Vista is wonderful for a secluded honeymoon, and is equally comfortable for one person, or a couple.

This St. John rental is five miles (20 minutes) from Cruz Bay on Centerline Road and then one and a half miles on the paved Bordeaux Mountain Road. The last .25 mile to Bella Vista is unpaved (4WD is A MUST), and is an adventurous drive. It is a six minute drive to the North Shore Beaches; three minutes to the Reef Bay Trail; seven minutes to Coral Bay; From the front door, you can hike the Bordeaux Mountain Trail to Lameshur Beach in one hour.

St. John is reached from St. Thomas via a twenty min. ferry ride. St. Thomas is primarily serviced by Delta, American, US Air and United from the states.

NOTE: This home is managed by its owners Mark & Annie, who reside in the main house on the upper level, with separate entrance. You will rarely see the owners, but they are readily available to address your needs.

NOTE, NOTE: If you are not adventurous, our house may not be for you, as the last 1/4 mile to our house is off road. It's really not bad, but it's not paved - if you've driven on hilly dirt roads with rocks before, then you'll be fine. The ride is worth the view. This ain't Kansas any more Toto...

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Mark & Annie
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2016
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About Mark & Annie

Hi! We're Mark and Annie, the owners of Bella Vista. We live in New Jersey most of the year with our Island dog Bella and visit St. John in the winter to escape the cold and the snow. We've owned Bella Vista since 2003 and throughout the years have added our personal touches to make this our "Home away" from home. We're happy to share it with you and we hope you enjoy your stay!

Mark & Annie purchased this studio in 2003

Why Mark & Annie chose Coral Bay

We like the privacy and tranquility of Bella Vista, and waking up to the stunning views every morning. It's close enough, and far enough, from everything you need.

What makes this studio unique

The View (not the show on TV).

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have rented Bella Vista for a week on 4 separate occasions dating back to 2004. It’s an open, roomy, well-maintained lovely home with rich wood details. It’s comfortably furnished and has a lovely spacious kitchen with a large refrigerator. A gas grill is close by on a porch. The furniture of the main living room is generous in size and there is a large TV with a full selection of programming. As well, there is a very reliable high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the home.

The bedrooms are each well appointed with custom detailing and very comfortable beds. The linens and towels are all fresh and new and the bathrooms’ clean, modern and spacious.

The biggest and best feature of this fantastic home is its location. Spectacular panoramic views of eastern St. John and the BVI’s will not fail to impress you. The morning and evening skies are something to behold! The position of the home high in the hills allows for wonderful trade winds. These breezes keep the home from overheating and the bugs to a minimum. A multitude of beautiful birds are close at hand and there are frequently hummingbirds dashing about.

I have visited St. John 12 times since 1992 and have stayed at Bella Vista 4 times. It offers a wonderful setting, great comfort and is a fantastic value. I have found the owners to be very fair in their dealings and they have always more than lived up to their commitments. I hope to stay at Bella Vista many more times in the years to come.
Jan 2013
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Gorgeous views of Tortola and beyond from High atop Cool Bordeaux Mountain
average rating of 4.9 based on 13 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

What can I say. Our trip was nothing less then spectacular. The house was beautifully done, incredibly comfortable and VERY private. The views are absolutely amazing. My 6th trip to St. John and by far my favorite. This is the only way to do St. John.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2007
  • Stayed: Jan 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Toni - See you again soon, for sure... Mark & Annie
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Wonderful vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Bella Vista. Yep, you'll need the four-wheel drive rental; the last quarter mile is pretty bumpy, but the end of the road is a peaceful, lovely spot. The apartment is charmingly decorated with a full kitchen, screened living area, comfy bedroom, and nice bathroom. It's very quiet; we could hardly believe that four people and a dog were above. We rarely heard a sound from upstairs. The place is very solidly built. Everything that we needed for our beach excursions was in a handy closet. Mark and Annie provided a notebook with suggestions for local restaurants, great hikes, and beautiful snorkeling spots. We went to beaches all over the island but mostly stayed on the Coral Bay side which had all the restaurants we needed and much quieter beaches. We found that we were often the only ones on the beach or there were only a handful of other people. It was really perfect for us because we prefer quieter places with lots of nature and off the beaten path. If you did want more activity, Cruz Bay was about 20 minutes away. It just wasn't our style. We would go back in a heart beat and are already dreaming about next year. My favorite restaurant was Miss Lucy's for the food and the view. My husband's was Aqua Bistro for the food. We ate at both restaurants several times. Our favorite snorkeling spot was the north side of Haulover, which is not one of the beaches listed in the book. Nonetheless, within ten feet of the shore you felt like you were in a tropical aquarium and we saw more lavender fans, brain corals, and even rays and turtles there. We also thought the beach next to Yowzi Point was gorgeous, although the snorkeling wasn't as great as promised there. Probably just an off day. Book your trip. You won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kate, it was a pleasure meeting you both. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay on St. John and at the Studio. We look forward to having you back!
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Remote and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

If you're interested in staying off the beaten track and up in the mountain, stay here. Mark and Annie are absolutely delightful. The studio is lovely with a giant deck looking out over the mountain and water. The road to the house is adventurous but once you get the hang of it, becomes second nature. They provide beach towels and beach chairs which we used daily. Mark and Annie themselves are a wealth of information about both St. John and neighboring islands (ask Annie about visiting Jost!). After talking to them for 5 minutes, we were trying to figure out how to pack up our things and move to St. John.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brett, we're glad you and Steve enjoyed your time on St. John, thank you for the kind review. And just do it! :)
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A Superb Studio!

  • 5 of 5

My experience with the Bella Vista Studio was nothing short of splendid. The booking process was seamless, arrival to the island a breeze, the hosts- Mark & Annie-ensured a pleasant and informative welcome to the island, and the accommodations were just as described. A picture perfect spot, surrounded by sounds of nature, filled with the comforts of home. Newly remodeled, well appointed, with an open air feel - ideal for a single traveler or couple looking for a private getaway. If not tempted by the pristine beaches and great area restaurants- I may not not have ventured beyond the property limits. Centrally located between Cruz & Coral Bay, this property is ideal for those looking for a peaceful and serene escape, with all the necessary amenities. Oh, and if you're lucky, sweet Bella the dog may pop by for a visit or accompany you on a hike just outside your door! Thanks again, Mark & Annie!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kelly, we look forward to having you back!
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Peaceful Retreat with Breathtaking Views

  • 5 of 5

Hi Mark and Annie,

To say that we enjoyed 9 blissful days at Bella Vista would be an understatement. From the moment you met us at the ferry to the day we left, everything was perfect. Your home was lovely with every amenity one could want or need and is exactly as described. The beds were very comfortable and it was a treat to awake each morning and look out over the decks to Coral Bay and the BVI. Also, having access to WIFI was a plus. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is a must but well worth the ride up Bordeaux Mountain to your haven in the sky. We really enjoyed staying on the Coral Bay side of St. John; much quieter than Cruz Bay, but only a 15 minute drive to the ferry and western end of the island. Our favorite beach was Francis Bay and we explored them all. We used the cooler and beach chairs you provided every day, eliminating the need to rent these items. For restaurants, we really enjoyed Aqua Bistro, Shipwreck Landing and Skinny Legs, all in Coral Bay and the Lime Inn in Cruz Bay. We also took the Bad Kitty catamaran to BVI and visited The Baths in Virgin Gorda, snorkeling in the caves, lunch at Cooper Island, then on to Jost Van Dyke and a visit to the Soggy Dollar. A great day trip. You are a delightful couple, very attentive to your guests and seem to have thought of everything to make one's stay so comfortable and relaxing. Thanks so much for the wine, we really enjoyed it. Because of our truly wonderful stay at Bella Vista, we will not be crossing St. John off the "bucket list" anytime soon. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Larry and Phyllis

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Larry and Phyllis - Thank you for your kind review of your stay at Bella Vista. We are so glad you enjoyed your vacation! You are a wonderful couple and it was a pleasure sharing our home with you. We hope to see you again in the future, enjoy the warm weather (soon?). Next time, Larry can bring his chain saw and we'll put him to work ;) Warm Regards, Mark & Annie
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A great way to experience St. John

  • 4 of 5

We spent nine restful days at Bella Vista over Christmas. The house has everything you need for a family vacation in paradise - perfect central location for exploring all sides of the island and its beaches, fantastic views that are worth just staying put, home comforts that you simply don't get in a resort. Some of the things we liked best about the house were its many decks, each giving a different vista and making the whole place feel very airy and open, the privacy between the two bedrooms, and the living room with its soaring ceiling and comfortable armchairs, ideal for evening reading and chatting. The rugged driveway is part of the authentic "St. John experience," and we did it in our Jeep at least twice a day (even after heavy rain) without a problem.

One thing that doesn't fully come across in the listing is the amount of space this house has. Besides the two comfortable bedrooms, there is a spacious sleeping loft that would easily accommodate children or even another small family. We were three adults plus a toddler, and we loved the feeling of never being "on top of" one another.

And we must not forget Viky, the wonderful greeter who was so helpful in getting us settled and checked in halfway through our stay. Mark and Annie (who were off-island) were also incredibly responsive and helpful via email.

We recommend staying here! Thanks for a lovely, relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review Kate! We're glad you were able to enjoy St. John and Bella Vista. Have a wonderful new year! Mark & Annie
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Tiki bar at Cocolobo
Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Train
1500 Miles
NJ Transit
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Maho Bay
Car: necessary

Bordeaux Mountain: Approx. 3 miles from Coral Bay and 5 miles from Cruz Bay.


Rates & Availability

Upper Carolina Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2016
May 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2016-2017
Jan 15 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

During High season (Dec 16th-April 30), The Studio at Bella Vista is only available for booking Sunday-Sunday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Upper Carolina Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Guests are met at the St. John ferry by owner & Greeter Annie and taken to their rental car, a quick stop at Starfish Food market, then guided up to the property. Our home has ceiling fans in the kitchen and bedroom room, wireless internet access, Full Kitchen with cooking utensils, Blender, Drip Coffee Maker, Toaster, Refrigerator, Linens, Beach Chairs, Coolers and Beach Towels. No Smoking in or near the house please. NOTE: This home is managed by its owners Mark & Annie, who reside in the main house on the upper floor, with separate entrance. You will rarely see the owners, but they are readily available to address your needs. NOTE, NOTE: If you are not adventurous, our house may not be for you, as the last 1/4 mile to our house is off road. It's really not bad, but it's not paved - If you've driven on hilly dirt roads before, you'll be fine. The ride is worth the view. This ain't Kansas any more Toto...

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