1 Queen bedroom, 1 bath, 1 kitchen, and 2-3 guests (also full futon) in one unit
Ken and Sandy Burt
About Ken and Sandy Burt
We came to the Virgin Islands twenty years ago as sailors. Later, we came as tent campers at Cinnamon Bay Campground. In 2011, we spent a month volunteering at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) on the south shore of St. John. We knew we had found our favorite Caribbean destination, Coral Bay, St.John, USVI. The next six winters were spent as boaters/ live aboards in Coral Bay. We still enjoy sailing around St. John and the BVI's. Ken (MSEE) & Sandy (BA Art) graduated from University of New Hampshire (UNH). Ken worked as an electrical engineer/ocean engineer for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was a professor at UNH and an engineer at NTI. He ran a Family landscape business, for 25 years, with his wife, Sandy before retirement. Ken is a musician, known as 'Kenny B' on island, who plays saxophone. He enjoys playing at local 'open mics' and with some local bands. Sandy is an artist who enjoys painting, drawing and photography. She also enjoys history, travel and volunteer work. Both Ken and Sandy are organic gardeners and environmentalists. They spend their time away from Coral Bay at their small organic Christmas Tree Farm in New Hampshire. They are members of the Coral Bay Community Council, Save Coral Bay, Coral Bay Yacht Club and are supporters of the St. John School of the Arts, The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park and VIERS. We hope that you will fall in love with Palm Cottage and Palm Studio as we did and become a part of the Coral Bay Community. Enjoy
Ken and Sandy Burt purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Ken and Sandy Burt chose Upper Carolina
Why the owner chose Palm Cottage and Studio, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI: The properties are perched on a knoll overlooking lower Carolina and Coral Bay /Coral Harbor just above a lush valley with palm trees on the shore of the bay. Coral Bay is a laid back waterfront community. Many residents are sailors, fishermen and lobstermen. There are some great restaurants and lots of music. The music scene is lively on St. John. Coral Bay is no exception. There is music nearly every night, in high season, with good bands, many from stateside. Guests will enjoy the 'open mics' at 'Pickles' on Thursdays. Bring your voice or your instrument and join in. You may hear "Kenny B" (your host, Ken Burt) on many nights. Palm Cottage is a beautifully laid out one story building. Everything is convenient and comfortable including the kitchen, 1/2 bath with a large outside shower under the palms and a bright, airy bedroom with a deck. The decks allow for outdoor living all day with a great view from all rooms. It is well built and maintained.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! We never tire of the calming, expansive view of Coral Bay and the cooling, tropical breezes. The easy access to Palm Cottage allows you to enjoy everything that Coral Bay and St. John have to offer. If you are looking for a quiet, private, comfortable and affordable place to stay in Coral Bay, we hope you will chose Palm Cottage. Palm Cottage has large New Ceiling Fans in the Living room and Private Bedroom. Contact Us: Speaks: English Response time: Within a few hours Response Rate: 100% Calendar last updated: 7/17/2019
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Not exactly what they advertise
The view from the cottage is significantly different from the photos as the hurricane wiped away most of the foliage and you are left with a view of rubble/construction site and goats in addition to the bay. Rotting mangrove trees from the bay made for a nearly constant sulphur smell in the cottage - this wasn't their fault, it would've been a problem anywhere around Coral Bay. The biggest problem was that there was only spotty WiFi available -- for our week stay we had service maybe for a total of one day. This was significantly stressful as our phones did not have cell coverage and we were relying on WiFi to stay in touch with our other children that were not on the trip with us. It was something that we made a direct inquiry about before we booked since this was so important to us. We never would have rented this place if we had known about the reality of the WiFi coverage! Yes, the caretaker said we could come up to his cottage to use it, but that would not help us if our children had needed to contact us early/late or at any time we wouldn't have been there. In the end, he shrugged about it and seemed unable to help otherwise. The cottage was advertised as eco-friendly and we were drawn to that, but it was frustrating looking up at the caretaker's cottage a few feet away with an air-conditioner unit and their WiFi service working when ours was not. Look, we loved the look of the cottage, the caretaker (who reminded us of Rupert from Survivor) location and the price -- we didn't even mind the all-night rooster/goat/donkey/inguana serenading (we had to keep the windows open due to no air-conditioning) or quick, cool, outside showers, but we felt we didn't end up with what they advertised. Just know what you're getting into! And, while there is a constant breeze, don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to feel cool without air-conditioning with summer's heat/humidity! And, bring a lot of bug spray, you'll need it inside and outside of the cottage as no see-ums inside were a big problem! In the end, we were sad we had this experience at the cottage. We were happy to go to still re-building St. John and spend our vacation dollars there. We loved the snorkeling and historic ruins and friendly people. We aren't people who need to be pampered and bells/whistles. We just wanted what was advertised, that's all!!
The perfect spot
We had stayed in palm cottage before but under different owners. Palm cottage is just as beautiful and charming as it was before. Ken and Sandy were extremely kind and helpful and available if we needed anything.
The view of the sunrise with a coffee in the morning was our most favorite thing about the cottage. A close second would be the cool Caribbean breezes at night that made sleeping incomparable to anywhere else.
We would highly recommend this cottage if you are considering visiting St John.
Awesome time in Coral Bay
Loved our time in Coral Bay! The cottage was a perfect size for my husband and I... and the location was great for getting to all the snorkeling beaches we love in St. John! The owners Ken and Sandy were great and introduced us to some of their friends in Coral Bay - which was fun. They also took us out on their beautiful sail boat for a day! The island continues to recover from Irma. Will be great when they are able to get ride of all the broken down cars that have been left by the roadside - but that will be a major clean up effort. They are taking donations to get this done - so if your inclined to donate and help out please do so! I know Ken and Sandy could help you get your money to the right place! Beaches are still beautiful - and the snorkeling still awesome!
Great hosts and the villa had everything we needed
Ken and Sandy were wonderful hosts and were nearby in case we needed anything. The villa met all of our needs and we’d stay again. We like the quiet of Coral Bay (the roosters aren’t quiet, but I like them too!!). There are plenty of restaurants, shops and markets nearby and North Shore beaches are a short drive away.
Great, relaxing vacation!
Great place to stay in Coral Bay. Very comfortable.
Tom and Melody were great. Went above and beyond when our car reservation fell through; thanks for nothing Budget. Very friendly and lots of good info.
Jonathan, we are very HAPPY that you enjoyed your stay at Palm Cottage,
and happy that Tom & Melody could help you with a car rental in Cruz Bay.
Please consider staying with us in the future, Thank you, Ken & Sandy
We had a great stay at the Palm Cottage. Wonderful location - beautiful view, fantastic patio, comfortable furnishings, close to Coral Bay stores/restaurants- just overall a purely pleasurable time. Above all - the caretakers Tom and Melody were most welcoming and gracious! A wonderful vibe all around! Thank you for having us.
Diana and Eric,
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in Palm Cottage. What a great place to spend Christmas.
We feel the same as you do about the Cottage, Coral Bay and St. John, great vibes all around! Tom and Melody are great too.
We hope you will consider another stay at Palm Cottage. Maybe we'll be here to greet you then. Thank you again for staying with us.
Happy New Year,
Sandy and Ken
In a quiet area in Estate Carolina you will find Palm Cottage and Palm Studio located in Coral Bay, on Cottage Lane adjacent to Periwinkle Cottage and Coral Bay Cottage.
Directions: Please telephone our Property managers: Tom (340)227-8519 or Mel (340)643-5393 upon arrival at the ferry terminal or if delayed to let us know what time you will arrive at the cottage: If we do not hear from you there will be no one to greet you and open the cottage.
Take Route 10 into Coral Bay, about 8 miles. At the intersection with all of the signs make a right turn go ¼ mile right turn on King Hill Road. Go past the Love City mini-mart about a ¼ of a mile and make a left on the asphalt Gerda Marsh Road. Take the next left onto Cottage Lane off the concrete turn and drive up about 300 yards. We are the first driveway on the left with a large white gate to the left of the Coral Bay Cottage sign. We have an automatic gate opener for your use and to keep the goats out. Drive down and pull in to the left. 3point turn and out.
Owner : Ken & Sandy Burt (603)234-6122