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House of Open Arms Villa, Above Hurricane Hole, White Water Views,Romantic! Pool

Estate Fortsberg, Saint John, USVI
  • Villa1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

Villa 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 2-3

Come experience an amazing, beautifully appointed vacation home on St. John! Here you will be surrounded by truly green living with combo solar and electric power for air conditioning combining the best of both. Live well while remaining in balance with the world around you. My property overlooks Hurricane Hole and East End which is part of the National Park here on St. John. Breathtaking beauty in every direction: the Caribbean in it's full expression.

The Villa features an expansive veranda with 180-degree white water views of the ocean, a garden, and a pool. It also has air conditioning in the bedroom, a full kitchen, a gas grill, and a small library of books, board games, and a BOSE music system. In the bedroom, you'll find a beautiful queen-sized pillow-top sleigh bed, where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.

IF there are additional people in your party, please inquire about the Cottage at House of Open Arms. VRBO#142205. One person can sleep on the sofa in the living room of the villa. an extra fee will apply. Many families have stayed here using both spaces and have thoroughly enjoyed it all!

Keywords: Villa, Romantic, White water views Hurricane Hole view, 180 degree views, Easterly Winds, Romance for 2 or use the additional bedroom in cottage below (VRBO# 142205) for additional people!


Catherine Perry

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Catherine Perry

Catherine Perry, owner and innkeeper of A House of Open Arms. I helped to build this house from the ground up. I began in 2004 and completed the building process in 2006. I am a full time artist as well as the Innkeeper on this property and I welcome my guests at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay and offer a first evening welcome dinner. I also provide some lovely additions for your first few days: milk, homemade granola, coffee, sugar and tea. my desire is to give my guests a wonderful Island experience form snorkeling tips, to helpful places to hike or excursions to book. I want to be available to you yet not intrusive in anyway.. I have had small weddings here and special dinners for special occasions. my previous guests have loved it all!! If you have other needs please feel free to inquire and I will be happy to see if i can help you with them.To learn more: visit my website at www.houseofopenarms.com

Catherine Perry purchased this Villa in 2006

Why Catherine Perry chose Estate Fortsberg

I purchased this land in 2003 to begin a dream of being a working artist and Innkeeper on St. John. I loved the Easterly breezes and the commanding 180 degree view. Waking up to the sunrise and seeing the afterglow of the daily sunsets fills my heart with daily joy. I am a local potter on Island and I create unique lighting for many private homes on St. John. I also offer for sale lovely gifts for my guests to take home My guests are welcome to visit my art website of www.artofopenarms.com or visit my studio during their stay here!

What makes this Villa unique

A House of Open Arms is on the electric grid to provide A/C but is also solar-powered and purified rainwater-fed. It sits amid lush tropical gardens, a 180 degree view of the sea. Cooling easterly breezes come up the hill making the need for a/c very optional. Hawks, kestrels, bananaquits, Lesser Antilles bull finches, Puerto Rican bull finches, and magnificent frigates float above with the crashing sea below. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. It is made all the sweeter by the knowledge much of the electricity and all of the water used on the property are collected from the sun and sky, with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Villa sleeps two in the bedroom and may have one additional in the adjoining living room. Also, the cottage can offer additional accommodations for two more people at additional cost. VRBO#142205


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Cottage also has one bathroom if your party has additional people staying at the same time as you.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          180 degrees of white water views
        • Downtown
          Walking distance to downtown Coral Bay and the famous Skinny Legs. Or, a very quick car ride!
        • Mountain View
          Looking out over Hurricane Hole , East End with Norman Island in the background.
        • Ocean View
          Commanding 180-degree ocean view, with both arms of St John reaching out to frame the Atlantic Ocean. About 150 feet up from the crashing waves so you can hear them!
        • Village
          The village of Coral Bay is just on the other side of the hill. 7 great restaurants including Skinny Legs, Indigo Grill, Pickles, Aqua Bistro, Oasis, Shipwreck, Miss Lucy's and Tourist Trap!
        • Water View
        • Waterfront
          Up from the surf about 150 feet: close enough to hear the waves, far enough away to miss the no see ums!


            • Adventure
            • Romantic


                • Catering available


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Mobile Phone
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Safe
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                          Full Gourmet Kitchen
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Stocked with homemade granola, 1lb. Coffee, raw sugar, condiments, paper towels, dish soap, sponge. Welcome dinner of chicken, fish, or vegetarian provided for guests staying 7 nights or longer.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo
                                • Video Library


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Raft
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Private Chef


                                                    • library
                                                    • bay/sound
                                                    • coin laundry
                                                    • duty free shops
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • forests
                                                    • churches
                                                    • marina
                                                    • rain forests
                                                    • reefs
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Cool ocean breezes all day and all night. Secluded coral beach 5 minutes walking distance (just down the hill). Excellent hikes with historic views very close to property. Very few neighbors - extremely private setting. On your arrival night a lovey welcome dinner is provided so you can relax into your vacation.

                                                                      14 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews


                                                                      Rebecca S.Kansas

                                                                      House of Open Arms will not disappoint. The peacefulness of St John will overwhelm you here and the constant, fresh ocean breezes will relax you as the sound of the ocean will lull you to a place of beautiful dreams.


                                                                      Ann O.Gansevoort

                                                                      Very nice accommodations. Great view. Gorgeous sunrises over the east end of St John. The road to the villa is steep and rugged. Definitely requires 4WD vehicle. Very friendly and knowledgeable owner on site to help with any issues that might arise. This is a great spot if you are looking to stay on the quieter side of St John near the shops and restaurants in Coral Bay. Highly recommend staying at House of Open Arms.

                                                                      The villa was more beautiful than the pictures. Catherine was a very gracious "inn keeper".

                                                                      Tom L.

                                                                      Open Arms Villa is one of the places that gives a vibe to the "East End". The small pool is perfect for an afternoon refresh. Very few bugs high up on the mountain side. Been to 3 other villas on the east end and would go back to Open Arm.

                                                                      Great property and owner

                                                                      Teresa M.Des Moines,Iowa

                                                                      Well,where do start. You can believe all the reviews you read. There is simply no way you could not love this place. The house is very homey and comfortable,and the views are so spectacular you will find yourself not wanting to leave. Don't worry about the property owner being there,you will never see her if you don't want to. But in our opinion if you don't get to know her you are missing out on a wonderful experience. Catherine is an absolute delight and a very caring and compassionate person. We had several wonderful visits with her. You will not be disappointed in this property,it's everything you see in the photos. Read through reviews going back years and you will not find a bad one.

                                                                      Peace in Paradise

                                                                      Philip T.

                                                                      Catherine’s beautiful villa surpassed our hopes and expectations; the calm, the washing of the waves on the shore below, the pool, relaxing on the terrace with its fabulous view over Coral Bay and Hurricane Hole, and all so well appointed and comfortable. She herself is extremely helpful, a very talented artist, and a darn good cook! This was our sixth visit to St John, but our first time at A House of Open Arms, and we are very happy we made the switch.

                                                                      Car rental from Courtesy was just as it says on the tin; we have used them often in the past. No question you will need a 4x4, even low ratio, and Courtesy gave us a low mileage Wrangler to play with.

                                                                      Other things that made our stay unforgettable; our snorkelling trip with Roberta, which Catherine had set up for us; and ginger cake from Pickles!

                                                                      Absolutely the best vacation ever!

                                                                      Snorkel M.

                                                                      Our stay with Catherine at Open Arms is our absolute favorite vacation ever. From the time Catherine greeted us at the ferry to the sad departure and final feeding of the banana quits, our stay was wonderful and amazing. Catherine was the perfect host. She always had a recommendation for the best place to snorkel, a great restaurant to eat at or some other interesting tidbit about island life. She gives you all the privacy you want, but she is always ready and willing to answer any questions you may have. The welcome meal she prepared was exquisite! She is an amazing cook as well as a fantastic artist and amazingly brave and tenacious person. The views were spectacular! Watching the full moon rise over the mountain of East End was breathtaking. Two weeks of being unplugged was very refreshing and invigorating! The snorkeling was beyond description, and the water was crystal clear. The trails around the island were nicely groomed and well marked. One of the coolest thing was all the wildlife. No matter where you would run into deer, wild donkeys, free ranging goats or chickens, pigs, cows, doves, and lots of crabs. After many trips to different islands, St. John and Open Arms is our favorite spot. I can't wait to go back and visit the little piece of heaven Catherine has created and feed her bird friends again.


                                                                      Estate Fortsberg, Saint John, USVI

                                                                      Coral Bay is the quieter side of the Island with low key eateries and shopping and people. We are located in the perfect spot to get anywhere: East End, Southside, and Northshore beaches as well as Cruz Bay.. Fortsberg is home to the great fort of 1725 and the cannons. There is a great book and game collection in both the villa and cottage. Visit my art studio upstairs to see work in progress or finished work for sale. WIFI Internet


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                                                                      Cancellation Information: A cancellation fee of 20% of the total booking price will be assessed for all cancelled reservations that can be re-booked. If the reservation cannot be re-booked, the 50% deposit will be forfeited. No refunds 15 days prior it arrival. Dates and reserved dates listed on website are subject to change without notice but are guaranteed upon receipt of deposit. Please inquire if there are additional people in your party who would like to rent the Cottage. Additional rates apply - see VRBO #142205

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