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dave rather

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Stunning Sunset Views from private Luxury Villa - Rates for 2 to 12 guests.

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


St John House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Soul Island has stunning sunset views of St Thomas and Great Cruz Bay.

This modern home that goes by the name 'Soul Island' features granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. A huge pool and hot tub. 2 living rooms areas great for large groups

Marble flooring and 2 story wood ceilings add to the Caribbean feel that flows thought this gorgeous home. No expense was sparred including redwood doors to create this tropical paradise.

The house features 4 separate bedrooms with their own baths and HD flat screen TV's with DVD players. The 2 masters have 4 poster beds and tempurpedic mattress's . The 3rd bedroom features a queen size bed and the 4th features 2 twin sleigh beds with trundles allowing 4 to sleep comfortable.

The home sleeps up to 12 with 1 queen pullout couch and day bed. There is 2 separate living rooms with HD flat screen TV's and PlayStation for the kids. We also have a ping pong table that hides away when not using it. The lower level family room is right off the pool deck and has a it's own refrigerator and plenty of seating lending itself to entertainment. We are kid friendly and have lots of extra things for the little ones.

There is a huge pool and a hub tub on the balcony. Large double loungers make sunbathing even more comfortable, while surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers and pristine landscaping. The sound system has speakers outside around the balcony and pool. The house is extremely private with not many neighbors close.

Keywords: vacation House

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
dave rather (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About dave rather

We are a family of six with small children. We live in Baltimore, MD and own a restaurant called Mother's. We come to St. John 2 or 3 times a year and never get bored. Our very active children enjoy the pool, hottub, ping pong table and wildlife surrounding the home. We encourage you to treat our house like your own and would be happy to assist in making your vacation plans.

dave rather purchased this house in 2008

Why dave rather chose St John

One of our family members learned to cook in St. John and resided there for 4 years. After many vacations, we knew it was the perfect spot for our second home. 3/4 of the island is a US National Park. This creates a perfect play ground to explore the beaches, ocean and peaceful community. The hedonistic vibe of the locals and great restaurants create a great atmosphere. Short boating trips to other islands make this US territory even more attractive.

What makes this house unique

Our family has been vacationing in St. John for 17 years. We bought this brand new home in 2008 and couldn't be happier! The views of the sunset and privacy of the lot are priceless. Bannana and Payua Trees surround the property. The beautiful flowers and landscaping and wildlife ie. deer, iguanas, geckos and hummingbirds surround the property. The location of the house on a high ridge allow for trade winds and a perfect spot to watch the boats floating around the island.

Guestbook comments from the manager

dave, thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. it was amazing. the sunsets were worth the trip by themselves. the quiet and peacefulness of the house are delightful. paca from care fre getaways was very helpful. cant wait to come back.
Feb 2010
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based on 7 traveler reviews

Stunning Sunset Views from private Luxury Villa - Rates for 2 to 12 guests.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Baltimore, MD

Amazing Week!

  • 5 of 5

Soul Island was a great house-we were thoroughly impressed with the accommodations and management company. Jackie met us at the ferry and gave us a quick tour of town before guiding us up Gifft Hill Road to Soul Island. The house was perfect with a fantastic view. If there wasn't such amazing beaches to go to we would have been happy just staying at Soul Island all day! The location was perfect for taking Center Line to the beaches or Coral Bay or to head back down Gifft Hill to South Shore road for a quick trip downtown to Cruz Bay for groceries, shopping or dining. We were pleasantly surprised to find out after we arrived the owners are from our hometown and own a business that we have been to several times! We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home for an Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home with amazing views of St Thomas. We had 4 adults and 4 kids. Our 3 kids were able to share the room (thanks to the trundle beds) across from the master where we stayed. The house was large enough that you could always find a quiet place to relax. The double decks were great. I don't know which had a better view. We all loved the pool. The pictures look exactly as we found it. The rental agency Carefree Getaways was really great to work with. They even helped us obtain a rental car when our plans fell through. We all left hoping we would be back. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Fantastic Home for a Family Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with my family (parents,sisters,aunts) arrived at Soul Island on August 10, 2012 after much anticipation. It was the first family vacation we have ever taken and was the trip of a lifetime. The house is amazing and offers something for everyone. We spent days hanging around the pool and evenings eating home cooked dinners on the balcony at sunset. There were 12 of us ranging in age from 20-60, and throughout the week the home provided a great areas to congregate and make plans and was conveniently located in the island so that we were never far from the beaches or from hiking trails, or a restaurant. The home was fully stocked with dishes, essential cooking supplies, towels, etc. There were also lots of games, movies, whole house sound system, and fresh fruit growing on the trees outside. There is also a drawer in the house with all kinds of brochures and pamphlets if you are interested in booking an excursion of some sort. One of the neatest things was a huge guest book where people have stayed and left intimate details of their time spent on the island and at soul island house. Reading though the books gives you a great idea of snorkeling spots, great places to dine, but also makes you realize how great the house is and how many great times have been had at the home. The owners have done a fantastic job and make booking and arriving a very easy process. We hope to return again as soon as it is possible. On a random note, the beds are comfortable, the baths are great and the house is just very very roomy and has a great feel to it. We can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD


  • 5 of 5

We took our honeymoon to Soul Island and it will never be forgotten. We were only two in this massive house that sleeps 12 and we were so spoiled. We got up every morning to an amazing view, lounged around on the huge deck and took an adventure to any one of the awesome beaches. We loved St. John, but always wanted to be back at the house for sunset. St. John can keep you so busy, but you don't even need to leave Soul Island because you have the best view, an awesome pool, jacuzzi on the deck, sunsets, and great amenities. The kitchen is full of anything you need. The bathrooms are gorgeous. What a treat! The owner was a great guy and hope to meet him one day and go back:)

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: congratulations!! glad you enjoyed your special time at our home..
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Soul Villa St. John usvi

  • 5 of 5

An excellent house to rent. Stayed here for 8 nights in June with 9 people. Plenty of room. Kitchen had everything you could want. Also plenty of beach chairs and coolers to take to the beach. Well supplied with towels and linens. Great place..super clean..

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Views!!!

  • 5 of 5

Soul Island is a spacious, beatifully appointed 4 bedroom home suitable for AT LEAST eight people. THere are 2 floors with 2 bedrooms on each floors and would be ideal for a large family or for multiple families travelling together. We have been to St John many times and the gorgeous sunset views from Soul Island can not be beat! Dave, the owner, was also a pleasure to deal with. We would definitely stay here again if we were travelling with a large group!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Cruz bay
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: recommended

Very private lot


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 9 2016 - Dec 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years 1 - 8 pp
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

High Season 5 - 6 pp $5250, 7 - 8 pp $5995
Low Season 3 - 4 pp $3850, 5 - 6 pp $4550, 7 - 8 pp $5250
Thanksgiving Week $7500 / Christmas/New Year's $7500
For 9 - 10 guests $75 per night/per extra guest.

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St John House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • one in each bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main level-King size Posturpedic comfortable you never want to get up! and kids room with Twin trundle beds (will sleep 4). Lower level, 1 Queen and another Postupedic King. All with private baths. 1 Sleep Sofa lower great room
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
2 full washer/dryers, outdoor covered dining,

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