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'Oooolala''ll love this vacation home... 'Iola'

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

1 xtra large bedroom with king bed plus a breezy sleeping porch with queen bed.

You'll find villa 'Iola' nestled atop 'Sugarbird Hill' and off the beaten path for a truly island feel in Coral Bay. Discover the pleasing, out of the way neighborhood beaches and hiking trails.

From 'Iola' you'll partake in stunning beach and ocean views to the east and west and also virgin national park mountain views to the north from huge custom-made mahogany arched windows and your deck.

This villa sits on its own, lush, out of the way acre .of land

Gaze from John Folly Bay, past Treasure Island' and out to the BVI. With a turn you'll see the other side of the island at Grootpan Bay to the ocean. Enjoy an open floor plan and high vaulted beamed ceiling on the upper level.

The large upper kitchen is granite and well equipped for making your own gourmet delights Enjoy lounging in the sea breezes of the tradewinds from the screened open air porch.

Have an elegant twilight evening barbecuing in the brick and stone upper level courtyard.

HONEYMOONER'S welcome: Iola is really the 'penthouse' for honeymooner's. It is open, large and airy. hear the surf sounds, birds and nature. beside the ocean you will also view the untouched hillsides of the National Park's Minna Hill. Easy assess to beaches and restaurants. It's just a 5 minute walk to 'The Tourist Trap' outdoor bar/restaurant where you grab a bite and the bus if you don't want to drive.

More Details

Philip Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Philip Jones

We first visited St John on our honeymoon. We fell in love with this island immediately and never left. Come see for yourself. Warning! St John can be addictive. Many lose their soles and leave their souls behind.

Philip Jones purchased this house in 2010

Why Philip Jones chose Coral Bay

Luxury, lots of personal space inside and outside, and tranquil setting surrounds you.

What makes this house unique

Paradise for sailors, beach lovers, snorkelers and hikers. Over 23 beaches and hiking trails too.


Estate Concordia A House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , tile & glass block
  • The bathroom has a large tiled shower with glass block lighting and it is plenty big for two at a time. Have fun saving water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 + - 1 king , king bed
    sleeping porch queen - 1 queen , queen bed
  • The sleeping porch has a queen bed with closable shutters, glass and screens or you can leave it all open or manipulate the 'trade winds' breezes and down island ocean views. The large romantic bedroom has a king bed and french doors leading to your private deck and courtyard. Iola has a high, vaulted ,large beam ceilings throughout and lots of open space. Large bright arched windows and free flowing cross breezes to enjoy a true island feel.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Strongly suggest renting a 4 wheel vehicle for sightseeing from the many car rentals near the St John ferry dock or from St Thomas airport. There are steep, windy paved roads all the way from the dock to the lower level of villa 'Iola' and the drive past the lower driveway to the upper level car port parking is a typical, unpaved, bumpy, steep, island road. You can also take the bus from the nearby 'Tourist Trap', an outdoor restaurant to go across island from Salt Pond to Cruz Bay (town) for only $1. It runs from 6:00AM to 7:00PM every hour on the hour. There are hiking trials all over the island and many beaches to choose from. Over one half of the island is part of the National Park with old slave plantation ruins and great adventure. Our beaches are renown for great snorkeling. We are off the beaten path!!!


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'Oooolala''ll love this vacation home... 'Iola'
average rating of 4.9594593 based on 74 reviews
Meadville, MS

Saint John was amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at IOLA was wonderful. It is the perfect retreat for any couple wanting to get away from it all. The owners were not only accommodating, they went above and beyond what was expected just to make sure we were comfortable and that we experienced all that Saint John had to offer. I would recommend IOLA to anyone. We absolutely loved everything about it. ~Shawn & Kim Ward

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The entire experience was peerless! The vistas from Iola are incredible, the nearby snorkeling opportunities are fabulous, and the people are the best! The floor plan was open and spacious and the home is situated such that there is a steady sea breeze flowing throughout the day and night. The owners are terrific, kind people, and the love and attention they put into building this home is obvious. if you're going to St John, this is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy Springs

A very special place with great views and cool breezes!!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved Iola!!!! The place was comfortable and homey with plenty of room. A fully equipped kitchen and lots of places to sit and admire the views! The best place to sleep was on the screened porch. Received lots of good recommendations from Nikki, Marie's daughter on things to do and places to see. The big highlight was going out on Capt Jimmy's boat, Kiote! Enjoyed sailing around Huuricane hole and Sara taking us on a guided snorkeling trip of the beautiful mangroves. Saw all sorts of marine wild life! Loved the Coral bay side of island and loved Iola!!! We would stay there again!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Breeze

  • 4 of 5

This place has amazing views and we had an awesome breeze all week. Meticulously built and maintained. we had just 2 in our party but this would be very comfortable for 4. Awesome job and hats off to Margie and Jonesy!!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had no idea what we were doing when we booked this trip. Definitely read trip advisor for lots of tips about hiking, activities etc. with regard to our accommodations – we got so lucky. This house is truly beautiful and very nicely appointed. The view is priceless. I am so glad we stayed at this part of the island - get out of Cruz Bay for sure. Things we did not know: Margie and Jones and their dog live downstairs. You want to come prepared for island living and not expect five star white glove convenience. This is a DIY vacation. Bring shoes you can hike in, don't waste water, don't expect A/C. We loved every minute. Tip: forgo the master bedroom and sleep on the bed on the porch - you will awaken to the most incredible view daily and an ocean breeze. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation here ever. The property is amazing. Great views of both sides of the island from the house. The owners are on-site and terrific. Everything that we needed for our stay was provided. The house is well appointed and tastefully decorated, and very clean. Also, the location is on the quiet side of St John, but close to restaurants and groceries. We don't want to leave but will be back! My only regret was not spending more time with the Jones (owners) as they are a very cool couple. There is so much to do here, we visited 16 different beaches in 6 days. We went 4WD, numerous hikes, did amazing snorkeling. The house is not directly on the beach, and that is a huge plus, because if you were on the beach, you would not have the amazing views that you have up here.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St Thomas USVI via ferry
Nearest Barpub
Concordia Eco Resort and Reastaurant 1/2 mile
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
St John ferry
Nearest Train
take the bus to/from Cruz Bay for $1
Nearest Beach
Salt Pond Bay Beach 1/2 mile walk
Car: recommended

'Iola' is located 10 minutes past Coral Bay 'Town' on the quiet end of St John. Suggest you rent a 4wd vehicle to enjoy the adventures and all the many beaches you want to explore. From Cruz Bay cross the island via Centerline Road takes 30 to 40 minutes.

Other Activities: St John has over 40 hiking trails thru the national park & over 22 beaches. Snorkeling is excellent in aqua bays.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $70 per person per night

Quotes are for 2 adult guests. 10:00AM check out and 3:00PM check in
Add $500 for 3rd person and $900 for total of 4 persons.

Pay by Visa, Master Card, Discover, echeck., or check by mail. Get your rental jeep EARLY so they don't sell out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.