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

62 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Estate Concordia House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Philip Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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 St John

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.


based on 62 traveler reviews

'Oooolala''ll love this vacation home... 'Iola'
average rating of 4.983871 based on 62 reviews

Tranquility at its best

  • 5 of 5

I woke up this morning missing the warm breezes, the distant rhythm of the waves, the spectacular views and the peaceful tranquility that is Villa Iola. If you are looking for a place that is off the beaten path, but offers true luxury and the comforts of home, this is the place.

The villa is perched high up with expansive views of the British Virgin Islands and stunning bays below. Being on the quieter end of the island has great advantages, not only because of the privacy it affords, but you are so close to some of the best snorkeling and beaches on the island. If you snorkel to the center of Salt Pond Bay, you will discover caverns under the sea with a plethora of fish and sea creatures. Take a hike along Ram Head and see spectacular cliffs where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Your hosts Jones and Margie remember every detail to make your experience special. They go above and beyond to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. From supplying beach towels to a kitchen well-stocked with extras to help you cook, it made our stay easy and carefree; plus, the entire house is elegant and very clean.

If you don'the want to cook, or you just want to eat out, make sure you spend time in town at Indigo restaurant and at Lucy's (on the way to Iola). For an adventure, take a sailboat ride with Captain Jimmy on the Koite.

My husband and our teenage son and I want to come back as soon as we can. We highly recommend visiting Iola and would recommend it to any of our friends and family. St. John and Villa Iola are a wonderful way to spend your vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible property

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this villa! Phillip and Marjorie are incredible hosts and they provide absolutely everything you need for a relaxing and wonderful stay!! The views are stunning and the villa itself is perfect and beautiful! We couldn't have asked for anything better, we will stay again next time on the island!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This vacation home has everything you could ask for:

* A beautiful home sitting on top of the hillside with amazing views.

* Quiet Coral Bay location that is a few minutes from the sandy beach.

* Owners that will to assist you with anything you may need.

We returned to St John after a trip 11 years ago and could not be happier with staying at Iola. We are already planning our return which cannot come soon enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati Ohio

Bravo Iola! 5 Stars - Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Iola for a week in February. This was a 60th birthday getaway for both of us. Based on the many reviews and photos, we expected a little slice of paradise, and were in no way disappointed! All the great reviews are true. Margie and Jones have created a very special place :-) We have stayed at multiple properties on St. John and other Caribbean islands, and Iola is the best. Just the perfect balance of luxury and comfort, with a relaxed and laid-back feel. We much prefer the Coral Bay side of the island. Special thanks to Jones for help with our luggage!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Over the top best place I've stayed!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at a number of homes in the Coral Bay Area. Though I've never had a bad one, some tend to be a bit "camp-like". Not so for Villa Iola. I felt that I was staying in a luxury home - it was so beautiful and so well appointed. Whatever I needed seemed to be there, right where I expected it to be. The interior decorating was just beautiful, kitchen was top-notch, beds were luxurious. Pictures on line are beautiful, but don't do it justice. Thank you Marjorie and Jones! Nick and I had such a wonderful stay. We will absolutely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Iola - January 2016

  • 5 of 5

Iola was the perfect choice for us. The reviews and photos lived up to expectations. We really enjoyed the Coral Bay side of the island as it's a little more quiet and relaxed. The property is very clean and well maintained and furnished. It has everything you need for the week, including beach chairs and towels as well as kitchen equipment and grill. The owners (Margie and Jones) are great hosts, very helpful and just nice people. You do need a Jeep to reach the carport. We enjoyed snorkeling at Salt Pond and Little Lameshur. We dined at Aqua Bistro, Pickles Deli, Miss Lucy's and Skinny Legs (all were good). Feeding the crabs turned out to be fascinating. The porch was a great place to sleep as it was like sleeping outside but much more comfortable. We would highly recommend this property and hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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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

Estate Concordia House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer/Fall 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

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Estate Concordia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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