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Think of All the Money You'll Save: Clean, Cozy & Convenient

Bedrooms Studio
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Bungalow, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Save $600. Easy walking distance to the VITRAN- no need to rent a vehicle.

This Caribbean cabana, also affectionately known as the Christmas Cottage, offers the intrepid traveler an unforgettable St. John experience. Nestled comfortably on the valley floor of Coral Bay village in a quiet residential neighborhood, the cabana presents rustic simplicity, with irresistible Caribbean charm. The Cabana has been a 'honeymoon' cottage to the owners for the last five years while they constructed the main house on the property. Cozy yet airy, the cabana makes available all the outdoor living experience of camping with the convenience of electricity, refrigeration and laundry facilities. Situated on level ground makes for easy access and parking. Local grocery store, mail service, restaurants, includes local landmarks, Skinny Legs, Island Blues and Donkey Diner. Enjoy plenty of nightly entertainment a simple 5 minute walk. Yoga classes convene several times a week at the Agricultural pavilion, a short walk from the house. Or if Pilates is your preference, classes are available at the same convenient location. Catch the VITRAN to world-class beaches for the day, or hike the many trails on the eastern end of St. John. Head to the bustling town of Cruz Bay via the VITRAN for a dollar. Bars and restaurants, quaint boutiques and island ferry opportunities are all conveniently located to the cabana.

Keywords: Economical, Private, Eco-Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

What makes this bungalow unique

We have delighted in many moon-lit evenings enjoying the reggae tunes of 'Inner Visions' every Thursday. We have the choice of making the short walk to Sputnik's for the live show or taking it all in from our deck. The cabana is truly nestled in the valley, and comes alive with the night sounds of nature. The chorus of tree frogs lulls us to sleep every night.


Upper Carolina Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Double Beds (1) Firm futon on an elevated platform.
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Think of All the Money You'll Save: Clean, Cozy & Convenient
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Christmas Cottage was a wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We hoped that our week in St John would take us away from our everyday lives for a while, and it delivered very well! We enjoyed sleeping in the night air, living with a small profile, close to the island nature. There were cool breezes all the time even when other areas were hot. Overall it gave us a very memorable island experience. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed on Marcia's property from NOV 1 to Dec 1...I first booked the Christmas cottage, but because I had visitors through out the month, she moved me to ISLAND VIBES. She has a great property, and the Christmas Cottage is just as described here. Island Vibes is a very spacious unit that can sleep 4. I rented a jeep for a week of my stay, but the rest of the month I rode the bus. The property is within easy walking distance to the bus stop, restaurants, and food shopping. There is no ocean view, because the property is situated in the valley of Coral Bay. It is in a residential area with lush vegetation, but there is still plenty of sunshine and great views of the beautiful starry nights. Since I was there during a fairly rainy month, I would recommend several pairs of shoes that are good for walking along very muddy paths to the bus stop. Also, I recommend using the mosquito netting that Marcia provides while sleeping. St John can be VERY BUGGY, so netting and DEET is a PLUS!

Marcia is a wonderful caring hostess! She takes great pride with her units, and will make sure you have everything that you need!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and charming - again!

  • 5 of 5

Once again we had a fabulous week at Christmas Cottage.

The description is accurate, but as I said last year, it's a bit better in person, full of personality and very comfy. Super clean when we arrived, and Marcia is an attentive, experienced host, always just a text away if we have a question or need anything.Would highly recommend for anyone who wants a true island experience. Although it's close to her other house, it's amazingly private! As always we enjoy everything about St. John and particularly Coral Bay. Dinners and music at Skinny Legs and Concordia (esp. Monday night), dinner at Oasis more than once...and Aqua Bistro was also very good. Lots of hiking and time at the beaches. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is my very first trip St John, and staying at the Christmas cottage made my trip even more special!

Marcia and her family are truly wonderful people that make you feel at home! They go above and beyond to help you find special places and suggestions on this beautiful island! I WILL BE BACK!


Note to new visitors...please bring an ornament and leave your mark on this little gem of a cottage!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Christmas Cottage. It was great to spend so much time outside cooking and relaxing. The cottage was well equipped, and Marcia, the owner, was very helpful when we got a flat tire driving up the dirt road from the cottage. St John was beautiful too with so many amazing beaches.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Christmas Cottage! It was very comfortable, completely charming, and very convenient to everything, exactly as described (but a little better in person). Marcia is an experienced host, always available, flexible and eager to please. Best bargain we've seen in a long time, and we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Upper Carolina Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Standard Rates
Feb 15 2017 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

For renters staying only 3-4 nights, the rate is $100 per night year-round plus a $50. housekeeping surcharge.All listed rates are based on double occupancy; $100. per additional guest will be charged per week.
For stays 3 & 4 nights there is a $50. housekeeping surcharge.

To Reserve: a 50% deposit is required to secure dates. The remaining balance is due (1) before arrival. All deposits are fully refundable up to a month of arrival date and at that point non-refundable- with few exceptions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Island Roots Charters- Explore inlets and beaches of St. John. Snorkel in the most popular as well as out-of-the-way spots. Spend a day in the British Virgin Islands exploring the Caribbean archipelago. Community ultimate frisbee and soccer fields also within walking distance.


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