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New - Romantic, Affordable, Private, Quiet, in Town Location

Bedrooms 1
Space 475 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Cruz Bay Cottage is one of the last of the lovely traditional West Indian cottages on St. John. It is located on a quiet little hill above Cruz Bay, within easy walking distance of the town, enjoying a birds eye view of the harbor and St. Thomas with it’s dazzling lights against the night sky. It is truly special and romantic as well as convenient and extremely affordable since it is not necessary to rent a car to have access to groceries, great restaurants and public transportation to the National Park beaches from Cruz Bay as well as the bus to Coral Bay. Even though it is close enough to town to walk it is on the quiet side and enjoys relaxing views of the night sky from the verandah in a peaceful and safe location. The owners call this property, “Grassy Hill” and own a few other private residences in the area. The manager lives near by on the property but the cottage enjoys complete privacy and is a little house all on its’ own. This property

has been completely renovated with all new furnishings and wonderful artistic touches; all the amenities and creature comforts for dining, relaxing and sleeping in comfort.

There is air conditioning if desired but the cottage is airy and cool enough if you prefer not to use it. The bedroom has a brand new Queen size Heavenly bed, reading lights, fresh new linens, a closet and étagère – the bathroom has been renovated with all new fixtures and tile – it has a shower, full length and magnifying mirror, shelves for your toiletries and a generous supply of new linens. The cottage has a fully stocked kitchen with stove, fridge, brand new dishware, pots and pans for fine dining inside or out on the verandah overlooking Pillsbury Sound and Cruz Bay Harbor. The living room has a comfy new sofa, chairs, table, TV and reading lamps. West Indian plantation shutters and ceiling fans keep things breezy and comfortable while adding a classic note of island charm.

The owners have lived on the island for over four decades and take great pride in the restoration and maintenance of one of the islands’ last representations of the vernacular architecture that once dotted the island of St. John and the Caribbean. These traditional cottages that once graced the landscape with their picturesque charm still symbolize the easy, environmentally sound lifestyle of a bygone era. Now fully restored and refreshed you can enjoy this romantic little cottage, formerly called Yellow Birds’ Nest.

Keywords: Cottage, one bedroom, small house, private, in town, near town, quiet, peaceful, picturesque, great view, water view, Harbor view, Cruz Bay, walk to town, near restaurants, shopping, churches, public transportation, safe, affordable, quiet residential area, comfortable, well appointed, all the amenities.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Janet

island residents of 4 decades

Janet purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Janet chose Cruz Bay

We love the proximity to town and the quiet picturesque location. The view of the harbor and the night lights on St. Thomas are a real pleasure. The cottage is a traditional West Indian cottage - there are not many remaining and we have refurbished it to perfection.

What makes this cottage unique

Location, location, location. View, view, view. Convenience. Walk to town for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you like. It is not necessary to rent a car. Walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, shops, churches, salons, entertainment, public transportation to the beaches, to Coral Bay on the other side of the island, churches, the ferry dock, the National Park. Cruz Bay Cottage is convenient to town but quiet and peaceful in a safe little residential neighborhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks to you all for a visit to paradies! Your cottage is delightful especially Janet's collages. Everything was so clean and comfortable!! We love the family of chickens and lizards who visited us regularly. Much love and gratitude,
Mar 2012
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Fatty Crab
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Cruz Bay Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
La Tapa
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Frank Bay
Car: not necessary

Cruz Bay Cottage is within easy walking distance of the town of Cruz Bay with it's fine dining and shopping. The library, churches, bank, grocery shops, ferry dock and internet cafes are all within a short walk. Reading and relaxing on the comfortable verandah with it's lovely view of Pillsbury sound and Cruz Bay harbor provides a calm retreat within the 'hustle and bustle' of this little seaside town with all the amenities a short walk away.


Estate Enighed Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 475 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Restaurants; groceries, etc.; public transportation; all in town conveniences, within walking distance of Cruz Bay Cottage.


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average rating of 4.75 based on 10 reviews
Orange, CA but really we're currently "homeless" and traveling the world

Small island paradise with amazing snorkeling

  • 5 of 5

We traveled as a couple to Janet's cottage for a week before traveling on to other islands. The cottage was perfect for us with all the necessary amenities. The layout is set up nicely with everything you could want in the kitchen for cooking and we especially enjoyed the outside deck with grill. We ate breakfast and dinner daily at the outside table and evenings were spent with our favorite adult beverage on the two Adirondack chairs enjoying the view over Turner Bay (the bay to the left of Cruz Bay). The cottage is walking distance from the passenger ferry dock in Cruz Bay, but note it is up a very long steep hill and there are little to no sidewalks in the town. We did not rent a car for the week and enjoyed the exercise. Taxis are available to take you back to the cottage after dinner. We shopped at the market at the bottom of the hill to the cottage and it had everything we wanted. We walked into town and to the Virgin Islands National Park visitor center to learn about the Park and hiking and snorkeling in the area. Several beaches were within a 20-30 minute hike (depending on your pace and if you carried chairs, etc.) with amazing snorkeling at Salomon Beach (we visited twice). One day we took local Safari taxis to the further beaches and they were able to accommodate our beach chairs easily. Another day we hopped aboard the VITran bus that runs from Cruz Bay to Salt Pond Bay and Coral Bay (note the bus does NOT run on Sundays despite what their website says). $1 per person for each leg and not a bad way to travel with air conditioning and not crowded this time of year. St. John is a very expensive island to stay on (both accommodations and food), but there are places that will fit all budgets if you do your research. Janet and Andy were easy to communicate with and responded quickly. Andy would have met us at the ferry, but we both had a kerfluffle with our phones that day, we missed each other and he met us at the cottage for the check in briefing as Janet was off island. They are long time locals and proud of their island and cottage and it shows. Highly recommend their place and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Michelle and Robert, for taking the time to write such a nice and informative review of Cruz Bay Cottage - yes, we are proud of this sweet little West Indian Cottage sitting quiet and private on the little grassy knoll above town which we call Grassy Hill - we are so glad you enjoyed your visit and managed to go every where you chose without having to rent a car ! The walk to town is a little challenging without the benefit of a sidewalk but not having to find a parking space can make up for it! Many thanks and please do come visit again - we loved hosting you! All best, Janet and Andy
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Cruz Bay Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was delightful to stay in with the lovely porch overlooking the town and the bay where sunsets were beautiful. Perfect size for 2 people, convenient location, everything needed in the cottage, clean, neat and owners available for any needs.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks folks, we enjoyed hosting you and hope you come back to visit Cruz Bay Cottage again! all best, Janet and Andy
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Cruz Bay Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I have no hesitation to recommend this cottage to anybody reading this review. We had a perfect vacation and all aspects of the experience exceeded my expectations. What you will get is a quaint cottage on a hillside with a spectacular view. The bed was as comfortable as anything offered in the best hotel. The cottage, although compact, is perfect for two people. The chairs on the porch provide a comfortable place to relax as you watch the ferries come and go and the sun setting in the distance. If I were to say anything negative, (to give balance to this "review"), is that the road from town to the cottage does not have a sidewalk or really any room to walk along without worrying about the traffic. But this is hardly the owner's fault. We had a car so it was not a problem for us and when going the quarter mile or so into town we drove and parked at the car rental lot. I have to also mention how Janet met us at the ferry, brought us to the cottage and then took us to the car rental. That was really nice and much appreciated. We had no reason to call Janet during our stay because there was no need. It was comforting, nonetheless to know she or her husband were only minutes away if we needed something. The cottage was clean and organized and well equipped. I did not seem to be able to get comfortable on the wicker couch or chair in the "living room", but that had the benefit of moving me to the best place, the porch. The cottage has air conditioning which might be more efficient if there were glass windows. We used the air conditioner briefly to cool the place off as we had just ice and snow. Coming from the Midwest, I could not really quite understand the Caribbean Island design of louvers and shutters. (But then again if I lived where it never got cold or snowed I might forego glass windows too). Each window, had a good screen and either wood or metal louvers or shutters. What more do you need! All in all, this little architectural detail added to the exquisite charm of this place. If you want my opinion, you will get everything you see in the pictures or read in the description and more. As for my recommendation, (other than to rent this place), I think to fully explore the island you need a car. My only concession in the overall experience was to drink Coors Light at the local bar on the main street nearby and only because the one dollar price was cheaper than a bottle of water - the two being nearly equivalent in taste. Thank you Janet.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Frank, for this detailed, interesting and informative review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Cruz Bay Cottage and do hope that you and your wife will visit us again. You are absolutely right about the sidewalk situation - i f we could we would happily get this problem addressed as many people walk all over the island and particularly in Cruz Bay where there is barely a sidewalk anywhere. Perhaps our new administration will begin to address this island issue. All in all we are very pleased that you enjoyed the unique qualities Cruz Bay Cottage has to offer. We are happy to share this traditional island architecture with our visitors as there is so little of it left on island and we, like many other long time residents, treasure it. Thanks again! Janet
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Portland, OR

Perfect Place to Stay in St. John

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time to visit St. John and all 3 times we have stayed at one of the owner's properties. We decided to stay in the cottage this time as it is closer to Cruz Bay and we aren't fans of driving on St. John at night. The cottage was EXCELLENT! It was extremely clean and well maintained. Lovely high quality linens and a well equipped kitchen. There are screened windows on all four sides to let in all the tropical breezes along with a ceiling fan in each room. In the evening, we sat on the large porch and watched the cruise ships make their way around the island. In the mornings, we sat on our porch, had breakfast, and watched the birds, an occasional iguana walk by as we enjoyed the peaceful, beautiful surroundings. This cottage met all of our needs and more importantly all of our wants! Easy to park, a central location for all the activities we were busy doing, and staying there made us feel like we were indeed on vacation. This is my perfect vacation home.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write! it is always a pleasure to welcome back return visitors and especially our very first visitors to Tranquility (2005!). Thanks a bunch - we hope to see you again - all best, Janet & Andy
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Buffalo, NY

Excellent Spot for First Trip to St. John

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was the perfect location for our first time visiting St. John! We wanted to stay somewhere within walking distance to the main town and it's restaurants, bars, and shops and this was just that. It was less than 10 minutes to walk and we made daily trips to town, and there was a grocery store even closer which was really convenient!

The cottage was the perfect size for two people, the large porch had an AMAZING view, and it was suprisingly private for having neighbors closeby. We always felt like we were in our own little world away from everyone, which was perfect. We cooked dinner there a few night and had drinks on the porch which was so relaxing. The bed was really comfortable too!

We also found that we could walk to Soloman Beach taking the Lind Point trail which starts directly behind the National Park Visitor's Center in town. The beach was amazing - smaller, beautiful view, not crowded, and excellent shallow snorkeling to see the coral reefs and tons of fish. It was about a 30 minute hike, and I am not in shape, but it was definitely doable for me.

Now for some things to keep in mind before booking - The first is that the neighbors and roosters do wake you up early. This did not bother me at all, but it might some people. Also, we found out after we arrived that the property owners do NOT recommend you drink their tap water! Luckily the grocery store was a few minutes walk, and I had an in shape husband to lug a huge case of bottled water up the hill.

Speaking of the hill, when you return from town the walk back is ALL uphill. Unfortunately all the jeep rentals were sold out, so we spent the entire trip walking everywhere, and some nights the last thing I felt like doing was walking back up that hill to get home haha.

One other minor thing is the cooler that was supposed to be provided was broken, which we did not realize until 30 minutes before we left for our dinghy rental appointment. When I called the property owner she said it couldn't be replaced until later, so my husband ended up using one hand to hold the broken cooler above the water when we swam from the dinghy to the beach so all of our stuff didn't get wet. I was kind of hoping since that was the only time we asked for a favor that they would lend us theirs or something for the trip.

Overall the stay and property was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in staying close to town.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the recommendation and the time it took to write it...we appreciate this! Sorry for the inconvenience with broken zipper on cooler bag - had we known sooner we would have replaced far as the water goes, as travelers we generally drink bottled water rather than risk it so we recommend our guests do the same even though we drink our cistern water. Part of the beauty of St. John is the wonderful vistas wherever you look - a result of a small island of mostly hills. Walking or driving is a personal choice and we always make sure our guests know the options and have our recommendations. St. John is unique and special - we are glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Clean, charming, convenient accessibility, very comfortable, great views, awesome accommodations!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rhonda - it was great having you - come visit us again - thanks, Janet
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

In the event of cancellation deposit is non-refundable unless space is re-booked. In the few cases we have had cancellations we have worked with our renters to accommodate them at another time if it was not possible to re-book the space.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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