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Breezy, Convenient Central Island Location, Mountain Top Private Home

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Bordeaux Mt., Central Island Location St. John- MAX OCCUPANCY TWO ADULTS

Bay Grove is nestled amidst a grove of mature, aromatic Bay Rum trees adjacent to the National Park. Bay Grove has a central island/mountain top location allowing quick, convenient access (15-20 mins) to Cruz and Coral Bay, (5 mins) to Maho and Francis Bays on the beautiful north shore, and (less than 5 mins) to some of the best National Park hiking trails, Reef and Lameshur Bay Trails.

Bay Grove offers a California King bed, stone encased open-roof shower, large, open great room, over equipped kitchen, floor to ceiling screened windows, ceiling fans throughout the residence, stone encased outdoor dining area w/BBQ grill, wrap around decks, and a beautiful sunset view to the South over French Cap, St. Croix and the Caribbean Sea. Direct tv, dvd and movies, access to Netflix, Roku, and unlimited internet access are also provided.

After a long, busy day of shopping, beaching, water activities, hiking, dining, and nite life... come home....relax and unwind, in the quiet and comfort that Bay Grove offers. Enjoy a quiet, restful evening on the deck as you watch the sun set over French Cap, St. Croix and the Caribbean Sea. Bay Grove offers a personal and comfortable atmosphere. Your home away from home. Come and enjoy the serene comfort and the convenient central location of Bay Grove!



Keywords: St. John, convenient central location, breezy, mountain top

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2017

About Pam

We designed and built Bay Grove as our home in 1994, intending St. John to be our final destination. In 2007 we purchased an abandoned farm in Ponce, Puerto Rico and we now share our time between our two beautiful properties in St. John and Puerto Rico. After purchasing the farm we decided to share our home on St. John with people seeking to relax in the serene comfort and explore the beautiful island of St. John and surrounding outlying islands.

Pam purchased this house in 1994

Why Pam chose St John

We travelled to St. John on business in November of 1990 and fell in love with its beauty. We searched the island for the perfect piece of property to build our final destination home. We spent much time sitting on pieces of property at all hours of the day and nite just so we could find the perfect spot. We sat on parcels near the ocean, parcels on both ends of the island, parcels near town(s), and parcels in the woods. We finally found the perfect parcel on the top of Bordeaux Mountain where we built our home nestled in the grove of Bay Rum Trees that exist on the lot. Bay Grove is located on Bordeaux Mountain in the center of the island with easy access to both towns and all the beautiful north shore beaches, and is one of the few lots that actually has a yard with grass! The 1200 foot elevation of Bordeaux Mountain combined with the constant flow of the tradewinds allows the fresh, cool, tropical air to flow through the large screened windows. There is a beautiful sunset view to the south and west over French Cap, St. Croix, and the Caribbean Sea.

What makes this house unique

We have always enjoyed the coolness of the altitude on Bordeaux Mountain, and the quiet, serenity of our home's location. It's a great place to relax, unwind, and get away from it all. From enjoying the presence of the humming and sugar birds, deer, and donkeys, watching the sunset to the South over French Cap, views of St. Croix and the Caribbean Sea, to star-gazing with the singing croakies at night, Bay Grove is one of our most favorite spots on earth and we are glad to be able to share all the comforts and wonders of Bay Grove with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Upper Carolina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , toilet, sink and private outdoor shower
  • Enclosed outdoor shower with open roof so you can gaze at the stars or blue sky while showering; two showerheads
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • (1) California King Bed in master bedroom MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY TWO (2) ADULTS
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Island Maps and guide books provided; notebook providing guests with information on local activities, restaurants, menus, beaches, etc. provided by owner. Please ask in advance for these items.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Breezy, Convenient Central Island Location, Mountain Top Private Home
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

Bay Grove

  • 5 of 5

With a missed flight and 20 hours of unnecessary travel ( our mistake ) Pam Taylor was a light at the end of the tunnel and Bay Grove a piece of heaven for our 8 days on St. John. The wondrous setting, attention to creative detail and efficient flow of the dwelling went way beyond our expectations. We have a renewed appreciation for artistry, stonework and craftsmanship. The photos online absolutely do not reflect the near perfection of what this Bordeaux Mountain Estate offers. Praying to return next year. Heartfelt thanks, Pam♡♡♡♡

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you both and being able to help after such a long stressful delay to your long awaited vacation on St. John! It was our pleasure to assist you in your distress and continued enjoyable stay at our home in St. John. Thanks so much for your many conversations and treating Bay Grove with such care and appreciation! We are glad Bay Grove exceeded your expectations and was a good spot for your time on St. John! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for your wonderful review!! Pam and Richard
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the perfect stay at Bay Grove. The location is beautiful, quiet, and serene. The grounds were well maintained, the house spacious and clean, and the outdoor shower is like nothing we've ever experienced. We can't wait to return to Bay Grove next year and thank you so much Pam for your priceless hospitality!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting you both and are delighted that you felt Bay Grove was such a wonderful place for your vacation home away from home! Thank you so much for your appreciation and care of our home!! We can't wait to see you next year! We love repeats!!
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Welcome to Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

If you are searching for a bright, clean, comfortable, convenient, and peacefully quiet place to stay on St. John, there is no need to look any further. Upon reading the glowing reviews for Bay Grove, my wife and I decided to book it for a week… we could not have been happier with our decision. Our experience from the very beginning was stellar. Having never been to St. John before, we were unsure of the logistics of ferry schedules and locations, Jeep rental, etc. After a pleasant conversation with Pam over the phone, all of our questions were answered, we had detailed directions to the house, and any previous uncertainty was a distant memory.

The property itself is stunning. Centrally located on the island on the top of St. John's tallest mountain, it is a short drive to everything St. John has to offer. The manicured lawn with its beautiful native trees and flowers surrounds the home which boasts high ceilings, an open floor plan, modern kitchen, outdoor shower, and a very comfortable bed. If you like peace and quiet this place is for you, as the only sounds you will hear at night is that of the gentle breeze blowing through the large screened windows. St John is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and Bay Grove is the perfect place to come home to.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terry and Jane...thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's always reassuring that we've done a good job and that Bay Grove is appreciated for all its qualities. I enjoyed hosting you and glad that you had such a wonderful vacation at Bay Grove! Thank you for choosing Bay Grove as your vacation home on St. John. We look forward to your return! Thank you so much!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week in St. John, and Bay Grove turned out to be a great location for us! Central to everything, we experienced many facets of St. John that we may not have had we stayed elsewhere. Pam gave us great advice our first night there, so ask her for some tips from a local perspective when you arrive. Very nice, comfortable home that felt like our home away from home for the week. The worst part was leaving when our week was up! Getting homesick for a return visit just writing this.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jodi and Shawn Thank you so much for your visit with us at Bay Grove. We are glad we could assist with finding some favorite spots on St. John and providing you with a home away from home. We hope to host you again in the future!!
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for the second year in a row and it exceeded our expectations yet again. The property was spotless when we arrived and provide an escape away from any crowds, it was our own personal estate on top of a mountain! The grounds are gorgeous and extremely well maintained. We spent half of our time at the house grilling on the amazing back porch and the other half arguing over who got to use the outdoor shower. Pam provides everything you could need from beach towels to pots and pans or grilling supplies along with a fantastic array of Caribbean spices which was a great perk. I was also completely confident that if anything did go wrong with the property, Pam would be there in a flash to rectify it immediately, she really cares about her guests and wants to ensure you have a fantastic time.

I imagine some people might say," I need a private pool!" but there are beaches everywhere, you can get there in 10 minutes, and I didn't come to the Caribbean for a pool! We spent everyday at the beach but looked forward to coming back and falling asleep to the cool mountain breezes and seclusion away from everything. We have rented other properties on St. John and while all of them had great outdoor areas, Bay Grove stands out for the beautiful interior and the fact that it really feels like your own piece of paradise.

Needless to say I will be back as soon as I can and can't believe there is ever an opening in their calendar.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jed and Laura It was our pleasure to host you once again and welcome you home to Bay Grove. We so love to have repeat guests as they become more like friends than guests. I can tell by your expressions that you have more than enjoyed what Bay Grove and St. John have to offer! It's our pleasure to host you anytime you want to come home. Thank you again for making our home yours!! See you soon! :)
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Not a rental we would repeat

  • 3 of 5

Bay Grove was very well stocked and comfortable but not a rental that worked for us. The access road and driveway were in complete disrepair which resulted in a flat tire. House too had issues: next door neighbors (teens? College age?) had crazy loud hard rock music playing until late at night, tricky/ iffy door locks, dishwasher was not working properly for entire two week stay. We were disappointed to learn after arrival that property management issues could only be addressed if property owners/ managers were onsite/on island. Not so perfect get away.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After a steady stream of positive property reviews we are disheartened to see such a negative review. Bay Grove is located on top of Bordeaux Mountain and is advertised as a “private residence”. The access road is dirt and is not at all a-typical of St. John. It is clear from reviews on Bay Grove’s listing site that a Jeep is recommended by renters and Owners alike. The driveway is cement and gravel and not in any way in disrepair. There has never been a flat tire to renters, visitors or ourselves caused by the access road or driveway, and we had no knowledge of a flat tire until this review. The “next door neighbors” are an expensive luxury villa that is not frequently occupied by “teens” or “College Students”. We have not had guests previously complain about noise levels from that villa. Lock concerns were addressed immediately by Owners and resolved to the satisfaction of the Guests. The dishwasher was used by previous guests without complaint, checked by Owners after departure of these Guests and found to be in good working order, and used by subsequent Guests without a complaint. Property Owners/managers were specifically asked to leave the property while occupied by these Guests. Alternate property management was offered and refused for “privacy reasons”. We strive to provide our home as a clean, comfortable, fully equipped and functional, reasonably priced vacation home for visitors to St. John and have never promoted Bay Grove to be the “perfect getaway” for every type of person.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
St. Thomas Cyril E. King
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Chateau Bordeaux
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Magens Bay Golf Course St. Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Chester's Getaway, St. John
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Francis Bay
Car: recommended

Two most beautiful beaches on St. John, Maho and Francis Bays, are a 5 minute drive; hiking trails, Reef Bay, Lamenshure Bay, 2 minutes; wild deer frequent the property. Lots of old sugar mill ruins close by, some recently uncovered, gorgeous for picture taking.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.5%

PLEASE CHECK WITH OWNER FOR TOTAL RENTAL AGREEMENT AMOUNT. CALCULATION BY VRBO MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN OWNERS. MAXIMUM TWO (2) GUESTS. Rental Agreement will be supplied with all information regarding rental of the house, refunds, etc. for review on inquiry of reservation dates. Payment is accepted through PayPal via private email address to be supplied. Payment by check or money order is also accepted, with terms as set out in Rental Agreement. Funds must be received before reservation can be confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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