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No hurricane damage! We are ready for guests.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Although the cottage itself is nestled into sublimely quiet surroundings (with easy access to beaches and hiking trails), it is also just minutes from more active pursuits. The newly completed Concordia Eco Complex, with its splendid seaside setting (bar, restaurant, grocery store, snorkel rental, day -trips, and yoga/massage facility) is just 0.8 miles up the road and the town of Coral Bay, with its many attractions (water sports, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, nightlife and more) is less than a 10 minute drive away.

The nearest beach is 0.3 miles away. While a rental car is recommended (for optimal touring of the rest of the island), the Salt Pond Bay bus stop (servicing both Coral Bay and Cruz Bay is just a three minute walk away, making your stay possible without one.

More Details

Liz Melrath
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Liz Melrath

In 1988, Russ and I bought a timeshare property at Bluebeards Castle in St. Thomas and fell in love with St. John during our many trips to the island. It always our dream as we neared retirement to buy a property on St. John. It is now our pleasure to share it with you.

Liz Melrath purchased this house in 2009

Why Liz Melrath chose Estate Mandal

Quality of 2002 construction to new hurricane building code regulations - 2x6 walls, hurricane shutters and 2x8 floor boards. The Property is solid and we have weathered a few bad storms here. Felt very protected.

What makes this house unique

outstanding views from decks.We catch trade winds from Africa and have a constant refreshing breeze .

Guestbook comments from the owner

note left by guests --

Dear Liz and Russ,

Thank you so much for your hospitality. We adored the cottage! It is so cute and cozy. You have done a wonderful job creating the perfect paradise get away. We are so glad we found it and wish we could stay much longer. Next time!

Our Best,

Emily and Chris

P.S. You have a great library! I read three books while I was here and I am going home with a long list of titles. - Emily.
Mar 2014
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Estate Mandal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Not suitable for young children(ages 1 to 9)


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No hurricane damage! We are ready for guests.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 54 reviews

Quiet chick shabby beach house in the hills served as a great bonding time with family

  • 5 of 5

This little house sits upon a hill of which can only be reached by stairs. A smaller studio shares the stairs and didn't hear anything from them...although they may have from us! Four girls stayed here with two sharing the bed. The biggest complaint from the island, not the home, was the mosquitoes and lack of service of which Liz can't control. It would have been an issue anywhere on this side of the island. Liz was the sweetest person, very artsy and the home displays this! Must have a rental car here! The closest beach (wth sand) you can drive to is salt pond bay with a hike down. I suggest bringing your snorkel kit and some water shoes! Try Reem trail

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ruston, Louisiana

Great stay in STJ

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time using this cottage as a base camp while exploring St. John. Info that may be helpful to future guests:

- This cottage is about 30 min to Coral Bay and about 60 min to Cruz Bay

- Hot tub and TV is not working (due to recent power surge) as of 3/15/18

- No wifi/internet, no cell service for Sprint or TMobile (understandable because of recent hurricanes, just FYI)

The cottage was really well thought out. Liz left us a large new citronella candle and some spray to battle to the mosquitos (not too bad). Plenty of airflow on most days, but be prepared to sweat a bit. Great book, DVD, and CD collection along with a few board games.

The only issue we had was not being told the hot tub was out of order until we arrived on the property. It was a bummer considering that was a primary reason we booked the cottage. Great stay otherwise!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy that this couple had a great time. St John is still very much in the midst of recovery. It's going to take some more time...... Everyone until now has been very understanding of that fact.
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Great stay on a quiet part of the island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 5 days in Feb and had a lovely time. Liz was a great host and we loved the cabin. There were 4 of us and we all slept comfortably! It is a small but lovely cabin on a quiet area of the island. It will take about 30 mins to drive to Cruz Bay, so keep that in mind, but I found the peace and solitude of the area worth the drive. The cabin has everything you need and I loved hanging out on the porch at night. We really enjoyed our stay and really recommend it!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice quiet location, but near some hidden gems

  • 5 of 5

Liz and Russ are great and so is their property. Probably not for those looking for touristy, but if you are looking to stay at least a couple days and like some isolation and quiet, this is the place. You are close to some of the lesser used trails and beaches that are great. Coral Bay is also a nice community that was just what we were looking for to get away of the hubbub of home.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plymouth Ma

Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

This is the most peaceful accommodation that you can imagine. It is at the far end of the island so there is very little traffic or noise. Although there is no ocean view, the view of the mountains is so peaceful. The accommodations themselves are excellent. We love the large refrigerator. The bedding is very comfortable. The shower is great. Although its inside you feel like you are outside. The chairs and coolers that are provided make it easy to go to the beach. The cottage is also filled with books, DVD's and CD's. Russ is an excellent host and offers up many ideas on his to enjoy the island.

We went to the Island post hurricane at the beginning of January. Despite doubts we were really happy that we went. The island is as beautiful as ever. There is damage but the people are resilient in recovering. Coral Bay is a little behind Cruz Bay but every day there were crews out cleaning up what ever was left.

I think the best thing about this trip was that there were fewer people than ever Not great for the island but if you"r going to the island you can expect vacant beaches and little traffic.

We were really happy that we went and we would encourage anyone else to enjoy this peaceful time on the island.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is on the quiet side of the island which is why we chose this place. Coral Bay is close by and has a good selection of restaurants and grocery shopping. Salt Pond Bay, which has pretty good snorkeling and an excellent hiking trail, is within walking distance if you're not bringing a lot stuff with you.

The cottage itself was clean and comfortable for our needs, including my tween son. Everyone is not kidding when they say bring plenty of bug spray. We cooked in a lot and had all the utensils, pots, etc. needed to make meals. There is an impressive collection of books to read from fiction selections to helpful info books about the island.

Liz is an excellent communicator and always answered any of my questions within an hour. I really appreciated her flexibility and concern in making sure we were comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Shipwreck Landing ,Coral Bay
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Train
100 Miles
San Juan
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
San Juan
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Concordia Eco-resort
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Salt Pond Beach
Car: recommended

In a quiet mountain valley within NATIONAL PARK. Seven minute walk to sandy beach to snorkel .


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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