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Lameshur Cottages- Peace and Quiet- seen on HOUSE HUNTERS

Bedrooms 2
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.

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Russ Melrath
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Russ Melrath

In 1988, my wife 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.

Russ Melrath purchased this house in 2009

Why Russ Melrath chose St John

Quality of 2002 construction .2x6 walls ,hurrican shutters and 2x8 floor boards .Built by David Gray .

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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Johns Folly House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 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 Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Not suitable for young children(ages 1 to 9)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Lameshur Cottages- Peace and Quiet- seen on HOUSE HUNTERS
average rating of 4.975 based on 42 reviews

Coral Bay Stay

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful week at Lameshur Cottage. Cottage was perfect for our group of 4. We started each day with coffee on the screened in deck and ended the days in the hot tub with lots of sand, water, and fun in between. Nice accommodations with ceiling fans making sleeping very comfortable at night while providing a good breeze throughout the day. Kitchen had everything we needed. Truly paradise with the accommodations, setting, privacy, and scenery! Host Liz and Russ were fantastic. They are very knowledgeable of the island, very friendly, and were very helpful throughout the week. This was our 4th trip to St. John and 1st stay in Coral Bay. When we make a 5th trip we will be booking Lameshur Cottage!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week in Coral Bay

  • 5 of 5

We loved Lameshur Cottage and it was just as described and worked perfect for our needs. The feeling is very "island style" with simple furnishings but very tastefully decorated and super comfortable. It has everything you need for a self-sufficient vacation. We cooked breakfast in, picnic for the beach, and out to dinner each night! Liz and Russ are both very friendly, helpful and available but not intrusive in the least. If you are into a laid back, very remote destination in a beautiful setting with drop dead gorgeous beaches and snorkeling minutes away then this place is absolutely wonderful. If you are looking for "glitz and glamour" or a "party atmosphere", go elsewhere! Peace and tranquility rule in Coral Bay! We look forward to another visit soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Located in the hills between Salt Pond and Lameshur Bay these cottages are ideal for rest and relaxation.

When we got there the sun was going down and Russ met us at the top of the driveway with a flashlight. He helped us unpack and proceeded to give us the full tour of the facility making us feel comfortable from the moment we arrived.

The cottage had everything we could want and more. The kitchen was fully equipped including all the pans and utensils that we could want. Russ even pointed out the baking pans in case we wanted to make a cake while we were there although that was not on our agenda

The walls of the cottage are lined with great books and classic DVD's and CD's. Every room had a ceiling fan that, along with the great breezes provided more than enough cooling power throughout our 11 night stay. The beds and furniture were extremely comfortable. A selection of beach chairs was provided along with beach towels and cooler and beach bag making it so easy for us to pack for our trip. Although mosquito nets were offered we did not even feel the need to apply bug spray during our entire stay.

The peace and tranquility of this place cannot be exaggerated. Sitting on a hill surrounded by beuatiful flowering bushes there is little traffic yet it is located between some of the best snorkeling beaches on the island. At night the deck provides for some remarkable star gazing.

We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A distinctive cottage in a beautiful natural setting with nearby trails and beach

  • 5 of 5

This is a very open and airy cottage nestled in the lush green hills of the national park. While there are no views of the sea, the natural world around the cottage is very relaxing. Birds chirping in the morning, frogs chirping at night, intoxicating breezes blowing through the cottage most of the time. We enjoyed watching the occasional rain shower sweep across the green valley below the cottage. I awoke to views of two verdant hills under a beautiful sky. I sang opera in the shower. If you like running or hiking there are several short trails (ending in lovely overlooks) near the cottage. Salt Pond beach is a walk up the road and has decent snorkeling.

There are some mosquitoes active in the evenings, so bring bug repellent!

The cottage is clean and neat, the interior seemed to have been recently painted. The kitchen is small but well stocked, with a full size refrigerator and 4-burner stove. We cooked all of our meals here. There is a small table in the "studio" area, only big enough for two diners, but there are also a coffee table and chairs in the screened-in porch. Russ is very friendly and helpful. We had use of a kayak, snorkeling gear, and beach chairs.

This is a wonderful retreat. I wish I was there now!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lameshur Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Delightful cottage at the end of St John. Airy, open, like living in a treehouse. Be a part of nature when you stay at Lameshur Cottage. Great location for Salt Pond!!! Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Island Cottage to experience the "island life"...

  • 5 of 5

We spent an amazing Christmas holiday in the beautiful island of St. Thomas. Our first time visiting the island of "LOVE", and it truly is. The cottage is located on the side of the island that is filled with chickens, donkeys, mongoose, and the nicest people in the world. ( although the people of St. Thomas are nice,... Period.) The cottage is equipped with everything that you need. It's very clean, and I slept so soundly to the music of the wind and the birds singing through the screens. Liz is a wonderful hostess. She was available for us if we needed her. The cottage is a place for the physically fit, due to the steep landscaping.And her description is spot-on. It is a place of peace, and we highly recommend it. Thanks Liz for making this a beautiful place to gather lifetime memories...

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mitzi for your wonderful review. Just one minor note- you mentioned the cottage is in St Thomas. Actually, it is in St John.
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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
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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 min. walk to sandy beach to snorkel .


Rates & Availability

Johns Folly House Rental Rates

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High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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