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Monika Aranha

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, polish

Sea Cottage - Charming and Romantic with a Stunning View

42 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 8 nights

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Overview

Upper Carolina Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

Perched high above the Carolina Valley in the heart of the Bordeaux forest is a charming and romantic cottage overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters of the Sir Francis Drake channel.

Created for your enjoyment, your vacation for two,

Sea Cottage is a private paradise.

Just a 10 minute drive to the world famous North Shore beaches and less than 15 minutes from the shops and restaurants of beautiful Coral Bay or the ferry dock at Cruz Bay, the cottage can be reached by way of the paved and level Bordeaux Mt. Road which winds through the lush and fragrant bay rum forest.

For those who wish to enjoy St. John on foot, the Bordeaux Mt. trailhead in the Virgin Island National Park is only a short hike away leading to beautiful Lameshur Bay on the south side of the island as well as other trails in the park.

Sea Cottage is a four year old, stand alone, studio – an open floor plan with airy vaulted ceilings, a spacious wrap around covered deck, a queen bed, a garden shower, a fully equipped kitchen, DVD player and state of the art sound dock. Decorated with beautiful pieces made by local artists, this private getaway is accessed by means of a comfortable descent through a tropical garden. It is amply cooled by ceiling fans and tradewind breezes so there is never any need for air conditioning.

Whether lounging in the hammock or admiring a moonrise or sunrise over the British Virgin Islands, you will be surrounded by the sounds of the forest and mesmerized by an unforgettable view.

See you at the ferry dock!

Keywords: Sea Cottage

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Monika Aranha (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, polish

About Monika Aranha

From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to St. John, we have always loved being near the ocean and outdoors. Over a period of 13 years we were lured here by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the trade wind breezes and the Virgin Islands National Park , mountains and valleys. Finally we decided we wanted to live on this little island and share it with family, friends and like minded souls. Bordeaux Mt., the highest point of the island with its incomparable views of the British Virgin Islands and the Sir Francis Drake Channel, located right in the center of the island, seemed like the perfect place. After three years on the island we began to build our dream cottage. Every step was a reason for celebration and every detail a delicious exercise in creativity. We wanted to make a little private paradise for two. Many of the pieces decorating the house are crafted by local artists and make the cottage a special place.

Monika Aranha purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Monika Aranha chose Coral Bay

Easily accessed by a mostly paved and relatively flat road that winds through the rain forest, Bordeaux offers privacy, peace and spectacular moon rises or sunrises. At night the singing forest and gentle breezes make it a one of a kind retreat. From it you can hike the extensive trail network of the Park all the way down to some of it's most beautiful beaches. Both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay with its locally owned and operated shops and restaurants are only 10 to 15 minutes away by car. There are many perfect days that start and end at Sea Cottage. First a quiet yoga practice at sunrise on the covered porch. For a good workout nothing better than an early morning hike down Bordeaux Mt. Trail to the white sandy Little Lameshur Beach, followed by a swim and snorkel around Europa Point. For the more water activity minded, Cinnamon Beach with it's many water sport rental options is just a short 10 minute drive away. And those who just wish to relax and soak in the sun can follow the North Shore road to any one of its spectacular beaches.

What makes this cottage unique

Vacation for us is about sharing in each other's company and enjoying nature. It is time to distance ourselves from the bustle of the world - to have time to listen to music, watch a movie together or have a moonlit dinner on the porch without the distractions of modern communication. During the day there is so much to do just a short distance away whether on foot or by car. Sea Cottage is the ideal place to wake up in and to end the day - the fragrance of the bay rum trees after a summer sprinkle; the singing of the birds during daytime and the sounds of the forest at night; swinging in the hammock while watching the moon rise over Virgin Gorda. It's a place to fall in love all over again.

Reviews

5
based on 42 traveler reviews

Sea Cottage - Charming and Romantic with a Stunning View
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
5

Second visit to Sea Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to the Sea Cottage and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Monika and Jorge are such warm and friendly people. We were celebrating our third anniversary, and when we arrived we were so suprised to find a welcome note with a bottle of chilled champagne in the fridge! Since our last visit, they built their villa which is situated just below the Sea Cottage but because of the thick jungle, we never saw or heard them the entire time. We did bump into them a few times on our drive in or out and they were always made sure to ask if there was anything we needed. We had a power outage on the island one evening and Monika was quick to text us to let us know what was going on.

We spent most of our time exploring St John's beautiful beaches, trying out some of the local eateries that we missed on our last visit, and hanging out at Aqua Bistro for drinks after a long day in the sun. We even got the chance to swim out to "Angels Rest Floating Bar" across from Vie's snack shack in Hanson Bay one afternoon.

If you are looking for a romantic, secluded cottage for your next visit to St John you will fall in LOVE with this place. We will not hesitate to book our third trip here!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Paradise for Two

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle of life, and hosts (Monika & Jorge) that will do whatever they can to make your stay a pleasant one, then Sea Cottage is the perfect place. The cottage is lovely with many personal touches and perfect for two people. The view from the porch is breathtaking and so relaxing. Loved the outdoor shower! I won't repeat what the other reviews have said so please read them. We look forward to the day we can return and spend time at the Sea Cottage!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Catawba Island, Ohio
5

Our Fourth Stay at this Stunning Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We shared our fourth Sea Cottage experience January 27th-February 3rd. You may review our initial visit with the owners on this forum dated January, 2013. Every year, this cottage receives tender loving care from her owners Jorge & Monika. They pride themselves with continued up-dating and painting of their piece of paradise. The view remains incredible and the amenities very comfortable. Cleanliness, a view and privacy are our main concerns when seeking lodging. Monika & Jorge are the perfect hosts. We notified them one afternoon, of running out of propane for the stove. Within a few hours (in the dark), they immediately replaced the tank. We have so many choices for accommodations on the island. We love the proximity of the cottage-to the North Shore beaches and in-between location for dining either Coral or Cruz Bays. Rest assure-You will not be disappointed with your choice. Hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We love sharing our little piece of paradise and are always happy when others enjoy it as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Monika and Jorge
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5

Small piece of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a week the end of August/beginning of September for a week and fell in love. This is such a quaint little cottage but perfect for everything we needed it to be. We spent most evenings on the porch looking at the water, playing cards or reading. This was such a romantic and fun vacation and the Sea Cottage will always hold a place in our hearts. The fan provided was a God send for me, I'm not one for heat and was a little nervous since I would be without my beloved AC, but I slept wonderfully all week. We cannot recommend Sea Cottage more, you will fall in love with this home and it's owners - who are the perfect hosts.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing our small piece of paradise and knowing that someone enjoys it as much as we do!
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5

Perfect Place for Two

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent five nights at Sea Cottage and the place was perfect!! Monika and Jorge were great and the cottage was in great condition with lots of attention to detail. We have stayed different places, both with and without our kids. This is by far the best place for a couple!!! The view is amazing, the location is perfect, it is very private and you have everything you need. We will stay at Sea Cottage again, and will schedule our trips around its availability. If you want a great getaway, stay here!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Syracuse, NY
5

Sea Cottage with the Best Views

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent nine nights in the Sea Cottage for our honeymoon. The place is perfect for this. The house is situated in a beautiful location with wonderful views of Coral Bay and Hurricane Hole below you on St. John and the British Virgin Islands of Tortola and even Virgin Gorda on a clear day. The house is kept up very well with many small luxuries like Bluetooth player, travel books, hummingbird feeder, and it is filled local art work. We would sit on the porch each morning in the sun enjoying the Pearly-Eyed Thrashers, Bananaquits and Hummingbirds as our entertainment. Monika and Jorge are very gracious hosts and offered to meet us at the ferry. We had our own Jeep and met Jorge at the turn off to Bordeaux Mountain the first day. He personally showed us the house and amenities. The house is very private and we felt like we were alone the whole time. The plants and animals were wonderful. A shower with the birds singing in the tree next to you is one of my favorite memories. St. John is a lovely place with many beautiful beaches and spots to snorkel. Monika and Jorge shared their experience and recommended great places to go and things to do. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Ferry
6.5 Miles
Cruz Bay
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Upper Carolina Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low season
Apr 16 2016 - Dec 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
$185
$1,295
 
 
High Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,575
 
 
Christmas
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 25 2016
8 night minimum stay
$1,960
Flat fee
 
 
New Year
Dec 26 2016 - Jan 2 2017
8 night minimum stay
$1,960
Flat fee
 
 
President's week
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 25 2017
8 night minimum stay
$1,960
Flat fee
 
 
Low season 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$185
$1,295
 

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Amenities

Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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