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John & Maura Kelly

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Speaks: english

Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View

24 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

St John Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 Br, 2.5 Bath; Views Of Hart Bay & Chocolate Hole Bay-Easy Access To Cruz Bay

Located on St. John’s beautiful south shore, Pura Vida (pure life), is a beautiful island home and private estate situated on 1.5 acres. The villa is surrounded by a profusion of native landscaping and historical Dutch ruins. Our villa's hilltop location makes for lots of lovely island breezes with wonderful views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay.

Pura Vida boasts a wonderful floor plan and a downright glorious screened sitting area where you can sit and enjoy a good book or a nap. The two bedroom suites are private and tastefully appointed with all new furnishings and air conditioning for warm nights. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with tiled showers and glass doors, which will make you feel right at home.

An easy drive from town and top-notch beaches, Pura Vida is an excellent choice for experiencing St. John. Returning home after a long day in the sun, you can relax in the comfortable great room, prepare an island specialty dinner in the fully loaded kitchen, or enjoy a cool drink in the breeze while you watch the beautiful sunsets of St. John before rolling down the hill for a taste of Cruz Bay’s laid back nightlife.

Our community has a wonderful walking/hiking trail to Hart Bay. Just past our driveway (around the bend) there is a path on the left that will lead you through the canopy of trees to the beach. Take your coffee and stroll through the woods until you reach the beach with it's beautiful gentle breezes.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John & Maura Kelly (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About John & Maura Kelly

After finding St. John a few years ago on an anniversary trip - and falling in love immediately - we have been thrilled to purchase this wonderful and historic home in Chocolate Hole. We live in Maryland and have 8 children together - 6 children are now in college or beyond, leaving us with two boys at home. We travel to St. John frequently as we have also purchased a business on the island - Drift Away Day Spa. We love our new vacation home and we know you will love it also.

John & Maura Kelly

John & Maura Kelly purchased this villa in 2013

Why John & Maura Kelly chose St John

We chose this property because it is extremely unique for St. John. While all properties are beautiful on this island, this house caught our attention immediately as we drove up the long driveway, past the historic ruins to the expansive yard and surroundings. It is truly a private sanctuary in which to enjoy the island and all it has to offer. Additionally, the location is absolutely ideal for getting to Cruz Bay and the North Shore beaches.

What makes this villa unique

The open floor plan is ideal for a gathering or simply relaxing and viewing the ocean. Enjoy the walking trail to Hart Bay. The screened sitting area is ideal for a late afternoon cocktail, for sitting and enjoying a book, or for taking a nice nap while enjoying glorious breezes and viewing the lovely landscaping. It's a very quick trip to Cruz Bay - great for an evening of dinner or activity. The house is equipped with everything you will need for a wonderful vacation - beach chairs, coolers, snorkel equipment, and a full stocked kitchen in which you can prepare any meal of your choosing.

Reviews

5
based on 24 traveler reviews

Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

We loved staying at Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

We were so surprised when we arrived, because the house was even better and larger than the pictures indicated!

The kitchen had all the equipment we needed to prepare meals. The grounds were delightful to walk

around. The beds were very comfortable. The views from the house were amazing. There was plenty

of snorkeling equipment and beach towels. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Pura Vida. We enjoyed the

hike down to Hart Bay, but I could not have made it in flip flops with a coffee cup!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard - we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida. It's a special place for us, and to know that someone else appreciated it so much is very nice. Several past guests have said that they were surprised at how nice it was when they arrived. . . I've got to get some better photos out there so people can see how nice it is. I hope we see you returning again. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. John & Maura Kelly
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Very special home in midst of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting St. John for 18 years. Pura Vida is the most comfortable villa we have stayed in - comfortable bed and furnishings, Hart Bay breezes all day long, view of two bays, a cook's kitchen, convenient to everywhere, in the midst of gardens and the wildlife of the salt ponds. This villa feels more like home than a vacation rental because of all of the beautiful touches John and Maura have lent throughout.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Great spot, great views!

  • 5 of 5

A really great villa! We have small children and actually preferred one without pool, which Pura Vida delivered, though I understand a pool is in the future plans... ;-)

Really nice views from the master bedroom and kitchen/eating areas and deck. The property has some great character with the guard iguanas and older features surrounding the house.

Location is convenient to Cruz Bay and very close to the Westin. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in St. John and the house was absolutely wonderful. It was spacious, gorgeous, and fully stocked with everything we needed and a few things we forgot! We took advantage of all it has to offer including the grill and the trail by the house. Steve (property manager) was really helpful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded getaway - dream home

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home. It is very private and secluded, in a perfect and quiet location. It has a modern ambiance with high ceilings. A perfect place to relax with beautiful views. The air conditioning units in bedrooms are very quiet and effective, which is very rare. We thus slept very well. We'll be back when the pool is in place.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Peaceful and Exotic

  • 5 of 5

We are at the end of a week stay in Pura Vida. What a wonderful spot! The house is open, airy, has many nooks for reading, napping, eating, gazing at the ocean, etc. Very roomy and completely organized with everything you will need; towels, beach chairs, snorkel equipment, beach towels, washer/dryer, A/C in the bedrooms that works beautifully. The property manager, Steve, was extremely helpful and available at any time. John & Maura even left delicious snacks for us when we arrived, in case we were hungry. We visited every beach on the North Shore and had an amazing kayak and snorkel outing with Arawak Expeditions. We saw sea turtles, sting rays, a vibrant coral reef and even a docile nurse shark! John & Maura -Thank you for a magical stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay Ferry
Car: necessary

Chocolate Hole is an excellent location convenient to local beaches and downtown Cruz Bay. Our community has a beautiful walking trail to Hart Bay. Take your coffee mug with you and stroll down to the beach in the morning and take in the beautiful ocean breezes. Path starts past our driveway after the bend in the road. The path will be on the left side of the road. You'll travel through a canopy of trees ending up at the beach.

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Rates & Availability

Chocolate Hole Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2
Jul 10 2016 - Sep 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,750
 
 
Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,750
 
 
Fall-Winter
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
 
 
Christmas-New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
 
 
High Season 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Jun 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

St John Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Convenient half bath off kitchen
  • Bathrooms are entirely remodeled with new tile showers with glass walls, tile floors and fixtures.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Elevated master bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private bedroom with en suite bath
  • Bedrooms are air-conditioned for peaceful sleeping on warm nights. They have been completely remodeled with entirely new furniture. Master Bedroom #1 has an elevated bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay. Sliding windows on two sides of the room allow for a wonderful night's sleep enjoying the island breezes.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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