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Secluded Villa in Gated Community, Ideal for any couple or family of four.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 15 nights


About the property

One bedroom villa with separate sleeping area for two other family members.

Hope Cottage is hidden away at the top of the hill overlooking Oyster Bay. The views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding islands are spectacular.

Architect designed just for us as a year-round vacation retreat, this neat 1000 square foot villa and its lush gardens is the perfect vacation getaway for any couple or small family and is ideal for a honeymoon or a holiday with a special friend. We wanted to accommodate family and friends so our living room features two couches that convert to single beds with a full bathroom attached.

Gentle ocean breezes keep us cool while sunning ourselves at our lovely private pool. At the same time, you are only a short distance from some of the best beaches on the east end of the island.

Out of love for 'his' garden, our gardener sprays our property for white fly every week. That this also kills Mosquitos is of little interest to him but it pleases us as we go to Sint Maarten in the summer to get away from them. To further dissuade the pesky critters, all window and skylight openings are screened.

A few years ago, a guest commented that while Hope Cottage was lovely, the bathrooms were dated. So, we closed our villa for three months in 2014 for a major renovation of both bathrooms. When we returned, we were greeted with full European style modern bathrooms with the master bathroom featuring dual showers, regular and rain, with sleek, wall-hung toilet and bidet.

In 2016, we again closed the villa and replaced some of the many french doors with windows featuring screened openings improving ventilation while keeping mosquitos at bay.

While we use our villa in July/August and November/December, we welcome guests during other periods. Our villa is usually fully booked for High and Holiday Seasons and we are taking reservations for the Hope Cottage's 2017 High and Shoulder Seasons (Jan 7 - Apr 22 and Apr 22 - May 27) for $2485 and $1995 respectively.

For more information about Hope Cottage, the surrounding area and our restaurant tips, please check out our website at

Keywords: Villa, Private Home

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John and Susan Peterson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About John and Susan Peterson

John and Susan are a retired couple living in Minnesota.

John is from Minnesota,

Susan was British, now American,

Daughter, Joelle, is French and living on the south coast of France near Cannes.

John's father was born on the nearby island of Saba.

John and Susan Peterson purchased this villa in 1997

Why John and Susan Peterson chose St Maarten / Saint Martin

We loved the view from our hillside lots which are 350 ft above sea level and the consistent ocean breezes that meant that we would rarely need air conditioning. We bought two lots so that the house could be built on one level with the privacy we desired.

As part of a gated community, we knew that we would eventually have security and several years ago, it was finally in place.

Equally important was it's easy access to Europe allowing our daughter and grandchildren to visit us from France with minimum hassle.

What makes this villa unique

Privacy and safety in a gated community with easy access to all of Sint Maarten's activities on both the Dutch and French sides.

The views from the picture window in the living room, the deck and even when in the pool are FANTASTIC!

We rarely need AC. In a 6 week stay in July/August we use it maybe 6 times for an hour when we go to bed. This is due to the size of the rooms and the fact that ALL of our windows have screens so we get great ventilation without worrying about mosquitos.


Oyster Pond Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Double shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Major remodeling of both bathrooms in October/November 2014
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , For family members, only!
  • King size bed (1), Owner's favorite room with 18' ceiling, fresh ocean breezes and comfortable rocking chairs. Two couches in living room convert to single beds for the use of guest's family only! Baby Crib available from our local agent.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Although Hope Cottage is located in a gated community, we have taken extra measures to make ourselves and guests feel safe and comfortable by installing a mechanized gate at the top of the road leading to just three villas. Mechanized hurricane shutters can let in some light and provide air circulation. If guest choose, these shutters can be closed when leaving or during the night to provide an extra sense of security. Skylight and all windows have custom, fitted screens.


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Secluded Villa in Gated Community, Ideal for any couple or family of four.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI USA

Great Holiday Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Just save yourself some time looking further and book this is perfect for a couple or a couple with small kids to get away from it all. This is well appointed cottage that is perched high upon a hill with commanding views of Oyster Pond and the ocean. The owners recently gave the bathrooms a full renovation and they are top notch. The terrace and garden with the plunge pool was a fantastic place to just hang out during the day or evening to just lounge soaking up the sun or watching the boats come and go in the harbor below. The neighborhood is secure, with gated access and security at the main road and a further second automatic gate on the drive way to the house. The location in general was secluded without being isolated. Oyster Pond is sort of off the beaten path for the throngs of holiday tourists and Cruise Ship folks, but it still has plenty of amenities.There are restaurant options right in Oyster Pond that range from pizza and beach bars to fine dining. There are also several stores to grocery shop or pick up things like sunscreen..etc. The Westin at Dawn Beach (bottom of the hill) had the nearest ATM and it dispensed only US Dollars. USD were universally accepted everywhere on the Island. We found it was common on the French side that USD were accepted at par with Euro (at least while we where there..which meant about a 10% discount if you used USD). As Oyster Pond is right on the French/Dutch border; Marigot, Grand Case, great beaches, as well as all the big Dutch side attractions are all just short drives away.(You will need a car if you rent here) If you're looking to go off island, Oyster Pond has Voyager Ferry service to St. Barths, Anguilla and Saba. All in all it was a great trip and we'd book this place again. You'll love it.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

We've returned five times!

  • 5 of 5

Hope cottage has become our favorite spot in the Caribbean. While my wife can sleep as late as she likes because shutters keep the bedroom dark, I awaken, make coffee and enjoy breakfast and view on the deck next to the private pool. When she gets up we read or play Scrabble until driving a short distance to a beach or Philipsburg. Marigot and Grand Case are a bit further. Hope Cottage is convenient, relaxing, and beautiful. There are many wonderful restaurants near by. The only thing we miss is that before the Westin Hotel was built, Dawn Beach had a wonderful beach bar named Scavenger's. We've recommended it to friends.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA


  • 5 of 5

Hope Villa is as advertised and much more. John makes the process very simple and you could not ask for a better place to honeymoon or vacation with your significant other. The property was clean, safe, and beautiful. Honestly zero complaints. We would recommend to everyone we know! Thanks!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get away to Hope Cottage and watch the sun come up.

  • 5 of 5

I arrived at Hope Cottage and the view was much more than you see on the website. It was stunning. I stayed there for ten days and I think John and Susan have some of the best views on the island. I needed a quiet get away but still wanted reasonable access to the rest of the island beaches and all that it had to offer. Hope Cottage had that and more. Drink a cup of coffee on the deck and watch the sun come up over Dawn Beach. The breeze in the afternoon keeps the temperatures tropical. I really felt like I was on top of the island. From the car you walk thru the lush garden to the cottage. On the beach side it totally opens up over Oyster Pond to the eastern Atlantic and the Caribbean. Its really an enchanting place and fits right in as a tropical hide away. The management staff were as freindly as can be and made me feel right at home. The cottage is so comfortable it was several days before I made it out to tour the island. It had everything you will need. If you like to cook pay a visit to a grocery store and bakery on the French side and you wont have to leave the house, or visit one of the many restaurants within a few minutes drive.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta Georgia

hope cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Hope Cottage. The listing description was accurate regarding the rentals appearance, amenities and location. The property was very clean and well maintained. The owner was very hospitable and helpful in answering all our questions - even calling to make sure everything was going well. We would and have recommended this property highly - we hope to return. We loved the location overlooking Oyster Bay - and found it convenient to Orient Bay as well as Marigot and Grand Case. Oyster Bay itself had 4 restaurants we liked and a little grocery store to buy coffee and fresh croissants and muffins. We would give it 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Villa in St. Maarten

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our vacation in St. Maarten and especially our experience at this villa. It provided some unforgettable memories. Perched high atop one of the many dramatic hillsides, this property features beautiful, panoramic views of Oyster Bay and Dawn Beach. Walking through the garden entrance with flowers/plant life on both sides, you immediately get a sense of privacy and solitude. The accommodations inside are nicely done - spacious master bedroom with en suite, adequate kitchen, comfortable living room, etc. But clearly the star of the show is the outdoor space, as is appropriate for an island vacation. There is an expansive terrace and balcony area on one side, part shaded and part open, and a charming little pool on the other side. The best of the vacation was waking up to those views, taking a dip in the pool and relaxing outside all day long. The trade winds provide a nice balance to the sunshine and the views are spectacular.

At the same time, there are plenty of nearby shops, restaurants and beaches that are just a quick drive from the villa. We liked having the views, peace and quiet while still being close enough to the action when you want to venture out. It's a great combination that we would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Princess Juliana Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Dinghy Dock
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
To Saint Barts
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Canoa, Big Fish, l'Oasis
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Dawn Beach
Car: necessary

Skylight and all windows have custom, fitted screens. The only openings without screens are the doors.

Secluded pool area suitable for nude sunbathing.

Just 5 minutes drive to ferry to St. Barts.


Rates & Availability

Oyster Pond Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
May 28 2017 - Jul 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer Specials
Jul 30 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Pre-Holiday Special
Dec 14 2017 - Dec 22 2017
9 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Holiday Special
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
15 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Independence Day Special
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 10 2018
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

1 or 2 additional family $200 + Tax
Other than Sat/Sat $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

5 Percent discount on all multi-week bookings in High and Low Seasons

2017 Holiday Season Special - Any 14 nights December 16 - January 13 - $4985 - Extra nights - $350

3rd or 4th person - $200 - Family only.

Saturday/Saturday only unless by prior arrangement

Pay by check or credit card to our island agent -
25 percent deposit. Balance 60 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.