One Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Home with Private Pool, Stunning Views, & Air Conditioning
About Emily Friess
We purchased this home because we fell in love with the natural beauty of St. John. We fell in love all over when we found this picture-perfect spot on the quiet side of the island. It is the best of both worlds -- away from it all, yet only a scenic 15-minute drive to the restaurants and shops in Coral Bay. We love having beautiful snorkeling beaches just minutes from our front door, but without having to share it with a lot of people.
Emily Friess purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Emily Friess chose Estate Hansen Bay
The pictures hopefully tell the story. Natural beauty, serenity and PRIVACY, PRIVACY, PRIVACY.
What makes this Cottage unique
Beautiful sunrises, spectacular views and lovely breezes -- just what you expect from a Caribbean vacation.
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Estate Hansen Bay
This was the perfect place if you are looking for great views in an intimate environment. Although the square footage isn't large, it feels spacious. The kitchen is quite functional and well equipped. The pool area is beautiful and private with amazing views! The back deck was our favorite spot with amazing views! The night sky was so clear you could see star upon star. The sunrises were spectacular! We were so taken by the beauty of the place, we didn't leave at all the first day. It was so peaceful and relaxing. The gas grill on the front porch was a nice touch! We did some hiking(a great workout with the fairly steep hills) on the road by the cottage and yes! It was full of amazing views. You can follow it to the top of the peninsula or go the other way down to the bay.
This was our first time on St. Johns and we loved Maho and Cinnamon Bay. Maho has snorkeling equipment for rent and we were able to see a few sea turtles. Skinny Legs has amazing Burgers and Love City Market had a decent selection of foods and liquor. The prices are what you would expect if you consider the cost of getting products to a remote region of the world. Cruzan Rum is quite affordable!
All in all an amzing vacation! Did I mention the views?
Privacy and comfort: the perfect home base
Could not be more pleased with the cottage. I love that everything is worked out. From the beach chairs and umbrella to the stocked kitchen and comfortable bed, we felt really taken care of.
The east end is dead quiet. Nothing really going on which is what made it perfect for us but if you’re looking for night life stay in Cruz bay. We were happy with our neighbors which included donkeys, goats, some frangipane caterpillars, and a particularly rowdy packet of hermit crabs who ran the place.
St. John is a truly magical island and spending the days going from one beach to the next ending with a swim in the pool and making a leisurely dinner on the grill with the moon rising above every night was, well, everything.
Rent some snorkel gear when you get in on the ferry so you can pop out at any beach and see the absolute splendor that is underwater in St. John. You’ll be happy to rent a Jeep. The 4wd is confidence building. Pay the $6 at Hansen bay and be a friendly visitor when you’re here. It’s so worth it.
Only negatives are the lack of a washer and dryer but we were so well provided for with towels that this was never an issue for our 5 day stay. Just something to keep in mind. That was the only semi negative, everything else was a resounding positive. I mean the view alone...
Cannot wait to come back. We would absolutely and unequivocally recommend milk moon cottage to our nearest and dearest and after a week on the island I basically love everyone so that includes you too.
Thank you Emily for your wonderful care! We hope to return soon!
We loved, loved, loved this cottage. My husband and I came here to celebrate a milestone birthday and we can't wait to return. We loved waking up in the morning, getting our coffee, and staring out over the BVI's...the view from the cottage is amazing. Emily had everything we needed for our stay. The house has essentials like kitchen things (pots/pans, blender, coffee grinder, sugar and spices) and there were also things for day trips...cooler, beach towels, chairs and umbrella. We loved packing lunch and heading to a different beach every day, so it was perfect. Some of our favorite places were Salt Pond Bay (saw turtles and squid), Hansen Bay, Haulover, Pizza Bar, Rhumb Lines (a little pricey but food was delicious). The stars at night were unbelievable....so serene and romantic. This house is on the quiet side of the island, so if you're looking for a quiet getaway, you won't be disappointed. It's in a great location to several different beaches. Hansen and Haulover are a short drive from the house and Maho is about 20 minutes. There are wild donkeys that walk along the road and they're very friendly...we loved seeing them every day!
One thing we didn't think to bring was binoculars, so be sure to bring those along. Also, grab bottled water from the store...we threw them in our cooler for our day trips. We rented a jeep from Aqua Blu, which is a must with the roads....we had a great experience with them, too! One other thing we learned about at the end of our trip is Pets with Wings. There are shelter dogs on the island that need a way back to the states....the volunteers do all the work, you just transport them. We're big dog lovers and found out about the program too late to help get one back.
We loved St. John and have so many wonderful memories from our trip. We can't thank Emily enough for sharing this amazing place with us :)
Milk Moon is perfect in every way
Loved the privacy, the remoteness, the beauty, the cleanliness - perfect in every way. Emily goes out of her way to make the cottage so homey and comfortable. It is well stocked but not cluttered. It's decor is very tasteful and serene. You have a wonderful choice of dining - either on the deck overlooking the bays, the veranda among the gorgeous flower arbors, near the pool, or inside still with a breathtaking view of the bays. No bugs, and a refreshing breeze at all times. It was so fascinating to watch all the boats on the water. Loved the night skies! What a blessing to stay at this cottage!
Private and beautiful. Can’t wait to return!!
This house has a breathtaking view and is so close to everything needed for a comfortable stay. It is literally in one of the most private and beautiful parts of Saint John, yet it is just close enough to the coral bay that you can still go out to eat or get groceries when needed. The windows in this place are so AMAZING!!! When you open them up it cools the whole house with the most refreshIng ocean breeze. My wife and I had breakfast and coffee each morning on the back deck and our view consisted of the crystal clear bay, the sun, dozens of beautiful sailboats and a stunning view of the British Virgin Islands.
10/10: Can’t wait for our next opportunity to return!!
Precisely as advertised.
The Milk Moon Cottage was the perfect place for a 20 year wedding anniversary. The house was private, off the beaten path, and had a constant breeze. The house and pool were very clean. Don’t let the pictures fool you, the house, kitchen, bathroom, and pool were plenty sized.
Also, Emily was a great host. She patiently waited for our arrival and always promptly replied to our txt’s.
Our trip could not have gone better. Thank you.
This remote location has miles of paved roads to walk and explore, with hardly a vehicle in sight.