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The Rare Privilege Of The Shortest Walk To Francis Bay...

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


Central Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 4 baths within easy walking distance to beach

Villa Serenity is a 2,600-sq foot, 2-level stone-and-mahogany villa nestled between Francis Bay and Mary’s Creek. No other accommodation offers such an easy and convenient walking access to Francis Bay’s pristine beach! You might also relish the quiet and privacy of the National Park surroundings from Villa Serenity’s expansive decks. Sun worshipers can enjoy the chaises lounges while the gazebo area offers shaded, breezy outdoor settings for relaxing or dining al fresco. Those who love sunrises will be graced with stunning perspectives on Francis Drake Channel, while sunsets will maybe see you mixing sun downers...

Villa Serenity is possibly the most affordable way to reside in one of the world’s most exclusive area as countless guests have experienced for over more than 10 years. Most actually have become faithful return visitors!

  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Terry R Witham
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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About Terry R Witham

David Witham is a prominent hotelier from Maine.

Terry R Witham purchased this villa in 1993

Why Terry R Witham chose St John

Villa Serenity is David's yearly escape from Maine's winters, usually in January-February.

What makes this villa unique

A roomy, comfortable house located in some of the world's most prestigious surroundings, at an affordable rate.


based on 4 traveler reviews

The Rare Privilege Of The Shortest Walk To Francis Bay...
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

genuine and honest

  • 5 of 5

I reserved this property for May 2017 almost a year prior to our stay. Sadly, I had to cancel and Terry was so understanding. She gave me several options and honored my decision. Very helpful, honest, and compassionate. I will reserve this property again and look forward to vacationing on one of the best spots on St. John.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Renee, I am so sorry to hear that you will not be able to make it to St John next May. Thank you for your kind words. Our desire is to make our guests happy as best we can. I hope to see you in May 2018. With best wishes, Terry
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Outstanding Base for Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Villa Serenity definitely lived up to the name, it's National Park setting was peaceful and well suited to my family's preference for "off the beaten path". Francis Bay is just a 5-minute (even with a 4-year old) walk down the road, we had excellent snorkeling there especially along the North rim where the rocks are. Bonus: the Villa is provided with 3 kayaks that we proved can be ferried to the bay one at a time in the back of our rental jeep.

The kitchen was well appointed and we cooked most of our meals there. We used the gas grill to cookout one night, it worked great on the yellowtail snappers we bought from the Rastafarian fisherman down the street from Aqua Bistro. We brought enough food in our checked bag to get through the first dinner and breakfast (box milk was a great idea), then bought groceries at the Dolphin Market in Coral Bay (10 minute drive, way closer than Cruz Bay).

The house was clean and everything worked including wifi and cable. The AC is window units in each bedroom, we only used them at night to take the edge off the August heat and humidity, worked great. Owner Terry was very nice and pleasant, made us feel right at home. We stuck with bottled water for drinking and had a minor battle with a few ants in the kitchen, but nothing to keep us from recommending Villa Serenity to anyone who wants to experience the real St. John. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eugene OR

The best

  • 5 of 5

We had 9 glorious days in this perfect villa. The weather was perfect , the deck with the view, the 5 minute walk to the beach, the outdoor shower, the birds, the roosters!, the cats.....on and on. My husband and I had this place to ourselves but for 4 nights when friends were there. We were celebrating my 68th birthday and our 18th anniversary. The kitchen was well stocked and the beds were very comfy. We had a rental car that we used to get groceries, visit a few other beaches. Our only complaint/suggestion was to check on the living room air conditioning which got a little loud occasionally. If you're looking for comfort, convenience with a feeling of luxury-this is the place. We booked side by side massages from before dinner at Zozo's , the restaurant at Caneel Bay. Both perfect. Terry, the manager was wonderful to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I got praises from my family for choosing this villa! The villa information was accurate but the description of the scenery was understated. Wow! It was awesome having breakfast together by the gazebo with a view of Mary's Creek and BVI, feeding the banana quits and hummingbirds,watching pelicans flying by (occasionally shooing the pesky thrasher? and chicken visiting). During sunset, the beautiful streaks of colors can be seen on the other side of the deck.

The location was ideal. Francis Bay was a few steps away and we snorkeled all the way to Maho Bay,where we saw turtles feeding, sting rays and colorful fish. Both Coral and Cruz Bay were in reasonable driving distance.Jeep Rental is a must if staying in this location.

For cat lovers like us, there were two sweet cats Ms. Moon and Homer who stayed by the deck and kept us company (and critters away). The kitchen was generally well-stocked and we prepared most of our meals.Take a deep breath in the grocery store and try not get a heart attack when you see the prices which are generally 2-3 times more expensive compared to the mainland.

Terry the manager was nice and easy to deal with.

If there was a suggestion for improvement, it would be to secure the screens more because small bugs able to get in at night, harmless though.

We liked Aqua Bistro, Full Moon Coffee/Gift Shop, Organic Salad/Vegetables from Josephine's Farm, hiking Reef Bay Trail, best snorkeling was at Brown Bay on the left side.

We would highly recommend this villa for persons wishing a quiet vacation close to nature and (as the fitting villa name)...seeking Serenity.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Skinny Legs, Coral Bay
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Cruz Bay, St John
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Aqua Bistro, Coral Bay
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Francis Bay
Car: recommended

Property located in National Park: walk to beach, hiking trails, snorkeling, Park activities


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season, 1-2pp
Apr 17 2016 - Dec 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High season, 1-2pp
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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Central Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Upstairs West bedroom - 1 queen
    Lower bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Lower bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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