Newly Remodeled Studio for 2, Pretty Water View, Near Town & Nat'l Park Beaches
Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner
About Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner
Raf is a native St. Johnian, who grew up in the quiet village of Coral Bay. Thia came to live on St. John in the early 90's and eventually they met and fell in love. After pursuing careers in California for fourteen years, they returned to their beloved island to live at Stonegarden Cottage from 2009 - 2014 with their two daughters, Missy and Allegra, in order for their children to be closer to their grandparents and to grow up in the wonderful community and natural environment that St. John offers.
Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner purchased this Studio in 2005
Why Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner chose Estate Carolina
Buying property on St. John allowed us to pursue our dream of returning to St. John with our children. It took us almost 4 years to bring that dream to fruition, and renting Stonegarden Cottage to travelers in the meantime helped us save the funds necessary for the move. Now that we're back on the mainland, it's great fun to help travelers with accommodations, while lending a hand with travel advice and suggestions for what to do on the island.
What makes this Studio unique
Stonegarden Cottage is a unique, mountainside retreat for nature lovers, with a gorgeous view of Coral Bay Harbor and extensive nature trails throughout the surrounding property. The cottage is quiet, safe and private, yet close to Coral Bay village and the VI national park beaches. Cooling tradewinds keep the cottage comfortable all year round. You can enjoy a hike up Bordeaux Mountain from the cottage, just one of many hikes nearby; the cottage is easily accessible from a smooth, paved road.
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Super Sunrise Cozy Cottage
We loved the place. Great sunrises, and alot of great outdoors living space. Very cozy, and with the tradewinds the AC was not needed. We were fortunate that no one was upstairs during our visit, so we could hang out on the upper deck. We appreciated the cooler, and the beach chairs which we used everyday. On the norm we don't spend much time during the day at our rental but here was a perfect spot to play guitar and read. I'd rent this place again without hesitation. Thank you!
Restful & Relaxing
We very much enjoyed our stay here. It was quiet and peaceful, which was exactly what we were looking for. Every morning, we sat on the balcony to eat our breakfast and enjoy the sea breezes. Having that private outdoor space was really great. Also - the newly renovated bathroom is comfortable and very tastefully designed. We also VERY much appreciated a guide book of St. John. The book gave us detailed information about hikes in the area - without that book, I don't think we would have had such a great time. The place is clean, comfortable, quiet and we LOVED the sea breezes. Thanks again!!
Thank you for your wonderful guest review! We're delighted that you found the rental so enjoyable, clean, peaceful and breezy. So happy to read your positive comment on our new bathroom too! Guests reviews like yours really help to spread the good word about us, so we truly appreciate it!!
Thanks again, and all the best to you,
Enjoyed our stay, wonderful grounds.
Property was great, great views.
Thank you for your great review! We're so glad you enjoyed the cottage, the grounds and the "great" view. We would welcome you back anytime!
All the best,
Slice of Heaven
Cute Studio Cottage with awesome views and away from it all. I spent six nights at this spacious studio, great place to get away from it all. Great place to come back to after a day of swimming and snorkeling. It is in a garden type setting and I loved hearing the frogs sing every night. It had everything that I needed and Gwen the property management lady was awesome! Nice, warm, friendly and very informative. Booking process was easy. Quick deposit return. I could not ask for anything better!
Thank you for your positive review of our cottage! I'm so happy that you found the lower level to be everything you were looking for in a vacation rental. We work hard to create a welcoming, comfortable space with beautiful surroundings for our guests to relax in, so it's always great to hear that our guests were happy with their experience. I hope you'll return again to our island retreat!
Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Stonegarden in Paradise
The lower level of Stonegarden was as advertised. The only thing that could have been better would have been to have the upper level!
The owners and property manager were wonderful. The view is worth everything. The cottage is nicely equipped and the beach accessories were greatly appreciated.
Wonderful location just up the mountain from Coral Bay. Hard to imagine a better place for a reasonable price on St John.
We really appreciate your positive, five-star review of the Lower Level, and are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and found everything you needed available to you. We hope you'll come back and try the Upper Level next time!!
Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Above Coral Bay
My wife and I stayed at Stonegarden Cottage, in the lower level for a week. The cottage came as advertised and met my expectations based on the reviews and the pictures. Everything was professionally handled by the owner and the manager both of whom were responsive to our questions and needs. Though, we did not have many needs as everything we needed was provided including a grill with new utensils, a kitchen with everything we needed to cook, and a well appointed bed and bathroom that included a nice shower. They also had good towels and chairs for the beach.
The cottage was perfect for two people. There are two patio areas and a walking path through the gardens. It felt very private and there was a nice breeze so air conditioning was not needed.
The best thing though were the views! What a great site to see every morning and again when we came home later in the day. Stunning! The location above Coral Bay was ideal for us. I would return for another visit and recommend Stonegarden to any couple wanting to stay on the quiet side of the island.
Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay at Stonegarden Cottage Lower Level. I'm thrilled that you found everything to be as advertised and what you expected, and that you had everything you needed, including a responsive manager and ample amenities. We're so glad you highly recommend our cottage and that you plan to return!
All the best,
Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Available right out your door is access to Bordeaux Mt. Trail, which you can hike to from Stonegarden Cottage. This national park trail leads you to some of the more remote beaches in the VI National Park (Lameshur, Reef Bay; There is a library of guide books and trail maps available for your use right in the unit, as well as a guest information book with directions on finding the best beaches and hiking trails on the island.