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Hurricane Survivor with Awesome Water View & Location for Couple or Family

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8 on 2 levels, rent sep. or together)

Miraculously, Stonegarden Cottage came through hurricanes Irma and Maria undamaged, and will be ready to rent in 2018, once power is restored to the cottage. The interior on the cottage is virtually the same as before the storms. We are currently working on repairing, restoring or replacing exterior features, including solar panels, railings, fences, and our beautiful gardens and nature trails.

Stonegarden Cottage consists of upper and lower levels which can be rented together or separately, sleeping two to eight guests.

NOTE: Regarding availability in the Lower Level - see VRBO listing # 506984 for more detailed information about the Lower Level, including an active availability calendar.

Stonegarden Cottage offers you a private retreat where you will enjoy your dream vacation on Saint John in the US Virgin Islands. Offering the privacy, comfort and views of a villa, this unique rental home beckons many of our loyal guests back year after year.

This beautiful St. John vacation rental offers a gorgeous island view and on-site nature trails, close proximity to pristine National Park Beaches and restaurants and shops of Coral Bay - the peaceful side of St. John. Upgraded Nov. 2016 with all new windows & screens, decking, interior decor and more!

The cottage nestles within a shady, tropical forest, high up the steep slopes of St. John's Bordeaux Mountain. At the foot of the mountain lies picturesque Coral Bay harbor; beyond unfolds a panorama of peninsulas, islands, beaches and glowing turquoise channels that run east as far as Virgin Gorda and the Anegada Passage. This is the view Islands Magazine chose as the top spot in the world to watch the sunrise of the new millennium.

The Upper and Lower Levels of the cottage can be rented together or separately.

Upper Level: The fully-equipped, eat-in kitchen opens out onto the deck where you will dine or just relax while gazing at one of the most beautiful views in all the Caribbean, with an ever-changing light show of turquoise water and sundrenched islands.

The living room offers sleeping accommodations for two adults or children on the comfortable queen-size sofa-bed. There is a 2nd bedroom (called the 'bunk room') with bunk bed and ample closet space. It has it's own tiled bathroom - the open shower ceiling lets in the Caribbean sun and balmy breezes.

The master bedroom with queen-size, four poster bed and private, fully tiled bath has an expansive island view. The enclosed Caribbean 'garden shower' blends traditional stonework with the tropical environment.

Walkways from the front door connect into the stone paths and trails of Guavaberry Woods.

Lower Level: For the couple looking for a combination of affordability and comfort, the Lower Level is a perfect choice. Private and quiet, this charming apartment has tasteful decor, art by Caribbean artists, stained-glass windows and beautiful views to the British Virgins.

Enjoy the comfortable amenities of a queen-size bed, private bath with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette, dining table and chairs, and comfortable reading chair and lamp. You'll especially enjoy the private dining deck with its bistro table and chairs, lovely harbor view and direct access to the trails of Guavaberry Woods. The Lower Level has its own separate entrance, driveway and parking space.

The unit was built underneath the deck of the main house and with solid cypress ceiling panels to ensure you peace and quiet. A perfect getaway for the couple looking for affordable comfort and privacy.

Onsite Nature Trails: The best of St. John's natural beauty and astonishing biodiversity lies on-site at your doorstep. A trellised archway of hanging tropical flowers greets you as you enter and walk down a short stone stairway to the front door. The large (2/3 acre) hillside property is an ecological wonderland that invites wandering -- beautiful hand-crafted stone paths and gravel trails on several different levels lead you through the lush hardwood foliage of Guavaberry Woods, where picturesque and unique ponds, a meditation garden, bridge and benches, plus gardens of orchids, frangipani, hibiscus, bouganvilla, citrus and tropical fruit trees delight the eye.

Cool Retreat: Steady tradewinds, an easterly view and the lush surrounding forest make Stonegarden Cottage a comfortable tropical getaway year-round -- cool, quiet and peaceful. After a day on blazing white sand beaches or out on the glittering sea, it is delightful to return up the mountain to your forest retreat, savor a frozen drink while enjoying the view or gaze into a lily pond while hearing the breeze rustle the treetops.

Keywords: Cottage, Stonegarden Cottage, Stonegarden Upper, Stone Garden

More Details

Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Thia 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 Muilenburg, Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Thia 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 cottage 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.


Car: recommended

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.


Estate Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upper Level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upper Level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Lower Level
  • Upper level bathrooms have screened openings in the ceiling to let in the Caribbean sun and balmy breezes. They are fully tiled, and the master has a beautiful garden lined with stone walls. Both are adorned with stained glass windows designed and built by the owner.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master Bedoom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk Room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lower Level Studio
  • 1 Queen size Bed in Upper Level (1), 2 Child Beds in Upper Level (2 bunks), 1 Queen sized sleeper-sofa in Upper Level living room, 1 Queen size Bed in Lower Level (1); Kids air-mattress can comfortably accommodate 2 small children; one single air-mattress
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Filtered Drinking Water, Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Umbrella and Coolers, Child Safe Deck Railings; nature trails, beautiful stonework, tropical fruit trees and flowers.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Million dollar view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Coral Bay!! The cottage was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 3 kids- using both levels. Amenities were great, views from the deck AMAZING, and accommodations comfortable and well decorated. Bathrooms were beautiful and so fun! Gwen was super helpful - she made sure our stay was perfect and we had everything we needed. Thank you! We hope to return to St. John and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy that your group of 7 people loved Stonegarden Cottage so much that you plan to stay again on your next visit to St. John! That is the best outcome that we could ask for, and it means that all our efforts to make our cottage a great vacation rental, with excellent management, accommodations and amenities, are worth it. When you're happy, we're happy! Thank you for your wonderful review! All the best to you, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Beautiful view.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was comfortable and very nice. The master bathroom is something all by itself. Met the owner and had pleasant conversations every time as we have similar interest. Would recommend this vacation home to anyone. St John is a beautiful and interesting island with activities for all.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing your great review, we're delighted that you would recommend our cottage, that you loved the beautiful view and especially the master bathroom. Raf was happy to meet you, and we're so happy that you enjoyed playing the guitar (left by guest who return every year to the cottage). Any time music is made in the cottage, she's happy! Warmly, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Beautiful home with a beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

What a gorgeous house, well appointed with everything you could need. The location was very convenient, a short drive to town and shops. We had a lot of wind so we didn't spend too much time on the deck but it was perfect. Master bedroom was awesome, very comfortable and the bath, WOW, loved it! The kids had enough room to be on their own and liked that they had their own bath as well. Thank you for sharing your home with us, we will be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lexi, Thanks for your awesome review, I'm delighted that you and your family enjoyed staying at the cottage. So nice to hear so many positives, and the even the kids loved the space and private bath of their own. I miss our master bathroom at the cottage everyday because it is just so wonderful with the stonework, plants, and open ceiling that lets in the light and air. I'm glad you feel the same way! The breeze at the cottage is a great feature since it cools the house down and makes it comfortable all day long. I'm so happy you plan to return and look forward to hearing back someday soon! All the best, Thia Muilenburg
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Another Wonderful Stay at StoneGarden

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here 3-4 times now and love it more than ever. What I look forward to most is the beautiful view from the deck, the garden path and the garden shower. Thia is wonderful to deal with, and everything is made very easy in planning and getting to the cottage-- this year they upgraded some of the furnishings, windows, etc. and the cottage was always beautiful and comfortable and now has a little extra polish--- and we had some new beach chairs. The old ones were in fine shape, however it was nice to have a variety of heights of chairs to take to the beach-- there are plenty of supplies here, a great kitchen, grill, games, wonderful books about the island and no need for a/c, the breeze and fans make it cool to sleep

I love this place- it's my first choice of accommodation every time we go to St. John and we've stayed at 6 other villas/B&B's, etc. in the past 15 years.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Renate, Thank you for your wonderful review, and for being a devoted guest! We're delighted that you continue to choose our cottage for your St. John getaways each time, we must be doing it right! So glad you liked the new windows, decor, beach chairs, etc. after our renovations and upgrades this past fall. All the best to you in the new year! Thia and Raf Owners
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Breathtakingly peaceful setting!!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Thia and Raf,

We just want to thank you for allowing us to experience your wonderful hilltop home. This was our first trip to St. John and while we fell more in love with the island every day, we truly could not wait to get back "home" to our deck after our excursions and relax in the beauty, sights and sounds of the mountain. The cottage had everything we needed to cook up some great dinners "plen aire". It is such a happy and inviting cottage and it's our hope that we make this an annual event. Enjoy the hummingbird feeder as our thank you gift for your guests. Gwen was also terrific and got us settled in quickly.

Thank you so much and see you next year!

Deb & Dave S.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deb and Dave, Thanks for your wonderful letter - I'm so glad you enjoyed the cottage, and plan to return! We work hard to create a comfortable space inside and out where you can relax and feel at home, and hearing that we accomplished that makes it all worth it! And many thanks for the hummingbird feeder - everyone will appreciate seeing the birds visit the cottage. All the best, Thia & Raf
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Quaint Cottage with Wonderful View of Coral Bay Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the upper level Stonegarden Cottage for the entire month of October and absolutely loved it. As soon as we walked in, we fell in love with the quaint Caribbean architecture and vibrant colors. The cottage immediately felt like our home away from home. The kitchen was furnished with just about everything we needed when we decided to cook in (which was often) and the owner advised me that they are upgrading some of the kitchen utensils which will make your experience even better.

The "in-door/outdoor bathrooms" are a real special feature of the home. The many plants growing on the wall of the master bath, combined with the screens which allow the rain in (but not the bugs) to water the plants is like nothing we have back on the mainland.

The views are simply incredible and the pictures can not do justice to what we saw every day. At first, your mind literally will have trouble processing the view that your eyes are providing. The views of Coral Bay combined with the mountains and the many other islands in the distance, such as the British Virgin Islands, leaves you speechless. We loved the stone paths that encircle the property and the grounds were spectacular, especially when it rained and there was a small stream running through the property.

We enjoyed the laid back vibe of Coral Bay. When you want the more developed upscale feel of Cruz Bay it is just a 25 minute drive, though we don't recommend you do it at night until you get used to the mountainous curvy roads. Be sure to check out the many hiking trails with numerous sugar plantation ruins that are in their natural state of decay (there is a great book about St John in the Cottage that gives intricate details about each trail). The white sand beaches on the North side of the Island are what make St John a true paradise. Again, be sure to read the St. John book for the best beaches for snorkeling.

Some advice for those who are "virgins" to St John: Be sure to rent a Jeep (preferably a 4 door as they handle better and are more user friendly) as the roads are quite mountainous. Water is precious since drinking and bathing water is collected solely from the rain and kept in a cistern so you have to learn how to conserve water. Also, be sure to keep your food in the cabinets or refrigerator otherwise you will attract critters that you really don't want inside in your house.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joe, We appreciate your glowing review of Stonegarden Cottage - especially after staying there for a month, as you got to experience the cottage in severe weather conditions (the heavy storms of hurricane season!). We are delighted that you enjoyed the spectacular view, and the Caribbean garden shower in the master bath, my favorite room in the house! We've finished our renovations (including kitchen items you mentioned, new windows, screens, new deck, linens and decor) so, we hope you come back and enjoy the changes. Thank you for taking good care of the cottage! Warm wishes, Thia
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

Additional Rates:

Additional Low Season Rates 2017:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1000/week - $160/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2650/week - $415/night

Additional High Season Rates 2017-18:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1430/week - $220/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $3355/week - $535/night

Additional Low Season Rates 2018:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1060/week - $170/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2810/week - $442/night

Additional High Season Rates 2018-19:
Lower Level (sleeps 2) - $1575/week - $245/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $3690/week - $588/night

Holidays '17 (Whole House Only):
Christmas & New Years Weeks - $3575/week
Thanksgiving Week -$3355

Holidays '18 (Whole House Only):
Christmas & New Years Weeks - $4000/week
Thanksgiving Week -$3690

12.5% VI hotel tax.

Rates & availability subject to change; confirm w/ owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.