Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (additional apt. avail., rent sep. or together)
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 Cottage 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 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.
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A peaceful respite on the hill
Our family of 3 had a lovely, restful visit. The house is beautifully decorated and is spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed the deck overlooking Coral Bay and beyond. The home is in a quiet neighborhood, yet is close to many restaurants and is a short drive to all the wonderful beaches on the island. We enjoyed our stay at this very special place!
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so happy that you had a restful stay at Stonegarden Cottage, enjoyed the decor and space, as well as the quiet, convenient neighborhood. This means so much to us because we feel the same way, and always hope that our guests will enjoy our home as much as we do!
St John is back!!
We had such a hard time leaving St. John. It has become such a special place to us as has Stonegarden Cottage. As soon as we arrived in Cruz Bay we were thoroughly impressed with how hard everyone has and is continuing to work to repair the island. We immediately got “Thank you” after “Thank you” for coming. These sincere expressions brought tears to our eyes. It’s amazing how our beautiful earth, although beaten and bruised at times, can heal itself. Our week in Coral Bay didn’t disappoint. Stonegarden Cottage looks as beautiful as ever and we felt like home as soon as we walked in. Whitni is a terrific host and was very helpful - she’s definitely a keeper! We hope to be back to celebrate our 25th anniversary next year! Thank you for another great stay!
Million dollar view!
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!
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
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.
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!
Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Beautiful home with a beautiful view
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.
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,
Another Wonderful Stay at StoneGarden
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.
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
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.