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SALE $100/night Dec short stays

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights


Lower Carolina Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Catch and Keep is just what so many budget-minded travelers dream of finding. For less than the price of a condominium you can experience living in a real island home. The cottage is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and best of all, authentic. The affordable pricing may let you stay longer, or treat yourself to a day sail or massage. With today's emphasis on 'eco-tourism' you can experience how a 'traditional' island-style home fits into its environment in ways that appreciate the culture and architecture of the island and respects it unique environment.

In scenic Coral Bay, 'Catch 'n' Keep' is a charming, West Indies-style home. Just ten to 15 minutes from nearby white sand beaches, the cottage sits on a half acre of wooded hillside, with a panoramic view of the Carolina valley and its stone sugar mill ruins. Plants and trees native to the environment have been encouraged and a large variety of native birds feel at home in the neighborhood.

Catch 'n' Keep is nestled in a quiet cul de sac off a secondary road with only neighbors passing by, and there is shaded parking right next to the entrance. Two small markets nearby make life easier, as do a choice of eateries for those who really want to relax! Well-sited to catch the Tradewinds, the cottage is fully screened and has Hunter ceiling fans. Six large double doors open onto two covered decks where you can grill out with a Weber gas grill and dine in the fresh air. Or lounge in the hammocks and enjoy the country view, tropical breezes, and beautiful evening sky.

The full kitchen is charmingly decorated with folk art and hand-painted ceramics collected by the owner in her travels. The bathroom features native stonework in the shower and full amenities. A comfortable queen-size bed with four pillows and lovely cotton linens awaits you.

The cottage is thoughtfully appointed for your comfort, and includes guidebooks, WiFI,Cable,DVD and a CD collection, lots of vacation reading, and games. You will also find beach chairs, beach towels, and coolers for your beach days. A variety of restaurants, eclectic shopping, kayaking, hiking, and live music are conveniently nearby in the Coral Bay area. Not as developed as the Cruz Bay side of island, you will find Coral Bay less trafficked, more relaxing and exactly your dream of what an island get-away should be like!

Keywords: Eco-tourism, environmentally friendly, cottage, island style, romantic,honeymoon, quiet, BREEZY, authentic, panoramic view, affordable, moderately priced, budget conscious,local flavor,West Indian architecture, parking, St. John house rental, Coral Bay vacation rental, last minute sales,great reviews, Pet friendly, kids welcome, 55+,


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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Judith Kane
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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About Judith Kane

Originally from Massachusetts, retired to St. John after 30 years teaching Northern New Mexico. Travel and learning from different cultures (at heart, we are more the same than different! in what we want for our children, our lives, our world).

Judith Kane purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Judith Kane chose Coral Bay

I have tried to keep the cottage comfortable and well-stocked for your visit, while offering you the chance to experience something different, 'island-y' and respectful of the local St. Johnian culture. My guest reviews affirm it succeeds.

What makes this cottage unique

Located on the less-developed side of island, private-feeling yet close to all Coral Bay has to offer, this is an opportunity to EXPERIENCE what living in an actual West Indian style 'island house' might be like, rather than a concrete condo-style rental. 'Green' living is highlighted (working with native plants only, adapting to terrain rather forcing it to fit building plans, plus simpler, timeless solutions to daily living. Birds abound and so does peace and quiet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"All will be revealed" was the last answer to our many questions when my husband and I were deciding where to spend the month of February, 2003. We were met at the dock and transported to your lovely mountain home overlooking the valley on St. John. We loved the spacious open one room home with a large two-sided deck with a table (seating 4 or more), hammock, and full laundry facilities. The Weber gas outdoor grill and full

kitchen made cooking and eating at home a pleasure. The

king-size bed was wonderful and Cable TV helped us enjoy the sports channel. We appreciated Judy's maps and helpful tips on places to visit, eat, and find out of the way beaches. The beach chairs and coolers were a plus when we wanted to be away for the day. We enjoyed our stay with you so much we came again in 2004 and you made us very welcome. Now we are

good friends! I highly recommend your home to anyone who wants a romantic, lovely, quiet getaway!

Joan and John Hunter
Mar 2006
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SALE $100/night Dec short stays
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews

Love, love, loved this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Such an awesome place to stay on St John. My husband and I only stayed there for 3 days and then met the rest of the family at a villa on Cruz bay. Wish we had the whole 10 days at Catch and Keep. We will definatly go back! Can't wait!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage fit our style perfectly. Cozy and comfortable with a fully equipped kitchen and all the accessories we needed (beach chairs, coolers, etc.) Breakfast on the deck was delightful. The owner, Judy, who lives below was so unobtrusive we thought we were alone; yet she was right there if we needed anything, always had great suggestions and the local knowledge to answer our every question. We've now spent 4 weeks on St. John and stayed four different places - this is our favorite and we've booked for next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect for our stay in St. John. It's quiet, secluded, private and the hammock on the deck is perfect for relaxing after a beach day. The owner Judith lives in the unit below the cottage but we always felt as though we were alone on the hillside. You must rent a Jeep to get here as the road is dirt, with large rocks. The cottage has everything you could need including beach chairs, an oven, microwave and the simplest yet most appreciated touch we found--a clothes line to dry our towels! Highly recommend for your trip to St. John.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Did not Want to Leave Catch N' Keep

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a 5 night 10 year anniversary stay at Catch N Keep. Judy was fabulous and very accommodating. Our plane was delayed 6 hours and she made sure that our rental Jeep was still available and that we would arrive safely to the cottage in the dark. The driveway I must say is not for the faint of heart- but it worked once we got use to the steep decline. Loved the open air feel, the bright colorful décor and the porch. Plenty of room for a couple. We would certainly come back- our stay was too short!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay at the Catch-n-Keep Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our 10-day honeymoon stay and Judy was an excellent host, providing a ton of information about St. John and offering good advice throughout our time there. I couldn't agree more with all of the positive things about the cottage, so I'd recommend taking the time to read through for some of the good advice and insights offered by other reviewers. The cottage is a special place and we were very thrilled to be there for such a memorable occasion. You can't quite see Coral Bay from the deck, but the view of the valley was beautiful. The road to the cottage is a little tricky to get to and requires 4WD, but the seclusion it offers is also pretty special. We enjoyed the winds at night and all of the extra amenities provided by Judy. We hope to be lucky enough to go back for another stay someday!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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what a lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Catch n keep for 4 nights in september 2014. What a delightful little cottage-- it is just comfortable and bright and homey. Everything you need is right there. The owner, Judy was a delight to work with! Even though there was no AC, and this was about the hottest time of the year, the ceiling fans and the breezes made it very comfortable to sleep.

I loved just coming back to the cottage in the afternoon and lazing in the hammock or sitting on the porch in the morning with coffee and looking out over the valley. I love this cottage!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Skinny Legs, Aqua Bistro, Island Blues, Cases Sea
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Cruz Bay (SJ) to Red Hook (STT)
Nearest Motorway
0.09 Miles
Route 10 East intersecting with Rt. 107
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Aqua Bistro, Skinny Legs, Pickles, Shipwreck
Car: recommended

I provide information on Virgin Island National Park outings, hikes, lectures, cultural demonstrations and Ranger Guided Educational activities.

CHECK OUT time is 10AM but if no guests arriving, please ask. I am flexible.


Rates & Availability

Lower Carolina Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

BOOKING GAP SALES. When I have gaps in my reservation calendar of less than 7 nights I offer from 1-6 nights at a reduced rate.
HOLIDAY RATES:$220/night, 7 night minimum stay for dates which includes a calendar holiday such as Christmas, New Year, Presidents Day, Easter.

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Lower Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
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  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Indoors! Native stonework shower, separate from toilet and vanity.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeping capacity - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) New firm mattress, Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon/couch 6' solid firm
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Handy to Coral Bay, on dead end road with only neighborhood traffic offers privacy, no traffic or construction noise, and peaceful setting. Mature landscaping with native plants (bananas, papayas) and lots of birds. An important renting consideration is driveway and parking are close to cottage, so you do not have long flights of hillside steps to navigate to carry luggage and groceries as in other rentals that have you park on main road away from rental.

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