|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
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!
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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
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.
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.
"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
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
|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
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.