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Tom Buttermore

Member since: 2009
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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Beautiful Villa - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Apito is a casually elegant home on the island of St. John located within the National Park boundaries. Completed in June of 2009, this home was built and furnished with the complete comfort and relaxation of guests in mind. Fully air conditioned, it is ecologically sensitive yet delightfully fun and upscale. Located high atop Mamey Peak at approximately 940' above sea level, it is near the geographic center of the island and less than a five minute drive to the famous North Shore beaches. As you enter Apito though its exquisitely carved entry door, you'll be greeted with extensive travertine tile work, rich mahogany and pear wood furnishings, quality finishes and oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

Be sure to check out the web site for pictures and our Construction Blog on how Apito was conceived and constructed!

Interior square footage of 1,185 sq ft plus 1200 sq ft of outside living area.

Additional Tidbits...: Apito has 2 large master suite bedrooms and fully tiled bath rooms. Each bedroom has a king sized bed and pillow top mattresses to insure a peaceful nights sleep. The very private pool and pool deck area offer spectacular views of Bordeaux mountain, Coral Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. The mountain breezes typically make this area many degrees cooler than the lower lying areas of Cruz and Coral Bay.

The kitchen has all of the modern conveniences. A full size dishwasher, energy efficient Liebherr refrigerator, microwave, 5-Burner, dual fuel stove and double oven and a garbage disposal (one of the few on St. John!), along with virtually every cooking utensil a gourmet cook could desire. Because we know how aggravating it is to buy every day items when you stay at a villa, Apito maintains a supply of sugar, flour, herbs, spices , and cooking oils along with dish towels, paper towels, trash bags, baggies, dish and clothes detergents, etc. so you DON'T have to spend hard earned vacation money on the simple necessities of everyday life.

Apito is a very private villa while at the same time being very conveniently located to all St. John has to offer.

We hope you'll decide to stay at Apito!

Tom & Lori Buttermore

Denver, CO

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tom Buttermore (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Tom Buttermore

My name is Tom. Lori, my beloved wife of 26 years, and I have two boys Alex and Conner, although they were much younger when all of this began. My first trip to St. John was in 1978 when my parents chartered a bareboat out of Tortola for a two week vacation. Needless to say, I fell in love with the islands, and the hook was firmly set. While Lori and I have always loved the Caribbean and have traveled to several islands over the years, after the kids were born, we were not able to afford a trip back to the Virgin Islands for a long time. Our first trip to the Virgin Islands as a family finally occurred in 1997. This is the year we finally reached a station in life that allowed us to show our kids the beauty of St. John. We chartered our own boat the following year and have been returning as often as we can ever since. Over the years, we have always dreamed of owning a little piece of this rock, and that dream became a reality late in 2005.

Tom Buttermore purchased this villa in 2005

Why Tom Buttermore chose Coral Bay

We began looking for property on St. John in 2005 and decided to purchase a lot on Mamey Peak for its stunning views, cool mountain breezes and geographically central location. We didn't want the crowded, hustle, bustle of Cruz Bay, but also didn't want to be as far out as Coral Bay or the East End. We wanted the best of all worlds and we think we found it on Mamey Peak.


based on 42 traveler reviews

Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful views. Quiet and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing! It is everything you see in the pictures. Great view to wake up to every morning. Loved having dinner by the window a few nights of our stay. Tom was great at answering any questions we had before we traveled and while we were there. You will not be sorry you chose Apito for your St. John vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! Enjoyed meet as you as well. I hope to see you again soon!
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Perfect secluded get away!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Apito for the week of our honeymoon and it was perfect.

Communicating prior to our trip was easy and Tom was always prompt to reply. Tom and Lori could not portray their beautiful home any better! The accommodations were better than pictured, the grounds are beautifully landscaped, and they have every amenity you could desire - the really have thought of everything! Tom even met us at the rental car company and was kind enough to take us along the North Shore Road for the scenic views of the beaches on our way to check in. We felt so welcomed and at home. :)

We enjoyed our stay so much that we are already trying to figure out when we can make it back to St. John - and we will definitely be staying at Apito. Thank you guys so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! I knew from the moment I met you guys that you and St. John would love each other. We're so happy we could be there at the start of your new life together!
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Amazing Apito!

  • 5 of 5

Apito is amazing! Everything mentioned to describe Apito is spot on! Tom and Lori met us as we got off the ferry and led us to Starfish Market so we had a few items to start off with. Then off to Apito!! As I walked in I felt like I was walking into a 5 star hotel, the smell in the air compared to a freshly cleaned hotel room! Every detail was thought of when designing Apito! During our stay if we had a question Tom was literally a text or call away! From the beds ( the sheets, love them!), the showers, the kitchen(has everything you would need), the pool, the outdoor patio, the view, every part of this home is stunning! We are already talking about going back to St John and staying at Apito! Thank you Tom and Lori for sharing Apito with us!

The O'Tooles

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was a pleasure meeting all of you, and loved the wedding pics! We hope to see you again soon.
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Glorious view

  • 5 of 5

We REALLY enjoyed our stay at Apito. We were four adults and two kids (12yo). Another group of friends stayed about 10 minutes away in a large villa at Upper Peter Bay, which is where we would have our meals at home. Although the inside living space is small -- no, call it cozy -- it was extremely well equipped, and there is a glorious view over Coral Bay from most of the inside spaces and all of the outside spaces. The bedrooms and bathrooms were spacious, and the finishings throughout were topnotch. We never used the kitchen for more than preparing coffee and a snack, or to open a bottle of wine -- it probably would've been a bit tight if we had done so, especially if the weather gods had not smiled on our week and we had not been able to use the outside table. The pool is small, but very pretty and clean, and the pool furnishings, like everything else at the house, were extremely nice. We enjoyed the covered seating area on the pool level, and the sound system was also a huge plus. The road up to the house was pretty rough, but nothing a 4-wheel drive couldn't handle, and it is short. Cruz Bay was a 15-20 minute ride, and Coral Bay around 10 minutes. Don't hesitate -- it's a great home-base in St. John for a smaller group, and we were very sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Jere! We hope to see you again next year!
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A Beautiful, Tranquil Retreat with a Gorgeious View and Close to So Much!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our stay at Apito. It is a very well-designed, well-built and thoughtfully provisioned villa. The Buttermores are great to deal with and have clearly given a lot of thoughtful attention to making sure the villa has everything needed for a comfortable and memorable stay. There are beach towels, beach chairs, drink coolers, pool floats, books, games and so many other things that just make staying there like being a guest in someone's home. The house itself has beautiful finishes and is comfortably furnished. It has a view looking out over Coral Bay toward Norman and Peter Islands in the British Virgin Islands--just lovely morning, noon and night. The villa has a lovely garden that goes up the hill to an even more spectacular view. We enjoyed seeing the banana bunches in the trees, the lovely flowers, and small lizards sunning on the rocks. Apito is only ten minutes from Coral Bay, and maybe five or ten minutes from the first of the string of North Shore beaches, so it is a very convenient place to stay. Cruz Bay is about a twenty minute drive. We actually liked being a little further away from the busy activity in Cruz Bay, but close enough to drive in for dinner or shopping if we wanted.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and for the thoughtful review. We hope to see you again soon!
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John & Diane Reynolds

  • 5 of 5

Perfect! What more can I say? Tom and Conner were the absolute best to deal with. Apito was everything it was built up to be and more! Even the road up Mamey Peak was a new experience. We are already talking about a return trip next year. Thanks Tom!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Mamey Peak Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Apr 26 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
Sept - Oct Special!
Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Vacation
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Prices are for 1-2 people - Additional Charges for > 2 people.

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Coral Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1185 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upper Master - 1 king
    Pool Side Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size sleeper in Living Room -
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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