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New Moon - Beautifully Built Cottage with Views of Coral Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 525 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

New Moon is a charming one bedroom house for rent in Coral Bay, on the island of St. John. Surrounded by trees, with beautiful views of Coral Bay and Bordeaux Mountain, New Moon provides the perfect couples’ getaway. New Moon offers a spacious kitchen, beautifully appointed with hardwood mahogany cabinets and bar. This intimate residence will make you feel right at home as you enjoy all St. John has to offer. New Moon provides the perfect base from which to explore the white sand beaches of St. John and the unspoiled beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park. Located 10-15 minutes from beaches and trails on either the North or South shore of St. John, swimming, snorkeling and hiking opportunities abound. A variety of restaurants, shops and bars are less than ½ mile away in Coral Bay, and the bustling nightlife and shopping of downtown Cruz Bay can be reached via a scenic 25 minute drive.

New Moon sleeps just two people, but can be rented in conjunction with Just Enough (see VRBO listing 51729) for parties of up to six people. Both New Moon and Just Enough were custom built by their owner with the protection of the environment in mind. While separated by lush foliage, the houses are on the same property, connected by a short trail. This design allows for family or friends to have separate space and privacy, but the proximity to enjoy a vacation together. Each two-story house includes a bedroom and bathroom upstairs, living space and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs, and wrap-around decks on both floors from which to enjoy the views and stargazing.

Keywords: Cottage

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Property Manager
Jill Kemp
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Jill Kemp

We (the owners Tim & Jane) finished building New Moon in 2002. The lot was hand cleared in order to retain as much natural vegetation as possible. In addition to building the entire house himself, owner/cabinetmaker Tim handbuilt all of the beautiful mahogany cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as the bar in the kitchen, and the armoire upstairs. While we love St John (and Coral Bay in particular) we decided to go cruising in our sailboat to check out other parts of the world. Until we return, we hope you will enjoy staying at our home and exploring the island of St. John!

Jill Kemp purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Jill Kemp chose Upper Carolina

St. John is a wonderful island with so much to offer (including a U.S. national park and national marine sanctuary!). Being *water people* we love the snorkeling and diving all around us. Sailing in the Virgin Islands is also great - we enjoy day sails and overnight trips all over the US and British Virgin Islands from Coral Bay. And hiking in the national park is beautiful - the Johnny Horn trail is within walking distance of our house.

What makes this cottage unique

Tim sailed into St John on his sailboat in the mid-1990s and started looking for property to buy soon after. He chose this lot because he liked the quieter Coral Bay side and it was a good neighborhood (cul de sac road). The cottage offers a beautiful secluded setting in the trees, with a water view. It's very convenient to the various shops and restaurants in Coral Bay.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hello Cara and John,

Thanks so much for the great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves in New Moon and on St John.

the owners Tim and Jane work very hard to keep the cottage pristine and comfortable.

Please do consider us again in future visits to our piece of heaven.

All the best,

Jul 2013
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Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 525 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets not allowed
  • For cancellations 60 or more days prior to arrival date, a full refund, less 20% fee. No refund within 60 days unless we rebook your slot.
  • We can negotiate refunds if you need to cancel; HomeAway/VRBO doesn't allow us to specify the refund option that suits our policy.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Another home, 'Just Enough',on same property can be rented for larger parties. Beach chairs & cooler for the beach are included.


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New Moon - Beautifully Built Cottage with Views of Coral Bay
average rating of 4.892857 based on 29 reviews

post hurricane

  • 5 of 5

It has been 5 months since the hurricanes, and we were happy to find that the cottage has power, the vegetation new growth is amazing and the beaches are practically empty because so many people decided not to come this year. Too bad for them. The cottage is lovely, as others have described. No tv or phone or internet (ATT data only), but it was a pleasure to miss the daily s**t storm. No need for even a weather report -- always 80 degrees with a 20% chance of rainbows.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ann Arbor MI

Great location, beautiful space

  • 5 of 5

We are going to return to New Moon for the third time this winter. It is an ideal location on the quiet side of the island. The cottage is accurately depicted in the photos- charming and well maintained. Catherine is very accommodating. There are lots of stairs, so if you have trouble with stairs you should probably think twice.

The deck is lovely. The kitchen is well equipped. We can sometimes hear distant sounds from nearby cottages, but it has never been a problem or intruded on our experience. We have always felt quite private.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

Catherine was fabulous! Met us at the dock and took us to the grocery store on the way to the house. Loved the location! Easy access to everything on Coral Bay. The home is just as the pictures show. Maybe even better! Clean. Cute. Perfect for us. Has all the amenities. We didn't mind not having AC. Great breezes blow thru the bedroom every night.

Lots of stairs. This is not a place for those with difficultly walking up and down stairs.

This was our second trip to St John and our first at New Moon. We will definitely rent it again every trip. We will be back next spring!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home on the "local" side of the island!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at New Moon over the holidays this December! My husband and I chose the cottage for our delayed honeymoon, and it could not be a more perfect spot for a couple looking to escape for a little bit.

The cottage itself is beautiful, unique, and extremely clean. You can tell that Cathy and the owners really care for the property, it looks brand new! We especially loved the clever design of the top floor, with the beautiful large basin shower. The home let in cool breezes through the screen windows, and none of the rain from the occasional showers.

Cathy was beyond helpful - she picked us up from the ferry, showed us the house upon arrival, and was available the whole week for questions, despite the holiday timing. She is such a kinda, wonderful person, and made us feel right at home.

As far as things to do, there really were too many delicious restaurants on our side of the island to choose from. Skinny Legs was a great stop for the first night. We also recommend Hidden Reef Eco tours for kyaking and snorkeling - we ended up with a private tour! The other side of the island is also very accessible, so we were able to explore both Coral and Cruz Bays. If you like hiking, we recommend Ram's Head trail - it has a beautiful 360 degree view of St. John, the BVI, and ocean.

We hope to return to New Moon as soon as we can, and will maybe bring some friends to stay in Just Enough just down the path if we can!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect coral bay getaway

  • 5 of 5

My fiancée and I stayed at new moon for a week after Christmas and it was perfect. The cottage is great for a couple, small but with a well-equipped kitchen, nice deck, and great views. It is a short drive to all the bars and restaurants in coral bay and we loved getting to know the area. It is a bit of a drive from Cruz bay but well worth it for us to be so close to amazing hikes, the east end, and salt pond bay.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

perfect for a couples getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cottage for a getaway! Location is perfect -- you feel far away but you are really just minutes from the stores and restaurants of laid back Coral Bay. Cruz Bay is just over the island which the locals think is SO FAR but compared to my daily commute it's nothing :)

Coffee with the iguanas in the trees off the deck each morning was a treat!

It's a very open floor plan which is great for air flow, but just be aware that bathroom/bedroom are connected if you are someone who wants a lot of privacy :)

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs, or Aqua Bistro
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs or Aqua Bistro
Car: necessary

Live Music


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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