Villa 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 2-3
About Catherine Perry
Catherine Perry, owner and innkeeper of A House of Open Arms. I helped to build this house from the ground up. I began in 2004 and completed the building process in 2006. I am a full time artist as well as the Innkeeper on this property and I welcome my guests at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay and offer a first evening welcome dinner. I also provide some lovely additions for your first few days: milk, homemade granola, coffee, sugar and tea. my desire is to give my guests a wonderful Island experience form snorkeling tips, to helpful places to hike or excursions to book. I want to be available to you yet not intrusive in anyway.. I have had small weddings here and special dinners for special occasions. my previous guests have loved it all!! If you have other needs please feel free to inquire and I will be happy to see if i can help you with them.
Catherine Perry purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Catherine Perry chose Estate Fortsberg
I purchased this land in 2003 to begin a dream of being a working artist and Innkeeper on St. John. I loved the Easterly breezes and the commanding 180 degree view. Waking up to the sunrise and seeing the afterglow of the daily sunsets fills my heart with daily joy. I am a local potter on Island and I create unique lighting for many private homes on St. John. I also offer for sale lovely gifts for my guests to take home
What makes this Villa unique
A House of Open Arms is on the electric grid to provide A/C but is also solar-powered and purified rainwater-fed. It sits amid lush tropical gardens, a 180 degree view of the sea. Cooling easterly breezes come up the hill making the need for a/c very optional. Hawks, kestrels, bananaquits, Lesser Antilles bull finches, Puerto Rican bull finches, and magnificent frigates float above with the crashing sea below. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. It is made all the sweeter by the knowledge much of the electricity and all of the water used on the property are collected from the sun and sky, with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
My wife and I stayed in the Villa for our honeymoon. The private pool overlooking Coral Bay was perfect for relaxing and cooling off, and we fell asleep in the hammock on the porch at least 3 nights as the trade winds rocked us to sleep. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was clean and cute and well positioned for privacy. We tried no AC in the bedroom the first few nights which was tough (June temperatures) but doable, then spent the next few with AC and it was great. The East End of St. John is remote, and it was nice to hear nothing but wildlife and waves. If you're coming to St. John to get away from everything, this property is perfect, and Catherine will make your stay exactly what you want it to be. The fish she prepared the first night and brought down to us was amazing. The road to get to the property is the only thing that was hard to get used to; however, what you get at the end of the road makes it worth it. That said, we went with the Jeep rental company Catherine suggested, and got a Jeep fitted with rugged tires capable of traversing the road.
Peaceful, unplugged, St John nature all around us vacation!
Open Arms Villa was more than we dreamed of! Catherine was extremely helpful from the very beginning! The Villa is stunning! The views from the patio and every room in the house took our breath away every time we looked out! The attention to detail was noticed! We lived on the patio morning and evening!! Extremely peaceful and quiet location! This was our first visit to St John! We Loved the island , Catherine, and Open Arms Villa! By the way, the cottage on this property is darling too! We listened to Catherine's advice on beaches and things to do, she knows this island! Everyday was a new adventure! LOVE This location and island!
Thank You Catherine for an amazing vacation! ❤️
David and Shelley Hudson
Great Vacation in St John at Villa of Open Arms
Great villa, very private, all the comforts of home with world class views. Catherine was a great host meeting us at the ferry, escorting us to car rental, grocery store then across the island to the villa. And then a wonderful dinner for wife and I to enjoy with the sounds of the Caribbean and views of the Virgin Islands. The islands are still recovering from Irma & Maria but that didn’t really affect our great stay. You will need a 4WD Jeep or similar to get around including getting to the villa. Be sure to take in some hikes (Reef Bay Trail, Rams Head, Yawzi Point etc) and of course the awesome Beaches (Trunk Bay, Maho, Cinnamon, Salt Bay). Can’t wait to go back !
Christmas in paradise!
My husband, our 7 year-old son, and I just returned from a week at the House of Open Arms (December 23- 30th, 2018). This place was absolutely perfect! The villa is fully outfitted with everything that we needed to feel comfortable and at home, including a full kitchen, lovely bathroom, and beautiful furnishings. Although there is air conditioning, the open windows and sliding doors provide a wonderful breeze and keeps the living space pretty cool and comfortable. The location provides privacy and peacefulness while still being close enough to easily access tons of beaches and hiking trails, and the view from the veranda is BREATHTAKING! Catherine is a lovely and thoughtful host, and takes great care in providing a clean, comfortable, and relaxing experience for her guests. I cannot recommend this place highly enough! We absolutely plan to visit here again!
From making the reservation, communicating with Catherine over the months before our trip, to her meeting us at the ferry, taking us to get our rental car, leading us to the grocery store and then to her beautiful home, everything was absolutely amazing. She is the most humble and gracious hostess imaginable. She was not intrusive, but was very helpful when we needed it. Of course she is super knowledgeable about the island, and could answer just about anything we asked. We stayed in The Villa for 9 nights, and it was a great place to be. Everything was just as promised, and the veranda with its beautiful turquoise hammock was my favorite place to be. The views every morning, afternoon, and evening were unbelievably beautiful. We had full use of the pool, and from the morning dips to the moonlight swims, it was fantastic having a pool right there. We absolutely loved staying in Coral Bay. We had a jeep (4 wheel drive is necessary to get to the property), and we drove all over the island. Every day we went to a different beach, and you must take the East End drive to the end. So much fun! We plan on coming every year, and there is no other place I would want to stay. Catherine is a warm, kind person who cares very much for her guests' comfort and happiness. She made our trip very memorable in the best way possible. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! 5+ STARS!!
Beautiful home, great views, cool breezes!
Great location if you’re looking for Coral Bay side of the island. Welcome dinner on night of arrival was a real treat. Cooler, beach chairs, and anything else you might need was available. Catherine is an exceptional host!
Coral Bay is the quieter side of the Island with low key eateries and shopping and people. We are located in the perfect spot to get anywhere: East End, Southside, and Northshore beaches as well as Cruz Bay..
Fortsberg is home to the great fort of 1725 and the cannons.
There is a great book and game collection in both the villa and cottage. Visit my art studio upstairs to see work in progress or finished work for sale.