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Stunning Home for Two Inside V.I.National Park - Walk to Nearby Beaches

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Welcome to Hawksnest Cottage on St. John's stunning North Shore!

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Last updated: 04/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-6 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Close to beach (Sleeps 2)

THE HAWKS NEST is a finely crafted and recently restored (fall/winter 2016) Caribbean cottage with an ideal and unique location on private property inside the borders of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. The North Shore beaches of Hawksnest, Gibney/Oppenheimer, Denis Bay, Jumbie and Trunk Bay are all within a 10-15 minute walk, or a quick drive, depending on which beach you choose. Denis Bay requires no walking along the North Shore road; a trail leads there from Peace Hill, directly across from our driveway. For more activity, the tennis courts, spa, beaches & restaurants of the world-famous Caneel Bay Resort are also nearby, and Cruz Bay is a ten minute drive (or a quick shuttle hop from the Peace Hill parking lot at the foot of our driveway).

The Hawks Nest has just undergone substantial restoration, consistent with its Caribbean cottage roots. Ecologically-oriented architect Doug White has made sure that the cottage retains its open air feel, but screens can be drawn if needed. Guests will enjoy a new kitchen and bath, spectacular new outdoor stone shower, and expanded bedroom and decks. The home meets the rigorous standards of St. John's Island Green Living Association for low impact design and use of sustainable materials.

Perched 97-feet above Hawksnest Bay, the home looks across the water to the beautiful Caneel Bay penninsula and further west to the sunset over St. Thomas and other outer-islands. The untouched green hills of the national park frame the spectacular view. For breakfast, raise the mechanical screens and enjoy the open air intimacy with the sights and sounds of nature. Choose a different North Shore beach every day, or hop on an open air taxi to take you to the starting points for wonderful national park hikes. For a spectacular sunset dinner, try the restaurants of Cruz Bay or Coral Bay, or enjoy the screened dining porch and sparkling lights of St. Thomas at home. In the evening, retire to the master suite which includes a custom King bed, facing the view, a dressing area, and a newly-renovated bathroom and al fresco stone shower.

The Hawks Nest location gives guests who enjoy walking the option, and savings, of not being required to rent a car, though if you choose this option you should enjoy walking. The National Park/North Shore road is a 5-minute walk down the hillside dirt road that leads from the home. Taxi-vans run along the Park road during the day and can provide a quick lift to Caneel Bay Resort or a 10-minute ride into the town of Cruz Bay for more dining choices and unique gallery shopping. Many guests still choose to rent a car to be able to more easily explore the island, and, if so, you should reserve a small 4-wheel drive vehicle on St. John. Our little driveway is steep, but wide enough to turn a jeep around.

AT THE HAWKS NEST, ENJOY THE UNIQUE PRIVILEGE OF BEING SURROUNDED BY THE NATIONAL PARK WHICH MAKES ST. JOHN SO UNIQUE AMONG CARIBBEAN ISLANDS--ALL WITHIN A SHORT DRIVE OF THE CHARM AND BUSTLE OF CRUZ BAY.

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Keywords: The Hawks Nest Cottage, Private Home, North Shore, St. John, Inside the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, Walk to Beaches, Ecological design

Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Custom made King sized bed in sapele, two closets and custom dressers, high ceiling with ceiling fan, custom ceramic sconces.The bed faces the stunning view over Hawksnest Bay. Opens onto the deck, with quiet table and chairs for two....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Renovations include new bathroom with rugged stone walls and access to beautiful stone shower al fresco. Vanity in sapele. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • A greeter will meet guests at the Cruz Bay ferry dock and introduce you to St. John and to the Hawksnest; s/he and the Cimmaron team will be available throughout your stay for any assistance you may need. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    New screened dining area off of the kitchen and Great Room with gorgeous views of undeveloped green hillsides, white sand beaches and the turquoise waters, with the lights of St. Thomas beyond....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Internet:

    Wireless Internet access...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The house has an open floor plan combining kitchen, Great Room, dining porch and deck, all with open air feel and gorgeous views....moreless

  • Telephone:

    3G/4G AT&T cellphone signal in this area. Land-line provided for incoming calls and local calls. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Extensive renovations in 2017 include new kitchen with custom sapele cabinets and cooking island. Kitchen looks into Great Room and deck, with stunning views over Hawksnest Bay. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    A deck stretches across the house, with two areas for sitting and enjoying the stunning view. Mechanical screens allow for open air intimacy with the national park, or fully screened living if needed...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
January-April 2017
Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2017
6 night min stay
$450
May-July 2017
May 1 - Jul 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$375
Aug-Nov. 15, 2017
Aug 1 - Nov 15, 2017
5 night min stay
$325
Low Winter Season 2017
Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2017
6 night min stay
$425
High Winter Season 2017/2018
Dec 23 - Mar 31, 2018
6 night min stay
$495
April 2018
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2018
6 night min stay
$450
May-July 2018
May 1 - Jul 31, 2018
5 night min stay
$395
August-Nov. 15 2018
Aug 1 - Nov 15, 2018
5 night min stay
$350
Low Winter Season 2018
Nov 16 - Dec 21, 2018
6 night min stay
$450

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Tax Rate 12.5%

Notes:

The hotel tax rate of 12.5% goes into effect in January, 2016. The 2015 rate is 10%.

Please check the availability calendar and choose your preferred dates, then email us for reservation information. Longer-term rentals of two weeks or more may have a discounted rate, as do return rentals. Please inquire and ENJOY a wonderful stay!


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Last updated: 04/14/2017
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Location

National Park beaches are within a 10-minute walking distance.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2015

About the owner: We bought the property in 2015 from the couple who first built the cottage mostly by hand themselves. We fell in love immediately, because it so closely re-created our previous vacations at Maho Bay, one of the Caribbean's first eco resorts: spectacular views; walking distance to the island's most beautiful beaches; surrounded by national park. But the house needed TLC. After a season of renovations, it is now a beautifully-restored Caribbean cottage. We love sharing it with people who appreciate the beauty of the national park and the minimal environmental footprint of green design.

Why the Owner Chose Estate Hawksnest, Saint John, USVI:
We have travelled many places but there is something about St. John... It is so special because of the fact that the National Park has made it impossible for over-development to ruin the island. The beaches are world class, the people friendly, the hiking trails varied, and the water so incredibly pleasant. Although we are not (yet) full time USVI residents, we've come back so often to this special place that it does start to feel like home to us. To be able to own a simple but elegant place on the North Shore is a dream come true.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The cottage offers a unique combination of elegant comfort with open-air living, connected to nature. We've worked hard to preserve the open access to the stunning view of Hawksnest Bay, with mechanical screens to adjust for temperature and insects, and the ability to enjoy meals or drinks or reading from a variety of locations around the house or the newly expanded decks. You can rent a car if you like (most do), but we love the fact that you can walk to several beaches and that you can hop a shuttle to Cruz Bay so easily if you don't want to bother with the rental car. Simple living... and a great break from your normal routines.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

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Photos

  • Welcome to Hawksnest Cottage on St. John's stunning North Shore!

    Welcome to Hawksnest Cottage on St. John's stunning North Shore!

  • This is what you'll see when you walk through the front door.

    This is what you'll see when you walk through the front door.

  • The outdoor deck, above Hawksnest Bay, a short walk away.

    The outdoor deck, above Hawksnest Bay, a short walk away.

  • We weren't kidding.

    We weren't kidding.

  • Screened in dining porch with views and privacy.

    Screened in dining porch with views and privacy.

  • Custom built king-size bed, with a top-of-the-line mattress.

    Custom built king-size bed, with a top-of-the-line mattress.

  • View of the dining porch and beyond from the entrance walkway.

    View of the dining porch and beyond from the entrance walkway.

  • Extensive hardscape provides a sheltered area for the grill and entry to shower.

    Extensive hardscape provides a sheltered area for the grill and entry to shower.

  • Eco-friendly living, surrounded by the natural beauty of the National Park

    Eco-friendly living, surrounded by the natural beauty of the National Park

  • Hawknest Beach, viewed from the new deck. Just down the hill, past Gibney Beach.

    Hawknest Beach, viewed from the new deck. Just down the hill, past Gibney Beach.

  • Moonset from the deck!

    Moonset from the deck!

  • View from the driveway as you arrive. National Park all around you.  #NoFilter

    View from the driveway as you arrive. National Park all around you. #NoFilter

  • One of the dozens of sunset scenes you'll want to have your camera for.

    One of the dozens of sunset scenes you'll want to have your camera for.

  • The newly renovated cottage, with retractable mechanical screens--best of both!

    The newly renovated cottage, with retractable mechanical screens--best of both!

  • An all-new kitchen, with center island facing the water view.

    An all-new kitchen, with center island facing the water view.

  • Custom-built cabinetry.

    Custom-built cabinetry.

  • Tropical landscaping as you come down the walk from the driveway to the cottage.

    Tropical landscaping as you come down the walk from the driveway to the cottage.

  • Open air deck with stunning views of Hawksnest Bay.

    Open air deck with stunning views of Hawksnest Bay.

  • A separate seating area on the portion of the deck with retractable screens.

    A separate seating area on the portion of the deck with retractable screens.

  • A bird flies across the sunset scene looking out to St. Thomas in the distance.

    A bird flies across the sunset scene looking out to St. Thomas in the distance.

  • Every dusk brings its own adventure, often stops us in our tracks.

    Every dusk brings its own adventure, often stops us in our tracks.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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