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

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Welcome to Hawksnest, our honeymoon getaway on the North Shore of St. John!!

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Last updated: 02/17/2017
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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, within walking distance of five different beaches. The North Shore beaches of Hawksnest, Gibney/Oppenheimer, Denis Bay, Jumbie and Trunk Bay are all within a 5-20 minute walking distance, depending on which beach you choose. 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 king-size bed, a lovely sitting area, and newly renovated bathroom and outdoor 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.

Please e-mail your desired schedule.

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 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    1-2 adults only...moreless

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

    ...moreless

  • 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
November 16-Dec. 22, 2017
Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2017
6 night min stay
$425
High Winter Season
Dec 23 - Mar 31, 2018
6 night min stay
$495

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:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 02/17/2017
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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 Central, St. 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 the 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 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

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Photos

  • Welcome to Hawksnest, our honeymoon getaway on the North Shore of
 St. John!!

    Welcome to Hawksnest, our honeymoon getaway on the North Shore of St. John!!

  • Welcome sunset arrival from our deck--many more to come during your stay

    Welcome sunset arrival from our deck--many more to come during your stay

  • Pre-restoration--before stonework and new inside, but same ecological footprint

    Pre-restoration--before stonework and new inside, but same ecological footprint

  • The interior before renovations!

    The interior before renovations!

  • Open-air great room and kitchen, but with new roll down screens if needed

    Open-air great room and kitchen, but with new roll down screens if needed

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

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

  • Each sunset is its own surprise and marvel.  A Photographer's Dream.

    Each sunset is its own surprise and marvel. A Photographer's Dream.

  • Not every day, but this really does happen.

    Not every day, but this really does happen.

  • Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach, a short walk from the house

    Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach, a short walk from the house

  • View from the driveway. National Park all around you. So sad to leave!

    View from the driveway. National Park all around you. So sad to leave!

  • 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.

  • Outdoor living -- one of the things we love the most about coming to Hawksnest.

    Outdoor living -- one of the things we love the most about coming to Hawksnest.

  • Master suite with KING-size bed, spacious sitting area, 2 dressers and closets

    Master suite with KING-size bed, spacious sitting area, 2 dressers and closets

  • New stone shower ready for 2017!

    New stone shower ready for 2017!

  • Moonset from the deck!

    Moonset from the deck!

  • When swimming in Hawksnest Bay, you can barely see the tucked away cottage.

    When swimming in Hawksnest Bay, you can barely see the tucked away cottage.

  • You're going to have an amazing time!!

    You're going to have an amazing time!!

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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