Stunning Home for Two Inside V.I.National Park - Walk to Nearby Beaches(12 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-6 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Close to beach (Sleeps 2)
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.
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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
Member since: 2008
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
- Mountain View
- Ocean View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
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
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2017
6 night min stay
May 1 - Jul 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Aug-Nov. 15, 2017
Aug 1 - Nov 15, 2017
5 night min stay
November 16-Dec. 22, 2017
Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2017
6 night min stay
High Winter Season
Dec 23 - Mar 31, 2018
6 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
- Tax Rate 12.5%
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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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.
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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
Pre-restoration--before stonework and new inside, but same ecological footprint
The interior before renovations!
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
Each sunset is its own surprise and marvel. A Photographer's Dream.
Not every day, but this really does happen.
Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach, a short walk from the house
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.
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
New stone shower ready for 2017!
Moonset from the deck!
When swimming in Hawksnest Bay, you can barely see the tucked away cottage.
You're going to have an amazing time!!
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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