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Johnny Horn Trail right outside the front door

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)


(All rates for 2 guests only extra guests $30 per night)

Two bedroom, open, light contemporary house with lovely views of Coral Harbor. Romantic design with deck off the master bedroom and views of Bordeaux Mountain from bed. The secluded setting on the Johnny Horn Trail, adjacent to the National Park and above the historic Moravian Church, offers proximity to all of the best of St. John. Hike 1 mile in one direction to Waterlemon Beach, famous for snorkeling and sea turtles, or head downhill to the quaint town of Coral Bay for breakfast at Pickles Deli or a cheeseburger at Skinny Legs. Jog through the National Park to Maho Bay or hop in your 4 wheel drive (a must!) for a 5 mile trip to water sports at Cinnamon Bay.

The house is a perfect, private get-away for a couple or more with 2 open bedrooms, each with a Queen bed. There is a double size futon in the living area also. Family friendly - great for teenagers who might want to take hikes or walk down to breakfast on their own.

The generous deck is partially covered, with ceiling fans, a huge sectional sofa, party lights, hammock, gas BBQ grill for lounging and dining, sunning and star gazing.

To help connect with the Caribbean, there is an outdoor tropical shower and lovely wood floors that feel good under bare feet.

No need to bring much: the house is stocked and ready with beach chairs & towels, nice linens, picnic Tupperware, cooler, and a yoga mat. Hook your iPod into the stereo and fire up the blender. Organic nursery nearby to buy greens, tomatoes and peppers.

We have WiFi !! AT&T & Sprint phones work great here.

For low-guilt 'sustainable vacationing', the house sports a 14,000 gallon rainwater collection cistern, solar hot water heater, and filtered wastewater produces grey water for garden irrigation.

Price based on 2 people for 3-4 people Low Season $1550, High Season $1850 4-6 people extra $30 per person per night, prices don't include 12.5% VI Hotel Tax

Keywords: Villa, Cottage, House, Vacation Rental, Hiking, National Park, Nature, Eco, Maho Alternative

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Sharon Whitley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017


Estate Emmaus Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor sofa sectional, party lights, WiFi, hammock, outdoor shower, wood floors, lots of ceiling fans, solar hot water, rainwater collection, net metering, grey water for irrigation, National Park, hiking, beach towels & chairs, picnic supplies, cooler, yoga mat, yoga CDs, music CDs, blender, cuisinart. Kitchen is full except no oven.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Johnny Horn Trail right outside the front door
average rating of 4.607143 based on 28 reviews

Great place to stay!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect! Beautiful and breezy, comfortable to come back to after a day of beaching or hiking. Fantastic porch with a gorgeous view of Cora Bay. Conviently located yet private and quiet. We loved our stay and would not hesitate to go back to the Johnny Horn Trail house again! Thank you so much Sharon for making our stay so enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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2nd trip to Johnny Horn trail house

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd trip to this house on St John!! This time we went with another couple and were so excited to share a piece of this paradise we had found with them! The house is in Coral Bay which is a little quieter than Cruz Bay, this attracts us to this side of the island. Both visits we truly call this home! The island is so special. This house has all the amenities we needed. We even stayed in one night and BBQ'd steak dinners out on the deck. The outdoor deck is such a relaxing way to end the beach days. We sat out there for hours listening to the birds and taking in the view! Also a great place for our morning coffee. The outdoor shower can seem intimidating but it really is so cool! So don't let that scare you! The sun hits it right about 4pm, perfect! The road up to the house requires 4x4 which is an adventure and adds to the excitement of the trip! Our favorite beaches this trip around were Trunk Bay for the beauty, Maho for swimming with the turtles, and Oppenheimer for the tire swing! All just a short drive away. We took a fitness class at twerk and tone in Cruz bay, a great way to start the day! Our favorite restaurants this time were Aqua Bistro, Indigo, Skinny legs and shipwreck all close by to the house! We can't wait to make it back for our 3rd trip, taking our 10 and 12 year old boys that go around!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and airy

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week on St John, largely thanks to this vrbo find. We loved so much about the space--the airy interior, comfy bed, substantial deck with delightful view, and outdoor shower. Tradewinds and fans provided ample cooling, and we enjoyed hearing the crickets at night. Great location, nestled in the hills yet close to restaurants and grocery stores. Sandy's hospitality made us feel right at home--thanks! The home was clean and kitchen well appointed. Wifi and stereo for ipod worked well. I was happy to have a break from a tv. One small word of caution: the driveway up to the home is barely drivable. Luckily, we rented a 4WD drive--the only way to navigate the rocks and cement gullies--but the mile-long road always felt much, much longer. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would (simply because of the difficult driveway). Overall, we absolutely loved the house and our stay on St John. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! Yes the road is a challenge but with 4WD it is negotiable. I hope you will consider the Johnny Horn Trail house for another visit! Really enjoyed meeting you! Sandi
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Two week stay

  • 4 of 5

Just got back from a two week stay on STJ. We picked this cottage based on the VRBO description and the description is pretty much spot on.

- You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

- The road is steep and bumpy.

- The folding mechanism on the beach chairs were rusted out. Two different chairs broke during our stay and not from abuse. I talked to Sandi about it and she said they would be replaced.

- The house has no glass in the windows. It does have screens and storm shutters/doors if you need to enclose the house for some reason. It should catch breezes nicely. We did not have any bug problems in the house.

- That said, at least during our stay, it seemed that any wind on the island missed the cut up the Johnny Horn Trail valley. What breeze we did feel out on the balconies was blocked by the screens. We bought an additional fan at the hardware store before our second night in the cabin to blow on the bed at night. It would be nice if the ceiling fans were a bit lower and a bit more powerful.

- Master bed was very comfortable and the view out the screen doors was great. The bed in the other room left a bit to be desired.

- The hike over to Water Lemon Cay was really nice. Leave early, take water, and enjoy the ruins on the way to the best snorkeling on the island.

- The kitchen was well stocked for our purposes. We cooked breakfast most mornings and ate a few evening meals at the cabin as well.

- If you are looking for a resort like experience, this is not for you.

- If you are looking for a "roughing it" type experience, this is not for you.

- If you are easy going, pretty low maintenance, and spend a lot of time out enjoying everything St. John has to offer, this place is pretty much spot on.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate it as it helps others know that what we offer on the website is what we deliver. I'm sorry that you had two broken chairs, there were two new ones downstairs by the washer, sorry you didn't see them. I hope y,outlined consider us for a future visit. All the best, Catherine
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Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here last year and realized I never left a review! The cottage was great, secluded but with an amazing view. Great for 2 couples or a family. There were 5 of us and it was nice but 1 person had to sleep on the futon in the living room. My favorite parts of the cottage were the large deck with sectional couch and the outdoor shower, it was like bathing in the jungle! Coral Bay itself was a nice quiet town where you could retreat after a days worth of adventures. We drove from Coral Bay all over the island, from one end to the other and it never felt like it was too far away from anything.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coral Bay Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A cozy quaint quiet cottage, nothing fancy but adequate and comfortable. Coral Bay has a couple of small stores and some very good restaurant food. Lots of local music entertainment seasonally. 4 wheel drive country for sure.

Great balcony with super views of Coral Bay. Wildlife abound in the area from iguanas to deer. Fresh air, warm, clear ocean waters, hard to beat!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Johnny Horn Trail House - 2 BR
Nearest Point of Interest
Moravian Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Donkey Diner
Nearest Point of Interest
Skinny Legs Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Waterlemon Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Brown Bay Trail

Professional Massage Available. Ferry Pick Up and Car Rental Available.


Rates & Availability

Estate Emmaus Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 15 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

For cancellations made 60 or more days prior to your scheduled arrival date, a full refund less a cancellation fee of 20% of the cost of your entire reserved stay will be returned to you. No refunds are offered for cancellation within 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival date unless we are able to re-rent the property for all of your reserved dates.
Low 3-4 people$1500+ high 3/4 people $1850+

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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