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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)


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

More Details

Sharon Whitley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018


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.


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Johnny Horn Trail right outside the front door
average rating of 4.4848485 based on 33 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Fue una estancia de 9 días, la ubicación es apartada, está muy bien acondicionada lo único es qué hay una gran cantidad de insectos y bichos, pero no es una situación solo en la cabaña esto es en toda la isla y esto me provocó una reacción alérgica pero nada que no se pudiera tratar, si es necesario un 4X4 , otro inconveniente fue que solo se puede subir o bajar un solo vehículo y no sabes si otro viene subiendo a bajando nos toco bajar ya casi íbamos a llegar cuando una camioneta va subiendo y ellos que eran dos y uno podía haber subido un poco a pie y avisarle a su compañero si podía subir o no ellos a gritos nos hicieron regresar todo el camino de reversa, nosotros desconocíamos que esto podía suceder pero creo que ellos pudieron ser más amables.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review I'm sorry that you had an allergic reaction, the road is dirt and rocky to the house we do recommend a 4x4 and the locals here do tend to think they own the road, there are passing places but it is very tight. Thank you for leaving the house very tidy. Sharon
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Rustic cabin in the woods

  • 4 of 5

JHT home was perfect for us. It was just my husband & I and we spent every day hiking, beaching & snorkeling. When we returned late in the day the outdoor shower was refreshing & cool. The breezes were excellent & we seldom used a fan in our 2 week stay. As other reviews mention- if you are looking for pampering this is not the place for you. It is a rustic cabin. Bugs can be an issue in the evenings especially if it rains. Sharon is a lovely host. She was there if we needed her & that was it. We enjoyed the restaurants around Coral Bay & favorites are Pickles, the Pizza Bar & Indigo. We will definitely stay at JHT house again. Despite the hurricanes the island is so truly breathtaking and really recovering. We saw so much progress in just the short time we were there and met so many people who are there helping with recovery. Their stories and those of the people of St. John are cherished memories for years to come. Thank you Sharon for helping to make our stay the dream vacation we had planned. See you next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Week stay at Johnny Horn Trail Estate Emmaus (JHTEE)

  • 5 of 5

Still bummed that we had to come home after a week stay at JHTEE. The house was perfect for my girlfriend and I! The island has taken a huge blow from 2 horrible storms but recovery is visible everywhere! The house is up maybe 1/4 mi from the highway, tucked into the hill and very private. The homes close had significant damage so there were no neighbors close at all. There are a few houses further up the hill but very rare Jeep traffic from there. You must have a 4WD vehicle to access this house. JHTEE is a small 2 BR, 1ba with central kitchen, dining, living. The bedrooms don't have doors, just curtains. The outside shower was way cool (literally on some of the cooler days!). Privacy would be an issue for us if we had any others with us. The kitchen has most of what u need to cook simple meals. There is a toaster oven, not a full oven that we even cooked baked potatoes in. There is a washer/dryer under the house but were told it was only available for 7d or longer stays. I would encourage the owner to make this available to all. We needed to wash towels/clothes almost every day. The best things re JHTEE is the deck (very comfy furniture) and the incredible flow through ventilation. I was worried re getting hot but actually got cool at night! The bed was very comfy as well. We hiked, snorkeled, ate and drank with abandon. Rec reading St John, Off the Beaten Trail (which they have at the house). Places to hike: Reef Bay Trail (hard on way up with a cool waterfall at the end), Ram Point trail, JHT from the beach with a side trail to Murphy Great House. Busy Bee charter with Capn Brian and sailing on the Cimmaron with Capn Rick were both great days! Eats: Extra Virgin, Lime Inn, the Wok and of course Skinny Legs (only open till 6!). If u want a place to get away from life as we know it (also no TV, wifi or internet and iffy cell coverage) and don't require a "5-star" all inclusive resort JHTEE would bee a grand choice!!.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! This is an excellent detailed description of our version of island getaway. We hope you come back again! And thank you for supporting the island as it recovers from Irma and Maria, sounds like you put together a great trip.
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Hurricane Irma

  • 1 of 5

Our stay was canceled by owner due to impending Hurricane. The house was boarded up when I was contacted.

I am unsure if the house is still standing and have not heard anything about a refund.

We have been unable to contact Cool Breeze jeep rental on St. Johns for a refund as well.

Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks Marilyn Myers

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great week in st john snorkelling

  • 4 of 5

The description of the property is very accurate, this is not a high end resort but more a 'cabin in the woods'. Sharon was gracious and friendly and provided plenty of towels, extra sheets and beach chairs for our group of 5! The kitchen had lots of extras that were unexpected (condiments, a few beers, even ice cream in the freezer)

There were some closer than desirable neighbors with kids and a barking dog, but that could have been the case anywhere. The wildlife did not disappoint we had a resident thrasher, lots of birdlife, deer out the window, more than enough bugs (the mosquitos are fierce in august), and got to see an iguana (big) in the trees off the porch.

The location was perfect for our needs, off the beaten path, away from the bustle of town/night life, but easy access to all the snorkeling beaches. We did our breakfast and dinner in the kitchen eating out on the back deck. Thanks Sharon for making out stay comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Do come back again - we will be back on line after Irma and are helping to rebuild the independent and feisty community of Coral Bay. It's a special place.
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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: July 2017
  • Source: 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.