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The Rare Privilege Of The Shortest Walk To Francis Bay...

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 4 baths within easy walking distance to beach

Villa Serenity is a 2,600-sq foot, 2-level stone-and-mahogany villa nestled between Francis Bay and Mary’s Creek. No other accommodation offers such an easy and convenient walking access to Francis Bay’s pristine beach! You might also relish the quiet and privacy of the National Park surroundings from Villa Serenity’s expansive decks. Sun worshipers can enjoy the chaises lounges while the gazebo area offers shaded, breezy outdoor settings for relaxing or dining al fresco. Those who love sunrises will be graced with stunning perspectives on Francis Drake Channel, while sunsets will maybe see you mixing sun downers...

Villa Serenity is possibly the most affordable way to reside in one of the world’s most exclusive area as countless guests have experienced for over more than 10 years. Most actually have become faithful return visitors!

More Details

Property Manager
Terry R Witham
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Terry R Witham

David Witham is a prominent hotelier from Maine.

Terry R Witham purchased this villa in 1993

Why Terry R Witham chose USVI/St. John

Villa Serenity is David's yearly escape from Maine's winters, usually in January-February.

What makes this villa unique

A roomy, comfortable house located in some of the world's most prestigious surroundings, at an affordable rate.

Amenities

Estate Annaberg Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Upstairs West bedroom - 1 queen
    Lower bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Lower bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Rare Privilege Of The Shortest Walk To Francis Bay...
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Mountain Brook, AL
5

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Serenity for over two weeks and had a great vacation. Terry and Olivier were extremely pleasant and most helpful. The first week we were here with kids and grandchildren. The short walk to Francis Bay was perfect for their desire to maximize beach time. The beach at Francis is beautiful and the snorkeling is excellent. One is almost guaranteed an encounter with a large sea turtle. The Annaberg ruins are a short drive. The ruins were a huge hit with our nine year old grandson. From the Annaberg parking area one can take a 20 minute stroll to Waterlemon Bay, a great snorkeling area or can hike on to the ruins of the Murphy Great House and on to Brown Bay. Coral Bay is a short but windy drive. There are several groceries and a number of good restaurants. While in Coral Bay be sure to try the brownies and revved up pickles at Pickles in Paradise. Also, if you want really fresh vegetables visit Josephine at the Garden Center also in Coral Bay. I have already e-mailed some close friends recommending they consider a stay at Villa Serenity. Thank you Terry and Olivier!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Terry and her Husband were just so wonderful to deal with and such big helps! Francis Bay is truly a treasure, as is their home. We so look forward to returning to our new favorite vacation destination!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim, We welcome you back with open arms. It was great to meet you and your lovely family. Hoping to see you again in Francis Bay, Terry
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5

genuine and honest

  • 5 of 5

I reserved this property for May 2017 almost a year prior to our stay. Sadly, I had to cancel and Terry was so understanding. She gave me several options and honored my decision. Very helpful, honest, and compassionate. I will reserve this property again and look forward to vacationing on one of the best spots on St. John.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Renee, I am so sorry to hear that you will not be able to make it to St John next May. Thank you for your kind words. Our desire is to make our guests happy as best we can. I hope to see you in May 2018. With best wishes, Terry
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4

Outstanding Base for Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Villa Serenity definitely lived up to the name, it's National Park setting was peaceful and well suited to my family's preference for "off the beaten path". Francis Bay is just a 5-minute (even with a 4-year old) walk down the road, we had excellent snorkeling there especially along the North rim where the rocks are. Bonus: the Villa is provided with 3 kayaks that we proved can be ferried to the bay one at a time in the back of our rental jeep.

The kitchen was well appointed and we cooked most of our meals there. We used the gas grill to cookout one night, it worked great on the yellowtail snappers we bought from the Rastafarian fisherman down the street from Aqua Bistro. We brought enough food in our checked bag to get through the first dinner and breakfast (box milk was a great idea), then bought groceries at the Dolphin Market in Coral Bay (10 minute drive, way closer than Cruz Bay).

The house was clean and everything worked including wifi and cable. The AC is window units in each bedroom, we only used them at night to take the edge off the August heat and humidity, worked great. Owner Terry was very nice and pleasant, made us feel right at home. We stuck with bottled water for drinking and had a minor battle with a few ants in the kitchen, but nothing to keep us from recommending Villa Serenity to anyone who wants to experience the real St. John. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi David, Thank you for your review of Villa Serenity. I must clarify that the kayaks are not included with the rental of the house. They have never been offered due to the fact that our insurance company will not provide water sports liability insurance. We welcome you back when life and time permit. Terry
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Eugene OR
5

The best

  • 5 of 5

We had 9 glorious days in this perfect villa. The weather was perfect , the deck with the view, the 5 minute walk to the beach, the outdoor shower, the birds, the roosters!, the cats.....on and on. My husband and I had this place to ourselves but for 4 nights when friends were there. We were celebrating my 68th birthday and our 18th anniversary. The kitchen was well stocked and the beds were very comfy. We had a rental car that we used to get groceries, visit a few other beaches. Our only complaint/suggestion was to check on the living room air conditioning which got a little loud occasionally. If you're looking for comfort, convenience with a feeling of luxury-this is the place. We booked side by side massages from http://www.massagestjohnvi.com/ before dinner at Zozo's , the restaurant at Caneel Bay. Both perfect. Terry, the manager was wonderful to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Restful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I got praises from my family for choosing this villa! The villa information was accurate but the description of the scenery was understated. Wow! It was awesome having breakfast together by the gazebo with a view of Mary's Creek and BVI, feeding the banana quits and hummingbirds,watching pelicans flying by (occasionally shooing the pesky thrasher? and chicken visiting). During sunset, the beautiful streaks of colors can be seen on the other side of the deck.

The location was ideal. Francis Bay was a few steps away and we snorkeled all the way to Maho Bay,where we saw turtles feeding, sting rays and colorful fish. Both Coral and Cruz Bay were in reasonable driving distance.Jeep Rental is a must if staying in this location.

For cat lovers like us, there were two sweet cats Ms. Moon and Homer who stayed by the deck and kept us company (and critters away). The kitchen was generally well-stocked and we prepared most of our meals.Take a deep breath in the grocery store and try not get a heart attack when you see the prices which are generally 2-3 times more expensive compared to the mainland.

Terry the manager was nice and easy to deal with.

If there was a suggestion for improvement, it would be to secure the screens more because small bugs able to get in at night, harmless though.

We liked Aqua Bistro, Full Moon Coffee/Gift Shop, Organic Salad/Vegetables from Josephine's Farm, hiking Reef Bay Trail, best snorkeling was at Brown Bay on the left side.

We would highly recommend this villa for persons wishing a quiet vacation close to nature and (as the fitting villa name)...seeking Serenity.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Skinny Legs, Coral Bay
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Cruz Bay, St John
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Aqua Bistro, Coral Bay
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Francis Bay
Car: recommended

Property located in National Park: walk to beach, hiking trails, snorkeling, Park activities

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Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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