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Beach Cottage - a Very Rare Beachfront Villa, Private & Romantic

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The turquoise waters of the Caribbean are 50' from your deck

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Last updated: 07/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Location. The Beach Cottage is located on the Coral Bay side of St John on the beach in a small sheltered cove called Lime Tree Cove. Not only is Beach Cottage the only house on the beach, but also the front steps of The Cottage are only 40 feet (we measured it) from the beckoning turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

The ever changing beach at Lime Tree Cove. If you look at a map of St. John you’ll notice that the island consists of numerous bays and coves that are carved into a very irregular coastline. These bays and coves usually provide good beach erosion protection from the storms that lash the Caribbean islands during hurricane season. However some years Lime Tree Cove, like all St. John beaches, suffers sand erosion, but other years - nothing. Despite what the storms do to the beaches during hurricane season, the sand always comes back. For example, in the fall of 2015 two storms roared past St. John and stole much of Lime Tree’s sand (see photo 6, taken Nov. 2015). But Mother Nature loves St. John, and what she takes away in September, she gives back in November through August (see photos 7, 8 and 9, taken in late January, 2016). So when you’re on island the beach may not look exactly like the photos you see here, for the beach is constantly changing. But for most of the months of most of the 25 years we’ve been doing business on St. John, Lime Tree Cove has been delightful and delovely.

This is not only an unusually private and quiet location, it is an exceptionally rare find on the island of St John where most of the beaches are within the National Park and no villas, condos or hotels are permitted on park lands. You might be asking, how can a house be built so close to the water on an island known for its strict conservation laws? Well, the original house was built before zoning laws were enacted on St. John, then we completely rebuilt the cottage over the existing footprint so we’re “grandfathered” and are allowed to exist within a no building zone. This means that beach cottage is, and will forever remain, the only house on the beach. Lime Tree Cove is a part of the larger Round Bay and the bright turquoise waters of the cove and of Round Bay are almost always calm because they are sheltered by the East End, which is a long, high peninsula that hooks east into the Caribbean and protects these secluded Caribbean waters. The nearly flat seas create a fantastic sea world that offers some of St. John’s best swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and just playing in and on the water. Like all beaches on St John, Lime Tree Beach changes with the seasons and storms. Sometimes it’s mostly all sand, and sometimes it’s a mix of stone pebbles and white sand. We’ve taken the photos shown here over the course of 24 months, and they show the varying beach textures. However, if you look at the ultra bright turquoise waters of the cove and bay, you know there’s lots of sand out there waiting to be washed ashore by the next storm.

Although the cottage is located just off the road, this is the so-called “quiet side” of St. John where there is little traffic during the day, and almost none at night. You’re 3 miles from the center of Coral Bay, which has lots of bars and restaurants, basic groceries, and snorkel gear and kayak and paddleboard rentals. For larger grocery stores, lots more shopping and restaurants and bars, it’s a 12-mile drive into the village of Cruz Bay.


The Cottage. This exceptionally romantic vacation home is a one-level cottage with two very private bedrooms/baths. When you step onto the entry deck the master bedroom is in the building on the right, and the great room and the guest bedroom is in a separate building on the left, with an adjoining deck connecting both buildings. The great room houses the living, dining and kitchen areas and the guest bedroom runs along the left side of the great room. From the great room two sets of 6’ sliding glass doors open to a large (500 sq./ft.) covered deck. In the living area there is a 32” tv/dvd and a stereo/cd. The kitchen is all new with a 4-burner gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and dishwasher, plus attractive granite counters and mahogany cabinets. There is dining for 4 on the deck and also in the interior dining area. The spacious master bedroom suite has a 4-poster classic white king bed with beach views, a/c, brazilian cherry floors, a 32” tv/dvd and a sitting area. The master bedroom opens to a 23’ long fully screened porch deck that is 45 feet from the water. The charming guest bedroom (queen bed) is accessed through mahogany doors off the living area and also has a/c, water views, a small sitting area and opens to the main deck. Both of the bathrooms were completely modernized and remodeled in 2012-13 and both have tiled showers.

St John Services. We have hired two of St. John’s best to welcome you to the island. Terry (she) and Olivier (he) are a delightful St. Johnian couple who are known throughout the island for their friendly, prompt and efficient manner. You will be met at the dock, escorted to the beach cottage and offered all kinds of advice on where to shop, eat and drink, snorkel, be entertained, or anything else you wish to know about St. John. If you have any issues with the Cottage (it’s mostly all new as of 7/1/13, but this is St. John, and villa things do occasionally happen), Olivier is a wonderfully adept and quite charming master fixer of all problems, large and small. Terry and Olivier live in Coral Bay; they’re a phone call away if you need them, otherwise, after they settle you in they’ll leave you alone to discover the unique joys of beachside island living.

Additional Information: Children 10 years old or older only.

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom, 32' TV/DVD, a/c, screened porch...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Guest bedroom, a/c, opens to deck...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • The home includes beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler.

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    bedrooms only...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    new in 2013, with granite countertops and mahogany cabinets...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    kayak can be rented in Coral Bay...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    covered deck...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season(2 person rate)
Apr 9 - Nov 18, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,990

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving (2-4 person rate)
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016
7 night min stay

$3,340
Off Season (2 person rate)
Nov 27 - Dec 16, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,990

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,340
In Season (2-4 person rate)
Jan 7 - Apr 14, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,490
Off Season (2 person rate)
Apr 15 - Nov 17, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,990

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,340
Off Season (2 person rate)
Nov 26 - Dec 15, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,990

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 17.5%

Notes:

WEEKLY RENTAL RATES BASED ON # OF PEOPLE PER SEASON:

In Season: Dec. 17, 2016 - April 14, 2017

$4490/wk for 2-4 people

Christmas/New Years $5340/wk 2-4

Off Season: April 9, 2016 - Dec. 16, 2016

$2990/wk for 2 people (1 bdrm) * $3340/wk 3-4

Thanksgiving: $3340/wk 2-4 people

$500 prepaid Damage Deposit

12.5% hotel tax/5% service charge

Payments:

50% is due within 7 days of booking, final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. For Christmas/New Years bookings- final payment is due 120 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy:

Once Caribbean Villas has received your deposit, if you cancel/change your reservation 120 days or more prior to arrival, there is a 20% penalty off the total room charge. If you cancel/change your reservation 60-120 days prior to arrival, there is a 50% penalty off the total room charge. If you cancel/change within 60 days of arrival, there is a 100% penalty off the total room charge. Christmas/New Years and President weeks are non-refundable.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

24 Miles
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

The Beach Cottage is located on the Coral Bay side of St John in a small sheltered cove called Lime Tree Cove. The Beach Cottage is the only house on the beach and the front steps of the Cottage are only 40 feet from the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Lime Tree Cove is a part of the larger Round Bay and the clear waters of the cove and the bay are almost always calm because they are sheltered by the East End, which is a long, high peninsula that hooks east into the Caribbean and protects the cove. The nearly flat seas create a fantastic sea world that offers some of St. John’s best swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and just playing in and on the water. Like all beaches on St John, Lime Tree beach changes with the seasons and storms. Sometimes it’s mostly all sand, and sometimes it’s a mix of stone pebbles and white sand. However, if you look at the ulta bright turquoise waters of the cove and bay, you know there’s lots of sand out there waiting to be washed ashore by the next storm.

You’re 3 miles from the center of Coral Bay, which has lots of bars and restaurants, basic groceries, snorkel gear and kayak and paddle board rentals.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: The Beach Cottage is owned by three couples, all of whom have fallen in love with St. John in their own ways. Stephen and Maria Hull bought land on Ajax Peak in Coral Bay - on which they ultimately built their first St. John rental home, Aria Villa – in 1993 while vacationing on St. John for the first time. They signed on the dotted line to buy their property standing on the ferry dock as they were leaving the island after their vacation was over! They were on island about 36 hours when Maria turned to Stephen and said, “Let’s call a realtor.” The rest is history. Steve and Barb Brasier found that that they were destined for island life as well. They bought and renovated a house in Estate Quacco and called it Sea View Play. It was a successful St. John rental property as well. Steve, an architect, and Barb are currently building their St. John dream home on the East End. St. John took Dick and Dodi Moores by surprise! After looking at pictures that their friends, the Hulls shared with them, Dick was intrigued with the idea of a house on St. John. When the Hulls proposed a joint purchase of a very special property that had come on the market, Dick leaped at the chance. He began the process of purchasing a home on the island without ever having been to St. John! Intended as a surprise to Dodi (romantic, huh?) he had a fit of good judgment and shared his secret before bringing her to St. John on a ’vacation.’ The good news is that Dodi has fallen in love with St. John as well and they are living happily ever after, enjoying their island home. Needless to say, we have a lot of island stories and would be happy to share some island stories over drinks on the deck of the Beach Cottage!

Why East End, St. John, USVI:
A lovely and ultra romantic house ON THE BEACH! Yes, that’s right, on a PRIVATELY OWNED BEACH!! The Beach Cottage is nestled into a privately owned cove with its own beach. This is virtually unheard of on St. John since most of the beaches are part of the National Park! We like to think of The Beach Cottage as a land yacht just waiting for you to embark on your island adventure! This remarkable gem has just undergone a major renovation, including new windows, new doors, a new kitchen with mahogany cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, 2 new bathrooms, updated electronics and new furnishings throughout. It is amazing to find such a lovely home and one where the water is RIGHT THERE! A few short steps off the amazing waterfront deck takes you to white sand and turquoise water. Don your snorkeling gear and enjoy the coral, sea fans, fish, turtles etc. at your doorstep! There is also a separate covered screened porch outfitted with comfortable chairs for taking in the view and reading a good book. After many years of spending a considerable amount of time on St. John we were amazed when this house came on the market. Longtime admirers of the Coral Bay side of St. John, for its road-less-traveled, pristine beauty, we were even more amazed when we were able to call the Beach Cottage our own. In fact, this is the first time that the Beach Cottage has been a vacation rental. Prior to our ownership, the Beach Cottage was part of an estate owned by TA Carter, one of the principles involved in the development of Mongoose Junction. If your idea of heaven is a place where the sea meets the land, where you can see and hear small waves very gently lapping at the shore, where you don’t have to leave your villa to go to the beach (because it is RIGHT THERE!) you have found your perfect home.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This property is situated on a privately owned beach… Most of the beaches on St. John are owned by the National Park. A privately owned beach is a rare find anywhere, let alone on St. John - There are wonderful rock outcroppings at both ends of the beach, which provide some of the best snorkeling on St. John. You can step off your deck onto the beach. The property has coconut palms as well as banana trees. If you want to sit under shade while still on the beach, you can tuck your chaise lounges under the sea grape vegetation and see and hear the gentle waves. The covered porch is huge - and if you don't want to sit in the open air, there is a screened porch as well!! If you like to relax by the water with a good book and not be interrupted - this house is for you - if you like to spend your day in the water swimming and snorkeling, this house is for you. You can be as quiet or as active as you like, at your own discretion, on your own terms, on your own privately owned beach! Adjectives that could be used to describe this house and location - paradise, tropical, magical, incredible, awesome, pristine, private, serene, unbelievable, unspoiled, wonderful - and many more!!! Wow! A picture says a thousand words… It's a magical location.


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Photos

  • The turquoise waters of the Caribbean are 50' from your deck

    The turquoise waters of the Caribbean are 50' from your deck

  • This is the peninsula that protects the cove from strong winds and big waves

    This is the peninsula that protects the cove from strong winds and big waves

  • You're this close to the crystal clear, 82 degree waters of the cove

    You're this close to the crystal clear, 82 degree waters of the cove

  • This photo was taken 2 months later - in January 2016, from the house steps

    This photo was taken 2 months later - in January 2016, from the house steps

  • Looking east, the cottage is on the far left - photo taken in Nov, 2015

    Looking east, the cottage is on the far left - photo taken in Nov, 2015

  • Looking into the guest bedroom from the great room

    Looking into the guest bedroom from the great room

  • The interior dining table seats 4 - 6

    The interior dining table seats 4 - 6

  • Looking south from the hammock

    Looking south from the hammock

  • The guest bedroom

    The guest bedroom

  • Floors of Brazilian cherry give this bedroom a rich glow

    Floors of Brazilian cherry give this bedroom a rich glow

  • The master bath has been completely remodeled, as has the guest bath

    The master bath has been completely remodeled, as has the guest bath

  • The view from the living room

    The view from the living room

  • The snorkeling in your front yard is a delight

    The snorkeling in your front yard is a delight

  • The Beach Cottage is the only house on Lime Tree Cove

    The Beach Cottage is the only house on Lime Tree Cove

  • This photo was taken in Nov after a bad storm lashed St. John and stole our sand

    This photo was taken in Nov after a bad storm lashed St. John and stole our sand

  • Looking southwest toward Coral Bay - photo also taken in late January, 2016

    Looking southwest toward Coral Bay - photo also taken in late January, 2016

  • The view from the living room

    The view from the living room

  • The granite and mahogany kitchen

    The granite and mahogany kitchen

  • The main deck dining table has a view to remember

    The main deck dining table has a view to remember

  • Just another winter day at YOUR beach

    Just another winter day at YOUR beach

  • The king bed of the master bedroom

    The king bed of the master bedroom

  • The master bedroom has a view of the cove, as does the guest bedroom

    The master bedroom has a view of the cove, as does the guest bedroom

  • The porch off the master bedroom is fully screened

    The porch off the master bedroom is fully screened

  • A snorkelers view of the Beach Cottage.

    A snorkelers view of the Beach Cottage.

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Date last modified - Thursday, July 28, 2016

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