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The 'Cottage' at Lion's Gate - Spectacular view in lush surroundings

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 520 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

My husband Chris and I have lived on St. Thomas for over 20 years. He came to dive, I came to sail. We met by chance and discovered we both have a love of the water and the Caribbean life style. Chris is very talented and knew he wanted to live here permanetley, so he built a house on the top of the hill. We got married in 1995, and often talked about making the home we love accessible to guests. In 2008 we expanded it to accommodate guests in our downstairs studio apartment. We are thrilled with the way it turned out as it captures the Caribbean life style that we love.

The apartment has been so popular that we decided to build a one bedroom cottage. It took a year and I am so happy to say the we finally finished it on July 4th. Independence day has new meaning. It is a Caribbean dream cottage with spectacular views. We marvel at how many humming birds call the apartment home and now it seems that the green parrots have up living in the tress near the cottage.

I'm sure up will love it too. The spacious porch is a perfect way to enjoy your first cup of coffee or to sit back in the evening and watch the colors change over the islands with a cool beverage in your hand. The trade winds will keep you cool as you sit outside from breakfast to diner, and of course if needed there is air conditioning.

My husband, Chris, and I live on the property. We will help you enjoy your vacation in any way we can. Just ask for local tips on restaurants and activities.

More Details

Owner
Maxine Lavitt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Maxine Lavitt

Chris rebuilt the main house in 1989 after Hurricane Hugo blew it down. And then he met me. We married in 1995. We share a love of the islands and enjoy showing it off to friends and family.

Maxine Lavitt purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Maxine Lavitt chose East End

The view and the breeze are something I never get tired of. Not even after all these years. It would be hard for us to ever move from here. The parrots and hummingbirds are personal friends.

What makes this cottage unique

We are close to everything but feel a million miles away when we reach the top of the hill.

New addition to the bedroom, a 53" TV so you can watch your favorite shows with the AC on in perfect conditions. There is also a TV in the living room.

You can watch two shows at once.

Amenities

Red Hook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Beautifully appointed bathroom with a surprising shower. The vanity is hand crafted Mahogany with a granite counter top.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 'The Cottage' has one bedroom with a queen size four poster bed. The bedroom is fully air conditioned. The couch in the living room can accommodate one extra person.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The best amenity of all is the location and view. When you are here it seems as if the world has slipped away. But within a few minutes you can be down the hill for restaurants, shopping, or hopping the ferries to visit the other islands. We also have beach chairs for you.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

The 'Cottage' at Lion's Gate - Spectacular view in lush surroundings
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews
5

Wonderful Stay at The Cottage at Lion's Gate

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted a honeymoon with a little adventure. We chose The Cottage at Lion's Gate and couldn't be happier! It was so nice to feel like a local instead of staying at a resort. The cottage was adorable, but the view was spectacular! The pictures don't even do it justice. We are still talking about how much we miss that view! Max was awesome and so helpful in recommending places to go and things to eat. We decided to sail with her one day since so many of the other reviews recommended it, and we had a great time! Definitely look into it! We rented a car and were glad that we had it. There are tons of restaurants right down the hill in the Red Hook Plaza and a beautiful beach within a 5 minute drive. The car and passenger ferries are right down the hill too. The location was perfect! I was a little worried about not having air conditioning in the living room, but as soon as you swing those doors open, the breeze comes flowing through the whole house. Honestly, we spent most of our time on the porch anyway (Louie was great company on the porch as well!) The bed was comfortable and the shower was huge! You won't regret staying at The Cottage at Lion's Gate!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Evan and Justin, my wish is that you come back to celebrate an anniversary. The best was getting to spend the day with you on the sail boat and show you the underwater world. I'm writing this from the porch and the sun is just coming up. The view is always changing and I love it too. Thanks so much for spending your honeymoon with us. Max
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5

Beautiful peaceful views

  • 5 of 5

Great stay at the cottage , owners more than accommodating , beautiful views

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for staying with us. We hope to see you back when you come to St. Thomas again Maxine
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5

Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

I would stay here again! Maxine is great, so are her husband and dogs. The view from the balcony of the cottage was beautiful, it almost did not feel real. We ate breakfast out there in the morning (and Lou, one of the dogs on the property, joined us in hopes for some bacon!) and we sat out there and watched the harbor at night. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was nice (but if you have windows/doors open, the wind might blow the bathroom door and it sounds like someone is knocking - they are not knocking!!). We felt very safe, the property is gated.

We rented a car and ended up not even using it a lot. Red Hook has a lot of places to eat and shop within walking distance of the cottage. The hill back up to the cottage is not horrible but you'll need decent leg strength, I hike a lot so that's just my opinion. The Ferry dock is within walking distance too so you can travel to other islands.

We ate at Senor Pizza, Senor Frog, Fish Tails, and the Tap & Still. The only thing I didn't like was the burger at the Tap & Still. Everything else was good. They are all within walking distance to the cottage. We walked every night, we got sweaty, but it was okay. Driving on these islands is kind of scary.

Overall, we had a great time. We would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks Maxine!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy to hear that Jessica was as awed by our view as I am. It is something you never get tired of. We are in the heart of the action but high enough up on the hill to feel like you are in the country. Perfect. Thanks for staying with us and I hope to see you back Maxine
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Washington, District of Columbia
4

Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful hostess, very well appointed, clean, comfortable, adorable space with AMAZING views. Those who would appreciate being perched just above the heart of all the goings on of st thomas, including lots of music and lively people, would most enjoy their stay in this Red Hook location. Get a 4wd-your stay and meanderings will be easier. Great beaches nearby.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have you stay with us at The Cottage. I've lived here for twenty years and every morning I come out to the porch and the view never disappoints. I'm glad you were awed by it as well. Thank you so much for staying with us.
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Des Moines, IA
5

2nd Visit

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at Max's place. Great location, great views.. can't ask for much more.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing beats having wonderful guests come back for another vacation stay. I'm already looking forward to see Peter again. Thanks so much for choosing us again Maxine
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5

Great Location and Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We Stayed for 2 weeks at the Cottage. FANTASTIC View! Maxine and Chris were the perfect hosts and if we needed anything was there to help. Cottage was great and had everything we needed. We would sit on the porch and overlook Red Hook and the Harbor. You could see boats going in and out of the harbor and could see St. John and other Islands. Overlooks Red Hook which has great dining and activities. Close to Great Beaches. We enjoyed every beach we went to. We also did a day of Sailing with Captain Max and Andrew. Beautiful day Snorkeling and a great lunch.Would Recommend the Sailboat with Captain Max. Did I mention the VIEW! We would wake up each morning and sit on our Porch with coffee and watch the sunrise. Even in the bedroom you could wake up and see the sun rising. We could sit on the porch for hours and enjoy the weather, view and watching all the activities in Red Hook and the Harbor. Would Highly recommend staying here. When we go back to St Thomas, we will stay here! Thanks for a great time.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: At the end of every day I would come home and see Dan standing on the porch looking at the view. It was such a nice way to end my day, seeing my guests enjoying the breeze and the view as much as I do. Not to mention that they were so delightful. Dan please come back as your enthusiasm for St. Thomas is catching Thank you so much for staying with us. Max
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
ST Thomas air port
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Red Hook Ferry terminal
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Secret Harbor
Car: recommended

Red Hook, on the East end of St. Thomas, is the perfect place to stay. Just down the hill from Lion's Gate is the ferry terminal. In 15 minutes you can be across Pillsbury Sound and in the National Park on St. John. A 40 minute ride takes you to Tortola, in the BVI. Bring your passports for this. The Baths at Virgin Gorda are spectacular with huge boulders that look like a giant tossed them up in the air and they landed in the ocean creating The Baths.

American Yacht Harbor is right at the bottom of our hill. A 2 minute car ride or five minute walk. All the day sail boats and fishing boats leave from here.

Red Hook also has an active night life. Everything from a cold beer and hot pizza to fine dining. Shops to explore and the docks are filled with yachts to dream about.

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Rates & Availability

Red Hook Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Special
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$195
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$215
$1,505
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Each additional guest $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Please call to reserve. 340 775-7467 or cell 340 690-0200. Evenings are best.
Additional guests are $30.00 per person per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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