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Eco-Friendly Solar Apt. with Water View & Gorgeous Location for Couple or Single

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Charming Studio for 2, Awesome Harbor Views, Near Town & Nat'l Park Beaches

Miraculously, Stonegarden Cottage came through hurricanes Irma and Maria undamaged, and power has been restored to the cottage. The interior on the cottage is virtually the same as before the storms. We have repaired, restored or replaced mostly all exterior features, including solar panels, railings, fences, and our beautiful gardens and nature trails. We have a new Tesla Powerwall back-up battery for our solar panels which means there will be no noisy generator needed if the power goes out.

Stonegarden Cottage consists of upper and lower levels which can be rented together or separately, sleeping two to eight guests. This listing is for the Lower Level. If you are interested in more space, please see our VRBO listing #72154 for more info and photos of the Upper Level and Whole House.

Stonegarden Cottage offers you a private retreat where you will enjoy your dream vacation on Saint John in the US Virgin Islands. Offering the privacy, comfort and views of a villa, this unique rental home beckons many of our loyal guests back year after year. Upgraded Nov. 2016 with all new windows & screens, interior decor and more!

This beautiful St. John vacation rental offers a gorgeous island view and on-site nature trails, close proximity to pristine National Park Beaches and restaurants and shops of Coral Bay - the peaceful side of St. John.

The cottage nestles within a shady, tropical forest, high up the steep slopes of St. John's Bordeaux Mountain. At the foot of the mountain lies picturesque Coral Bay harbor; beyond unfolds a panorama of peninsulas, islands, beaches and glowing turquoise channels that run east as far as Virgin Gorda and the Anegada Passage. This is the view Islands Magazine chose as the top spot in the world to watch the sunrise of the new millennium.

The Upper and Lower Levels of the cottage can be rented together or separately.

Lower Level: For the couple looking for a combination of affordability and comfort, the Lower Level is a perfect choice. Private and quiet, this charming apartment has tasteful decor, art by Caribbean artists, stained-glass windows and beautiful views to the British Virgins.

Enjoy the comfortable amenities of a queen-size bed, private bath with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette, dining table and chairs, and comfortable reading chair and lamp. You'll especially enjoy the private dining deck with its bistro table and chairs, lovely harbor view and direct access to the trails of Guavaberry Woods. Stairs down from the deck lead to a private garden with a hammock and grill for your use. There are sitting areas around the property where you can relax and enjoy the peaceful and cool woods, tropical fruit trees and flowering plants. The Lower Level has its own separate entrance, driveway and parking space.

The unit was built underneath the deck of the main house and with solid cypress ceiling panels to ensure you peace and quiet. A perfect getaway for the couple looking for affordable comfort and privacy.

Onsite Nature Trails: The best of St. John's natural beauty and astonishing biodiversity lies on-site at your doorstep. A trellised archway of hanging tropical flowers greets you as you enter and walk down a short stone stairway to the front door. The large (2/3 acre) hillside property is an ecological wonderland that invites wandering -- beautiful hand-crafted stone paths and gravel trails on several different levels lead you through the lush hardwood foliage of Guavaberry Woods, where picturesque and unique ponds, a meditation garden, bridge and benches, plus gardens of orchids, frangipani, hibiscus, bouganvilla, citrus and tropical fruit trees delight the eye.

Cool Retreat: Steady tradewinds, an easterly view and the lush surrounding forest make Stonegarden Cottage a comfortable tropical getaway year-round -- cool, quiet and peaceful. After a day on blazing white sand beaches or out on the glittering sea, it is delightful to return up the mountain to your forest retreat, savor a frozen drink while enjoying the view or gaze into a lily pond while hearing the breeze rustle the treetops.

NOTE: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required in order to rent this unit (unless you are going carless) due to the need for a higher wheel-base to use the driveway.

Keywords: Cottage, St. John Rental, Stonegarden Cottage, Stonegarden, Stone Garden Lower Level, Studio Apartment,

More Details

Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner

Raf is a native St. Johnian, who grew up in the quiet village of Coral Bay. Thia came to live on St. John in the early 90's and eventually they met and fell in love. After pursuing careers in California for fourteen years, they returned to their beloved island to live at Stonegarden Cottage from 2009 - 2014 with their two daughters, Missy and Allegra, in order for their children to be closer to their grandparents and to grow up in the wonderful community and natural environment that St. John offers.

Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner purchased this studio in 2005

Why Thia & Raf Muilenburg, Owner chose Estate Carolina

Buying property on St. John allowed us to pursue our dream of returning to St. John with our children. It took us almost 4 years to bring that dream to fruition, and renting Stonegarden Cottage to travelers in the meantime helped us save the funds necessary for the move. Now that we're back on the mainland, it's great fun to help travelers with accommodations, while lending a hand with travel advice and suggestions for what to do on the island.

What makes this studio unique

Stonegarden Cottage is a unique, mountainside retreat for nature lovers, with a gorgeous view of Coral Bay Harbor and extensive nature trails throughout the surrounding property. The cottage is quiet, safe and private, yet close to Coral Bay village and the VI national park beaches. Cooling tradewinds keep the cottage comfortable all year round. You can enjoy a hike up Bordeaux Mountain from the cottage, just one of many hikes nearby; the cottage is easily accessible from a smooth, paved road.


Estate Carolina Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Max. 2 adults, 1 child in this unit
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Charming bathroom with shower, sink and toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The studio has charming details like an antique cuckoo clock, stained glass window, Caribbean art, a hand carved teak Balinese queen bed; we can also supply a single air-mattress or Pac-n-Play
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Eco-Friendly Solar Apt. with Water View & Gorgeous Location for Couple or Single
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Traverse City, MI, USA

Above Coral Bay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Stonegarden Cottage, in the lower level for a week. The cottage came as advertised and met my expectations based on the reviews and the pictures. Everything was professionally handled by the owner and the manager both of whom were responsive to our questions and needs. Though, we did not have many needs as everything we needed was provided including a grill with new utensils, a kitchen with everything we needed to cook, and a well appointed bed and bathroom that included a nice shower. They also had good towels and chairs for the beach.

The cottage was perfect for two people. There are two patio areas and a walking path through the gardens. It felt very private and there was a nice breeze so air conditioning was not needed.

The best thing though were the views! What a great site to see every morning and again when we came home later in the day. Stunning! The location above Coral Bay was ideal for us. I would return for another visit and recommend Stonegarden to any couple wanting to stay on the quiet side of the island.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay at Stonegarden Cottage Lower Level. I'm thrilled that you found everything to be as advertised and what you expected, and that you had everything you needed, including a responsive manager and ample amenities. We're so glad you highly recommend our cottage and that you plan to return! All the best, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Gilroy, California

Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Cute Studio Cottage with awesome views and away from it all. I spent six nights at this spacious studio, great place to get away from it all. Great place to come back to after a day of swimming and snorkeling. It is in a garden type setting and I loved hearing the frogs sing every night. It had everything that I needed and Gwen the property management lady was awesome! Nice, warm, friendly and very informative. Booking process was easy. Quick deposit return. I could not ask for anything better!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joan, Thank you for your positive review of our cottage! I'm so happy that you found the lower level to be everything you were looking for in a vacation rental. We work hard to create a welcoming, comfortable space with beautiful surroundings for our guests to relax in, so it's always great to hear that our guests were happy with their experience. I hope you'll return again to our island retreat! Warm regards, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Stonegarden in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The lower level of Stonegarden was as advertised. The only thing that could have been better would have been to have the upper level!

The owners and property manager were wonderful. The view is worth everything. The cottage is nicely equipped and the beach accessories were greatly appreciated.

Wonderful location just up the mountain from Coral Bay. Hard to imagine a better place for a reasonable price on St John.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, We really appreciate your positive, five-star review of the Lower Level, and are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and found everything you needed available to you. We hope you'll come back and try the Upper Level next time!! Warmly, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Very nice spot nice views

  • 5 of 5

The support from the local representative was super

Our only small problem was resetting the wifi after a small blackout which she resolved quickly

We had not been on St John since the early 80's and changes were evident everywhere but not to the beaches and trails. Thank you National Park.

Super choices for eating and groceries in Coral Bay with a truly friendly atmosphere .

LL jeep was great. Our jeep stopped at Love City Market so we took the bus to Salt Pond and Rams Head while they came out quickly and fixed it so we could make a scuba trip in the afternoon.

The rental was very nice with nice furnishings and true St. John history

Thanks for sharing your corner of St John with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive review of Stonegarden Cottage and your trip to St. John, after so many years, for our readers. I'm so glad that you had a great trip, and that you enjoyed staying in the cottage and visiting friendly Coral Bay. It sounds like you had a fabulous time! We hope you'll return to stay another time soon. All the best, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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A relaxing retreat overlooking quiet Coral Bay

  • 5 of 5

I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay in the lower level of Stonegarden Cottage for 3-1/2 months this past summer, and it was exactly what I needed at the time! The grounds and surrounding trails through the woods were quite enchanting and I found many hidden treasures during my wandering, including a secluded sitting area where you can enjoy a tranquil waterfall after recent rains. The hammock located in the back provided the perfect space for reading during the day, or just relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine while listening to the sounds of birds and frogs as evening approached. Coffee is a must out on the deck, where you have a phenomenal view of Coral Bay. The inside space is expertly decorated in a tropical and tasteful manner, and the only maintenance issue I had was promptly addressed by the friendly and experienced staff. I highly recommend Stonegarden Cottage to anyone wishing to have a quiet retreat after exploring the beaches and park trails of St. John.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rhonda, Thanks for the wonderful review of our cottage! We're delighted that you explored our lovely nature trails, enjoyed all the beautiful sights and sounds surrounding our mountainside retreat, and found the apartment to be everything you needed and more. We're glad you stayed as long as you did, and wish you all the best now that you're back in the mainland. Happy holidays! Thia
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A magical place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I spent a week in the lower level Stonegarden Cottage in November. This was our first visit to St. John and I had researched a number of rental options on VRBO before deciding on this little cottage. We definitely made the right choice in staying in this adorable cottage. The setting is idyllic. It's very private, quiet, and such a warm place to return after a long day of exploring the gorgeous beaches. The cottage had every comfort of home. We explored the majority of beaches on the island and we're glad we decided to stay on the quieter east side of St. John. The property manager, Emily, was fabulous in helping us get settled and answering our questions. If you are searching for a secluded & cozy place to stay then Stonegarden Cottage will complete your special time on St. John.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Available right out your door is access to Bordeaux Mt. Trail, which you can hike to from Stonegarden Cottage. This national park trail leads you to some of the more remote beaches in the VI National Park (Lameshur, Reef Bay; There is a library of guide books and trail maps available for your use right in the unit, as well as a guest information book with directions on finding the best beaches and hiking trails on the island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Additional Rates:

Additional Low Season Rates 2017:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $1750/week- $275/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2650/week - $415/night

Additional High Season Rates 2017 -18:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $2365/week - $370/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $3355/week - $535/night

Additional Low Season Rates 2018:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $1855/week - $290/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2810/week - $442/night

Additional High Season Rates 2018-2019:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $2600/week - $410/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $3690/week - $588/night

Holidays '17: Whole House only, $3575/week
Holidays '18: Whole House only, $4000/week

12.5% VI hotel tax.

Rates & availability subject to change; confirm w/ owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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