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Awesome Water View & Gorgeous Location for Couple or Single, From $150/nt

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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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About the property

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

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.

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

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Thia Muilenburg, Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Thia 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 Muilenburg, Owner purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Thia Muilenburg, Owner chose Coral Bay

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 apartment 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Awesome Water View & Gorgeous Location for Couple or Single, From $150/nt
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

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: Jul 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: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville Indiana

Perfect from start to finish!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 8 nights in the lower level of this wonderful house. Everything is exactly as advertised-and more! The view is amazing; we spent every evening on the upper deck. (We were fortunate that the main level was not rented so we got the run of that deck also! ) The constant breeze coming up from coral bay made those evenings very pleasant and bug free. We never turned on the a/c as it was very comfortable at night in the apartment with the windows open. We had everything we needed for our stay- coolers, chairs , dishes and grille etc. As first time visitors to saint John we had lots of questions even though we had done thorough research on the island. From my first phone inquiry to Thia the experience was very smooth. She was very helpful with ideas and pointers for our visit and the whole experience from then through booking and the trip itself was a no problem experience. Their on-site managers, Emily and Anthony are an absolute delight. They gave us spot on recommendations for restaurants, beaches and grocery stores; and were just super pleasant to talk to all around. We already are making plans to rent both levels when we return in a year with friends! If you're fortunate enough to get to visit this jewel of an island i would highly recommend stonegarden cottage. While you're here don't miss aqua bistro, miss Lucy's on jazz night, and shipwreck landing! Oh, and if you want a beach to yourself- put the jeep in 4wd and venture out to great lameshur beach. It's rocky but the snorkeling is great and everyone seems to go on to little lameshur where the ruins are and the beach is sandy. We spent two afternoons there and had it to ourselves 98 percent of the time!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place for 2 people

  • 5 of 5

-The space was cozy, welcoming, and wonderfully equipped with cleaning and cooking essentials, beach accessories. The space was extremely tidy and clean and the property was a lovely little haven in the jungle.

-Communication was quick, friendly, and useful. The property managers were some of the best we've ever encountered and made us feel right at home at St. John. They were a wonderful component of enjoying our stay.

-The grounds were beautiful and well-kept. They were beautiful to walk around and morning strolls to the secluded areas were wonderful.

-We would definitely recommend these accommodations to our friends/couples who are looking for a affordable, welcoming, and beautiful place to stay in St. John.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Michael, for your wonderful review and for taking the time to describe so well your experience staying at our cottage. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the Lower Level, the grounds and the managers, Tom and Jackie, as much as you did. We all work hard to make sure you're happy, so we are delighted that you'll be recommending us!! All the best, Thia Muilenburg, Owner
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Jupiter, FL. USA

Breathtaking views from a beautiful and unique island home!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Stonegarden Cottage lower level on Saint John in August 2014 and it was one of the best vacations I've ever had! The home is nestled on a hillside over looking the sailing paradise of Coral Bay with breathtaking views of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. This part of the island receives steady trade winds year round that are like natural air conditioning!

The home is just gorgeous and unlike some other Island homes it fits in with the natural surroundings of this amazing forested island that is two thirds national park. I stayed in the lower level which is perfect for a single traveler or couple. There is every modern convenience you might and its thoughtfully and tastefully decorated with island art and nautical items from the owners family who are sailors themselves and an important part of the history of the island.

From this home you have access to the most remote and beautiful parts of the island yet you are just minutes from the conveniences and night life of Coral Bay. You never need to leave the property to have a wonderful trip but if you do the world class trails, reefs, and beaches of Saint John will not disappoint!

So book your trip and plan on leaving your cellphone and lap top at home. You will never miss themI When you reluctantly return from your vacation at Stonegarden Cottage you will have a million beautiful pictures and memories etched in your mind!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2nd time we stayed here, Great!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we have stayed in the lower level of Stonegarden Cottage. The owners are terrific, helpful and it is clean, well maintained, secluded and quiet. Fully equipped so you don't have to eat out if you just want to stay midst the lust forest. Minutes drive to all the wonderful snorkeling reef beaches. The grounds are lush and lovely. We recommend this place highly for the budget minded who like the quiet and seclusion but quick access to all the wonders of the island!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • 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

Estate Carolina Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season - Lower '16 -'17
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season - Lower 2017
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

Additional Low Season Rates 2016:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $1650/week- $260/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $2450/week - $385/night

Additional High Season Rates 2016 -17:
Upper Level (sleeps 4) - $2150/week - $335/night
Whole House (sleeps 2-8) - $3050/week - $485/night

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

Holidays: Please inquire.

12% VI hotel tax & 5% booking fee.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Estate Carolina Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • 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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